After my previously scheduled 10-year celebration blog post went live earlier today, it felt a little like I had paraded a large bouquet of birthday balloons past a funeral. Because our industry is nothing without its community and mutual support for one another, I want to take this opportunity to express heartfelt support on behalf of the entire Paper Crafts team to some colleagues across the miles today.
By now you’ve probably heard that one of the largest magazines in scrapbooking is sending its last issue out next month. Even though we’re not about the “Scrapbooks” part, Paper Crafts magazine and our special issues are definitely about the “Etc.” so the news that Scrapbooks Etc. is ceasing publication gave us a moment to pause and reflect. We may be entrenched in a competitive, economically challenging and evolving marketplace, but this is not happy news for us. After all, scrapbooking and card making are segments of the overall paper crafting hobby so it’s like we’re losing a well-loved member of the family.
We wish Michelle Rubin and her very talented editorial team the best of luck in finding new paths to follow, and hope they know we have the highest respect for them — both professionally and creatively.