Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine – a sneak peek

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Jennifer Schaerer
Editor in chief

As you know, magazine publishing has been rapidly evolving. More and more information is available online where inspiration is immediate, up-to-date and easy to use and share. We’ve been keeping up with this rapid pace ourselves, and the last several issues of Paper Crafts magazine have been available to you in digital format along with a smaller, companion print version.

With this in mind, we’ve been busy behind the scenes getting ready to launch a new version of Paper Crafts magazine in a monthly, all-digital format. We’re changing the name to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking, which reflects the addition of memory-keeping and photo-based features in each issue. You’ll continue to enjoy the same paper crafting inspiration you love, and twice as much of it now that we’ll be publishing monthly issues.

PCS LOGO 2013 WEB Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine   a sneak peekI know this doesn’t excite everyone as much as it does those of us on the editorial team, but I think when you see the January issue you’ll understand the possibilities as we continue to grow with this new and interactive way of drawing our hobby community together.

We’ve designed it specifically for the digital platform so it features larger photos, larger text, live links to more detailed information plus the same convenient features offered by every digital issue – you can download issues to your desktop, print the pages you want, share pages or even the entire issue via Facebook, Twitter, email and Pinterest, and add electronic notes on the pages and projects that inspire you.

We’re also in the midst of arranging options for those who want to print an entire issue via one of the many print-on-demand resources available. I’ll be sharing that information with you in the coming weeks.

For now, though, I want to give you a peek at the cover:

JAN 2014 Cover WEBthumb 792x1024 Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine   a sneak peekCongratulations to Cynthia Baptista (Yay! Birthday card), Windy Robinson (Wish card), and Sarah Andreotti (I Love You layout) for their appearance on this inaugural cover!

The issue will be released on December 1 (subscribers will receive an email notification with a link to the issue), and here’s what you’ll find within the pages:

  • Banners create an instant celebration, so take a look at the clever ideas for adding a mini banner or pennant to your next project.
  • Vellum is here to stay – from die-cutting and dry embossing to stamping and heat embossing it, this old stand-by is back with a fresh and creative second wind.
  • Star chart and constellation motifs are the hottest new trend, and this feature brings you inspiration that’s written in the stars.
  • Die-cutting isn’t just for shapes and titles anymore – use it for masking, negative space, and backgrounds, too. You’ll find dozens of clever treatments that can be used on scrapbook layouts, cards and more.
  • We’re wild about washi, and the Tips, Tools & Techniques column shows off ideas for storage, die-cutting, and stamping washi patterns, plus washi sheets that can be used in endless ways.
  • Simple Solutions for Fast Design – Need quick ideas to break through a creative road block? Wondering how to take your design to a new level? This column is just for you!
  • Stamp It! Techniques – focus your attention on spotlight stamping and add this new skill to your stamptastic tool kit.

Now here’s the easy part. If you’ve already created an account to receive digital issues of Paper Crafts, you won’t need to do anything else — we’ll convert you automatically. If you don’t have an active account, you’ll want to set one up HERE.

And, if you don’t subscribe to Paper Crafts magazine, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking subscriptions are available HERE.

Although the November/December issue of Paper Crafts will be the last one in print, we’ll still continue to publish our special issues in print. Look for them 12 times a year at a newsstand or bookstore near you, and we’ll also be offering a mail delivery program for special issues in the near future so stay tuned!

With an eye on the horizon,

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63 Responses to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine – a sneak peek

  1. Sylvia Harrison says:

    I feel like everyone else above. I need to have my magazine where I make my cards and my computer is not close. My iPad goes to sleep in the middle of most projects. I don’t want to sit at my computer and hope the things I have saved don’t get lost in a computer crash. I also love taking my magazine on vacation to read as my husband goes fishing. Wi Fi is not always available where we wander. I was very angry about your choice of digitizing. Printing our own is too expensive for us retired people. So I too will not continue my subscription. My friends that get your magazine are also unhappy.

  2. Jennifer Schmidt says:

    I’m on a computer all day for work. I’m on my phone or iPad too much as it is. Card making is a wonderful non-technical outlet for me. I dislike receiving electronic cards immensely, and know people look forward to receiving my hand-made creations. I never imagined my paper craft magazine would no longer be available in paper! Oh, the irony. I see the way things are going, but I dislike online magazines immensely. Should I mention I’ve grown up using computers and I’m not yet 40? I was about to re-subscribe, but I’m sorry to say that won’t happen. I’ll wait for the special hard copy editions. Oh well…. Disappointed, but clearly overruled.

  3. Kristie G. says:

    I am looking forward to the special “PRINTED” issues.

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  5. Judith Galvin says:

    Please in dont know who to speak to I paid for a year’s digital subsciption in April. I got my magazine (digital) and my creative spaces straight away. I then waited for an email to tell me to download May issue, it didnt come. I however managed to download it last night. I now am trying to download the June issue and I get the message that I have not subcribed for the June issue. Please sort out this problem for me as I should be getting issues until March 2015.
    thank you
    Jude Galvin

  6. Linda says:

    I saw a new magazine out”Photopocket Scrapbooking”. It looked like it was published by Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking. Is this something that you do publish, and how can I find one?

  7. Lana Younger says:

    Am not interesting in a digitized version of your magazine. I would like to have information in front of me when I’m working and digital will not work for me. Please advise when a paper version is available.

  8. I do not like the digital issues. I totally forget to look at them. I used to refer to the magazines all the time. I kept most of the older ones to refer to. I will not continue subscription after this one is up. Wish you would bring back that wonderful magazine in paper form.

  9. Carol Young says:

    Hi, I have a paid digital subscription and I can’t figure out how to get to the magizine on line. Can you help me. I also am not happy about everything going digital. Thank you.

  10. I too will not renew if this is only a digital format. I like to be able to have the magazine near my work space also. I don’t always remember to check the computer as I put the reminder away and not look at it. Sorry, hope you reconsider putting it to a back magazine form. Thank you!

  11. Diane McAuley says:

    I can’t tell you how happy I am to see that most everyone hates the digital version of this magazine!! It isn’t only ME!!
    I had just renewed my subscription to Creating Keepsakes for a few years when everything went digital. I am annoyed that CK never told me that this was going to happen until after I renewed. But I gave it a shot and I am hating it. First of all, I forget to look at it since it isnt in front of me. Second of all, I hate having to jump through all sorts of hoops to find the damned thing. First I am told that I dont have a subscription. Then after all kinds of maneuvering around, I may find the magazine, but usually not the current issue. This just isnt worth it. Why can’t we be sent the latest copy via email, with a link to sign on and open it up??

  12. paper crafts online says:


    An email is sent out when the issue is available. There are two possibilities why you aren’t getting those. One, it is going to your Spam folder. The second is that we don’t have your current email address. If you will email me at and include your current email, I will make sure we have the correct one on file.


    Stacy Croninger
    Digital Managing Editor

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