it’s the end of an era.

I received this in the mail yesterday.

The final chapter of an iconic magazine. A magazine that was a staple in so many homes in this world. It’s funny how times change. You never think they will. But with this time of instant access via the internet, I can see how certain magazines can have a tough time maintaining a life when styles change so quickly and you can see that reflected currently with just the click of  a button. I know that technically they aren’t ‘going away’, but it’s different. It’s just not the same flipping through the pages of a magazine. Convenient on the computer yes, but there’s something about turning a page. And maybe it’s because I am on the computer all the time that I love the simplicity of a book or magazine page–it gives my brain a rest from looking at the white page of a screen.

Even the course of scrapbooking has changed in and of itself over the past five years with the easier method of doing something like Project Life. You can never take away my desire to create a tangible page, but mixing it with photos slipped in to page protectors? It allows one much more time to create memories vs. preserving the memories.

Lots of changes over the years. Here’s one of my very first published pages in the 1998 CK Idea Annual. Talk about making a scene! That’s what I always did. Oh the painstaking hours to make these.

I do firmly believe that had it not been for my first submissions to that idea annual that I would not be where I am today. It set me on this path–an amazing journey–that took the little spark of creativity that I had in me and made it grow in ways that I never thought possible.

And remember those big ol’ special publications? Didn’t we just eat those up each year? And Hall of Fame too (which I was part of the very first year). I loved pouring through those! It introduced us to people like Heidi Swapp, Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Karen Russell, and soooo many others that contribute to our lives on a daily basis.

Here’s one of those pages from that first Hall of Fame. I told you I liked making a scene. lol 

I just have to laugh at the little boy. When I first made it, it was cool to not have a face on the paper doll. But after I’d given it to CK, it just drove me nuts that he didn’t have a face. So the first thing I did when I got home? Got a face on him!

It makes you wonder what may take the place of our instant access on the internet ten years from now. It’s hard to even imagine what lies just around the corner.

Goodbye Creating Keepsakes Magazine.
You’ve been good to us.

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  1. Ruth Gauss October 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I love paper! Computers and I have a pretty good relationship, but my heart belongs to paper. I will cherish these last moments with the paper Creating Keepsakes. Then I will say goodbye to whatever comes next since it doesn’t serve my needs to have digital publications. I’m thankful for all the hard work and inspiration that has been provided in the past! It was very good while it lasted.

  2. Lisa Bearnson October 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Oh the memories! Thanks for taking us down memory lane!

  3. Brenda October 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I have loved Creating Keepsakes for years (and Simple Scrapbooks, sigh) and was so sad to see them make this change. I understand why but since I hate reading books/magazines on a screen it made me sad. I am cherishing my last couple of issues (as small as they were) but have now cancelled my subscription and won’t be following them on this journey. I love your scenes and may have a page or 2 that’s similar in my albums. :)

  4. Dawn N October 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I didn’t realize this was their official last issue – :(
    I love my CK magazine – it has gotten me through many a waiting rooms, and long distance drives and plane trips. (I still have every issues I received (not from the beginning – I am late to this party)). But for the past 5 years-or-so, they are all dog-eared and flagged, stored in my craft room & and I can not bear to depart with them.

    I agree – what’s next?

  5. Nashonne October 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

    It will be missed….I have to go out and get this last one.

  6. Renee G October 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Loved this magazine, sorry to see it go. I have a copy of the first issue that they published.

  7. Pam Talluto November 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Kerri! I’m just going through your blog archives as I hope to buy a Silhouette soon. I had to comment on this post. I remember fondly those Creating Keepsake days complete with my trips to Utah and getting to spend time with you, as well as our great PCDT days!!! Anyway, I just wanted to drop in and say “hi” and tell you how much I love what you’re doing :)
    .. Fellow HoFer Pam Talluto

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