A Fond Farewell…
Monday afternoon the editors of Digital Scrapbooking Magazine were informed that CKMedia would no longer be publishing Digital Scrapbooking in print and would be looking into other ways to deliver content. (see previous entry or visit digitalscrapbooking.com for details). That meant the staff would be reduced to about nothing (with the exception of Super Woman, Renee Pearson who does so many things – QVC, CKCs, CPRs, Books, Scrapbook Memories and so on – it makes your head spin, and Editor-In-Chief, Jennafer Martin, who also heads up Simple Scrapbooks). For a split second I was shocked and disappointed but just as quickly realized this was the best thing for me at this time in my life. I put the phone on mute and let out a breath I didn’t realize I was holding in.
As many of you know, I began the little Digital Scrapbooking magazine back when there were only yearly special issues and a couple of e-zines. I gave it my all and with the help of amazing contributors and supporters, put out a product to be proud of. It grew bigger and bigger until it was too big for a basement production. About the same time, I found out I was expecting child #3 – a baby that had been long-awaited. With that great news, I found a new home for my little Digital Scrapbooking magazine and website and was ready to hand it over and be done with it forever. Lin Sorensen and Lynda Angelastro didn’t let me get off that easy and I will always be grateful to them for that! Although having a baby was a big change for our family, I still needed an outlet. Something to let me escape into sometimes and consulting and contributing to DSM for the first year was perfect! As the second year rolled around they asked me to come on as Creative Editor and I can say it’s been the most fun job I’ve had – ever. Hunting for new and exciting products, trends and techniques, working with great editors like Molly, Renee, Anna, Angie, Pattie and Jen, and great leaders and managers, Lin, Jennafer and Lynda. Learning from amazing photographers like Simony and Brian and art directors like Cathy and Marin. It has all been the best education I could have asked for. I LOVED my job!
Now, Joshua is a little over 2 years old and as nap time dwindles, so does my writing/surfing/research/scrapping time. Something had to give and it seems this was it! It comes at a time when my family needs more of me. I will miss the work because I loved it, but I will relish the time I’ll have to spend with family. I am feeling good about where this has ended for me.
I am, however, sad for the people who will be negatively affected by this and will be thinking of them and hoping they recover quickly. I will also be wishing great things for the readers in the way of new delivery options and substitutions. Digital Scrapbooking won’t die, it will just morph into something else and I hope it’s enough to satisfy the needs of the readers.
As for my digital life, I won’t disappear from the digital community because it’s a huge part of me and it documents the other huge parts of my life. There are many opportunities out there but as they come in I’ll be putting them on a list and stepping back to see if any ‘speak to me’ before I jump. I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I’ll be around. Drop me a line any time!