Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks! Blog Hop


Hello,

Today I'm joining in with many others in this papercrafting world of ours to celebrate Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine, and especially to give thanks to those hard-working people who not only have made the magazine such a fabulous resource, but have supported many of us in so many ways.

If you are hopping along, you will have arrived from my friend and fellow Australian, Michelle Lupton.

I made a card for the occasion. The sentiment is heart-felt. The Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking team are special, and it IS all about the little things. I hope that in their new adventures they each find a place where they can continue to share those special little things that make such a big difference to others.

Being published in Paper Crafts Magazine was one of my first BIG goals when I was brave enough to join the papercrafting community online. It took me several months before I felt brave enough to submit, and then it took several more months to have one of my cards chosen for publication. I submitted to the November/December 2013 issue, with a non-Christmas card. I thought I had no chance of being selected, but it turned out that my my very literal interpretation of the sketch in non-Christmas colours was just what was needed. You can still see it here online. I never took a photo of the final card for my own records, but here it is before the corrections I made for publication.
You would not believe how excited I was to be selected for publication. I may have screamed out loud when the email arrived. I made this card while crafting with friends, and it took me HOURS to arrange the squares. I used a ruler and carefully measured distances. It took forever to achieve a very simple-looking card, so to have it selected felt wonderful! And then life got busy, and I only submitted a few times, and wasn't selected again until the February 2015 call. I can't share that card, because it is yet to be published.

When I received the email saying that Paper Crafts Magazine was closing down and that February 2015 would be the final issue, I was so sad. :-( I haven't submitted to other magazines. Paper Crafts has been my favourite, although I will admit to struggling with the new digital format (I can't carry my computer around in my handbag, lol!). There will be a big hole left behind when they close their doors. I'm obviously old-fashioned, because I love good topical magazines, the paper version. Yes, blogs give me inspiration, but magazines fill a different space for me. I don't want to be on my computer all day long, I like reading on the train in the morning, and reading about beautiful paper crafty stuff is just perfect! Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Mag, and all of you wonderful people who have made it what it is, I will miss you.

The next stop on the hop is another Australian friend of mine, Lyndal Higgins. Three Aussies in a row! :-)

Thank-you for visiting me. I hope you enjoy the hop. It's a big one. It may take a few days to get through. I'll be hopping along beside you.

Michelle
xxx


20 comments:

Cecilia Hsieh said...

I remember that sketch on PCS! Great to see three Aussies in a row, pity I didn't sign up at the same time! Great cards Michelle!

~amy~ said...

gorgeous cards michelle...yay for you aussies :)

Lenora Clark said...

Lovely cards!

TheWinstonFamily said...

Thank you for a sharing a beautiful card.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet and heartfelt story, Michelle! Your card is spectacular!! Hugs, Darnell

Shelly said...

Such a lovely post! And your cards are beautiful!

Kara said...

beautiful, Michelle!

keren said...

Great post- I particularly love your first card- have you just inked the die cut to get the colour? x

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

wow, this is so beautiful

very_inky_fingers said...

I so agree.. I love the paper version in my hands at the doctors office,, in my car while I am waiting and waiting and on my desk when I am using the inspiration within. I love your cards and am happy to find another blog to follow.

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Beautiful card, Michelle! And it was great to read about your first publication :)

Michelle Lupton said...

Hooray for three Aussies in a row! Love your inlaid die cut card, and I love your literal take on the sketch :)

Lyndal said...

Gorgeous card & tribute Michelle :)
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi! (I could't resist!)

Leigh Penner said...

Wonderful post, Michelle!

Carisa said...

simple beautiful! I love inlaid die cutting.

Lea Lawson said...

Very pretty card, and what a fun publishing story! Awesome tribute to PC&S!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Michelle so true and so lovely--the wording and your card. I agree that I struggled with the digital format too, my PC&S had coffee with me every morning at the kitchen table and felt so awkward with a laptop! I will never get through all the posts because I have to read them all, I love how Paper Crafts touched so many of us fabulous ladies so much! I am so glad you got published because you my friend are AWESOME! xoxo

Alice Wertz said...

always love your style, Michelle! such beautiful cards and wonderful post.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Beautiful cards!

Kelly Griglione said...

So true, it was never quite the same as taking your magazine on the road with you. Plus it was a hoot to walk into a bookstore and show the kids your creations! Great post, Michelle. So glad you submitted while there was still time ... no one can take that from you!