Scrapbooks Etc Nov/Dec Issue - wow. horrible.

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Posted 10/23/2009 by coleland in General Scrappin'
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Oh disregard.

PeaNut 27,682
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Posted: 10/23/2009 1:43:36 PM
I'm not bashing anyone in particular. But this issue was really, really bad. The projects in it look like they are circa 1998. Really bad. I'm assuming magazines aren't getting many submissions if this is what they chose to be published for inspiration. Wow.


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Posted: 10/23/2009 1:55:34 PM
I thought the same thing- unless they are trying to appeal to the beginner scrapper-??? But since I have been scrapping for many years, and often am looking for new or challenging or different ideas, I ended up flipping through pretty fast and got bored and put it definately didn't grab me

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Posted: 10/23/2009 2:04:35 PM
I haven't opened mine yet. Guess I need to to see if i agree.


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Posted: 10/23/2009 2:11:17 PM
I agree, looks like they took some time off

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February 2002
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Posted: 10/23/2009 2:20:38 PM
I love SBE; always have. But I agree that this issue stinks.



PeaNut 88,663
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Posted: 10/23/2009 2:21:24 PM
my aunt was telling me the same thing and
she normall LOVES this magazine


PeaNut 125,367
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Posted: 10/23/2009 2:36:41 PM
I agree. Usually like the SBE but this issue stinks! Didn't see layouts from their usual contributers, only Leah Fung. You would think being a Dec. issue they'd have great holiday ideas. On the otherhand, I've been liking my last couple issues of CK.


PeaNut 49,578
September 2002
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Posted: 10/23/2009 2:36:57 PM
I wasn't thrilled with it either and I wondered if there were others who felt the same way. I only flagged four pages and normally I do a whole bunch......this particular issue isn't a keeper for me. Wonder if this has anything to do with their "new and improved" look.

ETA: I've also been loving the last few issues of CK.

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PeaNut 434,276
August 2009
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Posted: 10/23/2009 2:48:16 PM
Well, at least I know it wasn't just me! I brought it along last night to flip through while my daughter was in karate for something to do and was bored stiff.


PeaNut 407,192
January 2009
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Posted: 10/23/2009 4:01:04 PM it's not just me! I was shocked at the projects...nothing was inspiring...I didn't even go page by page, I did a quick scan and could tell that it wasn't good! I'm all for trying a new format...but this isn't good....

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January 2001
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Posted: 10/23/2009 4:31:00 PM
Just bought mine at M's!


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PeaNut 43,454
July 2002
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Posted: 10/23/2009 4:57:53 PM
The new cover style is way too busy for my taste.


PeaNut 386,342
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Posted: 10/23/2009 5:06:40 PM
I was dissapointed too!



PeaNut 290,052
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Posted: 10/23/2009 5:09:06 PM
I didn't like it, either, and I usually love SBE. I think the last 2-3 issues of CK have been GREAT, the best in a couple years.


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Posted: 10/23/2009 5:09:40 PM
i haven't seen it yet, but now i'm dying to to look, not to buy! if the only designer "name" they can come up with is leah fung...well, i'll say her stuff is definitely not my style.

so sad, this used to be my favorite mag once upon a time

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PeaNut 246,022
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Posted: 10/23/2009 5:23:32 PM
I haven't received Nov/Dec yet, but I have to agree with some of the above posters about CK. It's been very good lately.


PeaNut 52,226
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Posted: 10/23/2009 5:39:02 PM
I thought it was ok, not great, but ok. I'm not fond of the switch to more lifestyle crafts, but I didn't like it when CK did it, either. SBE had all their regular contributors in there, not just Leah Fung, but there were also some new names I didn't recognize.

It's still nowhere as bad as Memory Makers got after it's overhaul.

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Posted: 10/23/2009 5:59:00 PM

I haven't looked at mine yet (I'm saving it for the weekend), but I have a layout in there. This makes me sad.


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Posted: 10/23/2009 6:35:08 PM
That's not good to hear. I love it, it's my favorite mag and always has been. I don't have mine yet, I hope it comes soon.


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October 2002
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Posted: 10/23/2009 6:40:34 PM
oh noo I just got my Oct issue 2 DAYS AGO-- and you guys have the next issue!!! hmmmm and its not a keeper.... just when I thought my week was looking up

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PeaNut 29,753
February 2002
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Posted: 10/23/2009 6:45:27 PM
Boring I hope they bring their standards back up. Not a time in the magazine industry to not be doing their best. I think they took the economical scrapping idea too far...looks juvenile.



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Posted: 10/23/2009 7:54:06 PM
Yeah I was kinda disappointed too! I don't think there was any layouts where I was like "wow..gotta scraplift that one."

I hope this "new" & improved version isn't going to be like the latest one that just came out.

AJ Pea

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February 2009
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Posted: 10/23/2009 8:06:25 PM
I like the new cover design...but that's where the affection ended. I was also disappointed...sadly.

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Posted: 10/23/2009 8:10:38 PM
Oh buggar, I just bought mine today and was saving it to look at later tonight


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Posted: 10/23/2009 8:17:01 PM
wow - me too - to the point it made me sad about our hobby ..the direction things are headed. The next day I got CK and was whooed. I too bought a subscription hoping to support them. I want the mags, the LSS and EVENTS to make it.. seriously, these are some of the best times I've had and coolest people I've met. I don't want it die off.

Hope they have a meeting and rethink some of their creative direction. . it was sub-par for sure.

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Posted: 10/23/2009 8:46:36 PM
I have not received my issue yet. I guess I don't need to be to excited about getting it.

I would strongly encourage everyone to send an email to letter to let them know what you think of the new direction - unless they hear what readers/subscribers think, they won't know they need to make changes. I would be surprised if they didn't make changes to make it more wonderful if they hear from lots of us. It can't hurt!


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PeaNut 124,372
January 2004
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Posted: 10/23/2009 8:59:49 PM
i almost picked one up. i didn't renew my ck sub for the same reason. bored.


PeaNut 394,109
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Posted: 10/23/2009 9:31:25 PM
I thought it was just me because I found this issue to be boring. Nothing in it really inspired me which is unusual since I've always loved Scrapbooks, Etc. (well since I discovered scrapbooking a year ago that is). I agree that Creating Keepsakes has had some really good issues lately. It's sad that our selection of scrapping mags is coming down to slim pickin's.


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Posted: 10/23/2009 9:39:32 PM
I was going to reply to mention that I liked a few things at the beginning of the magazine, but agree that the rest of the magazine was blah; however, I just found my magazine to find the pages I liked. I like the Prima ad, the Eskimo kisses ad and Leah Fung's way of making flowers on page 32. Guess that isn't saying much positive, is it? Hopefully next issue will be back to normal!

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Posted: 10/23/2009 9:41:20 PM
Haven't gotten mine yet, just started my first SBing magazine subscription with this one (since I've been buying every issue off the shelf for the past year anyway!)

Hopefully there's something in there that's okay...color scheme, project idea???? Something?


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Posted: 10/23/2009 9:44:56 PM
I was going to start a subscription now too.
I guess bad timing to start!

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Posted: 10/23/2009 10:02:26 PM
I guess I must have different taste, but I found a lot of layouts that I liked. I loved the ones at the beginning of the issue in the Playing Favorites article. I also enjoyed the Christmas layouts in Holiday Helper on page 17. I liked the Cold Turkey layout on page 42, Gifts on page 63,A Chrithmuth Wish on pg 92, and Joy on pg. 100.

There are more, but these really stood out for me.

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Posted: 10/23/2009 11:01:26 PM
I really liked it - Hmm - I must have different taste than you all.


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Posted: 10/24/2009 12:18:24 AM
I haven't read the whole magazine yet, but I have to say that I was shocked and appalled when they recommended using magazine pages in place of patterned paper, among other "money-saving ideas." WTH? Yeah, THOSE layouts should last a few months before disintegrating, LOL.

Perfectionist Pea

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Posted: 10/24/2009 12:40:38 AM
I was also very disappointed. A few months ago - it was PERFECTION. Then they announced they were changing. I was like, "why?????"

I would love to see them print some Christmas morning type layouts. I need ideas for those things I have to scrap every year. I still need to look at it some more but I wasn't blown away like I normally am. Very sad.

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Posted: 10/24/2009 2:13:53 AM
I didn't see anything wrong with this issue-the layouts don't look all that different style-wise than the norm. Or maybe I'm just not perceptive. Anyway I just love getting new mags so I was pretty happy when it arrived.

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Posted: 10/24/2009 8:25:26 AM
I'm with you, Gale! I didn't see anything wrong with it, but I didn't pick it apart, either...for me, it is an escape to look at the pretty pictures!


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Posted: 10/24/2009 9:44:16 AM
I liked how Leah Fung's layout on page 32 explained how to make the cute flowers and that was about it.

Good thing my dh brought this one home for me from work free of charge.


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Posted: 10/24/2009 10:56:02 AM
I was very unimpressed. My subscription ended with the October issue, so I decided, with the re-style of the magazine, to buy a couple issues before I committed to another year. I'm glad I got it at B&N and got 10% off. I used to love this one, but I wasn't too excited about this issue.


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Posted: 10/24/2009 12:09:26 PM
I guess I have a different opinion about 1998 scrapping styles because I found lots of inspiration in this issue! LOL

Right off the bat, page 10--Laura Vegas's page is inspiring to me--I'm going to learn how to print those photo strips! And the daisy lace sewing type trim she used--I have some of that!

page 18--family traditions of hanukkah--great idea! and the LO, to me, shows how you can use non-traditional paper for holiday photos.

page 24--making your own pipe cleaner holly. I'd have never thought of this and while I might not use it on my scrapbook pages, I'll surely use it on another holiday project.

starting on page 32, I loved the great ideas on how to stretch your money while making budget-friendly cards.

And I loved the digital feature, now I know how to do a mask text.

Maybe it's not inspiring to you now, but it just might be later on!

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Posted: 10/24/2009 12:56:02 PM
Melissa Inman left then it changed, remember? I haven't read my issue yet.

Email the Editor, all of you who thought it stunk! She is probably not going to read it here.

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Posted: 10/24/2009 1:47:03 PM
Oh man. Melissa Inman left? That stinks. I love Scrapbooks, etc. & hope they get back to normal.


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Posted: 10/24/2009 2:01:45 PM
I haven't read this mag in years since the projects looks so simple and well, just not good. I agree with the previous post that CK has been great. Bookmarked several pages this month. Between that and these 2peas layouts, I already spend too much time looking at layouts instead of creating them.

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Posted: 10/24/2009 2:05:16 PM
Scrappinyogi - cracking up over your comment that you spend too much time looking and not creating. I am right there with you! I do love the gallery and garden though...


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Posted: 10/24/2009 6:50:53 PM
I have to agree with those who said this issue is a stinker. What a disappointment! I guess at this point I'll have to flip threw each issue to see if it's worth buying -- up until now I've always just bought it knowing that Scrapbooks Etc. is always awesome. There were so many layouts that I just couldn't believe were in there . . . that was seriously the best they could do for Nov/Dec? Incredible!

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Posted: 10/24/2009 7:07:48 PM
The page layout is very cluttered. My eyes had a hard time knowing where to rest on the page.

Nothing particularly inspired me. I flipped through it in about 15 minutes this afternoon.


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Posted: 10/24/2009 8:05:18 PM

.....and I thought it was just me that thought it was pretty bad.

Last month there was a post about a cheaper rate on the magazine and I hesitated about renewing because of the disappointment in the October issue. After receiving the November/December issue I'm glad I didn't renew.


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Posted: 10/24/2009 8:06:18 PM

.....and I thought it was just me that thought it was pretty bad.

Last month there was a post about a cheaper rate on the magazine and I hesitated about renewing because of the disappointment in the October issue. After receiving the November/December issue I'm glad I didn't renew.


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Posted: 10/24/2009 8:10:44 PM

.....and I thought it was just me that thought it was boring.

Last month there was a post about a cheaper rate on the magazine and I hesitated about renewing because of the disappointment in the October issue. After receiving the November/December issue I'm glad I didn't renew.

Coffee-Fueled Pea

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Posted: 10/24/2009 9:12:22 PM
I looked through it finally. I didn't think it was horrible, just OK. I'm anxious to see CK for December--they've been rocking their issues lately, and it will be interesting to see if they continue.


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