|Posted: 9/6/2013 7:20:42 AM|As many of you predicted: Creating Keepsakes announcement
Edited to add the part about subscriptions:
If you're a subscriber, you may have one or more issues of your subscription remaining so starting in January we'll be bringing you issues of our new monthly digital-only publication, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking. Created by some of the same editors from both Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes magazines, you'll find many columns and features you've always loved in CK, including Latest & Greatest, Sketches, and Tips & Tricks.
You'll receive two digital issues of your new magazine for every one issue remaining on your Creating Keepsakes subscription. If you're already a Paper Crafts magazine subscriber, your current Paper Crafts subscription will be extended by two issues for every one remaining issue of CK.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 7:48:27 AM|
Really appreciate the heads up (as posted on the PC thread too). I am an International customer, currently being bombarded with offers to subscribe.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 7:52:34 AM|Of course. I just sent them a check.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 7:55:42 AM|
So what happens to our subscriptions. When Scrapbooks etc. shut down I just started receiving BHG mags. Don't know who CK is affiliated with. .....update: it just goes digital according to website. You have to wonder, when you go to the magazine racks there is never a shortage of quilting magazines. I
wonder what accounts for the difference. Different demographic?
|Posted: 9/6/2013 8:08:36 AM|
This is sad news. I was never as attached to this magazine as I was with Scrapbook Etc, but it was still nice to see a scrapbook magazine on the news stand.
Loc: Aussie in SC. USA
|Posted: 9/6/2013 8:19:35 AM|
I was wondering. Such a shame though, but I stopped subscribing years ago. I do wonder it the digital magazine will be better or pretty much the same as far as content.
Loc: in my scraproom in PA
|Posted: 9/6/2013 8:30:23 AM|
Its nearly 2014 we are in a new age of technology, this should be expected. And, clutter freaks me out so housing all those magazines were really getting to me, I gave them all away and I find my inspiration online, here on Two Peas, Pinterest, YouTube and digital magazines. So I totally on board with this. Besides, most of it was advertising and a bunch of repetitive topics. I just might get my subscription back now that they are going digital.
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|Posted: 9/6/2013 8:57:00 AM|
Besides, most of it was advertising and a bunch of repetitive topics.
I was noticing this, too. They were kind of rehashing the same topics. I thankfully hadn't renewed my subscription this summer, despite numerous efforts on their part to entice me. But not being able to get anyone to help me figure out why I couldn't see my digital issues made me realize that I don't need to pay for scrapbooking inspiration. There is so much of it on the net. And the layouts posted in there will eventually end up back in the galleries some day.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 8:58:09 AM|
Not surprised but still sad to hear.
Loc: The South
|Posted: 9/6/2013 9:09:24 AM|
I was a subscriber for years. When I started finding inspiration on flickr, Pinterest, etc., I didn't see the need to continue receiving a printed magazine any more. I agree with other on this thread that it seemed they were rehashing the same topics, and the style of scrapping no longer fit with mine. Hopefully the digital version will be able to have current and fresh content!
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Loc: SF Bay Area
|Posted: 9/6/2013 9:13:48 AM|
I find my inspiration online, here on Two Peas, Pinterest, YouTube and digital magazines.
Online options will never be a substitute for me. I think a magazine presentation is so much easier to view and lightweight to carry. I don't like lugging an iPad around, and you can't see anything on the smaller machines. I tried a digital magazine once and found it difficult to find anything. It was also difficult to read since I had to constantly scroll.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 9:20:08 AM|My 0.02c worth? In the battle between print mags & digi, digi is clearly winning.
However, in the battle between FREE digi and subscription digi, CK/PC... best of luck with your new business model.
Loc: southern IN
|Posted: 9/6/2013 9:26:17 AM| I hadn't subscribed for awhile, but picked up a 1-yr sub. last year and I think the Nov/Dec would've been my last issue anyway. You all are right, digital is the way all things are going, but there's just "something" about holding a real magazine or book. Hope they do well with the digital version, but I don't think I'll ever be excited about a digital format. Maria
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|Posted: 9/6/2013 9:44:07 AM|
I just renewed. Great. I'll be calling to get my money refunded. I'm pretty tech savvy but I don't read magazines on a device.
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Loc: LI, NY
|Posted: 9/6/2013 9:52:38 AM|
CK was the first magazine I ever bought back in the 90's. I'll miss it.
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|Posted: 9/6/2013 10:11:07 AM|
The end of an era Kind of sad
|Posted: 9/6/2013 10:33:36 AM|
I have reached the point where I kind of prefer reading on a device, particularly since I just upgraded my iPad. I wonder if CK will do an app like Northridge publishing has or just continue to offer subscriptions thru iTunes? I have a couple on my iPad now and they are not bad to read that way. I would actually subscribe to CK digitally as they have much better billing practices than Northridge has.
It still makes me kinda sad that the last remaining paper mag is no longer.
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Loc: St. Mary's Co., Maryland
|Posted: 9/6/2013 11:07:10 AM|I just saw this. I remembered how exciting it was to get a magazine in the mail, how there'd be threads here discussing LOs page by page... the contests! (and the implosion of aforementioned contests). It is definitely the end of an era!!!
|Posted: 9/6/2013 11:19:09 AM|
I also am sad about the demise of paper scrapbook magazines. I dislike reading them on the computer, especially having to enlarge it to read anything. Our newspaper went digital four days a week and I find I just don't read it because it's too much trouble. I have no interest in a card magazine, so the combination of CK with Paper Crafts is not good news, since that's pretty much all that Paper Crafts has in it. I know this is the way that the world is going, but I don't have to like it!
Loc: Castle Rock, CO
|Posted: 9/6/2013 11:36:24 AM|Bummer...I love flipping through a paper magazine and really do not enjoy looking at them on my computer or tablet. I want to be able to put my feet up on the sofa and kick back with a magazine in my lap not my computer.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 12:14:50 PM|CK was the first scrapbooking magazine I bought, back in 2001. It pretty much got me into scrapbooking, so this announcement makes me a little sad.
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|Posted: 9/6/2013 12:40:30 PM|
I'll be calling to get my money refunded
I don't think they are offering refunds. This is what was on the blog:
"If you're a subscriber, you may have one or more issues of your subscription remaining so starting in January well be bringing you issues of our new monthly digital-only publication, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking. Created by some of the same editors from both Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes magazines, you'll find many columns and features you've always loved in CK, including Latest & Greatest, Sketches, and Tips & Tricks.
You'll receive two digital issues of your new magazine for every one issue remaining on your Creating Keepsakes subscription. If you're already a Paper Crafts magazine subscriber, your current Paper Crafts subscription will be extended by two issues for every one remaining issue of CK."
Loc: NE Florida
|Posted: 9/6/2013 1:12:22 PM|
I'm glad I let my subscription run out. I have always preferred flicking through a physical magazine rather than a digital one.
I think it is sad that they are switching to digital but, seeing the last few issues were hardly worth printing as they had so few pages, I can see it is probably more cost efficient to create an online publication.
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|Posted: 9/6/2013 3:13:22 PM|
They may not offer a refund, but if you ask for one, they are obligated to provide it. I'll be asking!
|Posted: 9/6/2013 3:20:13 PM|
I have not read this magazine in years but just the other night picked it up at the store to flip through it. Only 66 pages?! Really? Has it been that small for long? Seemed very flimsy.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 6:25:56 PM|I prefer paper mags over digi, but I saw this coming. Being the scrapbook enthusiast that I am, I'll just rip the cover off the last issue, before I pitch it, and scrapbook a page of it.
BTW Lisa (OP) your Scrapbook Diet article is wonderful. TFS!
Loc: Evansville, IN
|Posted: 9/6/2013 7:29:14 PM|
I will be calling for a refund. I paid for a print subscription, not a digital one. I won't ever look at a digi one. If they don't want to refund my money my next call will be to my state Attorney General.
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Loc: Bay Village, Ohio
|Posted: 9/6/2013 7:51:04 PM|
Anyone looking for the bright side to all of this? The digi version will be MONTHLY not bi monthly as the print version currently is. Another advantage is that content can be captured much more quickly and shared. To publish a print version you are at least 6 months behind. How many times have you read the magazine to see a "new" product you've already had for a couple of months? The content will be more current and hopefully more exciting to all.
I'm just as sad as all of you...I save all my issues and love to read them in the car, at the pool, etc. The print and media world are changing faster than any of us could predict. Our manufacturers have had lean years and therefore less money to advertise. It's a sign of times, technology and economy.
PS the app is in the ITunes Store for those with apple technology. There is further info on the CK blog on how to access the Digital Issues.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 8:12:51 PM|
I'm sad to hear but I definitely knew it was coming. Digital is the way it is going, but I still love print magazines.
Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
|Posted: 9/7/2013 2:17:31 AM|My subscription just ran out and I had already decided not to renew anyway. I'm also being bombarded with renewal offers; much more than in previous years when my sub was about to expire. I think they are trying to get subscriptions before this news spreads...
I also prefer a paper copy to digi. There is no lack of inspiration on-line, but lugging the lap-top to the couch just isn't the same.
7 years to get here... So now what?
Loc: Toronto, Ontario
|Posted: 9/7/2013 8:44:36 AM|
Not hard to believe given what I've heard about the content over the past couple of years. I used to subscribe to almost every scrapbooking magazine out there and eagerly await every single one of them each and every month! But now with Pinterest and all the blogs out there, for me there really has been no need for a magazine. The only one that I do browse through is the free on-line version of Scrapbook & Cards Today and I even find that it's changed over the years. Wonder how much longer even it will last.
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|Posted: 9/7/2013 9:08:35 AM|
Not clear that there is money there for them to issue refunds even if they wanted. Threatening and calling an attorney general will do nothing if the money is just not there. The operation has been running on a shoestring for several years now.
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|Posted: 9/7/2013 12:16:58 PM|
I'm very glad I let my subscription lapse. I read magazines for enjoyment, and prefer to curl up with a cat, a cup of hot tea, and a print magazine, not a laptop or tablet. I spend enough time with the computer for work.
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Loc: the land of whine
|Posted: 9/7/2013 1:05:25 PM|
I figured this was coming, but I was hoping that it would hang in there a bit longer. I LOVE magazines, all kinds, not just scrapbooking. I love sitting down with one and a cup of tea, turning dow corners, making notes in the margins. I know I can do that with digital, but I just love paper... Books too.
Loc: Evansville, IN
|Posted: 9/7/2013 1:36:13 PM|
I completely understand why they are going digital. But when I subscribed it was with the understanding that I would be receiving a paper copy. Changing the terms of the subscription without offering me a refund borders on fraud. If I can't get a refund from them, then I'm not afraid to call my state attorney general to see what my options are - even if it is just to file a complaint. At least I will have the satisfaction of knowing that I tried something.
|Posted: 9/7/2013 1:38:19 PM|
That doesn't surprise me, but it makes me sad.
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|Posted: 9/7/2013 4:31:27 PM|
Saw it coming, but hate to see it here. I loved CK (and the other SB magazines) when they were a good-sized magazine.
|Posted: 9/7/2013 7:06:39 PM|
|Posted: 9/7/2013 7:29:53 PM|
and I recently renewed dd's subscription.....
Loc: Universe, Out There
|Posted: 9/7/2013 10:41:44 PM|
Sad to see another one go. I stopped subbing a few years ago when I discovered Scrapbooks ETC and found it more to my liking. When that one went away I discovered Canadian Scrapbooker.
Loc: Enterprise, AL
|Posted: 9/8/2013 11:06:02 AM|
I knew this was coming, but it still bums me out. I am NOT a digi fan, and won't ever go read it or any other magazine online.
|Posted: 9/8/2013 11:19:23 AM|
I haven't bought a magazine in ages because there is so much free online inspiration, but I always love to treat myself to a magazine when going on holiday, I would not subscribe to an online scrapbooking magazine.
|Posted: 9/8/2013 2:26:05 PM|I subscribed to CK when they first came out...it was my favorite magazine but when the issues started getting smaller I let my subscription go. I had subs to all the scrapbook magazines at one point and still have all my copies filling 3 large plastic bins!I am another one who prefers a printed magazine to look at. While I love my kindle for books,I just do not enjoy looking at a magazine online.
|Posted: 9/8/2013 3:50:10 PM|
How sad. I so enjoyed receiving my CK in the mail back in the day.
Loc: The OC
|Posted: 9/8/2013 4:11:22 PM|
I liked the print mags. It was great to find a new issue waiting in my mailbox. I used to cut out the layouts or technique instructions I liked for future reference, as well as make notes on the sides. I can't always do that on computer site galleries.
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|Posted: 9/8/2013 9:43:41 PM|
Sad to hear. I love flipping through a paper magazine.
|Posted: 9/10/2013 6:02:56 AM|Bitterly disappointed, but not a bit surprised. The writing was on the wall once they stopped taking publication seriously. What a waste of a once fabulous magazine! I had saved ALL the issues since the beginning. I truly loved them. Now it isn't even worth the paper it's printed on.
I have no interest whatsoever in digital so-called magazines. I tried to view the July issue through their free link and my antivirus program notified me that it was trying to download malicious objects. How rude! Big no-no! Needless to say, that hardly sold me on the concept, but pushed me the other direction.
They have lost a once-loyal customer in me. Although I may perhaps get the special print issues. I predict they will take those away since they do not care about those of us who like real print magazines. I predict they will totally quit and very soon.
|Posted: 9/11/2013 8:26:20 PM|
I'm not a CK subscriber, but I'm not surprised. I will miss having the option of a paper magazine. I have found that for myself, when publications move online I actually read them less frequently. I just don't feel like being tethered to an electronic device.
I'm glad that I've kept the scrapbook libraryr of books and magazines that I've accumulated over the years. They still have lots of ideas and inspiration.
Loc: S.F. Bay Area, California
|Posted: 9/12/2013 1:37:55 AM|
Sorry to hear, but since it changed owners a few years ago it just got really small and hardly worth the money. I love a physical magazine so I doubt I would subscribe on line. There is already a lot of inspirations without paying for a virtual subscription.
Loc: East Coast
|Posted: 9/12/2013 7:02:38 PM|
So sad to read this. I started subscribing in 1998 and used to wait with such anticipation each month. I stopped a number of years ago, and was shocked when I saw a copy at a bookstore. It used to be sooo thick.