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Posted 12/5/2009 by tennisloon in General Scrappin'
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Posted: 12/5/2009 10:26:25 PM
Well I got my January CK and couldn't believe how awful it was. The pages look like something that was scrapped 10 years ago. Where did they find the paper combinations??? The whole magazine seemed geared toward beginning scrapbookers.
I renewed my subscription a couple of months ago because I felt the last 3 issues were really good. Now I am sorry I did. If they can't put out any better then that they will not be lasting too much longer.

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Posted: 12/5/2009 10:57:32 PM
Mine came in the mail yesterday but I haven't had a chance to look through it. Please don't let CK be heading downhill -- there's nothing left! Well, ok, there are still a couple other mags, but still . . .

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Posted: 12/5/2009 11:04:03 PM
Thats too bad, but I guess we cant all like every issue?

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Posted: 12/5/2009 11:21:18 PM
I got mine and was pretty pleased with it. There were a lot of layouts with current papers (available in stores) by October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, Basic Grey, Collage Press, and American Crafts. I think there were definitely some layouts that would be easy for beginners to copy, but for the most part I thought there was a very nice, wide range of styles and skill levels.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 12:44:30 AM
I haven't seen one yet. I will have to look for one to browse through.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 11:00:11 AM
I got mine a couple of days ago and I'm liking it. I have about 10 pages flagged, so far, and I honestly don't expect to see every single issue as being outstanding. I find myself missing the people who have left recently. There were a couple of layouts that were way outside of my comfort zone - one of them using real Legos and one using a piece of dyed-with-a-stamp-pad cheesecloth....both just too "out there" for me! One thing I did notice....seems like they are really trying to get people to visit their website, lots of "come to our website and download this" kind of thing. Makes me wonder if they might end up being an online magazine subscription some day....sure hope not because I like to sit in my favorite chair and read something I can hold in my hands! Maybe they count website visitors and can set their advertising rates based on how many hits they get? I'm liking this issue though and sure hope they manage to stay in business. I would hate to lose any more scrapbook magazines.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 11:18:55 AM
I havent seen it yet, but always look forward to seeing the newest issue. And if by chance, it isnt jam packed with LO's that suit my style in particular, I am not going to shun the company... this is a form of art and I know that each persons "taste" can vary GREATLY! One thing that we have to take into consideration (IMHO) is that the magazine (and its inside people) are not always the ones that create the LOs...you never know, someone that is reading this thread right now may have contributed.

Just my $.02



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Posted: 12/6/2009 3:06:12 PM
I actually liked it this month. Having converting to mostly digital scrapping since '06, I liked the fact that there is a nice combination of digital and traditional layouts this month.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 3:08:40 PM
I just received my copy and I really liked it a lot! In my opinion CK is better than ever. I really think the magazine is on the right track.


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Posted: 12/6/2009 3:09:15 PM
looking forward to picking up the issue as i always am. I might not care for some layouts but hey everyone has their own taste.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 3:10:45 PM
I started another thread about this. I really liked this issue. I wasn't sure that I would, but despite not having Ali's column and other columns I think it is a good issue.


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Posted: 12/6/2009 3:17:36 PM
I loved it. I'm actually about to do a second read. Seeing all of the new faces was very refreshing. I can't wait until more issues come out to see what else they come up with.


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Posted: 12/6/2009 3:34:34 PM
I just picked up the mail and got mine so I'll be interested to see how it is. I'm not a super advanced scrapper so maybe I'll learn something old school


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Posted: 12/6/2009 4:09:48 PM
I liked it. I thought it had a good variety of articles and layouts in it.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 4:38:33 PM
Since I don't like many of the current 'trends', I was pleased to see some more diverse LOs featured. It was also refreshing to see some new faces. I get tired of seeing the same styles and the same people in EVERY issue!!


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Posted: 12/6/2009 4:53:54 PM
i'm with you tennisloon. i totally understand that everyone has their own unique tastes but it just seemed somewhat elementary for a magazine and there wasn't really anything in there that wowed me. which i kind of feel that if you're published in a mag, it should have a bit of a wow factor. although, after reading all of these replies i might open it up and give it a second glance.


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Posted: 12/6/2009 5:00:57 PM
It was my first time being published in CK. Aside from liking that, I liked that the editors focused in closely on design elements of various LOs. Thats always makes me look at the LOs differently than I normally do.


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Posted: 12/6/2009 7:17:47 PM
I received mine yesterday and started to look at it today. I'm about half-way through it and so far I like it. I really like the column for the fast 4x6 photos layouts. That will be a nice feature. It also looks like they are starting to incorporate "simple scrapbooks" in this as well. So, I'm happy with it.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 8:22:58 PM
I got mine yesterday and went through it once. I thought it was good--- I like the 4x6 layouts. I was skeptical...but pleased.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 8:44:16 PM
I absolutely agree with the OP. YUCK. Normally, while skimming through it (walking from the mailbox back to the house) I'll think, "Oh man, I can't wait to sit down and really look at this page by page." Well, skimming it, I was skeptical and once I gave it a good once-over, not one page dog-eared...


I could've written her post...word for word.

I was sad reading Lisa's last article. She was very eloquent is what she said, i.e. her "tingles"








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Posted: 12/6/2009 9:01:32 PM
I just got mine too and I really liked it. I liked how they focused on certain techniques because sometimes I tend to overlook some things and don't always realize how something was done. I have a few pages marked and am going to look through it a few more times.



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Posted: 12/6/2009 9:05:18 PM
I really liked it. Didn't miss the same old same old people. If you look back over the years it has continually changed. I started reading it in 2000. In the last few years though I think it got stale. Personally, I liked what I am seeing and enjoying the new changes.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 9:56:31 PM
I finished reading through it since my first post and had to come back and say I flagged 17 pages! That's alot for me...some of them are layouts, some of them a technique idea I don't want to forget and one is a download at their website (inventory sheets). I really liked this issue and I like the new columns too. Jennifer L, I saw your layout, it caught my eye right away! Page 42, My Best Buds and what a clever title...such pretty pictures and great colors. I liked alot of layouts in this issue and yours was one of them! Congrats on being published in CK.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 10:04:51 PM
You all certainly have peaked my interest! I hope mine comes soon.

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Posted: 12/6/2009 11:01:00 PM
I knew Ali's column was done, but I was exceedingly disappointed to see that Dear Lizzy was gone too. There was very little that snagged my interest, no dog-eared pages, but I won't give up on it yet. Even when the magazine was full of columns I did enjoy, there were always issues that were less interesting, so I'm not going to give up on it yet.

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Posted: 12/7/2009 12:40:15 AM
I miss Ali! But that being said, I really liked the issue. So many great seasonal layouts to inspire me!


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Posted: 12/7/2009 8:58:46 AM
I haven't rec'd my JanCK yet, but I always find something to like in every issue, some more than others, but I would really miss rec'ing this magazine and hope that they stay in print. It's nice to find it in my mailbox and know that I'll have it to look thru when I go to bed. Small pleasures...Maria

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Posted: 12/7/2009 9:15:02 AM
I haven't looked at mine yet, but when I picked it up at the bookstore I was expecting it to be SBE. I thought the cover looked more like what SBE traditionally looks like.



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Posted: 12/7/2009 9:17:59 AM
I actually received this, probably, a few days ago. I glance at them pretty quickly then put them away. I actually pulled this one back out and looked at it a bit closer after I saw this thread. It wasn't bad, in my opinion. I like CK.



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Posted: 12/7/2009 9:56:02 AM
I glanced over mine pretty quickly but I liked it...especially the 4x6 ideas


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Posted: 12/7/2009 10:52:07 AM
I like it a lot. I find the page make over with Jen J, holy buckets, AMA-freaking-ZING!!!! I should have kept my unfinished page so I could have CK re-do mine!!!



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Posted: 12/7/2009 2:06:39 PM
Mine just came in the mail today and I spent about 15 minutes glancing through it. I was pleased with what I saw and think I will get a lot of inspiration from it when I have more time to read it. I was really happy to see that Jennifer McQuire's column is still in it. And their 2010 CK Dream Team includes some 2Peas members, so I think I will give this issue

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Posted: 12/7/2009 2:22:32 PM

It was my first time being published in CK. Aside from liking that, I liked that the editors focused in closely on design elements of various LOs. Thats always makes me look at the LOs differently than I normally do.


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Posted: 12/8/2009 9:22:19 AM
Ok, I finally had a chance to sit down and look through my mag yesterday and I have to say I really loved this issue.

There were a lot of pages I flagged with ideas I liked and I loved seeing so many new faces. I think it was a great issue!

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Posted: 12/8/2009 11:12:28 AM
I received my issue and loved it. I have a ton of pages flaged to scraplift. Can't please everyone all the time.

The whole magazine seemed geared toward beginning scrapbookers.
Thanks.

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Posted: 12/8/2009 11:17:14 AM
I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. I definitely missed Ali Edwards, but but I liked Jennifer Martin's take on the sketch column.



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Posted: 12/8/2009 12:47:26 PM
I like the new set-up of the mag. Its like getting 4 mags in one.

Congrats Jen L ( I really like how you layered the calendar diecuts, I actually flagged that idea)

Lets hang in there guys It is only Jan.

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Posted: 12/8/2009 1:15:10 PM
I LOVED this issue. I like the page makeover. I hope they do several of these each issue.

It seemed like they were asking for a lot of reader submissions for future issues. I like CK better when they have a lot of fresh faces.

The 4x6 photos section was great.

I hope they keep this up!

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Posted: 12/8/2009 1:23:49 PM
I actually really really liked it. I mean alot. I know some of the old columns were favorites of many, but they were never my style. So i was happy to see some new things.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 4x6 column. Can I tell you how much I hate cropping photos??

CK seems to have evolved into part classic CK and part old Scrapbooks ETC...and I think that is a good thing. The layouts were inspiring, in that they made you want to scrap, dig through your stash, or even seek out new product. I think it was a good issue.

I do long for a magazine with more detailed layouts in it...I guess there is Somerset Studios, last I looked, last year, they still were not pubbing that many layouts. I may have to check it out again.

And YAY Jen! The moment I saw the blurp about being a Buffy fan I knew it was you. You also made me want to scrap my dh's garden photos. You totally rock getting pubbed and getting Buffy mentioned.


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Posted: 12/8/2009 1:50:42 PM

I like it a lot. I find the page make over with Jen J, holy buckets, AMA-freaking-ZING!!!! I should have kept my unfinished page so I could have CK re-do mine!!!



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Posted: 12/8/2009 2:00:37 PM
I miss Ali and the digital column is gone. Seems like the mag is trying to appeal to more people, though ... a mix of beginner and more advanced stuff. I don't think it's bad ... the articles look good, actually. Photo column was OK. It appears the age of the scrap celebrity is over.


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Posted: 12/8/2009 2:20:07 PM
Just took mine out of the mailbox. Now I have to find some time to see what everyone is talking about ...

As a general rule, I never expect to like every issue. I don't start thinking about cancellation until I haven't found something relevant for 6 or more consecutive months.

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Posted: 12/8/2009 4:13:18 PM
I got mine yesterday and I've already read the entire thing. It had its bad points and its good points. There were several layouts I really liked. But I have to agree that there were several really BAD layouts in there that left me shaking my head. One was my a contributor that works for the magazine and I'm sure she is a nice person - but she has no business being published. Her work just doesn't measure up to the level it should be at. It doesn't follow basic design principles. If a layout doesn't have that WOW factor, I wish they would leave it out. I was perplexed by many of their choices. One thing I've always loved about Scrapbooks, etc. is that they seem to have better taste in choosing layouts.

I did not like it that they used up so much space for the "step by step" instructions. I think that's what seemed "beginnerish" to so many people. I did like the journaling ideas, the page makeover, the 4x6 column and part of the sketches column.

My favorite part was the article on heat embossing. That might seem beginnerish to some but I enjoyed seeing the samples. It will be interesting to see where they go from here.

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Posted: 12/8/2009 4:20:55 PM
I haven't gotten mine yet, and come to think of it, didn't get a december issue! I have read here and some other mb's that this issue wasn't all that.

The decline of all the sbooking magazines makes me sad--when I was a newbie, they really helped me step up the quality of my work, and I really enjoyed them. Now, I wonder why i spend my money on the mags. Just not what they used to be. Another sign of the economy, I guess.

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Posted: 12/8/2009 4:20:56 PM
I haven't gotten mine yet, and come to think of it, didn't get a december issue! I have read here and some other mb's that this issue wasn't all that.

The decline of all the sbooking magazines makes me sad--when I was a newbie, they really helped me step up the quality of my work, and I really enjoyed them. Now, I wonder why i spend my money on the mags. Just not what they used to be. Another sign of the economy, I guess.

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Posted: 12/8/2009 5:36:59 PM
I really enjoyed what I have seen of it (kinda scanned though it before bed last night)

Although I am not a beginner, I love seeing all the technique instruction. I mean if I just wanted to see layouts I would just come to the gallery here and see them for free.

I was pleased with the variety of information it includes.

I am glad Jennifer McGuire is still on board with her article (I always love seeing what she does!)

I am not sure if this was in Dec issue but I just LOVE the issue index on page 118.....it is nice to be able to scan there for something you know you saw than having to thumb through page by page!

I hope CK continues on this path...it seems to work for me!



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Posted: 12/9/2009 8:40:21 AM
Can someone tell me which colums stayed and what is different?
I read so far that Dear Lizzy is gone (of course with Ali's column, Lisa's part and the Becky sketches) and Jennifer McGuire's column is still in it, but what of monthly to-dos by Amanda Probst, Creative spaces and Mandy's challenge?
I should have gotten my issue last week, but it's still not here (probably the Dutch mail is going mad with Christmas cards, as usual...), so I really want to know what is still there and which new things are in the mag! All your posts made me curious!

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Posted: 12/9/2009 10:40:25 AM
I've just started looking at CK mag and was liking what I've been seeing. I am a little put off by the attitude of the "beginner stuff" though. I am a beginner, but tring some advanced stuff every now and then. If a person is going to improve how can they if it is all above their heads.
I am a teacher and the magazine layout is good, because it crosses all sectors. I did notice the Two Peas also and am excited to see them actively out their showing all their talents (don't get me wrong the site Rocks, but in a mag is super too). As a teacher or professor. one is encouraged to publish or research and discuss with otherrs their knowledge: it's the same in a way that the Two Peas are getting published.
So before some of you pooh pooh something, think of the bigger picture. Who is this mag trying to reach-a large group!


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Posted: 12/9/2009 10:52:58 AM

So before some of you pooh pooh something, think of the bigger picture. Who is this mag trying to reach-a large group!


I agree. And I think this issue does that really well -- there's something for everyone in there imo. I don't get the "beginner" thing either.

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Posted: 12/9/2009 12:13:17 PM

Can someone tell me which colums stayed and what is different?


Still there:
Sketches (by someone else now)
Jen McGuire's column
photo tricks
reader gallery
seasonal solutions
latest and greatest
tips and tricks
creative spaces
pull out sheet of sketches

New:
scrappetizers (little tidbits of news/info)
ck shows you how
fast pages with 4x6
make the most of leftovers
journaling solutions
issue index
15 minute layout
4 bonus techniques
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