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Posted 12/5/2009 by tennisloon in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 445,877
November 2009
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 12/9/2009 1:47:29 PM
In total honesty, I read Ali's blog, Becky's blog and others, so I don't really care if they are in the mag.

I have never understood what Lisa B was about anyway, I don't feel any connection with her and don't see her as an artist - but maybe I am missing something? I think she has a business and it has done well, now she's sold it and moved on.

I am glad for her - but I don't actually have any emotions about her leaving and I could care LESS about her tingles. Whatev. Sometimes those chicks are just a bit OUT there for me.

I liked this issue a lot - lots of good stuff. Could have used more and better photos in the creative spaces feature.

I prefer SBE, but I like having both arrive.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 31,549
March 2002
Posts: 10,705
Layouts: 333
Loc: San Diego, CA

Posted: 12/9/2009 3:26:09 PM
I picked up a copy last week and I really enjoyed this issue. I flagged a bunch of different pages.

I love that they're still going to do a monthly sketch and show variations of it, even though it's no longer by BH. I love the new 4x6 photos column, and the 15 minute page at the back of the mag.

I was sorry to see that Amanda Probst's column was gone, but I guess since it was a "page a month" column for last year, it makes sense that it'd be over with the Dec. issue. Still, I hope to see more of her work in the mag.

Very pleased with the direction that CK has been going in for the last 5 or 6 issues. I'm sorry to see some of the inspiring ladies moving on (Ali, Becky, Lisa), but I look forward to what CK has in store for us this year.


PeaNut 319,334
May 2007
Posts: 1,504
Layouts: 362
Loc: Huntsville, AL

Posted: 12/9/2009 3:39:07 PM
For all those who are thinking of canceling after not liking one or two issues, can I ask an honest question?

Just how much do you expect out of a magazine that you pay $1-$2 an issue for depending on what kind of deal you got on your sub? If I only get one idea or even just 20 minutes of enjoying flipping through my cheap-o magazines, I'm happy.

Some people pay $4+ for a cup of coffee and don't expect out of it what they expect out of an issue of CK!


PeaNut 291,250
January 2007
Posts: 738
Layouts: 16
Loc: avoiding laundry...

Posted: 12/9/2009 7:04:54 PM
I'm buying an issue tomorrow to see what I think.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 31,617
March 2002
Posts: 9,964
Layouts: 59
Loc: southern new mexico

Posted: 12/11/2009 9:11:47 AM

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.

I totally agree, Tracie.

If you're gonna give me something like that, at least make it a "fresh face" so I can see that you (the magazine) really ARE comitted to publishing readers and I might, just MIGHT, have a chance if I send in a scan.

Marilyn (now in New Mexico!!)
SCUBA diving and SCRAPPING Mom of two

Yep...I'm a Manic Mom

PeaNut 222,146
September 2005
Posts: 9,447
Layouts: 48
Loc: Somewhere watchin' my kiddos play baseball & softball :)

Posted: 12/11/2009 9:24:14 AM
Well, I was finally able to get a copy in my hands and I really like it. Yes, it is different from the way that it used to be, but with a whole group of new faces...it should be...kwim?

Yep...I pin!!!


PeaNut 104,159
August 2003
Posts: 1,410
Layouts: 30

Posted: 12/11/2009 9:32:27 PM
I just might subscribe again. I got so tired of the same each month that I let mine lapse. And I was a subscriber from the VERY first issue - the free one they mailed out to advertise their new magazine - was that in 1997?

I had gotten tired of the big one page photo of the designer (yes, I know they finally did away with that). It took them a long time to do something new.
Got tired of Becky and Ali's articles - to me they looked the same each month.

Ella Minnow Pea

PeaNut 326,621
July 2007
Posts: 3,592
Layouts: 56
Loc: Evansville, IN

Posted: 12/11/2009 9:59:46 PM
I got one yesterday. I didn't think it was horrible. I do like the project for making an "inventory book" because I definitely don't know what i have as far as stamps and ink colors. It would be great to be able to flip through a few pages right before running out to a store.


PeaNut 36,328
April 2002
Posts: 3,874
Layouts: 7
Loc: southern IN

Posted: 12/12/2009 1:26:07 PM
I got mine yesterday and haven't gone all the way thru it yet, but it looks like a good issue. I've already found two or three layouts to copy! Maria

SaVeD bY GrAcE!

PeaNut 358,347
January 2008
Posts: 6,898
Layouts: 126

Posted: 12/12/2009 4:12:25 PM
I actually liked the first half, but wasn't really feeling the second half. But, there was enough things that I did like to make it worth my while!

OP - sorry you didn't like it!


Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Happily scrapbooking since 1996!


PeaNut 111,527
October 2003
Posts: 3,517
Layouts: 0
Loc: West Coast

Posted: 12/12/2009 8:07:21 PM
It wasn't one of the better issues, IMO. That said, I really like getting scrapbook magazines. I had a subscription to SS and MM and with those both gone, I'm just glad to have something to read and look at. When I started scrapbooking there were no magazines, no LSS so I really really appreciate just having CK!

Why was Dear Lizzy gone?


PeaNut 186,362
January 2005
Posts: 1,536
Layouts: 68
Loc: dreaming...

Posted: 12/12/2009 11:07:15 PM
I didn't think it was bad, but nothing really jumped out at me and wowed me as usual. It all seemed a bit ho-hum to me.


PeaNut 445,785
November 2009
Posts: 961
Layouts: 100
Loc: the netherlands

Posted: 12/13/2009 5:50:25 AM
I got mine yesterday. I think it's ok. Not very very good, but just ok. I marked some pages, which is more than the zero in the last issue. What I don't understand is that they go on and on forever about organizing your stuff. Really, just put your things where you like it and that's it! In this way it takes longer to organize everything than you actually are scrapping.
But, I liked the scrappetizers and the extended reader gallery, so that's something. And I agree, I'm not paying much money for CK (well, a bit more because I live in Holland, but still less than for Dutch magazines), so in the end I'm glad I receive the magazine and have a nice hour with it.


PeaNut 307,831
April 2007
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Layouts: 0
Loc: iowa

Posted: 12/13/2009 8:13:23 AM
I got mine yesterday. I didn't think it was bad at all. Lots of new faces, but that is good, right?


PeaNut 221,172
August 2005
Posts: 3,106
Layouts: 1
Loc: California

Posted: 12/13/2009 8:15:23 AM
We have to give them a chance! They have an awesome new design team, I am sure it will be fantastic! I am also sure this is a transition time for them- I am looking forward to the Feb issue!

lemon dropp

PeaNut 381,316
June 2008
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 12/15/2009 1:29:36 PM
I liked it! I liked the variety of layouts - I tagged quite a few. I will miss Becky, as I've always been a fan of hers. But I am hopeful that it will be a good change.

As great as it is to look at things on-line and get inspiration from on-line sources, I really enjoy sitting down and flipping through pages.

Coffee-Fueled Pea

PeaNut 9,568
January 2001
Posts: 5,908
Layouts: 177
Loc: Washington State

Posted: 12/18/2009 12:09:01 PM
I have to give big kudos to Lisa B! She started a magazine when scrapbooking was just getting started, and she really set the bar! Think of all of the things that CK became "known" for: conventions and CKU, idea books, the CK OK mark on products, Hall of Fame (which was one of the first design teams), merchandise, etc. I met her when I first started scrapbooking 13 years ago, and I was so impressed with her excitement for the hobby. I think she did a great job of keeping up with an industry that has changed dramatically over the last 10 years!

I understand, after so long, that she really needs a break. I'm excited for CK in the future, and I hope that the magazine continues for a long time!


Empty nester, Disney lover, Starbucks drinker, scrapbooker forever!
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