Tuesday, June 23, 2015
ode to simple scrapbooks magazine
Gone are the days of solid scrapbook instruction in printed form.
You can now find great ideas online but it's either information overload or I struggle to find the voice that inspires me like Simple did.
Simple Scrapbooks and Stacy Julian changed my life.
They literally changed my life. No other way to put it.
I think differently because of the philosophies and instruction I received from the contributors.
I love that it was solid, simple information presented in the way that I process it.
Part of the appeal was the clean design of the magazine, provided by Cathy Zielske.
I also loved the voice of the magazine. I think I could feel Stacy's influence on every page.
I'm looking at the March/April 2009 issue now and there is a great article on photography.
Next is a wonderful article on journaling that really has some innovative ideas.
Next up is an article on choosing colors for your layout and the pages in it are awesome.
The layouts throughout the magazine are fun and doable and mostly 8.5x11, which is my go-to size.
There are sketches of the layouts that let me easily envision making them for myself.
There are fun reader tips on how to organize page ideas, journaling ideas and instructions on how to print smaller photos.
There's an article on using lots and lots of photos on a layout. There's another one on being an organized and inspired scrapbooker.
I could go on and on. There's so much wonderfulness packed in this issue, that I am amazed this magazine is out of business!
The magazine was a collaboration of some of my favorite people in the industry and now those people are scattered. I wish I could get them all in one place again.
I guess I will just treasure the issues I have and read and re-read them until I'm old and gray.
I'm just thankful I had the chance to know you, Simple Scrapbooks. I truly miss you.