I invite you to sing along with me to the classic R.E.M. song:
"It's the end of this blog as we know it. (it's the...)
It's the end of this blog as we know it, and I feel fine."
Is that an insensitive way to announce the news? I didn't want to just blurt it out. Oh, and it's also the end of my job as we know it, and I feel surprisingly fine about that too. More on that in a couple of paragraphs.
Here's the story. Simple Scrapbooks magazine will be no more after the next two issues go off sale, and it won't be continuing as a separate brand. So there's really no point having a "behind the scenes" blog, you know? There are no scenes for anything to happen behind. We sent the May/June issue to press last week, just Cathy Z., Jennafer, and me. There will be no more Simple antics to report on anymore. And frankly, Simple was paying for this blog url. :-)
But wait, there's more. A while back, Cathy Z. told me a sweet story about how her husband Dan said, "Cathy, I only want to outlive you by one hour." Awwwwwwww, right? And so, last Friday, I said on the phone to Cathy, "I only want to outwork you by one hour." And I did. Minnesota is one hour ahead of Utah. Cathy's last day with CKMedia was also my last day with CKMedia. I worked 60 more minutes before closing up my office and driving home from the office by the prison one last time.
Here's my office, devoid of all my mess.
Note: In the grand cubicle reshuffling of last week, Jennafer Martin inherited my office. I asked her via iChat if there was still a wrinkly old pea sitting on the floor next to the computer tower. It was. I apologized...I'd been meaning to pick it up for weeks but never quite got around to it. It was like an old, gross friend. And the funny thing is...I don't ever remember eating peas in my office.
Why I'm leaving. When the Simple closing was announced, I was given the choice whether to stay or to go. There was a position available to me at CK...basically the same level of work I performed 7 years ago. I felt incredibly grateful to have options, to have a choice. I was treated very kindly and fairly by everyone at CK. As such, it took me a while to reach a decision, but I realized that the right choice for me would be to move on, to spread my wings, to try out new opportunities within the industry. I love scrapbooking. I love writing and editing. I love the talented editors over at CK (special shout out to Jennafer, Megan and Beth!). And I'm forever grateful for all the opportunities CKMedia has afforded me over the years. Nevertheless, it feels good and right for me to move on.
So what's next?
1. I'm launching a new blog. Find me at angielucas.com. It's a scrapbooking-, journaling-, and writing-focused blog ("Yeah, Write"), and it's going to be FUN! I promise to post some behind-the-scenes looks at the Scrapbook Play with Photos special issue (on sale soon) and the May/June issue, on sale in April. I'll also post some pics from the (former) Simple editors' new Wednesday afternoon scrapbooking get-togethers. And I plan to carry on the Simple approach and philosophy the best way I know how.
2. Jennafer Martin, the best boss I've ever had (hands down!) and an extremely talented individual, will be at CK, helping to make sure bits and pieces of the Simple approach and philosophy carry on. Megan Hoeppner, who was our beloved senior editor for 9 whole months, is also over there doing her part. So please continue to support Creating Keepsakes magazine. They'll keep you apprised of their plans over at the CK blog.
3. Former Simple editors and contributors will be hosting a BLOG PARTY April 27 through May 1, two weeks after the final issue goes on sale. There will be really cool prizes, including an Epson Artisan 700 printer (possibly even TWO printers) and a few Making Memories desktop carousels. Why wait so long to throw the party? A huge percentage of Simple Scrapbooks readers will be hearing the news of the closing for the very first time when they receive their May/June issue. We want to celebrate what's great about Simple by posting layouts, sharing favorite memories and stories, and giving all our readers the opportunity to share their thoughts. So please, mark your calendars, and join us!
In closing. It's been a great ride. Please visit all your favorite Simple friends at the blog links on the left. They love you. They want to hear from you. Thanks for everything.
Long live Simple!
p.s. I can't resist sharing a very applicable quote from The Simpsons, said in a voice-over just before a commercial break, when the Simpson family appeared to be in great peril. Feel free to substitute "Simple" for "Simpsons":
"Was this the end of the Simpsons?
Yes it was.
Or was it?
No, it wasn't."