(endless) gratitude to PC&S

pc&s hophawkins_jill_cookies2_I always love a good laugh…and while I fully intended to post a Thank You card, I thought we might need a laugh at this point! πŸ™‚ But please, pass the tissues :(.

Today we, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine enthusiasts, say a BIG THANK YOU and a fond farewell to a beloved publication & the people that made it all happen…ok, seriously, get the tissues 😦

You should have arrived here (stop #133) from Taylor Usry’s blog.

When I received the contributor email regarding the ceasing of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine after the February issue, my heart sank. The people. The amazing people at PC&S. I so feel for their loss on many levels. Then, after awhile, it sank in further…no more Paper Crafts. No more? 😦

Well, what the heck? What do I do now? What do WE do now? PC&S is soooo much more than publications. It’s a community. It’s inspiration. It’s fun and let me be frank, awesome! AWESOME. AWESOME. πŸ™‚

I am guessing I am similar to many…for years I’ve read and admired issues of Paper Crafts (& Scrapbooking). I’ve always considered it the go-to publication/resource in the industry. It just spoke to me with it’s clean look, clear layouts, fun articles, Go-To-Gals, and AMAZING content. Seriously. Every issue I find myself gasping at people’s talents! Gosh–the talent is unbelievable. And it is clearly a reflection on the publication itself, drawing that talent issue after issue.

One day, like MANY, I read the publication calls. It was for scraps. Well, gee, I have a card on my desk that fits this bill entirely. Maybe I should finish it and send it in? What the heck! And after letting it sit on my computer for awhile, rethinking it over and over, I did. By golly, I’m glad I did! I got that coveted email from Susan R. Opel. It’s like the heavens opened with sunshine, and that music played in the background…and I kept thinking, “Is this a joke? Surely this is a joke!?” If you’re a paper crafter/card maker/scrapbooker, being in PC&S is like the FREAKING BOMB. That giddy feeling of an acceptance email is unexplainable. I buzzed around not knowing what to do with my hands! What do I do with my hands!!? LOL. Too funny. I must have read that email over 27 times+. Then I responded to Susan’s email with about 10,000 exclamation points. I figured she’d think I was nutso. (Which I was!) Instead, she shared in my joy and cheered me on. SRO…a truly delightful and sincere person :).

Then there were the contests I always admired from afar too. I again figured I had nothing to lose but not trying seemed silly. So I made cards and entered. The honor to be a winner! Geesh. And the community. Just loved it so. I have been so fortunate, being included in issues and amongst contest winners. It’s humbling, as I still feel like I’m “looking in”. πŸ™‚

Anywhoozle…this was way longer than my usual post of 50-100 words, so I’ll close it out with this: Thank you to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking–for the fun, the inspiration, the challenges, the amazing issues EVERY time, the community, the fabulous photography, the hip articles, the outstanding blog, rewriting my card instructions so they make sense ;), the elevating of oneself, the fun escapes to create, embracing my excitement with me (!), and the long distance friendships. I still struggle to say exactly “something” but…well, Be Cool. It’s a fond farewell to the publication and a see you soon to the people. πŸ™‚

Cheers to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking! and Thank you again…and again…and again.

Next on the hop is: Chunyuan Wu. Big thanks to Taheerah Atchia for spearheading this hop! And to those who helped her. What an undertaking! πŸ™‚

…start at the beginning on Jennifer McGuire’s blog!

Thanks for hopping by–group hug! xo

Jill πŸ™‚

My first blog hop…how fitting it’s for a tribute to PC&S. xo

Supplies: (Milk and Cookies, Milo’s ABC’s, A Little Birdie Told Me (and die)) Lawn Fawn, (Shadows) Paper Smooches, (Graph Background) Hero Arts, (Hello) Avery Elle. Hero Arts ink, Paper Source & Neenah cardstock, Prismacolor pencils, blending stumps, thread.

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awesomeSAUCE…

hawkins_jill_dad sauce_Awesomesauce. πŸ™‚ Love it. This was the item I was using for inspiration:

sauce_This card was made for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine‘sΒ June 2015 “Get Inspired” column. You know the fabulous one at the end of every issue that just makes you want to make something STAT!? Ha! No, seriously, it does. πŸ˜‰

Anywhoozle… I was ever so thrilled to be even considered for such by PC&S, and was all a flutter when Susan R. Opel asked me to do it. C.R.A.Z.Y. Fun. Eeek! Just insanely happy and FREAKING nervous!

I started working on this card immediately! Then proceeded to work on it, piecemeal for about three weeks. Tinkering, thinking, die cutting something here, something there… (Lawn Fawn products=good stuff)…And then I was done! Or so I hoped?! I emailed it to Susan one morning. A few hours later, I received the email about publishing coming to a close after the February issue. *sniffles*. I didn’t connect all the dots until later that night…this column wasn’t going to happen. 😦

I was definitely bummed, as this was a big huge humungous honor for little me. But in the end, I am more grateful than anything. I was asked. And THAT is the true highlight for me. I am just so thankful for the consideration, let alone the call to create. πŸ™‚ I loved being challenged like this from a source I greatly respect. I enjoyed the whole process & thought the end result was fun…even though I admittedly panicked at first! ha! πŸ˜‰ ) Again, I’m not even kidding. Lol. πŸ™‚ )

I keep saying it, I’ll say it again and I’ll say it often–Thank you PC&S. You will be missed.

…and Thank you SRO! You’re the sincerest cheerleader! Sharing your last blog post with these cards that “almost were” is another sign of your generosity and character.Β  πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading–

Jill πŸ™‚

Supplies: (Cole’s ABC’s & Speech Bubble Border (dies), Milo’s ABC’s (stamps)) Lawn Fawn. Paper Source & Hero Arts cardstock, Versamark, Hero Arts embossing powder, thread.

thanks…cover!

hawkins_jill_thanks PCSholy *bleep*! FREAKING OUT (still)! Happy New Year! This is on the January 2015 cover of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking!! And the cards it shares space with?!! Heather Campbell’s & Betsy Veldman’s cards are um…hello!? WOW!! Humbling. I’m still floating. La la la. πŸ™‚

I love a good laugh and trying to write out the instructions for how to make this card sounded like an Abbott and Costello routine…”die cut the die cut, then die cut that die cut into the other die cut…”. But of course, because they know their stuff, they broke it down visually inside the magazine. And can I say, Thank you! πŸ™‚

Check it out:

I cannot wait to sit and really take this whole issue in…the colors inside are fabulous too! PC&S never disappoints…issue after issue after special issue. Incredible. I just can’t imagine only one more month and special to come? Not going to dwell today. Let’s enjoy them while they are here, shall we? πŸ™‚

Thank You to PC&S! πŸ˜‰ & Thank you for stopping by and reading my freak out!

Jill πŸ™‚

The die cuts I used are two of my favs: Lawn Fawn’s “Scripty Thanks” and Avery Elle’s “Rounded Diamonds”. I rather enjoy a good, bold scripty word, but I am so picky about them…not too swirly, or spaced or whatever it is. It’s silly. This LF one is perfecto! πŸ™‚ Avery Elle also makes another fav of mine, “Chevron Bits”. I had to put those away to let them rest a lil’ while. πŸ˜‰

Supplies: Dies: (Scripty Thanks) Lawn Fawn, (Rounded Diamonds) Avery Elle. Cardstock: Paper Source, Bazzill Basics, Hobby Lobby & the Paper Company. Thread.