Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Special Thanks Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I have a special (but sad) post today.


Today, 200+ people are hopping to say thanks to the staff at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine. If you're hopping along, you should be coming from Susie's blog.

For those who don't know, Paper Crafts will have its last issue in February 2015. Since the announcement, I've thought about what to say. Ultimately, it comes down to thank you. Thank you for being such an influence on the papercrafting community. Thank you for your hard work and the love you poured into issues. Thank you for being awesome people who made people smile every day.

Kerri does awesome "What I've learned from..." posts on Paper Crafts Connections. I did a little reflecting on what I've learned from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking over the past several years:

  1. Go for it.  'Nuff said.
  2. It's good to try new techniques. It's hard to fall into a rut when you have calls pushing you to try using hardware or string art or acrylics. 
  3. What not to wear. I really should say what is "in" to wear. PC&S has always been cutting edge on spotting trends, and reading the issues/calls made me feel almost cool. 
  4. Freestyle/collage is a real life style. I want to put seven unrelated embellishments on a card? That's okay! 
  5. Barbie shoes don't make great stamps. Yes, I've tried that. And celery. And corn. My husband thought I was completely nuts when I told him I had to go to the grocery store for a call. Believe me, I would never have tried those techniques if it hadn't been for PC&S, but trying something new is good. :)
  6. Gallon, quart, and pint is more than just for paint. The Card Design Handbook? Life changing. 
  7. It's more than a magazine. The editors and staff, the blogs, the contests, the challenges--it's such a sense of community. These folks are social media gurus!
  8. They are teachers. When I had a DT end, Susan and Jennifer took the time to give me some great advice. They taught me a lot about myself. 
  9. Rocky Road is good. The PC&S editors were very supportive of different styles, different supplies, and different techniques. I dug that (like I dig Rocky Road ice cream). 
  10. Crafty friends are good friends. I've met fabulous friends through PC&S, and I know I'm not the only one. :)
Thank you, Jennifer, Susan, Stacy, Kerri, Holly, Matt, Melinda, and (honorary) Cath for all that you have done.

I also wanted to share a card:

You Make Me Smile


I used the pretty new Amy Tangerine Stitched collection to make a very scrappy card. Here's a close-up:

You Make Me Smile


Lastly, I wanted to link up to the PC&S Farewell Slideshow. (Awww....)

Thanks for stopping by. Next up in the hop is Chaitali!

39 comments:

  1. Jocelyn, I love this post...chuckling at the things you learned and your card today...your card today ROCKS.

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  2. Gorgeous card! And I love your post, Jocelyn!

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  3. I love it! Totally you and perfect for the hop. Here's to PC&S and crafty friends!!!

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  4. This one makes me think smash book! I love it!

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  5. Love what you wrote, Jocelyn!! So heartfelt and so true! Your card is ,of course, GORGEOUS!! HUGS!

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  6. Such an awesome list....and awesome card, Jocelyn!! Love it!! Lovely tribute to PC&S!!

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  7. Thank you for a sharing a beautiful card.

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  8. I think words cannot express how much I love this post, Jocelyn! You summed it up SO perfectly and despite the sadness of this whole thing, I'm leaving your blog with a big smile on my face. *Hugs*

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  9. A perfect post :) Your card is amazing and I love your list- lots of fun memories!!

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  10. Truth, every. single. word. A great post, Jocelyn, and a beautiful card!

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  11. Great post and a fantastic card! Just love your style!

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  12. Hands down - awesome post!! And your card is so awesome!! It's defiantly 'Jocelyn' and that makes me LOOOOOOVE it!! The stitching and layers - so fabulous!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful card, Jocelyn! Love it!

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  14. Amazing card- brilliant idea for the post- love your 'learning'- just a shame that Barbie shoes don't make great stamps! x

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  15. I love it. I am thinking smash book or journal with this one.

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  16. Love this amazing card and your great post.

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  17. Perfect sentiment and card. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  18. Such a beautiful card Jocelyn! I love hearing everyone's happy stories about the magazine!

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  19. Very pretty card and perfect!

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  20. Thanks to PC&S, I too have stamped with vegetables... successfully, even. Their many sources of inspiration and advice will be missed. What a beautiful card you made in tribute!

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  21. I love your post, so heartfelt and so so true! Your card is as fabulous as you are! Hugs my friend!

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  22. Such a super pretty and feminine card!

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  23. Wonderful (true) words and a gorgeous card! <3 you Jocelyn!

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  24. What a beautiful card! I used the same paper line and flowers, great minds. ;)

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  25. Oh, I love your list! And your card is beautiful too :)

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  26. Love your post and your absolutely fabulous card (as they always are!). xo

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  27. ABSOLUTELY loved your post!! What a perfect way to sum it all up! I especially could relate to random grocery store trips for a call….I've totally done that as well. Awe…memories that won't be forgotten! You said it all so perfectly!

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  28. Fantastic post, Jocelyn! And a fabulous card! :-)

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  29. Love your post Jocelyn, so well written. Your card is Awesome!!

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  30. Your card is stunning and I loved reading your post. <3

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  31. Oh, Jocelyn, you are one of the first online crafty friends I made through PC&S Magazine. I've seen your work evolve over the years and I'm sure PC&S was a big part of it. Your card is awesome - as per usual. Love those colors. I hope we remain crafty friends.

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  32. Crazy awesome Jocelyn as they always are! Your reflections totally rock!!

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  33. It has been so fun seeing your various projects and fun techniques. Thanks for your inspiration and sharing your creativity!
    StacyC

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