Scrapbook Inspirations is no more

SBK59.coverI just got this in my inbox (and did get the all clear to post it publicly):

“Following a review of its performance over the past year, we have taken the difficult decision to close our craft title Scrapbook Inspirations. Its last issue will go sale on 13th November, however a series of special Scrapbook Inspirations bookazines are planned for 2010, with the first one hitting newsstands in February.

The decision has been made as part of the ongoing management of the craft portfolio, which has seen the launch of The Knitter in January this year and some strong circulation performances from the rest of our titles. Declining advertising revenues and shrinking newsstand sales meant Scrapbook Inspirations, craft’s smallest title by circulation, was no longer commercially sustainable as a monthly title.

The four staff working on this title are currently in consultation regarding their roles.

Group Publisher Kerry Lawrence comments: “Scrapbook Inspirations catered to a very specialist market which has unfortunately declined significantly during the last year. We’re really disappointed to be closing this magazine but it’s important we respond to what is happening in the industry. Moving to a model of publishing occasional bookazines will allow us to keep the Scrapbook Inspirations brand alive in a format more suited to the current market. I’d like to thank the team for all of their hard work and dedication during their time on Scrapbook Inspirations.”

That is the official word. From me? Sad news for me personally, as I loved working with the team, and maybe sad news for UK scrapbooking. But I don’t want to dwell on it – I’ve seen many UK scrapbooking magazines come and go (Remember Scrapbooking Memories and More? The 12 x 12 Scrapbooking Magazine? Creative Scrapbooking? and a few others…..) While I am saddened that there is now only one truly “home grown” scrapping magazine that is left (The Scrapbook Magazine) and a few pages of poorly reproduced layouts by UK scrappers in the UK edition of Scrapbook Trends (to be fair to ST, I am going on the posts made on UKS and other places – I’ve yet to see an actual copy of the UK version, but have been told the magazine does not ask for the actual layouts, only a digital photo or scan of the layout and prints that in the magazine) there are, of course, many, many blogs and galleries online. The fact that SI was the best selling scrapbooking magazine in the UK according to the offical ABC audit made no difference in the end. It was recently said to me that the future of scrapbook publishing is online. Hummmm….

While I live my life online, spending waaaaaay too much time logged in to a plethora of sites and blogs, I don’t like eating my breakfast or lunch in front of the Mac (I shower, so no dilemma about reading in the bath, which is the first thing anyone says when a digital magazine is mentioned) so while I am happy to read the US Scrapbooking Trends collection of magazines online I was always glad to have a print magazine I could depend on getting to flick through and feel the paper under my fingertips. I’ll mis that and will be looking for something else to replace it

Oh well. On the bright side at least my kids won’t have to worry about the camera lens trained on them every time they move. And I can scrap only what I want rather than to assignment.

A couple of last words – firstly to Rosie, Cara and Jane. You gals were the best to work with. I haven’t had much experience with magazine editors but I’ve had the odd bad experience, which only made me appreciate you three all the more. To the team – I never had much chance to work with the newly expanded team but have visited most of their blogs and saw very inspiring work on show. Shame I won;t be seeing it every month, but will hope to see much in the bookazines. To the original team, what can I say? You guys still surprise and inspire me with your work. Next, if you have work at the mag I’ve been assured all work will be returned. Once I know where to send you for info on what happens with subscriptions, I’ll let you know, here and on UKS.

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TourposterAlthough I have read that some people who follow blogs get annoyed by the mix of crafty and personal info, this is my blog and as much a record for me as it is for anyone else who reads it. So scrappers, feel free to skip this first bit.

DH, stupidly, given that both Christmas and his birthday loom, surprised DS with the DVD version of a concert they went to see last year. Neverender was a 4-night concert by the band Coheed and Cambria where they played the content of all four of their albums in sequence over four consecutive nights. They played NYC, Chicago, LA and London. The albums are an extension of a sci-fi comic written by the lead singer (Claudio Sanchez, who has to have the most rock&roll hair EVER) called The Amory Wars. What is weird about this? I am really enjoying it. Usually, I listen to a mix I have assembled in iTunes when I am scrapping – it relies heavily on the music from the 60s (from the box set of every song released on the Stax/Volt label and lots of Motown), some old favourites like Massive Attack and some country stuff by Emmylou Harris, the Dixie Chicks and the Be Good Tanyas, some oddball faves like Bela Lugosi’s Dead and Terror Couple Kill Colonel by Bauhaus and the Hank Dogs as well as some more recent stuff that struck a chord like Oasis and Gorillaz and … well really too much to list without boring you to tears. That should give you an idea anyway. So why I am liking this set I do not know. The music is a mix of everything from emo to hardcore with a bit of heavy metal and punk thrown in. It is NOT what I would have expected in a playlist called Mom’s Scrappin’ Mix!

I am one who is massively intolerant of any music that I hate. So I’m sure both DH and DS thought I would run a mile as soon as the DVDs went in, but instead I found myself complaining a lot less than I expected to. Then I found myself enjoying it. I have always loved a single song, acoustic version, called Wake Up but that was it (and that one is in my playlist) until now.

gogolidI think this represents a bit of a sea change. Whereas I once could only tolerate music, no matter what type, played at soft volume when I was scrapping, I now find myself doing things like “watching” (ie listening) to EastEnders on the iPlayer while scrapping, or Radio 4 plays, listening to music I would have run screaming from once, and even popping in a DVD and scrapping with it as a soundtrack. I’m not sure why, but I think it is because I am making fewer straight layouts and more altered art type stuff, more minibooks, more freestyle type stuff, and that makes me go with the flow a bit more. I don’t feel the need to CONCENTRATE so hard on my “art” so having music that I would have once been distracted by playing in the background is now fine. Or maybe, just maybe I am getting hard of hearing as I settle in to old age…who knows?

I suspect DS and his recent passion for the drums MAY have deadened my once sensitive hearing – this layout is not technological at all, although it is built on the back of a GoGo Create club kit box lid so a little “out there” maybe. As I posted on UKS, although I am generally still more acid free than not, I do feel freer to use questionable supplies on a layout since I know the photos can be replaced. Having said that, I also wonder about the HiTi dye-sub printer I use and wonder if it is better at halting acid migration than a standard printer? I must investigate!

Let’s see – for those who care, the papers are Sassafrass Lass, Collage Press, GCD Studios, Jillibean Soup and Scenic Route (I’ll miss them!) and the other bits are KI Memories letters, CI label stickers, My Little Shoe Box letters, a Rock Star chipboard piece from DCWV, a random badge from Paperchase and some old paper from a collage kit. The little ticket, I forget, and the MAN cut from more box bits is based on some chipboard element, out of the packing so no idea. Ink is all Distress ink.