I can remember a time when the magazine would arrive and I would spend hours looking through it finding all kinds of inspiration. Once I had read it cover to cover I would go back and tear out all of the page ideas I thought I would use and put them in page protectors that I stored in a three-ring binder. The binder, which was 3" thick, would be so ful that I'd need to weed through it and toss pages that I had already "scraplifted" or that I didn't think I would use so that I would have room to add new pages.
Although I've continued my subscription, I rarely look at the magazine any more. All of the magazines in the above photo, plus several more, are waiting to be read. One reason I don't get as excited about the magazine is that I don't necessarily like the style of the layouts in the magazine. The other reason is that I can go online and read my favorite scrapbooker's blogs or look at the gallery on Two Peas in a Bucket and find a lot more inspiration.
Each time the magazine has arrived over the past several months I've noticed that it has gotten smaller and smaller. There used to be 200 pages in each issue but lately there have only been 60-80 pages. Because I've seen it getting smaller I wasn't surprised to learn that the printed magazine will no longer be available as the magazine is shifting to an online digital option only.
I don't blame the company for making the change to digital issues, but I don't appreciate the fact that just a week before the announcement was made I was still getting offers to renew my subscription (which doesn't end until April, 2014) and get a second subscription as a gift. Clearly they knew that the magazine would no longer be available long before my subscription ended, so it's disappointing to know that they were still trying to get customers to renew.
I think it's a sign of the times that print publications are ending their run. Many people do all of their reading online which is typically less expensive to produce than printing and mailing hard copies. Still, it's the end of an era and I will always appreciate the inspiration and enjoyment I received over the years from CK magazine.