Wow! I was pretty suprised when I checked back to see how many people were also discouraged with the "new" CK. I, too, really hated to "dis" the magazine on their own website because I truly appreciate what the CK gang has done for scrapbooking. I must have been the odd one out on the poll, because I really liked "Easy Patterns". I also liked the organization articles, but would have liked them a little more if they had shown actual scrapbooker's rooms, as opposed to just individual products. I also subscribe to "Simple Scrapbooks" and BHG's "Scrapbooks, etc.". I got the later because a friend's child was selling subscriptions for school and I had to buy SOMETHING, BUT I am starting to like it better than CK
. This sort of bums me out. I am also a card maker and into altered art and the CK articles on this are alright, but not really my style. I think Sommerset Studio's magazines do a much better job with the cards and altered arty stuff. Overall, I think the new format looks really bland -- the reason why this is I can't quite pin-point. I'm not a big computer scrapper and just recently went digital. I still do most of my journaling by hand -- so a lot of the computer/camera stuff is lost on me. (I fear I am showing my age!) The other thing I am not real crazy about are the amount of little albums they are showing. I do smaller ones, but am a 12"X12" scrapper and do not find small albums very interesting. Especially when they come in kits and most of the thinking has been done by the manufacturer. I was hoping maybe it was just a couple issues and that CK was just in a little slump, but the "Product Guide" pushed me over the edge. I still love CK -- I just hope they are willing to listen to constructive criticism.
Thanks for letting me post!