I did reboot and was unable to get on this website until after I wrote my letter. I was distressed, but grateful that CK is so responsive.
The last two issues of CK have showed a marked improvement, IMHO. I like to see lots of layouts, too. I am NOT a big digital layout person, although I have finally given in to technology and am using a digital camera. I like the hands on paper, scissors and tape runner sort of stuff. I don't mind the advertisements so much, they probably pay for most of the magazine, and often scraplift their layouts, too. I am glad to see that the patterns by Brenda Arnall are on their way back. I wish CK would reprint her "Easy Patterns for Scrapbooking" as my cats knocked coffee all over my copy and I can't find a fresh copy anywhere -- including CK, eBay, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
My copy smells like a stale Starbucks, but is still usable. Bad kitties.