It's been months since I have posted to my blog, and I've missed it so. Saying that, I'm so sad for the reason I am posting today...
As you may already know (and probably most of you don't), we've been renovating our 1969 home and bringing it into this century... and doing all the work ourselves. So life has been put on hold for months - including any crafty time.
At the start of the process, I knew that if I did nothing else this year, I was going to submit to Holiday Cards & More, because it's my absolute favourite call to create for. It's Christmas (sort of my thing, you know!), and it's the first publication I was ever published in;
When the work took over and I didn't manage to get anything put together, I was disappointed, but I knew there was always next year...
I started my blog on a whim and never imagined how much this hobby would impact my life. Very early on I decided I wanted to try and get my work published, but in the back of my head, I doubted myself.
I started keeping an eye on the publication calls as they came out, and then finally took the plunge. I shut myself away in the craft room for hours, creating as may cards as I could for nearly every category in the call. I figured it was a long shot, but at least I gave it my best.
I remember how I waited for the 'happy mail' day. The night before, I reminded my hubby that I'd find out in the morning if it was all worth it (the submission process can be time consuming, especially for a first timer!).
Here's something you should know about me; even when I am beyond excited, I barely react. When I should be jumping up and down squealing, I might quietly smile and say something half way sarcastic, because I am just not comfortable with exuberance.
So I sat down at my mother in law's computer, and nervously clicked open my email, knowing the inbox would be empty. And then I saw an email from Susan, with that magical subject line of "Project Acceptance Notification"...
I screamed. I screamed and I jumped, and I giggled, and then I screamed again. I just couldn't believe I had actually done it! And not one, but *two* of my projects were being requested for publication!
Because we've been so consumed by our renovations (I do hope to share all about that soon!), I haven't been in the craft room for months. Can you believe I've *purchased* cards I've needed? Yes, it hurt a little... anyway, I went digging through my old files, cards that I had previously submitted to the magazine but that weren't accepted. I figured it was fitting to share something the magazine inspired me to create!
Since that first acceptance, I've had a good number of my projects published in various issues. One of my prouder moments was the first time I was asked to submit to a private call; I felt such validation in this little hobby I love so much. It's still a charge for me to see my name in print, and when I get to tell people I've had my work published, I'm so proud of my accomplishments.
What a boost to a girl's confidence, getting that Happy Mail from Susan! Seeing my name mixed in with some of the most inspiring ladies in the industry is just the coolest thing, and I'm so grateful for the opportunities I had, thanks to Paper Crafts.
I'm so sorry to see the magazine shutting its doors, but you know why? Because there are so many people just finding their wings in this little craft, and they will never know how amazing it is to get that wonderful email, or to see their names in print next to something they've created. I feel so fortunate for the fact that I have a small pile of magazines that I can thumb through, seeing things I made, next to those by friends I've made through this amazing little community.
So, this is my humble little thank you, my farewell, and just a little bit of my story with the magazine. I know we will all feel a hole when the doors are shut and there are no more calls to work for, no more anticipation while waiting for that happy mail party...
Thank you so much to the ladies at Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking for making some of my dreams come true... I am forever grateful!