An Announcement from Creating Keepsakes

As I’ve pointed out on a few occasions, the magazine publishing industry has been rapidly evolving. Creating Keepsakes has been proud to bring you thousands of inspiring ideas for over 15 years, most recently in both print and digital format.

The scrapbooking community has been moving online at an equally rapid pace, which has made it challenging to publish a magazine that includes the most current information and inspiration to support the hobby. Because of this, we’ve made the difficult decision to cease publication of Creating Keepsakes. The November/December issue will be the last one.

If you’re a subscriber, you may have one or more issues of your subscription remaining so starting in January we’ll be bringing you issues of our new monthly digital-only publication, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking. Created by some of the same editors from both Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes magazines, you’ll find many columns and features you’ve always loved in CK, including Latest & Greatest, Sketches, and Tips & Tricks.

You’ll receive two digital issues of your new magazine for every one issue remaining on your Creating Keepsakes subscription. If you’re already a Paper Crafts magazine subscriber, your current Paper Crafts subscription will be extended by two issues for every one remaining issue of CK.

In order to receive your new magazine each month, you must have an active digital account. If you have already created an account to receive digital issues of Creating Keepsakes, you won’t need to do anything else. If you don’t have an active account, watch for a button for Creating Keepsake Subscribers, which will be available shortly.

If you don’t subscribe, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking will also be available for single issue purchase in the iTunes store for a mobile device or as a digital download in our own online store.

An important note: this blog and the Creating Keepsakes website will remain active through the release of the November/December issue. We’ll also continue to connect with you via social media on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. You’ll also be able to participate in CK Conventions throughout the country, and as soon as the 2014 schedule is confirmed we’ll share that with you here.

And finally, since we know there’s still nothing quite like ink on paper, we’ll continue to publish special issues in print that will feature scrapbooking topics and photo-based projects. Look for them 12 times a year at a newsstand or bookstore near you.

With an eye on the horizon,





Jennifer Schaerer
Editor in chief


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150 Responses to An Announcement from Creating Keepsakes

  1. Felicia Young says:

    Wow! After reading most of these comments I am disappointed as well as all of the other customers. Digital! This is sad news, because of the amount of computer work I do at work I have to wear glasses and looking at a paper magazine was a relief for my eyes, so I too will not be renewing my subscription because it hard enough that we as a society are being pushed towards this new electronic age and we have to keep up as well, but I really enjoyed looking at my paper magazine and archiving the pages that I really liked. It’s too bad…and so sad. My best to all who no longer have jobs.

  2. Tracie Ferguson says:

    Very sad news. I too saw this coming. With the last couple issues being incredibly thin and the majority of the layouts in the Scrapbooking Boys & Men being digital layouts I told my husband this was happening. I’m disappointed as well that I never received any notification about this. I’ve subscribed for years and recently renewed for two years. I’m not interested in digital magazines so if there is a REFUND list, please add me. So sad to see you go!

  3. Betsy says:

    Very disappointed in your decision, but not a bit surprised. It was easy to read the writing on the wall when you made the poor decision to go mainly digital. As I’ve said before, I have no interest in digital, especially one that is papercrafts plus scrapbooking. If I’d wanted a Paper Crafts subscription or magazine I would have gotten it. I loved the print magazine back in the days when publishing the magazine was taken seriously. I’m very unhappy with the direction you’ve taken a once wonderful magazine.

    I have every print issue since the beginning. I WAS a loyal reader. Now it isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, so little to see now.

  4. Linda says:

    I don’t understand. If you can print “special editions” 12 times a year, why can’t you continue the magazine?

  5. Colleen says:

    Not surprised, but very disappointed. With all the blogs and MBs out there, if I want digital inspiration I’ll go to them. I like my magazines in paper. I will be cancelling both of my subscriptions.

  6. Darvi says:

    I too have been a CK subscriber for many years and am currently in the midst of a 2-year subscription. Your digital editions are only available in the iTunes store and I don’t have an iPad (if you make one for Android, I might be interested in finishing out my subscription that way). I don’t do digital scrapbooking, so that is of no interest to me. I too like to get away from the computer and read the actual magazine for inspiration. This is a sad day, but expected considering how slim the content had become.

    I too would be interested in a refund for the last year of my subscription… I will miss CK magazine.

  7. Shawna F. says:


    I,too, as a longtime subscriber am very dissapointed in the change from print to electronic. It is not the same. To hear the news several days later from the grapevine was disheartening. Why couldn’t you have sent an email to the suscribers? I am bombarded with emails to purchase books and receive convention notices. Why not that? This was not handled unprofesssionally and is a disservice to your loyal customers.

  8. Lya says:

    Very disappointed like many other subscribers. This SO IMPORTANT news should be sent out to each subscriber since there are people that does not come to blog on daily basis(like me), what if my friend Megan didn’t send me this post? I wouldn’t know so far. Despite the ads I get often for CK shop, it would be great to receive this kind of news which help us make decisions for future issues of the magazines.
    Very sorry for all the CK team members losing the job.
    Thanks for the inspiration CK has provided. Loved them all.

  9. Cynthia DeLay says:

    If you all can do “special issues” in print 12 times a year, then why can’t you do a magazine? Heck, those special issues could be the magazine. I get that they are probably themed but since not everyone will be interested in each theme, they won’t buy them all off the new stands. A subscription would guarantee magazine sales. Y’all make no sense. Then again, subscriptions are generally discounted and going to special issues only means that they never will be. Fine, I get it – it’s all about the money. Not your subscribers. Good luck to you then; I sure don’t plan to be buying them – and I’ve already cancelled my CK subscription and received my refund.

  10. creatingkeepsakes says:


    If you are having problems accessing your digital issue, please email us at and I will help you get access.

    If you are interested in a refund, please contact Subscriber Services using this link:

    The question about printing special issues vs subscriptions. Special issues are a totally different business model than printing magazines for subscriptions.

    Hope this information helps.
    Digital Managing Editor

  11. How long before we notice a change on our subscription:
    If you’re already a Paper Crafts magazine subscriber, your current Paper Crafts subscription will be extended by two issues for every one remaining issue of CK.
    I’m a subscriber of both magazines and how soon the shift will take

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  13. Scrappyjen says:

    So very disappointed about this decision. I agree with the others here – i love my print issues and don’t want to go digi. What about us subscribers outside the US how do we access content? I’m in Australia and have subscribed for years. How do I access the digital content?

  14. Jane says:

    Really disappointed! I hope the new digital “magazine” is better than and has more scrapbooking information in it than does the Paper Craft magazine. Subscribers to CK are into Scrapbooking NOT making cards! I think it’s terrible that many people, especially people who are not computer savvy will no longer be able to enjoy CK magazine. It’s just so sad when it’s all about the bottom line and long time loyal customers are the least of your concerns. I too am on a computer all day at work and look forward to NOT getting on my computer at home. Traditional scrapbooking is not going away any time soon, so go digital if you think that’s right but I think you’ll find you won’t have many followers.

  15. Heidi Blomberg says:

    I think that saying “the special issues vs. the subscriptions are a different business model” is just a way of saying that Creating Keepsakes is cheating their loyal subscribers out of a year or more of their subscriptions to try and force us to pay $15 a month for something that should have been sent to us as our subscription. So frustrating, and disappointed that the company has so little integrity. I understand that things are changing and that advertisers are hard to come by, but selling us a two year subscription and then using a “bait and switch” less than a year later is completely unethical. I expected better things from CK!

  16. Linda Campbell says:

    So frustrated trying to use the directions that came with my November/December issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. The directions that came in the bag with the magazine do not work.

    I looked at the few pages on the online digital version of the magazine that we were allowed to see and the print was so small I couldn’t read the articles or the adds.

  17. Julie says:

    Booo!!! I like to page through, cut out my favortites and read when I’m on vacation- with no computer access!!! This stinks!

  18. Christina says:

    I’m a scrapbooker, not a card maker. I’m not impressed with the current PaperCrafts magazine. I certainly hope that there is some scrapbooking incorporated into the magazine. If not, I will not be renewing my subscription.

    Speaking of subscriptions, I was hoping to download the digital issues that were supposed to come with my Creating Keepsakes magazine so that I have them ( I hadn’t gotten around to doing that — not realizing that time was running out). I cannot access the account that I set up last April or May.

  19. Marilyn says:

    SUPER DUPER –disappointed !!! I just started back with a subscription cause I really like leafing through a magazine and I cut or rip out the pages I really want to put into my reference section for future projects. I also cut out advertisements to vendors I want to explore— so much for “shopping” in the magazine too. Bet your advertisers are gonna be upset too with less readers AND how hard it will be to either remember a vendor’s web address much less shop with them. I’ll stick out the digital— won’t like it, but I’ll suffer through till my 2 to 1 issues are gone.

  20. Cynthia says:

    I am glad to see I’m not the only one who is not at all interesting in a digital copy. A paper magazine is so much better. I don’t understand how Creating Keepsakes go from being a leader in the industry to the first one to sink. I would also like a refund. I work on a computer all day and to work with my hands is both refreshing and healing for the soul.

  21. Debbie says:

    Very disappointed in your decision to go digital. I enjoy keeping my magazines for a little while and keep those that have some great ideas and tips that I bookmark. I don’t like to sit on a computer or digital device for a long period of time. I even enjoy taking these magaines when I am traveling. I too will be ending my subscription. I just don’t think I will go on websitebthat much. To inconvenient for me. Too many family memebers sharing a computer.

  22. Sarah says:

    I, like the others who have posted here, am extremely disappointed with this decision, and feel cheated, as well. I also have noted that there were renewal cards in the magazines right up until the end, which leads me to think that the “bait and switch” suggestion is, indeed, valid. I had felt very cheated for awhile as my subscription was cut from monthly to bi-monthly, (Promising a larger issue) then the magazine became thinner and thinner, yet the tag line still read that CK was the leading resource for inspiration. I understand that if a business is failing, it must change directions to survive in some form, so if that was what was happening, this may have been the only option for CK and Paper Crafts. I subscribe to a handful of magazines and not one of them has gone the direction of tossing the paper copy in favor of all, or even largely, digital. To tell readers that this is the way publishing is going is an overstatement. I have no interest in paying for a magazine I can only access digitally, for me papercrafting and scrapbooking is about unplugging from the computer for awhile, and there is more free inspiration on blogs and Pinterest than I can use as it is. I will give the digital subscription a chance with my remaining issues, but I do not imagine myself renewing.

  23. Becky Clark says:

    I am total disappointed with the move to digital. I will not be renewing after this.

  24. Debra A Hayes says:

    I am having trouble setting up an account to continue my magazine.

  25. Nancy Lalonde says:

    I have no problem with digital (that’s how I read your magazine anyways), but when will the January issue be available with the iPad? I paid for a year and would like to get the rest of my year please.


  26. Jessi Myers says:

    I too am disappointed in this move and echo the reasoning voiced here. I will not be renewing my sub to either publication once they exhaust..I can get digital inspiration free on Pinterest…why would I pay you to force me to use your less than user friendly site to download the digital issue to my computer…that is NOT in my craft room and can not travel with me when I am on retreats or crops. I can get Pinterest on my smart phone…did you guys really think about that?

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  35. Sheri says:

    I stopped subscribing a few years ago when all the staff changed…the magazine had become thin and hardly anything I would copy or want to scrap. It said when the issues got less per year that they would become thicker and that never happened. Everyone I knew that was subscribing at that time stopped too…we missed the regulars when Lisa was running the show! I would not go digital as I like “chunky” scrapbooking not a flat printed out version of a page. I don’t want a card magazine that wasn’t very creative (unlike the ideas in the Stampin’ Up catalog) but a magazine that I can browse through over and over. I have all my old issues and those are the ones with awesome pages that I refer to for ideas! So sad…I think the current staff is out of touch with true scrapbookers.

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  50. Deb Fitzgerald says:

    I just found out from my daughter in law ( to whom I gave a gift subscription of your Creating Keepsakes magazine to) has not received an issue in a very long time, nearly a year. Well no wonder! But what really UPSETS me is I received no notification, she received no notification and you took AND kept the money that I paid for a subscription you knew was no longer going to be published!!!! You are crooks in my opinion. I totally regret ever subscribing to your magazine!!!!!!!

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