Yesterday was a truly sad day for me personally, and for the scrapbook world as a whole, with the announcement of Two Peas' closing. I, along with the other Garden Girls, received an email from Kristina and a few hours later, the news was posted at the site. It was both shocking and sudden and is a huge loss for the scrapbook community. While the message boards are now locked, you can still view and download your content, as well as purchase remaining inventory through July 10. You can read more details here.
Though the industry has seen many businesses struggle and fail over the past few years, I truly thought Two Peas would be around forever. It was my first online scrapbooking home, and it introduced a whole new world of inspiration and creativity to me. Two Peas is where I discovered opportunities in scrapbooking for publication and design team work. It was here I developed my style, learned about the process, and became connected with some amazing people who have become wonderful friends. This was the place I found my passion.
When I was asked to join the Two Peas team in January of 2013, it really was a dream come true. The Garden Girls had long been the team I considered to be the top echelon of scrapbook designers. To work amongst them was truly an honor and it challenged me to do some of my very best work. I am thankful to Kristina not only for the design opportunity, but for recognizing that good designers merit good compensation and for providing an encouraging, supportive and equitable environment in which to create.
I've had many people ask about my future plans, and while right now I don't have any definitive answers, this blog will be the first place I'll share. I'm working to update projects and supply lists here, and I plan to move my videos and tutorials over to my personal YouTube channel, so if you subscribe you'll have access to those. I am also working on a storefront for my digital die cut files and printables, and I'll announce here when that is live. Of course, I'll still be posting work at Jenni Bowlin, BasicGrey and Crate Paper, as well as in the online galleries at scrapbook.com and Studio Calico.
I'm sad for this door that is closing but I'm ever so grateful for the time I got to spend behind it. I'll close by sharing a page that was one of my very first posts in the Two Peas Gallery. It's simple and basic, and the torn paper edges and copper eyelets totally date it. But it brings back a memory in time that my mind has already forgotten, back when I was still stumbling along the path of new motherhood, chasing an active little boy. It reminds me that time passes in the blink of an eye and that most of those hours are filled with blessings. It reminds me to give thanks for the everyday miracles. It reminds me to be present in the moment. And it reminds me how much I really, really love this hobby.
Thanks, Two Peas for getting me started on this adventure and for all the memories created (and captured!) along the way.