In the last installment of Scrapbooking Groupie, Renee had begun working as a contributing Editor for Simple Scrapbooks Magazine, and discussions were underway for a ‘How To’ book on digital scrapbooking, I was extremely pumped. Stacy Julian and the staff at Simple were totally supportive and very encouraging. The vibes were off the chart. The future was looking very bright.
Just when I thought it could not get any better, Renee was invited to go to Minneapolis be a part of something called Creating Keepsakes University (CKU). I was told that these events were a lot of fun, but I had no idea what we were in for. Once we entered the event hotel, it was clear that CKU took the spirit and passion I had observed at CHA to a totally new level. (more…)
It was mid year 2003. Little did we know that eras were about to change in both our personal life and the craft industry. At that time there were two organizations serving the craft industry. Those organizations were the Hobby Industry Association (HIA) and the Association of Craft & Creative Industries (ACCI). In early 2004 they joined together to form the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA). This was the face of the change in the craft industry. (more…)
Continuing the story…
By now, Photoshop had emerged as Renee’s primary artistic tool. This coupled with a creative surge she was experiencing and the unfolding of our personal life events placed us on our current path.
I was entering the realization phase. Besides observing the seemingly endless flow of beautiful digital images and themed mail art Renee and her colleagues were creating (that I loved), I found that discussing this art with Renee and several of her comrades provided me a realization that was profound: Spirituality and noble purpose were major components of the creative process. (more…)