Hearing the news about Two Peas in a Bucket closing today has made me sad and even feeling a little lost. It's where I first discovered scrapbooking and learned what an embellishment was. The gallery was always my first source for inspiration. It's where I discovered Jill Sprott and the ScrapGals podcast. Mostly I went to the message boards to connect with other scrapbookers. There wasn't a day that went by that I didn't check the boards to see who was doing what. I didn't post there very often, but I always checked in to feel in some way a part of the scrapbooking community.
Scrapbooking has been around a very long time. Not long ago I posted a scrapbook my great grandmother created over 100 years ago. And I recently took over my mom's scrapbooks from high school and college (pictured above). Before the days of the internet, they created meaningful scrapbooks that I will always cherish. No matter what happens I know I will continue the tradition of creating scrapbooks for myself and my family. And I know the same holds true for others who truly love scrapbooking and memory keeping.
But I will miss the community. I will miss the one common place I knew where others shared my passion for scrapbooking. I'm feeling like I took it for granted all of these years, and now that it's gone I don't quite know where to turn. The first thing I did when I heard the news was to click on the Forums, only to discover they had already been locked. I hope something good comes out of this. I hope that it's just a hiccup in the road and scrapbookers will regroup and build an even stronger community. And the next time I won't take it so much for granted.