Thank You, Lisa!

11/23/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments
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This is Thanksgiving week in the U.S., and we want to take this opportunity to thank our founding editor, Lisa Bearnson. Long ago (1996 to be exact), she set out on a mission to create a scrapbooking magazine that would inspire people to document their lives. Her message of memory keeping has resonated around the world, and thousands of people participate in this hobby we all love dearly because of Lisa’s vision and the inspiration found in Creating Keepsakes magazine. Ask anyone who scrapbooks if they know who Lisa Bearnson is, and you’ll hear a resounding, “Of course!”

Through the years, the magazine grew, as did Lisa’s family. In fact, many of us have seen Lisa’s family grow and change through her scrapbook pages and in her founder’s note in the magazine, feeling as though we were members of the family, too. In each issue of the magazine, Lisa has shared her family’s sweet stories, her dreams and her hard work.

And now, as Creating Keepsakes continues to inspire people to create, Lisa has decided it’s time to spend more time with her family (read more in her founder’s note in the upcoming January issue of Creating Keepsakes). Lisa will continue to be an ambassador for scrapbooking and participate in CK; she simply won’t be in each and every issue. And never fear, Creating Keepsakes will continue to deliver inspirational content and continue Lisa’s mission begun 13 years ago.

We sure will miss working with Lisa as closely, but we’re extremely excited for her and her husband, Steve, and their children. We’re looking forward to seeing more of the happy times they enjoy and keeping up with their busy lives on Lisa’s blog.  We’ll be checking in often to catch up on her latest news. After all, she’s part of our family.

Join us this week as we celebrate and thank Lisa. Here, members of the Creating Keepsakes team have written fond memories of Lisa. Please join us and submit your own note to Lisa in the comments section of this post to let her know the impact she or the magazine has made in your life.  If you live in the U.S. and would rather call to wish Lisa your best, please call toll-free at 1-877-641-2849 to leave her a message with your warm wishes. This is a special phone number set up just for the purpose of celebrating Lisa and you bet she’ll be checking her messages!

—Lori Anderson, Online Managing Editor


“I’ve so enjoyed working with Lisa Bearnson. She has an amazing enthusiasm and an inner light she brings to everything. She’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. She has a big heart and truly cares about people. I’m incredibly thankful for her dream to start this magazine, her courage and dedication to make that dream come true and her continued dedication to it. She’s been an incredible colleague, and even though I’ll miss working with her as often, I appreciate and respect her dedication to her family, and I hope they have a ball as they spend more time together.”

—Jennafer Martin, Editor-in-Chief


“Thanks to Lisa for being an amazing leader and friend. It’s been wonderful to work with her for the past several years. She has inspired many people through her innumerable talents. I wish her the best in her future endeavors. I’m sure she’ll continue to touch people’s lives as she has touched mine.”

—Janice Barfuss, Art Director


“Who would have thought the wonderful mother and scrapbooker I first saw in Creating Keepsakes magazine in 1997 would have become such a great mentor in my life? As a new mother, Lisa taught me how important memory keeping was, and she helped me realize the legacy I wanted to leave for my children and my family. Lisa is the most caring, sincere and devoted person I know. She remembers facts and faces better than anyone I’ve ever met, and she greets each person she meets with a smile (and often a hug). Lisa, I am blessed to know you. I’m so thankful you followed your dream and created such a wonderful magazine to inspire all of us. I wish you the best!”

—Lori Anderson, Online Managing Editor


“I want to tell Lisa thank you. Thank you for being so kind to me. From the first day I started at CK, you made me feel like I was part of the team. Lisa, you are always amazingly friendly and generous, and I appreciate you more than you will ever know. I wish you nothing but the best and hope you know how much you’ve made a difference in my life. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Lisa!”

—Joannie McBride, Assistant Editor


“Lisa has been an amazing part of our team over the years and will be missed. I want to thank her for her positive example of kindness and charity. I have loved working her and getting to know her better. I’m thankful she made her love of scrapbooking become a cherished hobby for so many crafters! I am inspired by her ability to make her dreams a reality by beginning a scrapbooking magazine and creating a business that has thrived from the shared love of creating memories that can be cherished for years to come.”

—Erin Bayless, Creative Director


“One of my first direct encounters with Lisa was here at the office when I worked for Paper Crafts magazine. She happened by my desk where a ‘Megan’s Snow Shack’ sign was proudly displayed. (The sign was made by the Paper Crafts team to decorate my desk for my birthday). She stopped dead in her tracks and asked me all about it. Her enthusiasm and energy made me smile from ear to ear. She didn’t really know me well at that time, but that didn’t matter. She sat and talked to me for quite some time as if we were old friends. It was sincere. In fact, she went home and had a ‘Snack Shack’ sign made for her daughter, modeled after my cute sign. This encounter made me realize how positive and full of life Lisa really is, and she’s continued to reinforce that over the years as I’ve gotten to know her better. What a lovely light she brings to everything she does! Thanks, Lisa, for sharing some of your beautiful spirit with me.”

—Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor


“Lisa has always been so gracious, kind, caring, giving and fun. It has been a pleasure getting to know her and enjoying her company. Thank you, Lisa, for all you have done for us as employees and for the company as a whole.”

—Neko Carrillo, Senior Designer


“I count it a great blessing to know Lisa. She has influenced my life in so many ways. From when I first met her in a business class where she presented, my path has never been the same. She’s affected my entire career and created a most wonderful place to work. Her giving nature has shown me how to be a more selfless person. She constantly reminds me of the importance of befriending every person I meet. She is an example of living a rich, full life. She’s also delightfully sweet and kind. Thank you, Lisa, for blessing my life, as I’m sure you’ve blessed so many others. Without you, many of us reading this blog would never have known the wonderful joy of scrapbooking! Thank you for everything!”

—Brittany Beattie, Online Senior Editor



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  1. Lisa! You are an ABSOLUTE rock star! Thanks for being inspired to start a GREAT magazine–while I’ll miss “seeing” you I understand family comes first. Thank you for everything, I’ve been truly inspired to be a “better” scrapper! 🙂

  2. Lisa, you will be missed! I have always read Creating Keepsakes cover to cover and will continue to do so. Enjoy your time with your family, I look forward to keeping up with you on your blog. Good luck and god bless! 🙂

  3. Lisa,

    I will miss you each month in the mag–But I don’t blame you one second for wanting more time with your family!
    God bless you!

  4. Lisa,
    It is because of you that I started my obsession with scrapbooking. Thank You 🙂 I hope you enjoy creating wonderful memories with your family. See you on your blog. Take care and God Bless!

  5. Lisa, thanks for such an awesome magazine, and for all the years of inspiration! I will forever remember your phone call letting me know that I was a Hall of Fame winner, you were so sweet. Thank-you Lisa and best wishes! 🙂

  6. Lisa,
    You have been one of the most influential people in this industry. I started scrapbooking with CM in about 1990 and didn’t know there was any other way. Then I moved, discovered a scrapbook store and your magazine. I think I only miss a few of the very first issues. CK has been the unifying and most powerful force in the scrapbooking. We will miss you in CK but wish you the best in your next endeavors.

  7. It will be very strange to not see Lisa in every issue. I wish her a blessed life as she has blessed us with the magazine she founded. You will be missed.

  8. Wow! Big news!

    Lisa, you’re the first “star” of the sb world I ever recognized by name or face. Thanks for doing a large part to encourage creativity and memory keeping in our world. The industry was certainly changed by your work…hope you are proud of your accomplishments.

    Enjoy the family and don’t disappear!! We have enjoyed seeing your family and friends thru the years. Best Wishes Always!
    Charlene in Ohio

  9. Lisa, you already know that I totally adore you 🙂 Because of you and CK, I am doing what I’m doing today and I don’t have words to express my gratitude. Enjoy your family time and God bless 🙂

  10. Lisa, you are such an inspiration to so many! Although we won’t be seeing your smiling face in each issue, it’s nice to know that you will be contributing once in awhile. Some people think 13 is an unlucky number, but for you, perhaps after 13 years, this is your lucky number–your lucky year to move onto another phase of your life. I’ve met you a few times while attending CKU events and you a fantastic person! Thank you so much for coming into our lives and giving us such a great magazine that continues to inspire all of us. I am so grateful that you started Creating Keepsakes–it has been my inspiration for many years. God Bless You, Lisa!

  11. I can’t imagine CK without you. Years ago I thought WordPerfect was the perfect magazine, and now I think CK is. I hope it continues to be, and since it has such a concrete foundation, it should. Wishing you every blessing and happiness in your future, thank you for all you’ve done for all of us scrapbookers.

  12. Lisa – Wishing you the best, especially with your family. They need you, but we will surely miss you. Since getting your subscribtion, I have learn so much more to share with my family and friends. Thank you for giving that to me and many others in the scrapbook and card making community. Have fun with your family,give them lots of love and your attention. The best to you always!

  13. Lisa – thanks so much for having the vision and carrying it through! When I started scrapbooking 5 yrs ago, through a class that told me I had to do it “this way” – it was Creating Keepsakes that showed me that I could play with paper, have lots of colors and patterns, and come up with a great design. As a former quilter I realized that scrapbooking is a lot like quilting – although my pages are pieced to gether much more quickly and I am not just making a keepsake, I am preserving memories. Thanks for a magazine that inspired me to let loose my creative spirit! enjoy time with your family. Tonight I am starting to make a personal 2010 calendar and wanted a phrase to focus on in the new year, and came up with “make time to make moments”. It seems so easy to get so wrapped up in to do lists, and forget that the most important to do is family itself.

  14. What’s the future of CK magazine now that Becky Higgins, Ali Edwards and Lisa B will not be a part of it?

  15. I am so sad to see Lisa, Becky and now I just read Ali is leaving to. I wonder about my favorite magazine and what is happening.

  16. […] BECKY HIGGINS leaves CK – Crazy cheap CK subscription deals – LISA BEARNSON no longer does her monthly CK column after January […]

  17. I was sad to see Becky go, now I see that Ali and Lisa are leaving too. I’m VERY unhappy with your magazine right now. I will see how the next few issues go, and if I’m not completely WOWED I will be canceling my subscription. These three people are the only reason why I’ve subscribed for the past five years, and to see them gone makes me very sad and angry.

  18. Dear sweet Lisa,
    Thank you for all of the reasons to scrapbook. You have been an inspiration since I first saw you on QVC in Feb. 2000. You are the reason that I started this wonderful hobby. It has enriched my life in more ways than I could possibly tell you. I have been fortunate enough to meet you at QVC and at Valley Forge several times and had quite a few classes with you. They have all been inspirational, and I left them feeling enriched. Enjoy the time with your family, but please come back to us when you can. You have left such an impact on us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Take care. I will miss you.
    Kim Thomas

  19. I was so lucky to go on the CK mediterranean cruise that Lisa hosted in 2006. I was so impressed by her friendliness and approachabilty. I will always treasure the memories of that trip, especially Lisa’s graciousness.

  20. Lisa –You are going to be missed by so many of us CK readers. You and your gang (Ali, Becky) etc have contributed so much, I cant imagine what it will be like to hold a CK and read it without your submissions and input. I hope CK can make it

  21. I have to say that hearing the top three names (and more) leaving Creating Keepsakes has been heartbreaking to say the least. Becky Higgins, Ali Edwards and Lisa Bearnson — not to mention the ones that have silently moved on, like Jessica Sprague — their departures, although touted as being their decisions, are a pretty big and obvious sign things aren’t going well at CK. I am so disappointed right now! I have been a subscriber for probably close to 9 years now, and honestly, I’m afraid to renew my subscription! Is CK going to be the next Simple Scrapbooks or Digital Scrapbooking Magazine and just close up shop? If it’s not, WHY THE CHANGES?? If publishing is indeed a terrible industry to be in right now, why on earth would you get rid of your top names ALL AT ONCE and right now? Indeed, the familiarity of the faces, names and even their family stories are what make Creating Keepsakes feel like “home.” It has been my go-to mag for years, and suddenly it feels so foreign. Like a new magazine. Like strangers on the pages. I have lost faith in the magazine. It’s a strange, strange feeling. This passion of mine, scrapbooking, is what it is because of Lisa and Becky and Ali and others. Lisa, we will seriously miss you. I hope CK will survive the changes. My gut feeling isn’t good. But hopefully something miraculous will happen. In the meantime, Lisa, be proud of the magazine you led for so long. That magazine was a goldmine for us scrappers. We will miss you — and we will miss the old CK as well.

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