The Closing of One Door (and it’s been a really great door, too)

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking200 Comments


Even though the final issue of Simple Scrapbooks Magazine won't drop until sometime in mid-April, my final day with this mag that I've come to appreciate on so many levels—creatively, professionally, financially—is here. And I thought I'd take some space to wax poetic, or at least say thank you to the amazing group of people that I've been honored to work with over the past 6 years.

Sigh. Six years. Not sure if I ever told the story, but see there was this new magazine, and I was a new scrapbooker, and when I saw this magazine, I thought: "Hey, my pages are simple. Wonder if they'd want any of them." So I sent a few in.

About a month later I received this slightly manic phone call from a woman named Stacy Julian, who said, "Hi, I'm Stacy Julian from Simple Scrapbooks magazine and I don't know who you are and I don't know how I'm going to do this, but I want to work with you."

Famous last words.

It started with a few layouts here and there, and a magazine cover that ended up looking a lot like this:


I worked on that layout for HOURS. I know. Hard to tell. Still… landmark moment for me. And ushered in my heavy usage of the Carpenter font. Oh, those were the days.

Eventually, they let me do a column called, "Font 411." It made sense. I knew type. I knew scrapbooking. Le voila! One of my early columns looked more or less like this:

Mock up  

Then they let me write some features. Then I convinced them that if they really truly needed some freelance graphic design help, I really DID know how to do that sort of thing. Then they believed me. Then they hired me as a contract designer. Then on the side I wrote a book. Then another book. Then I designed books for Donna. And Stacy. And then did more columns, which we later changed to "About Type" and then later to "About Design". And then I was working so many hours they said, "We're going to hire you full time, with healthcare benefits." And I said, "Cool."

Many of us work. We have jobs that we get up and go to. Every day. Once in a while, you connect with a job that not only pays you every two weeks, but if you're lucky, it fills you up creatively and personally. I'm no dummy. I know these jobs are few and far between, especially speaking as a graphic designer who has worked for a trade association of debt collection agencies (1991-1997); or a chain of Texas grocery stores (1988-1989).

I got to work with and design for something that I loved, and still do: memory saving and story telling. How cool is that?

So this is my little thank you to the people who have made this a pretty singular experience. People like Stacy and Lin, Don, Mark and John. Wendy, Angie and Jennafer, Tracy and Dana, Carolyn, Rachel and Lynda, and Megan and Jen, and Jenny and Elisha. And people like Marin, who is my design soul mate and really made my job possible in more ways than one. And Tom. And Brian, Symoni and Claudia. And the prepress guys. And the printers. And all of our Simple contributors. And Paula, Emily and all the women in the events team. And the Retail team. And the IT team. And Mike in the mailroom. And anyone else that I'm forgetting, but that I will very likely remember as soon as I hit post.

And, to our readers. Thank you.

So what's next? (beyond having more time to spend blogging, and on Facebook or Twitter?)

That's a very good question, and one that I will be delving into next week! I will tell you that I've been working on two new online classes for BigPictureScrapbooking that I'm pretty dang psyched about (and the first one revolves all around the aforementioned Facebook and Twitter, and I think some of my fellow online junkies will dig it!). I'm also going to find some new ways to talk about the things that I love most: telling good stories and making them look good in the process.

And one last thing for those of you who follow your feed, or your bookmark, or your accidental internet stumbles, and find yourself here: thank you for reading. It matters to me that you have an interest in anything I write here. And if that makes me a slighly insecure person for saying so, I say, "And this would come as a surprise to you because…?"

So long Simple.

Your Friend Always, Cathy

Cathy ZielskeThe Closing of One Door (and it’s been a really great door, too)

200 Comments on “The Closing of One Door (and it’s been a really great door, too)”

  1. #1

    Ohhhh..could I really be the first commenter? Yay! Anyway-just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the amazing work you did on Simple. You rock! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

  2. #2

    I am so excited to hear you are going to be doing more clases. I loved your class last fall and look forward to more! You are awesome!

  3. #3

    I am sure looking forward to what you have in store for us. Being a BPS junkie and now having been sucked in by the vortex called Facebook and Twitter (thanks a lot LisaW aka timelesscrone), I am joining you in being psyched.

    Long live the internet life, friendships and business!

  4. #4

    Thank you for taking us on the ride with you!! I know it sounds silly since I am hundreds of miles away and have never actually met you, but you and the magazine mean so much to me! I am ever so thankful to get bits and pieces of you on your blog!

  5. #5
    Stephanie S.

    What a touching tribute. How awesome for you to have had that experience and how awesome for us that you shared and share so much with us. Thanks Cathy and Thanks Simple. We will miss thee.

  6. #6

    Cathy, I have every issue of Simple and am so sorry to see it go. Simple made me realize that all I really need are pictures and stories to scrapbook. Between Simple and the classes at BPS, I have become a much more productive scrapbooker – telling the stories that are important for me to communicate to my children. I look forward to your new ventures at BPS. Please know that you inspire so many of us. The best is yet to come.

  7. #7

    Truly lovely Cathy… As an online junkie, I’ll look forward to hearing about your new BPS classes.

    This is the first blog I read every day… it’s warm, funny and very real and I just can’t quite get my day started until I see what’s new in CZland.

  8. #8

    Thank you for taking us the ride with you. I know it seems silly because I’ve never met you, but you and the magazine mean so much to me! I’m ever so thankful I get bits and pieces of you on your blog!

  9. #9

    Thank you for the inspiration over the years…you will be missed. I will be watching for the new classes at BPS.

  10. #10
    Lyn Meeker

    {{{{HUGS}}}} Cathy .. I know another door is going to open and BIG things are going to happen for you!

    I’m sorry to see Simple going away .. it was my favorite .. but I know better stuff is going to come out of it…

  11. #12

    I’m so glad you will be back at BPS – you are a great teacher! Love the facebook/twitter idea.

  12. #14

    I am sorry to see Simple going away. I have had a subscription since the beginning. I have read your books and keep them handy. This is really the way I like to scrap. Keep inspiring the simple concept…

  13. #15
    Erin McMilon

    Treasure those memories and hold them close – they will provide a warm sense of security to you as you venture into ne territory – thanks for letting us enjoy the ride with you – I do care what you write each day and really like all I have gleened from you thru Simple and your blog – blessings to you – now, it’s time for another dream of yours to come true!

  14. #16

    I just wanted to tell you…YOU are the reason I continue scrapbooking! When I first started it was all stickers and buttons and bows. I am so not like that. Then I found you…YOU, you are wonderful 🙂 That was your daily affirmation!
    but seriously…when I saw your books I said “I can do this…this is just the kind of pages I want”
    So thank you Cathy. And I will be looking forward to your new classes at BPS.

  15. #17

    loved simple scrapbooks for the simple fact that you were involved with it – period. can’t wait to see what you will dip into next. I am sure I will love it just as much. I also love coming here everyday to see what is up. it always entertains me and sometimes shocks me to see what you post and I love reading about your life and your family. they are very lucky to have you! happy friday! ciao!

  16. #18

    Does anyone have a kleenex?? So well done Cathy…hug Chippie and know that we can’t wait to see what the next chapter is for you!!!

  17. #19

    Great post. Loved hearing your “story” with SS. I’m really going to miss them. I am glad we’ll still have your blog. I check in a couple times a week, but don’t always comment. Your posts always make me laugh.

    Good luck with what you find under the next door! 😉

  18. #20
    Melissa LaFavers

    Hey, Cathy. You were my favorite part of Simple. I’m so glad you have this blog, or I don’t know what I’d do!

    Still thinking that you should start your own DYL magazine. I’m much more of a dreamer than a practical applicator, so I’m sure in my dreaming mind it’s easier than it actually IS.

    Really sharing your sadness today, but I’m looking forward to what’s next for you. I’ll be keeping track of your classes at BPS; perhaps I’ll be your student again.

  19. #22
    Tee Ransone

    All of this is so sad but also inspiring! The fact that you still have your incredible talent and are able to explore more avenues is something awesome.

    You have given me faith that someday I will jump out of bed, get dressed feverishly, and slurp my coffee because I can’t wait to get to work!

    I look forward to sharing your new ups and downs.

    Have faith!


  20. #26

    Smiff, sniff. I so do not want the end of simple to be real. Surely, it’s just a terrible nighmare.

  21. #27

    Thank you Cathy for all you do and share and love and write about. I’m so excited to see where this new freedom takes you and us your readers in the process! Very much looking forward to your online junkie class now too! 🙂

  22. #28
    Christina C.

    SS will be missed, but it is comforting to know that you will still be out there, doing what you do, inspiring us on your way. See you on BPS and FB!

  23. #29
    Kim H.

    Hooray to more classes with BPS! I loved Design Your Life…can’t wait to see what you offer next.

  24. #30

    I remember that first cover well, sweets. And the carpenter font (which I still love, don’t hold it against me). Knowing you, whatever way the chips fall, you’ll be standing on top of the pile. But not having any because of the points…unless they’re the Olean version (which are actually quite good!). Love you!

  25. #31

    Thank you to you, too, Cathy! In many way, you were an inspiration at Simple Scrapbooks — not only for the design work, but for your honesty about your life, home, husband, kids.

  26. #33

    Simple Scrapbooks will be truly missed.
    I love both your books and I’m thinking that those classes sound like fun.
    I can’t wait to see your next chapter.

  27. #34

    A lovely farewell post. I will so miss this magazine and the inspiration I found there (especially from you!).

    But I can’t wait to hear more about the BPS classes! So exciting. 🙂

  28. #35
    Melissa Cummings

    I am totally going to miss Simple, but as long as YOU’RE not going away, I’ll be OK. That Facebook/Twitter BPS class sounds awesome, said the addict of both!!

  29. #36

    I am thrilled to hear about more classes – this is a huge new door that is opening and am excited to ride along on your journey through your blog. I totally enjoy reading your blog every morning. Makes me laugh more times than not.

    Count me in on your classes – I will be that person sitting in the middle of the room (now I need to wear my glasses) cheering you on! You Go Girl!

  30. #38

    I’ve so enjoyed your journey with SS. I even got the chance to meet you and take your class at CKU in Mpls. Have thoroughly appreciated every creative tip and your crazy sense of humor! I will continue to be one of your loyal “bloggets” and look forward to seeing where the journey takes you and us scrappers!

    Have a great weekend!

  31. #39
    Karen M.

    Simply, you rock. You rocked the magazine, you rocked the Design your Life class last fall. You will rock whatever comes next because your passion and spirit will always find a home. And we will always follow!

  32. #41
    Becky T.

    You made me cry. I feel for you and your loss of something that you really loved. I’ll be watching to see what you do next and I’m POSITIVE it will be awesome!!! *big hugs* 🙂

  33. #42

    I have enjoyed your work in Simple Scrapbooks, devoured both of your books, been a brown-nosing front row student in your CKU class, and a star pupil in your DYL class. Your blog is my “home page” and in a sense I wake up with you every morning.
    Thank you for all the inspiration. You have helped me transform my scrapbooking into something meaningful for me … and my pages looks great too thanks to you!
    I will follow you wherever you go. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for you.
    Thank you and thanks to Simple for introducing your talents to a world of scrapbookers.

  34. #43

    I’ll miss that magazine, and I can only begin to imagine how much this must feel painful and empty for you… but we’ll always be here, reading. At least as long as you stay Cathy.

  35. #45

    I will miss the magazine very much. All of the people who worked on it did a great job and should be proud of their accomplishments.
    Simple will be missed.

  36. #46
    Tammy Vasser

    I just want to let you know that I’m so happy you will keep blogging. I check-out your blog 3-4 times a week (that’s a lot for me) because you are so encouraging. Your blog is real and it’s refreshing to read about someone who deals with the same challenges as the rest of us unfamous and sometimes sort of boring people. So thanks and know you are loved and appreciated whether you work for a big magazine or just stay at home and preserve memories!

  37. #47
    Lynn M

    Always read your blog; every day! I open my work computer and you pop up! Makes my day. Very nice tribute to the people at Simple. I can’t wait for the new BP online classes.

  38. #49
    Heather P

    Ahhh… goodbye to simple – will miss the magazine. But excited to see what is coming next for you. I’ve been continuing to work through DYL LOs and each time I complete one, I just say Wow! what a great class. Looking forward to more and thank you for the class and everything! %)

  39. #50

    I hope that you can somehow find a job that you love half as much as it is evident you loved ‘Simple”. Most of us never have a job that we can embrace in such a positive way. Looking forward to seeing what the future hold for you…and your upcoming classes at BPS. All my best, Cathy.
    Your online scrapbooking friend,

  40. #51

    I’m going to miss Simple too.
    Perhaps you will find time to write another book now?
    I can only hope!

  41. #53

    I cannot tell you how much I will miss SIMPLE SCRAPBOOKS! I’m still having trouble believing that it’s actually going away.
    I loved your story of how you came to be involved with it. Talk about being in the right place at the right time with the right skills!
    You’re not giving up this blog, are you?
    Keep the faith. . . whatever that is!

  42. #55

    Dearest Cathy,

    My heart is going out for you today. Thank you for an inspiring and heartwarming post. You make us all think, “Hey, this is going to be OK.” And it is. You are simply brilliant and I can’t wait to be first in line to take your next class at BPS. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. If you don’t think I’m being sincere- today is my birthday and I can’t help but be sad for you. And happy. But also sad. I’ve never even met you but am sending you virtual hugs.

    Stay brilliant, cool, and most of all Simple through and through.


  43. #56

    Cathy: I am late to scrapbooking but I am catching up. I subscribed to Simple Scraps and will miss it very much. I read your blog for inspiration, a laugh or smile, a fun site you send me to…doesn’t matter. And by the way, I’m old enough to be your mother so you taught this old dog a lot of new tricks. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will continue to read your blog, smile, laugh or be introduced to new things as long as you want to keep on posting.

  44. #57
    Nathalie (famille1999)

    And a huge heartfelt thank you to you for putting your wonderful touch in SS mag and helping making it what it was. Good luck with any and all of your endaviours. I won’t be surprised at all that you come back and announce great things for you in the near future!!! You rock!!!

  45. #58

    Thinking of you especially today, Cathy. Especially today, because of its significance for you. Especially you, because of your significance for me. I know I am only one of many who is grateful for the difference you have made to me in so many things, and so many ways… Here’s to you, the future, and hoping you will still continue to Go Forth and Design. 🙂

  46. #60

    Can’t wait to read/participated in/ experience your future endeavors, Cathy. You offer so much that I know that many windows are going to be opening for you. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!


  47. #61
    Marta Valdes

    Thank you so much for teaching us Simple is beautiful. I learned so much in your class. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

    I will miss everyone at Simple Scrapbook. I hope to connect with everyone via Facebook or online clasess.

    Thank you again. I know I am repeating myself, but I really can’t thank you enough.


  48. #62

    What a lovely thank you. You have indeed been blessed. I’m sure the open door is full of promise! I so enjoy your little bits & pieces you share with us. Glad to know that’s not going to change.

  49. #64

    You rock Cathy and I will forever follow you on Facebook, or Twitter, or this blog for as long as you keep posting! Thank you for sharing all your stories and your talent!

  50. #65
    Lynn Herrick

    I feel like I personally lost something with the end of this magazine – I can only imagine how you feel. I think you are amazingly talented and I have enjoyed your work (and loved your BPS class!). I can’t wait to see what you do next. This post gave me goosebumps.

  51. #68

    WOW…great way to sum up your feelings! You can tell you really loved it and I can’t wait to see what you do next.

    Thanks for making me smile at least once a week!!

  52. #69

    Cathy – As with so many others – you are my pre-email, first-thing-in-the morning – great start to my day! What you say does matter to us all! The “conversation” you have with us each day – echos in my mind as I sit down to journal a page. I think to myself – now just how would Cathy Z put it? Thanks for everything!

  53. #70
    Debby Schuh

    I’m one who enjoyed and appreciated your work with Simple…I have your column torn out of issues of SS. Are they “collectible” now? 🙂
    I’m a reader here, too…you make me smile!

  54. #71

    I still can’t beleive that Simple is going away. I’ll mmiss it very much but am glad that all of my favorite people – you and Stacy and Elisha – will continue with your blogs. Best of luck for whatever is next for you!

  55. #72
    Nicole H.

    I have only one thing to say: I freakin hate recession. Could someone please promise me that once the powers that be figure out this whole mess of a world we’re living in that things will get back to normal?? My beloved scrapbook store that closed up shop last spring will come back and my mailbox can once again be filled with beautiful ‘Simple’ layouts!!! I know that many people just don’t have the money to spend on supplies and magazines right now (I guess feeding your family IS more important hun?? lol). But I am just SO freakin sad. Scrapping is my ‘getaway’ from the world. Seems like the world has smacked right into my hobby. =(. Sniff. Sniff. Truly a sad day…

  56. #73
    Karla in So Cal

    Oh, I am so excited to hear that you will be doing more BPS classes!!! Loved your DYL class and I look so forward to what’s to come. Simple Scrapbook’s loss is so sad, but knowing that means more of you on BPS is a GREAT thing!

  57. #74

    {standing ovation}

    I have quietly followed your career off and on from the pre-magazine days when you used to post your layouts on-line. While simple and clean layouts are something that is actually difficult for me to achieve, there was (is) always much to be learned from your style. I looked forward to your columns in SS and just wanted to make sure you got the applause you deserve!

  58. #75

    Oh, Cathy – don’t make me cry! I’m so bummed about losing Simple… I really feel like an era is ending. Thanks so much to you and to all the wonderful people who are part of the Simple family… the magazine will truly be missed. I’m excited to see what you have in store, and I wish you all the best.

  59. #76
    Sheri M.

    Thanks so much for creating and producing such a great magazine. When I started the hobby it took away my fear of making a mistake or designing something that wasn’t “fancy” and encouraged me to just jump in and enjoy it.

    Thanks again and I look forward to seeing your future pursuits!

  60. #77

    While I am still mourning the loss of my favorite scrapbooking magazine of all time, the thought that you will be doing another (or two or three, hint, hint!) classes at BPS has cheered me up immensely. Your design class ROCKED and helped get me motivated to do some of the best scrapbooking I have accomplished lately! Bring on those classes, Cathy!

  61. #79

    I have been a CZ fan from the very beginning. I have always loved your work and will continue to follow you!!! Thank you!!!

  62. #80

    Hugs to you Cathy. I’ll miss Simple magazine, it’s one of my favorites. I’m so happy to hear you’ll be doing more classes at BPS…I so loved your DYL class. I read you blog everyday and it always brings a smile to my face and you really bring home how a like we all are. Good luck in your new adventure. Maholo, Liz

  63. #81

    I will also miss Simple Scrapbooks magazine, it is my favourite. Very happy to hear you will be back at BPS. Looking forward to your classes and love your blog. Thanks for sharing with us.

  64. #82

    Cathy, God Bless You. I don’t say that lightly. It is because of you – and SS – that I grew to love Scrapbooking. With no disrespect to the fluffy, layered pages that tend(ed) to dominate the industry, with you and SS I had found my people. Thank you.

  65. #83

    It was a great ride and many are still mourning the loss of a great magazine. It seems so trite to quote the “one door closes..” old adage but I am positive great and breathtaking things are ahead in your future. Buckle up.

  66. #84

    umm a scrapbooking class that has to do with Facebook? holy cow! I am IN!
    So sad about SImple but I know you will continue to great and wonderfully inspiring things!

  67. #85
    Raewyn A

    Cathy, I met you at Crafting Connection Wellington, but loved you long before then, I am a CZ blog stalker and am always thoroughly entertained by your words, I took your DYL class and downloaded and printed everything I could so I could listen to you and read your words as often as I wish and will be doing just that over and over on my laptop whilst holidaying in Fiji in June(its freezing in NZ in June but blissfully hot in Fiji), I have your books, (autographed by you), I love your sense of humour and never want to lose the connection with you via the www and hopefully again IRL (one day).
    Meanwhile take care and girl, KEEP IT COMIN’ YOU ROCK!

  68. #87

    So long Simple…you will definitely be missed.
    BUT…I am thrilled to hear you are planning more online classes!!! DYL was amazing; I can’t wait to reuse my sketches 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what else you have cooking 😛

  69. #88

    ooh, oooooohhhhhh, new CZ classes on BPS… when can I sign up???? Loved Simple, will miss it terribly (honestly the only scrap mag worth keeping). Love You! Can’t wait for the next big adventure.

  70. #89

    We’re better off because we “stumbled” into your work in the pages of Simple. And now, we get you on the blog, twitter and fb. So cool. Our world is well, more interesting, because of you…and always funnier!

  71. #90
    Kris Lindsay

    You are… Ok, so you just are (insert all good things here). Don’t worry, you have such a loyal following that we will follow you anywhere!

  72. #91

    One cool thing about working at home – at least you don’t have to sadly walk through the office carrying your box of personal belongings. I look forward to your next adventure –

  73. #93

    You’re design techniques have been an inspiration to me and I’m looking forward to where ever you’re going to take us. Still can’t believe ‘Simple’ is ending:[

  74. #96
    Nancy Hyland

    You are an inspiration to many of us, and I am so glad to know you will continue to be so in a public arena. So now I cancel my plane tickets to MN and my plans to park myself outside your window to see what you are up to (whew, I am glad, I hear its REALLY cold there in Winter!!)

  75. #98

    It is sad to say goodbye to Simple. I have enjoyed your columns and perspective. I look forward to reading about your new adventures. I love your sense of humor and writing style. You are just real. And I love it!

  76. #99

    You and Simple were awesome for each other but I am SURE that you have more great things to offer in the future. I smile everytime I check your blog and see a new post. And sometimes I even re-read a post… just because you know how to make people feel good. Thanks Cathy!

  77. #101

    CZ, you’re the main reason a lot of us started and kept reading Simple through the years. Here’s hoping for a super bright future for one of my favorite scrappers. (Oh, and more smart ass blog entries, too, por favor!)

  78. #102

    (Sob/cry) I am sooo going to miss SS! I really wish this was just a dream. I am and will still follow you Cathy and what you have going on! Very excited to see what you bring us!
    Thanks for all the great stuff!

  79. #103

    Ms CZ, may I thank YOU for all the hard work you’ve put into the magazine, your books, your blog and the Big Picture DYL class last year? Your awesome design talent and sharp sense of humour are just two of a long list of things that make you so inspiring, entertaining and just plain FUN. Many thanks from this simple scrapper… I’ll be back here next week to see what’s next. 🙂

  80. #104

    Ooo so glad your gonna be teaching more over at BPS – I loved your DYL class, yay can’t wait, lol.
    Was sad to hear about Simple, aww ((hugs))

  81. #105
    Nancy Peacock

    I’ll miss Simple… it was my fave!
    I’ll miss the fact that I won’t see something you’ve done professionally every second month too. Bring on THE BIG PICTURE projects…
    So glad you’re stickin’ around as the awesome BLOGGER that you are!!
    Love ya Cathy!

  82. #107

    Cheers to you and SS Cathy! You have brought me so much inspiration through the years. SS was my first subscription and your work has always been top notch and fabulous. Love your blog xo

  83. #109

    sniffle – you are SO going to make me cry now, aren’t you? I’m really not looking forward to that last-ever copy of Simple. That’ll be it. Such a fabulous magazine! So many wonderful “friends” and mentors thru there. And you! And you. See ya on BPS. And here! You’re gonna make me check out Facebook and Twitter now, aren’cha? Aren’cha? Dang – I’ve been trying to stay away from those time hogs! I’m at the computer enough for no earthly reason!


  84. #110
    Sev from france

    Hi Cathy,
    DYL was a great class and I can’t wait to know more about your new classes….
    and don’t stop blogging !


  85. #111
    Candace H

    Your books have a permanent place in my scrapping library. I thank you for all the hard work you have done at Simple (I read every one and kept quite a few). I will miss SS but am quite happy we can still glean knowledge from you at BPS and other “yet-to-be-determined” ways.

  86. #112
    Wendy Holifield

    Let me grab a tissue…that was beautiful! I think we the readers THANK YOU for bringing a smile to our faces. I log onto your blog everyday as well as your FB page. I enjoy reading what you have to say because whatever it may be you make it interesting.

    I’m so sorry Simple has come to an end. Not many people have a career they enjoy on so many levels. You are so very talented and creative so I know good things will come for you. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

  87. #113

    I will miss Simple very much ~ and I wish you ALL the best for whichever path you take now. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  88. #114
    Debbie Piercey

    Best wishes to you. I hope you stumble upon a new job that will also feed your soul. I am stoked to hear you will be doing more classes at BPS. Thanks for doing this blog. I love to keep up with what your doing. Your just so dang real.
    Good luck,
    Debbie P

  89. #115

    Cathy, a girlfriend of mine told me about Simple Scrapbooks a year or two after it began. I immediately bought the current issue off the newsstand, all of the back issues from ebay, and subscribed for every future issue – until the next one. Thanks for pouring your heart into your work. All of your fans adore you and your work and will miss SS.

  90. #116
    Tina B.

    All I can say is that I am glad I found your blog…you have such a way with words and I hope that you find another job that will be as fulfilling as Simple

  91. #117

    Thank you, Cathy, for your inspiration. I’ll continue to read your blog faithfully, and look forward to seeing what you do w/ BPS!

  92. #118

    I took my first class with Stacy at the Mall of America in Sept. of 2003-it was my son’s first day of kindergarten, and I was worried about getting home in time to meet the bus. But her class was so amazing, and I walked out so jazzed, and there you were-standing in the hallway. I recognized you, and knew of your fabulous photos, and I asked if you would ever teach a photo class. Even though you didn’t teach me in a class, both of your books (thumbed through and earmarked) have a home in my studio, and I have loved being a Simple subscriber. And today you entertain me with your blog, and I am sure there will be other things that crop up along the way that will make all our lives full and rich. Thank you for sharing yourself with us!

  93. #119
    Tina Cockburn

    Blessings to you in the next chapter of your professional life. It’s been my pleasure to have worked with you at Simple. I’m hopeful our paths will cross again – soon!

  94. #120
    Amanda N.

    Good luck in your future fabulousness!

    I love your blog for the reality of the writing (and my son loves Little Z’s LEGO creations). Please keep on, keepin on!

    Best Wishes!

  95. #121

    SS may be over, but not Cathy Z. Looking forward to your classes at BPS..and anything else you author or create!

  96. #122
    Amy Eaton

    The physical paper and print may be gone but the connections with people ARE NOT. I will miss everything about Simple but I’m so glad that the ethos and the people are still going strong. I’ll still be lurking here and hope to see you again soon at BPS Cathy.

  97. #124

    I’m so glad you had the chance to experience a job you truly loved… and hope the next one that comes your way is just as satisfying. Looking forward to all of it…

  98. #126

    I will write this (and maybe you will read this) but I’ve been a faithful reader for several years and I love your blog– it’s a fave of mine. I would love someday to write the way you do, so full of personality and no apologies for being who you are. I love it. Thank you for your contribution to the scrapbooking world and community. Your classes (I’ve taken two) and your written contribution have had effects on many lives. Thank you!

  99. #127
    karen Hobbs

    Thanks for sharing your life, the good, bad and ugly, with us. I feel a little better knowing there are others out there like me. A little overweight, (I’m doing WW too), totally addicted to scrapbooking, love my family like crazy, etc.! I will miss SS so much but will look forward to your new classes and still reading your blog! Keep smiling!

  100. #128
    Deb Jones

    As long as you don’t stop blogging so I can get my Cathy fix I can handle losing Simple. I know that all of the priciples from there will be easy to find. I’m glad you are going to be doing some more classes at BPS. I will have to sign up when they are announced. Hope you soon have more good news to tell us.

  101. #129
    Marcie Howe

    Oh Cathy you made me cry! I’m so sad to see Simple go. I feel like I’ve lost a friend. 🙁 But hurray for the internet, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter because I can still connect with you! I took your DYL class at BP and I’ll be waiting in line for whatever you teach or wherever you write!! Thanks for the instruction, the encouragement, the humor and most importantly your friendship!

  102. #130

    Sorry about Simple, great blog post about your start with them. I really enjoy reading your blog.

  103. #131
    Pattie Knox

    Ah Kathy … you’re breaking my heart here. 🙂 I think the singular, most amazing thing about you is that you have no idea how many lives you have touched with your words and images over the years … mine being one of them. I can still remember sitting at a DSM team dinner one night with Lin and Lynda who were laughing hysterically at the deep,dark secret I had just revealed to them. That I had a special folder in my email box that I saved emails from THE Cathy Z. in!

    Whatever comes your way is going to be fabulous … because you deserve nothing less.

  104. #132

    My daughter turns six in April, and I have enjoyed this magazine for just about as long. I will miss receiving your contributions via regular mail and instead be thankful that your blog is not also retiring. As you mourn the loss of something that has become a part of you, I wish that you will find something equally as thrilling and fulfilling. In the spirit of your current post, may it happen when you least expect it.

  105. #134

    Clever – you have that down to a science. Wit – it flows so easily from your mind, oozes onto the pages of your blog and wonderfully puts a smile on so many faces on a daily basis. I, too will miss SS – the best there was – but so happy to know that bits and pieces of it and you are readily available with a few SIMPLE clicks! Good luck to you!

  106. #135

    Thanks, Cathy. I will really miss Simple and your contribution to it, but I’m also really looking forward to whatever you have coming next. I loved Design Your Life, so I’m pretty sure I’d love any class you do for BPS. Looking forward to it!

  107. #136
    Vonda Orders

    Nice note

    Your books on scrapbooking have really influenced my approach to scrapbooking – and that’s been a really good thing.

    I missed your last BPS class, but I hope to take one in the future.

  108. #137
    MK Cullen

    I had a job like that where I could feel, in my bones, “I am so lucky to the be the one who has this job”. It filled up a spot in my soul. It bites that SS is disappearing-it was a little ray of sunshine in my mailbox. Thank gosh you blog. I am surprised that you did that cover since you despise photos placed at angles, (if i have that right).
    🙂 Peace.

  109. #138
    Lorie Gomes

    This doesn’t relate to your current post..but I did want to sympathize (sp?) with you about the end of Simple Scrapbooks…was the only scrapbook magazine that I subscribed too and I loved it (ok that part was about your post), but this is about one a while back…I saw that bottle of red wine (Zabaco) and thought it looked familiar…sure enough…I live in Sonoma county and my girlfriends husband is a wine maker at the winery that makes that particular wine…managed to get a bottle from them for Christmas and had some at Bunco last Tuesday…it’s great wine and I’m glad to see you’re enjoying it too!


  110. #139
    Pamela Katschor

    This is my first time commenting on a blog! I wanted to thank you for the memories that you brought us through SS. I am going to miss that magazine!

    I’m with a previous commentator that said that your blog was the first one that she reads. I have even told my sister and a couple of friends about your blog.

    Now to enter the realm of Facebook and Twitter. I haven’t tried those yet, but with your encouragement, I just might give it a try.


  111. #140

    Hey Cathy! I LOVE your work! Congrats on many years of great work at Simple. I can’t wait to hear where this change will take you in your adventures! This was a touching tribute!

    I was curious though! I’m looking a font similar to the type you used for the word “precision placement” in the Font 411 layout for a design pro-bono work I am doing.

    I’m venturing to guess it’s PMN Caecilia, (I LOVE how nice this font is!) but unfortunately, I don’t have the budget to use a $300 font for this project right now. Do you happen to have any recommendation for a substitute? Thank you so much!

  112. #141

    I come to this blog at least once a day, every day for my CZ fix so thank you for keeping the blog going. I hear the witdrawal symptoms from CZ is nasty – nasty I tell ya! I don’t think I could handle it.

    I cannot wait to see what is on the horizon for you. 🙂

  113. #142

    I am so sad to see Simple go! Lovely tribute to what was a fabulous and fulfilling job! I am glad to hear you are not going away though! I will be anxious to hear about your upcoming BPS classes (coupled with Facebook to boot!). Thank you for being such an inspiration; creativley and personally!

  114. #144

    Oh, my heart breaks for you. I hate endings. Especially endings of things you really, really love. Like in High School when the musical was over, but I digress. Because, I know, it’s rare to be so happy about a job. Man, that can’t be cheering you up at all… yippee, more time for blogging. Rock on. Hugs. Some day I shall step from the shadow and friend you on fb. See, life is getting better already. Ha.

  115. #145

    So Glad we had this time together, it’s been Very amusing! Wishing you many more creative/Fun work prospects. Will be watching you.

  116. #146
    Kathryn Methot

    I will miss your column in Simple; it was my favorite part of the magazine. But I still have your blog and your classes at BPS to look forward to. Hope to see you in CK, and thanks for the simple inspiration.

  117. #147

    Hi Cathy 🙂
    Just had to say, I didn’t know the story behind how you joined simple but reading it was no surprise. You can feel the connection between you and Stacy and it is to be admired. I’m glad she did email you because you are inspiring and I am glad that you have been able to use Simple as a platform to inspire so many.
    THANK YOU!!! And all the best with ALL your future ventures

  118. #148
    lee i.

    I will miss Simple scrapbooks magazine, and I hope to be able to see you in your other ventures. Good luck. I’m glad I have your books to go to now and then.

  119. #149
    Yvonne B

    One door closes-another opens! You go girl! Love everything you do! You’re a superstar in mine and many peoples’ eyes. I will take any class you offer because of the evidence of perfection in all you do! ROCK ON!

  120. #150

    It’s a sad day, but then again, you’ll just move on to do something equally as fabulous.

    I know what you mean about one of “those jobs”. I stumbled into a new job in November that challenges me in so many ways and lets me be super creative at the same time. It’s such a joy to actually get PAID to be creative!

    Can’t wait to see where you’re going to end up. Hopefully not working for debt collectors…..

  121. #151

    Can’t wait to hear more about the BPS classes… especially the web-ish one! Have a great weekend with Chippy!

  122. #152
    Angela W

    I totally loved Simple! I had just realized that it was my favorite scrap mag a few months ago, then this. But I understand as sad as it is. I wish everyone at Simple the best of luck in whatever new journey is taken. Since I am brand new to facebook that class sounds interesting! Thanks for all you have done and will continue to do..

  123. #153
    Laura from Calgary

    Wow. I can’t believe this time has come. I am so glad I started following your blog about a year ago – you bring a smile to my face almost every day. I will keep up with what’s going on at BPS and hope you will come up to our fair city for one of our Camp Croppin’s. I feel like saying “keep on scrappin'” but I know we can never stop!!!
    Best wishes coming your way.
    Laura from Calgary

  124. #154
    Tonja Trump

    THANK YOU…for sharing your talent, your sense of humor, your life, and your energy!
    It’s always a pleasure to sit and read your blog in the mornings with my coffee and it’s truly a great way to start a day!

  125. #155

    I haven’t been a part of this CK website for very long, but I have thoroughly enjoyed your daily comments and will miss it. Have been a subscriber of Simple Scrapbooks for years and will definitely miss it too. Good luck and let us know if you continue your own blog elsewhere.

  126. #156
    Jeannette P

    What a heartwarming, sincere thank you. Loved that you shared it with us. YOu are a fantastic scrapbooker & I totally love the simple concept. It’s something even I can do thanks so much for your help. I wish you the best & I think that God has another something wonderful in store for your future. Enjoy the journey you are about to embark on.

  127. #157


    You asked a question a few posts ago about how we simplify or organize or something, and although I didn’t respond at the time, my first thought was by deciding to purge all of my older magazines including Simple (this was just before the announcement that there will be no more Simple) and going through every Simple mag and tearing out your pages and putting them in sheet protectors in a binder for easy access! And that binder sits next to both of your books, and the binder I made with print outs from your DYL class that I took at BPS. Simply put, you rock. Please keep the blog so we can continue to ‘not stalk’ you :). And look forward to your next endeavour.

    Yvonne P

  128. #159

    Cathy, Like so many, I am sad to see Simple stop publishing, but it is merely a chapter in our lives (albeit a large one in yours). I love BPS and all things you and Stacy do. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with the magazine and your books and blog. I look forward to the next chapters!!

  129. #160

    Whatever you do next, please don’t go away. Your books transformed my scrapbooking and in a way my life.
    Please say where we can continue to get guidance, ideas, inspiration and knowledge from you for our scrapbooking.

  130. #161
    Mary Jo

    I am going to miss Simple so much.
    But I am glad you will still be blogging and teaching classes.
    I took your DYL class at BPS and loved it!
    So looking forward to more :0)

  131. #162

    I’m deeply sorry there will be no more Simple Scrapbooks. It was the one magazine that really spoke to me. And your style. I confess I am delighted to hear that you may be doing some more classes for BPS. I absolutely loved Design Your Life and look forward to the opportunity to continue to benefit from your timeless style.

    Best of luck where you go from here,

  132. #163

    I don’t know if I’ll ever love a scrap mag the way I have Simple. I enjoy them all, but Simple was so real. It was the magazine for the common scrapper, not just the scrap celebs. I have so enjoyed you and all your contributions to it. Thanks for all that you do and please don’t quit blogging! I love it!

  133. #164

    sniff, sniff! I loved hearing how it all began. You will do well in whatever you decide to do next…and I’ll be here reading about it.

  134. #165

    No, no, thank YOU. From the moment I started working with you, I was hooked. You speak my language. You listen. You make me laugh and laugh (even when we were under the great stress of deadlines and edits). You brought me food when I was too busy to eat. You kept me calm when I wanted to tell that snippy cabbie off.

    YOU, my friend, are a happy spot in my life. A very, very happy spot.

    Damn! Now I’m crying. I SO didn’t want to go and do that, but I am. Thanks a lot. 😉

    I love you lots, Ziel.

  135. #166

    #1: I have greatly benefitted from your career thus far. I thank Simple Scrapbooks for that. That is where I “found” you.
    #2: Did you say, “delving into classes for BPS?” Ones that people on FB would like?! Dang… I have to finish my Design Your life stuff so I can, in good conscience, do another one of these classes. I’m a littl bit of a slacker, but I am more than halfway!!
    #3: Change that you don’t want sucks, but it means something unexpected and usually awesome is in the future. I believe that wholeheartedly.

    Rock on, sister.

  136. #167

    Thanks for putting togethor a gorgeous magazine! You guys published my first page in a magazine. Seeing my page for the first time in Simple made me freak out! I almost told the checker that I was in the magazine. Thanks!

  137. #168
    Kim C

    Cathy, you and SS rock. I met you several years ago in Nashville at CKU. You are a fun person. I will miss your articles in the mag but will keep up with you here on your blog. I have that same stack of SS mag. It is the only one that I have kept over the years. I have enjoyed every issue. Keep up your creative work.


  138. #169
    Linda J.

    I sit here wiping tear from my eyes at the demise of my favorite scrapbooking magazine. I feel like I know you Cathy, even though we’ve never met. I will continue to follow your blog and Facebook religiously, and look forward to all of your new adventures!

  139. #170

    I am so going to missing “Simple”…I can still remember reading the first issue and still have it…reading Stacey’s words and the light bulb going off. So long and love you blog. michelle

  140. #172
    sherry d

    Thank you for sharing your feelings with us about your final day at Simple. I love(d) Simple. I love your blog and many times feel we know each other – “Stoned In Love” blaring thru the speakers while driving down the road . . .

    God bless you in you ventures to come. Maybe I’ll see you at BPS.

  141. #176


    Lucky you to have had the oppportunity to work in an environmemt you loved with people you care about so much! Lovely tribute to Simple. I am currently taking LOM and can not wait to see what you come up with for BPS!

    When one door closes another one opens…

  142. #177

    Thanks for bringing us along for a bit of your journey. I will definitely miss Simple but plan to follow the amazing people I feel like I’ve gotten to know through the blogs, website, and magazine pages (hope that doesn’t come off scary/stalker-ish). Best on the exciting opportunities that are ahead…

  143. #178

    Think i’ve solved the not being able to post thing (m soft! what did I expect)still think bigger & better thigs are just around the corner so hang in there! just thought of another thing my gran would say
    ” into each life some rain must fall, as how will the flowers grown nice & tall” she was always comming out with these says, got some ruder ones but won’t put them here! LoL seya hugya*G*
    now to hit the post button & see if it works!

  144. #179

    Oh Cathy!!! Wonderful thank you. I know you have empacted my crafty soul:) Forever grateful. What ever it is in your future will be gold!!! I know. Remember you are the Audrey Hepburn of the scrapbooking world:) With that timeless classic simple talent:) And a grand heart to boot.

  145. #180

    Thanks for the recap of your Life with SS – many of us have been there with you every step of the way! And know that we will be following you, whatever it is that you do next! We hope you keep your blog going so we know where you are going. Thanks for the fun ride and how much we have learned from you, TanyaS

  146. #182

    I have been a Simple reader/subscriber from issue #1. (indeed I have the whole set of mags from #1 to right now. the only magazine I kept EVERY ISSUE… never tore them up or gave them away or pitched them into the trash as soon as I read the last like so many others. It struck a chord with me during the scrapbooking days of collage and overly embellished pages that I could never get into. I loved the layouts and the articles and of court Stacy. you all will be deerly missed!

  147. #183

    Like the saying goes,”When one great door closes, another one opens”. Here’s to you having many more years inspiring us to scrap simple and from our hearts. Anything in the works?

  148. #184

    I’m so glad to have met you on my life’s journey. You are an inspiration. I like your new title bar.

  149. #185
    Michelle Contarino

    I will miss SS. It was a heck of a magazine and I always enjoyed reading it. I am happy though to be able to keep in touch with you in the blogging world. Good luck.


  150. #186

    Hey Cathy,
    So glad to read that you will be doing more classes at BPS. After being in your DYL class last fall, I know this is your calling. Go forth girl!

  151. #188
    Dixie Lee

    Great tribute CZ.

    The chapter has closed. A new one to follow.

    Keep it Simple. It’s going to be a great novel one day!

  152. #189

    I not only want to thank Simple for years of lovely inspiration, but you as well. You’ve rocked my world for years and I thank you for it. 🙂

  153. #190
    Sabine SR

    Thank you for having me taking part in your review. Well, one door is shutting and another door will certainly open up. I am sure that your way is going up and up. I am looking around in scrapper´s world a lot for inspiration and always come back to your blog and your books and articles.
    Greetins from Germany

  154. #191

    Oh what a tear jerker post! I’ve always loved you with Simple! But now I can’t wait to see you mix two of my addictions scrapbooking and Facebook – say it isn’t so???

  155. #192

    I have learned so much from you through your books and the magazine. I appreciate all that you’ve shared. I am positive that something great will be coming your way. And in the meantime, you always have your blog…and Facebook…and Twitter.

  156. #193

    Funny thing is I was in Brian’s studio when they shot that pic with all the Simple Mags…I was there having him shoot my new MiMi totes at the same time. So sad to see it go…Simple was my FAVORITE of the scrapbook magazines. We will all miss it…but hope the powers that be are smart enough to actually incorporate it back into CK. We can only hope…

  157. #194

    You have influenced so many with your work at Simple, and as you leave this position, you should know how important your work has been. I am so pleased to know that new classes are on the way from you. I have been feeling a HUGE void since I finished your class last fall. You have so totally altered my perspective and philosophy about how I approach my scrapbooking. Thank you!

  158. #195

    thanks for sharing all that you do. i love your work and i love to read your blog and twitters. your humor makes me smile or even laugh out loud.
    thanks for keeping it real.
    i’ll miss Simple Scrapbooks, but can’t wait to see what you do next.

  159. #196

    Dear Cathy,

    Simple will be sorely missed but your status updates fill my facebook daily.

    Take care and all the best.

  160. #197
    Linda Briel

    Cathy, Thank you! That was such a gracious farewell. You have been a big influence on so many of us. I hope hope HOPE to see more of you and your work in the future. Your number 1 NY Fan

  161. #198

    Cathy, I scraplift, read blogs and comments online alot but this is the first time I’ve actually signed up to comment. I just wanted to say that your books and Simple Scrapbooks magazine, are my all time favorites…and I’ve had subscriptions to several! I don’t believe in putting a lot of product on my pages, but I understand that others do. So Simple was right up my alley. Thanks.
    What I play with….several of my friends (also Simple fans) gather once a week in my scrapbook room to ‘play’ with our scrapbooks and all of our fun scrappin’ stuff! Thanks from all of us!

  162. #199

    Oh, Cathy! I am just returning to scrapbooking after not touching my supplies since November 2006. (horrors!) The first thing I did was go out to pick up the latest magazines and I wondered why I couldn’t find Simple. I was so sad to find it’s out of business now. It was by far my favorite crafting magazine and YOU were a big part of making it as wonderful as it was! Your artistic capabilities, your eye for clean design and your emphasis on real life made the magazine great and approachable and USEFUL. Reading Simple reaffirmed everything I believed about scrapbooking. So THANK YOU for all of the YOU you poured into the magazine – so many of us are the better because of it.

    And I can’t wait to sign up for your BPS class this summer!


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