Thursday, January 15, 2009

Honoring Aleida

Well, after hearing about this for the past week or so, I finally got my hands on it. IT would be the latest issue of CK magazine. The February issue has an article about 5 scrapbookers that have a made a diference in the world. The first person featured was my friend Aleida. She was killed in a car accident this past September. This was so upsetting to her family and friends. Aleida had a lot of friends and I am happy to say that I was one of them. She has connected me with a group of friends that I treasure and I am so thankful for that! Love you girls!!

Okay, the article is truly a disappointment to me. First off the LO was done by someone that did not know Aleida.Though the pics were supplied by her husband, I think they should have had the LO made by someone that really knew her, family or friend. The article did convey her great online presence and all the friends she had made through this great hobby. She made many friends through many sites. I, myself got to know her through SIS TV . She was also on the DT for Scrappin' the Music. The only site that was mentioned in the article was Studio Calico. Don't get me wrong, Studio Calico is a great online community. All the gals are sweet and welcoming, but to me the site being mentioned (more than once!) sounded more like an advertisement. I guess I was really looking for more. The very short article, written by someone that does not know her, did not really portray the real spirit of Aleida. I am truly disappointed. Okay, I will get off my soapbox now. If you have read the article...what do YOU think??

13 comments:

Pam said...

I'm sorry you were disappointed Dawn. I have to agree I would think someone that knew her would be better the person to write the article and do the page. But it was very nice to see a tribute to someone who has affected so many lives in the s/b world.

Anilu Magloire said...
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Denise said...

I am glad that she was included in the tribute, but I unfortunately had it pictured completely different in my head. :o( I had hoped it would have her layouts included, because one of Aleida's biggest hopes was to be published. I also wish one of her friends did the layout. I guess in the end I am just happy to see her get recognition even if it didn't meet all my hopes.

Red_Inc. said...

I haven't seen it yet...but I can't believe that layout was done by someone who didn't know her. That just doesn't seem right, especially when there are SO many scrapbookers who knew and loved her and would have been honoured to scrapbook a tribute to her.

karen m. (akaliz) said...

i still have yet to find the new issue. i'm upset to hear that it is not at all what we had expected. and like Denise said, it would be nice if they had chosen one of her layouts to publish. that sucks.

Pam said...

Hey I gave you an award on my blog!

greg said...

Dawn, I'm so sorry you were disappointed with the article, and I must admit I was disappointed to. To give you a little background to the situation, almost as soon as Aleida passed, Ally remembered there was a call at CK for this topic and gave them lots of pertinent information about Aleida (including SIS and Scrapping the Music). There was so much information about her (much more than the article mentioned), that I'm sure for editorial reasons, they wanted to shorten. It appears they highlighted the blog book idea which was initiated at Studio Calico, so perhaps that's why we got more of a mention than the other sites.
As for the layout itself. When CK requested pictures of Aleida, they requested them directly from me. I contacted Brandon and he supplied the photos, because I wanted them to be high-quality images that he loved. I had no idea they would use them to create a layout. Actually, I thought they would just choose a couple of them to show on the page. I agree that it would have been nice to publish a LO of Aleida's, but don't know if they could/couldn't because she wouldn't have been able to sign the paperwork. Also, to get someone else to make the layout, I simply don't think CK had time. Honestly, when Aleida passed, it was past the deadline for this article already, but they were kind enough and felt compelled enough by her story to make a last-minute addition to the article.
I hope this makes sense and I do want you to know that we (Studio Calico) pay when we want to get advertisement, and we don't look for opportunities to take advantage of situations like this. Please know that the communication provided to CK was wholly inclusive of the other sites she was a part of, but that it was CK's editorial decision to only include Studio Calico.
She was a huge part of SC, and she meant so much to us, so I too, envisioned a much grander article in her memory, however, I respect that CK chose to publish what they did and am so thankful for it. It's certainly a piece her family will cherish.

greg said...

The comment above was posted by April (i just noticed Greg was signed in on my computer)

Greta Adams said...

don't even get me started on this...i will be here all day!

Anonymous said...

I understand greta was the one who initiated the Blog book....which I contributed $$ to. I'm not part of SC, and I feel that the involvement of the entire online scrapping community should have been mentioned, not just SC. I do feel as though it was an opportunity to grab a free ad in the biggest scrapping mag in the world. I was pretty grossed out by it.

NancyJones said...

I haven't seen it yet. I don't get the mag anymore my sub ran out Dec. I had heard someone else say this already but wanted to see it for myself. That is a shame. I really had hoped she would be honored.

I'm very disappointed. I had hoped her layouts would be in there. She wanted to be published so bad. Even if just one of them! But I guess we should be happy she got the recognition even if it wasn't all that we felt she deserved. BECAUSE WE KNOW she deserved WAY MORE THAN THAT!!! MAN I MISS HER!
Can here her goin' "WTH" ok, we both know that isn't what she would have said. I was being nice. She would have said "WTF?!?!? when she saw that ROFLMAO!! You and I both know it!

jerseytjej said...

My issue has not come as of yet, but I feel bad that SC is being blamed for the publishing/editing of CK. Yes, it would have been awesome for Aleida's OWN work to be published but I cannot help but be glad that so many more will be helped by her story and commitment...

And for the record, I know first hand of the TREMENDOUS work that Greta did behind the scenes to make the tribute book a reality. She labored and tolled to the extent that I asked her to make sure that if anything ever happened to me, that she updated my blog in rememberance. She is a true friend and sorely grieved the loss of her scrappy friend.

Julie said...

I am a close friend of Aleida's. As a matter of fact, she credits me as the one who got her started into scrapbooking. She fell in love with scrapbooking almost immediately, and her work shows that she had a God given talent as an artist. Every layout Aleida produced was nothing short of spectacular! Aleida was a mother of two small children, a wife and a full time employee. When my husband and I were down in Texas in September when she was killed (in a tragic car accident), I couldn't believe how completely spotless Aleida's house was! She took care of her children, husband, job, house, plus cooking, laundry and running errands. All of this, AND she still had time for her passion--scrapbooking!! How many of us put our hobbies on the back burner because our other responsibilities come first? I gave up scrapbooking years ago because I didn't have the time to do it, and I am a stay at home mom and my house is still a mess. I admire Aleida. Aleida took care of all her responsibilities and her scrapbooking was one of them. She lived for scrapbooking. Aleida should be an inspiration to all of us. She was in no way "battling depression". She was happy and full of energy. Every time she finished a great layout, it was like the birth a new baby. It filled her heart with joy. This alone should earn her a story in the Creating Keepsakes magazine. I myself use to subscribe to Creating Keepsakes magazine; however, Creating Keepsakes has disappointed me with this article. I expected more. Aleida invested A LOT of time and money into Creating Keepsakes, and at the very least, her work should have been published. In my opinion, the whole Feb. issue should have included all of Aleida's work. A lot of people could benefit from her idea's. She didn't get the recognition she deserved. This article did not even touch on the kind of person Aleida was or the art she created. Aleida wanted to be published, but this article would have just disappointed and embarrassed her. It is degrading if you ask me. She never would have wanted her children to see that. It's awful sad that CK has to use the death of a young talented mother of 2 as a promotion. Shame on you CK! Aleida's (and all scrapbookers) dedication to scrapbooking is what keeps Creating Keepsakes in business right?