Sunday, May 27, 2012

Taking a Break

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Sketch Support will be taking a break for an unknown amount of time. There will not be any new sketches or layouts posted during this break.

We knew when starting up Sketch Support that there was going to be a lot of work involved. We never expected it to be easy and knew that it was going to take time and effort. We are taking the time right now to decide if that time and effort we put into this site is worth it. It was a difficult decision to make but it was time to evaluate things and see where we stand.

I wish I could give you a specific date of when things might start up again but at this time I do not know.

Thank you for understanding.


73 comments:

Scrapthat said...

Well here's to hoping it's a short break! It's a well loved site and always fun to see all the different takes on the sketches!
I hope it turns out you come back with MORE vim and vigor. :D

scrapeahappy said...

We totally understand! They are a lot of work!! I have learned so much from the site but particularly your class, but you need to do what is bet for you and your family!

Jimjams said...

Hoping that the break will do you and your team some good and that, after a suitable pause, you'll be back full of energy and inspiration. I've been scrapping with your Travel Sketch Book and popping here for inspiration too and I think that this is perhaps THE most professionally produced sketch blog on the web. You guys do a GREAT job. Thank you!

P.S. Word verification is "wail" - how apt!

Karen L said...

AAUUGH! It WAS worth it, I promise. I look forward to seeing the sketches here every Sunday. I have a recurring reminder in my Google Calendar to check out this site on Sundays! Can we help?

mrsgeek said...

I hope the break does you well, and recharges your creativity. I love this site, sorry that I haven't commented earlier! Awesome sketches and examples!

Kimberly said...

I completely understand - you can tell that this is time consuming but I do want to tell you that you inspire us... fingers crossed the site won't close but maybe less posts? love your work - Kimberly

Barbara said...

More than understood. I dont post often, I am sorry. BUT i do follow your blog on my reader. Hope to see you back soon. Modify your schedule like so many do for the summer. You deserve it

GLOANN said...

Oh, this makes me sad, but I certainly understand that it is a lot of work and time involved in this. Just know that we will miss your sketches and the DT work terribly. I do believe it is probably the most popular of any site of this sort. Maybe we should have been leaving more comments. Hoping you'll find the time and energy to return sometime in the not too distant future. Meantime I do have the kit club which is really wonderful! For those of you followers who don't subscribe to the kit club, you need to check it out!

paperpapier said...

so sad to hear about this...this site has been my guidance in scrapbooking, learning from the very basic. The best scrapbooking support site that I have ever seen. I read your post everyday via Google Reader. Hope to see you back soon...
Heaney xx

Karen said...

While I totally understand, you can add me to the list of people sad to read this!

Because of this blog, I got my first Scrapbook Generation sketchbook, took Allison's sketch class, and bought more sketchbooks. I am currently using the travel sketchbook heavily and looking forward to when I will be able to order more. I've also started thinking about signing up for the super kit club! That is huge for me, I have never joined a kit club before.

I hope that your haitus gives you renewed energy and that you will return soon!

Pink Dalmatians said...

My mom recently got me connected to you. I know she'll be sad to hear this & so am I. But I completely understand as I just have a little blog & it takes a lot of work. I hope you can tell by the lovely comments that your site & work is loved & appreciated. Hope you can come back.

okanogangirl said...

I'm sad to hear this! I completely understand the need for a break though. I just have to say, you were really the only sketch site I used with any form of regularlity (I don't use sketches but occasionally). Your sketches and DT work was always fantastic, the site was run in a most professional manner. You set a high standard, and you will be missed. Thanks for the awesome inspiration you've given. (PS, I hope these sketches will remain available for reference even though no more will be added, at least for now).

Jess said...

I'll add to the chorus that this site is well-loved! I've found the sketches and ideas so helpful! I hope you all can find a way to make it keep working!

Lisa F. said...

One part of me screams "NOOOOOO!!!" (my first reaction) and another part of me says "Good for you for setting your priorities". So, add me to the understanding bunch, but I do hope that it is a short break. I know that it has to be a TON of work between family, the scrapbook store, and blogs, but the inspiration provided is tremendously helpful!!

Melissa Elsner said...

Oh how I can empathize with how much work goes into these types of sites. Allison you do an amazing job and even with no new sketches for an unforeseen amount of time, the vault of inspiration is timeless! ENJOY this time. Hope you are able to rest, rejuvenate, love on your family and, if time permits, come back to this side of your amazing creativity. You are awesome!

Melanie said...

I have enjoyed your site so much!!! The sketches are fabulous! I hope you decide to continue this site...maybe with reduced posts to once a week?

LauraB said...

Have been a fan/follower of your blog and sketches for years now! I totally understand needing a break and reevaluating. (I've done that myself several times over the years and never regretted it) I wish you, your family and DT much peace and rest.

Many Blessing!

Laura

Cindy said...

So sad to hear this but I do understand the amount of work it takes to run a site this busy along with your family business. We will miss it but totally know where you are coming from. Hugs and best wishes Allison!

Christa S. said...

This is a wonderful site, but I understand juggling priorities. I hope you all get the break you need and come back with more. If there is anyway your fans can help, please let us know.

scrap2go said...

Say it isn't so! YOur site is loved and valued so I hope that after taking a break, you can figure out a way to get it going again. If the weekly posts are too much, maybe you can do beweekly or monthly. You have a fabulous site and you will be missed while taking a break.

Devra said...

Wow, count me with the others who are sad, but understand. I think this is the most professionally run blog. I think you are in a class by yourself. Your design team has such a variety of talent. I learn so much from each one of them. I also hope this is a short break. If not, I'm really sorry to see you go.

Chris K said...

Thank you for all the inspiration you have provided! I used the sketches so often from your books, your MCC class and this site! Wishing you refreshing rest and discernment for the future! You will be missed during this hiatus.

Rhonda Merry said...

I have many a page in my scrapbook from using your sketches as inspiration. I will miss you while you're away. I hope you know you are a blessing to us crafters.

ZoezMom said...

Like everyone before me, sad to see the break - but also very supportive for those that need it. Allison and team, thank you for all of your wonderful sketches and layouts full of inspiration. Please do keep the site up, this break will give me a chance to catch up on all the sketches you've posted so far ;)

Take care and know that your efforts are appreciated. I'm glad to see the dozens of posts supporting you, the books and your sketch clubs.

Anonymous said...

Understand the need, respect your decision, but sad all the same. "you don't know what you got til it's gone". I should have posted thanks and praise before now.

Barbara said...

Like those before me, sad to hear this, but understand. I do use your sketches from this site quite often, as well as your sketch books, and have also pinned many of them to my Pinterest account for all to see!

Hopefully this break will give you a chance to recharge and come back strong! I'll be waiting to see more of your fabulous work and that of the DT!

Thanks again for all the inspiration!!

debbi said...

I have never figured out how you accomplish so much! You certainly deserve a nice, long break. I know even if you never post again, I can go to your previous posts for more than enough inspiration! Take care of your family and take care of you! In case I don't have the opportunity to say it again, I have followed your blog since before sketch support existed and I have enjoyed every single day of it. Thanks to you and the creative team for all you've done. Just DO NOT EVER CLOSE THE STORE!

Carrie said...

Oh no! I can imagine how much work this site is, but it is truly one of my favorite sites. It's one of the only sites I see two page layouts! Relax, but please come back!

Luv2talk said...

I LOVE this site and will miss it. I hope you come back soon. Either way, please know that you have changed the way I scrap, and for that, I will be forever grateful.

You rock!

Linda said...

Totally understand but will miss the site.

Steffanie said...

I totally understand that it's hard work keeping this running smoothly. You all do an exceptional job and I am so thankful for all you have done. A break is well deserved. I hope that whatever happens, you will leave what is here accessible. I come here often to look at past sketches and inspiration. I hope to continue to do so in the future. Thanks again, for all you do. I truly hope you will be back...soon!

Anonymous said...

I am fairly new to your site and have really enjoyed it! I hope you will keep it up so I can back track and continue to use it as a resource. Many wishes for a wonderful summer! Here's to hoping you will continue to enjoy and share your creativity.

Gretchen said...

I hope the break is short! I love seeing the sketches and everyones take on them. I've learned so much from these sketches, the books - all of it. Do what you need to but know that this site is well loved. :)

Laurel Geisbush said...

Hi Allison, Thank you for making such a wonderful site, creating the awesome sketch books & sharing your talents with us all. You have been my mentor for many years and you'll never know just how much your work has inspired me and helped me grow as a scrapbooker. I even started my blog because of you. Your sketch books are my "go to" when I start all of my layouts. I thank you!

Take all the time you need to decide what's next and don't feel guilty! It's so imporant to do things that you are passionate about.

Love Sketch Support & Scrapbook Generation!!

Jamie said...

I hope you are able to continue what you're doing on this site. I absolutely love your sketches! I'm a total sketch junkie, but you have the only sketches that give such detailed info on the sizes & placement on the papers on the LO. I've never found another sketch site that gives that kind of info. I really love what you do here & I'm really hoping you are able to keep doing it. Thanks so much for all the amazing inspiration you've provided to us thus far!!

Anonymous said...

Oh boy no, I will miss you soooo much.
Your sketches are so much inspirating and helping me with my work, you can't imagin. Your blog is the first I check in the morning.
I understand your decision, but I don't like it at all.
Specially because I can't order from sketch support, because I live in Europe.

Greetings Ilse

Lynette said...

I totally understand why you have made this decision...but I will so miss receiving the new sketches every month. Take care Allison, when you are ready the DT and the blog will still be here.

Pokey Puppy said...

How often I've wondered how you could keep up this awesome blog and juggle all your other responsibilities. Just want you to know whatever you decide, we will understand. At the same time, I do hope you know how very, very much you and all your work here have meant to so many of us. Your sketches have been the jumpstart to the majority of my layouts and will continue to be. Thank You!

Lisa K said...

I really enjoy this site. The sketches and inspiration are fantastic. Thanks for all you do!

Anonymous said...

Alison, you have to take care of yourself and family first. All else is just embellishment. I love your work and use it for inspiration all the time, so perhaps in your next life you will have some sponsors to support you. God Bless you in whatever path you choose.
Janice

Beth Hallgren said...

Totally understand the need to reevalute how you want to spend your time. I've been a huge fan of yours and love going to your sketches when I'm in need of a creative jump start (which has been a lot lately). Thank you for all your time and effort and I sincerely hope you find your balance, whether it includes this site or not.

PattyL61 said...

Dear Allison. Like so many posters before me, I completely understand your decision to step back and reevaluate and will miss the weekly posts immensely. Your sketches have revolutionized the way I scrap. I've taken your sketch class, bought sketch books, subscribe to the kit club and use the blog all the time. Just know that the time you've invested to date has not been wasted and I hope you decide to continue (at whatever pace works best for you) at some point in the future.

Many thanks to the entire design team and Scrapbook Generation.

Patricia L

PattyL61 said...

Dear Allison. Like so many posters before me, I completely understand your decision to step back and reevaluate and will miss the weekly posts immensely. Your sketches have revolutionized the way I scrap. I've taken your sketch class, bought sketch books, subscribe to the kit club and use the blog all the time. Just know that the time you've invested to date has not been wasted and I hope you decide to continue (at whatever pace works best for you) at some point in the future.

Many thanks to the entire design team and Scrapbook Generation.

Patricia L

Janelle H. said...

I will have to wean myself of opening this site first thing every day!! I hope you take the time you need to rejuvenate but I sure will miss you and the design team!! I have all your books, took your first online class, and get the monthly "super kit", so I'm glad I'll still keep going with all of those! Thanks so much.

Janelle H

Nancy M in NJ said...

Alison, I hope everything is ok! Take it easy, recharge and evaluate. I don't post but have always enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the sketches, and I am thankful to you for your work. And if you feel thats it, you've had enough, then a big hug to you for all you've done. And if you decide to come back here, here's a welcome back hug!

Nicole said...

Praying that all is OK with you and that you are still able to share your beatuiful work and inspiration with us all. Thank you for all you do!

Jennifer said...

I do hope it won't be too long of a break! I love the inspiration this site provides!

kimmcc69 said...

So sad to read this. I LOVE seeing all the inspiring work on your site. I really hope this is a short break or maybe just a summer break.

DanaMK said...

Allison, I completely understand why you need a break and need to evaluate everything. I can only imagine how much work it takes to keep such a fabulous site up and running.

I do want you to know that I absolutely love Sketch Support and I come here often for inspiration. And I know that many of my friends over at Club CK feel the same way. Thank you for all that you have offered to us scrapbookers!!

NenaNYC said...

I don't have a lot of time for blogs, so I am very picky about the ones I follow and your blog is one of my favorites. I have purchased your sktech books and LO kits. I will continue to purchase your products becasue they are fantastic!

I hope that whatever led you to this decision is something that is short-lived and easily handled. Losing this blog forever would be a terrible loss of a wonderful and reliable friend.

Good luck and hope to see you back soon!

Lisa P said...

Just want you to know that your site is on my fave feeds and I also follow many of your designers that I have found through your site. Blogging is an underappreciated type of work and takes a lot of time. I want to say I appreciate your sketches. Your two page sketches outshine any other site out there and the ideas I get as a two page girl are so appreciated. I love your style and only wish I lived close to your store. Hope you can relax and freshen up and hopefully be back.

Hanne said...

NOOO! I do understand that you have to make priorities. I'm looking here almost every day and have used a lot of sketches. Right now I'm on to one of the double. Just love this site, so I hope the break won't be for long.

scrap4you said...

I love your sketches! I have your books and use this site for more inspiration. I understand you need a break from time to time, but please do what is best for you no matter how much we beg! LOL!

Kathy said...

While I may not post every time I visit this site I am always so inspired by the work you and the team put out. Truly the best site for scrapping ideas! I have been given new freedom by using your scrapping tips and books. I love your work!! I do completely understand being totally exhausted and needing a break. I do also know people tire of having to put out that kind of work all the time. Please know I appreciate everything I've learned from Sketch Support and the books (hope those never go away either!)

Deb said...

I hope it's a short break! This is the most helpful, and by far my most used, scrapbooking resource! I love seeing other's takes on a sketch and I've used many ideas!

connie said...

I can't add to what everyone else has posted but I hope you do know how much your blog is appreciated! It has been such an inspiration for me. Thanks for all your hard work.

Robin Turner said...

I am so sorry to hear this, but certainly understand the work involved and how cumbersome it must be! Thanks to this site, though, I've found your books and have been adding to my library regularly! I have enjoyed the inspiration each day and love to check in ehre to see how different people have interpreted the LO. Thank you fo all you have done!!

petunia670 said...

Oh no, I love the site, but completely understand the amount of time and effort you put into the site. It's certainly appreciated. Thanks for all the inspiration. Good luck in making the choices that are best for you & your family.

Anonymous said...

I have come here almost everyday but have not left comments ... now I feel really bad. It will definitely be missed.

Maureen said...

I follow this site as well! I hope you keep the archive up while you're on break! I am starting with sketch one and working my way to the most recent and haven't completed it yet. I hope you have a wonderful break and get time to spend with your family! I understand it is a lot of work, but your creativity and your inspirations are quite motivating and I've been so happy to be able to scrapbook more lately. Thank you for everything you've done!!

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

My first reactions was noooooo! i love this site! You and all the helping hadns on this site are such an inspiration! I completely understand the time that goes into doing something like this is huge and that it conflicts with time with family. I am hoping that this is a breif break and if you need any help in the future if and when you decide to return I would gladly offer my support! Thanks everything and I hope to see you back!

brigitte said...

I'm also one of your regular fans and I've been mostly inspired from your beautiful sketches. I feel sorry I have not left more comments.But I can assure you that you have lots of fan out there!
I do understand your need to take a break, keeping up such an interactive and creative blog does take time. I wish you a well deserved break and hopefully you will come back energized!
Take care
Brigitte from Switzerland

Anonymous said...

Just found your site from JazzyCreations. Never wanted to sketch before until I saw her mini on youtube and immediately saw the value of sketching. Your site looks so useful and I know it took a lot of work. I will enjoy going back thru previous posts and wish you all the best in your future. Thanks, Mary Werner

Amy C said...

I absolutely love this site! I check it every week for a new sketch, and inspiration. I've bought sketch books for myself, as gifts, and I recommend them all the time. I understand that the site is very time consuming, and you must do what is best for yourself and your family. If this includes closing the site, we would all understand. Family comes before this.
If you do end up closing the site, I'd love the see some of the creative examples in your books - they give me so much inspiration to see what others have come up with!
Best to you and your family, Allison - you are incredibly talented!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

Just wanted to say--love the site take all the time you need to spend with your family. We all be here when you decide to return.

Anonymous said...

Allison, this sketch site and books have helped me soooo much. I always looked at my layouts and thought I should have bought a kit! However, once I found your sketches, I started to believe that I really was able to make beautiful layouts. This is the most helpful and informative blog that I have found in 10 years of scrapbooking. Enjoy your break and I truly hope that you are able to find a way to balance things out so that this blog may continue.

MClark said...

Whatever you decide, I want to thank you for your hard work - it has been truly inspirational to me! I am especially thankful for your emphasis on 2-page sketches. Please know that we are so appreciative of your hard work.

The Mancilla Family said...

I love this site! I, too, check it on at least a weekly basis! I've enjoyed scrapbooking so much since I discovered your sketches ( I had been considering stopping altogether since it was so overwhelming). I took your online class as well, which was very inspirational. Thank you for your continued inspiration, but completely understand the need for quality family time!

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know your fans are still thinking of you, Allison and hoping all is well with you

Denise G said...

So understand, but hope that you will be back soon. I love the inspiration and wish I would have discovered you sooner. Thank you for your hard work, it is a blessing.

Anonymous said...

Still mis you like crazy.
Just want you yo know.

Kim said...

I just stopped by to see if you were up and running. I hope all is well with you. I just wanted you to know how much I love your sketches. I've gotten so much out of your creative website, and I really hope you can bring it back. Take care. :)

Cindy said...

Looks good, thanks for all the time spent on your Sketch Support site!