Creating Keepsakes Contributing Editor Becky Higgins announced today via her blog that she has departed the company.
Higgins had been with Creating Keepsakes since almost the very beginning of the magazine in 1996. Her work has appeared in every single issue since the fourth one the magazine published. The “Becky’s Sketch” column is easily the longest running and most popular celebrity feature in CK’s pages. Higgins, along with Ali Edwards, increasingly became the face of the magazine in recent years to many readers as founder Lisa Bearnson’s involvement with it decreased.
Just as significant as her magazine work are the books that Higgins has written under the Creating Keepsakes imprint. She’s authored or co-authored a total of nine books for the company, many of which were bestsellers in the industry:
- The Best of Becky Higgins’ Sketches (2007)
- Family History Scrapbooking(2006)
- Creative Sketches, Vol. 2 (2005)
- Our Family Scrapbooks
- Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking (2003)
- Creative cards: The complete guide to card making (2002)
- My Creative Companion: The Ultimate Scrapbooking Resource (2001)
- Scrapbooking Secrets: 300 All-New Scrapbook Page Ideas (2001)
- The Art of Creative Lettering: 50 Amazing New Alphabets You Can Make for Scrapbooks, Cards, Invitations, and Signs (1999)
In addition to her writing, Becky Higgins has long been one of Creating Keepsakes’ most popular instructors for its CKU and CKC events. She’s also traveled overseas to teach at special events.
Creating Keepsakes Editor-In-Chief Jennafer Martin shared with Scrapbook Update the company’s feelings about having to move forward without their long-standing star, and invited all Higgins’ fans to join them in thanking her for the inspiration she has provided:
Becky Higgins has been a strong creative force for Creating Keepsakes for 12 of our 13 years, and we’re incredibly thankful for the countless pages, sketches, fonts and more that she’s contributed over the years that have helped make Creating Keepsakes so inspiring for readers. While we’re sad to see her depart from the magazine as an employee, we wish her the best and look forward to working with her in the future as a contributor. The CK team will be hosting a farewell tribute on our blog at www.creatingkeepsakesblog.com Thursday the 17th, and we invite you to join us in letting Becky know how much her designs have inspired us and how much we wish her well.
Higgins’ signature round handwriting (available for free download as a font on her website) and her page sketches have defined what scrapbooking should be for a whole segment of scrapbookers for virtually the entire existence of the modern scrapbook industry. So the big question on everyone’s minds is whether she will continue in the industry in another capacity. Without providing any specific plans for future business projects, Higgins did promise in her announcement that she is not quitting scrapbooking and that she will continue blogging.
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