Two Peas is closing.
I, along with many others, learned this sad news yesterday.
Two Peas was a pioneer of the online scrapbooking store and community. They were the trailblazers. The people who thought, "What would happen if we tried this?"
It wasn't long after I walked into my first Archiver's store that I found Two Peas, probably through a Google search for "scrapbooking." And what I saw blew my mind.
I'm not kidding.
There were women doing stuff with paper and fonts and stuff that just made me say: I want to be a part of this!
I'm talking hide-a-body, talk-you-off-a-cliff-at-2 a.m. kind of friends.
Two Peas was a place where I felt like I fit in. I clicked.
Hell, it's where I coined the "czdesign" moniker. That's right. I broke the cardinal rule of nicknames: I gave one to myself.
It's the place that inspired me to try crazy shit, like painting acrylic frames.
Or tearing paper.
Or just unapologetically embracing the 8.5 x 11 size.
When I started working with Simple Scrapbooks in 2003, I had to pull back from the community. Part of being on a magazine staff meant impartiality. I remember being so bummed, but understanding that the opportunity to make money designing for a magazine that actually covered something I truly loved was a necessary trade off.
I remember being so happy but also a little jealous of my friends all becoming Garden Girls.
I remember forming little offshoot Yahoo groups for offline conversations with more of the amazing women who came from that site, like Shell and Lisa and Suz.
Thank you to Kristina and Jeff. I know I wasn't an active member for many years, but what you created changed the course of my life.
Now that may sound dramatic.
That's because it is.
Much love and gratitude and the best to you and your family for whatever lies next.