What a journey these past 5 years have been, career-wise.
1. Five and a half years ago, I was the managing editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine. Until she closed in the Great Recession of 2009. May she rest in peace.
2. The same year that Simple closed, I went out on a limb and co-founded Ella Publishing Co., a little eBook company serving the scrapbooking and crafting markets.
Here's me at the Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow in 2010 when Ella Publishing Co. was just a baby, chatting on the Paperclipping Roundtable with Noell Hyman, Anna Cabrera, Nancy Nally, and Stacy Julian.
3. Then, two years ago, my little publishing company was acquired by my dear friends at Big Picture Classes. I was thrilled! Running Ella by myself was more than I wanted to continue to handle, since by then I was also a new mother. The Ella brand had a parent company, I no longer had to handle accounting and taxes, and we were folded in to the Big Picture brand. (Note: ellapublishing.com does still currently exist, but we direct most of our traffic and activity to bigpictureclasses.com!)
4. And now, just this month, almost exactly 2 years after I sold Ella, Big Picture Classes has been acquired by Studio Calico! Which I suppose makes them Ella's grandparent company. (April Foster looks so YOUNG to be a grandmother, don't you think? ;) And the BPC owners (Kayce and Stacy) are just as thrilled by this merger as I was two years ago, and for many of the same reasons.
I'm excited for the future of both Big Picture Classes and Studio Calico. I'm excited to build new relationships and to see where this move takes all of us. From where I stand, the future is definitely very bright—for all of us!