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About Me

Married to my soulmate with 2 beautiful girls,and our English Springer Spaniel, Suki. Living a country life in Cambridgeshire, whilst baking, gardening, and photographing our daily lifes, where they find a place on my scrapbook pages.

My little place on the web

This blog is just that, my little place on the web.You will find my daily (or not so daily, hehe)life, my love for my new vegetable garden, baking, photography and my scrapbooking!

My Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a way of life for me now.It has been for over 4 years. I love journaling, taking photos of my family and love colour and texture, these are all part of my everyday life and scrapbooking.

End of an Era

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/25/2012 06:14:00 PM
As some of you may now be aware I have closed the doors on Pencil Lines

What started as a few friends challenging each other with a sketch to produce a layout each week, turned into 15,000 visitors a week, an amazing and talented group of scrapbookers that formed my design team over the last 6 years. Pencil Lines has had 267 amazing guest designers, 267 unique sketches and a published book.

Pencil Lines and its design teams have been featured on numerous blogs and websites all over the web as well as magazines from the UK, US, Russia, Brazil to name a few countries!

Pencil Lines has worked with gorgeous products sponsored by the best in the business, and you the readers have also received amazing prize packages from our sponsors over the years.

sketch 1 provided by Becky Fleck

my first layouts for Pencil Lines, eek!

This is not a decision I have taken lightly, it has been months of decision making on my behalf, and close friends listening to me talk things through with them.
It is no secret that my passion for scrapbooking is dwindling and my love for the craft is not there like it was.
I resigned from my design team spot with Nikki Sivils and I blogged here not that long ago that my heart just wasnt in it.
I have spent the past 7 years scrapbooking on demand, with deadlines and for manufactures, magazines and design teams. I rarely, like many scrapbookers out there like me, have the time to scrapbook for me, for pleasure. I could see that I wasnt dedicating 110% to Pencil Lines, to the many readers out their and to my design team. I knew the time had come for me to hang up my coat and call it quits.

I am sure it has not come as too much as a shock for alot of people, and for some I know it has come as a complete surprise.
I will be working on putting all the 267 sketches into a PDF format and selling for a nominal fee where a percentage will go to charity.
I also have a few books left and will sell those at the reduce price of £9.95 incl postage in the UK. Overseas will be plus postage. Drop me an email at or leave a comment here if you would like to purchase one of the few remaining Pencil Lines books left.

I have had the most amazing 6 years, so many people to thank, amongst them are Sue Deacon, Annie Hafermann, Tracie Hudson, Anam Stubbington, and Leah Fraquharson. Each of these ladies worked extemely hard behind the scenes to make Pencil Lines the success it was. From contacting sponsors, readers gallery winners, guest designers spots and our facebook fan page, all of these were possible because of the amazing team I have had behind me, thankyou form the bottom of my heart.

Thank you typepad for making us a featured blog, we are all so proud of that achievement.

Finally, thank you to everyone who let Pencil Lines grow, the support you gave myself and the design teams over the years. It is you that made Pencil Lines the success it was today....

Thank you for reading this far....
Anna xxx

4 Response to 'End of an Era'

  1.'> 6:55 PM

    I have been reading the Pencil Lines blog since Sue and I became friends through our blogs. I have always loved all the art that everyone involved on Pencil Lines created with a simple sketch. It was inspiring. I, however, understand your decision to end Pencil Lines. I was never on design teams or the a big time blogger. I was always astounded by the amount of time everyone had to dedicate to deadlines and such... I couldn't do it. But I admire those that could and do.

    You and your team did an amazing thing for so many people. You gave them a starting point. Sometimes that was all some of us needed. You guys should all be so incredibly proud of what you have done!

    I wish I could afford to purchase of your leftover copies of your book before they are gone. I will hope I can purchase the .pdf when you release it. I LOVE you are donating some of the profits to charity. That is so generous.

    Thanks again Anna! And best wishes for ALL that you pursue in the future. I just heard something last night that might make this a little easier for you...

    "God doesn't put us in a storm because he is trying to punish us. He puts a storm in our life to blow us to where we are meant to go."

    Tammy Hicks


  2. Anna Said,'> 10:51 PM

    Hi tammy, thank for your comment, and fr taking the time to write. It means alot to me , thank you very much.


  3. Ania Said,'> 4:33 PM

    It's been a pleasure being a small part of PL over the years. Am happy to see you take on such an amazing & wonderful turn in your professional life now :)


  4. lisa Said,'> 10:51 AM

    I've only just seen this Anna.
    I totally understand your decision. I just wanted to say thank you for lots of inspiration : )