Wednesday, February 13, 2008

CPS? Say what?

I have seen mentioned (quite often) that people would have never figured out what this blog was all about just by the name…totally doesn’t sound "scrappy" or "crafty". Well, on the eve of our first anniversary I thought that I would take a minute to explain. (since the designers say I can’t reveal the new team members until tomorrow).

After nearly 10 years of scrapbooking I tried cardmaking and I quickly realized I really like cardmaking more than scrapbooking *gasp* For me, it was so much easier to be creative without the limits of a photo and I still got to play with the same supplies. I have always liked sketches for scrapbooking. I am a slow scrapper, I sit and arrange and rearrange things and still end up with a plain and simple page. So, sketches seem to reduce the time it takes to plan a page (but they still end up plain and simple *shrug*). Although popular for scrapbooking, I looked around I didn’t see many sketches for cards. My original idea was to do an actual book with sketches and ideas. That didn’t seem possible (at the time) so I thought, hey maybe I can start a blog and at least share it with my online friends. I asked a few of my cardmaking friends (and a few of my soon to be friends) if they would be interested in helping me out and surprisingly they said yes (now I think they may have their doubts).

I set it all up and made the first sketches. Now, we needed a name, a theme (yeah, I’m weird like that). I started with sort of a play book or a sports type theme…not working. So one night I was chatting with my friend Jamie. I was telling her my idea and about the awesome Page Maps site for scrapbookers (one of the few sketch sites at the time) and how I wanted to do something like that in a blog form designed for card makers. Something featuring just cards. Of course if you know Jamie you know her humor. So she replies…ok, so I guess you want to be the GPS of cardmaking/sketches…you know, because a GPS is way better than a map. Of course she was being sarcastic but my wheels starting turning. I starting thinking…Global Positions System (aka GPS)….hmm…well, these designs really are a Positioning System…showing how to “position” the elements of a card….OH! a CARD positioning system (CPS) So, alas, thanks to Jamie and her sarcasm we became Card Positioning Systems!! (Proof that even though you are joking you never know when I might just take you seriously)

Now that being said, no, we will never be “better than a map”. I have no desire to be better than anyone. My desire is to make CPS a “guide” to (hopefully) inspire others in their creative journey, reduce the planning and make the trip even more enjoyable. I have seen numerous designs by the CPS readers that combine the CPS card sketches with other challenges. Which is proof that creativity comes can from many sources and combinations of ideas. Sometimes the designs here even go off on a path of their own and end up nothing like the sketch…which is great too! It’s all about the creative journey and making it yours.

So, if you made it to the end of my rambling I want to say thanks to each of you for your great support and for letting CPS be a part of your creative journey over the last year!!

Thank you to our sponsors for the great products they have allowed us to showcase over the past year (and some even again this year!!).

And, of course, I want to thank the CPS designers for putting up with me taking part in my crazy plan, it has been so much fun working with you!

23 comments:

Patter Cross said...

So very cool to see how you came up with the name along with Jamie! The name takes on a whole new understanding now. Thanks!

Susie Blackwell said...

you've been an ispiration to me!
Susie xx

Tanis said...

Cool little story....
Thanks for sharing!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this site and I'm glad you didn't write a book.

Laura said...

Ohhhh, i GET IT NOW! :) i did sort of wonder about the name at first - DUH! it makes perfect sense!! Congrats on your anniversary!!!

stampqueen said...

Hallo,
Here's my card for this weeks sketch - LOVEUM - keepum comin' !!
www.stampqueen.blogspot.com/2008/02/mary-jos-and-cps-51-sketches.html
Can't wait to meet the new team!!!
Tera

Anabelle said...

It has been a wonderful first year!! I've loved being a part of it. Here's hoping that our second year is just as great. ;)

kimosabescraps said...

I have always wondered about that!!! Such a cool story!
congrats on a very successful year.. I know I've gained alot of inspiration from the sketches and the wonderful designers examples.
Here's to another wonderful year at CPS!

Kim

ALLY said...

Cool story behind the name! TFS!!

ScrapAloha said...

Duh, now it all makes sense! Totally cool story!!! TFS! I think you succeeded with flying colors!!! Congrats to you!

Colleen said...

Thanks for the sharing the story and thanks for providing inspiration for a whole year now.

congratulations.

jacki janse van rensburg said...

nice story! you should post it permanently in one of the side columns. thanks for all your inspiration! i'm an 'old' scrapbooker and a new cardmaker, so i still need lots of ideas.

Debbie said...

congratulations on your anniversary and Happy Valentines Day!!! Glad you're here and you definitely inspire my creativeness!

Thankd for your hard work!

Kristii Lockart said...

How fun to find out how CPS came into being. I am so glad I found this site!!!

jo said...

Congrats on your anniversary. So glad I found this site!
My card for #50 is here:
http://jo-again.blogspot.com/2008/02/cps-50.html

Vanessa said...

OK, so I am so glad you explained the history of this blog because I love this blog! I am so happy that you took it upon yourself to help those of us who are not so artistic to copy layouts for cards! This blog is my GPS for cards. I am looking forward to seeing your design team. This blog is such an awesome resource. Thanks.

Melissa said...

Love you Miss Tami. And, I am so happy to be putting up with you---I know it's tiresome putting up with me though...sigh...lol.
Happy First Birthday to CPS---now let's get on with the announcement, huh?
Melis

StamperSharon said...

Great explanation, Tami -- cool to find out how it all came about! Congrats on your first successful year and I hope you have many more to come!

Audrey Pettit (APet) said...

How fun this story is. It's cool to hear how everything came about. Love your site so much!

Dana said...

Great story! It was fun to read about the beginnings of CPS. I admit, when I first heard of it, my thoughs went immediately to "Child Protective Services" because my husband and I are foster parents, and regularly work with C.P.S! Too funny!

lakind said...

Thanks for the explanation. I visit your blog once in a while, but now I will more often! I am one of those who needs a sketch to get me going. Once I have that, the options are limitless! Thanks again!

Connie Carpenter Macko said...

What a dork! I never got the GPS reference before! and I thought I was quick! Love it! mostly I love the blog... wonderful ideas and examples! cheers to lot's more years!

Natalie said...

Now I know and understand! Thank you for linking this to your 5TH ANNIVERSARY!! Congrats again!!

Ultimate Whirligig said...

You are sooo funny. What a great way to develop a wonderful site that so many people love. Keep up the fab work. See you in card land!
Michelle