my happy mail …

I got 50 Big Picture books in the mail today! I need to sign them and send them back with some very "official" bigpicture frames [from IKEA.]  The boys and I did a little painting after school. Taft_painting_frames_3

I also got the latest issue of Simple Scrapbooks in the mail — I think it looks awesome — kudos to our outstanding team. We are celebrating our 4th anniversary and entering our fifth year [unbelievable, isn't it?] We thought it would be fun to revisit some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past. Karen Glenn put a fresh spin on Easy on the Accents, Cathy Z rewrote What is a Simple Scrapbook, Angie Lucas gave Trading Pages new life and I did an updated version of Permission Granted, from our premiere issue. Kristina White and her darling daughter [2Peas] are on the cover. Tara W took the photo and Beth Proudfoot [who btw is currently developing a super-cool bigpicture workshop] designed the layout on the cover. I get my copy early, but yours’ are on the way!

Got word that some of you received your Happy Mail — check out these pics from Heather and Damon!

Can’t thank you enough for the comments and e-mails about the book. Thank you. Thank you. {BIG smile}


  1. Amy Stultz says:

    I can only imagine the way it feels to hold a book in your hand that you wrote all by yourself. Must be somewhat surreal! Congrats to you!

  2. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on your new book — I still have your very first book on Composition. I was so excited when that book came out because it was the first book on scrapbooking that wasn’t full of stickers, silly diecuts, and floating silhouettes.

  3. Congrats on the books! Your blog makes me realize why I do what I do — thank you for the reminder & the inspiration!!

  4. how cool! My book is waiting in a ups box by my garage door (thank-you UPS tracking!) I’m going to run home at lunch and get it! I can’t wait to see it.

  5. Gail Arnold says:

    Hi Stacy! I just got your new book last night, and I haven’t put it down. Thanks for such a motivational book. What an inspiration! I took your class at CKU-A in Provo this summer and it changed the way I scrapbook. Thanks for your wonderful approach to our great hobby and being such a positive influence in my life and the lives of others. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book!

  6. Oh, can’t wait to see the newest issue of SS! Wow-four years? And I haven’t missed a single issue. Here’s to four more years! And I’m so glad that Beth Proudfoot is going to be doing a workshop–I love her work! :)
    Have a happy day!

  7. Holy HP Printer commercial, Batman. Cool pix! Cool frames! And the new SS out soon. Life is soooo good!

  8. Can’t wait for the new issue of Simple!! 50 books?! Wowzers!
    Those frames are too cool, btw! Loving the colors!

  9. Just got the BIG Picture at the store and it is amazing. I can’t wait to curl up and devour it tonight.

  10. hmmmmm . . .IKEA, huh? Seeing another trip in my future for some of those things!
    Got my book last night. . . and I’ve been absorbing it all. You even got me crying!

  11. Ohhh my copy of TBP was ordered from SS! I hope it comes SOON! I am itching to get my hands on it and devour it all!

  12. Congrats on Simple Scrapbook’s 4th anniversary and four years of amazing issues!

  13. Karen Wilmes says:

    The boys look like they had fun painting! I can’t wait to get your book, but I have to wait until Christmas. I still have to take a picture of me with my Happy Mail…it’s been a rough week, my 1 year old has a stomach bug so the picture will come soon! I”m also looking forward to getting my copy of SS in the mail soon too!!

  14. That is so exciting! I can’t wait to get my own copy.
    And I’m psyched for the new issue of SS, too… I looove getting it in the mail every month!

  15. Stacy-
    I got home from work and the book was waiting for me. KUDOS on an amazing job. Thank you for the inspiration and ideas. I can’t wait to re-read it over and over again. I also got a signed card from you – not sure if everyone did or not, but it was a nice little surprise! :)

  16. Stacy – I was stalking my LSS during my work breaks and picked up my copy of the BIG Picture today and it took every ounce of strength that I possessed to not open it at work, because I knew that no work would get done if I did. I am now savoring each page slowly and I pulled out my very first Simple Scrapbooks idea book to refer to again. Thank you thank you thank you! Looking forward to all that is to come!

  17. Add me to the list of people who stayed up late last night enjoying your book. So, so good…I posted on my blog this morning that people need to “run, not walk” to get this book!

  18. Stacy- when you have a minute, would you mind posting about how you sort and categorize your photos? The book touched on it a little, but I would love some more info. Thanks! :)

  19. I’m so excited to get my hands on this book Stacy!

  20. I can hardly wait to get my book…off to stalk UPS!!

  21. Just got my book last night… unbelievably wonderful! I read until my eyes couldn’t stay open any longer! Think this will be on the special bookcase alongside “Core Composition”… in my collection FOREVER!!! :) Great stuff!

  22. This book has just hit the UK and i cant tell you how fast i ordered it!! Cant wait to see whats in store!

  23. Juel McDonald says:

    The book is WONDERFUL Stacey!! I am reading it page by page and taking in everything. Shedding a few thoughtful tears and doing my best to wrap my brain around everything you are saying.
    I LOVE your Close To My Heart album, makes me relize I need to get mine finished(after 10yrs I think it is time!!)

  24. BRAVO! on the new book, I’ve been checking at my lss for the last week and today was my lucky day. I can tell you that Simple Scrapbooks changed the way I scrapbook and I can already see The Big Picture will help me scrap better and smarter too. Love the design of the entire book, another GREAT design by Cathy Z. Thanks for bringing us such a great Simple team and magazine. You guys ROCK! and brighten my day too!

  25. Colourful, cheerful pictures! Thanks for sharing. :)

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