Images …

from the last month of my life — in no particular order.

Just thought he looked entirely handsome and grown up this day. Just won first place for his swinging moves at the annual fifties dance and scored two runs at the baseball game today. Moments of emerging teenage attitude are forgotten when he smiles at me like this.


My uncle Bob and aunt Ellen (parents away from home during my freshman year in college) and my brother Cougar and his wife Hillary. We are inside the Joseph Smith Memorial building on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. That would be the larger than life statue of Joseph Smith behind us. We had just watched the new movie about the life of this modern-day prophet/leader  –  so inspiring. It’s a must see when you’re there.

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Friends I ran into at the Scrapbook USA event on National Scrapbook Day. Shared a little project that will be part of my Library class at BPS. It was crazy, but fun. Ran out of kits about two hours early — oops. I think I was supposed to approach things in a more orderly fashion — maybe next time? Thanks to All My Memories (love these mini-albums) for inviting me to be a part of this, and to my darling sister for totally helping me out. I couldn’t have done it without her. We wore our matching skirts and I did NOT get a photo [bummer] I ran into lots of friends from my earlier life as DOTS (CTMH) demonstrator and Paper Hearts moonlight madness instructor — so fun reminiscing.


Got to go see some of the amazing houses on the Parade of Homes tour in Salt Lake — my birthday present from Darci and Kevin. In one very cool and colorful house we found some issues of SS magazine — made me so happy. They were on a shelf in this totally cool bonus room/kids playroom/mom’s scrapbook hideaway!



I surprised my hubby with a 40th birthday trip to the Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah. Randy/Diane and Nolan/Jenn — dear friends from our college days were each a part of the surprise. Serious fun.


We ate delicious and totally healthly food  …


and hiked, biked, swam, did yoga and even danced (salsa) for two days surrounded by the beauty of the desert in bloom


I haven’t been so inspired to photograph flowers, since Hawaii on our 10th anniverary. I feel a mini-album coming on!

Just in case you are wondering what my happiest color is — take a look at my new kitchen, taking shape! So exciting.


DQ smiles — which has to be one of the nicest things about warmer weather.
Paper Pals — the store that I visited on Saturday is in the same parking lot as a DQ. Does it get any better than that — Basic Grey and Blizzards right next to each other?!


Thanks again girls — I had a blast. You were so fun. Estelle — you’re beautiful.
Love my green shirt and the Cowgirl Chocolates btw …


Found my babysitter Ashli and Taft fast asleep in the van after class.
How cute are they? Ashli is helping pack up my studio for the big move. Couldn’t do it without her!

Oh and some beautiful thistle-things (anyone know the name?) When I was in college my roomates and I donned heavy gloves and picked these prickly plants so we could hot-glue them to straw wreaths for Christmas presents — odd how memories are triggered. All I had to do was see these bathed in sunlight and I’m immediately back in 1985, at the Courtside Condominums #204 — talk about strange connections.

Anway .. that’s it — just some of the days and moments and memories so far this month.
Is it any wonder we love this lifestyle so much?


  1. The bits and pieces of a happy life, being well-lived. What a very intimate thing to share with us. Thank you for your openness and generousity of spirit.
    And the spa thing for a 40th birthday – SO the best gift! It went on a spa trip with a girlfriend the year we both turned 40, it was so perfect! (dh chose a golf vacation to Myrtle Beach for his 4-0).
    It is funny how memories get connected, how a certain sight or smell brings you back instantly to a very particular place or time. I really love that, and I know that being a SB’er reinforces those connections and focuses me on them when they happen. They don’t get taken for granted.
    BTW – their is a Brigham Young Memorial near me (he was born here), you should come visit!

  2. Love to see you smiling!
    Have a happy day!

  3. What wonderful moments you shared with us. And your kitchen is looking fabulous! Looks like you have lots to be happy about. :)

  4. I think the name of your mystery plant is teasel (not sure of the spelling) but I’ve been told it comes from Tease Wool – that early settlers used it to comb wool. Not sure where I know that from but when I saw your pic I thought “oh yeah – teasel!” We also used it as a kid for some craft projects!!

  5. I want to thank you for just being you and for encouraging so many of us in so many ways. Let me share: I took your “get physical” challenge and have had a bit more trouble implementing it than I expected. I used to run 3 miles a day but 2 kids later, I do NOTHING. My intention has been to start running again, but I find myself calling a game of hide and seek my physical exercise for the day. Lately, hubby has been helping me find time to walk and I thought, when the mood hits me, I’ll turn it into a run. Well, last night was it. My first run in over 4 year!! WOW. Now, I could do a scrapbook page on the whole experience, complete with pics of the cows on the way, insightful journaling etc. However, what I’m doing is a cherishing the moment that I rounded the corner to home and saw/heard hubby and girls on the porch cheering me home. I may do a tag in my all about me book, I may not. But I know I will keep that memory regardless of how I choose to record it. To me that is what BPS is all about. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Stacy.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Is it weird that Paper Pals wall color is nearly the same as your new kitchen?? I LOVE the color by the way… very happy.
    I signed up for Library of Memories and I am so excited! I have been waiting for this class since I read Simple Scrapbooks during my husband’s knee surgery years ago!
    Thank you for sharing yourself here and your beautiful family…what an encouragement!

  7. Stacy, I knew there would be more that I love about you! We share the same “happiest” color! I recently painted my scraproom a very similar shade of “happy” green. It is shaping up as I slowly load things back into my room.
    I am looking forward to your Library of Memories class at BPS so much. I finally, decided to just go for it. What convinced me is that if I’ve been a fan of yours since your SS book and your philosophy of “being caught up” then I should be taking this class so I can finally be organized enough to create the kinds of pages that I want to leave for my family. Make sense? I sure hope so.
    Love your random photo memories. :)

  8. Hi, Stacy!
    My scrapbook room/office is painted your happy color! When people walk into that room they are amazed that I was so “brave” to paint a room “that” color–but it makes me happy each and every time I walk into the room and for that it is worth it! I am looking forward to meeting you in Lynnwood in less than a month. Thanks for sharing a peek into your life. Can’t WAIT to take your class on your family library system!
    Having fun,

  9. Wonderful photos of your trip – thank you for sharing. So sorry to hear you are getting not nice emails from people. You seem to have a good attitude about it, though. Maybe she does need something to make her happy. I guess you can never please everyone all the time, but I would like to think that people would give constructive criticism rather than personal attacks and accusing you of beeing greedy or wanting to make money. (When does wanting a successful business constitute being greedy)
    So, please know…I have taken a number (6) of of the BPS classes and have enjoyed every single one of them. I may not have completed every assignement, but the idea seeds are planted and I know that when inspiration and time coincide, they will get done. What you have started at BPS is truly inspired (as validated by the fact that some other websites are now offering online classes), but it is really the midset and philosophy of you and the other teachers that keeps drawing me in. Keep up the great work and inspired classes – can’t wait to see what new things will becoming in the future….I just know it is going to be BIG! :)

  10. Hi Stacy,
    I wanted to say thanks for sharing a bit of your life with all of us. I so love your “Happy” color. I have been wanting to paint my Studio a happy Green and now that hubby is away on deployment I think I can get away with it without him saying not that color. LOL Anyway I wanted to say I am so looking forward to meeting you next month in Lynnwood. I signed up for your Big Picture Scrapbooking class. I am so excited and can’t wait to talk with you.

  11. Hey there Stacey!!! Long time no see girlie!!! Love your blog!! Just saw it for the first time!! (I’m so behind on things). anyways, love the photos!!! I love the Joseph Smith Memorial building!!

  12. Definitely a wonderful trip… thanks for sharing so much of it with all of us! Love the DOTS connection, too… :)

  13. Rosie Lilya says:

    I just got my invite to sign up for your next class. I have had your book for over a month. I have read it several times, and sort of got it. Then I picked it up for the 50th time (or so) and read it again. I GOT IT! I pulled out all my albums and reorganized them! I couldn’t believe it! I’m not a looser-mom-scrapbooker after all! I have 8 albums full of lovely memories. My family sat around and looked through all of them as if for the first time. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
    I am going to sign up for the class because I am SURE there is tons more to learn. Most importantly, I feel like I am REALLY accomplishing the main goal… I LOVE MY NEW FAMILY LIBRARY! Thanks Stacy
    p.s. DOTS connection- Saw you speak at convention 199?- SO FUN, SO long ago :)

  14. You’ll have to (if you don’t already) get a 3 ring binder and print out your blog every month. It’s fun to look back and think….how did I do it all? Also neat to have those *everyday* moments captured.

  15. Suzanne Balvanz says:

    that is a seriously green kitchen! In a good way!! You could never be blue with those walls….
    LOVE it..

  16. Thanks for sharing Stacy!
    I am so excited for you to have this fun color in your kitchen… I just painted my oler girls room that color…… or at least something similar;) I can’t tell you how much it has changed their moods… so much less contention. I LOVE COLOR!

  17. Mary Ellen says:

    Hi Stacy–I met you at CKC Mesa…the ONE thing I was MOST looking forward to at the Convention…you (graciously) signed my BPS Book (with a PINK sharpie!) and my sister took a picture of me with you…which turned out BLURRY…I am so BUMMED…I wanted to send you a copy…and I had to tell you, there are SO MANY things I wanted to say when I met you and I couldn’t because I got all emotional and choked up and thought I was going to CRY…I’m weird, I know! But I SO wanted to meet you…so HERE is what I wanted to say but didn’t…you have inspired me and CHANGED all my ideas about scrapping…I was almost ready to throw in the towel because I have six kids and thought I will NEVER catch up…but now all that is changed! I wanted to say that your “happy attitude” is so catching that I love to just read your book…that you are TALL like me! :) taller than I thought…that I love the TAG book and am so inspired by that too! that I feel like I KNOW you, even though I don’t…
    anyway…I intend to take the BPS class on the library but DH isn’t working so no $ for that right now…but next time…Thanks for being YOU and for SHARING all that you have learned…I am so BLESSED by you….
    warmest wishes!
    Mary Ellen

  18. Great photos…. love that green kitchen, green is a very happy color!! Tena

  19. Loving your happy color. It is always nice to go into Paper Pals and see our happy green walls.
    I love your photos, they are so down to earth and they tell their story.
    As for Dairy Queen…our only saving grace at the store is that they don’t deliver…although they do get a lot of our patronage!!!
    Keep on being you and being happy!

  20. Oh, PLEASE be greedy and take my money for your BPS class!!! I read about it yesterday and went back to sign up today and it is full. :-(

  21. That happy green is very close to the color that my studio is painted! I am so energized creating in there since we did that recently.
    The new kitchen looks gorgeous!

  22. Stacy – what great pictures! Wanted to tell you how good it was to see you in Provo! Check out my blog for my photos from the trip…see you in San Jose.
    emily from magic scraps

  23. Colleen says:

    Hi Stacy – one of the above posters is right: the plant in your photo is called teasel: Dipsacus fullonum, or Fuller’s teasel. It is actually considered a noxious weed in a lot of areas; it was introduced from Europe.
    I’ve always thought it was kind of pretty in a strange, spikey way. I like the way it flowers. See you at Lasting Memories on the 10th! :-)

  24. I was so excited to see the picture of your new kitchen. I just painted mine that color last week adn was having problems coming to terms with the color. Now I love it!

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