I’m learning …

In addition to being MIA, I’ve had some bad blog luck lately — lost three different posts before finishing. Needless to say, I’m learning to write out what I want to say in a word document, so i can just copy it!  OK, I know it’s a been while, but it’s been absolutely NUTS. I have some very BIG things to announce and a whole bunch of little things to share. I’m home now (sort of) for a couple of weeks, so that will help.

First of all, if you haven’t already heard, I am completely thrilled to announce Heidi Swapp as the 2007 year-long instructor at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I’m actually pinching myself, to make sure I’m not dreaming. I think Heidi is one of the most authentic women I know, and the thought of helping bring more of her “big picture” into your home at your convenience is almost more than I can wrap my enthusiasm around (and I have a LOT of enthusiasm) Heidi is amazingly talented, but she is also very real and very approachable. If she were “just” Creative Director of her own company and line of product that would be impressive enough, but she is so much more. I’ve never met anyone so committed to delighting others – whether it’s her own family, a classroom full of SHE students at CKU-A or nearly 600 scrapbookers at a live event – for Heidi it’s all about the details, the little things that in the end create the unforgettable memories. We’ll be posting a class description soon and you’ll get to hear from Heidi herself more about her vision and what she wants to have happen in what we are calling A Year to Remember.

Could she possibly be any more adorable? I’d love to have a nickel for every woman that has taken her picture to her hair stylist and said “Make me look like this!” This image btw is part of slide from my Creative Escape presentation — what an amazing event that was! And btw2 — I really appreciate the generous compliments and notes and thoughts that so many have emailed and left here. Thank YOU!


And, on another note, my cutie-boy Trey is 8 years old today. He is a one-of-a-kind, overflowing-with-personality kind of kid and brings so much joy and laughter in to our home. Caught him the other afternoon plugged into my ipod, obviously unwinding from the hectic life of a almost-eight-year-old. Have to get some work done today, and then I’m taking treats to his classroom. I was at the Safeway bakery this morning at 6:15 a.m., ordering the cake and will be pulling together tomorrow’s party this afternoon – I have decided I am the queen of last-minute living. So far, so good. I was actually on my way home this morning from dropping my friend Jenni Cox at the airport. She was the executive producer of our SS DVDs and is now the Creative Executive for Clique TV (more info coming very soon) This is a brand-new project at Enthusiast Media (the new Primedia) spear headed by our publisher Tony Golden. It’s all about inspiration and entertainment and will bring together industry talent, behind-the-scenes product info, exclusive offers and more. Anyway, Jenni and a film crew have been in my house for two days. Like seriously in my house – in my studio, my laundry room, my pantry – we are talking true reality in the Julian home. They filmed me in my bathrobe, on my morning run, working in my office and making brownies in the kitchen. I tried to post the “too much reality” moment we had in my office with my computer, but it wasn’t meant to be. Luckily, I have a Mac, covered by Apple Care and that is all I’m going to say for now.

My new friends Jim and Greg — in action! There is some cool stuff happening in this industry and I love watching to see where it goes next –

Life is good.


  1. You are just the cutest! Thanks for everything at CKU! Can’t wait to see where this new adventure takes you!
    Happy Birthday, Trey!

  2. Stacy, can I just tell you how much I LOVED your talk at CE!! YOu are an amzaing women & I adire you a ton!!!
    I am also so excited for Heidi to be teaching your year long class at BPS…one I will be signing up for!

  3. That’s awesome that Heidi will be teaching for BigPicture!
    Love all the photos and the updates!
    Have a great weekend! :-)

  4. Happy Birthday Trey! It’s my Ryan’s 8th birthday as well. Love my Tiger!!

  5. Judy in Carefree says:

    I also loved meeting you at CE. Your talk was more than inspiration!!! Thank you, thank you!

  6. Hi Stacy, Have you tried using a blog editing software? I use Blogdesk (www.blogdesk.org) for my professional and personal blogs. It works great. I can edit images and save both in-progress and published posts. But I don’t think there’s a BlogDesk version for Mac yet. You can try Qumana (www.qumana.com), which I know has a Mac version. I haven’t tried it, but I know some probloggers who use it. I hope this helps you not to lose any more posts.
    Anyhoo, happy to hear that Heidi Swapp will be joining BPS! And a happy birthday to Trey!

  7. So good to SEE you! :o) Love the sneak peeks of your room…can’t wait to hear more about what you’re working on!

  8. I agree, life is *good*.
    I am so excited that Heidi will be teaching through BP!! I think now is the time for me to jump in and see what it’s all about!! :)

  9. so excited about HKS joining BPS!!!! How wonderful!

  10. Love Heidi, and you too of course!
    Happy birthday to Trey. Couldn’t help but notice the CTR Ring! Too Cute!

  11. Stacy, You are so amazing!! Your”realness”, LOVE FAITH, POSITIVE ATTITUDE,& INSPIRATION just flows out of you like a swift running creek. CE was beyond my wildest technical dreams! Your inspiration gave me a moment in my life that I never addressed. I am so grateful
    Thank you does not seem enough . Blessings and hugs
    sharon dryjanski

  12. Stacy-
    I am loving your library class and really enjoyed your lecture at CKU. I am TOTALLY excited about having HS teach a year long class at BPS – thanks for bringing all this great stuff to us!
    ee :)

  13. Stacy: Cute picture of my husband! Thanks for your hospitality on Thursday.

  14. whew…….so glad that you posted! Was beginning to think you’d been sucked into an internet vortex or something.
    SOOOOOOO very excited to hear of the fabulous Mrs. Swapp doing some classes. Gonna take some FOR SURE!
    life IS good. :)

  15. Soooooo…..very excited to hear about HS coming to BPS!!! I couldn’t imagine who you could get to fill the one-year slot that DD will be leaving behind – I am taking her year long class and it TOTALLY “ROCKS”….HS is a great choice, I must say!
    Thanks for bringing such fun and excitement to my little scrapbooking world!
    A great big happy birthday to Trey as well.

  16. i am so excited about heidi teaching at big picture scrapbooking. all of the classes there are so right up my alley! i am so thrilled for all of the many changes happening in your life. and so happy to see that you’re happy.

  17. Karen Greenfield says:

    My birthday is also the 22nd..but I’m 57 instead of 8….but 8 is my shoe size which my 21yo daughter says is my real age. Had to laugh out loud at “throws” of life..it’s really spelt throes—but your word is so much more descriptive, I think we should all change!!!

  18. Aw man, I’ve been checking your blog every day WONDERING where you have been hiding!! :-) I am SO STINKIN’ excited too about Heidi being an instructor. I sure hope the details are posted SOON!!! And by the way, will you be anywhere near Missouri in the near future? I MUST hear you speak!!

  19. Following you everywhere? Oh my, you’re much more brave than I! Can’t wait to see what Clique TV is all about.

  20. I am so excited for Heidi’s class, you BOTH are amazing people!

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