clarity, more buffalo and Q&A

warning: this could be long — I could also get interrupted and this could be very short. we’ll see.

I can’t do it all (news flash) I have been struggling for a couple of months with projects I want to do and things I need to clear my plate of — have I mentioned that I have five kids? hello. it’s all good and really nothing more than that ongoing quest for balance, but some answers are finally coming and I’m thankful for that. Change is good you know.  It is scary to let go of something you have done and do well, for
something that is unknown — but its that can’t sink or swim
until you let go of the edge deal.

I wish everyone could hear Heidi’s audio message this week in her Year to Remember Class, because the focus in June is change and I needed to hear what she had to say. Speaking of her class, I’m not "caught up"  — which several people have asked me, btw. I’m not taking her class to make layouts or a calendar. I’m taking it to experience Heidi on a new level and I’m taking it so I can focus on "living" a year to remember (which I am.) I’m learning and growing and changing (and I’m still altogether too happy about it.) In the slightest chance that you care,  I am going to do the actual calendar (the bottom portion) next year with layouts from this year. This will give me a chance to reflect back on my year to remember, and "remember" it.

Ok, buffalo:
Here’s my favorite picture from the whole weekend:

we got two other not-so-great pics of Niagara on the first day, before the batteries died. I always lug around my digital rebel and thought "this time I"ll just bring the little one" — didn’t realize you’ve got to have backup batteries too. Got a few more pics on the last day before the camera got wet (Cave of the Winds) and completely froze. Decided to buy myself some cool postcards — like I was going to capture the majesty of the falls anyway?? This one says it all. Mom and Trey and that is what I want to remember!!

Love that Nancy left my backstage party and
took my challenge to create a "why" page. Thanks for sharing the pic Nancy!!

I was inspired to create my "why" page after a sneak peek at Rebecca’s new book (have you watched her cute videos yet?)

and then here’s my Glimpses girls — looking so good in their glasses.
They definitely didn’t come for the brownies this time! I am really enjoying seeing the albums that women are creating — wish I could describe the feeling.

" do you ever take a break from scrapbooking?" – now I don’t mean like when you go on vacation or a holiday, I mean like a break, like a sabbatical, like a complete break, but you know that you will come back to it.  It’s a bit of a funny question to ask, seeing as you are "scrapbooking" – but heck, what does it hurt to ask?

I really like this question, from Jennifer. The answer is something I have been contemplating for several months and actually something that I hope we address soon in Simple. I took a big break after Trey was born (when I moved to Idaho.) Doing so, was really what allowed me to reinvent scrapbooking for me. I walked away. I packed up my stuff (which I thought was a LOT at the time) and I moved and I didn’t unpack it. I thought long and hard about scrapbooking and what I liked about it and what I didn’t like about it. I decided ultimately that I wasn’t going to let the stuff I didn’t like rob me of the stuff I did. If I hadn’t let myself walk away, I would have  never realized the potential that sbing has to elevate your life. If I had taken a break, there would be no Simple Scrapbooks or Big Picture or Stacy Julian for that matter.

clarity comes when we are willing to question what we do and why we do it and sometimes we need to walk away, so we can get a different view. It’s all part of the ebb and flow.

Do I take breaks now? Not really. I have assignments. But kind of — and I can, b/c I don’t store my pages chronologically …

oops, gotta go. maybe more on this later!


  1. Stacy, thank you for this entry! It’s just what I need right now. I finished a very busy, very “stressful” school year, not all happy with the way students learned, or the way I taught. Change is good. I’m spending the summer resting from it all (I hope–after I finish the Culture and Diversity class I’m taking as part of getting certified to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages–ESOL for short). This morning, my spirits were truly lifted: I went for a walk at the state park near my home. As I crossed the bridge over the lake from the parking lot to the island, an eagle soared over my head. That’s right–a beautiful, graceful, bald eagle! I thought about the verse from Isaiah 40:31: they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. I am taking Heidi’s class as well as much to focus on living that year to remember as to create layouts as well. I am going to adopt your attitude of being “altogether too happy” about the circumstances that I face. Thanks again!

  2. Allison says:

    I’ve never responded to a blog before…I’m usually the one just lurking around enjoying myself! I just wanted to share with you how much I enjoyed your Finish Line class….I nearly broke down in a panic attack (I was the one who quite possibly needed a new xanax prescription afterwards!) when you told us to “just start creating pages” and get it done…wow. What a ride! The first page is the hardest and then it actually (dare I say it?) was fun!
    You were such an inspiration…you really hit home with me on so many levels beyond scrapbooking…keeping things in perspective, understanding truly what you love and why you love it, and the importance of balance (as a working mom I play the role of wife, sister, daughter, mother of a 3 year old, sales manager to 10…talk about pressure!). I have blown many air bubbles this week and just…POOF!…let them go…thank you! You truly have a gift and I am so glad you are sharing it! I know I’m a sap and quite literally almost burst into tears on several occasions that day but as someone who needs just a little affirmation every once in a while, I wanted to share what an impact you made.
    PS…Your backstage party was WAY better than Bon Jovi!

  3. Thank-you Stacy for the reminder that change is good. The only thing now is for me to not be afraid of letting go of what I’m holding onto!!!!!

  4. Lisa A. says:

    Hi Stacy,
    Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to meet you at your Backstage Party and the Glimpses reception. Thanks again to you and AMM for the beautiful linen albums – hubby was very impressed!
    At the Glimpses reception it became truly obvious to me that you receive a great amount of your energy from being around other creating women and sharing how scrapbooking goes so much deeper than just the layout for many of us. Hope to visit with you again someday!

  5. Okay…maybe I missed the whole point of your clarity post…but the change part you mentioned and scary to let go of something you’ve done so well is really sticking out at me. Is there something you’re hinting at??? I’m beginning to experience shallow breathing at the thought of Stacy withdrawls!

  6. Change is good. I’ve kind of taken a break from scrapping layouts and have been relaxing with simple mini albums and making cards. It’s been a nice spring and with summer here, I guess it’s time for me to get back into scrapping again! Thanks. Your wisdom is always great.

  7. Rebecca Foxworth says:

    “Caught up?” I was supposed to be caught up? LOVE listening to Heidi’s audio, and it actually is changing the way I think about scrapbooking, but I haven’t done any of the actual pages. I’ve added her techniques to my own pages (stacked letters, anyone? masks? a quick dab of the stickable decorative tape?), but haven’t made a single page she’s suggested. Instead, I’ve sent more cards, located some photos of myself and female relatives, set a yearlong goal for myself, and find myself telling myself to “glue and go” a lot more often. Lifechanging class? Yep! Guilt inducing class? Not if I can help it!

  8. Hallo! Es hat sich doch gezeigt, dass die 301 Umleitung einer minus-31 Domain nichts bringt weil die Seite auf die umgeleitet wird auch auf Platz 31 landet. Wenn nun jemand seine -31 Domain auf meine Domain umleiten wurde um mich als Konkurrenten zu argern, gabe es fur mich keine Moglichkeit diese Manipulation herauszufinden. Ich wurde ratseln was ich falsch gemacht hatte und dabei ist es nur ein Trick der Konkurrenz. Edit: Ich habe die Frage vergessen! Gibt es doch eine Moglichkeit herauszufinden ob jemand seine Domain auf meine umgeleitet hat?

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