do make a mess!

up way too late reading blogs — must go to bed, but first must show you this — totally cracked me up! I found it on Lisa’s blog (along with several "oldies" pages)
I have actually been scanning photos from my childhood album — I figure one or two a week and I will eventually get it done. Perhaps this is why Lisa’s pages caught my eye — I love her style. I first met her 3 or 4 years ago at a small event for retail reps. Aside from her magnetic personality, I was struck by her design skills. She has the ability to put LOTS of stuff on a page and still maintain the focus. I love her titles and the way these carefully chosen words complement her photos.
Anyway, you’ve got to look as close as you can and even try and make out the journaling — two children sitting in the middle of what I assume is the kitchen covered from neck to knees enjoying a popsicle –  how FUN (not!)

I’m too tired for effective analogies, but I’m  going to attempt it anyway  …
Popsicles are fun. They should be eaten on the sunny side of the house, late in the afternoon. They should be allowed to drip down your chin and onto your clothes and even your toes. They should leave you totally "stickified" — and yet, sometimes we moms get stressed about messes and stained T-shirts and sticky porch steps and … and we come up with all kinds of mess-prevention initiatives, thinking we are doing a good thing. Its kinda like scrapbooking really. Scrapbooking should be fun. You should find a corner in your home and set up a little scrapbook nook and steal away 2 or 3 times a day to play (even for only 15 minutes!) You should feel like you can put any photo you have with any other photo you have and you should feel like you can tell your stories in any order you like — you shouldn’t worry about messing things up (not talking paper scraps here,) because  perfection is completely overrated and if you persist in mess-prevention you could actually scrapbook your pictures and miss out on the most important memories. OK, here comes the  punch line … authentic ideas, important insights and inspiration are fleeting. If you aren’t open to them, they will "melt" away, like a popsicle on a summer day.

Don’t make it so hard — do make a mess!
make time today to play with some pictures and products you love. Then mix in a bit of your perspective and watch something magical evolve.

p.s. if you aren’t signed up for Lisa’s BPS class, called Scrapbooking, it matters – you need to be, and I’m totally serious. It will help you realize and document just what this amazing hobby means to you and how you could be celebrating it.

the result will be a colorful and unique reflection of you. The process will be popsicle-like FUN.


  1. Nilaja Whitaker says:

    thank you stacy. i will breathe and make a mess. i will also sign up for lisa’s class! thank you again.

  2. I signed up last night to Lisa’s class … why I scrapbook has been on my ‘must scrap’ list for a while, so this is the perfect reason to make a mess and do it! I can’t wait! :)

  3. Heather says:

    Thank you Stacy, that is just what i needed to hear!! I have been forgetting to have fun.

  4. Donna Bettencourt says:

    Okay okay………guilty as charged!!! I totally do not remember doing that to my children!!! They do look a bit stiff !! LOL Oh and check out that kitchen yellow checked wallpaper…..would you believe the adjacent wall was hung too and before it dried I made my husband peel it off because it was making me dizzy!! LOL Boy, it’s a good thing I mellowed with age!!! Hee hee………
    Donna (Lisa’s mom!)

  5. Andria B. says:

    Oh Stacy, I love you!

  6. Hey! Lisa’s is truly a wonderful class — I’ve seen the albums and they are so BIG PICTURE — very unique, very personal, very fun.
    Stacy, the popsicle analogy is awesome!

  7. I worry about you… you never seem to stop and relax. I know you’re doing what you love in all areas of your life, but please take good care of yourself. Can you tell I’m the mother of 2 daughters about your age? However, if you weren’t so busy I wouldn’t have your book The Big Picture by my side… and it changed many things in my life. You are indeed a blessing from God!

  8. I signed up for Lisa’s class as well yesterday. Can’t wait to get started!!

  9. I vow to feed my boys more popsicles. Stacy, is this why you are such a champion of sprinkles? They make a mess, but make life worth living? “Make a mess, make a life worth living” sounds like something I need tattood on my forehead.

  10. Thanks for the share and the popsicle analogy! Will have to remember that one when my son wants a popsicle…need to be sure that he truly enjoys it!

  11. Kat (Lovebug Kat - the chatty one) says:

    first of all I want to say that I was thrilled to see a tribute to Lisa!
    I just finished her ABC & 123 class at BPS and am waiting impatiently for Scrapbooking-It Matters to begin.
    LISA ROCKS! No other way to say it, her style, her attitude are amazing. And she is just plain FUN! I loved getting to know her during the class and can’t wait for the next.
    And did you see her “The Shadow” layout on her blog? Absolutely took my breath away!
    Thanks for finding her Stacy and adding her to your BPS team, I adore her!

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