scrapbooking is my lifestyle, dedicated to Lisa

Got this email from Lisa last week, and I LOVE what she says (not the part about me) but the realization that recognizing what we do as scrapbookers is a lifestyle means you can "let go" of aspirations and schemes and business goals and let your passion lead the way. Does that make sense. I have a small book of quotes (Big Thoughts by Compendium) sitting atop my desk that says "do what you love" When you do, all else falls into place. It will take some dedication and some patience, but if you persist in that which makes you happy, you will be led to do what you were meant to do.

Ponder that and have a good day.


I have been scrapbooking since 1995 (I think that’s 12 years, but I have a hard time believing that). I have a shelf of scrapbooking idea books and magazines that is 10 feet long (I am NOT exaggerating, I just measured it). I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for 4 years, including working at a frantic pace that has enabled me to present scrapbooking on the national stage to SU! demonstrators at SU! events three times in the last 2 1/2 years. But I have never picked up any single resource that has so radically affected my outlook on scrapbooking as your book "The Big Picture."

I am at a stage where I am rethinking where I am headed with this hobby/passion/career that has grown on me over time and I have been unable to figure out just where I want to go next. I purchased your book at the CK Convention in March of this year (Portland) and I just started reading it last week. I was interested in your approach to scrapbooking and your unconventional album organization. I thought I might just try some of these cool ideas. But when I reached page 98 and pulled the "I’ve been thinking about scrapbooking" paper out of its envelope I stopped in my tracks. "Scrapbooking is essential to my well-being as much so as say healthy eating or regular exercise. Initially it was a hobby — then it became my job, but now scrapbooking is my lifestyle." What a revelation! I have been beating my head against the wall trying to figure out whether scrapbooking is my hobby or whether I can really make a career out of this, when what I really feel is that it is my LIFESTYLE! I just never put a finger on it the way you did! Yes, I do think I will try some of your album organization ideas and this new perspective on not necessarily having an album (or three) for every year. And I have already registered for a couple of projects on The Big Picture website (I plan to try a couple classes too, but I’m having a hard time deciding which since I want to do them all!) But the biggest thanks that I have for you is the realization that I have a lifestyle that I love and no matter whether I turn it into a full-fledged career or not, a lifestyle that I love is good enough for me!

By the way, we met at the CK Convention in Portland in 2003. My daughter (then 10) and I took a color class from you. We have attended that event together every year since 2002 and that class remains one of my daughter’s favorites — she has mentioned it to me on several occasions. In fact, she just walked into the room and said, "Oh, you’re e-mailing the nice color lady?" In true scrapbooker fashion, I am attaching a lo-res copy of the photo we took that day. Thanks for everything!

Thank YOU Lisa.


  1. Nilaja Whitaker says:

    wow! i got really excited when i read lisa’s letter. i have a quick question for you stacy. do you ever doubt the way your end product looks? i mean i try to be a “free” artist, but i think i doubt my own work. is there a cure for that!

  2. “Lifestyle” Hmmm, it’s been over a year since I read The Big Picture, so I didn’t remember this quote. Thanks, Lisa – that’s a good description of what scrapbooking means to me.

  3. OK, I believe in what you have to say about scrapbooking. I do. I love it. BUT…how do you do it when you are so involved with your work, children etc… I’ve been in contact with you about my business,, and I don’t know how to keep up with it all. Not that I feel “behind” in scrapbooking at all, it’s all the pulling from every direction. If I give my family and my business the attention it needs, there is nothing left for either one and I’m tired to top it off. You seem to have such a great outlook on everything, and it just seems out of my reach. I want to enjoy it all. What’s your secret? You say to do what you love, let your passion lead the way. I feel like if I do that, there is guilt somewhere else. I want to be successful first with my family, then with my business. If I let my business go, then I’m letting my passion go. If I go back to the way things were before I began my business, I will be longing for something more. Been pondering and looking for the answer for awhile. Maybe you have a thought or two.

  4. Sharon F. says:

    Love this concept…its so true, when you think of this at its core.
    Its not just something I learned how to do, its something I have always been – an artist, well a life artist really – and scrapbooking and storytelling allowed me a vehicle to express that.
    Thank you Stacy – you are an inspiration – I won The Big Picture Scrapbooking book at CKU San Jose 2006 and read it cover to cover. Love it and refer to it alot. When I speak to other artists I mention that its ok – not to be behind – chronological is not mandatory – tell your stories. Am always met with “Wow, I never thought of it that way.”
    I am sure that was your lightbulb moment too and hope are delighted to hear others get it.
    All the best

  5. got it!
    That is precisely what it is for me,more than a hobby-definately-a part of me-part of our everyday lives. Love that. :-)

  6. I am interested in what The Big Picture is…cant find anything on google. Can you tell us more about it? thank you for any input you may have!

  7. Heather Seeley says:

    Thanks Stacey for sharing such a great email. I just finished reading your book. I loved it. I just wish I could figure out how to make more time for what I love. Thanks for sharing and your great blog and of course the great book!

  8. i can totally relate! i feel for me, scrapbooking is not just a hobby, a way of incorporating my dd’s and my interests into a fun afternoon together, or just a way to document our family history…it is my way of life!
    i did creative memories about 12 years ago, then put scrapbooking *on hold* or not as regularly as i craft now…which is daily, and until i rediscovered this passion after my first daughter was born. and my husband and i were talking the other day and he says to me, “who knew that scrapbooking would not only be a part of our lives 12 years later, but that our schedule often revolves around it, like church!” makes me so happy to see that he is into our WAY OF LIFE!:)

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