addie and I would like to announce …

the arrival of Photo Freedom!


Angie in the Utah office overnighted me one copy and it just came!
Seriously, Addie was loving it because its got pictures inside of people she knows — it’s pretty cute watching her figure it out.

I had a weird, nervous sense of relief looking through it the first time — like wow, I can’t believe how fast we did this book and it looks so good (thanks to Cathy) and I just hope it makes sense to people.

So, I’ve had some questions. I am now going to do my best to come up with some answers:

Q: Where can I get your new book?
A: Pre-orders are now being taken on the Simple Scrapbooks website — HERE.

Q: I’m interested in taking your online class Library of Memories — but I’ve heard your new book covers the same information. Can you tell me how the class is different from the book?
A: Great question. I have actually tried my best to answer this in an audio message that you can listen to over at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Click here and have a listen!

Q: I’m pretty much a digital scrapbooker. Would this class/system translate well for the digital scrapbooker, or is it mainly geared for paper scrapbookers?
A: The Library of Memories system that is highlighted in the book and "spoon fed" in the class is pretty all encompassing, in terms of organization. I honestly believe it has application for any kind of scrapbooker. I also believe we should leave ourselves open to LOTS of creative options (meaning both paper and digital projects), so I maintain my system to a large extent with both my prints and my digital files. Now, I am currently a paper scrapbooker, who has done only a small handful of digital projects, so both the book and the class were written from this perspective. The LOM system will help you organize and prioritize your piles of "pre-digital" pictures as well as the thousands of images currently on your computer. It will help you set up and manage both chronological and categorical files that allow pictures to flow from camera to page and into a very fun and inviting non-chronological library that leaves you feeling guilt-free and accomplished.

So much of what I teach is preparatory to what we normally talk about in this industry — the  behind the scenes stuff that enables a creative person to respond to inspiration and put their hands on the pictures, memorabilia and memories they need. I’ll be honest that I will encourage anyone who takes my class to do at least some printing of pictures, simply because I believe there are very cool connections that can be made when pictures are physically processed (for lack of a better term) and allowed to "age" together.
I hope that helps??

Q: Are you going to give away any copies on your blog (made up question)
A: Funny you should ask — why yes, I am. I am going to give away one copy each day, next week. We are going to play a game of numbers — stay tuned.

Cathy showed me how to make a little movie using the camera in my laptop — It took my five tries to get something that wasn’t absolutely horrifying — and now I’m attempting to export it in a viewable format.

Obviously, I’m sending the good one (take five) to post on the SS site, but this one cracks me up. Aside from the fact that I say stupid things, like you should buy my book because it represents years of blodd, sweat and tears on my part (what?) I have some hair issues — which with the "you’re backwards in the camera phenomenon"  you’ll see …


not really sure why I’m ok posting this at all. oh well.


  1. Congratulations! I’m really looking forward to both the book and the class.. :)

  2. Congratulations Stacy! It looks terrific – way to go!!
    Vickie (aka RunnerMom)

  3. Omygosh! I’m so excited for you!! Congrats on the new book release and how CUTE of Addie to enjoy looking through it – she’s such a doll – just look at those pigtails!! :D

  4. Hooray!! Congratulations, Stacy! Can’t wait to read it : )

  5. Congratulations Stacy! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  6. Tracy B (in Alberta) says:

    Can’t wait to get the book! Addie has THE cutest hair :)

  7. I’m just lovin’ seeing the pictures of Addie. My little beauty from Korea just turned 9 on Wednesday. Seeing a little one again really makes me want to go back!

  8. Will the book be available on Amazon? I have had such bad luck ordering things from CK Media that I have kind of sworn them off. I REALLY want the book though. I hope my LSS (40 miles away) will carry it too but Amazon makes it so easy when you live in the middle of nowhere. Congrats on the completion!

  9. Super Excited for you and for ME! Already preordered the book!

  10. I can’t take the class this year, but I am all over the book. Love seeing all the pics of Addie. Boy, is she growing up fast!

  11. So cute — she recognizes and points to mommy. Gotta love that!

  12. Congrats on the book! Lookinf forward to LOM!

  13. Congrats on the book! Looking forward to LOM!

  14. YAY YOU!! How cute you both!! I can’t wait to get hands on your new book!! CONGRATS!!!!

  15. Hooray for another Stacy book! I’m so excited to implement your system during LOM. I have albums set up like yours, but the photos are my biggest problem, and I’m so glad you’ve written THE book on it now!!

  16. Can’t wait – thanks for taking time to inspire us all.

  17. Sherrie M says:

    Cute pics! I preordered the book today. I’m signed up for the upcoming class and got my LOM package in the mail today. I’m very excited – its felt like Christmas!

  18. Congrats! The pic of you and Addie is SOOO cute! I just pre-ordered your book, signed up for your LOM class at the beginning of this week- I’m so excited! Your other book changed the way I looked at scrapbooking, and how I did and thought about things. I am looking foward to this class for that reason, and also since I am a photographer, the organized filing is going to be awesome- I have so many pics to deal with. YAY! :)

  19. That book looks awesome! Congratulations!!

  20. Soooooo excited for the book, Stacy! Definately one I need to get my hands on NOW! You and Addie are so cute. She’s a doll. Congrats on the book!

  21. So excited about the book – already preordered! – and the class – signed up for that too!
    Love how Addie recognizes Mommy on the cover – isn’t that so cool!

  22. Cute pictures of you and Addie and the book! Glad you’ve got a new book and I’ll have to save some $$ so I can get it ordered. Thanks.

  23. Congrats!! I love, love the photos of the two of you. There is nothing more special than a daughter sharing a special moment with her Mom…. Off to order my copy now. :)

  24. Congratulations on the book!!! I am already signed up for the class and seriously can’t wait for it to start!!! Got my LOM package in the mail and I am so psyched for the whole thing to start up!!! Absolutely adorable pic of you and Addie…I love her hair…so cute!!!

  25. Tracy B (in Alberta) says:

    I would also love to know if Amazon (Canada) will be carry your new book, soon. Since it wouldn’t have to get through customs and I can get free shipping.
    I will not, never ever, order directly from CK Media again. I ordered Becky Higgins’ KOTM on Nov 1 and received it on Fri Dec 21! The kit was awesome, but wayyy to late to be sending out Xmas cards. So I had to use the 5 that had a 2007 date on them and am saving the rest for next year. They had very poor service and offered no apology or compensation for it.

  26. Deb Jones says:

    I’m so excited to get your book (I’ve already pre-ordered) and take the LOM class again (I’m a 2007 alumni). I’ve missed your voice and the things you have to share with the class. Deb

  27. OK, I had to order the book AND I have signed back up as an alum. Want to quietly engage and watch folks discover the beauty of this process. Happy 2008!!

  28. Julie Ratcliffe says:

    Really looking forwarding to getting my hands on your new book. It looks gorgeous (the cover does at least) I absolutely love that you are comfortable enough with yourself that you can post a movie that is going to make us laugh. Love it. What a hoot. And Addie is a babe! Thanks for sharing her with us.

  29. Judy in Carefree says:

    Loved the video. So fun that so many of you girls are using these on your blogs…love it!

  30. AHHHH! Thank you for the hilarious video clip! Having a rough day here so I appreciate it all that much more :)

  31. BTW, sheesh, I wish I were even half as cute as you & Addie! :D

  32. Allison Barnes says:

    Too funny! I can’t wait to see the book! Congrats, on getting another book done!!
    Can’t believe how big Addie is!
    Miss ya,

  33. Stacy, all I have to say is thanks for making me laugh. Loved the video!

  34. So exciting! I already pre-ordered my book highly anticipating LOM class then today the mail carrier comes with a BIG surprise – LOM class goodies! Life is grand today! Back to organizing my craft room….
    btw Addie is a doll! Obviously a very happy child!

  35. Cute video – even if you were having hair issues. ;) I can’t wait to buy the book!!
    btw – what is the quote on the wall behind you. I see something about “children” and “noise”??? Looks like something that would go perfectly in my house. :)

  36. Looks like a great book…didn’t sign up for LOM, and not because I don’t want to. As you stated in your message, it’s costly. And, unfortunatly, this is what holds me back.
    So, for now, I’ll preorder the book :)

  37. I love your book!!! I got to skim a few pages today and it’s awesome!! (Ali E. had a book signing and she brought her copy that she’d just got.)
    My mom and I are both going to need to buy one because it’s too good to share!! LOL!
    Great job! :D

  38. annsjournal says:

    how cute are you! I am totally geeked about taking LOM this year!

  39. Hey, your book looks lovely and I can’t wait to get it. But in the meantime, can I borrow Addie? She’s just delicious!! Congrats on your book.

  40. Ok, love the video. : ) Can’t wait for LOM, round 2…need to get the book…empty my calendar…and duct tape the boys to the wall. No, wait, scrap that last part. Hard to take pictures of the lil’ cherubs if they’re straining against duct tape. LOL!

  41. I can’t wait to get the new book – it’s just too exciting. Addie looks like she is having a great time!

  42. Jeannette P says:

    Wow! Your book sounds fantastic & just what I’ve been looking for. I love to be organized in everything(still working toward my goal) & I would love to be able to get my pics organized & not have guilt about not scrapping them all. Wish I could take your class but I don’t think I could commit to the time I think it would involve. I’ll shoot for next year. I really need a system.
    Addie is simply adorable. I showed my sister your pics & she smiled really big. She’s seriously considering adoption right now.
    Thanks for sharing on your blog. I enjoy your perspective on life. God bless you!

  43. Ann Grounds says:

    Hi Stacy! Congrats on the book coming out. I want to know if that cute little scooter I sent you made the cut and was included in a photo shoot? Also, if it did, how do I get you to autograph the page for me?? I am happy to see that you are a “classmate” of mine in GOBI. I love seeing your pictures and reading your posts. Looking forward to LOM take two too.

  44. OMG!! Can’t wait to get the book!! ps. I noticed your hair is so much darker thank your side bar picture. Dipped into the color bottle have we??? LOL!! Happy Monday!!

  45. Stacy, I can’t wait to get this book! I really love your style of explaining things and checking out all of your ideas and work. Also, great job on the movie!

  46. Thanks for the giggle this morning Stacy! Off to pre-order the book.
    Btw, I think I have finally found my Happy Color! I bought a set of what I call “florescent turquoise” bath mats from Target this week and every time I see them or even think about them I laugh out loud. They make me happy!

  47. thank you for answering these questions others had, it is helping me make a decision about taking your upcoming class, and of course it looks like I need your book too.

  48. Congrats on the book and your daughter is a Cutie!!! Looking forward to seeing your new book!

  49. Whoa! LOVE the video :) LOL Very nice touch with the hair.

  50. woohoo!! my girlfriend and I are taking your class. cant wait to tear through the book! :)

  51. p.s. I’m another person who refuses to order through CK again—can you tell us who eles will be shipping the book?

  52. Stacy – I am participating in LOAD and having a great time thanks to being an LOM grad!
    Ever thought of putting together a quiz to determine if LOM is for you? You know, just like in the Woman’s magazines? If you answer yes to 6 of the following 10 questions, LOM could be for you…Do you feel behind? Do you have 1000′s of unprinted photos….

  53. Hey there.
    Congrats on the new book.
    Looking forward to getting my hands on one.
    See you in the next round of LOM.

  54. Amanda V. says:

    Congrats!!! So excited to see this, It looks to be the answer to my problems!

  55. Congrats on the new book! Can’t wait to read it, and to take LOM for the (yes) 3rd time…I am getting there slowly. Your books are in a special place of their own on my bookcase – yes, I even have your first simple scrapbooks book! :)

  56. I’ve been a fan of yours forever. I have all your books and can’t wait for my own copy of this one! I’m a 2007 Alumnus joining your 2008 class. I’m anxious to try to make it work with pages that are scrapped completely digitally then printed in a bound book. P.S. LOVED the hair bit. I’ve done the same thing!

  57. Hey Stacy, that looks like it’s a beuatiful book! Cant wait to peruse through and see it all!

  58. Angie Lucas says:

    Okay, the book is fabulous, but I can’t get over how ADORABLE Addie is in that picture!!! And the video…hilarious. I needed a laugh today. ;-)

  59. Hi Stacy,
    Congratulations on publishing another book! I have your Big Picture Scrapbooking and Simple Scrapbooks books. I have learned so much from them and from you. I cannot wait to get my own copy of Photo Freedom. Congratulations again.

  60. Congrats on your new book! It sounds WONDERFUL for someone who is photo-unorganized, like myself. I can’t wait to get one!

  61. loved watching you try and fix your hair! i would have done the same thing!

  62. Leanne Stamatellos says:

    Congratulations on your book – I can’t imagine what it must be like to see something that you’ve created from scratch in a beautiful book and know that so many people are going to have to have it so they can learn from you. It must be exciting!

  63. Stacy,
    I am so stoked about your new book. I saw it mentioned in Simple Scrapbooks and pre-ordered it as soon as I knew I could! I have read bits and pieces about your system over the years and have always wanted a full explanation/how-to. I began scrapbooking when my oldest was 21 and chronoligical was just out of the question! I put all birthdays together, all Easters together, I even put his 3-year old ring-bearer picture and his wedding day photo on the same page. I cannot tell you how many compliments I have gotten on my album(s) because the pictures displayed this way show so much more than they would spread out year by year! I am looking so forward to getting your book and seeing other ways to scrapbook our lives. I appreciate you putting this system in book form so that is available and affordable to anyone who desires to learn it.

  64. I can’t wait to get my hands on your book! I have “Big Picture” and have started some of the work toward creating my own library. As soon as I get the book, I’m going to seriously dig in and work your system my way. Congratulations on your new book!

  65. That movie is so Cathy! Thanks for keeping it real!!

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