Now Shipping …

from the warehouse in Utah.

I’ve had LOTS of questions about the arrival of my book. I was able to expedite an order to the event I attended in Chantilly, VA last weekend. Otherwise, pre-orders are filled first. Retailers can also pre-order books, so it is possible to see books show up at your LSS before your personal pre-order comes. But they are shipping all pre-orders NOW.

and .. check out my new splash page at — I think it’s rather cool (thanks Kayce!)

on the home front, our wood floors in the kitchen and dining room are being re-finished (we didn’t get the right coat/sheen for our busy house) so we’re limited in the "flow" of our home — everyone is downstairs with me today — always a bit surprising how something like this adds to the overall craziness. I snapped a couple of photos of Addie in my photo tent …

The good news is we get to go out to dinner tonight!
I’ve still got this crazy flu bug too (anyone else?) I got my shot and everything, but man it’s a bugger.

I haven’t done as good with sharing book quotes this month as I had envisioned, but here’s one for today:

People are sometimes resistant to the idea of introducing rituals because they believe that ritualistic behavior may detract from spontaneity or creativity — especially when it comes to interpersonal rituals such as a regular date with one’s spouse, or artistic rituals such as painting (read scrapbooking.) However, if we do not ritualize activities — whether working out in the gym, spending time with our family, or reading for pleasure — we often don’t get to them, and rather than being spontaneous, we become reactive (to others’ demands on our time and energy). In an overall structured, ritualized life, we certainly don’t need to have each hour of the day accounted for and can thus leave time for spontaneous behavior; more importantly, we can integrate spontaneity into a ritual, as, for example, deciding spontaneously where we go on the ritualized date. The most creative individuals—whether artists, business people, or parents—have rituals that they follow. Paradoxically, the routine frees them up to be creative and spontaneous.   from the book, Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar

We will btw, be reading this book in our FREE reading room at Big Picture Scrapbooking, later this year.


  1. YAY! i can’t wait! I ordered this when you 1st said it was avail. to pre-order! That was the 1st part of jan i think…i’ll be looking for the mail man everyday! :) Get better soon!!

  2. Yeah! I can’t wait to get my copy!

  3. Yeah…
    Starting the class on Thursday and so wanted to read over the book before class started!!! Let the mailman stalking start!
    P.S… I will get your package out to you and Addie this week!
    Kim aka MyEbella

  4. Stacy — Will CKC Portland have your new book at the CK booth? I really want a copy and that would be great if they were available this coming weekend! Thx-Kathy

  5. I’m so excited for my copy to arrive! I hear you on the floors–we had a water leak in a pipe a couple of years ago, so the floors had to be refinished. instead of dealing w/the craziness i took the fam to visit my dad for a week. one thing though–it makes the house smell new again. :)

  6. I won an early copy on the Simple Blog and I LOVE it. I love the spiral binding! WOnderful book!

  7. I’m one of the lucky ones that attended the ScrapBowl in Chantilly and I’ve had my copy since then. One of the ladies in our trio bought the book for all of us. (Thanks Tiff!) I had never heard of it before last weekend, but have enjoyed reading and learning. Once I get over my version of the flu (ugh!) I hope to put some of what I read into pratice. Thanks for writing this Stacy!

  8. My book arrived!!!! The one that I won on here and I’m so excited!!! Thank you so much Stacy!! I love it :) and I love that it’s signed. Thank you thank you thank you. You sure made my day (week, month!)

  9. I am so excited to know that it’s in the mail. I pre-ordered it when you first mentioned it. Yeah!

  10. That photo on the front of the book is gorgeous! Is that picture from your home? I know how much you love color – I would love to see how you have your home decorated. I hope that’s not too personal but I’ve been thinking about decorating A LOT lately!

  11. Still waiting on the book I won here…I guessed you went to Disneyland for the weekend. I sure hope I get my copy soon, I’ve been trying to wait patiently for 4 weeks now. I am so excited for it.

  12. This book is gorgeous! I’m so happy for you and another stunning accomplishment. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of my own!
    Congrats, Stacy!

  13. I got a copy in Chantilly too! Yippee! I am starting LOM on Thursday and am so excited!!

  14. annsjournal says:

    Can’t wait for the book! Can’t wait for Thursday-first day of LOM! What does a photo tent do?

  15. Donna Downey has the ick too!

  16. So happy to hear the book is shipping. I can’t wait to get it. I hope I can get what I need out of the book, I really wanted the class, but just couldn’t do it, so I am crossing my fingers I will do well with the book.
    Sorry to hear you have the flu bug aka “The Crud” … It takes about a week to fully get over it, and I don’t want it again.

  17. Yep, I had the flu a couple of weeks ago and it took me almost 2 wks to shake it. Hope you feel better really soon! Get lots of rest and try not to do too much too soon. I learned that one the hard way.
    Me and my SIL can’t wait to get your book! I got her reading your blog so that she can be inspired by you as much as I am. Can’t wait to read it! It has such a beautiful layout.

  18. Addie is adorable! Can’t wait to get a book. Oh, and not sure what strain of flu is on the west coast but the one we had on the east coast comes with a lovely cough that lingers for (I am not kidding) 2 MONTHS! Hope you feel better soon! Try to use it as an excuse to pamper yourself :)

  19. I can’t wait to get my book! So glad they are finally shipping! My whole family had the bug at the beginning of February out here in Florida, we were out for about 2 weeks. And my Dad had it the whole month of January in southern Oregon. It is a nasty thing going around. I hope you feel better soon and that it doesn’t linger with your family.

  20. I was just catching up with your blog and moved to your Splash page. Then I started wondering if I’d placed my book order correctly and how I could check.(I had problems last year ordering from the UK)At that exact moment an e-mail arrived from Simplescrapbooksmag confirming it was being sent. WOW!!! that’s some customer service!!!

  21. I was one of the lucky girls that got your book at Scrapbowl. I devoured it within two days of returning home and am reading it again more slowly now, taking notes and putting together lists. Your system makes so much sense and will allow me to be so much more creative with my scrapbooking…thank you!
    ps — I’ve got that nasty flu bug too…have been in bed for 4 days with a fever of 103…yuck!

  22. Gail Arnold says:

    Stacy…I went to my LSS to get your new book Photo Freedom. Thank you so much for the inspiration. IT will totally change the way I scrapbook. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book.

  23. Hi Stacy! Suzanne here from the Philippines. I have been rereading my copy of your The Big Picture recently. Just some hours ago, I checked my favorite online bookstore here in discovered that your new book will be available soon. I pre-ordered and I can’t wait to have my copy soon! Thank you so much for inspiring me to scrap again. :)
    God bless you!

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