thank you!

For all of your kind words and thoughts — the positive energy being gathered here is amazing.

I'm sure I will continue to experience waves of sadness (and other emotions) but I relish the fact that I continue to work with the incredible talents of Cathy and Wendy and so many other women that understand and embrace the "Simple" philosophy –  as an approach to scrapbooking and creative expression and even more importantly, as a way of life.

Dawn just emailed me a quote I love …

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass…it's about learning to dance in the rain."

We all need some time to process this change and discover what it means for us as individuals and as creatives as we look to the future. While I was waiting to share the sad news with you, I found the motivation to finish posting to my RENAISSANCE page. I wrote this page early last year in an effort to make my 2008 word an actionable thing. I had been playing around with some ideas for my 2009 word and have settled on RECEIVE. I'm one who likes to take her time with new ideas — so forgive me if I'm "behind" on the word thing. I actually shared some of my feelings regarding the power of selecting and using a guiding word, in the voice message of this FREE class. I want you to know, that even in the midst of my emotion, I am at peace with this change and eager to put myself in a place where I can gratefully receive what comes next — let's hope it involves a really good, nutty brownie.

Have a wonderful day and a productive and relaxing weekend!


  1. You Rock – pretty much all I’ve got :))

  2. Stefani Meyer says:

    I’m behind on my “word” too… I think I’ve settled on “CREATE”. It has so many more meanings for me right now than just the obvious (although that is important too)
    Thanks again for your positive influence.

  3. Oh Stacy, so sad to hear of the loss of your ‘baby’, your creation. Simple is my faborite magazine. But luckily CK is my 2nd favorite. Love the Jack Johnson song ‘Hope’ thanks for the link.

  4. I feel like I’ve been punched. How sad….but I think it’s important to look ahead and await whatever else is coming your way. If God clears your plate, it means He’s getting you ready for something else!
    You’re amazing! And I treasure your talent.

  5. Beautiful quote. And, oh so very true.
    Glad you are doing ok.

  6. And that is the attitude that makes me keep coming back to your blog. Thanks for the perspective, Stacy!

  7. Just an obnoxious question: Is it possible to relax and be productive at the same time? B/C if it is I need to take a class on that!

  8. love the quote. I have worked in the corporate world for over 12 years and spent the last 5 in a nonprofit. I have witnessed and lived through many downsizings – being on both sides of the coin – and now having to be the manager doing the letting go. But what I have learned is this, well experience all of these things for a reason. We may not know why, but each and every trial at each of my companies, I can honestly look back and say – wow – a life changing moment and one that propelled me in this new and better direction. Thank goodness. I feel optimistic and empathize with all that is happening around us, but I know in my heart – we will all be ok. I believe change is good and its all about how we handle it.
    I am sorry to hear that Simple is downsizing and reincorporating back into CK mag, but at least the philosophy is not gone completely. And hope that the blog will remain to inspire that area. The CK blog seems to be a bit jumbled and I prefer the simple-ness of the simple blog.
    All the best,

  9. Thanks for the free class. Just downloaded it.
    I also want to thank you for the quote you posted. I hope it is o.k. to use it in one of my friends albums. If you want to know more about the story please see my blog. Titled A Special Request.
    Thank you

  10. You have made a lasting impact on hundreds of thousands of families – and their grandchildren and so on.
    Your message will continue to live.
    SS rocked. It always will.
    Love your work, love you, love your process, love your blog.
    Thanks for sharing your passion with us.

  11. Thank you for all you have done and what you will continue to do. I absolutely loved SS, it is my favorite. Ever since my brother died in 1995, I have gone by the phrase -Everything happens for a reason. It has helped me through so much, even my father’s death in 1999. I hope you know you are loved by many and your sadness is felt by many also.

  12. Wow, I just found out about the end of the magazine and am SO disappointed. To me, this publication stood out from all the rest as the only one that really spoke to those of us who believe in the beauty and power of simplicity.
    Please know that there are many of us out here who will continue to be influenced by what you and the magazine have brought to our lives. You autographed my Big Picture book in Buffalo, NY, with “Scrap fast sometimes” because you had just watched me struggle so to overcome my perfectionism in your Finish Line class. I actually hear your voice in my head sometimes when I am fussing way too long over a little detail. That voice reminds me that what I’m really trying to do is record the memory for myself and my family – not spend a half hour chosing a ribbon. Because of that, I have accomplished so much more than ever before.
    The magazine may be gone, but your work will have an impact on many for a long time to come. Thanks for everything.

  13. Stacy I am SOOOOOOO sorry to see Simple Scrapbook go, it was by far my favorite! When the mag arrived in my mailbox I would plant myself on the couch and read it front to back.
    How I wish CK mag would of folded instead of SS, it certainly would be much less of a loss to the scrapbook community. I haven’t been thrilled with CK mag in many months.
    We’ll still be in touch through your wonderful BPS classes!

  14. I echo everyone’s comments – I’m totally bummed! However, you and the whole Simple team have a HUGE fan base and we have completely embraced the whole Simple concept. This is not really the end. I just KNOW there’s something in store for you in the near future. I, along with all your readers wait impatiently to see what’s just around the corner . . .

  15. Again, I just again wanted to say how totally heartbroken I am for all of you.
    You can rest assured that something “good” has come out of all of this. A new idea has been born. Check this out –

  16. Oh Stacy, consider this a giant cyberspace hug from me to you. I am so saddened as I have subscribed to SS since the beginning. Both the words and the pictures made such a difference in the way I approach things. My favorite thing was always the truly simple pages that made me know I could keep making progress without being perfect. You, Cathy, Wendy, Donna – I was a fan from the beginning. I loved the Hope song. Such perfect words. Thank you for everything. We’re here for you.

  17. Stacy, you are quite an amazing person.
    I can’t thank you enough for your dedication to the magazine and for the talented team you chose to work with you. Your attitude is inspirational. I am so sad to hear that SS will no longer be in production after the May/June issue. I am thankful to be able to see 2 of my layouts in the magazine in the MArch/ april and the may/June issues. This was a goal of mine and one that was encouraged by being part of the SS website. It has been an inspiring site with fantastically talented girls and I have made some lasting friendships. Thank you for your contribution to a magazine that will be truly missed. I wish that CK can include a generous representation of Simple-style layouts in the magazine when SS ceases. Thank you again and I admire your positive approach to this sad loss.
    Take care,
    Leanne Stamatellos

  18. Stacy, thanks for reminding all of us what is truly important. While we cannot change the past, we can control how we handle our emotions and reactions to things – and we can work for making tomorrow better. :-)
    Thanks for all you do!

  19. I subscribed to it because of YOU….I started subscribing when it first came out because I thought WOW – her husband is from the LC Valley, I worked at the smaller of the two hospitals here and it was like a WOW thing! I have kept up on it and read your blog because you are a truly inspiring & awesome person! I was sorry to hear about it – I loved your baby (Simple Scrapbooks)!

  20. debbycruises says:

    I have loved SS since the beginning like so many others and embraced this styly even though my friends are all-out over-the-top page makers. You have taught me to do what works for me. You have given me permission to get the story, the memory, and the pictures in my books instead of worrying about using the “right” embellishments or the right number of products. I am sad for your loss.Cry and grieve however you need to knowing that God is in control and He never lets us down. God bless you. Thank you for being a blessing in my life.

  21. Thanks for the link to the free class! I just signed up and I am so excited.
    I will miss Simple Scrapbooking, but I love all of your blogs! I hope that once this economy turns around we see so many new and better things!

  22. Thank you Stacy – just what I needed to move forward.

  23. I just read about Simple. I am so sad. It feels like a friend has died. I am looking forward to and expect your “rebound” will be awesome as well. Thanks for the wonderful work you began, encouraged, and will continue. One door is not closed without another being opened. Karen

  24. I am a charter subscriber to SS, and am truly sad to see it go! SS made me realize that it is okay to just use photos, a story, and maybe some embellishments to be a scrapbooker. Thank goodness your philosophy lives on in BPS. I have taken so many classes there and learned so much. Losing SS is sort of like losing a good friend! But I’ll survive with BPS!

  25. Christy B says:

    Less than a year ago you were teaching at Scrapbowl in Chantilly, VA. I signed up for your class and started reading your blog to figure out who you were and what you stood for. From there I subscribed to Simple, learned about Cathy Z, and took her class on BPS. You have changed the way I scrapbook and offered me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had any other way. You’ve shown me a group of people who don’t look at me like I have ten heads when I talk about my hobby. You’ve taught me more about what’s important and how to keep things fun than you’ll ever know. Thank you so much.

  26. Hi Stacy,
    I’m so sorry to hear about this sad news (big hugs to you via this high-speed connection). Since meeting you 4 years ago at the Scrapbook Expo in SA, I’ve just loved Simple Scrapbooks magazine and the philosophy behind it.
    You and your team really published an excellent magazine that enabled us all freedom to scrapbook the way we wanted and to know that that was okay. To know that not every page had to be publish-perfect and that getting those memories down in a way that made you happy (less is more of course) was most important.
    I too have had to put my dream of starting my own business on hold for a little while, due to the economic slump, but believe that my chance will come to put my dream into action and that this just a speed-bump in life.
    You have touched so many in so many different ways and for that I too want to thank you. You have introduced my to Cathy, Kolette, Aby, Allison and so many more who, together with you, have had a huge impact on my life and this is a huge gift you have given us of yourself.
    Thanks for helping me to find new appreciate for a little pair of earings made by a 7-year old and for being so kind when meeting up with me again last year.
    You’re an inspiration to all and I trully believe that the philosophy that is Simple Scrapbooks will carry on in it’s own way.
    Good luck for the future and know that we’re looking forward to what you’ll be creating next :)
    See you at LOM,

  27. Clare D'Onofrio says:

    I’m soo sorry to hear the news. I actually stopped scrapbooking about 5 years ago because everything seemed to be about the embelishments not the pictures. Then I came across SS magazine and absolutely fell in love with scrapbooking again. For me its about the stories that go with the pictures not so much the do-dads that I stick on there. I’m going to be so sad about this. I’ve been a subsciber for about 4 years now. I’m not worried about you girl, you will find something great to fill the void. Hugs to you and thanks for all of your inspiration.

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