Simple Memories, Day 1 (edited)


Just got this cool logo (thanks Cathy) to add to my posts this week.


This is Allison.

When I think of the early days at Simple Scrapbooks magazine, I think of Allison. When I took the job as editor in chief of SS, I lived (as I do now) in Spokane, WA. Magazine headquarters are in Salt Lake City, UT. We (Tracy White and I)  soon realized that I was not going to be able to do everything required of me from my new satellite office (my home) unless I got some help. I had only been living in Spokane for about 8 months. I didn't know very many people. Interestingly enough, one of the very first people I met was Allison. I was to follow her as president over the young woman's organization at church, so I went to her house to learn from her. Within a few minutes we discovered that we were both scrapbookers. In fact, Allison subscribed to Creating Keepsakes magazine. I coincidentally was writing a book (Simple Scrapbooks) for Creating Keepsakes magazine!

We became fast friends. Tracy White asked me if I could find someone to come into my home a few days a week and help me with the administrative duties of assigning and collecting and tracking and … everything! I approached Allison and she said YES.

Allison worked with me for three years and we traveled together and had so much FUN.

This layout is from my book, The Big Picture. If you have yet to create a scrapbook layout this simple, I hope you will do it this weekend. You will need THREE photos of a friend or someone else you love. You will need ONE sheet of cardstock in a color that reminds you of this person. You will need FOUR standard photo corners and you will need one set of small alphabet letter stamps, an ink pad and a small jewelry tag + an itty bitty safety pin.

Allison now lives in Las Vegas, NV. And guess what? I have just hired Allison to help me do a better job with my blog. Allison is in the process of revisiting three plus years of posts, so she can categorize them and we can ALL find and retrieve information and links more easily. Allison and I have big plans for "Altogether Too Happy" and I couldn't be more thrilled to be working with her again! We will do our best to continue to share the SS philosophy that we established in the very beginning.

Happy, happy memories.
Stay tuned for more all week.

VISIT these Simple Bloggers today (I think they're giving stuff away!)

Elizabeth Dillow

Candice Palmer

Tina Cockburn

Jen Wozab


  1. Sharon F. says:

    Love the simplicity and authentic-ness of the layout – and Allison too. How is Tracy White – what is she up to? Gosh, I really miss her voice and contribution in this industry…

  2. Love this layout and will be scraplifting it asap! Thanks, as always, for your incredible inspiration, Stacy!

  3. How cool to be working with Allison again. From the sound of it everyone could use an Allison :) Looking forward to seeing what you’ve got in store.

  4. I LOVE Allison Barnes! She is so incredibly sweet and giving. One of those people who it just feels good to be around. Glad you’ve got her back on your team again. Go Allison!
    And thank YOU Stacy for kicking off Simple week with such a nice memory. I knew I could count on you to make this week meaningful. You’re the best!!!

  5. Hi,
    Did you like the Arch? My grandparents lived across the river in Illinois so I spent a lot of vacations visiting St. Louis attractions. I love the Arch – not everyone likes to feel it sway in the breeze. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

  6. I’m a girl who’s sentimental. I had the blues for days when Knott’s Landing went off the air! :) And now I’m feeling the same way as I read the last page of my last issue of Simple. I’m so thankful for the principles I’ve learned through you, Stacy. Principles that have affected my scrapbooking and my life! Thankfully, you’re not really gone :)

  7. Leora Henkin says:

    Welcome…or welcome back Allison! I can’t wait to see what you guys dream up together!

  8. this is a wonderful post!! I am learning so much about “Simple” that I didn’t know – it truly is amazing how everything you all have showed us about scrapping and crafting completely permiate your processes and your lives! thank you for always sharing :-)

  9. I love the idea of getting the past organized. My blog is a real mess. Hmm. Maybe I could hire someone.

  10. Tammy Wathen says:

    Speaking of finding things on your blog, I have been looking for the food pyramid chart you had in your kitchen (two I think)to track good eating choices. Please point me in the right direction. Thank for all you do!

  11. I love Allison too. More than anything! This is John–her husband. And she is so excited to work with Stacy again. Those 2 girls are already cooking up some creative ideas for the blog. But, I digress. Back to Allison: what a wonderful, talented, beautiful, fun-loving, caring, vibrant, colorful, easy-going and all-around perfect woman! Love you! John

  12. YEAH for Allison once again being available when needed!
    The trip down memory lane is going to require tissues I think…

  13. Allison Barnes says:

    Tammy… click on “parenting” in the category section and scroll down a few posts and you will see the post about the food pyramid for kids….

  14. Stacy,making a connection like you have with Allison is always so special…I’m doing the “simple page”this weekend… and Oh how I wish I knew where Tracey White was… I met her at CHA when she first started with Creating keepsakes,then CKUR…her classes were some of the best classes I have ever taken…I just never thanked her enough…

  15. Isn’t it great to work with someone you consider a friend? It makes life so much easier.
    congrats to you and Allison!

  16. I think this it great! The dynamic duo rides again! Can’t wait to see what ya’ll come up with for the blog.
    Oh and I am also curious about Tracy White. I took one of my most life changing and meaningful classes on journaling from her at CKU years ago. I truly miss her voice as well.

  17. What sweet memories and sweet LO…..Patty

  18. That is just too cool how you met Allison!! Are you still YW President? My Emma starts at the end of May!!!

  19. That is a wonderful layout! I hope you share a layout everyday of your SS tribute.

  20. Cyd Houghton says:

    Thanks for sharing your Simple memories. I’m enjoying the Simple Celebration going on all over the internet. I can’t wait to see what you are up to next!

  21. ann johnson says:

    Stacy – can you come and be my boss – looking at the other blogs you all seemed to love you jobs. Sad to see SS go but anticipating better is yet to come.

  22. Love the layout and the memories of Allison. I will miss SS and all the inspiration I got from it. I didn’t really start scrapping until your book came out and made me feel like I could get my memories saved in my style. Thank you for everything.

  23. Stacy,
    I don’t know how you’re getting through all this. Although I was only associated to Simple as a reader, reading all of the blog posts from the contributors this week has made me so sad. I loved Simple. I know every ending is really a new beginning, but Simple will be missed. Thanks for all you’ve done for scrappers like me out here. And thanks for the fun week in blogland from all the Simple girls. It’s great.

  24. I love that LO, Stacy. I love the story you’ve told about Allison. And I love Simple. Thanks for all the inspiration throughout the years. :)

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