Q + A: Where do I start?

Hello Stacy.

I’m not sure why I’m writing but I’ve finally gotten on to your website and blog after watching your part on Scrapbooking Memories. First, I want to tell you that I just love to watch your part on this show. I love how down-to-earth you are and how you are so encouraging for those of us who are “stuck”.

I’m a mom of two-step boys (24 & 19) and two smaller kids girl-10 and boy-8 and I have a great husband (fireman) and two sweet doggies and one very independent cat.  So needless to say I have tons of stuff to scrapbook about.  At least you would think so!  I watched you the other day and you were talking about how it is so easy to get too much stuff to scrapbook with and then not be able to do anything….that would be me!  I have enough stuff to open my own scrapbooking store and unfortunately most of it has never been used!  I could be the poster child for Scrapbooking…Where Do I Start?

I hope to look through the website and read your blog and hopefully get some ideas.  In the meantime, I’ll keep watching you make it look so easy!

Shauna in Wyoming

Dear Shauna,

We all have a life that we appreciate enough to want to scrapbook and in an effort to "get started" we generally start buying and eventually collecting stuff. You are NOT alone!

Here's the deal. It doesn't matter where you start. Just start. Start with two photos or 10 photos and put them on a big 'ole piece of cardstock surrounded by your thoughts and feelings and some pretty paper and then do it again and again. Each time you do it, you'll learn something and each time you do it, you get better at doing it.

Now, I realize this is NOT very specific, so here are three additional assignments for you:

1. Register at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

2. Sign up for my FREE class, called Start Here, with Stacy

3. Join in our annual August Promotion. It is very fun and also FREE.

I feel confident that after you have taken advantage of these resources, you'll have a much better idea of where to start.

Thanks for the email!



Project by Elizabeth Dillow

The BPS August Promotion is HERE. Our theme this year is Busy Women Out of Time, On a Budget and Still Inspired. You can READ additional thoughts on the BPS blog.

Anyone relate? Grab your timer, set it for 15 minutes and come check it out. Then come back often throughout  August. There are so many wonderful ideas to soak in and try. We have AMAZING teachers who are dedicated to your scrapbooking success and they've generously donated their time and talents this month, so you can get to know them better.

Happy Day.


  1. I just signed up for the Busy Women class, and spent MORE than 15 minutes browsing. I love the links to the inspirations. I’m not sure what I’m going to do today, other than finish editing and printing some pictures from the weekend–a folk festival parade on Saturday and a hiking trip on Sunday (check out my blog at http://www.justmeolivia.blogspot.com for the “rest of the story” about that trip. Thanks so much for the inspiration! School will start in a week. The summer is almost gone!

  2. Carmel Keane says:

    What generosity! – all you guys at BPS never cease to amaze me. In the final throes of winter here in New Zealand but that won’t stop me “playing along!”
    Thank you so much for a wonderful inspiring site.

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