Complete Bliss

I mentioned yesterday some plans I have to make the Finish Line concept and process more available to a wider audience. One of the things I’ll be doing is putting together Finish Line kits. I don’t have the talent that would allow me to create my own product, like so many amazing scrapbookers I know. I do however have the talent of putting together great collections that champion the beautiful and innovative products already available. This is precisely what I’m going to do!

To learn more about the Finish Line Scrapbooking process, click HERE.
To download a FREE pod cast class with me, visit my homepage and click on “Living With Your Library” pod casts, then download the Finish Line Scrapbooking pod cast. I will walk you through the very empowering ‘scrap 40 photos in 4 hours’ experience!

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This is the official announcement of my premiere Finish Line Scrapbooking kit, Complete Bliss.

I will be selling a very limited quantity of this kit at the CHA Super Show in Anaheim at the Treasured Memories booth (#553)

I love the idea of personality and will therefore give each of my kits a distinct personality and a name. This first kit, just in time for Valentine’s Day is specifically designed to help you scrapbook a big stack of everyday snapshots depicting love at home.

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In my Library of Memories class, I teach the concept of storing and aging a very small portion of your photos by categories. I have category in my All About Us category drawer, called Together Forever. These are photos of two or more members of my family where togetherness or affection is shown. We ALL have these photos — they are the ones that even on a bad day instantly fill you up warm and bubbling over. And let’s be honest, if you have multiple children, these are the photos that remind you that your everyday life isn’t one giant sibling rivalry. At my house, these photos are often ‘not-so-great’ from a photographic perspective, but they are very often priceless w hen measured by the emotion they elicit. Sometimes it’s hard to create a layout with these photos. They are taken at different times, in less than perfect light and they generally aren’t captured as part of an event or celebration.

The cool thing is, when I pull out a stack of Together Forever photos and flip through them. I know I am living my dream (note the little “dream” opening cards in the kit). I see relationships that have developed in my home with my imperfect, but nurturing care and I feel a sense of Complete Bliss.

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The name Complete Bliss came from a hymn we sing at church, titled Love at Home (click and select the option of words + music, to listen) which I love. Life can be overwhelming and absolutely crazy, but it’s OK. I wield a camera. I freeze time, so I can play it back S-L-O-W-L-Y and better appreciate the moments of complete bliss that are plentiful and so very good. Gather 20 or 30 of these photos together and you have the makings of a meaningful album all wrapped up in a comforting, homespun feel. Did I mention I was excited?

Here are scans of my own Complete Bliss album …

pg 1

Title page.

pg 2 pg 3

pg 4 pg 5

OK, stop here for a second …
when you create a Finish Line Scrapbook, you do NOT plan first. This means you simply make pages and then put them in order. Every single time I am completely blown away at my intuition that ‘accidently’ puts photos on the same page, because every single time magical things happen. For example, when it came time to put these pages in order. I instinctly put Clark holding Addie across from me holding Addie. This seemed to flow nicely from page 1 and 2 where our family of four boys in introduced (not planned, remember) it wasn’t until I came back to add a little caption that I noticed the little square photo on the right. This is me and Clark, holding hands at Disneyworld — so on one little spread I have me with my oldest and my youngest opposite a photo of my oldest holding my youngest. COOL.

All of these photos were sitting behind my ‘Together Forever’ tab in my All About US drawer. Magic.

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pg 8 pg 9

pg 10 pg 11

pg 12 pg 13

pg 14 pg 15

pg 16 pg 17

pg 18 pg 19

pg 20

And there you have it … 36 photos scrapbooked and countless blessings savored and celebrated.

If you’d LIKE to purchase one of my premiere Complete Bliss kits, simply click on the “Buy Now” button on the left-hand side of my blog (scroll all the way down.) Kits are $45 dollars (this includes domestic shipping!)

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Comments

  1. I am hoping that if your kit sells well that you will put a few more together for online purchasing. I would love to do the class again, so I am waiting for your BPS version. But to have a kit to do it on my own, or in combination with the class would be awesome. If I could get to Anaheim I would come see you.

  2. Would like to echo the thoughts of Jo-Ellen above!

  3. Michele Rank says:

    I so would be there with Jo Ellen – COme to Southern Califonria Stacy!

  4. Wonderful Stacy – I too would love tobe able to purchase “online” but just your thoughts on what type of albums can be put together is exciting. Love the idea of having all these photos in one place

  5. Madeline St Onge says:

    I would love to be able to buy one of these kits. So pretty

  6. Laura King says:

    What a beautiful song! Thanks so much for the link. Your kit looks amazing — congratulations on crossing the finish line!

  7. The idea for the Complete Bliss album — how restorative! I love the concept of Finish Line Scrapbooking, and I cannot wait to see how it might become available to those of us who can’t make it to Anaheim. I hope your final “live” teaching of this class is fantastic.

    Margaret

  8. Oh Stacey, “complete bliss” just sounds so comforting and add it to the music & lyrics, WOW!
    I too wish I would be able to purchase this kit! I love the concept and am scheduled for your LOM course at BPS! I totally cant wait!! Maybe Finish Line Scrapbooking too will become a BPS course!!
    HUGS to you!

  9. I would also love to be able to purchase one of these kits. Love the idea of this Finish Line Scrapbooking. Have so many pictures I could use in these types of albums. Thanks for your inspiration!!!

  10. Theresa Elliott says:

    I would also love to buy one of these kits and will not be the CHA since I am in Michigan. Make them available online please!! I love your style!

  11. Stacy, it sounds wonderful!! I love my little Finish Line album that I completed with you a couple years ago. I love the idea of a kit, especially with a general theme like this one. Really helps me focus on which story to tell now. I look forward to being able to buy these someday or at least to have you show and tell so I could recreate at home!! Thanks for being wonderful!

  12. Maybe if enough of us poor sods who can’t make it to CHA speak up loudly enough we will see this Finish Line kit as a BPS version. I sure hope so!!!!

  13. rachel in Cali. says:

    Oh yes… please make this available for us “wanna-be” scrapbookers! I just can’t seem to figure out where to begin!

    Thx,
    rachel

  14. Stacy, this kit is so beautiful and so is your story. Like the others, I hope that your kits will be available. ‘Wish I could go to CHA. Have a wonderful time. I can’t wait till you share CHA with us!

  15. Damiane Lucas says:

    Hi Stacy,

    I just discovered your blog! I am very new to scrapbooking, and I am thrilled that you’re coming to Southern California. I live close to Disneyland, and I would LOVE to take your class (6×6 mini album). Can you post more information on your class? Day, time, cost?

    I look forward to meeting you! This is going to be FUN!!!

  16. I, too, wish I could come down to Anaheim to take your class or to buy the kit! Hope it becomes available at some point in time! All the best!

  17. ohhh – Please Stacy! Please tell me that you are going to be offering these kits to more than just a handful of people – I know you couldn’t be that cruel :)

    I NEED THIS KIT!

  18. Barbi in Ottawa, Canada says:

    LOVE this kit! I also hope you will offer this on a larger scale. I am thinking sister gifts, sister-in-law gifts……of course for me too! : )

  19. Kathleen S. says:

    You’ve got a great eye for pulling it all together; you don’t need to add designer to your list of ‘to do’s’. I’m another one hoping to see your kit available to those of us hunkered down in fly over land.

  20. Hi Stacy, have you thought of teaming up with Crop Chocolate (https://www.cropchocolate.com/) to make these kits available online?

    That would be so much fun,

    zewa

  21. Hi, Stacy — please tell us you’re going to make more of these available to those who want to buy them but can’t get to Anaheim this weekend. It looks beautiful!

  22. I am confused. What is the Finish Line Concept? I looked at BPS and it is not a class being offered. Is this something that will be offered in the future? Also, will the kits be available to purchase online? Please let us know where we can go to learn more about the Finish Line concept. Thanks!

    • Hi Thelma,

      I am working on a class for BPS — coming soon! In the meantime, there is some more information on the right sidebar of my blog. Look under EXPERIENCE MORE and click on Finish Line Scrapbooking!

  23. wish i could make it out to cali – any chance you’ll put these online to purchase??

  24. Oooooh, Stacy, please make this kit available online. It would be so awesome. I am already starting to gather the photos. Thanks for sharing with us. Finish line scrapbooking seems so liberating.

  25. oh stacy, I must have this kit! My 91 year old mother’s name is BLISS… I was SO motivated by your post yesterday, that I indeed pulled out my FINISH LINE kit from CKC in 2008 just last night and began to GO GO GO, using a trip to Chicago with my mom and kids. (I was 1 of those people who came to the class with NO pictures!)

    But I am up and running and am tickled to have a whole lineage of BLISS family members!
    How can I get the kit?

    :)

    • Dee,
      If I have any extra kits after the show I will make them available here. Do you know anyone going to CHA? Perhaps they could pick one up for you — I love that grandma’s name is Bliss, that is so perfect.

      • Thanks so much, I don’t know anyone going, but I live in Washington and I’ll pay the postage. Will that work? My mom is such an inspiration. She cropped photos her whole life with a metal ruler and Xacto knife…born in 1918, and amazing! ;)

  26. PLEASE make this Bliss kit available on-line for those who are unable to attend CHA! (pretty please!!) I love the “finish line” concept and look forward to learning more about it and your kits! Best wishes and thanks for all you do! Kristin

  27. carol in seattle :) says:

    Add me to the list of people who would love to see this kit available online! I love the whole Finish Line concept and am excited to do another album with this kit!

  28. Stacy, Please don’t forget us, and for us I mean the ones are not coming to CHA!!!!
    I want that kit please!!!!!!!!!

  29. Stacy, I echo many of the comments above. I would love to know what “finish line” scrapbooking is. Your definition of a quick way to do it with your photos gives me an idea. Could you define it more for us on your blog if and when you can enjoy the time to do it ? I know how busy you are. I am now an empty nester with my last away a college. ENJOY those kids and even the sibling disagreements that you witness. They are learning great lessons in your loving home. much blessing to you. debbie

    • Debbie,

      I just added some more information linked on the right side under EXPERIENCE MORE. Click on Finish Line Scrapbooking for a step-by-step tutorial.

      Thanks for reading!

  30. If only I had a way to be at Anaheim this weekend…I’d love to know how to buy one of those kits. I love the concept, the vision of the album and the colors and how it’s called Complete Bliss! Please make it available online for us!

  31. Oh my gosh, I so want this kit! When can I get it? Love it! The Finish Line scrapbooking class completely changed the way I scrapbook.

  32. nomad scrapper says:

    I do hope this means a Finish Line Scrapbooking class of some kind will be coming soon to BPS. I would love to participate, especially since I’ve been unable to attend any of your classes when you’ve taught in person.

  33. Stephanie S. says:

    I am also anxiously waiting for the BPS version. I live in PA so a trip to CA this weekend isn’t possible. I love the kit – what a great combination! I would definitely purchase this kit if it was available online.
    Have a great time this weekend.

  34. What an adorable kit! You have such a way with color! I love my FLSA! It was so fun to do! Boy do I wish I could be at CHA, even if it meant running in the door and just purchasing one of the kits. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve.

    I hope you have enough and if not maybe a list of the products for us to put together on our own……

    Oh, and don’t forget to mention your Finish Line Music here on your site! (Under the Things tab and under Music.)

  35. I love how you worded that – you freeze time to play it back slowly – that is exactly how I feel about scrapbooking. I scrap chronologically (as well as make lots of mini books) and by all accounts should feel “behind”, but I’m not in a hurry. I enjoy seeing the pictures later and feeling like I’m right back in the moment they were taken. I guess “playing it back slowly” is just right for me.
    Beautiful kit, by the way!

  36. Beautiful kit. I hope we will have an opportunity to purchase it, too. AND hopefully, you will do a class in BPS. Hoping to see it there soon.

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  38. Beautiful kit! I hope those of us unable to attend CHA will have a chance to purchase this kit online and take your class via BPS (HINT, HINT….)

  39. Woah! I would love to get my hands on one of your kits but doubt i will being over here in the UK. Oh and don’t underestimate yourself lady, i’m pretty sure you could set your mind to anything if you wanted too!

  40. Marta Valdes says:

    Ok, ladies, just want to let you all know I’m at CHA and Stacy’s kit is soooooo beautiful.

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