Yay. I’m back.
Kayce and I traveled to Salt Lake City for the weekend …
Our first stop was the Pebbles in My Pocket store in Sandy.
This is where I was working when I wrote Core Composition and inadvertently launched a career in scrapbooking. When I talked to Pebbles owner, Brenda Birrell at CHA, she told me they were closing the Salt Lake store, so I knew I needed to stop by and say good-bye. Obviously, the store looks nothing like I remember it and after nearly a month of 50 to 75% off, it was barren — except for the wall-0-die cuts. I’m 99.8% certain that these are the original die cut boxes that lined the first time I walked into what was then Paper Hearts!
I suppose it’s always bitter-sweet to go back and revisit a place where happy memories live, but seeing this place really did pull at my heart strings. I’m so grateful for Brenda’s encouragement and for all those Friday Moonlight crops. I can’t even tell you how much glue stick I cleaned off of crop tables!
Speaking of Core Composition …
This is Patty, who brought her copy for me to sign. I experienced some pretty raw emotion as I stared at the cover with little Clark and Chase on it (wow.) Patty also had the tote bag from Preserving The Precious, which as far as I know, was the first convention–and more of a gathering really, of people interested in preserving memories. It was held in the Little America hotel in SLC, July 1997. After teaching at this convention, I was greeted by a line of people wanting to buy my little book–and get signatures. I was shocked!
What an absolute delight to bump into BPC students and friends, Jenn Talbot and …
Daurene Turpin. So fun to just chill and chat.
Here are some other cool people I ran into (intentionally) at Crop Because You Care.
This is Michael and Ashli, who worked for me just after we launched Simple Scrapbooks. Ashli is like a daughter to me and was my best babysitter and summer nanny for years!Now she is all grown up with a husband and a brand new baby — adorable little Alyeska.
Life in its endless full circle moments is so amazing.
Kayce and I spent a good part of Sunday at Temple Square, where we listened to The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing, took a tour with sister missionaries from Taiwan and Arizona and just enjoyed the wonderful spirit that is there. This, btw is NOT a photo I took, but we did get some sunshine on Sunday, and there was just about this much snow!
This is my cute, cute sister, Darci (as most of you know) who hosted Kayce and I in her home for the weekend. Darci has a new MacBook Pro and so we all sat around on Sunday evening with our laptops and played on Pinterest, while watching bits of the Oscars.
Cache in what is clearly a slice of their morning routine!
It seems amazing photographers and photography is now the order of the day — especially online.
I suppose this is one reason that pictures, like these (which so clearly depict the imperfection of everyday life) are still my most cherished. How can you possibly not smile when you see a 3 year-old boy doning a dozen Silly Bands and picking his nose?!
Note to self: Take pictures earlier next time so you don’t miss Ty and Brooklyn.
I did think to have Darci take a picture of Kayce and me, and …
to have Kayce take a picture of me and Darci. My People We Love folder will be so happy!
Monday morning was spent with Kristine McKay, who is creating a promo-VIDEO for my new version of Library of Memories that will open for registration in early April.
We met with Kristine at CHA and are excited to leverage her professional production skills and experience at Big Picture Classes. Kristine appears regularly on Studio 5 (morning show on KSL in Salt Lake City) and on Northridge Publishing How-to videos. You can learn more about Kristine here.
After we left Kristine’s studio we enjoyed lunch at Thanksgiving Point and met up with Wendy for a tour of Welfare Square. No pictures again, but what a wonderful weekend — relaxing and invigorating all at the same time!
I’ll wrap up by saying that I love what Seth Godin said on his blog this morning.
On taking initiative:
“I don’t think the problem has much to do with the innate ability to initiate. I think it has to do with believing that it’s possible and acceptable for you to do it. We’ve only had these doors open wide for a decade or so, and most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copy edit the world, not to design it.” As I look back on every good thing that has happened for me in this industry, it goes back to taking initiative. It isn’t the most talented people that have doors opened to them, it’s the people who check to see if the door is open! (oooh, that sounded pretty smart!)
If you feel like you have some design in you, something to initiate, you might want to purchase Seth’s latest book, Poke the Box.
Mine is on its way!