catching up.

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!

Good to know: You can still shop at Pebbles in Orem, UT and online.
In fact, I think I need to get me one of these.

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.

Just before I left I snapped pictures of Darci, Tatum and …

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!


  1. Awesome! I love that picture of the temple. So beautiful! Sounds like a wonderful weekend balanced between work and play, surrounded by people you love. Those are great weekends! Can’t wait for I-scrap to start! Really looking forward to it!

  2. Wonderful update and great pictures. Sounds like you had a great time on that trip to SLC! I’d like to get back there some day, it’s where my Dad was from and I have family there. Haven’t been there for a long time.

  3. OOh, those paintings behind you in the photo with Kristine McKay! Whose artwork is that? So beautiful!

  4. Looks great and thanks for the book recommendation.

  5. TerrieF says:

    Your book “Core Composition” was what inspired me to get into scrapbooking! So much of what was present in the scrapbooking world at the time did not resonate with me – too random, too many photos cut out with shaped scissors, too much confusion! I picked up your simple little book and thought “Finally! This makes sense!” I fear I’ve lost that little treasure of a book – I’d buy another in a heartbeat.

    By the way, when I first saw the Pebbles ribbon iron I thought it was ridiculous. Then someone convinced me to buy it and now I can’t be without it. I dropped and broke my first one (perhaps it had something to do with working in the wee hours of the morning!) and surprised myself by how urgently I felt I had to get a replacement. After several rather panicky phone calls around town the next day, I found one many miles away from where I live. How serendipitous that my husband had a work related golf game in the same area as the store. I simply called him on his cell and said “Don’t ask, but this is kind of a scrapbooking emergency. On your way home from golf, go to such and such address and pick up the package waiting for me. Just pay and bring it home and I’ll be forever grateful” He did, of course, I am happily ironing my ribbon once more.

  6. Can’t wait to see the video! Stacy – will it include how you are incorporating Project Life into the Library of Memories system? I am so curious about that.

  7. I still have my copy of Core Composition too! Sad that the SLC Pebbles is closing and I am desperately hoping the Orem one doesn’t meet the same fate. That was the store that started it all for me!

    I SO wanted to head up to the crop in SLC. Alas, the library already had plans for my Saturday. Glad you had so much fun. Aren’t photos with sisters the BEST?

  8. Wow, so fun to get a glimpse into your weekend- looks like so much fun!!! I love going back to places I previously “haunted.” Things certainly do change, but it’s fun to relive old memories.

  9. Barbara T says:

    one busy lady but you had fun! good for you!

  10. Busy Busy Busy! Sort of a “This is Your Life” weekend, huh?

  11. Debbie in AZ says:

    I appreciate your saying that “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!.” I’ve started a new non-profit organization and am beginning to apply for grants to provide our service of a bookmobile that goes to senior citizens community centers, retirement communities, nursing homes, rehab facilities, etc. In this economy, some people have told me that funding may be hard to come by. But I appreciate your sentiment that encourages me to ask anyway because the door may be open, if only I ask.

  12. Wow, it sounds like a wonderful, fun and productive weekend!

  13. Crystal says:

    Kristine is my very cool neighbor and I’m SO excited you two are partnering… Exciting all the way around! It will be fantastic to have more fun stuff at BPS… LOve it!

  14. 1. I got the chance to do some errands last weekend – without the kids! – and saw that picture with the circles & the mountain in a store & I didn’t buy it but I did take a picture of it with my iphone because I loved it so much! I was thinking I could incorporate all those circles into a scrapbooking layout somehow.

    2. It was so awesome to hear you & the Paperclipping Roundtable talking on the “You Forget” episode about a comment that I left over at Paperclipping. Way cool. Thank you!

    3. Thanks for the Seth Godin bit – I get his daily email but don’t always read it – but that one is good. I’ve been listening to the Foolish Adventure & am dreaming up new things.

    P.S. Love your blog posts :)

  15. Nicky from Canada says:

    Thanks for sharing – sounds like a wonderful – but soulful time!!

  16. oh, stacy . . . it might sound silly, but i miss you! maybe it’s the combo of photos, but you’ve got me waxing nostalgic for the handful of times i was lucky/privileged enough to learn from you in person [mostly at CKU events]. i’m specifically remembering walking up to you following a typically inspirational & uplifting sj class, & telling you you could stand up at the front of the room & pick your nose, & i would still pay good money to see you — HA!

    & it still holds true today. ;D

  17. Your weekend sounds like it was a wonderful experience.

  18. Wow, what a whirlwind trip. It sounds like you did some fun things. I remember attending a few Friday night crops at paper hearts with you. You have inspired me and kept this hobby do-able. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  19. Renee T. (italgal on BPC) says:

    Stacy, I had NO IDEA that you were the author of Core Composition! That was one of the first scrapbooking design books I ever purchased, and my pages started to look so much better when things weren’t just randomly placed. Ironically, this girl from the Chicago suburbs made her first mail order purchase from Pebbles in my Pocket. I don’t even know how I discovered the store, as the internet was not in widespread use in the mid-1990′s, but I remember the THRILL of discovering that a scrapbook store actually existed! I’ve come a long way (and spent a lot of $$) since then, but it makes me happy to know that I’m still getting my instruction from you, all these years later!

    • see, what a small world it really is and how fun that you would take the time to share this with me.


  20. Rhonda H says:

    I am sooooooo excited to hear about your “new” updated version of “Library of Memories!!” I hope you will give many heads ups so we don’t miss out…emails keep me going!

    Rhonda H, (mom2h), 2009 LOM Alum

  21. Joanne Freeman says:

    I can’t wait for library of memories to start. And also I too would love to know who did that artwork in the background. They are just gorgeous. Like you :)

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