Friday FIVE for March 22nd, 2013

As you can see, my Friday FIVE  didn’t make it by Friday this week, but it’s a good one, so I’m NOT waiting to share …



I’m reading this book. It is Seth Godin’s most recent wake up call to stand up and stand out. If you ever read Seth’s blog (and you should) then you know that he is uniquely wired to sense the future and prepare people for it.

I particularly like the way he talks about ART: “Art isn’t something sold in a gallery or performed on stage. Art is the unique work of a human being, work that touches another. Seeking new ground, making connections between people or ideas, working without a map—these are the works of art, and if you do them, you are an artist, regardless of whether you wear a smock, use a computer or work with others all day long … An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And, an artist takes it (all of it, the work, the process, and the feedback from those we seek to connect with) personally.”

I have two copies of The Icarus Deception to give away. If you’d like to get to know the artist inside of you, or you simply need some validation and encouragement for the art you are putting out there, let me know in the comments!



I haven’t talked much about Echo Park’s Photo Freedom line. I need to. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have partnered with Echo Park. Our goal is to spread the Photo Freedom philosophy and help people simplify their storytelling. Believe it or not, I’ve been using divided page protectors since the days of Simple Scrapbooks (the book) in an effort to speed up the creative process and document extended stories. While this approach is hugely popular right now, thanks to the brilliance of Becky Higgins and Project Life, it has been a trusted solution for a long time, and these kits are perfect for scrapbookers like me, who still love traditional 12×12 layouts, but also love mixing in the convenience of Project Life scrapbooking. These initial kits are just the beginning and while I won’t have any input on product design, I will contribute ideas in the area of product direction and even more important (to me) I will lead the effort at Big Picture Classes to support these products (an the people who use them) with the education they need. So, for example when someone purchases a Photo Freedom kit, they are invited to visit a special landing page at BPC to learn more ( and the product packaging also includes a promo code for 50% off of my eBook, Photo Freedom.

I will share more information soon, but wanted you to see the first Photo Freedom kit that is the result of a licensing agreement with another company. The birthday kit above features favorite designs from the girls at Glitz. Future kits will feature Jenni Bowlin and Graphic 45 and you can look forward to additional products down the road. EP’s art director, Jody Hunt is coming to my house for a visit, so he can see first-hand my studio, my creative process, my Library of Memories system and the tools and products I use and love. Armed with this experience, he’ll be set to build a robust system of Photo Freedom products.

Have I mentioned the fact that our industry ROCKS?!



Go HERE to purchase beautiful letter press prints like these, that I have hanging in my office upstairs. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon Hijiri Shepherd and her work (maybe Uppercase Magazine?) Anyway, I think they are gorgeous and I’d love you to learn and see more!



Let’s hear it for (healthier) Sprinkles! 
You’ll get to hear much more of my journey to better health in the coming weeks and months, but you need to know that I’ve become a whole-foods enthusiast, so I’m looking for healthier alternatives to some of my most FAVORITE treats.

These sprinkles, from Williams Sonoma are made with all natural dies (edible plants, such as beets, spinach, red cabbage and others.) They are MORE expensive, so prepare yourself for that, but I LOVE them and will totally sprinkle these on my chocolate mousse that I make with honey and ripe avocados (recipe coming soon!)


Ok, this final pick is a totally Wendy find. She takes such good care of me! I signed up for this monthly healthy snacks subscription within 24 hours of Wendy’s email. We received our first Healthy Surprise box on Wednesday this week and I’m sold. Here again, not the most affordable snacking out there, but if you’re looking for a variety of gluten-free, soy-free, raw and/or vegan goodies and you don’t live in a BIG city with a Whole Foods market down the street, then you might want to check this out. I brought several of my new snacks with me to RootsTech and it was SO nice, not to have to worry about where I was going to get food I can eat!

I love companies that find a niche and then serve it well.


p.s. If you want a copy of The Icarus Deception be sure to tell me why!


  1. “Art isn’t something sold in a gallery or performed on stage. Art is the unique work of a human being, work that touches another. Seeking new ground, making connections between people or ideas, working without a map—these are the works of art, and if you do them, you are an artist, regardless of whether you wear a smock, use a computer or work with others all day long. An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it (all of it, the work, the process, the feedback from those we seek to connect with) personally.”
    This really spoke to me this morning. I made a huge job change last July and have been struggling ever since. Totally out of my comfort zone, working in a different work culture and attempting to do things that haven’t been done before. It’s the type of job I’ve always thought I could do and have been surprised by hard it is. All the pieces of that quote are part of what I’m doing even though others would never see it as “art” as I’m working in healthcare processes re-engineering! Hope this makes sense. Anyways, I’m saving this quote to help get through the rough days. I’d love to win a copy of The Icarus Deception. Thanks, Stacy, for an uplifting morning.

    • Thank you Lynn! Seth talks specifically about people (like you) who are helping establishments (like healthcare) do what they need to do to survive and prosper. You’d love this book!

  2. I have recently realized my love of photography is my main creative outlet. It makes me happy when I’m sad, relaxed when I’m stressed out, etc. I would love the chance to win this book but I’m putting it on my book list too. Either way I will read this. Love the new look here, Stacy!

  3. I would like this book for my son and his girlfriend. My son is working on his doctorate but does improv whenever possible and is itching to get back to community theater. HIs girlfriend is co-artistic director for a theater company in DC that produces shows with strong female characters. (She also has a demanding day job!)

  4. Seth’s words always ring so true for me. As I read the quote I was awed by how much his philosophy elevates so much of what we do to art. That’s a good world to live in!

    • that’s exactly what I think — great world to live in. AND you … have found your art and you share it so generously. cool!

  5. Seth’s words about art resonated with me today. We recently lost my sister Trish to multiple myeloma. Although she fought hard for 6 years and was probably in great pain for a lot of that time, she never complained and celebrated every day! She was a dedicated art teacher for over 30 years and an awesome artist in her own right and continued to create and explore new kinds of art right up to the very end. Like Seth, she believed we are all artists in some way and she made it very easy to believe it. I want to honor her memory and my own creativity by being grateful for every day and making art every day, whether that is a doodle on a lunch box love note, a vase of flowers on the kitchen table, a scrap layout, a photo, a piece of needlework or just telling myself “remember this moment.”

    As always Stacy, you lift me up when I didn’t know I needed it and you point me to cool things in the universe I’d never find on my own. Thank you for being you! Off to look at sprinkles and snacks now…

  6. I just recently started following Seth’s blog, per Stacy’s recommendation. Art is a part of me. I get gitty over color, when I am stressed out or sad or mad or happy I love to create art. Sometimes I feel guilty when I am creating and should be cooking or cleaning. I know there is so much art out there that I am not aware of. I would love to dive into this book to gain as much knowledge on art as I possible can.

  7. Love Seth’s definition of an artist – another friend said her accountant said she could call herself an artist when someone she didn’t know paid for her art – and while THAT is a little thrilling – Seth’s definition is so – so much better!! I’ve always hesitated to call myself an artist – but I do find that creating [in MANY different ways] is therapeutic to me ! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. Simply said…Art defines me.
    And you inspire me to make time for the artist in me. When you shared about Seth through CTMH, I made note and went straight to his blog. Fine wise man. I always find it hard to stop my busy life and read. This book looks like a winner winner chicken dinner! It will find me…Thanks Stacy, you always inspire us.

    • and you know what else? Seth is super easy to read. His books are broken up into lots of short chapters and ideas and you can pick it up, read for 5 minutes and then walk away! I’m so glad you visited his blog. Way to go!

  9. I just bought the Official Rules of Life, by Seth Godin!

  10. Crystal N says:

    I would read this book along with my husband. After a 20 year military career, he has gone back to school full time to pursue an art degree all while I have started my own business and we raise 3 kids, the oldest of whom we have just sent to college. It’s been an interesting time for our family as we try to to navigate this new world of ours and create lives that are meaningful and opportunities that allow us to support our family. As he prepares to graduate in May it would be great to feel like we have some encouragement and that there are others who get it when we say he is pursuing his artistic passions. I’ll be checking out Seth’s blog ASAP. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thank you Stacy, that quote was just what I needed this morning! I feel like I have just been validated in my belief that being a good wife and mother is art. That preparing meals, doing laundry and cleaning the bathrooms can all create a home of beauty where my family can find peace, love, acceptance and most importantly a safe place to explore who they are and who they want to become. I believe that my home and family are my canvas and each day is a chance to add another stroke of beauty to it. And with that said I am trying to learn how to open myself to being creative as I have always believed that I am not creative and need to copy others ideas to be able to create something that will touch others. I am slowly, very slowly learning that creativity and art is manifested in so many different ways.
    I will definitely be visiting Seth’s blog. Again, thank you for sharing!

    • I love this comment and you’re so right, there is validation in this book for all kinds of people and in my opinion, motherhood is the MOST demanding and rewarding kind of art!

  12. Anneke V. says:

    Somehow this quote speaks to me. Maybe it is because I recently lost my job and are trying to find out what I really am looking for in a job and in life in general. Touching others is definitly something I want to do.

    • Anneke,
      If you don’t “win” this book, I hope you’ll buy it. It sounds like you are at a crossroads that Seth addresses specifically!

  13. Alicia Mac says:

    What a great quote! That really hit home with me, because right now I am working on my son’s Boy Scout album. And really it is just one person (me) trying to uniquely touch another (my son). Thanks for the validation of what we (as scrapbookers) do,

  14. I am currently listening to Seth Godin read his Purple Cow book. It has my brain spinning with ways to try to be more remarkable. Thanks for reminding me he was out there. Would love to read any and all of his books.

  15. Christine says:

    I love Seth. His blog often makes me stop and go Hhmmmm. I haven’t read this book yet. Would love to. Thanks.

  16. Marilize says:

    I have recently wanted to go into traditional art mediums after being playing with crafting tools for a long time. I am scared to go for it because I have never done an art class in my life beforEe I would like to know that my efforts are not fruitless and get the knowledge on how to shake the fear of judgement.

  17. I would share this book with my daughter, who will be leaving for college this fall. She is planning to build her entire career/life around art, much as her mom and dad have. :) Of course, I would read it first! But as with anything, the more we learn, the more we grow. It’s her time for some growing.

    • Blayne my friend, you have been an amazing example of living your art for your daughter. She will look to your experiences time and time again. ScrapRoom is most definitely a work of art!

  18. I would enjoy winning a copy of this book…to read and then share with my friend, Lynn…who’s had some physical difficulties which are taxing her mental well being.

  19. Vanessa B. says:

    I was raised to be practical and productive. I was told to get a degree in something productive (i.e., business/finance), not one of those “other” degrees (i.e., writing, art, philosophy) that will only lead to waiting tables. Anything remotely creative was a hobby, and that was fine, as long as it was pursued after all of the practical and productive things were done – and there usually isn’t much time for that sort of thing. Fast forward twenty-odd years and realize that, yes, the degree is handy (I won’t starve), but it wasn’t my passion and possibly, probably, really wasn’t my intended path. What if it’s too late to go back and be “an artist”? Can I even afford to become one? Wait a minute. What if I was one all along? Seriously?! I’m in love with this idea! I HAVE brought creativity to every job I’ve had. I HAVE been the one to find new and exciting ways to get things done. I’ve been a freaking artist all along. Who knew?!

    • Vanessa, One of the things I love most about this book is the fact that you can be an artist in any discipline or job description. You would LOVE this book!

  20. Kathryn Benfiet says:

    Fabulous quote that speaks to my heart. As I grow older I am appreciating the skills and talents of others…my brother who can take an old rusted car that is decades old and bring it to life…or my other brother’s gorgeous garden of vegetables and flowers. God has blessed each of us with artistic talents to share with others. Thanks Stacy for sharing with us.

    • It is so true isn’t it? I love that we are living in an age where most people have basic needs met, such that they have time and energy to focus on discovering and developing their ‘art’ I totally believe that someone who practices their gifts (art) is happier overall, despite the challenges of everyday life!

  21. Marilyn S says:

    I’m on a similar healthy-eating journey, so I love your ‘finds!’
    I could use a jolt of energy, aka a kick-in-the-pants, so Seth Godin’s book could be the inspiration I need!

  22. After reading Seth’s passage, I would have to say that cooking is my form of art and creativity for me and one that I get to express often. I should scrapbook about that, lol Scrapbooking is my other artistic love that I unfortunately don’t tap into often enough, but I need to make time for it!
    I would love to read Seth’s book!

  23. Susan Ringler says:

    Hi Stacy,
    Always a pleasure to read a post from you and that’s the truth! ALWAYS! Glad you are taking care of yourself but so miss you and your wonderful words. I need a copy because life is rough right now and I can use the validation that I am artistic and how much I love creating. Thanks!

  24. Roseann Hoyle says:

    Art is such a part of my life now. I do not think I could exist without my creative outlet. Off to check out Seth’s blog. Thanks for sharing.

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