Happy Friday for February 21st, 2014

Right now, the storytelling aspect of family history is making me very happy.
The first reason for this is that I’ve been watching the online highlights of the recent Roots Tech Event in Salt Lake City. I loved the Friday and Saturday keynote addresses with The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond and Stephanie Nielson of Nie Nie DialoguesI also really enjoyed the presentation by David Adleman, creator of Reel Genie, an EASY video storytelling platform. 

Here’s a fun video that captures the essence and importance of at least being familiar with your family’s  narrative …

The other reason for my current fascination and focus on telling family stories is the fact that I will be presenting at The Timpanogas Storytelling Conference, March 13-15th in Provo, Utah. I am preparing a 90-minute interactive lecture, here’s the overview …

Building Family Stories through Social Media
Social media can be more than a time-wasting distraction or interruption in a busy, purposeful life. It can be a fabulous tool for both connecting family members and crafting family stories. Join Stacy Julian for this engaging presentation and conversation filled with realistic ideas, easy solutions and expert recommendations for using both mobile applications and social networking channels to write, record and share your stories. 

Obviously, I’ve always loved telling stories and have tried to do so in my scrapbooking, especially in the last few years. I’m particularly interested and excited about the social media aspect now, because of how it can engage younger people (ie. my kids!) My extended family has gathered around Instagram in a really FUN way. Most evenings, I look up each of my children, my siblings, my mom and my nieces and nephews on Instagram to see what they have shared and I go to bed feeling at little closer to them, like we’ve connected. I REALLY like that!

This coming Monday, I’ll be sharing my first extended story via Instagram and Facebook. I’ve had this idea for awhile, but haven’t made the time to do it. Monday is my son, Clark’s 21st birthday. As you know, he is serving a mission right now. I sent him a card with gift cards for dinner, but in lieu of a bigger gift, I’ll be sharing twenty one memories from his life so far, online. I’ll be using the hashtags, #walterclarkjulian and #twentyonestoriesofclark and I’ll be tagging him so that these posts can be viewed from his Facebook page as well.

There are two things I’d LOVE you to do for me …
1. Follow along as much as possible and give me feedback, that I can share during my presentation
2. Tell me HOW you are using social media to build your family stories.

There is ongoing talk about the health of the scrapbooking industry. Here’s what I think: Scrapbooking has been evolving from the very beginning, via new products, new formats, new approaches, new tools, etc.. The core of scrapbooking is STORY. We tell stories with photos and words and it isn’t going anywhere—photos and words and the stories they tell are EASIER than ever to share and more easily archived and preserved than at any other point in human history. Will it help if we are open to new ideas and new formats for taking photos, recording stories and sharing all of it? Absolutely. Can we support and sustain the industry we love. I have ZERO doubt. Do we need to embrace change. Yep. And this is exactly what we are determined to help you do …


In case you haven’t yet heard, there is a NEW workshop at Big Picture Classes, called An Update to Remember designed to help us all infuse our social media channels with good and important personal information, and stories. I’m excited to learn from Tami Morrison (Twitter), Kelli Crowe (Instagram), Elizabeth Dillow (Facebook) and Katie Scott (Pinterest) and I hope you’ll join me.

We are VERY CREATIVE women.
Let’s celebrate the future of our hobby and dive in with curiosity and enthusiasm.
And, let’s stop (often) to breathe and to appreciate the present moment.
Happy Friday,
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