Just a few short weeks after I moved away from my home of 30 years, I was feeling pretty down and wanted to find something to occupy my time. I ordered a book to get me back into scrapbooking, it was called The Big Picture. I read it, sent a copy to a friend,and read it again. It compeletely changed my life and how I scrapbook. I didn't need to keep working on the piles and piles of photographs from years past, when my children were growing up right in front of me. I needed to document what I was doing RIGHT NOW! A few months later, I was able to go to Reminisce in Iowa City, with my good friend, Sue, and listen to Stacy talk about her book and the philosophy of Big Picture Scrapbooking. It was only a couple of hours and I learned so, so much. I learned that I needed to change, and I do believe that I have. I scrapbook the moments, my thoughts, my kids right now. I scrapbook pictures from yesterday because I have a story to tell, that might be forgotten when I get to them in years after they are gone and the moment has been forgotten. I don't take hours on layouts, but try to keep the creativity going by working on projects that only take a short time to finish.
Here are a few lessons that I have learned from Miss Stacy Julian:
*You can only scrapbook in the way you are organized (need to work on this one :)
*Limit your options to help with your creativity
*Write down what your kids say
*Take a picture with your heart (This is your journaling)
*I am not caught up, cause' I am so far ahead....
*Sprinkles can change anything
*Scrapbooking is not about the pictures (it is the pictures and the stories)
*Be where you are, otherwise, you will miss your life.
*Make it so
Good luck to you Stacy, in your continuous endeavors. You have inspired so many people, including myself, to be a better person. Just today, I have taken a bit of time to organize my albums, I am reading Photo Freedom and trying to find a jumping off point. I was thinking to myself, "I wish Stacy could see this..." . At most, I still feel very overwhelmed with my albums, photos, etc. But as I look through them and their 'random chaos' I know that I am getting the stories that are important. That is all thanks to you...