Saturday, August 18, 2007
You think I'd been invited to the prom. I was giddy all day, couldn't sleep the night before. Why? Because I'd been invited to Stacy Julian's home for an Uppercase Living party. Stacy is the founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine, and creator of Big Picture Scrapbooking, as well as an incredible artist, teacher, and all-around-nice person. How'd I get that red-hot invite? A little history here... follow along. Stacy has the world's best nanny (okay, I don't know many nannys, but if I had to choose, Jenna would be it). Jenna (the nanny) attends my scrapbook classes (along with Jenna's Mom, Cheryl, Jenna's sisters, Cyndi and Katie. It's a family thing, love that!) Still with me? Okay! I had an Uppercase living party last spring and Jenna and her mom came. Jenna took a catalog back to Stacy, who booked a party for herself. So, that's me above, sitting right there in Stacy's studio! In case you're wondering about the huge white patch on my arm, thinking I had a terrible injury requiring bandages, not to worry: my nametag would not stick to my shirt, for some reason. After several tries, I ended up sticking it to my arm. Looked like a goof the whole evening, but at least I was a goof with a name!
We had a tour of Stacy's studio, which was a charming as Stacy herself. So bright, sunny and happy. She was in the middle of a big project, and "said" the room was messy (hello?! come over and see my room sometime mid-project. Where were the piles of paper?) I snapped this picture of her desk (above), and didn't realize I'd captured Stacy reflected in the window, wearing Addie in a front pack. And don't get me started on how adorable Addie is.
Below you see guests gathered around Stacy's work island. Seriously the best work station I've ever seen. Stacy on the far left, Jenna is in baby blue with her mother Cheryl on her right. Had the flash turned off on my camera, didn't want to be like a stalker-paparazzi with flashing bulbs going off.
The most memorable part of my evening at Stacy's was seeing her light up when she started talking about her scrapbooks. This is one passionate woman, dedicated to teaching and inspiring. I am in awe at her ability to pass on her enthusiasm for her craft, and the way she connects so readily with anyone. Being "in the business" can often burn out someone's passion for their own personal art, with deadlines looming and editorial demands, it's easy to lose your way and push aside the most important reason to scrapbook... your family. But not with Stacy. Everywhere you look, you see her love for her family, reflected in her home and her projects. Amazing and inspiring, as always.
Oh! I should show off my Uppercase Living projects... they've all turned out beautifully! You can put this stuff on anything, not just walls. My husband wants one for the back window of our motorhome, that's next on my list. I have put up a saying on my wall in the family room, and I've also made some plaques to hang by our front door. So easy to put these letters on, love how versatile they are! If you're interested in learning more, contact Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her I sent you!