The absolute highlight of this weekend was meeting Stacy Julian, the founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks and the genius behind Big Picture Scrapbooking. She is so funny, talks a mile a minute, cares deeply, freely shares her passions and in inspiring beyond belief! She is tall and slim and has an really infectious laugh. I loved hearing about her family and the everyday realities of her life, some of which she joyfully captures and shares in her scrapbooking. She celebrates life in all of its beauty and its heartaches. If you ever have a chance to be in the same room as she is, you MUST run (yes, I repeat RUN) to meet her!! I could have listened to her and chatted all day. After class, we visited a little longer and ended up with Esther and I inviting her to bring her family and come to Alberta for a quadding weekend! Now, wouldn't that just be a cool thing to have happen - here's hoping!!
This was the first thing I did when I met Stacy Julian! I was so thrilled and honoured to meet this woman who has inspired and validated women around the world. She genuinely wants people to live a happy, fulfilled life and to celebrate who they are.
There were so many photo ops and Stacy was so gracious! I have no idea how many of her books she autographed but it was alot.
In her "Finish Line" class we created a mini-album using 30 - 40 pictures in 90 minutes! It was crazy hectic - she even timed us in some parts!! I had my pictures sorted, cropped and put down in great time so I won a lime green Big Picture Scrapbooking USB card on a bracelet! I was so surprised and delighted, to say the least. It's going to be a constant reminder of this awesome class. I'll share my album later this week.
On Saturday evening, there was a reception for everyone who's taking the online class "Glimpses". Everyone shared (all 40+ of us), either a few ideas from their album or an idea that will go into the album eventually. It was so emotional to catch these glimpses into the lives of incredible women. The stories and feelings that were shared were just so amazing. The tissue box made several rounds of the room!! We had brownies and milk (served by Kayce, Stacy's partner) for snacks. There were lots of brownies left and Stacy was so happy that she got them!
Each person at the reception got a pair of glasses - "Catch A Glimpse" - after we'd shared our entries. I love this picture - one of my favourites from the whole event! My sister and her friend were my roommates for the weekend - we had lots of fun together and were quite the assembly line in some of the classes.
Stacy signed a tag with a little personal message that I'm going to put on the dedication and inspiration page at the front of my book.
Can you tell that I loved it?!!!!! If you are still with me, thanks for listening to the rave!!