Stacy Julian has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from BYU. Now she runs the largest scrapbooking education Web site in the world out of her home in Spokane.
And to her it makes perfect sense.
“It’s all the Holy Ghost,” she says.
Things just sort of fell into place. Scrapbooking for Stacy Julian began as a young mother’s hobby – but eventually people were paying her to speak about it and write about it. She wrote for a magazine called “Creating Keepsakes” for four years. After that, she started her own magazine in 2002 called “Simple Scrapbook.”
“It got to the point where as founding editor of the magazine I was required to travel to events,” she says. “One year I was invited to South Africa to talk about scrapbooks and I thought ‘It’s a once in a lifetime thing.”‘
But the next year the same group invited her to speak in South Africa again.
“And I thought ‘no’ I can’t go to South Africa every year,” she said.
With a loving husband and small children at home, she knew her life as a founding editor of her dream magazine had to change.
There had to be a way to stay at home, scrapbook and make money.
She had this idea, an idea to start an online scrapbooking community, teach online classes and share her love of scrapbooking.
She pitched the idea to the publishers of her magazine in 2005.
They thought her idea was ”crazy” and wouldn’t help her.
But she later she found someone who would help her fulfill her dream – on a computer screen in a scrapbooking store.
Stacy was in scrapbooking store one day in the fall of 2005. As she was checking out she saw an employee looking at a scrapbooking Web site. She tracked down the Web site’s creator and called her.
“We connected with each other,” Stacy says. “I knew that’s what I was supposed to do.”
Big Picture Scrapbooking was born.
Scrapbooking continues to be an activity that brings personal satisfaction to Stacy as evidenced in these pages from her personal scrapbooking efforts that she has shared to her audience on her site. Contributed Photo.
Today more than 40,000 people have taken online classes at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Courses range from free one-time sessions to multi-week workshops that cost $250. The average workshop costs around $25.
Stacy has written four books; she’s been featured in business magazines, in newspaper articles and publications like InStyle and Woman’s World. She’s regarded as one of the foremost scrapbookers in the world.
“Scrapbooking is part of what I was meant to do on Earth,” she says. “I feel like its preserving memories…the Spirit of Elijah.”
Now this Exercise Physiology major is running the world’s largest scrapbooking community from her home in the Mica Peak Ward in the Spokane Valley Stake.
And most importantly she’s being a mom to her five kids.
“Scrapbooking helps me find joy in the moments,” she said.
And it makes those moments look pretty fancy for future generations.
For more information, visit Big Picture Scrapbooking’s web site at http://www.bigpicturescrapbooking.com or visit Stacy’s personal web site, http://www.stacyjulian.com
McKay Allen is a reporter for KXLY 4 HD News. He’s a graduate of Brigham Young University. He and his wife are members of the Franklin Park Ward in the Spokane North Stake.