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September 04, 2012

Ella Publishing Co. is now a part

of the Big Picture Classes family!

Today is the first day of our Big Idea Festival and Stacy is the instructor. She shares exciting BIG news.

The BPC and Ella families are now happily living together under one roof, and the antics have already begun! Stacy Julian (aka "Mike Brady") and Angie Lucas (aka "Carol Brady") have brought their respective broods together, and you won't want to miss what happens next.

(to view Stacy's video announcement login to the Big Idea Festival) and her BIG idea, HAPPY MAIL.

What is Happy Mail?
Happy Mail is a concept that we started with the launch of Big Picture Classes in 2005. We wanted to connect with our members in multiple ways. When you register for an account at Big Picture Classes we ask you some unusual questions, such as what is your favorite candy bar? your favorite color? Using those answers and with the help of our BPC team we randomly mail out happy mail to members. In fact when we celebrated our 5-year anniversary we sent out 500 happy mail packages to 500 Big Picture members all around the world. We continue to package and send happy mail out to our members throughout the world.

What is the Happy Mail Campaign?
I, Stacy Julian, declare that I will make and send 365 handmade cards with handwritten notes. Now I do not want to do this alone and I know with your enthusiastic support, we can do this. Join me in a pay-it-forward Happy Mail movement where people rediscover the joy of sending and receiving handwritten communication (with a stamp). Make your own Happy Mail with me. I will share challenges and ideas  and of course their will be prizes!!  And as Doodlebug Designs as our sponsor you know the projects and prizes are going to be cute!

We will post the first challenge in early October, more details to come.

Join in the Festive fun!! 

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Posted By Charlene Reeves  |  January 11, 2013 at 06:21 AM

I love this website so many creative ideas Happy Thanksgiving to you all . I am so Thankful for all of you . Thank you Cheyenne of Henderson Nv
Posted By Cheyenne  |  November 20, 2012 at 04:34 AM

Received a beautiful card yesterday from Miss Stacy! THANK YOU! Bless you, dear lady - what fun! Will be paying it forward and sending to my inlaws who recently sent us a very generous gift. I JUST haven't had time to hit the craft room lately - perfect timing!
Posted By lezleeptmom  |  September 29, 2012 at 05:36 AM

Funny I was just thinking this the other day, that I needed to challenge myself to actually mail the cards I make instead of stacking them on the desk. I would like to join the happy mail movement? :) Do we get a badge for our blogs? Will look forward to the October announcement.
Posted By peggysue  |  September 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM

After making approx. 500+ cards for a local hospice center, I have been tossing around an idea of suppling the new Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago with cards for families and patients to use. I have some friends, who after losing their son to Acute Myelogenous Leukemia started Cal's All-Star Angel Foundation. They grant wishes and provide financial assistance to children and their familes fighting cancer. 95% of every dollar donated goes to these causes. I have been blessed enough to accompany them down to the hospital to deliver toys and gift cards to children who are fighting this terrible fight. My family has also been honored enough to deliver holiday wishes to a families. Two floors in the new hospital have been named after Cal and this foundation. Cal's wish was for future patients to have a better, brighter place to receive treatments and that is exactly what has happened in the new hospital. They have made it a comfortable setting with colors, family rooms, video games, computers, game rooms - basically a place that these patients and their families can find some fun and comfort while fighting. I would like to supply the family area with cards that can be used to write to each other, to nurses/docters, friends, other family members, etc. This campaign sounds like the perfect spring board for my idea. The bonus - My favorite "bugs" are sponsoring the event!!!! I love all my Doodlebugs and their products so much that I get tears. I have never met a more talented group of people and I am so thankful that they chose to share their talent with all of us. I would also like to thank you, Stacy, for coming up with a great idea and sharing it with all of us. I can't wait to get started!!
Posted By Cathy-Doodlebuglvr  |  September 16, 2012 at 06:54 PM

THis such a great idea. I am on holidays right now and don't have any card making supplies with me but I have sent 6 postcards this week. When I get home I am going to start sending out a card a day to my friends and see if I can get them encouraged to start too.
Posted By PaperLady  |  September 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM

My mom is an avid letter writer and card sender... she sends cards to everyone!!! I think I could make the cards and she could send them... :) Is that cheating??? I do send some of my cards on occasion but for the most part, I am embarrassed to say they are sitting at home in a box... I may not have the get-to-it-ive-ness to catch up from 8 months of not sending cards but I would like to do better...Thanks for encouraging and challengine
Posted By babydupps  |  September 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM

This warms my heart thinking of this project. Just image the feelings that the person receiving the card will feel. And process then moves forward... Wonderful Movement! I am going to try also probably making and sending weekly.
Posted By Jozie  |  September 09, 2012 at 07:47 PM

I have always sent cards and have been a member of 2 different card clubs. Thanks for inspiring others to send them too.
Posted By new at this  |  September 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM

Love this idea. I too have family members that do not have computers so I stay in touch by phone or mail. I've been caught up in my local life and forgotten to write. I'm breaking out the pen and paper today. I want a tall stand with all the card options like you have Stacy!! Also would love to get a letter from you!! :-) Happy Writing.
Posted By Barbara  |  September 09, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Your video was so inspirational. I made my first card that very evening and mailed it the next day. I've already started a list of potential recipients. This is so exciting. I am really really looking forward to hopefully putting a smile on someone's face every day for a whole year! Thank you for sharing this with us.
Posted By Trey'sGrammy  |  September 08, 2012 at 08:02 AM

I am all with you, I will join you in increasing the amount of Happy Mail. More handmade cards and lots of notes.
Posted By JaneOL  |  September 08, 2012 at 12:23 AM

What an awesome idea! i love to make cards and receiving a handmade card is very special to me. i save them all!
Posted By stampinghappy  |  September 07, 2012 at 05:51 PM

I have only made one or two cards during my scrapping journey but I am inspired to try again. I love the idea of sending letters and notes to people I love. My own personal goal will also include encouraging my 3 sons (17, 16 & 8) to send at least one note to someone. Thanks so much for the nudge to reconnect! Not quite sure how or where to use the #happymail though...can someone explain? Thanks
Posted By Pammther64  |  September 07, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I always enjoyed receiving little notes/cards from my grandmother! It is definitely time to rekindle this idea - send a card today!!
Posted By Karen Lee  |  September 06, 2012 at 02:10 PM

Stacy - You are such an inspiration to me! I have been a fan for many,many years and never tire of listening to you speak! (You did an amazing job this year btw as the keynote speaker at our CTMH Convention. You had me in tears and inspired me as always.) Just yesterday I typed up my EQ and have it posted where I can see it everyday. :) I just wanted to say, thank you for always sharing your heart and inspiring me and so many others. As a CTMH Consultant and Senior Director, I will be encouraging others to get on the Happy Mail bandwagon this year! Thanks again!
Posted By Cindy Denning  |  September 06, 2012 at 01:54 PM

This sounds great! I love getting letters and don't send enough out. I'm sure it will make someone's day (and may freak someone out...at first).
Posted By Mamabirdy  |  September 06, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Thanks for always sharing such wonderful ideas! I wrote a letter and mailed it right away, and it felt good, even if I don't finish anything else today! Thanks.
Posted By AninaSmiles  |  September 06, 2012 at 09:50 AM

Still loving, got one out yesterday again, and working on another one right this min. Just had to let you know.
Posted By Brand  |  September 06, 2012 at 08:22 AM

So excited for this!!!!
Posted By AnnaJamie  |  September 06, 2012 at 06:26 AM

Ever since I saw the Doodlebug tower on the back of a scrapbook magazine when those cards first came out--I was just like you! I have wanted to get my hands on those colorful cards and envelopes--the pops are too cute, too! I also have always been a promoter of snail mail and love this Happy Mail Campaign of yours! I will be participating throughout the year! Thank you so very much!
Posted By Karen Rice  |  September 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM

I love sending *and* getting mail, so this idea has me drooling! Can't wait to hear more!
Posted By Scrappyrat  |  September 05, 2012 at 02:05 PM

love this idea! oh, and Stacy-I am totally drooling over that Doodlebug tower you have-how awesome!!!! :)
Posted By rkokes  |  September 05, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I am known as the card lady....sending personal cards to all even parents of friends whom I have never met...knowing once I started to send cards weekly I must not stop....have been told how they look forward to recieving them! Makes me happy to make someone happy!
Posted By Tari E.  |  September 05, 2012 at 07:33 AM

What a great idea. I love recieving cards & letters. I don't think I have recieved a letter since the late 60's when my husband was in the service. It is a shame to lose such a great art. Thanks for bringing back this lost are. Am looking foward to the challanges.
Posted By CuriousCrafter  |  September 05, 2012 at 07:16 AM

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