Sunday, December 03, 2006

Wow, life takes over and the blog world slips away!!

I thing I have been the busiest that I have ever been in my whole life, and I am loving it!! Heres a few things I have been up to!

Are you Kitting me "Christmas Kit" from Magistical Memories, my friend Susan and I have been brain storming and came up with this fantastic kit. Its a collection of Scenic Route papers, and our exclusive chipboard Christmas Collection that has been brought together to create this Christmas banner that you can then turn into a book full of Memories from your day.

1 "C" Positive and Negative Letter
1 "H" Positive and Negative Letter
1 "R" Positive and Negative Letter
1 "I" Positive and Negative Letter
1 "S" Positive and Negative Letter
1 "T" Positive and Negative Letter
1 "M" Positive and Negative Letter
1 "A" Positive and Negative Letter
1 "S" Positive and Negative Letter
1 "Boxwood Tree" Positive and Negative Letter
1 Stocking
1 Candle Stick
7 Christmas Tree various sizes
5 Bows Various Sizes
1 North Pole
2 Wreaths Various sizes
2 X Small Music Notes
5 Pointed Maggie Flowers Various Sizes
6 Stars Various sizes and shapes
1 Circle
1 Rectangle
2 Signs

1 Scenic Route Rockland Perry Street Paper
1 Scenic Route Rockland Laurel Street Paper
1 Scenic Route Rockland Scrap Strip 3 Paper
1 Scenic Route Capetown Multi Stars Paper
1 Scenic Route Capetown Adderley Paper
1 Scenic Route Capetown Oswald Road Paper
1 Scenic Route Christmas Rub-ons
1 Yard Red Polka Dot Ribbon
1 Yard Green Polka Dot Ribbon
1 Yard Black Polka Dot Ribbon
1 Yard Green Ribbon
2 Yards Red Ribbon
1/2 Yard Red Sequins
6" Green Foil Netting
6" Gold Foil
Acrylic White Paint
Acrylic Red Paint
Acrylic Green Paint

Celebrating my Birthday, we went to Sebations in Toluca Lake, if you are in the are and have not been here, you need to go the food is fantastic and differernt. You get a choice of 4 different meats, chicken, shrimp, portabello mushroom & steak. Then you choose, a flkavoring that you want on your meat, I always get the buffalo steak, and then you can get it as a sandwhich, salad entree with fries or side salad or they have pizza collections. SO far I have had Buffalo salad, entree and pizza, I have yet to try the sandwhich, but I'm sure that is coming. LOL Also you need to try the gourmet french fries awesome awesome awesome, I love the Chedder and gravy fries, I know sounds gross, but they are fantastic. Check the place out becuae the atmosphere is the best around. They have a great patio with a fountain feature, and couches and chairs to make lounging with your friends almost like your at home, they have heaters to for those wonderful cool nights. Flat screen tv's for the sports enthusiast, so if your darling hubby wnats to watch the game bring him woth you. They have other nooks to sit in inside and the art work is just well you'll have to see!! We were able to use the room they have in back with 4 couches and a pool table and some taller tables it was a great place to come together with your friends. We enjoyed appetizers of, buffalo wings, chedder cheese fries, chili cheese fries, brick oven pizza's, fantastic room if you need a larger space to celebrate. Celebrateing my brithday with important people in my life has really been a great way to wrap up the year. Each and every person that was in the room has a very special place in my heart.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


I saw this on Colleens blog and I really loved it so I thought I would share it with you!!!

Why do we only have parties for each other when one of us gets married, pregnant, has a birthday, or retires? What would most of us do without our sisters, confidants, and shopping, lunching, scrapbooking, blogging, and traveling girlfriends? Let's celebrate each other for each other's sake!

Someone will always be prettier, smarter, have a bigger house, drive a better car, their children may do better in school, and their husbands may fix more things around the house.

So let it go, be happy and love yourself and your circumstances. Think about it. The prettiest woman in the world can have hell in her heart. And the most highly favored woman may be unable to have children. The richest woman you know, may have the car, the house, the clothes, but might be lonely or miserable.

So love you, love who you are. Look in the mirror in the morning and smile and say "I am too blessed to be stressed, and to anointed to be disappointed." "Winners make things happen, while Losers allow things to happen."

Be blessed and pass this on to encourage another woman.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Long Time No Post!!!

Wow time flies when your having fun, I have been working like mad and scrapping so much I love it, and helping the boys with school going through my messy house. Getting to know new people, having a great time on the new Magistical Memories Forum and Gallery, checking out all the beautiful work coming in and getting ready to pick 2 NEW design Team Members.

Well in all this craziness Michael made me take a day off, he took me to Disneyland for a WONDERFUL day, we got the boys off to school and headed out, when we first got there we went to the character breakfast, it was awesome, the food was great and the company even better. After Breakfast we rode Space Mountain, I LOVED IT, it has been redone and is one of my favorite rides.

From there we went to It's a Small World, on the way we went by the new Nemo exhibit construction site and I took Michael's picture in front of the School's In sign, we got a kick out of it because the boys were school and we had never been to Disney without kids. We went to Toon Town, had our photo taken with Mickey and rode Roger Rabbit, from there we took the train to New Orleans and went on the NEW PIRATES, very nicely done!!!! We also went on the Haunted Mansion, very beautifully decorated for Halloween.
From there we went to California Adventure and went on Soaring Over California, I love this ride. So we walked the park and a lot of things were shut down, Michael wanted to ride the Tower of Terror and I said I didn't want to ride it I HATE FALLING!! If wasn't going to go I told him he should so we go over there and get in line, I am only planning on going throughout the line with him, until we get to the elevator doors and there is a little and I mean little girl that is standing there excited to go on!!! Ok so how bad can it be I am thinking, I should have RAN, so I get on and let me just say, that was the worst experience that I have ever done, not only do you fall, the machine pulls you down faster than gravity and not only that it does it 4 times, I was so terrified, Michael had finger nail prints in his hands for days!!! The picture of me was classic and I would have bought it if the ladies arm in front of me wasn't blocking half my face, the picture was so great and showed terror on my face like I had NEVER seen before and I think they might have used it for commercials or some thing, ok back to the ride, so we stop and I am crying hysterical and hyper ventilating I can not move, I have NO LEGS!!! So we finally get off, because lets just say I was afraid it might go again, we are looking at our picture and the little kid is laughing she had a great time!!! NOT ME!!!! It took me over and hour to really recover!!!
We went back to Disneyland, I needed a kiddy ride after that, we had dinner at the Blue Bayou inside the Pirates ride, OMG the food was amazing, I had Filet Mignon with bearnaise sauce with potatoes and vegetables, Michael had the Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya, his was good, but he loved mine, and if you know knopw him he doesn't eat meant unless its processed first, the meat was so tender that you just savored it with your eyes closed for every bite. We bought the dice game from Pirates movie.

A game of high seas deception. The dice don't lie, but you might have to in this fast-paced game of trickery and deceit. Do you have what it takes to be a real pirate?

To stay alive in Pirates Dice, you must bluff - or be bluffed. To win in Pirates Dice, you must double cross your way to victory. Never trust a Pirate.

The dice cups featured in Pirates Dice are detailed replicas of the props used in the movie 'Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest', and feature the movie logo engraved on the bottom of each cup. Contents of Pirates Dice:
* 4 custom dice cups
* 20 custom dice with skull and cross bones
* Rules in English and Spanish

From there we went to Snow White, but it broke down, we then went to Thunder Mountain another favorite of mine, from there to Mr Toads Wild ride!!!!! We had a wonderful day, but the topper of the whole day was dancing to no music in the parking lot!!!

Thanks honey for a wonderful day Tower of Terror and all....

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Tag your it!!!!!

But you didn't get me!!! Remember when you were a kid and you played tage and you swore up and down you didn't get tagged, or if you have kids now, when they play they do the same thing and it drives you CRAZY!!!! Well I got tagged thanks Megan!!! Congrats on the Dare, winner!!

Song hmmmmm, not into know the names of the songs, I just like listening to the music!!! So I will try my best!!!

1) Caught me riding dirty
2) White n Nerdy Weird Al
3) Free Falling
4) I would walk 500 miles
5) Summer of 69
6) Rompet Daddy Yankee
7) Skin Rascal Flats

Oh so now to tag someone!!!! OK I'm of to get......?????????????? Cheryl, Joanne, Michael, Jill!!!!

Rules: list 7 matter what the genre, whether or not they have words, or are any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal/blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag a few others to see what they’re listening to.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


A few weeks ago Magistical Memories attended the Simply Southern Convention in Franklin Tennessee. All I can say is wow, what a beautiful State Tennessee is and very hospitable too. Every where you look it green, living on the West coast for the last 7 years, I was amazed by how much green grass there was and I just wanted to get out and roll around in it. We explored the rolling hills and the battle grounds, we saw beautiful farms, and large houses. We were in town over September 11, and the town had set out flags for all the soldiers from Tennessee, killed in Iraq, it just took my breath away as I stood in awe, they also had a flag for each state and under the state flag a list of soldiers from that sate who have passed away. You heart just breaks for these families. Kinda puts things into perspective. Here's a few photo's of our trip.

I was blown away by the hospitality of everyone I came in contact with. When your in the line at the grocery store everyone talked to each other. In the booth at the expo, everyone had a story to share, I am so glad I got to share in your stories.

Oh and the food, don't even get me started on the food, oops to late. I was in fried Heaven like never before. How's this for starters Corky's BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Fried Corn on the COB!!! Oh and for starters at this lunch we had fried pickles and onion loaf!! Yup fried!! Some of my other favorites, fried apples, corn bread, asparagus with cheese, chicken and dumplings, fried steak, green beans with almonds and bacon, and my favorite drink, oh YUMMY Raspberry Lemonade, oh and you can't forget sweet tea.

It was a pleasure to meet every single one of you.

Thursday, September 28, 2006


I saw this song on a layout and loved it, so I thought I would share. I think everyone has felt this way before, some more than others, so I challenge you to read this and think about how something you do to someone might make them feel and do the opposite and make them feel good instead. Everyone wants to change the world, and do you know you actually have the power to do so, just by what you might say or do to someone. Making others feel better aboout themselves causes a domino effect, when they feel good they pay it forward and make others feel good too.

Have a great day and make a difference today!!!

When I was 7
They said I was strange
I noticed that my eyes and hair weren't the same
I asked my parents if I was OK
They said you're more beautiful
And that's the way, they show that they wish
That they had your smile
So my confidence was up for a while
I got real comfortable with my own style
I knew that they were only jealous cos

People are all the same
And we only get judged by what we do
Personality reflects name
And if I'm ugly then
So are you
So are you

There was a time when I felt like I cared
That I was shorter than everyone there
People made me feel like life was unfair
And I did things that made me ashamed
Cos I didn't know my body would change
I grew taller than them in more ways
But there will always be the one who will say
Something bad to make them feel great

People are all the same
And we only get judged by what we do
Personality reflects name
And if I'm ugly then
So are you
So are you

People are all the same
And we only get judged by what we do
Personality reflects name
And if I'm ugly then
So are you
So are you

Everybody talks bad about somebody else
And never realises how it affects somebody else
And you bet it won't be forgotten
Envy is the only thing it could be

(Ahhhh Ahhhh Ahhhh Ahhhh)

Cos people are all the same
(The same, the same)
And we only get judged by what we do
(What we do, yeah, yeah)
Personality reflects name
And if I'm ugly then
(Yeah, you)
So are you
So are you

People are all the same
(Oh, oh, oh)
And we only get judged by what we do
(What we do, yeah)
Personality reflects name
And if I'm ugly then
(Yeah, so are you)
So are you
So are you

(Ahhhh Ahhhh Ahhhh Ahhhh Ahhhh Ahhhh Ahhhh Ahhhh)
so are you
(People are all the same)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Well I finally did it I gave my blog a make over!! I hope you like it!! Thanks to the Rhonna Farrer Digital Elements Kit at 2peas.

I have been busy busy busy!! Doing what, well let me tell you. Designing new packaging, new products, kids home for the summer, travel, planning more travel, getting ready to get the kiddies back to school, purging my house.

I can not wait to show you the new packaging for Magistical Memories products, I have to still get it all out of my head but I am liking it so far.

Products Products Products, just a few short weeks and you will see the new products that we have in store for you. Sorry had to tease a little.

Been having a blast with the kids, who am I kidding!!! Is it the first day of school yet? No really we have been swimming alot and playing Monoploy and Sorry. I found these games at Target with the new packaging and they are so awesome they are in the shape of a book, so you can display them and guess what because they are out we are using them. I want to get the whole collection. Oh and all the pieces are original, like the sorry game the pieces are wood!!

Travel, Well just got back from a show in Vegas, that was a blast hanging out with great friends and meeting new ones. Hanging by the pool. I couldn't believe that it was hotter here in California than it was in Vegas, don't get me wrong it was still very very HOT!!! The fountains at the Bellagio are so beautiful and worth every blister from my sandals when my feet swelled up. Oh and can't for get Elvis!!!

Well Thats it for now!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Croppin Fun at Susie B's

Susie I had such a great time, thank you so much!! Ian Thank you for lugging everyone's stuff in and out!! Your the Best. I look forward to the next one.

Silent Solitude!

Work Hard Play Harder!


Justin Handsome Summer

Adam Country Boy

Justin Music Lover

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten

My entry in Jodie's Circle Journal.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Magistical Memories Design Team

Sarah Heroman

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My name is Sarah, and I'm a scrapaholic. My addiction to
scrap booking began seven years ago when I was pregnant
with my first child. I love scrapping. I do it at every
opportunity. I have found that this creative process has
enriched my life, my sense of the moment, my awareness of
simple wonders. I have no desire to kick the habit! :) I am
married to Bill, am the mother of two children - Bo and
Emma, and I work part-time as a home health nurse. I am
so grateful for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful

Cheryl Mezzetti

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Hello my name is Cheryl i'm the mother of four boys and I
call Weymouth, Massachusetts home.I thoroughly enjoy
spending time with my her family and creating altered art
projects. I have designs published in PaperART/
CorrespondenceART, Today's Creative Home Art, Paper
Trends, Scrapbook Trends, Memory Makers and Paper
Creations magazines. My work has also appeared in
Creative Imaginations 25 Days of Christmas and Glamour
Shots, Basic Grey Designer Gallery,and Bare Books Online
Gallery. I am a contributing editor for PaperART
magazine, and design team member for Creative
Imaginations, Marah Johnson and PaperHouse Productions
as well as one of the guest teachers this September for
Simply Southern Scrapbook Convention in Nashville TN. I am excited to be working with Magistical Memories

Kim Moreno

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My name is Kim Moreno and I am a stay at home mom to
five wonderful children, including a set of boy/girl twins. I
have been married for 12 years to my Air Force husband and
we are currently stationed in Tucson, Arizona. I have been
scrapbooking for around 7 years now. I love that this hobby
allows me to be creative and express myself and capture
memories for my children to enjoy as they grow. I have been
published in Creating Keepsakes, Paperkuts, Scrapbook
Trends, and upcoming in Cards, Cantata, and Memory Makers
Books. I am SO excited to get started and to be apart of this
awesome team!!! .

Janelle Richmond

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My name is Janelle and I live in Georgia with my wonderful
husband, Christopher. We have 3 fabulous kids-Meghan-6,
Matthew-2 and Brenden-1 . I have been scrapping about 6
years now, and I have finally found my groove! I love to ink
anything and everything! and have a huge fondess for white
space. I like to call my style layered, but simple.
I thoroughly enjoy scrapbooking, being the family historian,
and preserving all our memories for many generations to
come. I have had the honor to have been published in
Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, Paper Art and
Scrapbooking Keepsakes. I love trying new things, products,
and techniques. I hope to inspire my fellow scrappers! I am
thrilled to be a part of Magistical Memories.

Jill Geraghty - Groves

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My name is Jill Geraghty-Groves and I am a SAHM of 3 boys
Zane (12), Levi and Jonah (both almost 4). My twin boys
have just started kindy in March so I am a free woman (for 5
hours) for three whole days a week! One of these I have
devoted to keeping the house sparkling and the homefires
burning...the other two, I have now devoted to scrapping!
My scrapbooking has taken up pride of place in our formal
loungeroom and so is contantly getting worked on. I scrap
every day.

I have only been scrapbooking for 7 months but am
completely addicted. I have had 8 layouts accepted for
publication in Scrapbook Creations and Scrapbooking
Memories - the first is due out next month (very exciting for

I absolutely love the freedom that scrapbooking provides me
a way to express my experience of life and how I see those
who are in my life. Before scrapbooking I have always
dabbled in something "arty farty" be it painting, drawing,
sewing, etc., etc. I have always loved photography and now
I have something to do with all those photos!

My very favorite scrapping obsessions at the moment is
chipboard, ribbons and sewing, both machine and hand

I guess being self taught, adds new dimension to the many
products already available. I try not to restrict myself to the
way products should be used. I tend to like to shape things
how I want them, not limit their use to exactly what they
look like when I buy them.

I am sooooo exciting to be working with such a wonderful DT
and can't wait to get my hands on some of these amazing US
products! I hope I can bring a little piece of Australia to the

Susan Rodriguez

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Hi, I�m Susan.

I live in the San Fernando Valley; I am one of the original
valley girls � like for sure! :-) I am a programmer by day
and scrapbooker by night. I have two boys, three if you count
my boyfriend of 9 years. I started scrapbooking in 1996. My
son�s 1st grade teacher invited me to a CM party. I was
hooked from that point on.

I love life.
I love being me.
I love my nickname (bucket :-) )
I love reeses peanut butter cups.
I love raspberry ice tea.

I am so thrilled Crystle asked me to be on her design team. I
can�t wait to share my life with you.

Crystle Torvinen

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My name is Crystle and I am co-owner of Magistical Memories. I was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to California in 1999. I really miss the leaves changing in the fall, but I just love it here. (Mostly because I don�t have to shovel snow.) I am a devoted wife to Michael, we�ve been married for 14 wonderful years. We have two children, Justin and Adam. I have been truly blessed with a happy, healthy & loving family. I love driving my convertible to the beach, as a family we enjoy hiking, although we don�t do it as often as we would like. My true passion and my creative outlet is scrapbooking. I like that I am leaving a legacy behind for my family.

Stephanie Guerrero
July Featured Guest Designer

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Hi! My name is Stephanie Guerrero and I live in Atwater,
California. I am a 34 year old mom of three. My oldest son
Jake is 6 1/2 and my twins Zack & Nikki will be 5 in August.
I have been married to my husband James for 8 years. I
have been scrapping for about 6 years and up until a few
months ago I was more of a "collector" than a scrapper. I
am just finishing up my new scrap studio and I can't wait to
start creating in it. I only started submitting in January and I
am in the current issue of Paper Trends and will be in the
September issue of Cards. Being asked to be Magistical
Memories Featured Designer for July is so exciting and I am
so honored to have been chosen. I can't wait to start

Sara Dickey
August Featured Guest Designer

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I'm Sara Dickey, a Southern girl, born and raised
in Virginia, who uses the word y'all a lot, even
though I was an elementary school teacher for 9 years
and know better. I'm currently the Household Manager
for my husband of almost 8 years, my 4 yr old son and
my 18 month old daughter. I started scrapbooking about
3 years ago to record my son's first year, but really
became hooked after attending a CK convention this
past August. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of
scrapbooking. I like to call my scrapbook style "clean
lined, with junk". I love embellishments,(especially
cute chipboard shapes) but need the grounding of clean
lines. I mainly scrapbook my family & friend's
everyday moments and funny stories. I think the small
everyday routines are what make us who we are, and are
so important to document. I scrap all sizes, depending
on my photos and the embellishments I am using. I have
been fortunate to have my work published in Simple
Scrapbooks, Scrapbook Trends, Paper Trends, &
Correspondence Art. I'm addicted to coffee, popcorn
and sweet tea- my scrapbook fuel. I'm so excited to be
the Featured Designer for August!

Shannon Bastian
September Featured Guest Designer

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Hi! My name is Shannon. I have been married to my best
friend, Keith, for almost 9 years now. I am also a sahm to
our 7 year old son, Jarrett. I started scrapbooking shortly
after he was born and was instantly hooked. I have been
lucky enough to be published several times. Other than
scrapbooking I enjoy reading, shopping for purses,
photography, and shopping for purses. Oh and did I mention
I like shopping for purses? I'm almost as addicted to purses
as I am scrapbooking! And I am so excited to be the
Featured Designer for September!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Wow the amazing work that came in for the DT call!!

Looking thru all the Design Team entries was awesome, having to choose was hard!! We can't wait to share with you who we have chosen. Check back on June 20th to see the FIVE new faces of the Magistical Memories Design Team.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Found this Photo Slide Program

And I am checking it out here!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A Circle Journal of ideas........

Check out my Circle journal that I am doing with my yahoo group. Our books shipped today, here is mine!!! My theme is all about Magistical Memories, I added a package of product to each persons page. They will be creating a page about children using Magitical Memories Products. I can't wait to get my journal back. See the paisley on the rules page, sneak peak of new products to come.... Check the site often to see what we have come up with. I think you will like our new creations coming in a few weeks.

Don't forget about our Design Team call, we would love to see your creations. Magistical Memories Design Team Call

We are looking for a creative team, that can help us showcase our chipboard products.

Deadline for submission of entries is at midnight June 15, 2006


*Two recent layouts (single or double)
*LINKS to any online galleries or blog galleries

Email your entries (jpeg files only up to max of 100K for each file) to with your full name, mailing address, email address and if applicable blog address and details of any other manufacturer or store DT’s you may be on.

Your work may include Magistical Memories Product but this is not a requirement for submission. Work submitted must be recent and can be previously published or displayed on blogs or online galleries.

DT members will be expected to: Create a minimum of 2 layouts/projects per month to be featured in the Magistical Memories DT gallery. Each Month you will receive Magistical Memories products as well as paper and embellishments. Promote Magistical Memories by posting the above layouts and projects on other online galleries and blogs and by submitting work for publication.

Successful applicants will be selected by the current DT, scrapbooking friends and myself and announced by June 20, 2006.