Friday, August 29, 2008

CCL OR BUST!!!!!!!!!!!!! CCL4LIFE

YEP, its that time already. Registration for CCL opens on Tuesday, Sept 2nd.

Gustav GO AWAY!!! I'm desperately praying that he won’t affect any of US!!!!!!

CCL Registration is ONLINE and ready to go. Registration opens on Tuesday, Sept 2nd. We are requesting that registration this year be brought IN PERSON OR ONLINE only (no faxes).

Of course, our first choice is to see you in the store on Tuesday to register. However, if you are out of town, check out our online registration.

We want to get all the bugs out of online registration before Tuesday so if you are interested in testing out (we're testing 4 people today), you get to register today-email me .

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Need some good recipes?

Doesn't everyone love a good recipe? I know I do. Check out the
By Love, Elsie
"Includes 100 recipe cards for layouts (cooking times included), 80 designer tips, 5 featured designers, organizer index tabs, and 1 cool recipe box (makes storage a snap). Use one card at a time in your workspace, or take the entire box with you for endless inspiration! Including inspiration from art, home decor, books, fashion, movies, and music." We have one opened on the counter for browsing.
BLOG SPECIAL- ELSIE RECIPE BOX - 30% off through Sept 6th with this coupon.

Another great new place for inspiration is the Ali Edwards "Share the Story" (I'm a BIG, BIG fan of Ali Edwards--I just want to be able to journal like her). Anyway, i couldn't find a graphic for this brand new book-i don't know are we the only ones in the country that have this book already (ha ha). If you've ever read Ali's blog or journaling on layouts of Simon in CK, you've got to be a fan, she is so inspiring. Come check out this awesome new book.

Have you checked our Cricut Rental Library yet?

Wish me luck, trying to complete my 6 in 60 layouts today-have you signed up for this awesome class that I have the pleasure of sharing with my 2 BFFs??? I don't know, we sure think its a barrel of fun to share 6 double page layouts in 2 hours, how about you? My 2 layouts are titled "One More Day" and "With U". Allison's titles are "U R 2 . . ." and "FUNSHINE", Jill's layouts are "Take a Look at 2007", "Us Right Now". I think there are 1 or 2 spots left in our Saturday, Sept 27th class and 2 spots left in the Tuesday, Sept 30th. Hope to see you there!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

MINI ALBUM - Vacation Class-Registration closes Wednesday

Hey Scrappers,
Have you checked out Nikki's precious Vacation Mini Album Class (its the peek a boo Tinkering Ink with chipboard & acrylic album)!!!! Registration closes tomorrow so we can place orders for the albums to be used in class; Register today & be entered for a SPECIAL drawing on class day!!!!!!! This album is so cute and Nikki's done all of the hard work for you, so don't miss out!!!!!

BLOG SPECIAL for the week: CRICUT FABULOUS FINDS CARTRIDGE 50% off while supplies last.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Memory Mania is now RENTING cricut cartridges-how awesome is that-thought it would be awesome now that everyone is learning how to use the CDS to mix & match fonts!!!!!! The cricut cartridges rent for $5.99 for 3 days. Check out our Cricut Library!!!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Time for a Pep Talk!

Good Afternoon Ladies,
The family and I are settling down in the Carolinas. The trip to our new home took us three days with the three children, the dog, and my husband's parents. The sale of our house and buying our new house went quickly- almost too quick! We have been here for a couple of weeks and the last room to unpack is the scrapbook/ girl's playroom. Here is a photo I took just a few minutes ago. I am TRYING to plan carefully and take my time unpacking, but I am just itching to start some new projects. 
I received some happy mail earlier this week when my new MMU shirt arrived from Tammy and the gang- I couldn't remember the last time I missed a pep rally, and I thought about all of my MMU students and the "Freshman" who are starting this semester. My advice for all of you is to just HAVE FUN!  Over the past few weeks, I have learned that the best thing I can do for myself and my family is to not let life stress me out. So attend class, meet some friends for a crop, do a little retail therapy, and enjoy the process. I promise that when you take the time to have fun scrapbooking, life just gets better for both you and the ones you love.
Becky and I will be teaching at CCL in January, so I'll update the blog periodically with progress on both the unpacking and the new class.  I think you still have to wait a couple of weeks to sign up for CCL, but I can assure you it will be a *magical* experience.
Have a GREAT Semester!

Friday, August 22, 2008


Don't miss out on this awesome Memory Mania BOGO Sale TODAY. IT STARTS EARLY TODAY!!!!! FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY & don't forget we now close at 3pm on Saturdays.

We have several categories for the BOGO, so you don't have to buy 2 of the same item, but 2 items in the same category, like Buy one idea book/ get one idea book/magazine of equal or lesser value FREE!!!!!! Other categories include:

Rub ons/stickers
Paper Packs
Heidi Swapp Embellishment Rack
AND there's more out there!!! Come by and check it out!

Say a Mamma's prayer for me today, I'm moving Dane into his 1st home today. So I'll be nesting his new home. You know when they move away for college, its one thing, but when they buy their OWN home, it seems so final. I don't know about you, but i sure didn't know what my mom was going through the day I moved out!! :(

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Good Morning Scrappers,

Can you believe how fast 2008 is going. Its almost time to start planning my calendars for the new year. WOW-I don't know where this year has gone. For years I have given the grandparents & sometimes friends a Calendar of Memories. In fact, I started making sure i take at least 1 photo of each person at their birthday or at least one random picture of each person to highlight this calendar. Here is a peek the one i created last year & the one featured in my Calendar of Memories Class, Saturday, November 15 10am-noon; Class is $20** and there is an additional supply fee for this class since it includes 12 12x12 layouts and an awesome Heidi Swapp Calendar. I've used so many of the calendars on the market & I promise, this is the BEST one by far. Its my favorite because your layout fits into protectors for each month, but when the month is passed you can slide the layout into your album. What a great gift idea for grandparents (I gave this calendar to my mother-in-law last Christmas, and everyone is enjoying the new layout each month. I spotlighted a person or persons for each month if their birthday or a special event falls during a specific month. For instance, Mr. Jim's birthday is in August so it includes pictures of his birthday last year or random pictures to celebrate him. September is not a birthday month for anyone in the family so i highlight first day of school pictures from previous years of the grandkids. Its fun remembering the memories each month. Of course, its hard not to keep for yourself, so you might want to recreate one for yourself too.

I hope you can join me for a morning of fun.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What a "COOL" way to share layouts!!!

The fridge is a "cool" place to show off your latest few layouts! Everyone stops by that spot in the kitchen to check them, visitors, the cleaning ladies, even the bug exterminator guy!! I just purchased some 1/4 inch Super Strong Magnets (that's really the brand name!) and put them on the corners of each page of each layout. When I complete new layouts, I put them on the fridge and the ones that come down go into albums. Pretty "cool," huh???!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008


Sending out a BIG welcome to our new scrappers for July!!!!!!!!! At Memory Mania, you're not just a guest, we welcome you with wide arms to our Memory Mania family, so join in girls & give a post to welcome the newest scrapping buddies.

Evelyn Adams
Dana Alfred
Tonya Anding
Nicole Anthony
Kami Babin
Shannon Bennett
Rachel Blanchard
Jennifer Board
Annie Boudreaux
Kari Branch
Dena Breaux
Kandi Brewster
Casey Bryan
Katie Buckley
Jackie Cambre
Ada Castellano
Patty Clavette
Ginger Cloud
Teri Cober
Madalyn Cochran
Liz Cook
Megan Deslatte
Leah Douglas
Ellen Ducote
Candy Dugas
Julia Dupont
Jennifer Dyer
Brittany Espinoza
Nicole Fabre
Vanessa Ferderking
Brandy Foret
Charlie Foster
Cheryl Foster
Wanda Gawarecki
Candice Glynn
Jaime Guidry
Lillian Guitreau
Terri Hagginbotham
Emily Harr
Rogena Hartley
Janell Harvy
Lenea Hebert
Stephanie Huye
Melanie Hyatt
Eggie Johnston
Amber Kaiser
Lynn Keller
Chrystal Kidder
Mary Kunka
Courtney Lanaux
Debbie Laprairie
Brittney LeBlance
Angie Little
Sara Melancon
Carrle Mendoza
Danielle Mock
Betsy Mullett
Laura Mutz
Kristin Normand
Cara Pagendarm
Lisa Pedone
Ami Peyton-Kleiner
Lindsey Pitalo
Kathryn Poche
Nicole Raynal
Ashley Riche
Cherie Rickard
Renee Roderik
Kim Rome
Lois Rote
Jennifer Russell
Paula Scarton
Christy Schmidt
Erin Schweinefus
Toni Seal
Sara Short
Brenda Short
Julia Sigur
Lorretta Smith
Carol Smith
Sherri Smith
Toni Sparks
Lisa Spillers
Robin Stirman
Christi Villar
Meredith Waguespack
Ava Williams
Joyce Wlech

Thanks so much to our buddies that referred their friends: Mary Claire Lambert, Kelsie Watson, Charlotte Savoy, Jacquelyn Odom, Kristy Martin, Phyllis Lastrapes!!

AND THE WINNER of the referral drawing is JACQUELYN ODOM!!!!! Jacquelyn, claim your prize at MM today. Thanks so much to all of you for sharing the news with your friends.

Friday, August 15, 2008

GIVE ME AN M, GIVE ME AN M, GIVE ME A U, What does it spell?

MMU!!!!! MMU!!!!! MMU!!!!! WOW, what a great bunch of students we welcome to the Class of 2008!!!!!! MMU Class of 2008 has 31 students and has lots of spirit and have almost filled every class this semester (there are a few spots open, call for details).

There are 2 new sororities - Phi Mu Scrappers & Scrap Pak. Cindy Savoy won the Scrapbook Bingo & received a free registration for the Birthday Tracker Class taught by Nikki Rispone in October. Many others won prizes as we perused layouts in LETS MAKE A DEAL!!!!! The group then created their own luggage tags to identify their scrap bags on class nights. Check out the NEW MMU logo, created by Rachel Harris. Many said this is their favorite shirt so far!!!!

Several ladies made a real SWEET deal on the Design Studio and we showed off the new Alcohol Ink Case which is a great tote for your stickles-since we know we are all addicted to stickles-where do you put yours?

Anyway, we had a great time REMEMBERING the MANIAC times we've had LEARNING in MMU over the last 16 semesters. We missed everyone that was unable to be here with us. Seems that last night was a popular Open House night at the schools. If you weren't able to make the pep rally, stop in soon to pick up your bag, nametag & crop certificates!!!!!!!

Jody, your MMU gang says hello & we sure hope you're settling in comfortably & hope to hear from you soon <3

Happy Scrappin' & don't forget to come in SOON & check out the Tim Holtz Case to hold your stickles.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

MMU Pep Rally TONIGHT!!!!!!!! Don't miss all of the FUN!!!

Another wonderful creation by Noelle Landry from the Memory Mania Masters Kit. I love the way Noelle trimmed the Remember paper to use it as part of her title "Remember Painting Pumpkins". Noell also used the Maya Road template as a masked to incorporated the "painting" aspect into her layout!!! Great job Noelle-its awesome that you captured this awesome memory from your girls' childhood, you will never believe how fast it goes!!!

Give me an "M", Give me an "M", GIve me a "U", what does it spell??? MMU!!!! Yeah MMU!!!! Come share the fun of the MMU Pep Rally tonight and check out the COOL new tshirts, designed by Rachel Harris-GO RACHEL!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Terrific Tuesday

Good morning & I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!!!!!!!! Tuesday's inspiration comes from Memory Mania Master, Jansen Hebert. Jansen highlights her little boy's first haircut. I know i've said it already but i just LOVE those letters-i love the versatility of style & colors with everyone's layout. Great job with the roller doodle & catchy title placement. KUDOS Jansen-thanks for sharing little Ellison's grow up years. WOW, this layout realy brings back memories!!!!!

ECOUPON for this week Aug 12-17- Buy 1 Cosmo Cricket Blackboard product & get one of equal or lesser value FREE!!!!!!!!!!!! REminder: You must print this ecoupon & bring with you for this private sale.

RED LETTER DATE: September 1st - CCL Registration Opens!!!

Happy Scrappin'

Monday, August 11, 2008

Merry Monday to All

Good morning !!! I hope all of you are having a wonderful August so far, i know how crazy August can be, but today its VERY quiet here, what about you??? I LOVE the summer and am SOOOO sad to see it end, I love having the boys around the house during the day. But its also a relief too to get back on schedule and get a little order in the house too when August rolls around. Since my office is at home, its been very nice to see some sweet (even when they are not so sweet) faces and voices around all summer. Gets kinda lonely plucking on this computer all day when I REALLY want to be perusing the aisles at Memory Mania for the hottest scrapbook products and the SWEETEST ladies in the world. Sorry, when I wrote Good Morning, i didn't plan to go here, but since I did. I miss seeing alot of you in the store everyday, but in order to keep all the fun things happening at Memory Mania, I'm busy on the computer, organizing & planning for the NEXT big MM event. So if you visit the store & I'm not there, drop me an email as I'm surely plucking away on the computer at my home office. I always welcome any ideas & suggestions for the NEXT fun thing at Memory Mania-so email me for some feedback. THE NEXT FUN THING AT MM is the MMU Pep Rally this week-OK ALL MMU students, don't miss this fun night meeting your teachers and discussing the awesome upcoming classes and of course, we always have something fun up our sleeve!!!!

Sorry for the digress, now to the reason for the post this morning. Check out Nikki's AWESOME Vacation mini album !!!! Sign UP today to join the fun, Class is Saturday, Sept 6th 10am-noon. LSU plays Troy that night at 7, so there is plenty time to whip up this precious little album AND make the game that night. What a perfect way to start the day - FUN class at Memory Mania then on to LSU Stadium for a late lunch & tailgating. SIGN UP SOON-we will be ordering the albums needed for class and need a headcount. REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS CLOSES AUG 25th to allow enough delivery time for albums. KUDOS to Nikki-she always surpasses my ideas for these project classes!!!! AND what a fun teacher-I was part of the Recipe Album class which was awesome-can't wait to see how much fun this class is!!!!!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Hannah Montana & High School Musical

WOW-Just in time!! I can't wait to scrap these recent photos of Justin starring in his first play "High School Musical". Memory Mania just got in the coolest new High School Musical Stamps & Stickers (paper coming late August) AND for all you Hannah Montana fans-new stamps that you will LOVE!!!!!!!! Oh and IF you haven't seen High School Musical yet at the Ascension Community Theatre, come check it out, these kids did great!!!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

THREADING WATER Punches are restocked

WOW-this has been a SUPER popular item that the manufacturer ran out of because it was so well received. Memory Mania now has a fresh stock of the threading water punches (previous blog layout sample from Danielle Gaudet);

If you are scheduled for Vacation Album in a Day this week, we have been getting ready all week (well the last 2 actually)-its going to be awesome!!!!!

Have you picked up your MASTERS KIT YET???? Another awesome layout using the Masters Kit Club (if you haven't joined yet-call the store today-its an incredible deal each month AND has ideas to go with it-like your personal shopper) QT Pie created by Sandi Gautreau--KUDOS Sandi, I love how YOU used the Maya Road Template as a border (just love all of the different ideas the design team used with these products); The creative use of the washer in the flower & the roller doodle border!!!!! Of course CARMEN makes the layout-great photos!!!!!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Merry Monday to All

Good morning Scrappers,

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We DID!!! We spent a relaxing weekend in New Orleans and it was just what the doctor ordered, yeah now I'm ready to plan full speed ahead for CCL January!!!!! Here's your Monday Morning Inspiration-have you picked up your masters kit yet?

Today's layout is created by Jansen Hebert of our Masters Team. Don't you just LOVE these letters in the masters kit-they just pop on everyone's layout. The COOL thing that Jansen did was used the Maya Road template as a mask (check out Friday layout for a different use-Heather cut & actually used the template). ALso check out the Glitz Roller Doodle-Jansen did an awesome job lining up the dots-the team said to be very careful using the Roller Doodle-it can't take too much pressure or the handle will break off-so use gently for this cool effect. Awesome Job Jansen-the photos are awesome & priceless memories (you won't believe how fast these days go by)!!!!
Happy Scrappin'

Friday, August 01, 2008

Have you gotten your Masters Kit Yet???

WOW-Check out this cool layout "EPCOT" created by our newest Memory Master, Heather BANKER (sorry there was a misprint in the newsletter that said Babin-our apologies Heather). This photo does not do this layout justice, you really need to see it in person!!!! I love the design that Heather cut from this Maya Road Flourish Template-it is perfect to compliment her pictures at EPCOT, and the beauty is that she painted the letters & the stencil with paint dabbers (citrus, pool, and engine red) for an awesome effect. The inking around the letters add more dimension. She used a thin layer of paint so some of the black would show through. Its also hard to see but she used a white pen to doole around the circles & the swirls to help them pop off the page. Great job Heather-and as usual your photos are incredible!!!!!!! For more of Heather's work, she is featured in our Memory Mania Masterpieces Idea Book.