Monday, December 27, 2010

After Christmas

Kenn's parents came over a couple days before Christmas.
It was a good visit and I'm so grateful to them for their support.
They gave me the most beautiful picture of my Kenn at the very beginning of his military career.
He was so young.

Sometimes it feels impossible to go on, but I keep going because I know that God has a plan and as long as I know that God is in control, I know that everything will be okay.

I love you all,

Friday, December 17, 2010

Well...Still Getting There

We had to wait until Sunday to get back to Salem but that worked out just fine.
Met my boys at the house and got the rest of my things from the house.

My Kenn was a member of the local Faceters Guild and had a love for rocks so we had a whole outbuilding full of rocks. Even though I supported his desire to be a rockhound, I didn't share his passion for the hobby. So that left us with a bunch of rock to deal with. Fortunately my brother in law knew somebody who was interested in all those rocks. They met us on Sunday and it took them the better part of the day to go through all the rocks but they took them all.
As it turns out, they are members of the local Faceters Guild here in Eugene and they have a rock identifying program for the schools. I'm sure Kenn would be very happy to know that his rock is going to be helping so many kids.

While my aunt stayed at the house and cleaned out the garage, myself, my boys, and my other aunt went over to the storage place and cleaned out the big one. It wasn't as hard to go through as I thought it was going to be but I'm sure that's because of all the help I had. Kenn's mom called while we were cleaning it out and she encouraged me and made plans to come up this weekend to visit.

I just can't stress enough how important it is to let your family know how much you love them and to thank them for what they do.

If your family has helped you at all during your life, this would be a great time to let them know how much you appreciate them.

I feel that I would be lost without my family and I am so grateful that God has blessed me with such wonderful family members.

Hug one of your family members for me.

I love you all,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I am awed to be blessed with such wonderful family and great friends.
One of my friends recently sent me the link to a charity collab kit that some great designers have put together.
I have cried and shared and I feel so overwhelmed that designers would volunteer their time and talent to help me.
Thank you so much everyone.

If you want to see the great kit they've made, go to
Janet's Floral Fantasy Collab at So Sweet Scraps.

Thank you again and ay God Bless All of You.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Getting There

We've got all of the house stuff moved except for just a few things.
Saturday we're headed back to Salem to start clearing out the storage units.
Fortunately there are only 2 of them.

My kids are coming to help so hopefully we'll get the storage done in 1 trip.
When the storage is done, I'll be moved out of Salem.

Leaving the house this last time was really hard. I was sure I'd have another 20 years with Kenn and sometimes my brain has a really hard time accepting the fact that he's gone.
I'm glad for him that he doesn't have to live with anymore pain but I sure miss him.

Remember that we don't know how long we are destined to be on this earth.
So don't take anyone for granted.

Hug one of your loved ones for me and Happy Holidays.

I love you all,

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Kenn's brother George came up yesterday and we got the big stuff out of the garage. None of us realized how much there actually is in the garage so there is still another load of things to be packed and moved just out of the garage.

Fortunately on the road from Salem to Eugene, George was following us with his truck and trailer. So he noticed when our trailer tire popped and shredded right off the rim. Fortunately Melba safely got the truck stopped and she and the boys sat in the truck while George and I came on into Eugene to get a new tire and rim. We made it into Les Schwab 2 minutes before they closed.
Talk about everday miracles.
We were able to get a tire and rim that fit perfectly and safely got back to the truck to change the tire and by the time we got both trucks and trailers into Eugene it was dark, cold, and rainy. We unloaded our first load into the storage units in Eugene. We were wet, cold, and tired by the time we got unloaded but we were all safe.

I am so greatful for the love and support of my family and totally awed by the way God is taking care of us through this whole ordeal.

This next week will be spent boxing up the rest of the garage and hopefully we'll get to start on the storage units in Salem.

It looks like this move may not be complete until the first weekend in December. I certainly would like it to be done by next weekend but we just have too much stuff to go through and because of the weather I think we're getting sick again. So please keep us in your prayers.

Remember that God is always there for us watching and waiting to take care of us and he has everything under control.

Hug one of your friends or family members for me.

I love you all,

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Weekend Starts

Well, my son came over and helped us move some of the heavy things last weekend.
He's a teacher and the Wrestling coach at a local high school so he was tired when he got here but he put in the hours to help anyway.
I sure do love my family and feel very blessed to have them in my life.

Today is when Kenn's brother is coming up to help load the heavy tools and empty, or at least start on the storage units.

We've made so many trips with the truck and trailer that by the time the big move day comes, I'm thinking that it won't be such a big thing.

Just a couple more weeks and I think we'll have everything moved or at least packed and ready to move and I'll be glad when it's over because it gets harder and harder to come back into our house without my Kenn here.

Thanks so much for all the encouraging words and emotional support.

Remember that people are put into our lives for a reason so do not take them for granted because we can't even fathom God's master plan and we don't know how long or short a time we will have these people in our lives.

Hug one of your friends or family members for me.

I love you all,

Friday, November 5, 2010

Family is Important

I talked with my dad for 2 hours last night.
He lives in Florida and is having his own health problems and can't make it back here to Oregon to help but talking with him was more helpful for me than having his help with the packing.

The packing is actually the easy part. The hard part comes at night when there is nothing to distract my mind from running wild.

The house phone was shut off today so my computer and my cell phone are the only communication avenues I will have with anyone not helping us move until we actually get moved.

My Aunt, Cousin and her 8 year old son are taking me into their 5 bedroom home and I'm sure it will be a good thing because we all get along and care about each other so much.

My oldest son is coming over this weekend to help pack the rest of the house up. Then we'll only have the 2-car garage and the 2 storage units to go through.
My Kenn had lots of hobbies and he did things in a big way so we have way more stuff than we know what to do with but now that his brother is getting involved, the thought of this whole thing is not so overwhelming.

Remember that family members are gifts from God so hug one of yours for me.

I love you all,

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Update on me -- Exhausted

I didn't realize that you could become so exhausted that your body refuses to operate correctly.
We've worked so hard packing and moving - we've made 3 trips now - and I guess I hit a wall because I'm having a hard time walking and eating and thinking.

My brother-in-law came up today and volunteered to help which has taken quite a bit of pressure off. So since we're all so exhausted, we're going to try to relax for a couple days in the hopes that we don't have relapses and come down sick again.

My Kenn's family is so wonderful and I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to get to know them.
My in-laws are my favorite people right up there with my own family.

What meaning would life have if it weren't for family members.

Hug one of yours for me.

I love you all,

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Move Has Begun

We were supposed to start moving last week but so many of us have been so sick that we just couldn't.
The weird thing is how it has affected us all differently.
At first it just seemed like a cold. I knew it wasn't the flu because I got a flu shot a couple months ago.and then my Father-in-Law got a secondary lung infection, my Aunt thought she had pneumonia, and I was throwing up and had a wicked headache and have had that deep cough.
But we all finally seem to be doing better and yesterday we got the first load moved.
Some of the paperwork has started falling into place and since that was such a big strain on all of us, maybe that's part of why we're all starting to do better.

Anyway, Thank you so much for the thoughtful gifts, kind words, and positive thoughts and prayers.
Without friends and family my life wouldn't be half as rich as it is and I feel so blessed to have all of you in my life.

Hug a family member for me.
I love you all,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Update on me

I know I don't use this blog for personal info but I've been tagging, tut writing and scrap making for over 2 years now and have come to know many of you as family.
And I am proud to have you as my family and appreciate that so many of you have sent some much needed positive thought and prayers my way in my time of need.

My Kenn, whom I was with for 18 years, passed away on Oct 13th.
My heart broke when I lost him, but Kenn's family and my family have been here for me every step of the way.
I love them all so very much and Thank God for giving each one of them to me.

Hug a family member and tell them you love them because they are all gifts from God.

I am losing my house that we have lived in for 10 years but have wonderful family members who are taking me in because I have a hard time making small decisions right now let alone the big ones.

Where I am moving to is 100 miles away so this move will involve storage units and carrying many trips from here to my new home.

I appreciate the offer that I have received from several of you about helping out and since I am going to be able to keep my email address, you can use this address to send any donations to me thru Paypal.

Please don't feel obligated to send money but please do keep me and my son in your thoughts and prayers.

This is something I never thought I'd be going through and now that it is thrust upon me, I hardly have time to breathe between all the decisions having to be made so I really appreciate all the positive energy and prayers being sent my way.

Remember that our time on this earth is sometimes shorter than we expect so don't take things for granted and make sure your affairs are in order because only God knows when it will be our time to leave this earth.

I love you all,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Awareness tut - FTU

Here's a new tut on Child Abuse Awareness using a freebie kit and freebie tube.

The tut is called Why? and you can find it here:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Coming Soon Steampunk Blog Train

Heartbeatz Creationz is launching a Steampunk Blog train on Nov 1st.
Go to the store or stay tuned here to catch the train when it leaves.

I've got a pre train launch freebie for you.
Here is a template to use with all your great Steampunk goodies.

You can download it here:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Apples, Pears, & Country Fairs

New collab at The Creativity Box.
You can get this great collab with 99 papers and 324 elements for $8.oo or as a free gift with any $8.oo purchase.

New Products

Here are just a few of my newly added products and you can find them all on sale in my Store at Scrapping Your Memories

Sale at Scrapping Your Memories

Most of the store is on sale and I'm having a sale of 25% and it will be going the whole month of October.
I've got some new things planned to get into the store this month so head over to Scrapping Your Memories and pick up a Bargain.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Halloween Tutorial

Just finished a tut with a really great kit.
The kit is called Toxic Mess by Scraps By Roo
The tut is called Toxic Slush and can be found here:

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Another New tut using Rac Addict collab

This tutorial uses Designs by Karma's part of the Rac Addict collab.

The tut is called Beauty Me and can be found here:

Friday, October 1, 2010

One More tut using the Rac Addict Collab

This tut uses Chaney Jo's Creations part of the collab.
The tut is called Picture Perfecte and can be found here:

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another tut using the Rac Addict Collab

This tut uses Black Widow Creationz part of the collab.
The tut is called Ohh Frankie and can be found here:

Monday, September 27, 2010

New tutorial using Store Collab

This tutorial uses Darkmoon's Creations part of the Rac Addict collab at Underground Scraps.

The tut is called MacAdoo Fab and can be found HERE.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New tutorial for Underground Scraps Collab

Here's a tutorial using Crystal's Creations part of the Rac Addict collab at Underground Scraps.

The tut is called Rac Fire and can be found HERE.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Halloween Tut

My newest tut is a Halloween tut.
You can see a preview below and the tut is called Beyond Beware.
You can find the tut here:

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Lil Purple Kit Freebie

Well I've got one last freebie as Featured Designer at The Creativity Box.
The preview is below and you can find the kit here:
Lil Purple Kit Freebie

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New tut - Cooking With...

Here's a new tut I just finished made with a really cute kit.
The tut is called Cooking With... and you can find it here:

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New CT New Tut

I'm now on the Creative Team for Underground Scraps.
Check them out because they have some great designers.

Here's my first tut with Cazie's Designs kit.
You can find the tut here:

Featured Designer

I'm the Featured Designer at The Creativity Box for the month of August.
In celebration I'm having a 50% off sale ALL month long.
And check out my freebies at The Creativity Box.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

My Birthday Sale

I always have big intentions for giving you lots of freebies over an extended period of time for my birthday but...real life always swallows up my time and I end up with some last minute quickie offering to you.

Hopefully you will forgive me this year and I'll try to start planning earlier for next year.

My birthday is tomorrow and I'll be 46.
So as a celebration, I have put ALL of my products on sale for 46 cents.
Yes that's right...46 cents. No coupons needed. Just add products and save.

So get your bargains at my store, Eye Opening Designs at The Creativity Box here:

I've also got a new way to get free tubes.
Check out how you can get one or more free tubes here:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

New July Tags with Madhatter kit

I got 2 more tags done with this great kit.

You can find this kit called the Balmy Sea on sale during July here:

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Wintery Tutorial

Maybe subconsciously I'm tired of this heat so I've been working with a beautiful wintery kit.

I've finished a new tutorial and it's called Queenie.

This tut is created with a soft colored kit from Athena Designs and you can find the tut here:

July Tags with Madhatters Kit

Madhatter Scrapbooking is back and I've got 2 more tags with one of her great kits.

You can find this kit called The Balmy Sea here:

Monday, June 28, 2010

New Twilight Tutorial

I've just finished a new Twilight tutorial called My Love.
You can see a preview below and find the tut here:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Digital Devices in store

Now you can play with the digital iBad, iBad2, and iBad Phone.
Each one of these great CU products has multiple screens so you can customize them to your hearts content.

You can find all of these great products in my store at The Creativity Box.

Tags with Madhatters Kit

Here's 2 more tags I created with Madhatters Scrapbooking kit called Lazy Day.
You can find this kit here:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tag with Madhatters Scrapbooking kit

Here's my second tag for Madhatters Scrapbooking:

The kit I used is called Lazy Day and is on sale for the whole month of June and you can find it here:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

First tag for Madhatters CT

I'm so exited that I'm now on Madhatters CT.
I won't be writing tuts for her but creating tags and posting them here.

Here is my first tag made from her kit called Lazy Days.

For the month of June this kit is on sale and you can find the kit here:

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Resizing Service

Been having difficulty resizing those large and full size kits or do you just not have time to resize those kits you've got stashed away?

Your Worries Are Over.

I'll resize those kits for you and you won't have to deal with any of the hassles that come with resizing large file sizes.

You can find this service at The Creativity Box.

Personal use Paper Pack

I've got a new Personal Use Pack of 28 papers for just $1 (regular price).

These papers are a mix of 7 different textures.
Such a deal.
Pick up your paper pack at The Creativity Box.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New tuts using Crazy Carita Scraps

Here are my first two tuts using Crazy Carita Scraps. I'm excited to be on her CT.
Please take a look at the tuts and let me know if anything is confusing or out of place.

The first is Queen of the moment and can be found HERE

The second is Wonder Honey and can be found HERE

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

NSD Fantastic Sale

National Scrapbooking Day is May 1st and have I got a sale for you.

All of my products at The Creativity Box will be 50 cents EACH on that special day.

But Wait...There's More:

When you buy a full size kit, you will get a full size kit free.

Your free kit will not come with your order.

To get your free kit, you will need to mail your order receipt to me at and let me know which full size kit you want.
I will then email you a special download link for the kit of your choice.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Blog Award

Wow! I was given a Blog Award! How Fantastic is that.
Thank you Donna from Freedom To Bark for this great award.
(Sorry it took me so long to find it. I'm still learning the blogging ropes.)

Rules for this award are to put a link on your blog to the person who bestowed the award on you and then choose 5 blogs to give the award to.

So many of you have terrific blogs that it's hard to choose a finite amount of great blogs so I'll pick 5 from my favs list at random.

Twilight Freebie

My goal is to have a freebie for you with each new Twilight kit that I create.

Here's a wordart freebie to match the Charlie Swan kit that I just released.
You can get the original Charlie Swan kit at The Creativity Box.

You can get the freebie Here.
Link fixed 5-11-10

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New Twilight Kit

I got the Twilight bug like so many others.
I can't seem to read the books or watch the movies enough and then about a week ago, it hit me. Why not start a new kind of kit/series.

So I started The Twilight Story. It will be a series of kits that describe a part of the story so that put together they will all tell The Twilight Story.

My first kit in the series is Charlie Swan. In my store I have included a detailed description of what is in the kit. I made quite a few of these items myself and I'm pretty proud of this kit so I hope you enjoy it and I would love to see any creations made with it.

Here is the preview and the link to the kit is below the preview.

You can find the kit at The Creativity Box Here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday

Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday and you can get 25% offall of my recently marked down items.
Everything in my store will be 25% off.
Come see the savings at
Eye Opening Designs at The Creativity Box.

Monday, April 5, 2010

New Low Prices & Spring Sale

I've just reduced ALL prices in my store and with the current Spring Sale going on that makes loads of items under $1.
Check out my New Low Prices at my store in The Creativity Box.

All Wordart, Templates, Textures, Tagger and Full size kits...EVERYTHING is now at permanently reduced prices.
Come on over and check out the bargains while the Spring Sale is going on and save even more at The Creativity Box.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Double the fun - Free deal

I'm going to make you a special deal.
Because you visit my blog and are so great to me, I'm going to double your deal for the whole month of February.
I'm having a $1 sale on everything in my store at The Creativity Box,
but because you are reading this, I am going to give you a free item for every item you purchase from my store.

That's Right!!
You buy one of my items for $1 and I will give you a second item of your choice FREE!!
So if you buy 5 items, you will also get 5 items FREE!!
It's hard to beat a deal like that.

To get this special deal just buy your item or items from my store Eye Opening Designs at The Creativity Box during the month of February and email the receipt to me at along with your choice of free items and I will personally package up your special deal and send it directly to you.

Monday, January 25, 2010

$1 Everything Sale

Times are hard and we all need to save money so this sale is my way of giving back to you who have given so much to me.
Thank you for all the encouraging words and emotional support.

All of my products at The Creativity Box is on sale for $1.

All templates, textures, full and tagger size kits and more...EVERYTHING!!!
Come on over to Eye Opening Designs at The Creativity Box and take advantage of the savings.

Visit my store here: