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January 26, 2009


Linh C.

Great layouts, Mandy. Hope to see you at the store soon. You need to bring the children in for us to meet. :)

lisa tanner

oh i'm so glad you've found some mojo!! love the layouts!! it'll come to you and YES you are going to make it after all. now throw your hat up in the air!!


i like your new banner.... very cute!!!
your first layout is very sweet...

clover is very serious... about squishy balls and sharing.....anything...

and cowboy is so cute i could just squeeze him

Slade | Shift Your Spirits

When I first read this post, it was in my email delivery and the pics were temporarily "stripped out"... I was immediately drawn to the picture title "I have come to understand" and when I clicked on it and studied I was really blown away.

It's absolutely multi-media poetry, Mandy. The pacing of the images and the text, all of it speaks volumes about a complexity of "happy" and "sad."

It is no "stretch" by any means to convince me that scrapbooking is a powerful form of therapy.

And in your hands it's an art form.

(I am digging the current header graphic with the triple/ staggered/ overlapping photo, btw...)



awesome post- love the new banner & the layouts are wonderful- creating is such good therapy and i hope the ideas will keep coming!


you sure haven't lost any of your skill during the hiatus, your layouts are beautiful!!


Wow...this post was really touching! I love all of the pages...you're very talented...I especially loved the first page about your mom. I can't imagine what you're going through. I can't even allow myself to think about life without my mother...know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

You ARE going to make it after all. Keep creating those pages...they are beautiful!


Girl, Scrap ETC would not be the same without you, and your monthly kits can wait ON YOU to feel like being creative! We know you will come around soon enough!

These layouts, fantastic! You make me love that Heidi Swapp heart paper all over again!

Hang in there, sista! We love you!


Mandy, what a bittersweet layout about your Mom. It's absolutely beautiful - every last jot and tittle of it.

I'm so glad to hear that you have been having bright spots and pray that they will continue and that you'll remember them when life doesn't look so bright.

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