Scrumptious Scrapbook Retreats

Archive for November 2009

Bonnie Smith won a Joy Forever Gift Certificate by entering her name in the drawing box while visiting A Joy Forever Scrapbook Store.
Congratulations Bonnie. Happy shopping!


Scrapping with a therapeutic purpose!!

 Dynamic use of scrapbooking combined with professional therapy presented by Mimi Cogswell, Licensed Professional Counselor and Dee Pancio of Scrumptious Scrapbook Retreats.  They are offering  “Toxic Holidays: Craft Your Own Survival Plan”, a one day retreat for women, who would answer yes to the following questions:

      Do you Suffer from Toxic Holidays?

 Does this season trigger unpleasant memories of holidays gone wrong?

Does the thought of the holidays give you a feeling of dread?

 If so, they invite you to join them for a day of Out with the Old and in with the New.

Learn coping strategies to get through this Christmas better than ever from Mimi Cogswell, LPC a licensed and experienced therapist with a special flair for helping people survive this sometimes challenging season.

Learn how to craft your own survival plan and create your dream Christmas, by combining group therapy to help review the old, clean it out, then visualize, plan and ask for your dream Christmas; with scrapbooking to record the process and the goal.

 Do you need to be an experienced scrapbooker?  Absolutely not!

We will provide all of the materials and teach you how to create a beautiful mini album recording your vision of your dream Christmas.

So when and where is this wonderful event?

 Saturday, December 5, 2009           1410 S Township Road

9:00 Am to 4:00 PM                          Canby, OR 97013

 How much does it cost?

$45 which includes a hearty lunch and beverages, and everything you need to make a beautiful mini album that you will treasure.

 Beginning scrapbook tool kits and additional scrapbook supplies, will be available for purchase for those of you who decide that you enjoy the therapeutic value of recording your thoughts, events and dreams in an artistic way.

 Mimi Cogswell, MS, LPC has been in private practice in Oregon City for 7 years and is currently seeing clients at her office located at 500 Abernathy Road, Suite 6, Oregon City. She provides therapy for individuals, adolescents, couples and families. For more info visit her web site:

 You can register one of two ways:


call Dee at 503-307-1262.

We have received many requests for this receipe that has been popular at the retreats. Enjoy!

Jean’s Black Bean & Corn Salsa

1 can Black Beans – rinsed & well drained

1 can Corn – drained

1/3 cup chopped Red Bell Pepper

1/3 cup chopped Orange Bell Pepper

1/3 cup chopped Red Onion

1/3 cup chopped Cilantro

Dash Garlic Powder

Dash Cayenne Pepper

Mix items above together in a bowl.


2 tablespoons Lemon Juice or Tarragon Vinegar

2 tablespoons Water

1 tablespoon Sugar

¼ teaspoon Salt

Mix dressing together and pour over vegetable mixture.

Serve with your favorite corn chip.

Lisa Bosser won a $10 Gift Certificate to Whimzee’s Scrapbook Studio by entering her name in the Scrumptious Scrapbook Retreat Drawing Box at Whimzee’s Scrapbook Studio. Congratulations Lisa!

We enjoyed scrumptious food. Here are some of the treats:

Shauna Rustad was working hard on her 60th Birthday Layouts. She really had a wonderful family celebration. See some of her completed pages on the gallery page.

Adrienne Mattioli won a $10 gift certificate to A Joy Forever by entering her name in the drawing box that Scrumptious Scrapbook Retreats has placed at A Joy Forever Scrapbook Store in Portland and Gresham. 

How does it work and how can you have an opportunity to win?

On Mondays I remove all of the names that have been entered in the box for the  week and draw the winning name. So you can enter each week if you want to!

We also have a drawing box at Whimzee’s Scrapbook Studio in Beaverton, which we draw from once a month.  

So look for the Scrumptious Scrapbook Retreats drawing boxes at A Joy Forever Scrapbook Store and Whimzee’s Scrapbook Studio and enter your name to win!

Sherri Starker of Lyle, WA won a $15 gift certificate to Jaciva’s Bakery in Portland, OR.  She brought her niece to A Joy Forever to shop and entered the drawing. Congratulations, Sherri, it pays to be a wonderful aunt!


  • scrumptious scrapbook retreats: Hi Joy! If you click on This Month's Retreat at the top of the home page, you can see the list of prices. There are half day options, full day options
  • Joy Rutherford: Hello Dee...this is Joy R, Shelley G's sister. We are are planning on attending the March 2012 retreat-woo hoo! I have a friend from up here on the
  • Wendy Henderson: The event was so much fun! Next time I will stay longer than a day for sure or at least until the wee hours LOL! Everyone was so friendly and welco