Monday, October 14, 2013
So here we are in October already. And the second week no less. I need to get up into the garage storage space and pull out all the Halloween goodies, the kids like the house decorated :)
Anyway, this month over at OUAS the prompt was Journey. Please click on their name to go to their site :) My lay out is very special and dear to me. It's about my sis-in-law Angela who lost her brave battle with cancer this past May. This gal fought cancer for 31 years on and off. In 82 she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's, in the mid nineties she battled breast cancer. In 2012, even though she had had a double mastectomy a lump was found in her lymph node under her arm. Turns out is was also in her lungs. This girl fought and was declared clean in June of 12 only to have it back 5 months later at Christmas. Sadly it was now in her brain as well as her lungs. We always knew this monster was going to get her, she did too. Angela was a nurse at City of Hope Cancer Hospital for 23 years, as a survivor she wanted to be where she was always watched so she never was unrealistic about her mortality. Just like everyone always does, we thought we had a few more years with her. I miss her, my children miss her, we all miss her. My 3 older daughters were with her just a couple of hours before she passed and they were devastated. She was so happy they were there and no sooner did they get home that the call came and we were all shocked. Now comes the rough patch, holiday time. We are always all together, she does Thanksgiving, cleaning up won't be the same, none of it. We laugh and joke as we clean. We're all so close, birthdays together, dinners out. Life hurts sometimes. When I was 16 she came in the labor room with me and held this scared 16 year old's hand while I was in labor with my oldest. We laughed and talked about silly things and it's something I will never forget. A brave beautiful woman who loved her husband and two boys very much. Luckily she got to see them both get into UCLA, and one graduate and get an excellent job. It's those who are left behind that are sad, she is free now.
In honor of breast cancer awareness I did a mostly pink lay out. First the sketch -
The journaling is right next to the title, Raise Your Glass to a life well lived. It's been five months since you left us and it isn't easy. You fought with courage and dignity and now you're on your final journey.
Products used -
Prima Lyric Recital
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray Alpine Ice Rose
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray Cotton Candy Pink
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray My Mojito Green
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray Frolic In The Forrest Black
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray Va VA Va Voom Violet
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder Stardust Candy Rose
Silks Acrylic Glaze Sunflower
Distress Ink Black Soot
Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Blue Fern Chipboard Gabrielle Butterfly set
Martha Stewart Border Punch doily lace
Rubbernecker Stamp, Stop Watches
Wilton Doilies, small
I also used some pink micro beads on the butterflies as well as pink beads in the pin that I stuck in the lace. The lace was white and I sprayed it pink. I stamped the watch image on the left side next to the lace and the flower. I don't think I can do a layout without flowers or butterflies! I cut the flowers on my cricut and sprayed, glazed, then used a brown marker to vein them. Cut and misted the leaves as well. The title was cut with my cricut, I welded the phrase and then cut on chipboard. I'm happy with it, pink was one of her favorite colors.
Till next time, have a great week :)