28 Jan 2015

Happy Days

Hi,

Yes, it's been a long while since I have posted.  For those of you that don't know - the reason for my absence is because my husband was taken from us very suddenly on the 25th of November last year.

It has been - and still is! - an incredibly rocky road, filled with ups then downs then down-erers.

In saying this, I should "warn" you that most of my LO's going forward will be a testament to or a memory created with Travers.  I want to put a whole bunch of LO's and pages together for Isabella to cherish one day.  I am utterly fearful of the fact that she may one day forget him ... what he looks like ... what we did together ... what she meant to him.

I am more grateful than ever for my craft; now I get to document his life and it is also a form of therapy for me.

So, onto my first challenge in 2 months or something like that...

I have combined the latest sketch from Let's Scrap (where I am on the DT) with the colour challenge over at CSI (the case was closed on 22 Jan).

Here is the sketch:

And here is the CSI challenge:
 
 
Here is what I did:
 
 
 
I must admit - putting this together was a rather painful process; these photographs were taken the Saturday before he died.  They are the last photographs I have of him .....
 
Scheme : Check
Evidence : polka dots, ribbon, scallops, paint
Testimony : I used a prompt from paper wishes
 
My journaling is behind the larger of the two images - the one of Travers and Isabella and it reads as follows:
 
22 November 2014
This was our last little family outing before your daddy died on 25 November 2014.  It was your Playball Sporty Day and it was absolutely perfect.
Mommy couldn’t take part in the activities with you, because I’d just had a minor procedure in hospital.
Your daddy did everything with you while I wielded my camera (as usual).
You made us both incredibly proud and it was so special for us to see how you had developed so many ball, co-ordination and sporty skills over the course of the year that you have been attending Playball.
Afterwards, we sat down in the shade and you enjoyed a well-deserved ice-cream - it was HOT!
You and daddy were playing a little game where you were sitting down and he’d pretend to push you over.  You kept on asking him to “do it again, daddy, do it again”.  The chuckles that ensued were absolutely priceless.
My wish is that in creating this layout - and the ones still to come - is that you remember your daddy as a 100% hands on, fun, silly, “naughty” daddy.
That he is and was always there for you - for us.
Gosh, he was so proud of you on this day!  We underestimated you - I was stunned to see you hit a ball with a cricket bat!  You took it all in your stride as if to say “yes, and??”. A real little show-off!
I’m sorry that your daddy won’t be around in his physical form for you in the future, Isabella.  But I am here.  And I will continue to do what I know he would have wanted.
You make us very, very proud, little one.  I will endeavour to keep this remarkable man’s legacy and memory alive - I am absolutely petrified that at your young age, you will start to forget him. 
Thank goodness for scrapbooks!
 
And here are some additional close up photo's of my LO.
 
 
I have really started enjoying adding stitching to my LO's - yes, it's ALOT of work, but the end result is always so lovely and it somehow just makes this LO look a little more polished.
 
 
The title was painted and while the paint was still wet, I threw on some embossing powder and embossed.
 
 
Just love the stitching!!
 
 
 
I also used my water colour pencils to give some definition to the scallops on the paper - it had an ombre effect which I wanted to highlight.  I used my embossing tool to 'round' the edges to give the page a little more depth and texture.
 
Thanks for stopping by!

5 comments:

  1. Oh Lisa, I have been with you whenever I can be on this painful journey. Your courage overwhelms me but I know you have to go on for your dear little girl. I love this layout. I love the color combination that you used, I love the stitching and I love the photographs. My husband was diagnosed with a very enlarged, very weak heart several years ago, I know that medication is keeping him alive. You have reminded us all to treasure our loved ones while they are here because they can slip away and be gone in an instant. I carry you in my heart always,

    Hugs,
    Chriss

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  2. Oh Lisa, I have been with you whenever I can be on this painful journey. Your courage overwhelms me but I know you have to go on for your dear little girl. I love this layout. I love the color combination that you used, I love the stitching and I love the photographs. My husband was diagnosed with a very enlarged, very weak heart several years ago, I know that medication is keeping him alive. You have reminded us all to treasure our loved ones while they are here because they can slip away and be gone in an instant. I carry you in my heart always,

    Hugs,
    Chriss

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  3. Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss!!! What a beautiful page! I know your daughter will cherish all these memories you are putting together for her!!! I just LOVE the colors and the details!!! Looking forward to seeing all the other memories you create. You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

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  4. I am so sorry for your loss. This is such a special page. I lost my dad at a very early age and have no memory of him, but my mum has kept his memory alive by telling us all about him. I still love hearing about him even though I may have heard the stories many times before ;) . I know you will do the same for Isabella. And she is lucky to have all your scrapbooks with all the heartfelt journalling to help her know her daddy.
    Hugs to you both

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  5. A beautiful page Lisa-Marie and so great that you have this craft that you can put your love and emotions into and also create memories and reminders for Blue Bird! xx

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