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!