28 Jan 2015


Hello again,
Two posts for today.
For the first one, I am combining the ScrapAfrica challenge (one little word) with CSI Case CC-4.
Here is what I worked on yesterday.
Scheme : Check
Evidence : stripes, silver metal, numbers (stamp), hearts, glitter, texture paste
Testimony : I used the IW overcome and celebrate
My journaling is tucked behind the cluster, on the blue pull-out piece on the right:
My word for this year is Everyday.  It’s going to be QUITE a journey each day trying to pick up the broken pieces of my heart and my life.  I feel in my heart that all will come right eventually.
On most days, I am so overcome by emotion that I battle to take deep breaths.  I go from being utterly shattered, to optimistic, to lonely, to devastation.  In minutes - my emotions run amok.
I am trying very, very hard to celebrate your life.  Your wonderful, awesome life.  I have had a party to celebrate your birthday recently - all our friends were here with me and it was wonderful being surrounded and cocooned by their love.  Mostly, it was wonderful because my strongest connection to you is when I am with them.
This journey is going to be rough, rocky and for the most part, completely unpredictable.  I don’t know where I am and what I’m going to do - or SUPPOSED to do - next.
I can’t plan ahead, because I don’t know where my next set of emotions will take me.  I have never felt so utterly fragile and useless in my entire life.
I know that I have a strength inside me that has yet to present itself in its proper form.  I know that it is fighting to get out - but I am blocking it, albeit inadvertently.  I don’t know how to unleash it.  I think it’s because I don’t really want to accept that you are gone.
Every day I thank God for Isabella.  Were it not for her, I don’t know where I’d be now .... Perhaps in an institution with drool hanging from my mouth.
Even though you are not here in your physical form, I know in my heart that I will eventually feel your constant presence as I start a new life, a new journey without you.
I miss you.  I love you.  Forever.
And now for some close-ups.

I used my glitz glitter bottles to doodle - you can't see it much in these photographs, but it has added such gorgeous sparkle to the piece.

Little wooden hearts, which I coloured with fineliner khoki pens.

I had to add the little Bluebird - because Isabella is our Bluebird!  The gauze piece is actually a leftover bit I cut off a tiny tapestry that Isabella received for Christmas (us scrappers, we keep EVERYTHING!!)

Chippie title which I just inked using a pearlised wheat colour.

Hope.  Another word which will ring true in my life going forward.

Here you can see the numbers in the stamp I used.  As well as more "doodles" with my glitz glitter.

The chippie frame was inked with silver and then I also used some more silver glitz on it.

Thanks for popping by.


  1. This is gorgeous, Lisa-Marie. I love the colour combo and doodling. Thank you for sharing with us at Scrap Africa.
    You are in my thoughts constantly and I pray that you will find the strength you need to live the new life you need to start building now. You are a strong, independent woman and you are surrounded by love from those near you as well as people you have never met. Sending you love and hugs. xxx

  2. Another beautiful and completely heart wrenching layout. Love the design and the background is gorgeous but of course it is your words that makes it. <3

  3. Beautiful, heartbreaking...but I am sure that with each of these pieces of art you are becoming whole again xx

  4. Another gorgeous page!! Your words are so powerful!!

  5. A stunning heart-felt page! Thank you for sharing a part of your journey with us at Scrap Africa :)

  6. A stunning and beautiful page Lisa-Marie! Such a special photo of the 2 girls too! I can't even begin to imagine your loss and your journalling is just so honest and amazing. Every step every day...will be a step closer to healing and destinations unknown....
    My prayers and thoughts are with you both...so that everyday may be a new gift!! xx Thanks so much for sharing with us at Scrap Africa! ;-)

  7. Beautiful photo, Lisa-Marie!
    Sweet work!

  8. Gorgeous page!!
    Love the background!mis stunning!!!
    Thanks for playing with us at Scrap Africa!!

  9. Wow, oh wow! Look at all of those layers - gorgeous!! Stunning layout! Thanks for sharing and playing along with us at Scrap Africa!