Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This Is How I Will Remember You

Its time for another reveal at Sketchabilities. Just look at Karan's next amazing sketch....
This is my take on it...
This is a layout of my best friend Denise who lost her battle with lung cancer a year ago at the age of 41.  She died of lung cancer and NEVER smoked! As much as I miss her, I know her husband and kids must miss her more. She was an incredible giving person, donating her time to girl scouts, advocating for autism (her son is autistic), and was always there when a friend was in need. She is the reason why I scrapbook. After dragging me to a scrapbook crop night over 10 years ago, I became hooked. This photo was taken on one of our many girl scout adventures at a local amusement park. I have a hidden journaling card that reads,
"The morning that you died, I woke up to this song on my alarm clock radio, I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone and instead of those words I was thinking, I Can Breathe Clearly Now the Pain is Gone. I still cannot hear that song without crying. So this is how I will remember you, before cancer ravaged your body and made you lose your beautiful hair. Even a year after you are gone I still yearn to be with you. I miss you so much"
I used the Webster's Pages Sunday Picnic collection and added a Prima flower and Prima pearl swirls. The tiny roses in the swirls were grey and I used a Copic marker to add the bright pink color. I love the butterflies I made with trailing strands of floss.
The carousel horses were stamped with a rubber stamp from Inkadinkado, colored with Copic markers, and then cut out and mounted with foam tape. I used ribbon as the poles for the horses. Torn music note paper was glimmer misted and applied to the background. I wanted to make it seem as if the horses were moving and the music was playing. The horses had glimmer mist applied as well, but that doesn't show up in the photo very well.
Many tears were shed in the making of this layout and I am sure on the anniversary of her death there will be many more. I wanted to celebrate her life and remember the happier times we shared. 

I am excited to say that I will be back on the Sketchabilities design team for another term with this fabulous new team
Emila Stammler- NETHERLANDS
Fern Riley - USA
Linda Eggleton-AUSTRAILIA-returning
Lisa Tottle-CANADA
Marcia Dehn-Nix-USA-returning
Nina Stenzel-GERMANY-returning
Sanna Lippert-AUSTRIA
Yana Smakula- UKRAINE
I hope I have inspired you to play along with us at Sketchabilities. I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think.

Linking up with Burlap and Buttercups - layout not about your kids or grandkids.


  1. Huge congrats on another term at Sketchabilities! So looking forward to working with you again :)

  2. Congrats on your extended team! What a super cute layout. Thanks for your sweet comment on my altered energy drink can :)

  3. Cograts!! Your LO is so touching and stunning as well..Sorry to hear about your BF, I'm sure you have good memories to remember her by.

    Thanks for stopping by our blog and leaving me a sweet comment.

    Take care,

  4. What a beautiful and moving layout ~ a wonderful tribute to your friend. Thanks for playing along with us at Burlap & Buttercups. :)

  5. Looking forward to working with you as a newbie on the team!

  6. Your layout and its journaling brought a lump in my throat. It is a beautiful page to remember your friend by. Thank you for participating in our challenge at Burlap & Buttercups!

  7. Hi,Marcia 
    Nice to meet you.
    I looking forward to working with you.

  8. it's a pity she would never see it... wonderful and bright page, as your memories of her.
    congrats on being for second term!

  9. Such a bright fun take on the sketch...gorgeous work!
    I too am looking forward to working with you for another term :)


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