Sunday, August 26, 2012

If Only - Carta Bella + OUAS

I have a layout to share today using the new Carta Bella Paris Girl collection that I created for a special girl. Ashley lost her Mom to lung cancer in the Spring of 2011. Her mother was a very dear friend of mine. This photo was from their last family portrait sitting, taken just weeks after Denise was diagnosed. Denise was thinking even then of leaving behind momentoes for her 3 children. I wanted this to be very special, so I looked to OUAS for an awesome sketch to use. I love Nadia's sketches and it has been a while since I have participated in her challenge blog. Too busy enjoying my kids home from college this summer, and with my DT work. The theme for the current challenge is "Seasons". Here is that sketch...
The Carta Bella Paris Girl collection had me thinking Springtime in Paris. Not that Ashley or Denise had ever been to Paris, but because I think it would have been their dream vacation. They are what I call "Girly" girls. They love to shop, love chocolates and other sweets, love bling and sparkles. Anyway, here is my layout.
 Did I succeed in making this girly? Here are some close-ups ...
I love how this dress form turned out. I finished it with white crackle paint, inked the edges slightly, then created a dress from sequin trim and rose ribbon. 
I placed a hidden journal tag at the top of the photo...
When Denise was buried, her husband tucked a chocolate croissant inside the coffin just before they closed the lid. I don't think I have ever cried so much in my life as at that moment. I hope Ashley will make it to Paris some day, and if she does, that she will think of her mother.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  1. Such a beautiful layout, Marcia! So sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend :(

  2. beautiful beautiful clusteing of flowers, thanks for playing along at OUAS!

  3. What a loving, heartfelt & tender page. Not only did you make a wonderful tribute for your friend but you created a beautiful memento for her daughter. It's definitely 'girly' and very well designed. I also thought the journaling was beautiful. Thank you for sharing this lovely page with us at OUAS!

  4. Marcia, this is absolutely beautiful! Denise would have loved this!!! I talked to Denise about scrapping very early on when I was just beginning. She was so helpful and friendly. We were pregnant at the same time.

    Hugs to you for celebrating their beautiful mother and daughter moment this way!

  5. Absolutely awesome layout with wonderful details! I looove chocolate too! Sorry to hear about the loss of your best friend. Thank you so much for playing along with us at OUAS!

  6. Am chiming in with Kay, this definitely is girly and oh so pretty. A wonderful page and tribute to your friend. Got the sniffles myself reading about the chocolate croissant, such beautiful loving journalling! Thank you so so much for sharing your beautiful layout with us at OUAS!

  7. Oh wow such a gorgeous lo and my oh my sorry to hear about your friend! Got tears in my eyes by reading it have a wonderful day hugs Amy :)

  8. Beautiful page and colors! Thank you for playing along with us for the challenge at OUAS!


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