As I mentioned in a previous post, Close To My Heart has a heritage scrapbooking contest happening for Consultants this month. I completed a layout of my father and have finally completed the complementary layout of my mother which will go beside the layout of my father.
This was a very difficult layout for me - as any of you who follow my blog know, my mother passed away last November. The loss is still very fresh and difficult for me. I miss her terribly and find myself reaching for the phone so often to call her and see how she is doing. The pieces for this layout sat on my desk for almost 3 weeks before I finally managed to put the layout together...
There is a little part of this that you cannot see... in the upper left corner, the twine that is holding the banner together is created from 3 single pieces of twine. That twine is braided - because when I was growing up, I had very long hair and my mom would braid it for me to keep it out of my eyes.
I also chose to journal on the back of the layout as I wanted to write a long letter to my mom, recalling some of our many conversations from her last 18 months as her health significantly declined and she was hospitalized and then moved to a seniors' home. Perhaps someday, if my family album is ever disassembled, someone will find the journaling on the reverse...
if not, that's ok, too.
Products used are all Close To My Heart
Paper: Sugar Rush Paper Pack, Rustic Home Fundamentals, Uptown Fundamentals, Sea Glass Cardstock, Juniper Cardstock, Pixie Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock
Inks: Desert Sand, Sea Glass, Juniper
Accessories: Artbooking Cartridge, Artistry Cartridge, Flower Market Cartridge, Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape, Rustic Home Ribbon Pack