Saturday, March 29, 2008

Do Not Weep

I wish I had had the foresight to ask Mom the questions I always had in the back of my mind...
As I make these pages about her, I realize how much time I wasted and how different my priorities are than hers. If only I had known that her end would be coming so soon, I would have made the time and set aside any stones impeding our way. Too late now. The only thing left to do is for me to remember her in a positive way. Maybe give a bit of insight about her life to my siblings. Maybe my artistry (yes, this is the first time in my life that I consider my pages art!) will help them down the road. My wish is that when they look at this book they can remember the good times they had with her and maybe learn something that they didn't know already.
Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am in a thousand winds that blow, I am the softly falling snow. I am the gentle showers of rain, I am the fields of ripening grain. I am in the morning hush, I am in the graceful rush Of beautiful birds in circling flight, I am the starshine of the night. I am in the flowers that bloom, I am in a quiet room. I am in the birds that sing, I am in each lovely thing. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I do not die. - Mary E. Frye- 1932

--Poem by Mary E. Frye, 1932
--Font: Penstyle
--Robin - stock exchange photo 524281.
--Nest - stock exchange photo 76874
--Orange Butterfly - Butterflies #1 by O.N. Designs
--Bg. ppr. in soft light mode, Raffia Flowers, vine, bugs, tiny butterflies and pink (carnation) flowers from Verde Kit by Sausan Designs
--Branches with luscious green leaves and baby's breath from Spring Fling, The Elements by Birgit Kerr.
--Bright green leaves along the left bottom side from Painted Doodles No. 2 by ON Designs
--Pink crepe flower from Kit No. 14 by ON Designs brushes from Obsidian Dawn
--Base bg. ppr. from Afternoon Serenade (March grabbag) by Meredith Fenwick
--Yellow bug from Birdy elements by Sausan Designs
--Alpha - ON Designs Alpha No. 2
--Pink flower and remember label from Lingering Joys, the elements, by Birgit Kerr long flower from Garden Variety by Doris Castle (unavailable)
Stream photo blended in the backgroun is from Amy Pearson's A Walk in the Woods stock photos set.
Barn/Farm blended in the background is from Stephanie O'Neill's Farms and Barns

Friday, March 28, 2008

Mom's Favorite Season

Another page for the memorial book...

Mom’s favorite season was Autumn. She enjoyed the cooler weather and the changing of color of the leaves. She especially like the fiery red and orange leaves. She used to tell me that when she was younger, and still living in Puerto Rico, someone had traveled to the U.S. and brought back a postcard with scenery such as this one. She couldn’t believe that it was real; she thought it was a painting. She never imagined that later in her life she would actually get the chance to see it in person.

Eclectica Collection: Earth Tones pprs. by Michelle Godin
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Twigs/berries from Verde elements by Sausan Designs
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Leaves from Prairie Gal elements by Lorie Davison
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ketch plate 11 by Anita Stergiou
Really Messy Alpha by Birgit Kerr.
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That's a Wrap II - Beaded - by Birgit Kerr.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008


If you would like to see the page up close, click on the layout to enlarge it.
Remember how I showed you that Bunnies and Brownies kit by Lorie Davison yesterday? I had to take a break from my memorial pages and so something whimsical and fun. I love her, I love her illustrations, I love her style...I love her.

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering. Stephen Wright. 5-4-2007
(This quote is so very true for her...she has a super vivid imagination. Who knows, she might be an illustrator or children's book writer.)

The Bouncing Bunnies and Brownies kit collection by Lorie Davison

Really Messy Alpha by Birgit Kerr/SBG

Vintage Lomo Action on photo from EZ Does It Combo by Traci Sims
White butterfly from Border Collection by Flergs.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My Top Picks at SBG today

Lorie Davison is fabulous...her style is so whimsical and fresh, totally a welcomed change as far as innovative page designs are concerned.
Sausan Designs (Sylvie) is another designer rocking my world now. Her kit titled Verde is fantastic, too. You have too see the raffia flowers, the butterflies, frogs and have to...enough said.

Meredith Fenwick's Blog Playday

You know, you can tell that this is MY son. He is grumpy, just like me! :) I remember being 15 years old and having this very same attitude. The pursed/pouty lips, the eyebrows...

One day I was listening to Jack's Music show on Nick Jr. and heard the "Grumpy" song. I learned the lyrics and sang it to Liam every morning when I woke him up. He grew to like the song and now dances to it. It defeats the purpose, doesn't it? :)

Grumpy - rightGrumpy lyrics by David WeinstoneFont: Times New RomanGlass Alpha and bg. pprs. from Random Grabbag by Meredith Fenwick border under musical credit by Mindy TerasawaCarboard edge by Mary.Journaling Highlighters by Jackie Eckles.Doodled border by Mikkel Paige Originals.
Grumpy - left You are the grumpiest little boy I have ever seen. You hate getting up in the morning, and just like me, you can’t stand the chatter of others so early in the morning. If I see that you are grmpy, I sing you the “Grumpy” song. At first you didn’t like me to sign the song to you, but as it turns out, you’ve grown to like the song and even sing it along with me. 9-6-2007

Font: Times New Roman and Stamp ActBlack Circle stamps by V.VVEclectic Needs Variety: Combo Pack by Jessica Bolton"G" alpha from Reel Inspiration by Michelle Godin I used a blank, which I also recolored.String frame from Front Porch Elements by Birgit Kerr pprs. from March Random grab bag by Meredith Fenwick border from DoodleMeBig by Mikkel Paige Originals "Love Ya" from Girly Notes by Lauren Grier 2335

Monday, March 24, 2008

Doris Castle's Blog Playday

--Light brushes from Obsidian Dawn
--Wooden frame, crumpled paper and bg. pprs from Classic Trios by Doris Castle.
--Hanging-doilie by Terry Maruca
--Leaves, label frame, wordholder1 and twirl leaf from Prairie Gal by Lorie Davison
--Green flower with pearls (flower16) from Water Spirit from Lorie Davison
----Flower from Sweet Summer's End by Birgit Kerr
--Staples from Maya's Personal Stash - Staples by Maya
--Boxes from Box It Up by Maya
--White tie wrap from Spring Fling by Birgit Kerr
--Metal tag from Birdy elements by Sausan Designs
--Photo of light shining through the woods from Walk in the Woods_6 by Amy Pearson.
--Gold wire wrap from Thats a Wrap by Birgit Kerr
--Stacked framed from Dreamery set by Dana Frantz
--Little-Krafty Alpha Tags by Traci Sims
--Wood ornament from Kit No. 14 by ON Designs
--Raffia flowers (white)and twigframe from Verde kit by Sausan Designs
--Willow catkin from Kit #14 by ON Designs
--Flowers from Garden Variety Pressed Flowers by Doris Castle
--Butterfly from Butterfly set by ON Designs
--Dreamery fairy dust overlay3 and tiny pink flowers by Dana Frantz
(Frame 1 - Doris Castle, Frame 2 - Lori Davison, Frame 3 - ON Designs, Frame 4 - ON Designs, Frame 5 - ON Designs, Frame 6 - Dreamery - Dana Frantz)
--Fonts: Times New Roman and Virginie
--Vintage Lomo action from EZ Does It Combo 1 by Traci Sims