Friday, April 29, 2011

Little Boy Little Horse

I was in a mood to work on a layout and took advantage of it and spent Tuesday evening in my scrapbook room.  As messy as my scrapbook room is, I embraced the flow of creativity, overlooked the mess, pushed a lot of things aside and went to work!  I love when you can combine a few challenges within one layout!  There is the Polka Dot and Stripes Challenge at Frosted Designs.  The Polka Dot Challenge at The Paper Variety and several sketch challenges over at Sweet Peach Crop Shop.
I love the combination of papers from Lily Bee's Catching Fall collection and Crate Paper's Toy Box collection!
Sweet Peach Crop Shop is celebrating their one year anniversary this month and have 4 sketches this month by Liz Chidester, rather then their usual one.  I chose the 3rd Anniversary Sketch:
I kept this layout pretty simple, only using two buttons for embellishments and let the papers be the highlight of the layout along with the adorable picture of my son on his first Christmas.  I edited the picture in the Lo-Fi photo editing program to give it an aged look, after I changed it to sepia in Photo Shop.   
Here are a few closeups of my layout:

Life is still pretty hectic for me.  My daughter is doing well and I am thankful for that.  My mother's health has been rapidly deteriorating and my sister and I will be very busy next week taking her to various specialists.  It saddens me deeply to see her rapid memory loss and I fear that one day she may not know who her family is.   She has not been diagnosed yet, but I already fear the word Alzheimer. I lost a grandfather to this dreaded disease and pray that it does not take my mother. As I sit here and type I hold back the tears and pray to God to guide me and keep me strong.
Hope you all have a great weekend.  I'm trying to play catch up on visiting all of you, but only manage to get a few comments done every few days.  Bear with me, as I will be by to see your beautiful creations!  


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Oh Debbie!! I am happy that your daughter is doing better...but I am terribly sorry about your Mom {{{hugs}}} I absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeeee your lo! I loveeeeeee that photo, the little boy image and loving the stitching! Just GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

li-bee-ti said...

Dear Debbie, my thoughts are with you and your family. I'm happy to read that your daughter is getting better. And I'm so sorry to read about your mom's condition. All the beat for you and your family.
Your lo is so adorable! I love the pleating and the stitching. great take on the sketch!

Jocelyn said...

So glad to hear that your daughter is doing better!!!!! I am there with you.....My Dad is going through the same thing and I feel frozen in fear!!!! We have tons of specialist to see and I just cannot imagine losing bits and pieces of him!!!!

Love the LO.....Just Perfect!!

I will hold you close in my heart and continue to send prayers!!

Kelly Massman said...

OMGoodness! This is TOO cute!! I feel like this should be in a magazine! Have you submitted it to Scrapbook Trends? or somewhere? anywhere? !!!! I just did this sketch, too! Continued best wishes with regard to your family!!!!

all the days of our life said...

Debbie, this is GORGEOUS!!! WOW!!! I love all the layering, each pp is more gorgeous than the other, love the embellishments, great photo.

artfuldelight said...

Fabulous LO Debbie, I always love all the details you add. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. Glad to hear your daughter is doing well.

Cindy Gay said...

Lovely layers--lots of work here!

Angela said...

Oh Debbie, I so feel your pain! my mother is, I think (we haven't had a diagnosis yet) is going through the same thing! I a so far away and feel a little helpless atm! On a positive, your LO is simply stunning and I just adore everything about it!!!

Theresa said...

OMG...i LOVE this layout! sure hope you don't mind me lifting it. thanks for playing along with the polka dot challenge at The Paper Variety.

sending prayers and good thoughts your family's way!

Andrea Amu said...

Ohh dear, Debbie! So very sorry to hear about your mother! I shall keep you both close in thought and prayer! That can't be easy.

Happy to see that you found some time to partake in the enjoyment of scrapping... therapy for the soul, as I often call it! Your take on the sketch is fabulous and I love what you did here with the combination of LBee and Crate!

Take it easy, my friend!

Nanne said...

Im so happy to hear about your daughter and but absolutely heart broken to hear about your mom.. I'm so sorry to hear of all your recent heart ache!! Hang in there my dear friend..
I'm so happy to see you've been creating again and what a wonderful layout with such detail you been able to put together.. I absolutely love this!! One day I will be knocking on your door for some lessons..LOL
luv ya

Unknown said...

My thoughts are with you at this hard time, throwing yourself into the world of creations can sometimes help.

Gorgeous LO that you have done, I love photoshop as well, but I am still very new to this program.

I look forward to you next creations that you do


Unknown said...

I just wanted to pop over and tell you how much I love this layout!!!

Unknown said...

I went back through your older posts and just wanted to tell you that I am thinking of you right now! Having one family member ill is hard, but two is a lot! If there is anything I can do, let me know. If you need someone to comment for you or create for you at Frosted Designs, just let me know!


Pat said...

Debbie you & your family are in my thoughts.
The Lo is gorgeous!