Saturday, June 19, 2010

Project 12 May

The deadline for May's Project 12 was approaching; though I'm not really doing this for a prize, I like a deadline, so I worked diligently to meet it. Here's the sketch for this month:

Not many photos on it, which was fine for me, because there was only one event that stuck out for me this past month: the death of my mother-in-law. I have been scrapping her a bit lately, so I wanted the page to be about her. However, I wasn't there for her passing. Derick didn't make it either: she died while he was in the airport on his way to say goodbye. I felt the month was about her--May is the month for mothers--so I made the page about her and the way I see her in the daily lives of our family. Here's what I did:

I followed the sketch pretty faithfully, using mostly My Mind's Eye, Prima, and Jillibean soup. I flipped the design to show off the most beautiful parts of the die cut paper. The most fun was the stitching, using my beloved Bazzill and Stampin' Up! templates. If you look closely, you can see I used variagated DMC floss. It changes color as it goes.

I have a confession for this page--that wonderful photo on the left was not taken in May. As I said, Derick didn't quite make it in time to say goodbye. Since this month was about her, I felt it would be a crime not to have a photo of her, so I used a grainy photo taken in February when the whole family was there to celebrate my FIL's birthday. This is the last photo we have of her with the family. In this picture she had undergone months of chemo to tackle her pancreatic cancer, and look how gorgeous she looks. What a woman. We'll miss you, Phebe. Rest well with God.


Donna Jannuzzi said...

I'm sorry for your loss Jennifer. Your page is beautiful though; very lovely.

sillypea said...

You rocked this sketch, no question about it. And you did it with heart.

Diana said...

Oh I love all the details on this. Lots of flowers and the colours are lovely. I hope doing this LO helped you in your grieving.

Davinie Fiero said...

Thank you for participating this month, Jennifer. I appreciate the details you put into this layout because it shows how meaningful it is to you.
Pancreatic cancer is in my family history, so I can empathize with how difficult it is. Hugs to you and your family.