Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sometimes it's hard.

I cannot wait to make Christmas and winter layouts with the new Cozy Xmas collection from The ScrapCake, but first we were challenged to make non-Christmas layouts to show how versatile the line is. So here's a layout I came up with that has nothing to do with Christmas or winter. :)

Man, isn't that collection just gorgeous! And isn't it awesome how it also works for many other non-Holiday layouts. My journaling is very personal about how hard it is to watch my grandma turn into a person I don't even recognize.

Here's what the journaling says:

"Even though you are still alive, you are different. I hardly talk to you on the phone, I hardly ever receive letters from you, and when I do either of those, you tell me the same things over and over again. Your laughter and joy has been replaced by confusion and complaints. In a way I cherish you even now because you are the only grandmother I really have left, but I also have a hard time because things are so different. And if I'm honest, it scares me quite a bit and makes me dread growing "old"."

Here are some close up's of my layout:


Not trying to be a downer today, but I think many of us deal with the same kind of thing. And I like to keep things real.

Have a wonderful day!

24 comments:

Mary Pat Siehl said...

amazing layout!

Jingle said...

This is a beautiful layout with such heartfelt journaling!

Kelly Massman said...

This is absolutely gorgeous-one of my very favorites you've done! I've been getting into winter layouts lately,too, though I haven't posted any yet. I have posted some Christmas tags already though!!! TFS!

Mary Jo said...

Oh my goodness, I could have written your journaling :( I felt the same way about my nana. It is so hard to watch that happen and makes me dread losing to much later on as well.

Such a beautiful layout!
Thanks for sharing :)

sandi said...

Wow! What a beautiful lo! Love it, love the mix and design!

Erin Bassett said...

Wow, what a sincere layout! So sorry about your Grandmother...it is so hard to watch that happen to people you love.

Love how the LO turned out though...I would have never guessed it was Christmasy!

Becky said...

Beautiful layout and I love how you included the journaling.

angie gutshall said...

Love the design and all the layers!

Sarah Hurley said...

Such a gorgeous layout Pamela! Love it :o)

Sarah x

Marianne/skorpionen said...

Love your layout!! and the way you have your journaling!
So sorry about your grandmother - it's hard to see our loved ones change.
hugs x

Danielle said...

Your layout is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your journaling.

Christa said...

This is so pretty!

sutty said...

Beautiful page and such a hard thing to document - but so honest. I love all the tags and the way you used the journal paper for your background...stitching and lace yum :)

Julia said...

I'm loving this layout!!

Rose Ann said...

gorgeous layout and of course alot of us have to deal with our parents getting old, we are all in this together <3

Diane Payne said...

This is so pretty! I love the trim on it!

Tracy said...

Your layout is gorgeous and the journaling is heartfelt and breaks my heart.
Hugs to you.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is soooooooooooo touching and beautiful! WOW... totally hit home! Thank you for always being real! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Lynn said...

This is stunningly beautiful. Hugs and prayers. and yes its scary growing old.. I remember my Gram just breaking my heart because of the changes. Even though its scary keep on keeping in touch. You won't regret it.

Johanna said...

Wow, this LO is truly gorgeous... I love all the details (your use of tags for example) and I really like the PP you used as background! It works really well and what an original idea :)

Bente Fagerberg said...

Pamela, this is awesome. Love the whole setup and your honesty.
That collection is so pretty, and clearly lends itself not only to X-mas lo's but other types too.
I love your beautiful layering and the look of the red and white lace. So so pretty! I also like the way you did your tags keeping the twine in one long strand.
Have a lovely week end!

Gina Lideros said...

thank you for stopping by my blog today. I love how you scrapped this, even though it is emotional for you, but that is what makes it great, because it comes from your heart. (Hugs)

Linda Beeson said...

Wow! Every single part of this layout is completely perfect with that great photo.

Sue Althouse said...

My grandmother also went through a long and slow decline until she recognized nobody except my father. It was so hard, but these days I just choose to remember happier times, and there were many. Love your layout, the way you used that paper line is amazing!