|Supplies: teal cardstock (Bazzill), raspberry cardstock (Echo Park), patterned paper (American Crafts), journaling cards & sentiment blocks (Echo Park), chipboard (DCWV), number stickers (Echo Park), epoxy stickers (EK Success), pens (Zig).|
The challenge this time around at Once upon a ... Sketch is to reflect on either the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. When I took this challenge, I came up with the layout you see above. My journaling reads: "This will be our first year without cats. Tina and Maggie died in 2010, and Shadow died in 2011. We don't feel ready for a new pet yet. The pain of losing the girls is still too fresh. But when ever I start feeling sad, I try to follow this advice: Remember the good times. Remember how Maggie hid behind the blinds. Remember how cuddly Tina was. Remember how Shadow slept on our bed. Good memories. :)"
I enjoyed collaging the journaling cards. I like to write a lot on my pages, and sometimes one bitty journaling card just does not give me enough room for all I want to say. It was nice to have a bigger journaling space for this layout.
Once again, I combined OUAS with the current CSI challenge. Combining the elements of the two challenges really helped me convey all the emotions behind this layout. The bright colors, flowers, and spirals are all elements that come from CSI. They help convey the happy memories that I've journaled about on this page. The OUAS sketch called for a big circle in the background, which I achieved by fussy-cutting along the lines of the yellow paper (seen in the photo above). I feel that the jagged lines of this "circle" symbolize the pain of loss that I mention in my journaling.
This is a rather bittersweet layout, but I don't want to end this blog post on a sad note. Like I said in my journaling, I'm trying to focus on the happy memories, not the sad ones. So, I'll leave you with a closeup of my cat Maggie's photo (below). Maggie liked to sit in windows, mostly hidden behind the blinds or shades. But she always left at least one leg sticking out, which was cute to see. Peek a boo, Maggie! :)