Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer of Color--Week One

Hi, all!  It has been a busy week of blogging and, more importantly, of summer fun.  I only had a little time to make a project for the first week of The Summer of Color 2014, so I made a simple one.  But simple can be good, and this scrapbook page is very meaningful to me.
Supplies: floral paper & alphabet stickers from October Afternoon; heart tag from Fancy Pants Design; Candi dot from Craftwork; cardstock from Bazzill; pen from Foray; upcycled children's book page.

I used this week's color scheme from SOC: aqua & yellow with a dash of bright pink.

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This page belongs to the scrapbook about the three cats that my family has owned.  All three of the cats have passed away now, but they had long, happy lives with us, and they still mean so much to us.  It's nice to get these old cat photos into the album, so that the whole family can look back on them fondly.

Our grey cat, Shadow, had a tough road during her "senior" years.  She had two operations to remove skin cancer lesions.  The photo above was taken after her second operation, and she's wearing a "cape" so that she won't lick her surgical wounds.  Shadow later had a stroke that left her voiceless (feline aphasia) and with mild paralysis (a stumbling, stiff-legged gait).  She also developed diabetes and had to be given insulin shots twice daily.  And yet, even with all these medical needs, our tough little Shadow soldiered on and lived longer than any of our other cats!  She was very brave, and also very sweet.  In the photo above, Shadow is cuddling with Tina, one of our other cats.

The journaling on this scrapbook page reads: "As the little sister, Tina can sometimes be a bit pesky.  After Shadow came home from her second surgery, she just wanted to be alone.  But Tina insisted on cuddling."  An illustration torn from an old book goes along with this journaling.  My young son was a bit shocked that I ripped up a book, even though I explained to him that I'd bought this book second hand for a cheap price, specifically to use in art.  Once I'd assured him that I was not going to rip up any of his books, he felt better.

Speaking of my son, he is going to play along with SOC this summer, too.  He used the color scheme to make this rainbow loom bracelet.  Thanks for stopping by today to see both our projects.  :)


Lynette Jacobs said...

Denise your layout of your family cats are very the large photo.

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dawn said...

Hi Denise, So nice that your joining the SOC fun too. I love your sweet layout and story. How wonderful to have had a chance to mother and love these cats. Perfect colors in the layout too.

Thank you for visiting my blog to see my SOC/ICAD post. So COOL that your son is playing along too. Tell him he did a great job with his bracelet, those are tricky to make.

Happy weekend!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

At first, I thought I was looking at Bleubeard's sister. What a trooper Shadow must have been. Your scrapbook page is adorable. I was quite surprised you went that route, but was thrilled to see how you made it work.

BTW, your son's entry is adorable. It's too bad he can't be entered for a chance to win the prizes!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Awwwww! I love yoru layout, Denise! You used the SOC colors beautifully here! And the bracelet - perfect use of the colors!!!!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Oh how cute & shame poor Shadow and all those ops!! And what a clever boy your son is - those loom bands look awesome!!

Halle said...

Cool layout using the SOC colors. Love that your boy is playing along too!

Caz said...

anything with cats on is a winner for me!

Elephangaroo Ramunda said...

How sweet! I have so many pictures of my cats I don't even know what to do with them! I love your son's bracelet!

BJ said...

Know what you mean about book ripping up - but in a good cause. Great page and super bracelet by your son. BJ

Carmen said...

I just love that your son is playing along with us too. I love his bracelet - so zingy!

I love that you are creating a scrapbook just for your cats. I know what you mean, mine have been long gone but there's not a week goes by when I don't think about them xx