all made using the January "Escape" Scraps of Darkness kit.
I am so sad because I have to stop subscribing to these kits for awhile in order to save that money for Katie's college fund. She is a senior in high school and will be leaving for college before we know it. Sniff-Sniff!
My first layout was made using a photo of Katie and Ryan just before they left for their senior "Black and White" formal.
Even though the kit was made for warm-weather vacations, I thought the colors were perfect for this special occasion in Katie's life!
My second layout is another winter page using the SOD warm weather kit. I took a photo of the snow globe at my friends' (Barb and Jimmy) home on New Year's Day. We have been celebrating Christmas and New Year's Day at their home for such a long time - what a wonderful tradition. My sister and her husband are always there, too, making it even more special.
And, last but not least, my third layout is a very emotional one for me. Scraps of Darkness runs a "Skeletons in the Closet" challenge every 3 to 4 months. This one is about friendships and how they effect us. We were challenged to print a photo of us on something other than photo paper. I printed mine on patterned cardstock.
My journaling reads as follows:
I met a friend in 1991. I had just gotten married in 1990, moved twice, and was living in West Virginia. She was the employee health nurse at the hospital where I had just gotten a job. She did my pre-employment physical. I was taken by how friendly and funny she was. We hit it off right away. I distinctly remember her telling me about “getting older” and that she was experiencing pain in her right hip. She thought it was from skiing. Funny, I skied, too. Another thing we had in common.
In 1993 I found out I had cancer of the appendix - a very rare form of cancer that had spread throughout my abdomen. I was scared. I was especially scared that I would never be able to have a child. My friend found out that she had cancer right about the same time I did. It was another rare form that began as a lesion in her right hip bone. Ahhhhh - that was why she was having that pain. I had surgery and chemo. She had her chemo at about the same time as me. But hers was much more intense that mine, and she ended up having a bone marrow transplant. She went through so much, but finally passed away in 1995. I survived, and went on to have my daughter, Katie. A happy ending to my story, but not to hers. This experience had a profound effect on me. I felt so many emotions, including guilt for having survived while she passed away.
Time heals all wounds. Through the years I have learned to appreciate each moment, take one day at a time, and to treasure the friendships that I encounter along the way.
Sending a great big Thank You to you all out there! I appreciate your friendship and support more that you can every imagine!