Monday, January 28, 2008

I Won! And More...

WooHoo! I was a winner at Leigh O’Brien’s blog, Sunflower Studio! I won a set of stamps from Whipper Snapper, called Posies for You by Anna Wight. Thanks Leigh and Anna! I look forward to their arrival. Leigh made such a beautiful card with those stamps I simply had to enter the give away. You can check it out here.

I’ve seen this week’s Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge from Mary Jo of Technostamper. You may recall last’s week sketch had me rushing to give it a try. Well, she’s done it again. There is just something about her sketches that I find inspiring. Thanks MJ. I hope to post my card tomorrow.

Now for todays art share. As I’m sorting through photos certain pictures just scream at me to scrap them digitally. This one taken at Disney MGM studios in 1995, when Catie was three years old, was one of those pictures. I knew I had a story to tell and the dark left side of the photo seemed a great place to put it. I also wanted to incorporate Catie’s drawing. I thought I would scan and resize the drawing and add it to the layout. I put the photo aside and scrapped the rest of our Disney trip with paper, scissors & glue. Then one day as I was visiting some of my fave places on the web I came across this kit by Rhonna Ferrer, called Honey Bee. It seemed perfect for this photo. So I downloaded it and immediately got to work. The journaling was cathartic, as this was not an episode I was proud of. Catie, who is 16 now and fully recovered from the “trauma”- lol- had a good laugh when she saw the title. “Oh Mom, you’re being so dramatic,” she said. I answered her with, “Not at all, that is exactly how I felt.” Then when she read the journaling she hugged me and told me I was forgiven. Now isn’t that a great reason to journal?

Here's the journaling:

I read up before the trip. I knew the ride would be too scary for you but I wanted to see it. I knew it would be cool. I’d figured Dad, Anthony and I would go on the ride and You, Nonna and Juliana would wait and meet us when we got off. What I didn’t know was that the ride would end at a completely different location than where it began and that Nonna didn’t want any part of trying to find where we would be let off. Split second decision time- do I sacrifice? No, I rationalized. I warned you that there would be a scary part and I told you not to be scared because it would be fake. You were a bright three year old but that was asking way too much of you. When the explosions and the shaking and the fire began you screamed in a way no mother ever wants to hear her child scream. In spite of my trying to comfort you, you seemed to be in fear for your life. If you weren’t traumatized, I was – a moment as your Mom that I am decidedly ashamed of. I’ll never forget the tears and screams that I could not abate with all the gentle reassurance I could muster. Nor will I forget that almost every picture you drew for months afterward were pictures of a Disney World Earthquake. I’m sorry.

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