Monday, July 18, 2011

Troubled moments

"However long the night, the dawn will break."
~ African Proverb

The day these photos of GB were taken, we were at Point Henry with Max, expecting to lose him in only a few short days. Where had this come from? What was going on? It was all so sudden. We felt like we'd been slammed side on and been left in the dirt and decaying leaves in the gutter. Ultimately, Max was granted a reprieve and almost four months on, he is still with us. For how long? We don't know. I can't speak for GB but I know it is something that seems at times to consume me. Perhaps because I'm home full time with Max and I see his deteriorating health and his daily struggles worsen? All I know is we don't have him for very much longer, and it's breaking my heart.

Days like today I'm thankful for scrapbooking. Whether I've used it as occupational therapy or creative self-expression, or both, today, scrapping has eased the load. Perhaps because these photos were taken on a sombre occasion, they are particularly meaningful? I know I love the candid images of GB simply wandering in the shallow waters. It's taken me a little while (okay ... almost four months!) to scrap these photos but I've been waiting for the right time. Today was it, apparently ...

products used:
Tim Holtz - Lost and Found paper stack, Distress Crackle Paints Linen and Weathered Wood, Distress Inks Stormy Sky, Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, various metal embellishments; various crocheted elements; American Crafts Thickers - Delight, Fabric, Green; Kaisercolour acrylic paint - Antique White; Stampin' Up! - Not Quite Navy ink pad, Weathered background stamp, antique brads; Cuttlebug Harlequin die; font - CBX Monument; Making Memories staples;  fabric, hessian

Special thanks to Purple Pumpkin for the fabulous sketch designed by Belinda Spencer which they've used for their July sketch challenge ...

for information re Purple Pumpkin's July sketch challenge
check the details out HERE

Well that's today's efforts done and dusted. Tomorrow? I have a hankering to give White With One's July challenge a go. GB is having my photo printed as we speak ... hopefully ...


  1. Awesome layout! Love the colours and distressed style.

  2. Alz, I love this - the photos say so much - no words needed - and the soft muted colours pull the whole layout together

  3. Love what you have done with this sketch Alz! Love everything about your layout!xx

  4. WOW!!!!! You have created the most amazingly beautiful layout from my humble little sketch. Absolutely love what you have done. Thankyou so much for playing along and I hope you are able to love your Max for a bit longer. :-)

  5. Wonderful take on the sketch and love the tones and grunge you have here. Goes sooooo well with the pictures.

  6. Such a lovely layout! Your blog post touched my heart. I wish you both all the best. Can't wait for class on Monday!