Scrapping the Sad Times

We don’t often scrapbook sad events.  For one, we aren’t likely to photograph those events.  It’s celebrations, vacations, and time spent with family that we record in pictures.  When bad things happen, we don’t reach for a camera.  Time is spent dealing with the situation.  Those are also events that we just don’t want to remember and relive.

This is one of the rare times that I did stop and take a couple of pictures.  Our girl kitty was sick, and we were at home waiting on some test results.  I could tell by how dull her eyes were that something was very wrong.  She rested on me all morning, which was also unusual.  You can see by the look on my face that I just knew this may be the last time I would be able to hold her… and it was.  She went into the vet that same day, and passed a few days later.

It wasn’t easy to sit down and put this page together.  In fact, the photos sat there for over 2 years before I was ready to touch them.  Not only did they bring back the memories, but I wanted to make sure that I created something that was a proper tribute to her.  The last thing I wanted to do was create a page that was less than worthy of my favorite little princess.

Our Girl

My first step for this layout was picking out the papers.  I probably sifted through an 8 inch stack of paper before I found one that I wanted to use.  I chose that floral paper that runs horizontally across the page.  I thought it was very pretty, just like my girl.  Then I pulled the black tone on tone floral from my scraps.  It felt right for a sad page.  With those two patterns, I decided to pull cardstock for the rest.  The page would become too busy with additional patterns.  I wanted the focus to stay on the photos.  I simply chose the red and blue cardstock to match the multi-color flowers, then picked a white cardstock background.

I also kept the design very clean and simple.  The floral paper with the photos on top are the main focus.  All of the embellishment is tight to the photos.  It’s not perfect.  The three areas of embellishment should be more spread out.  It never looks quite right when you form a right triangle.  (Again, I am a math teacher… sorry.)  That being said, I do really like the clusters.  I made sure that each included a die-cut flower as well as some small metallic dots.  Each cluster also has some form of a gold heart and a die-cut made out of kraft paper.

Though it was a struggle emotionally to get these photos scrapped, I am glad I did it.  Our girl kitty was part of our lives for a decade.  She deserves to be remembered, even when the circumstances were so sad.

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