Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cooking With Cricut Challenge: Glittermania!

The challenge this week at Cooking With Cricut was to incorporate glitter into our project.  I almost didn't sign up for this challenge because I hate working with glitter.  I love how it looks, I just don't love how it gets EVERYWHERE!  I end up wearing more than is on my project.

Having said that, I decided to create a scrapbook page layout celebrating one of the people in my life that absolutely LOVED anything glittery or that sparkled -- my late Step-Mom, Linda.  She became my Step-Mom when I was eleven years old and we had the typical love-hate relationship that comes when a person who is not your mom marries your daddy.  However, we managed to get past that and we had a wonderful relationship.  She gave me two of the greatest gifts in life . . . my sister, Elizabeth and my youngest brother, Andy!

Linda was a Registered Nurse and was responsible for bringing the ParyLite Candle business to Gainesville.  She was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002 and with surgery and treatment was declared cancer-free.  In 2004, doctors discovered that she had lung cancer and that it was inoperable.  She was given 3 to 6 months to live -- she fought valiantly for two years before she was taken from us. 

My youngest daughter was born shortly before her diagnosis and was 2 1/2 years old when Linda died.  I wanted Demi to remember her Mimi -- not that she'll forget her, we still talk about Mimi frequently and there are still tears shed because she misses her so.  So I created this page to share some of the things I learned from Linda that I know that she would have taught Demi.  She and Demi would have been the best of friends -- 'cause Demi is ALL about the glitter and bling, too!

The 12 x 12 paper is from the Die Cuts With A View Nana's Nursery - Baby Girl paper stack.  Its hard to tell in this photo, but the flowers are glittered.  All of the other paper is from my scrap stash -- the hot pink is a Recollections card stock and the green is the back side of a Bazzill Bling card stock called "Petty Cash."

I used Stickles on the "Remember" and added pink and green rhinestones in various spots on the page.  The purple ribbon represents all cancers and was purchased at Michael's.  The Cricut cuts are as follows:

Pink Journey: 
  • Live - cut at 3 1/2" wide with the flower trimmed off. 
  • Love - cut at 3" wide. 
  • Hope cut at 3 1/2" wide. 
  • Believe - cut at 3 1/2" wide with the flowers trimmed off. 
  • Always Remember - cut at 4" tall and altered.  I cut the curlicue off of the "R" and had to shorten the stem a bit so that it would fit.

Plantin SchoolBook: 
  •  Laugh - cut at 3 1/2" wide.
This was an emotional layout to work on, but I am so pleased with the way it turned out.  Linda would have loved it!  It has all of her favorite colors, just enough glitter and lots of bling!

Make sure you hop on over to Cooking With Cricut and see what my fellow "Chefs" have whipped up -- its sure to be sparkly!


Melin said...

Hey girl....What a gorgeous layout! Really a priceless keepsake. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing such a treasure with us! Thank you too for all your creatively, wonderful, hard work! Many blessings to you my friend....Melin...CWC

Paper Addict said...

What a beautiful keep sake for you. It is simply the photos and the L/O beautiful!! Ronnie

DebC said...

What a beautiful layout and way to remember your loved one! I know you and your little one will always have those memories preserved!

Nicole said...

How nice. What a fantastic keepsake! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Chris Wooten said...

Love the layout

bybido said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

And I'm impressed by all your work here!

Maria Elena said...

Wow what a story... what a great pics, great lovely moments... and of course a LOVELY project.
Thanks Jen for all your comments in my blog.
I'm so glad to be with you in Cooking with Cricut DT !

Have a great Thursday ;-)

Anita said...

This layout is beautiful!! Great job on this weeks challenge!

Cricutting Wendy said...

Your layout is beautiful!! What a wonderful treasure for your daughter.

Thank you for coming by and commenting on my project too.

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice layout thanks for sharing!

Linda Kaiser said...

This is a wonderful layout and a very touching tribute. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.


KARLA UREA said...

This is so beautiful layout and thanks for sharing with us. Great job.
Karla Urea