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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Journey OUAS

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This is my submission for this month's sketch challenge at OUAS.
This is the first of what I hope will be many posts about an amazing family. I decided to do this layout first because this event had just transpired and I am totally in awe of the courage and dedication of this mother for her family. This is the story behind Kisses for Keaton. Meet Stephanie a wife and a mother of two beautiful children one of whom has cancer at the tender age of two. Even while watching her young daughter Kiki endure the horrors of battling her disease, even when she feels like her heart is being ripped out of her chest and she wants to rage at the injustice of it all she finds a lesson in everything.
At an event held on the 29th of September Stephanie cut off her hair in support of Kiki and what she was going through with her own hair loss. You can see the realm of emotions she is going through in the pictures. The apprehension and angst and in the next moment  pure unconditional from the bottom of your soul love. Three other women joined her and they managed to accumulate 10 inches of hair which will be donated to a charity that makes wigs for children. Even today as a direct result of this event women are still getting their long locks sheared and are donating them!
I wanted to be sure that you could read the journaling as these are Stephanie's own words and they speak volumes to her commitment to her family. I am so honored that they have allowed me in to document their journey for every time I read her posts I come away with a new sense of purpose and desire to make a difference.
The theme this month at OUAS was journey and I could think of no other journey as amazing as the one this family is on.
Just a couple of close-ups as this is more about the story than the page. I did a bit of inking and masking to add dimension on this page. The papers are from the Limited Edition Kit from MCS called Anna Marie from Prima.
Aside from the tiny roses all the flowers were included in the LE kit. All the flowers are Prima and I used a stamp from LaBlanche to make the leaves but left them black and white to focus more on the vivid colors of the blooms.
Last close-up a trinket from MME which speaks to the subject matter. A story of a remarkable family who even in the worst of times find lessons learned from their experiences and who choose to share them with the world in the hopes of making a difference. I encourage you and will continue to do so, please visit the Kisses for Keaton facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kisses-for-Keaton/148650585296073 and read the excerpts written by Stephanie as she deals with this battle everyday. Take what this family has to offer with their insights and try it on yourself then Pay it Forward.
 
It has been a horrid few weeks for me, nothing compared to Stephanie's but I have been in and out of the hospital for tests and what not and feel incredibly "bagged"! Hopefully things will turn around as I am excited about delving more into the Kisses for Keaton project as well as my own pages. Also remember that there is a Pay It Forward Contest running this month with a pretty nice price pack so go back one post and enter! All the best! :)  
 
 

14 comments:

  1. This is simply beautiful....My oldest daughter donates every couple of year to Locks for love ...the first time she did it she was 10 and her hair was down past her Butt...I'm not even sure where she heard about it but when she asked I just couldn't say no....she continues to do this every couple of year,she was blessed with very thick fast growing hair unlike her mother!

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  2. What a parfect layout!!!The picture is amazing!!!Good job!!!Thanks for visiting my blog and nice to find you!!!!!Good luck to the Pay it Forward Contest!!!!

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  3. What a gorgeous page, Pam. One that has so much meaning. These photos show both the determination and pain of Keaton's difficult journey. I love that you used Stephanie's words for your journaling!! Your page is so beautiful with the beautiful flowers, mixed media and wonderful hand stitching!! Thanks for joining us for the October Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge! I hope you’ll stop by our Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page to share your layout there. ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

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  4. Pam this layout had me sobbing. Having been through this with a very good friend of ours I could relate to the whole thing. I love how you have created this special and amazing layout for a truly courageous woman. You are a very special lady yourself. It is a remarkable layout. Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month

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  5. This is such a touching and poignant page Pam, my heart just goes out to kiki and her family. It's such a wonderful labour of love that you are creating for her family. xo xo

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  6. Your page is absolutely breathtaking! The inking and masking are incredible. Very inspirational mother, Kiki is! How wonderful you were able to document it. Hope your health starts heading in the right direction! :-)

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  7. This is an amazing page full of beauty and emotion.....this is what scrapbooking is all about... A powerful medium through which to document stories and to pass on such a strong message!

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  8. Beautiful layout! Love the stenciled / textured detail. What a fabulous and heartfelt tribute! Thanks for joining along with OUAS and for sharing this touching story :)

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  9. Beautiful story and a fabulous page! Loooove the styling and your gorgeous details...just perfect in every way! ;-)

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  10. Your page is so very special in so many ways. The design itself and how you created it with love, but also the journalling - just touches me to the core. Thank you very very much for sharing your page and its story with us at OUAS!

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  11. Congratulations on your gorgeous LO being featured on the Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

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  12. Hi Pam, wishing you a huge congratulations for being named a Top 5 Designer Pick for the October Once Upon A...Sketch challenge with your stunning layout!! How exciting. ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

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  13. Congrats on your feature, such a beautiful page and important story....

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