February 25, 2012

Butterfly Fly Away…

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts, Family tagged at 5:26 pm by bejewelledcreations

You tucked me in

turned out the light

Kept me safe and sound at night.

Little girls depend on things like that.

Brushed my teeth

and combed my hair,

had to drive me everywhere

You were always there when I looked back.

You had to do it all alone.

Make a living, make a home.

Must have been as hard as it could be.

And when I couldn’t sleep at night,

Scared things wouldn’t turn out right,

You would hold my hand and sing to me.

Caterpillar in the tree

How you wonder who you’ll be

Can’t go far, but you can always dream.

Wish you may

and wish you might

Don’t you worry

hold on tight.

I promise you there will come a day.

Butterfly fly away

Butterfly fly away

Got your wings now you can’t stay

Take those dreams and make them all come true.

Butterfly fly away

You’ve been waiting for this day all along

and known just what to do.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly fly away.

Butterfly fly away.

Butterfly fly away.

(“Butterfly Fly Away” by Miley Cyrus.)

Sung at his funeral service on 9th September 2011 by Chloe

at special request of dad.

Dad, my beautiful dad, died on the 3rd of September 2011; a day before Father’s Day, just a week before his 66th birthday, two weeks before mum and dad’s 44th wedding anniversary and too soon for any of us. Dad had a particularly aggressive form of non-hodgkin’s lymphoma which was first diagnosed Christmas of 2009 although to look at and spend time with him, you’d never know he was so unwell – he wasn’t one to complain or be angry and maintained his special sense of humour throughout. February marks a year since he underwent a Stem Cell Transplant which has held a lot of memories of daily trips to the hospital with mum.  We knew even then that there wouldn’t be a cure for his lymphoma but we underwent the Stem Cell Transplant with the hope that we would be gaining more time. We didn’t know it would only be so little – within 8 weeks of treatment he could feel some symptoms again and by 9th of May 2011 we had the news that it might only be 3 months. Within four months, he was gone. But we were blessed with SO many good days. I took the children out of school to spend time together and we had some wonderful days – some beautiful, magical, fun days. I have lots of photos of the time we spent together but of course, now, I wish I had more.

Words can’t begin to describe the emptiness and sense of loss I still feel, and that I still wonder; how can he NOT be here?  Those who truly understand …. well, you understand. I’m doing okay – I really do believe I’m doing better these days. Perhaps that’s why I can finally get back to this blog – I’d felt that I had a physical block about posting since losing dad. I wanted to blog again, but how could I post pretty cards as if nothing had happened, as if it wasn’t important? I couldn’t ignore what had happened to dad. Even though I really don’t need to (or want to) tell the whole world, I needed to acknowledge my beautiful dad and the loss we’ve all suffered by his not being here with us.

Last year was particularly difficult but I did make time to make some cards for my personal relief and to create some special scrap pages of dad which I’m so thankful for now. I still have so many photos and wonderful memories that I want to put down in an album and I’ll continue to make time for that in the coming year.

For my friends and those who know me; thankyou for your support and care during the last year and for your patience whilst I’ve been absent from blogging – I haven’t been absent from cardmaking so you’ll hopefully see some more action here from now on. Credit goes to Alisa Tilsner for her card which I took inspiration from to make dad’s page.

In memory of Kenneth Smith, my beautiful dad.

10th September 1946 – 3rd September2011

Fly free.

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April 21, 2010

My beautiful dad.

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts, Family tagged , , at 9:44 pm by bejewelledcreations

My beautiful dad gave me the best news today – his cancer is in REMISSION! It’s gone. The chemo worked! He’s having his last cycle of chemo tomorrow – just as a ‘booster’ shot really, but he’s all clear.

Dad was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right on Christmas after struggling with various symptoms for months.  We all had a difficult time coming to terms with the news, but once that diagnosis was FINALLY made things moved along very quickly. From that first day with the confirmation of NHL in the doctor’s room at the Hospital there was always a lot of HOPE. We were all very optimistic and up-beat about it and knew it was just something we had to get through and that dad would do what had to be done.

In the beginning, dad was very weak and couldn’t even drive or walk without getting exhausted, so I became the transport for mum and dad – which I felt at that time was the only thing I could do – I couldn’t help in any other way, so this was my ‘bit’. I keep saying I  was fortunate to go along with mum and dad to each appointment and chemotherapy cycle because I was then able to see, feel and take in all the positives that the staff  gave out either deliberately or just by their beautiful natures. For every bit of hard news or side effect from medication there was always a positive piece of information or a suggestion about what to do to counter-act side effects – everything was balanced (perhaps even tipped towards the HOPEful) and there was ALWAYS so much support from the wonderful staff. I think that if I hadn’t been able to hear the ‘good’ news with the ‘bad’ news, I could easily have fallen into the depths of fear and hopelessness. So, yes, although no one wants to watch someone they love go through chemo, I feel blessed to have been able to share these moments with mum and dad.

I’m getting teary even now, which I know is just relief and joy at dad’s wonderful news but perhaps it’s also a release of the anxiety that I was holding in all this time. We’re so lucky that treatment worked – I have my beautiful dad and I’m the luckiest person in the world today.

Last month, I took this photo of dad and his three “girls” at the Lyell McEwin hospital – these nurses kept our spirits high and brightened each chemo day with their laughter, cheeky-ness and smiles. Oh the laughs we had! Most often it was at dad’s expense, but he was ‘hooked up’ and couldn’t really fight back. LOL.  They truly are angels of HOPE.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I can’t even say how relieved and happy I am. Thankyou to all my friends and customers who have kept me and my family in your thoughts, it has been truly appreciated.

Julia XX

March 31, 2010

Scrapping with Rich Razzleberry

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged , at 9:07 am by bejewelledcreations

I’m loving playing with the NEW Rich Razzleberry colour – perhaps it’s the name!? Say it- Rich Razzleberry!

I haven’t scrapbooked for a long time – something I ALWAYS plan on doing, but never make time for. So I decided that I’d better on with it. No more excuses! I’ve got plenty of ideas – and collect papers and ‘stuff’ that I know would be perfect for ‘that’ photo… but never get around to making the page. *sigh*

Here’s the page I completed last week *YAY YAY!!!* with Rich Razzleberry and the Cottage Garden stamp set.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

Do you realise how hard it is for me to use papers in scrapbooking? I love them so much and think they’re so pretty that I can’t bear to use them! However, I’m trying to overcome this and began by using a large circle of Cottage Wall DSP that I punched all around the outside with the Corner Rounder punch to create my scallops. The rest is just simple layering of papers, cut out flowers and ribbon.

I feel quite happy with this page and am excited to try to complete more pages! Cheer me on!

Enjoy XX.

May 3, 2009

McLeod’s Daughters

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged at 8:18 am by bejewelledcreations

McLeod's Daughters

McLeod's Daughters

Last year, when McLeod’s Daughters wound up its filming, the Production Company sold off all their costumes, clothing and props that had been used in the filming of the series. Myself and my friend Kelly were lucky enough to get many items of clothing worn by the stars and we took numerous visits to the clothing sale just down the road from where we live.  I’ve got an Akubra worn by Rose that fits my daughter although all the other clothing (jeans especially) were so tiny that I sold them on ebay. I do have a shirt worn by Moira though! It was great fun and the buzz was huge! I was quite a fan of McLeod’s but must admit that the last couple of series lost me a bit – but visiting the clothing sale and seeing old clothes that were recognizable as being on the show (and I even saw a ‘bloodstained’ jacket) reignited my interest.

Kinsgford Homestead was opened to the public for a couple of days while they sold off larger pieces of furniture and fabric, and I was able to get a lot of photographs. Here are a few that I scrapbooked.

McLeod's Daughters

McLeod's Daughters

I’ve used the following products: 

Bareback and Wanted stamp sets, Weathered Background stamp, Outlaw Designer Series Paper, Jumbo Eyelets, Chocolate Chip double stitched ribbon, Hodgpodge Hardware, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Lovely Lilac, Sage Shadow and Ruby Red cardstock and Close to Cocoa Textured cardstock, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa ink.

January 31, 2009

12 x 12 double layout – water-logged

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged , , at 10:51 am by bejewelledcreations

Here’s the layout that I was working on when we had the power failure the other night.

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And a closer look at each individual page:

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I’ve used Spring Break Designer Series Paper (DSP)  as a starting point for my colour combinations (Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky and Old Olive), and added the following embellishments; Soft Sly double stitched ribbon, pewter jumbo eyelets, pumpkin pie & not quite navy brads and I just love the Crystal Effects used as water droplets to mimic the droplets on Ronan’s face!

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(The title stamps and metallic feature that is threaded onto the soft sky ribbon are non-Stampin’ Up!)

I just LOVE this pack of DS Paper – it’s so… boyish, yet because it has flower images all over it, it’s very cute too. It really lends itself to being used on ‘little boy’ layouts.  The other thing I LOVE about this particular sheet of paper, is that it matches (to my mind, anyway LOL), the stamp set called Live Your Dream. So, I’ve coloured the small flower stamp from Live Your Dream with Markers (Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie), and stamped it onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock to create an all-over background image.

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I’ve coloured and stamped the main flower from Live Your Dream and used it as a feature on the page. I stamped it again on a separate piece of paper and cut out the flowers and leaves to adhere with pop up foam pads.

This set of photos makes me laugh – Ronan was absolutely SOAKED! He couldn’t have got any wetter. LOL. He was having a blast spraying his dad with his soaker gun but in return was getting drenched! It was so funny. He thought it was hilarious to ‘sneak’ up on dad, trying to get as close as possible to squirt him, only to be saturated with the hose. Oh happy days!

I think I’ve used too much Crystal Effects for the water droplets… but it was fun making them. I’m still learning ‘when to stop’ in regards to embellishments, so bear with me. :o)

Thanks for looking! (Please don’t be shy about commenting and saying “hi!”)

January 29, 2009

Scrappin’ in the dark!

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged at 4:45 pm by bejewelledcreations

Even a power failure can’t stop me from scrapping when I feel like I’m in ‘The Zone’. LOL.

Yep, after a day of 44+ degrees temperature, we had a power failure at night just as I was in the middle of a double 12 x 12 layout. I’d finally managed to sit down to my layouts after putting my daughter back to bed AGAIN – she ‘d one excuse after another;  ‘it’s too light’, ‘I’m thirsty’, ‘my tooth hurts’, ‘I can’t sleep’…. when the power went off.  GREAT! There followed a comical shuffle/run/scramble-whilst-trying-not-to-bump-into-anything to get to screaming daughter, telling her to “be quiet, mummy’s coming – don’t wake Ronan!”

After setting up the camp lights in strategic positions near the children’s bedrooms, and after letting Laura sit with me a while, she went back to bed and I was then able to consider my options. Hmmm… uncomfortably hot (nothing I could do about that!),  can’t watch ER on telly (again, nothing I could do about that),  lights… Gone! Scrapbooking layout… interrupted rudely…. BUT… perhaps…..? LOL. Yep, I took my hurricane lamp and continued scrapping. I actually felt quite peaceful. I had the rough layout design worked out, but I was at a critical point and really didn’t want to leave it for another day. It’s the first 12 x 12 layout I’ve done for a good few months so I didn’t want to lose my mojo. LOL.

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The pictures are pretty dark – I swear it seemed a lot lighter when I was sitting there working, but you get the idea – it’s not how I’m used to working but it was kind of fun too!

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You can’t see much, I know, (it’s a “mystery layout!!”) but I finished one side last night so it was TOTALLY worth keeping on working in the dark, and I’ll work on the other page tomorrow. I have a niggly headache today (must be the heat *swelters*), so I’ll post pictures as soon as both pages are done. It’ll be a nice surprise for you to see how they finally ended up.

Thanks for reading!

PS – the power came back on after a couple of hours and we could put the aircon back on – *phew* it was the hottest night too! We’ve got the rest of the week of heatwave temperatures to endure – not looking forward to that, so keep your fingers crosed that there aren’t any more power cuts.