Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Waiting on Flutter Butter

When BoBunny introduced Flutter Butter I was giddy with excitement - I could not WAIT to get my hands on the collection. With its beautiful blues and greens, my favorite neutral - BROWN, and warm tones of buttery yellow - not to mention butterfly design elements - I felt like the collection was designed for me! As you can imagine, I was thrilled when it arrived at my door, and it is even prettier in person. Do be sure to leave a comment on BoBunny's blog for a chance to win this fab collection!

Today's layout is very dear to my heart. Recently we learned that one of our closest friends, indeed Marv may as well be in my immediate family, has cancer in his bones. Not too long ago I feared we were going to lose him very soon, but thankfully Hospice Care was brought in and it is like he has been given a new lease on life, even if it is short term. Praise God for the invention of pain patches - they are what keeps him going and has brought back Marv's desire to live.

I have been compelled to scrap photos of Marv, and his lovely wife Carol. You may have seen others, such as Together, also created with BoBunny's Flutter Butter. I want the layouts to be a testimony to his life, and although the layouts are for me, my husband, and children to remember Marv by - I have been making copies for Marv and Carol as well, with journaling printed separately so they can easily read it. These pages are touching lives, and are helping my broken heart to heal as we enjoy what time we have left together. I wanted to share a close up of the journaling blog - what can I say, I am angry at cancer for the pain it is causing Marv physically, and emotionally for all those who love him. I am sure many of you can relate, because in one way or another, it is likely that everyone reading this blog has been affected by cancer.

Note the clock face without hands, used as an embellishment. The lack of hands represent an unknown amount of time we have left to enjoy one another's company. Lumiere paints were stippled onto acrylic letters for a shimmering, opalescent effect.

Butterfly embellishments signify the flight to heaven - the Spirit leading the way to God's promise of eternal life with Him.

The jute threaded through one of the BoBunny buttons ties in well with the straw hat that is so signature Marv.

BoBunny Supplies Used:
Flutter Butter Collection/Papers: Honey, Breeze, Stripe, Flutter Butter, Cut Outs, Combo Stickers, Alora Rub-ons, Flowers and Buttons & Bling
Chunky Chip Acrylic Alphabet, Bohemian rub-ons, Sage Dot ribbon
Cardstock: The Paper Company
Sandylion Clock acrylic stamp
DMC Floss
Kaiser Crafts pearls
Ink: Staz-on by Tsukineko and Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink
Paints: Lumiere by Jacquard
Glitter Mist – Old Lace by Tattered Angels
Font: Jayne Print
Tool: Fiskars corner/border punch, shape template

I hope you have enjoyed the little details that were created in between tears of sadness and smiles in remembrances. I do hope that our WAIT is quite long. Marv is doing so much better now than he was a month ago - it is amazing to see the transition he has made. It is a joy to watch him eat again. It is an honor to sit across from him at our weekly bible study. Today I had to answer a "getting to know you" set of questions for work. One of the questions was "who do you most admire". The answer came so easily for me. As I watch Marv accept his condition, choose to for go draining and debilitating treatments so he can enjoy his last days with an ounce of energy, and watch him look forward to being with his Jesus - I am inspired by his great faith, which is a light to everyone who comes to pay him a visit through their seemingly continuous revolving door.

I strongly encourage everyone to assess their photos - is there someone you love for which you have only a few photos? Don't wait - explain how important it is to you and set up a time to take pictures. I am realizing how few photos I have of Marv, and these days I refrain from asking to take more. Create layouts of the special people in your life, and do them a favor - share them. Make a copy for them to keep - truly, it is better than a Hallmark card. God bless you all!

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