Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HAPPINESS - Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - Guest Designer

Hi everyone, I am thrilled to say that I am Guest Designing over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. I just love the challenges from this blog, they are always lots of fun.

The challenge for September is New Beginnings and I have a very special layout to share with you for this theme.

Anyone who knows my family knows that our youngest son, Justin was diagnosed with Keratoconus at age 15. Keratoconus is a thinning disorder of the cornea that causes visual distortion. Six years ago Justin was legally blind. He was fortunate enough to have two wonderful individuals who signed donor cards and he received two new corneas with two separate surgeries. One in 2010 and the second in 2013. It has been a long procedure, but the result is with new glasses in June, he now has nearly 20/20 vision. It is amazing and definitely a new beginning for Justin and his young family.

Here is my layout....

And some closeups...

I had lots of journalling that I wanted to capture on this layout, so I used two Tags & Bitty Bags from Whisker Graphics (that I won). The tag below is what I posted on FB the night that we came home from picking up his new glasses.

And below is personal thoughts that I wanted Justin to be able to read again and again. It has been quite the journey and I am fortunate to have been able to be with him for a lot of the steps along the way!

I was inspired by the sketch from The Studio Challenges.

I was also inspired by the challenge at Use Your Stuff - Anything Goes
Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges - Challenge #49 - Brand Name paper.

Product List - MME paper & enamel dots, AC Cardstock, Heidi Swapp title & yellow star, Whisker Graphics tags & Bitty Bags, Tim Holtz tiny attachers, arrow & Distress Spray Stain - peacock feathers, WeR Memory Keepers twine, Darice silver stars, Eyelet Outlet sunglass brad, XOXOXO stamp from STAKZ and the tin pin is from my stash.

Be sure to stop on over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge to check out what the design team came up with and link up your New Beginnings creations.

Thanks again to Anne and the Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge for this wonderful opportunity to Guest Design with them.

Remember to count your blessings every day! Stay Crafty!!!


  1. LOVE this page!! But the thing that makes it AMAZING is the story behind it!!! xo

  2. Just when I think I have seen my favorite page you have done ...I see another. What an absolutely amazing page and man. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

  3. Wow! I've never heard of such a thing... AMAZING! And yay for a new lease on life! What a great take on our sketch! Love the blue/gray palette to bits, and your layering is perfectly delish! Thanks so much for playing along with us in The Studio!

  4. My goodness what a wonderful outcome to your sons illness! So happy for your family and so glad that you have documented it - not that he will ever forget! Thanks so much for sharing your new beginnings layout with us at The Studio Challenges. xx

  5. Awesome page! Thanks so much for playing along with us in The Studio Challenges!

  6. Beautiful layout!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Scrappind4Fun Challenges. Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

  7. Beautiful layout and the best thing is the story behind it. I am so happy for you and your family!
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Rachelle DT