Friday, April 26, 2013

No Matter What layout

Here is my latest layout I've been working  on. I had a lot of fun with this trying some different techniques and ideas.
I titled it "No Matter What" which is a song by Kerrie Roberts.  This layout kind of represents where I am from where I came from 2 years ago.  I'll share the journaling at the end if you want to read.
I sewed around the edges using the zig zag stitch, but didn't bother changing my bobbin. I thought the effect of the black and white thread ended up looking pretty cool. 

I made the flowers myself. All the little roses are my 1" delicate rose.  For the 3 larger orange flowers, I used the Heartfelt Creations Tattered Blossoms Die and matching stamps.    The leaves are the Heartfelt Creations Leafy Swirl stamps.  I made the bling myself.  My friend, Kelly, picked me up a huge bag of the look-alike dew drops from Michael's, so I colored some with butterscotch alcohol ink and adhered them to the layout.

I printed out one verse and the chorus from the song. Distressed each individual word and inked it, then applied it!  I will be crazy if I EVER do that again! LOL  I wanted to pull my hair out!!! 
I did some random stamping and embossing on the layout.  

I took a strip of paper and punched the bottom with Martha Stewart Doily lace punch. I then dry embossed with the Darice crackle folder. Rubbed Versamark embossing pad on the raised parts and embossed with copper.  Those little title words were a pain too! LOL
The paper is Bo Bunny Olivia.

One of the scrolls is the words of the song.  The other is my journaling. I first saw these scrolls done by Kay at Kay's Kreative Korner, and I really liked them!  I should've looked more closely to how she adhered them to her page. I put wire around mine, poked through to the back and twisted!

So, here's my journaling if you are interested.

Going through my divorce was
the hardest thing I’ve ever had
to endure.  Betrayal, loss, grief, guilt,
remorse, shame, hurt, denial, sadness,
 and anger broke my heart  over and
over. I was devastated, I was heartbroken.
 I lost over 20 pounds in a month and
 cried more tears during that 6 month
separation than I have cried in my entire
lifetime.  I didn’t think I would make
it through the night, and when I did;
I didn’t think I’d make it through the
day.  My survival through that time
was only through the loving arms of
Jesus and the children God gave me.
I had to keep going for them, and
God gave me the strength to do so.  
This song, No Matter What, became
popular during that time, and I listened
to it over and over.  Drawing some
comfort from the fact that even
though I was heartbroken, God indeed
did have a plan and a purpose.  2 years
later, I’m in a better place.  I’m still single,
raising my children and working, and
sometimes watching myself coming as
I’m going.  God has provided amazingly
for me over the last couple of years in
So many ways. I haven’t seen the purpose or
plan for what I went through, but no matter
what, I’m gonna keep loving and needing
 God. I’m holding onto His promises for
my future, and I know I can trust Him.  I
don’t need to know what the future holds,
because I know Who holds the future!
I am safe in His arms!

Thanks for looking!


Lizzyc said...

Oh what a special layout, it looks really lovely, I hope it was good therapy, thanks for sharing your journalling, it sounds so personal, I hope things are going well now..

Pam said...

Been through the same tough times
and this I must say is beautiful therapy...

Svjetlana said...

Gorgeous page and your flowers, love your yournalling. Going through hard times myself at the moment, thanks for sharing your story...

Marjorie said...

What a beautiful testimony. Thank you for sharing how God is uplifting you.

Marjorie from TX