Monday, July 23, 2012

Surgery Day

Card: crumb cake, confetti white, pool party, soft suede, calypso corral, more mustard
DSP: SAB Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: soft suede, more mustard
Stamp set(s): creative elements, sweet shoppe lower alphabet
Ribbon: pool party ruffled ribbon, SAB calypso coral everyday enchantment organdy ribbon
Accessories: chipboard, alpha die, petal cone die, big shot, scallop circle punch, circle punches, sponge, clear buttons

A few weeks ago, I decided to have a go at the current JAI scrapbook challenge.  The challenge was to just add hidden journalling or memorabilia.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to scrap some pics by brother took while I was in hospital recently.

The journalling reads: On the 23rd May, 2012, I had emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour.  The surgery went well but I was dizzy & unsteady on my feet for a few days...  My brother & his partner came through before the surgery & he just had to take these shots a few hours after surgery, when I came out of recovery...  It's special to have this record of where I have been & what I have experienced.  I'm amazed at what I have come through!

I was chuffed with how this layout evolved as it took ages to work out...!  I love the SAB DSP, and I added some soft suede sponging around all of the elements to add some depth and texture.  The hidden tag was a challenge as I usually add journalling that you can see on my layouts.  For this layout, though, it lent itself to hidden journalling because of the personal nature of what was happening.  I love how you can process stuff like this through scrapbooking!  I found it was very therapeutic to put this layout together - I have more pics of my hospital stay to scrap, but I wanted to do these first...


  1. Hi Anna, thank you for sharing what you have gone through, your scrapbook page certainly helps you tell the story.

  2. You are so amazing and Brave!!!!! this is the perfect page and for sure it's a great way for you to process your journey to your recovery- Debi x

  3. I still can't get over how you manage to smile in EVERY photo your brother took! That is the measure of the woman - you are inspirational Anna, as is your page ♥

  4. Thanks for sharing your personal story with us - your page looks great.

  5. Wow Anna. Everything you've been through and you still manage to smile! What an amazing woman you are.

    And, great way to keep a record of your journey. Awesome page! :-)

  6. A lovely page Anna! And, a great way to record your recovery progress. Thanks for sharing ♥

  7. Love the button look and pull up tag idea. 'Thanks for joining in on our July JAI scrapbooking challenge!- Ruthy

  8. This is one gorgeous LO and loving the smile on your face too..You are amazing Anna!

  9. Thanks for sharing this special story. Your layout is fantastic, and I agree with the others - how amazing for you to be smiling in the photos! Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink this month.


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