Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Elle's Studio Saying Good Bye

Happy Wednesday,

4 years ago my father passed away and I inherited his car.  It was a 1999 Lexus but when I got it it only had 28,000 miles on it.  It ran perfectly!  I so loved this car.  It was my first "luxury" item.  My dad was a HUGE golfer and in the back trunk he had several golf umbrellas and visors.  When I got it I just couldn't part with them and for 4 years I drove with these items and also his CD's in the car.  It still felt like HIS car.  Well, in June the car was having problems and the dealership said that it would cost more to repair than what it was worth.  So we decided to trade it in.  When we were leaving the house to trade the car in Jack asked me "Mom are you sad that you are getting rid of the car?"  and in that moment I realized that I was getting rid of the car AND my Dad in a way.  It always just felt like maybe he was still around because I had his things with me.  It still hurts to have lost him.  He was diagnosed with cancer in November and died just 4 months later.  So I wanted to do a layout about this experience.  It was really cathartic.  (I am sorry to be rather personal today on the blog but this layout means a whole lot to me! and I am VERY happy about it!)

This layout uses the April Paper Bakery Kit.  I used all the Elle's Studio components in the layout along with other odds n ends that I had in my stash from studio calico and Elle's Studio.
supplies
Paper , tags, elle's studio
wood veneer- studio calico
doodlebug pearls
alpha- glitz
sewing machine

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back with the new SOG August Challenge!  See you then, Have a wonderful and crafty day!
mp

21 comments:

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

It is a beautiful layout and I truly appreciate you sharing. Sorry for your loss. I know that no matter how many years pass, there are moments where it still feels fresh.

Kathy Humphrey said...

Oh what a hard day that must have been for you, Mary Pat. I know what you mean about thinking he was still around by keeping his things close to you. Four years gave you time to heal though, so it was easier to do now than it would have been then. Precious layout.

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

I totally know what you mean about keeping your Dad's things and how it feels as if he's still around, Mary Pat. I so appreciate you sharing this story. I could almost have written it myself. Big hugs to you. You did a beautiful job on the layout and I'm so glad it was healing for you to do it.

Sue Althouse said...

What a lovely layout and a memory that needs to be preserved. We lost my father in-law about 7 years ago, so I know what you mean. Sometimes it still hurts.

Leslie Germain said...

love this page from your heart. What a sweet story. Sorry to hear about your dad but I love the memory you created with this page!!

Pam W Merwin said...

What a tribute to your dad! Always cherish your sweet memories :)

Jodi said...

I am so sorry for your loss.... you layout is inspiring and perfect! HUGS to you :)

Becky said...

I can only imagine how hard it was to let go of this car. I bet it felt good to make this layout though, one of the many great things about scrapbooking.

Jingle said...

Oh! I am so sorry that you had to go through that, but I'm glad you were able to work through it and remember him fondly. Your layout is wonderful!

Cindy England said...

I think it's great that you used your scrapbooking to work through this experience; I find that often helps me, too. The LO is lovely.

Cindy deRosier said...

So sorry for your loss. I totally understand that giving up the car could make the loss fresh again. The layout is wonderful.

Izzy Anderson said...

Your post touched me so, Mary Pat. I loved the way his car and his things made you feel like he was right there with you. Such a touching story. I am sorry you lost your Dad. I am super close to mine and know I will be a basket case when that day comes. Beautiful layout. I love your design.

Tanya Ham said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. I know that scrapbooking hard times has a way of helping us cope. I know it gives me a little bit of peace. ((hugs))

Fleursbydesign said...

SO sorry for your loss, I lost my dad too and still have hard days

Debby said...

It must have been so hard. I'm so sorry. I know how it feels to finally let go of something of my dad's. I was given ... silly of all things ... his PJ's. In the latter part of his struggle with Parkinson's he was in his PJ's more often than not. After 13 years I finally gave my children each a set, I kept a set and passed them on for use by someone else. 13 years I it was hard and I will always miss him.

Your layout is stunning. Thank you for sharing.

Janet Zeppa said...

It's great that you got this on a layout!

Tracy said...

This must have been hard for you Mary Pat. I still have my dad's collection of books. I will never read them and neither will my siblings, but I just can't seem to part with them, even though I know I should.
You son is so caring and sensitive to pick up on your feelings.
Great layout. That is why we scrapbook to document our lives, even the sad times.

Norma Gomez said...

Beautiful layout, it's wonderful that you were able to capture what the car meant to you in this page. Thanks for sharing, hugs.

Mirabyll said...

What a story. Thanks for sharing. This is therapeutical scrapbooking and it is hard... and good for the soul. Hugs!

Kimberly Kett said...

(((HUGS))) Thanks for sharing such a special story, I'm glad that you were able to capture it so well here with this layout.

Katie said...

I am so sorry about your dad. This layout is beautiful. It must have been so hard to give up the car, but it is wonderful that you were able to use scrapbooking to help you with that experience.

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