Thursday, March 17, 2016

Remember a Mixed Media Layout **C'est Magnifique** March Kit

The 7 year anniversary of my daughter Kristen's death was coming up and my son asked to see pictures of his little sister.  She passed away very unexpectedly of SIDS when she was 4 months old and it forever changed who I am.  You never get over a loss of a child, but you work though it.  My way of working through the pain is my creative outlet, it was the reason I really started to scrapbook and delve deep into the art and craft world.  



The picture is of my husband and I at the funeral home the day before the funeral.  We chose to have her body embalmed, but just for us to view.  We felt it would be odd for our friends and family to see a dead baby, and I still feel a bit weird letting people see the pictures of here like this, I would rather everyone see her alive and happy.  When we went to view her that day a friend came with the program Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep to take pictures of our last moments with our daughter.  I have not looked at these pictures since the day of the funeral when she gave them to me.  They went on a shelf and I really just have not had the strength to see them again and bring up all the memories of that painful day.  Time has gone by, and my son who is now 10 (he was 3 when she passed) is still asking tons of questions about what happened to her and asked to see the pictures.  There was a lot of crying on both of our parts while viewing the pictures, and I decided it was time to do something with them.



My emotions are fully obvious in the picture and tried to convey that feeling of pain, anguish, love, frustration, hurt, numbness, and just anger into my layout.  I used a ton of paper tearing, layers of gesso, other mediums, stencils, splatters, misting, and really just getting mad at my layout beating it all to hell as a poured my heart into the piece.



Thanks for reading my post and my heart.  Please hug your little ones extra hard tonight, life changes in an instant!

Supplies Used
Stencil - TCW
Mediums - Prima
Glue - Beacon
Hugs

27 comments:

  1. {{{HUGS}}} dear one. A beautiful tribute to your sweet baby girl. No parent should ever lose a child. I'm so sorry.

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  2. I think of your loss often and always send up prayers for you!

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  3. My heart aches for you. I'm not even going to pretend to be able to understand or or empathize. A loss like that stays with you. I pray God comforts those innermost wounds. Thank you for sharing your heart. It's a beautiful reminder to be thankful for our children and love them deeply while we can.

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  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine. THis is a beautiful work of art

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  5. Beautiful tribute, thank you for sharing it with us.

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  6. fabulous tribute thinking of you and your family

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  7. You are very brave. This is a beautiful memorial of your daughter. Wishing you many blessings and happiness.

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  8. So wonderful and painful that you are now able to share that story and those memories with your son and the world and heal a little more.
    My love goes out to you and your beautiful family.

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  9. Hugs - this is a beautiful memorial

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  10. What a beautiful tribute to your daughter. Hugs! BL

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  11. Oh Erin, this is a beautiful, but heart wrenching tribute to your daughter. So sorry for your tragic loss. Big, big hugs to you and your family xxx

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  12. My heart breaks for you. I cannot even fathom this pain. I am glad that you were finally able to pull the pictures out again to honor her life. Sending prayers to you and your family. God bless. <3

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  13. Beautiful tribute. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

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  14. Oh this is a beautiful tribute to your precious daughter. I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your story with us all.

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  15. Such an outstanding piece of work..you can tell it came from your heart. I cannot begin to understand your loss..but grief is something you learn to live with..it never leaves us..and you will always have wonderful memories of your little poppet forever. Heartfelt hugs and thoughts for you. Xx

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  16. Erin, art is such a beautiful expression of feeling....it truly is a work of HEart....just wonderful and an amazing tribute to the memory of your daughter.

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