Thursday, January 19, 2012

Facebook Fan Blog Hop 2012 with Simple Stories


Congratulations! You are officially part of the first ever, most fabulous Facebook Fan Blog Hop 2012 with Simple Stories! Here's what you need to do:

Hop along the blogging trail, to each of the blogs/sites listed below. Please leave a comment HERE and on each of the blogs you visit, including the Simple Stories blog - it will be worth your while; you will see some awesome projects with Simple Stories goodies! Hint hint: prizes to score, winners chosen from your comments! Woohoo!

For my project, I have been working on something that will likely be my favorite album that I've ever made. My little son, only 4, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Sept 12, 2011. The worst news a mother ever wants to hear is that not only is your baby sick, but that it is something that will not go away. I made a not-quite mini album to record the journey from discovery to coping, and it has hidden pockets and journaling spots everywhere! As soon as I decidedI would do this, the Simple Stories Destinations paper collection came to mind as the perfect supply to use.

For a truly different type of Destination, take a look:

Book cover is simply chipboard with beautiful pattern paper and embellishments.
first pages:
Each page has a full size slit in the outer edge, which holds a 4x6 photo mat, or journal tag, or accordian fold letter. Tons of real estate in this book!

Second set of pages, flaps closed:
Each of the flaps also has the side slit, so they have hidden tags as well.

With flaps open:

Still a few pages to go before I'm done. It's a very emotional project for me, so I'm taking my time. Look how beautiful this paper is!

I am so proud of not only my son, and this project, but for me actually scrapping this. My son is so young, he won't remember the how or when or why. This is a gift for him. He's an amazing little boy, and I hope he will see through this just how special he is to us, and just how far we will go to keep him safe and well and loved.

So hop on, everyone! Enjoy, and have fun! Here's your path:

BLOG HOP SCHEDULE:

1) Simple Stories
www.simple-stories.com

2) Martha Saenz
http://www.welcometomarthaworld.blogspot.com

3) Simple Stories design team member, Kim Holmes http://www.theholmescrew.blogspot.com

4) Amanda Albright
http://www.asquared.typepad.com

5) Cindy Pittman - YOU ARE HERE!
http://www.scrapixie.blogspot.com

6) Simple Stories design team member, Emily Pitts
http://www.emilypitts.blogspot.com

7) Sara O’Shea knittingprose.com
http://www.knittingprose.com

8) Simple Stories design team member, Allison Landy
http://www.scrapsrfun.typepad.com

9) Kate Blue
http://www.Kateblue.blogspot.com

10) Simple Stories design team member, Wendy Morris
http://scrapnspire.blogspot.com

11) Naomi Armenta
http://www.snipitytweetwhispers.blogspot.com

12) Michelle Brekke
http://www.wildnkrazie.blogspot.com

13) Simple Stories design team member, Liz Qualman
http://www.lizqualman.blogspot.com

58 comments:

  1. What a great project, looks like you made good use of every piece of paper. Very inspiring.

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  2. What a wonderful way to record your son's diabetes. It's a great looking album.
    My husband has diabetes and the first thing I had to learn is that it never goes away. But it's always in the back of your mind.
    Eveline.

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  3. OMGosh LOVE your album! Your little sweetheart is a special boy and I'm glad you've made him the journal to document all of it. Awesome work!

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  4. What a great project Cindy! We are so glad you could join us today! TFS

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  5. Aww... so adorable! Love that minibook! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love the clever take on the Travel theme. Your son's really brave. Wishing him and your family all the best.

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  7. That's a beautiful book! We (my daughter & I) love making mini albums like that. There's just something special about a book all made by hand that you can look through with your eyes and your hands. All the textures, the flaps, the secret pockets - it's just magical, isn't it? Beautiful!

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  8. What an incredible project to document your son's brave journey. Wishing him (and you!) all the best in 2012!

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  9. what a fun book and such a great way to document a new way of life.

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  10. What an awesome book, super job!

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  11. what a wonderful book! wishing you luck along your journey!

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  12. that book is beautiful, matter of fact all your work here is beautiful. What a nice gift for your son.

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  13. Cindy, your take on how to use that Destinations paper is amazingly inspirations. I never thought of documenting an emotional journey. I wish you the best of everything with your son! There are a lot of resources out there. My mom had type 2 and my brother and I are ever vigilant about our own health so that we do not acquire it as we age. I thank God that so far, so good! Awesome blog! Love all the color!!!

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  14. Oh, this gave me goosebumps!

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  15. Love your Journey book! Such a wonderful to document your son and his story!

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  16. What a wonderful way to document this emotional journey, beautiful book!

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  17. WOW - what a wonderful gift to give to your son - this is something he will cherish his whole life - to know how much his Mom cares and loves him - documenting this journey is a wonderful way to record your emotions, feelings and fears, as well as your proud Mom moments and your love for your son. My 21yr old nephew was diagnosed around the same age as your son and he is doing wonderfully - he has grown up into such a loving young man. God Bless you, your son and your family and will continue to pray for a cure.

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  18. This is such a great little album for your son! I love all the interactive elements. So fabulous!

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    1. Love this album it is fantastic......so many detail fit into a mini!

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  19. What a beautiful way to look at things! Good luck as you work towards dealing with this.

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  20. What a very inspiring project. It teaches that scrapping the unfortunate (not just the happy memories) can help us cope and understand. Good luck to your family on this journey, especially that brave son of yours.

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  21. Such a wonderful book you are putting together for your son! Scrapbooking both happy and heartbreaking memories are good for the soul as well. Great way to document your journey.

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  22. Wow! Gorgeous, clever album. Can't imagine how hard this challenge must be, but how wonderful that you can document it. And so beautifully.

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  23. Fabulous album. I'm sure it will always be cherished. Good luck with the rest of your journey.

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  24. That is a GREAT paper line!!! Totally love your work!

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  25. It's amazing that you're turning news like this into as positive an experience as possible. The album is beautiful and I love all the pockets, or as you put it "real estate" in the album. Really wonderful.

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  26. This is such a treasured item to document your hard journey.

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  27. this is truly amazing and full of heart and soul, not many people would have seen the potential of this paper line to do this type of project
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  28. your post brought tears to my eyes, you are creating such a special book for your little boy!

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  29. I love how you are documenting your journey with Diabetis. I would have never thought to do this but think its wonderful!

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  30. Oh, what a fun book, but also of life...love how you documented this.

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  31. Love your story...I have a 22 year old who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was six. I understand your journey and the help of recording it. Nice Job.

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  32. The is so beautiful. I love how your story and the album is lovely.

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  33. Great job on this book! It makes me want to try one! Love Penny Scrap-aholic@blogspot.com

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  34. That album is too cute for words. What a clever way to docuement your life. Love it.

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  35. Awesome album for such a great story to tell! TFS!!!

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  36. Your mini book is great and you know, you are "going places"!

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    1. Sorry for some reason there wasn't a comment spot so I had to hit reply. :)
      Your project is a wonderful thing for you and your son. Good luck to both of you!

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    2. I'm doing the same thing as Janet, so that I can reply.
      Just wanted to tell you, Cindy, that your album is beautiful and a wonderful work from the heart from your son.
      We have friends whose sons both have Type 1 diabetes. They have good days and bad days, but the good news is that their disease is manageable - not perfect, by any means, but manageable. I wish you and your family guidance and support and hope in your son's lifetime, there will be a cure for juvenile diabetes!

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  37. Love your album. A true labour of love!

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  38. What a special and heartfelt piece of work. Your amazing talent along with some beautiful product has brought forth a chronicle of something that you can hold dear for years. I am sure having this journal and being able to talk and live about your son's diabetes will be a big help, and someday he will get great joy from being able to read it. Lovely.

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  39. Your album is amazing! I am so sorry to hear about your son. My daughter was in a car accident this past year where she broke her neck. She is ok, made a full recovery. But I scrapped it too. Helped me deal with almost losing her. Treasure your moments with your son. Hugs.

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  40. What a wonderful gift to give your son! What a wonderful way to work through feelings that undoubtedly come from such a life-altering diagnosis! You're doing a most important job - documenting what life is about, the beauty as well as the ugliness and showing how you've made it through alright gives everyone hope for the future! TFS!

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  41. What an inventive idea you came up with. Your Son is very BLESSED to have you as his Mother.

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  42. Thanks for sharing your project with us! I pray that you'll have strength and optimism for the journey ahead!

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  43. margdougherty@hotmail.comJanuary 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I love your projects! I also love all the Simple Stories lines!

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  44. What a fun book! I love all the interactive pages!

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  45. love all the pull outs and hidden places

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  46. What a great idea to document all aspects of life, not just the easy ones. I like the interactive elements you've incorporated! Simple Stories is the perfect line for the theme you've chosen!

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  47. What a beautiful way to document this part of his life and how you all coped with it. When he get's older he will love it.

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  48. This is a wonderful album and so meaningful at this time in your life. I'm sorry to hear about your son's diagnosis, but it seems like you are coping well! Scrapping can be therapeutic too!

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  49. This project is beautiful, Cindy! You are courageous to record the difficult moments as well as the great ones. That's what life is all about. Thanks so much for stopping by during the Stamp It! 3 Ways Blog Hop!

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