Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tiny Miracle {CSI Case File No. 41}

Case File No. 41 is open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.


I made another page for Monica. I'm not sure if I ever told you this, but Monica is pregnant with James's baby. For those who don't know Monica's story, you'll want to read about why this is so exciting and such a miracle.

Monica is my best friend's daughter. Her husband was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 17. They were married for six short years before James died at the age of 23 this past July. They had been trying to have a baby but were unsuccessful for several years. Two months before James died, they got pregnant.

James got to name the baby the day before he died. At the time they didn't know the gender, so Monica and James's little girl is going to have a boy's name: Ezra James. The name came from a song that James knew Monica always loved--"A Lifetime' by Better Than Ezra. In the song, a girl died in a car crash, and her boyfriend went to the wake and stole her ashes to sprinkle in the ocean.

Such a sad and beautiful story.

Such a sweet, tiny miracle.

I grabbed the sonogram photo of Ezra tiny inside her mommy, from a month or two ago, off of Monica's facebook page and made this layout.

Clues I used...Evidence: gold elements, tassel, layers, ombre, white-on-white textured element; Testimony: Inspiration Word: dream (I'm going to let Monica do journaling for her book).


I used this sketch by Michele Singh, who's on my CSI design team and has so-so many talents:


Here are a few details. The papers are from Teresa Collins's Tell Your Story collection.  The roses are by Recollections. That layered round flower is by K&Co. It's pretty old. I cut the little tassel out of this week's CSI Coordinates. The gold charm is form Michael's, and the resin pieces are by Melissa Francis. That big fabric brad is by Heidi Grace.


The only paper on my page that isn't by Teresa Collins is that green layer you can see in the next photo--It's by Autumn Leaves (Foofala)--really old. I lace in between the layers.


The butterflies were cut out of one of the Teresa Collins papers, and I added Cheery Lynn die-cut butterflies on top, along with some pearls. The sparkly letters are Thickers, and the smaller letter stickers are by October Afternoon, inked and mounted on pop dots. The ticket is from one of the Teresa Collins patterned papers. 


I found this sweet little ribbon rose in my stash, seeming to be waiting just for this layout.


As always, our design team and guest designers made some gorgeous layouts this week, so come take a peek and play with us! We have three sponsors this month--Scraps of Elegance, Flying Unicorn, and Scrapbook Fantasies.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading about my page!



19 comments:

Jennifer Shaw said...

Oh Debbie when I saw this up on CSI last night I was so hoping that it was Monica and James' baby. This is such an amazing thing! Your LO is stunning!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So beautiful! I loveeeeeee the colors, the flowers and the doily!!

Anna-Karin said...

That is a beautiful story Debbi. When I saw you layout on CSI I was hoping this was the case. Gorgeous layout, lovely soft feeling to it. TFS!

Karen said...

Debbi I am so pleased to read this wonderful news! This layout is stunning, yet again you have put so many wonderful details onto your layout without making it look crowded! Beautiful!!

Helen Wallace said...

I loved reading about this miracle baby. What a gift for Monica and perhaps some balm for her soul. Your attention to details is outstanding and as others have said, I'm amazed you achieve this look without clutter on an 8x8. :)

Billie-Jean Beveridge said...

Such a beautiful page Debbi, so heartwarming and i am happy for Monica to be blessed with a constant reminder of her husband. I am now anticipating the beautiful pages you will create with Ezra. Well done in creating this it is a work of art :)

Ashley Horton said...

So bittersweet Debbi!! I did not know your friend was pregnant from reading the original story about them!! And I love seeing your pages, because even though I don't know them, I think what you're doing is so special!! This page is extremely beautiful, and it brings tears to my eyes thinking about their story. What a sweet, sweet page for Baby Ezra!!

Irma said...

what a sad story but with something so beautiful to come out of it. Your LO is amazing Debbi!

Shona said...

omy that is just such a touching story...awwwwwww. Your creation is just gorgeous :)

Lynette said...

This is such a beautiful layout. I am so happy for Monica that she gets to keep this beautiful memory of a beautiful love story. Thank you for sharing their story with us.

Lizzyc said...

Oh miracle of miracles... I am so happy for them, for this gift of life...and this layout is perfect, so very beautiful.. the colors are soft and so pretty.. a wonderful layout for this special photo...

Em said...

what an amazing parting gift James gave Monica I'm completely blown away xoxoxoxoxoxo I have very good friend called Erryn and we all call her Ezra so hey I think its a perfect name for a little bubba girl...I just ahve to say I am completely buzzing by this news :))))

Ana Castro said...

Beautiful page, Debbi!! Love the colors! ;))

Dawn said...

Just found your blog through a link at 2peas, your layouts are amazing! What size photos do you usually use? I was so pleased to read about Monica and James' miracle baby!

Lynn Murphy said...

What a stunning page and beautiful story.

Tamika said...

This is amazing!

Eila Sandberg said...

Life has a way of working out miracles in the most mysterious ways. Reading about baby Ezra I was just covered in goosebumps and smiling from ear to ear. James lives in your hearts but now he will also live in his child. When I saw this on FB I stopped dead in my tracks, there is something different in it, something special that beckons and draws attention. This one has to be framed Debbs!! Hope is always to be had when life seems to be at its darkest. LOVE!! xoxox

Di Garling said...

Hi Debbie, after reading your post at CSI I just had to come over & read the whole story, & oh what a story. So beautiful but still so sad. It has actually made me a little teary. What a wonderful parting gift James has left for his daughter. Even the story behind the choice of name is special too. Beautiful layout Debbie for such a special special photo. Thanks for sharing this all with us. Di xo

Michele said...

Awww, Debbi, this is such a beautiful page. The story is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. There are gorgeous details everywhere you look. Fantastic page, and thanks so much for using the sketch!

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