A Little Bit of Delaney…

1901116_735882913112583_815154389_n.jpgI had no idea how much this beautiful little girl would change my life when my cousin married her Mom in 2007 or how much she would change the lives of everyone she met. My heart still hurts from the loss of such an incredible little girl.

Delaney Janea Clements
August 5, 2002 – March 21, 2016
The most beautiful fabulous dancing queen!
While she is no longer with us, Delaney is a bright shining light in the world that will outlast all of us. Her short time here on this Earth cannot be measured in years, although we all feel 13 was not nearly enough.
Delaney had no fear, she spent most of her energy making sure we were all okay and hiding her own pain with her brilliant smile.
That smile. It will be forever etched on our brains.
She became an emotional caregiver for other children hospitalized for treatment as well as a worldwide spokesperson for childhood cancer awareness. She would not be ignored! She invited all of us into her battle and allowed us into her most intimate moments, in the hope that things would change for other children. She was heard.
Delaney was a fashionista beyond the norm for a teenager. Even during her most trying times, you weren’t going to catch her looking anything but fabulous. She had the most adventurous spirit, every day could be an exciting new experience with Delaney when you let her take the reins. She never said no at the idea of doing something new, it didn’t matter if it was a simple task or even an errand, she made it fun. This was a trait directly inherited from her mother.
She was a dancer: any time, any place, she danced. Sometimes it was goofy and just for fun, but mostly she loved to choreograph and teach her friends and little sister, Emma Jo, the moves.
She taught us all a lot: how to love, how to laugh, how to open our hearts and mostly how to live every moment of our lives to the limit. She will never be forgotten, she made sure that was not a possibility, and therefore she will never truly be gone.
“There’s always time for living
Can we just do it again?
One more time like it once was…
Way back when”
-Delaney’s favorite song from “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”
Delaney is survived by her mother, Wendy (Brandon) Reece; father, Patrick Clements, and Brittan Campbell; her siblings, Keenan Clements and Emma Jo Campbell, and thousands of people across the globe who are forever changed for having known her.

Everybody deserves to have a little bit of Delaney in their lives. In her thirteen short years of life, she did a whole lot of living. She had adventures that some only dream of, but she also suffered more than anyone should ever have to. As a Paper Crafting Instructor, I realized that someone should be saving her adventures  not only for her to enjoy, but as a way for her parents to look back when she was gone.

So, I set to work and my first step was to reach out to the Close To My Heart paper crafting community. I knew that her time on earth was growing shorter and so I asked for donations of scrapbooking supplies, as well as ready made layouts, albums and memory protectors. I was delighted by the turnout of gals willing to help me out with this project.

As I began collecting photos and copying down the hundreds of messages, I got an even greater glimpse into the lives of those she’d touched and how she was changing her community as they banded around their tiny hero. In fact, I couldn’t keep up with the daily stream of messages placed by people from all across the United States.

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As I began pulling together photos, deciding where each one fit on the ready made layouts and Delaney’s beautiful life spread out before me. How could one little girl’s whole life span a handful of pages?

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I made sure to leave some spots for journaling, so that Delaney, her mom or her dad could add thoughts or memories to the pages. Giving them a chance to make the pages their own. Recording specific memories of those precious days with their little girl.

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These photos are of the layouts for the album that I made for Delaney and her mom. I used the same photos but placed them on different pages for the album for Delaney and her Dad, Brittan. So that he could hold onto his memories of his little girl.

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I made a trip to Colorado back in February for my Grandfather’s funeral and took the opportunity to hand deliver the first album to Delaney & her Mom, Wendy. It was amazing and so much more for me to deliver it to her myself. She’d had a pamper day that day, which had completely worn her out, which broke my heart because a thirteen year old shouldn’t suffer so much. Even though she was tired, she glanced at the pages as I showed her what I had done. I left a cute box with her own journaling pen and some glue, plus a few more photos and PML cards.

I am grateful that I was able to make this beautiful gift for Delaney and her family. It may not bring her back, but it will help them remember the good times with her. Its why it’s so important to find ways to preserve your family’s memories. It can be done simply or more complex, either way they are saved for others to enjoy.

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Picture My Life: Father’s Day Album

I can hardly believe we are already thirteen days into August already. Where has the summer gone? It feels like my summer has been jam-packed with things but the two biggest events have been my Close To My Heart Convention in July and house hunting in July & August. We are now in the process of closing on a house (Wahoo!) Can I just say how ecstatic I am to have a place that’s our very own and be able to make the changes we want to it? Father's Day Album 1So it may not seem like a lot but it’s kept us hoping. Now we are in the final week & a half till school starts for all six of us. Add in moving and you’ve just met my crazy remainder of the year. LOL! So, with that being said, I can definitely say I’m behind in project sharing! I’ve worked on a few projects throughout the summer, perhaps not as many as I’d have liked to. Some crafting is better than none, that’s for sure.

Here we are in August and I’m going to share a very fun & simple project that I created for my Husband’s Father’s Day gift! Yep, we are jumping back to June, but trust me you are in for a treat!

FD Album 6I decided that I wanted to think outside of the box for my Hubby’s gift and I really love the patterns available with our Picture My Life cards. It was the perfect way to put together a cute and simple mini album
, but gives the look of something much more complicated. I used the large journal card size, 4×6, to be the base size for the album. This allowed me to use both sides of the cards if I wanted to or to glue a different patterned Cardstock to one side.

On a couple of pages, I glued the smaller cards on and used them as pockets for photos or other PML cards. I mismatched the cards from different PML sets, FD Album 7which gave it a really unique feel and while they are different they seem to pull together nicely. So don’t be afraid to use some from this set or that set together.

I also made sure to use some 3-D embellishments, so that it had some dimension to it. I used ribbon, washi tape, acrylic flowers and zipper lace. Once I had tied all the pages together with some of our thick flaxen twine, that’s when I went hunting for photos and began to write inside. I had so much fun and even had my kids help decide on pictures & made sure to put messages from each of them in there.  FD Album 12FD Album 12 FD Album 13 FD Album 14  The best part of the whole thing was that my husband adored it. I worked on it while he was gone with the military and we got to give it to him at his graduation. It was something very unique and something that he can enjoy for years to come. So, if you find yourself stuck on a project or even without one, think outside the box and see what fun & creative things you can come up with. Remember Get Crafty!Father's Day Album 2

Product Used

Blue Shimmer Trim Blue Shimmer Trim    Balloon Ride PML PML: Balloon Ride (Retiring, Available until Aug. 31st)

Heartstrings PML PML: Heartstrings (Retiring, Available until Aug. 31st)  Bitty Sparkles Bitty Sparkles

Flaxen Twine Flaxen Extra Thick Twine  BM Glue Memory Bond Glue

Teal Flowers Teal Acrylic Flowers (located in the While Supplies last category)

PML: Avonlea (Retired)

Rosette Ribbon (Retired)

Skylark Paper Pack (Retired)

Lagoon Zipper Lace (Retired)

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