Hi scrappy pals! Bo Bunny's January Challenge inspired me to create a layout. The theme is to reflect and scrap something you accomplished, survived or are proud of in 2012. Well those of you who know me know 2012 was just a horrible year for me and my family. It was full of sadness, heartache and many tears. Right from the start last January was when it began. I lost my dad. It was and still is the hardest loss and event in my life that I continue to deal with day by day. February my husband Mike was in car accident. Thankfully minor but it was a big ordeal with the insurance companies. It wasn't his fault and eventually we did get the money that was owed to us. I often wonder why we even bother carrying insurance which is a whole other topic. March my Uncle Al passed away.Through the years we had grown apart but still a shock and heartache. It just seemed like every obstacle that could be put in our way was. My Uncle Robert passed in October and soon after in November my Grandmother who was 89 passed as well. My grandmother was especially hard of a loss for me. She was there when others weren't. Don't get me wrong all of the losses were difficult but I was closer to some family more then others. 2012 in a nut shell for me was the worst. The only positive spin I can put on it and I am generally a positive person is that I survived the year. Even through the difficulties of the holidays when you are used to seeing someone who is normally there but no longer is. To be honest I just didn't even want to deal with the holidays. If it wasn't for my hubby I wouldn't have decorated or followed through on any of our normal traditions. I guess I just felt lost. Lost without the ones I loved. Thankfully my children made it a wonderful Christmas and we made new traditions even though it was difficult too. So here I am still standing tall even though the year almost completely crushed me. I now just take one day at a time. Some are better then others.
Journal Tag says: I managed to survived year full of sadness, loss and hardships. The loss of my DAD, Gram and 2 uncles was difficult. The holidays were very hard without them but I managed to get through them.
Papers: Bo Bunny Serenity, Timepiece, Extreme Teen
Buttons: Bo Bunny Country Garden
Alpha Stickers: Timepiece
Chipboard: Want2 scrap
Flowers: I am Roses
Mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang
Some techniques I used in my layout are layering, distressing, misting and fussy cutting.