Driving the Boat

I’ve shared before about my Dad’s stroke. I even created a layouts about it (here and here). But every time I blog or scrap about Dad’s stroke it’s been from my perspective. The other day my oldest made a comment that gave me a peek into how this stroke has effected him. And I knew I needed to make a page about it.

  • Design Inspiration: I combined a sketch from ScrapHappy with this layout I saw on Pinterest. In both I loved the circular nature of the title.
  • Color Inspiration: I don’t often use navy but it just seemed like the perfect color for a nautical type layout. The yellow and orange felt like fun, sunny accents.


When my son told me that what he missed most about “the Bubba that wasn’t in a wheel chair” was getting to go out on the boat together I went searching through my files for a photo of them together on the boat. Turns out this one was taken 3 months before Dad’s stroke on what would be our last boat ride. We hope to get the boys back out on the boat this summer, but my Dad will not be able to be a part of it. And yet, I don’t want to let the sadness of our current reality take away from the fun that we had together on the boat. This layout walks that line between remembering the fun while still acknowledging the loss.

I used tons of layering on this page. I loved adding the many bits and pieces! I feel like it gives the layout lots of motion, which seemed appropriate.

I decided to use the curves of the background paper to not only align the title, but I also used it for the journaling. (and yes I know there is a spelling error. the can should say can’t. I’ve fixed it on the layout but didn’t re-photograph it).

I could have written the journaling as if I had made the page right after the fact and kept it very happy. But somehow that didn’t feel real to me. And since the inspiration for the page was all about what my son misses I decided to keep the journaling honest. And I love that I have this part of our reality documented!

Have you ever scrapped a more difficult part of life? What was your experience with that process?


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  1. Posted June 4, 2012 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Wonderful layout, Monica! Love all the layers and the way you wrote your journaling!

  2. Heather Beasley
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    What a heartfelt layout… and from your son’s perspective makes it even more meaningful. And it helps to scrap the “loss” we feel when our loved one’s health deteriorates. Thanks for sharing.

    • Posted June 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Heather! And it’s so true. My grandmother died when I was 6 and I have so few memories of her. I want to be sure my son remember’s how his grandpa was “before.”

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