Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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Oct

24th

digital exclusive: the remembrance edition

Today – October 24th – would have been Jonathan’s 44th birthday. Jonathan is my oldest brother who fought a valiant fight against cancer, but last September his mortal chapter came to a close. Going through that experience was most definitely heartbreaking for those of us who love and miss Jonathan. Certainly I know that most of you understand loss. Most of you have felt the burden and sadness of “losing” someone close to you.

Today I’m not only remembering Jonathan – but I’m remembering Baby Gavin. My friend Natalie Norton and her family are honoring today as the 4th anniversary that Gavin returned to his heavenly home. He was just an infant. Gavin’s life was just beginning.

Rhonda Mason completely understands that kind of loss. Some of you know her as Pink Ronnie; she’s a beautiful addition to our Creative Team. What you may not have realized is that Ronnie has also lost an infant son. I feel that she has been inspired to design what we are calling the Remembrance Edition for Project Life. I feel very blessed that she presented this idea to us and has used her talents to bring this to fruition so it can be available to everyone.

Today we are introducing this new digital exclusive product (no plans to offer this in physical format at this time). As you will see, it’s different than any other kit we’ve offered in the past because Ronnie has incorporated her own beautiful photography and combined this with simple typography. Sometimes there aren’t many pictures of loss. Her remarkable images will help fill in those gaps, and her words guide you in what perhaps you might want to record.

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This kit was extra special for Ronnie to design. It is something she has felt passionate about for some time now since it provides a structure for documenting loss and heartache. Having suffered the loss of her infant son, she felt there was a void of products in the scrapbooking industry that touch on this delicate and difficult aspect of documenting that it is a very real and tangible part of many peoples’ stories. In her own words:

My concept for this edition is quite different to what Becky has in her product range so far. The main difference being that I’ve used my photography in these designs, which I know is somewhat of a unique approach.

The reason for this is simple: When you’ve lost a child, the documentation process is quite different to when you’re documenting the life of a child who’s alive. Apart from the photos that we have of Cameron on the day he was born, we have no more photos of him. There are no baby toes to photograph, no milestones to capture on your camera, no candid shots of the parent holding or feeding the baby… We have only our grief, our tears, and ultimately, our words. So while all the other Project Life kits are graphically designed to complement people’s photos, I’ve adopted almost the opposite approach: cards with beautiful imagery to complement a grieving mother’s journaling.

In terms of the wording, I wanted to avoid trite sentiments like ‘everything will be okay’ or ‘keep smiling’ or ‘stay positive.’ Such words are meaningless when you are grieving for your child. Instead, I’ve written words that I think are true. And real. Simple truths like ‘it hurts’ and ‘taking it one day at a time’ and ‘missing you.’ Heartfelt truths.

With the journaling cards, I wanted to have prompts that will help a mother who’s grieving to articulate what she feels. To encourage her to document her pain and her tears. Grief can be so all-consuming that sometimes it’s easy to just bottle it all inside. But writing it down, journaling one’s pain, is so crucial to the grieving process. It is one of the ways that I got through those early weeks and months. If I had not written, if I had not journaled as I’d done, I think I would’ve found it much more difficult to cope with my grief.

Apart from that, I cannot imagine now not having my journey documented through my journaling. Those words that I wrote in the throes of my grief are utterly precious to me today. They can be hard to read, of course, but they are a true reflection of our journey. Of that time of grieving for Cameron. To have my pain, love, tears, grief, and struggles recorded for me to revisit at any time is a bit part of my tie to him now…

While she designed it specifically with infant loss in mind, this beautiful edition is also a fitting way to document any + all types of grieving and remembrance. Here are a few sample pages that Ronnie put together to show just how lovely these cards look when printed. You can see even more of the images + cards included in this set by visiting Ronnie’s blog.

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Along with the 20% you can save on this newly-released edition, we are having a site-wide sale at digitalprojectlife.com from now until the end of the month as part of our birthday celebration. If you missed saving 20% on any of our most recent products, now’s the perfect time to grab them.

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COMMENTS

35 Responses

  1. Kylie D says:

    Wow, I think this mini kit is going to touch so many lives in such a good way. Just beautiful xo

  2. teegee9 says:

    While I personally can’t use this kit it is truly touching that it exists. Positive and healing vibes to all. Beautiful kit.

  3. Sarah Giles says:

    Absolutely beautiful and helpful and just right. Well done, Rhonda.

  4. Cheryl says:

    These are lovely. I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t been touched by death or grief at some point in their life. I lost my father in March and I so appreciate the timeliness and loveliness of these cards. The photography and the sentiments are touching. I don’t really do digital project life but I do plan to print some as needed. And in fact, loved ones lost from many years ago (grandparents, in-laws, etc.) will get one of these cards next to their photo with a journal entry so that my kids will know more about their ancestors after I’m gone.

  5. Lynn says:

    This is an amazing addition to the Digital ProjectLife line! I know I have certainly struggled how to include the passings & memorials during our year. Thank you for this beautiful product!

  6. Robin Gibson says:

    This edition is lovely! What a wonderful idea! And so beautifully done! Part of my job is taking care of women and families who have just lost a newborn. From my experience, this would be THE perfect way to help not just Mother’s, but the whole family grieve the loss of their loved one.
    The most precious pictures I’ve ever taken have not been on my camera, or of anything near and dear to me personally. They’ve been taken on a (unfortunately not great) camera from the hospital where I work, to present to the parents, the only pictures they might have of their precious newborn baby, ever. I think of that every time this has to happen. In 30 years of nursing, I think it’s the ‘thing’ I take the most care doing. Every time, I wish there was something to go with the pictures, so when they are ready, they can write down their thoughts & feelings, to help them through such a challenging time.

    This is that ‘something’.

    Becky & Rhonda, if you intended to set about changing people’s lives, by helping them find a way to record not only the everyday, but the most precious moments in life…you just did it right here! I guarantee you! Many Blessings to you both :)

    • Nat Mardon says:

      You are so right! Being one of those ‘families’ myself, to be given a mini album with some of these cards in it, how absolutely perfect. I want to do it now myself. Might even do that to honour my baby’s 3rd birthday next year and take them up to the hospital where he was born…

      Thank you Ronnie and Becky, I don’t think you will ever know the magnitude this will have on the babyloss community. What an absolutely blessing xx

    • Robin Gibson says:

      What a wonderful idea Nat! I can tell you, that the nurses often wonder how families are doing after such an event in their lives. We don’t see you but for a short time. Know that you are thought of so often, though you may not know. I do think this is the perfect gift, either to yourself, or someone who has suffered a loss. :)

    • PInk Ronnie says:

      Thank you Robin, you don’t know how much that means to me.
      Ronnie xo

  7. Lindsay says:

    I think I’m going to create some small gifts with these to give to dear friends of mine who’ve miscarried or lost kids. What a gift these are!

  8. Irene says:

    I am, literally, tearing up as I write this. My beloved mother died in August. I was able to document the week in my Project Life, but it was so hard. Last month, my grandmother (in-law) died. Again, the strain of how to document the days of “zombie” land (here with the living, but also with the departed). I am so happy to have this option. Thank you so much.

    November 1st is All Saints Day. I will remember my beloved deceased and yours also. Surely they are in the choir of saints…

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • PInk Ronnie says:

      Hello Irene,
      I am truly sorry for your loss.
      I well remember those “zombie” land days…
      Much love to you and your family during this time.
      Ronnie xo

  9. Sheryl Pyle says:

    This is a beautiful edition of PL and I truly hope you think about providing it in a regular core kit or at least a mini kit for those of us that are not doing digital yet. I love the colors and the whole kit. I pray these will be a blessing to others who do use the digital format.

  10. Darlene M. says:

    It is beautiful. For those of us who have lost a love one and don’t do Digital PL, please, please consider a mini kit….

  11. Christine says:

    Thank you.
    I suffer from an illness that has no cure, the government is stalling in providing money for research and getting pharmaceutical companies interested in developing medication. it is a progressive illness, some are functional but 25 % of us are bed and home bound unable to cook or even shower. Most die of an added infection like pneumonia but unfortunately the last few years the main cause of death has been suicide. I lost 4 of my friend this year alone this way and a few others who died a natural cause. It’s hard to go on without them,I miss them terribly, the pain and suffering is overwhelming but the biggest reason people take their life is because they lost hope.

    I have been struggling to incorporate these losses in my PL and have been thinking of an remembrance album, but at the same time I feel its part of my life so it should be in my PL album as well. Now I can do both.
    Thank you Ronnie and thank you Becky.

  12. Lynn A. says:

    Simply Beautiful! Thank you for creating such a lovely edition.

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  14. Shanon says:

    Please, please, please consider making this available as physical product. I’m a 100% paper girl. I don’t even own a printer. And taking it somewhere to get it printed costs more than the kit itself.

  15. Becky says:

    Thank you so much for making this kit! I lost my Mom in February. I plan to make use of this PL kit for myself and my Dad to use too.
    V

  16. Jo R. says:

    What a beautifully poignant kit. The photography is tender and allows the journalling to shine. Beautiful.

  17. Sue says:

    This is such a beautiful kit; I’m sure it will help those in need. Sending ((hugs)) to all those who have lost someone they love.

  18. Michelle Laulu says:

    This is just beautiful. The photography is gorgeous and the idea is perfect.

  19. cindy b says:

    I am really disappointed that this beautiful kit is not offered in print. EVERY one experienced loss. Whether it’s a loss of a parent, child, sibling, pet, etc.. there are many, many forms of grief. This is just a universal topic that I’m saddened it’s not offered in print. I don’t have an expensive printer that prints great images so this digital kit doesn’t appeal to me to buy. Not everyone does digital things. This kit is absolutely stunning…

  20. Heather says:

    I’m glad you have chosen to provide this kit. I have “scrapbooked” some of my eight losses. I don’t have many photos. Usually only a picture of a positive pregnancy test, a photo of my stomach, and an ultrasound photo. But I have many words to express my feelings. I hope this will help others deal with their loss.

  21. Syreeta says:

    As the mother of two dead children this touched me so much. Even after five years I don’t think I could bear to do this, but I am happy that you have thought of this.

  22. This is simply amazing. I only wish that I could buy the cards!! I would love to make an album for my mom, who lost her son, my dear brother 18 years ago; he was 10. I sincerly thank you — and BEG Becky to sell this in physical format!! xo Ronnie

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