I Lost A Little Colour

Today is one of my dearest friends birthday. It would normally be a day of celebration, but I can’t help but feeling rather sad today. You see, she passed away unexpectedly a little over a month ago. So today I’m not going to say much really, but I do want to share with you a digital scrapbooking layout I made to honor her.

As some of you may know, besides blogging I am a graphic designer who has a large emphasis on creating digital scrapbooking products. This is how Valerie entered my life 8 years ago – I began working with her, so it seemed appropriate in my eyes to also honor her this way.  I’ve made hundreds of pages and layouts, but not one was ever this hard for me to complete. But I sucked it up because I wanted to share with her family just how much she meant to me and my family.

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The post-it in the above layout I found randomly a few days after she passed. It was stuck to something she sent me.

It seems only appropriate to honor V in this medium since digital scrapbooking is what brought her into my life 8 years ago. From the very start she saw something in me that did not know I even possessed. She saw an artist. I will forever be grateful for her belief in me when I doubted myself. Not only in my art, but in life.

Besides being my mentor, she was my friend. She loved my family like her own, and they loved her right back.

We were alike in so many ways that it was often uncanny. Our colour of choice for clothing was black. We were both raised by military fathers, we both lived in Japan as children and always held a certain affinity for Japan. We liked the same food. Both potty mouths and smart asses …. I could go on and on. And although our likenesses could fill volumes; I could only hope to one day be as graceful, forgiving, creative, wise, and kind as Valerie.

No matter what tribulation I was faced with, V would always calmly remind me in her sweet voice, “It will always work out. Things will happen they way they are suppose to”.

And while I have many deeply personal memories to hold onto – just as precious to me are the the stupid silly moments we shared. Her laughing at me jumping on her bed, eating pizza, getting lost on a drive. The little doodads we would ship each other back and forth simply to say, “Hey this reminded me of you.” Or the txt messages she would send me trying to alert me to the position of my lost phone.

I will miss her every day. I will cherish every memory big, small, and every vibrant laugh I can still hear of hers echoing through my ears and my heart. My life lost a little color the day I lost her. Love you V.

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PS: I also forgot to post this originally. I created this little diddy the day after or so I had learned of her passing. It was something she said once when asked what her ambition was in life. I always think her words will always remain more beautiful and powerful than my own.

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