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This Photo | Amy Sorensen

This Photo | Amy Sorensen

12 x 12 | materials red patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye) + white letter stickers (American Crafts) + red letter stickers (Basic Grey) + brown letter stickers (Authentique) + red ribbon (American Crafts) + edge punch (Fiskars) + scalloped oval punch (Mcgill) +
swirly stamp (Close to my Heart) + stamping ink (Tsukineko) + tags (Authentique) + black pen (American Crafts)

A Note from Amy
In August, my dad passed away, and my sister and I were given the task of organizing photos for a slide show we displayed at his funeral. I dug back through all my pre-digital pictures, looking for images with my dad in them. After, I couldn’t bear to put this one back, even though I’d already scrapped another copy of it years and years ago. It brought back so many memories and feelings for me, and once again I am reminded of the power of photographs combined with words. I purposefully used a combination of old and new scrapping supplies to mirror the combination of old and new emotions.

It’s been sitting on my desk since Grandpa Don’s funeral, and I can’t bear to put it away. So many things in it are gone forever: Grandpa when he was healthy and could laugh and tease and tell stories, Haley in her little-girl incarnation, before discovering how hard live can be. Even the cat, Noelle, who was pregnant. Haley was only three here—three! Still in love with Barbies & baby dolls & spinny dresses. Time passes. So much as changed between then and now. The photo both makes my heart ache—I miss that time in our lives; I miss my dad—and brings me joy—because it ensures I won’t forget. At least—I hope I won’t forget, and hope is the one last blessing.