21 - Role Model

That's my mom and me, taken a few years back. I desaturated the photo and digitally added a black frame around my page so the edges wouldn't disappear on the screen.

Clues I used to solve this Case File...Evidence: doilies, flowers, lacy borders, layers, stripes, icing, fabric; Testimony: Journal about a relationship.

Here's what I journaled on the back: Mom, you are my role model. I can only wish to be as good and kind and generous and smart as you are. You are all the things I wish I could be...strong and wise and generous and funny. You have the biggest heart. You are charismatic and people instantly love you.

Is it true that you are my road map? I hope I can reach the destination that is you. Emotionally, we are so different, I think. I am overly sensitive and wear my heart on my sleeve, where you hold all your troubles inside--to protect others, I believe. I'm a total mush-ball, and you are strong.

Biologically, my road map matches yours for sure. I've inherited so much from you--your chubby gene, your teeth, your feet, your hot flashes. But you've also given me the good part of your biological road map--everyone says I look like you, which makes me happy. And we age pretty well, don't we? (I just wish you had given me your legs.)

I love you, Mom. I hope to keep traveling that road map so that I can be as good a person as you are.

Here are some close-ups. I've got details about products I used on my blog, if you're interested: http://debbitscraps.blogspot.com/2012/05/role-model-csi-case-file-no-21.html

Thank you so much for looking at my page!

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Comment by Shaunery on June 1, 2012 at 11:49pm

AWESOME.. beautiful and bold.  I'm in love.  Your journaling makes me swoon and I'm always in awe of how nice you put things.  Your mum would be so proud!! ;)

Comment by Brit Sviggum on May 31, 2012 at 2:59pm

This is so beautiful, Debbi. I love how you`ve used the big flower. As always: great journaling. And the photo of you and your mum is so nice.

Comment by Di Garling on May 31, 2012 at 9:43am

Fantastic layout Debbie & I just loved reading your journalling. You are a "MASTER" journaller indeed. I always love to read your little stories as no doubt your family will in years to come. Such a wonderful skill indeed. I truely admire your work.   Cheers Di  xo

Comment by Anna-Karin - DT on May 31, 2012 at 3:06am

This is so pretty Debbi! The journaling is wonderful, thank you for sharing, and that's a great photo of you and your mom. The big pink heart looks great and as always, wonderful layering and details. TFS!

Comment by Adriana Bolzon on May 31, 2012 at 1:12am

stunning page, your page caught my eye in the gallery, that flowers is so pretty, love all of it :)

Comment by Sarah Martin on May 28, 2012 at 12:42am

Debbi this is beautiful in so many ways! I love your amazing journalling- so heartfelt. 

The heart, you have stitched and the flower and doilies are perfect.

Comment by Eila Sandberg on May 27, 2012 at 7:30am

Yup, that makes you second in a million Debbs! because you are every bit as wonderful as your mum; wise and generous and funny. You have a big heart and people instantly love YOU too! Absolutely beautiful journalling and a truly wonderful page. Love the heart and the gorgeous fabric brads, and that big bloom is just the prettiest! xoxo

Comment by Jacynthe Loubier on May 27, 2012 at 7:28am

What a sweet and loving layout about your mom. She really is a beautiful woman. I love the daintiness (if that's a word) of your page. The doilies, the bit of cheesecloth under that pretty flower, the sparkly leaves, the fabric buttons...all of it, really pretty. TFS:)

Comment by Helen Wallace - DT on May 27, 2012 at 7:26am
Your Mother sounds like one in a million. I love that you write with such warmth about her traits, especially the ones your share. Your design is great and that big blossom is gorgeous :)
Comment by Libeeti Frenkel - DT on May 27, 2012 at 3:52am

Oh, Debbi! your gournlaing is so heart touching. It sounds that you've got a wonderful mom.

Your lo is gorgeous! love all the layers, the glittery leaves, the buttons and doily. Great job.

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