Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kaisercraft Swap Card Photo Display - Goodbye Gift

Once upon a time
there were four women
who met while demonstrators with a direct sales craft company.
Although some of them later moved on to other things
(even to the competition)
the four women stayed firm friends,
and met together on a Monday night
every month for over 10 years,
to work on their individual scrapbooking
and stamping projects,
and share the ups and downs of life.

The initials of their names were R, A, L & F
and so they started to call their group RALF.
As in "I'm going to RALF tonight".

But one sad day A. announced that she had
to move across the country.
A. has been through some very hard times
but has stayed a faithful friend to us.
Now she and her family are going to have a fresh start
in another city.

So R, L & F planned a little goodbye gift for A.

F. found a frame at the local craft shop
and a beautiful Kaisercraft 12x12 paper ready to fit behind.
She quickly painted some black paint on the frame,
aiming for a distressed look;
and found photos of her friends,
although despite those years of crafting together,
few photos have been taken.
(so thankyou, facebook, and picmonkey cropping tool)

R. & F. got together to work on putting it together and making it beautiful.
(L. was interstate at the time).
They had so much fun using the coordinating products
plus adding some trinkets from their stashes.
They didn't want any more friends to leave,
but thought they might make something similar for themselves,
... just because!

Soon they had created a beautiful piece of art.

Last night, at the last RALF, they presented the finished frame to A.
She was touched.

We shared some more craft, 
more laughs, 
more tears,
and said  our sad goodbyes.

We wish A. every happiness for her future
and look forward to hearing about her new life.

(Meanwhile we will continue as RLF 
and if your name starts with 'A'
please feel free to apply).

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I've always steered clear of off-the-page projects
because they always looked so time-consuming.
But this was so fun and easy,
thanks to the paper being designed to fit
with this frame.  I used two sheets of the Pickled Pear 12x12 paper
and the Take Note Sticker Sheet, (products by Kaisercraft)
and Sticky Strip and Glue Dots (both Stampin' Up!).
If you've ever wondered about trying something like this,
I say, just jump right in!  

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(I am not affiliated at all with Kaisercraft, btw)


Amy at love made my home said...

This is such a touching post Fiona, I have a huge lump in my throat!! I am sure that your friend will treasure this lovely gift, it is so from the heart and such a treasure. I wish that I could meet you and RAL and become the missing A, but I am too far away too!! I hope that you and R and l don't miss A too much and that you keep in touch for a long long time! xx

Anonymous said...

Well said Fiona, and so poetic. We will certainly miss A.
L xx

Anonymous said...

I only just saw your post - this is just lovely thanks F for your wonderful way with words and creativity..R