Amanda, remembering my Dad (Robert Smith, age 57) who died August 15, 2007 in a farming accident.

Jen, remembering & cherishing my aunt (Katherine Johanson, age 48), lost June 5, 2009 to breast cancer and my grandma (Marion Finnegan), lost June 21, 2006, also to cancer.
Kaitlin, remembering my grandma, who died June 19, 2005.
Lisa, remembering my loving and supportive mother, Nettie Hartman, who died on January 31, 2005 from cancer and my dear friend, Cheryl Holzman, who died on April 14, 2008, also from cancer. I miss them both, each and every day. My world just isn't the same without them.
Marti, remembering my beautiful Grandson Quincey who died 5 days after his birth in 2005; and my Grandmother, Genevieve, who lived for 97 wonderful years.
Sherry, remembering my dad, Bert Fukuda (died Aug 1998) and my mother-in-law, Billie Cartwright (passed Sept 2008).
Stacey, remembering my Daddy (Doug Douglass, age 64) who passed away on May 30, 2007, six weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Tania, remembering Sue Ann Werner (mom, age 50) who died July 19, 2007 suddenly and very unexpectedly from cardiac arrest.



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NOTE: Since August 15, 2010, this blog has been inactive. We keep it up for reference...feeling that if browsing through old posts helps even one person, it's worthwhile. Thank you for stopping by!

Welcome! We here have all experienced a loss. Together, we hope to heal. This site is intended to help in that be a source of inspiration and motivation...and to simply be a place to share and know that others understand. To that end, we (the contributors) have created these scrapbook challenges. For us, scrapbooking about our lost loved ones is therapeutic on many levels.

Challenges are completely open...anyone can participate and challenges are very much open to interpretation...take from them whatever helps YOU. Tackle them in whatever format suits you (layouts, mini albums, home decor, anything!). No rules.

(Note, if you're fortunate enough to have not suffered a loss, you're still more than welcome to hang out here. :) We know these challenges can be inspiring in and of themselves, without necessarily relating to loss.)

New challenges and examples will be posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. Between challenges, more in-depth looks at the contributor layouts will be posted. As this site evolves, we hope to add more content between the challenges and will look to you for ideas and suggestions.

While we recognize that grief can be a very private thing, it is our sincere hope that we can all come together here and share. So, do the challenge. Then, upload your project somewhere online galleries like Two Peas, to personal blogs, to the Flickr group we've created, or to anything else. We aren't picky...we just want to see your creations and share in the journey. After you upload online, link us up in the comments section for that challenge so we can go see what you created.

Note. No, you don't have to use our Flickr group. We've simply set it up as a convenience if you like. To use it, create your own Flickr account (it's easy & free!). Then select Good Grief Blog as one of your groups. Upload your project to Flickr, click on it, then click the small button at the top that says "send to group." Send it to the Good Grief Blog group. Ta da! Oh, and please still link us up in the comment section for that challenge even if you use the Flickr group. Thanks!

If, by the way, you're just not ready to share your projects, please still feel free to add comments! We love feedback and stories!!

As an added incentive to actually share your work, we'll be finding sponsors for prizes. For each challenge, we will randomly select one project to win the prize for that challenge. We'll do that on the 10th and 25th of each month (so you have 10 days to complete each challenge for the prize opportunity...challenges posted on the 1st will be due on the 10th...challenges posted on the 15th will be due on the 25th). If you don't finish before those dates, please share your projects anyhow!! We'd still love to see!

Note, only projects linked up under the comments section of the appropriate challenge by the noted date will be eligible for the prizes, though there are no limits to the number of projects you can share. (And, no, we don't mind if these are projects you've shared elsewhere. In fact, we hope you do share them elsewhere, too!)

(UPDATE as of 1/1/2010...for varying reasons, we will be discontinuing the prize portion of the challenges for the time being. We still feel there is more than enough motivation to participate for the sake of participating and hope that you'll join us.)

Unfortunately, we all probably know someone else who has lost a loved one. Won't you please spread the word about our little blog here? We truly believe that through embracing our loss and celebrating our loved ones through scrapbooking, we can move forward in our healing journey. (Feel free to snag our little blog banner dealio over on the right, too!)

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