A Hug That Encouraged a Family ... Layout

I want to give a shout out to a wonderful charity that my granddaughter was privileged to receive a Build-A-Bear from: Helen’s Hugs. It encouraged all of us to see such generosity and care for the children. The nurses were excited to tell us about Helen.

Journaling:  While Emma was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit a Volunteer came around to leave her a Teddy Bear.  Although she is only 4 months old little Em played with the soft fur and funny nose of her new bear, Bubbles.

Helen’s Hugs was founded by a young girl who is a cancer survivor.  She is a well-loved presence at the hospital at the age of 17.  Helen's Hugs is a charity that makes teddy bears for children in the hospital. Volunteers build 50 to75 bears every month for sick children.

In her letter to the children she ends her note with “I hope that you feel better soon – hang in there. You can do it.”

The layout is of Em with Bubbles while she was in the PICU. I want her to remember the beauty of kindness and what it means to pay it forward!

I used a needle to shred the end of the ribbon for a "root" look.  I like it and will give this a shot again for creating altered items or vintage/distressed layouts.  

Ingredients Bo Bunny paper; Prima flowers and pink pearls; Queen & Co white pearls; American Craft ribbon, KaiserCraft wooden element; Ranger Snow Cap paint dabber; Tim Holtz fastener; Sketch from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine Sue Sykes.

I used a picture of the teddy bears from Helen's Hugs to journal.  I used Photoshop to basically fade the photo and type out the journaling.   You can find Helen’s Hugs on Facebook

THANKS to all of you that are regular readers of D's Paper Studio for your patience for a new post. Before Em was released from the hospital I started to get sick. Before too many days after she got home I was very sick. I ended up in Urgent Care with a bad sinus and inner ear infection. The doctor ordered REST, medication, and tons of clear liquids. I feel much better, not 100%, but certainly on the way.

 Have a Crafty Day!


  1. This story gave me goosebumps, Debby. Such a beautiful story and layout.

  2. Wow - this is so amazing. I do hope you are feeling better too!!

  3. awesome, awesome story. The LO is adorable {so is the bear} what an awesome thing for a precious {sick} little girl. Glad your back hoping things stay calm for you!! {{hugs}}}

  4. Such a touching story. The layout is beautiful and so is your grandbaby. So sorry to hear that you've been sick! Glad to see you're back though.

  5. What an amazing story, glad to hear you are both felling better now :)

  6. What an amazing story. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  7. This is such a special layout for a special little girl.
    I hope you feel 100% in no time :)

  8. amazing layout!!! Feel better soon :-)


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