15 designers, 43 papers, 75 elements, 1 alpha. All for $4.99 and all for Chris.

Designer involved:
Andie Smith
Andrea Nye (Andilynn Designs)
Artistic Leanings
Charlize Creation
Digi Overdose
Heather Manning
Holliewood Studios
Irene Alexeeva
Lydia Kurniawati (silversword71)
Lynn Clifford (Heavenly Crafts)
Shabby Miss Jenn Designs
Sherrie JD
Shien
Theresa Hernandez
Yvonne Wiltberger

Saying from Holley VanDenBerg, owner of Bella Scraps Magazine:

One of our Bellas, Chris Turnbull, is one of the sweetest, dedicated team members I know. She has a wonderful, realistic style and is so talented. Chris has been going through some very tough times with pretty much all of her family members. She has countless appointments with doctors and specialists dealing with each situation. And yet she always is cheery, relying on God for her strength and positive outlook.

Here at Bella Scraps, we’d like to honor her dedication and artistic talent by dedicating this kit entitled Bellisma, a collaboration of 15 designers, to Chris. The kit will be sold in the Shop and all proceeds will go directly to Chris and her family–hoping to lessen some of the financial burden she is facing especially with Christmas coming next month.

Read about what Chris is going through in her own words:
BIO
Hi all I’m Chris. I’m married to hubby Tim and have been for the past 21 years. We have 4 children who are my inspiration behind scrapping and they are Lance who is 16, Grace who is 15, Stephanie who is 14, and Maddison our youngest son who is 12. Boy have they grown up quickly. I live in a place called Bendigo in Victoria which is about 2 hours outside of Melbourne, Australia.

I started out as a paper scrapper some 6/7 years ago now and was part of an online Design Team for an Australian paper scrapbooking site and taught classes from home as well as at one of our LSS. Just a little over 2 years ago I ventured into digital scrapbooking and have been hooked ever since. I still do the occasional altered item for gifts and such and a little hybrid scrapping here and there but all my LO’s these days are 100% digi and I love it. I was a digi designer for an Australian online digi shop, Pickleberrypop, but after my eldest son Lance become quite ill last September it was time for me to retire. Now I scrap as often as I can and I love it.

Summary
How do you summarise what we go through…I don’t know but this is my world. Full on and pretty tough and even then I haven’t told you all because I can’t bring myself to tell anyone.

Lance
July/August ‘08 our eldest son Lance is finally diagnosed with Autism which exists in the form of intense anxieties, depression, learning difficulties and a severe speech/language and communication delay. He barely processes anything, has short and long term memory difficulties and has many of the typical autistic traits. After 15 years of struggling with incredible challenges because of misdiagnosis even though early intervention suggested he was autistic at the age of 3 they decided to close his file at the age of 5 telling us everything was fine and so was Lance.

Recently news from the autism team working with our family mentioned Lance will always need full on support, help and care hit extremely hard. As Lance turns 18 in September and is therefore considered an adult there are two things we’ve had to start putting into place

1. Referrals to adult disability services so they can help the family provide long term help and support in various ways and the transition process from child to adult services is currently underway.
2. Being told we now need to apply to the law courts for Administration and Guardianship Rights so Tim and I can legally take on the full time care of our son as he will be unable to live as independently as one would normally expect their children too.

November ‘08 he had a serious mental breakdown (the 3rd in 12 months), spent a week in acute psychiatric unit. Suicidal, serious self harming and we came close to this again 2 months ago. Stable again for now with medication and 24/7 full time care which Tim and I manage solely on our own. In the past 6 months we have been asked by Lance’s psychiatrist and his psychologist just how long we were able to manage Lance at home with the impact it has on the family, without putting him into a support home where he is cared for permanently by trained staff.

We know the reality of our situation and despite how full on it is he is such a beautiful boy. While we can, we could never allow the thought of placing him in a support home and while we are still able we will do whatever it takes to allow our son to become as “dependently” independent as he is able within himself and his own world.

He spends 1 hour a week at a more specialised school that only enrols about 60 students. Because of his difficulties attends on the quietest day of week when other students have day off, he needs one on one support, is unable to manage any academic studies and usually sits and draws.

Recently started attending Righteous Pups Australia an organisation training suitable dogs as autism assistance dogs and therapy dogs for those with autism and serious disabilities. It sadden my heart when we found out Lance did not fit criteria because he was too old. Cut off age is 15, each dog takes 2 years to train then they are put within a family for life to help assist with the care and support and just like guide dogs for the blind they are accepted everywhere as they are working dogs. Despite this set back we have started going out there 3 times a week as Lance enjoys helping with the dogs and I cannot tell you just how beneficial it has been.

Lance also has coronary artery spasm and there is talk of epilepsy although tests came back clear the paediatrician has not ruled it out. Lance is currently on anti depressants, anti psychotic and heart medication.

Maddison
Youngest son Maddison also has an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), Asperger’s Syndrome until further assessing, he has similar difficulties like Lance. He also has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and is on Ritalin to help him focus. He has Best’s Vitelliform Dystrophy, a rare and genetic eye condition. In March the back of his left eye had a massive and serious bleed and enormous amounts of retinal fluid were found. Urgent treatment was required so he would not lose his eyesight and injections of Avastin given straight into the back of his eyeball. Maddison needs to have this regularly and it will need to be monitored for life.

A month ago retinal fluid was found in his right eye and he now needs injections of Avastin in both eyes. Appointments with eye specialist are every 3 weeks and any serious changes are seen to asap. Situation is quite rare, the treatment even rarer, only a small amount of information has been found in regards to a young boy in Germany who also received this treatment. Eye specialist told us although treatment is successful now and there is no other option, they have no idea what the long term effects will be, there is no medical information to date and Maddi is now the official guinea pig and is currently the only world wide full on case study. He is closely monitored and checked for any possible side effects which include glaucoma and lose of sight.

Stephanie
15 yr old daughter Stephanie had a serious mental breakdown 3 months ago. Is now on anti-depressants and is seeing a psychiatrist and a psychologist whom both believe she too has an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) which would explain many things but as she too is visually impaired with Best’s Vitelliform Dystrophy it’s masked her underlying condition and the real cause for her learning difficulties and challenges. Process for official diagnosis has just barely started and she too is in need of being fully assessed.

Grace
Eldest daughter Grace is dealing with a serious case of glandular fever and it has knocked her pretty badly with much time off from school and her casual job.

Tim
Husband Tim, also visually impaired not working as he is on the blind pension had a mental breakdown last year as well. Is on anti depressants has just been referred to a psychologist because since the breakdown and although on medication is not functioning very well and is unable to do much because of his severe anxieties. So I pretty much take on everything which includes all the running around and full time caring role now legally for Tim, Lance, Stephanie and Maddison.

With all this dad passed away suddenly on the 6th of October ‘08 from an aggressive form of cancer. We had no idea and when we found out we were given 4-6 weeks, but we lost him 2 days later. Exactly one month after dad died mum became engaged abandoned her role as live in carer to my 95 year old grandmother suffering with dementia. I had to take on the responsibilities of organising hospital care, then hospice care until she was accepted and able to go into a nursing home which I was responsible for. Recently mum remarried no family invited just the phone call later to let us know and only 7 months after the death of dad.

It has been a very difficult journey for us and it’s far from over. Appointments and meetings consume my days, and the phone calls to and from those working with us. On average there is usually an appointment every day or 2. We are isolated, we are trapped, we deal with so much and very little support. Friends abandoned us long ago and family are far and few between.

Holley, use what you need I don’t know how to make it shorter because I’ve sat here for hours trying to do this and feel pretty overwhelmed by it all. Reality is we deal with so much and I can barely manage and keep up. I want to thank you with all my heart!

Chris xx


This charity collab is from 20 designers all coming together to create for Forester! Today as this kit releases, Forester is returning from DisneyWorld on his Make a Wish trip. He has completed his first round of six weeks chemo and radiation and will be going for round two soon.

This collection is perfect for magical pages and if you have or plan a trip to Disney, this makes it sooo easy and perfect to scrap those memories!!! Thank you for supporting Forester and his family!
Enjoy this fun and full of goodies collab!!!

BE SURE TO CHECK THE BLOG HERE:
http://foresterswish.blogspot.com/

there will be daily giveaways and a grand prize raffle for one purchaser during this first week it is on sale!



click here


Contributing designers are:
As You Wish Designs
Britt-ish Designs
Clever Monkey Graphics
designs by Jeni Hopewell
Dawn Inskip Designs
Diamante Designs (LoriWiley)
Edeline Designs
Faith True
Heaven’s Gate Designs by Laurie Ann
Holly Designs
K Studio
Kelliegh Ratzlaff
milo82
Miranda Scrap Design
Miss Tina Designs
MK Designs
silversword71
Sya’s Blueprints
Tee
Vera Lim

and a preview of some of the fun you can have with this collection…




these quickpage sets and multiphoto templates are also available…









“When the sun is shining and the bird is chirping
I hold you dear …
When the flower is flourishing and the butterfly is fluttering
I dwell upon you …
When the bow resemblanced and the embellishment shaped
I wrap my love for you

For you are not alone
That I treasure you,
That I embrace you”

~ by Winnie Wang ~

Winie Wang made a beautiful poem for our friend, Anna Kovara who is suffering from breast cancer. We, 26 designers, bring you a very beautiful collaboration kit to help Anna’s medication, called You Are Not Alone

This kit still available at
Shabby Pickle Designs
and
ScrapbookBytes


Collaboration Kit Contains:
86 papers, 3 pack of alphas, 2 templates, 1 shadow style, 280 elements

Be sure to check You Are Not Alone Quick Pages and You Are Not Alone Brag Book


For your freebie today… here is Quick Page 1 and Quick Page 2

See my previous post to see the full story and be sure to check Kitty’s Blog for another freebie on May 21


1 month ago, we – all the Indonesian digi scrapper was shocked by a news Anna told us. She had been quit scrapping for awhile and we heard nothing from her. One of us being told that she is having a big problem and we didn’t know what. In the end she told all of us that she had been diagnosed by breast cancer and been really depressed for her condition, but she finally accept what happen to her and let every of us know. She told us to be careful of this as cancer doesn’t know age.

Her story makes every of us shock and sad. It brought tears in our eyes. And finally we decide to gather and make a collaboration for us to help her pay all the bills she needs for her health condition.

SBG designers and some of designer Anna CT for also sit together with us and manage a very beautiful collaboration for you.

And for our wonderful friend and also sister: Anna..

here is the kit for you, with all of our heart.
We love you, sister.. jeng Anna! 🙂

You Are Not Alone
(YOU WILL NEVER BE ALONE, so don’t be afraid, jeng.. we will always support you!)

This kit will be sold at: Shabby Pickle Designs
and
ScrapbookBytes
20% TODAY


“When the sun is shining and the bird is chirping
I hold you dear …
When the flower is flourishing and the butterfly is fluttering
I dwell upon you …
When the bow resemblanced and the embellishment shaped
I wrap my love for you

For you are not alone
That I treasure you,
That I embrace you”

~ by Winnie Wang ~

Collaboration Kit Contains:
86 papers, 3 pack of alphas, 2 templates, 1 shadow style, 280 elements

26 designers that contribute in alphabetical order:

Indonesian Designers
Armina Designs (SBB), Charlize Creation (NDISB), Edeline Designs (SPD), Eirene70 (DSB), Kitty Designs (Oscraps), Shien Designs (DC), Silversworld71 (SPD)

Studio Girls (SBG):
Baers Garten, Berna Datema, Birgit Kerr, Bluebell Design, Coralie, em-ka Designs, Flergs, Glam Fairy, Helene Douchet, Line Design, Lorie Davison, Maya, mgl Scraps, ON Designs, Wendyzine Scraps, Ziska

SPD Designers:
Jofia Designs, Megan Fisher Designs

Quickpage/Bragbook Artists:
Armina, Becky Cutshaw, Eirene, Indah, Jule, Novita, Shien

We also create this very huge collection of quick pages:

You Are Not Alone Quick Pages
contain 33 QPs.

and our wonderful scrapper and quick pages artist Novita: also create this beautiful brag book:

You Are Not Alone Brag Book


Check Kitty’s Blog to get a freebie


Today, me and a few fab designers come with a very wonderful kit for you.

World Of Wonder

it will be sold only $8.99
and right now it’s on 20% disc for just 2 days!




World of Wonder is a kit that is dedicated for all parents and children with special needs.

The contributor are:
[email protected]
Camila Designs
Faith True
HGD by Laurie Ann
Kasia Designs
Kitty Designs
Nikki Beaudreau
Silversword71

Only be sold at the month of April, during the Autism Awareness Month.

All that we got from this kit will be donated to a friend whose’ son diagnosed as PDD-NOS and doesn’t able to afford the therapies.
click here to see: What is PDD-NOS?

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I want to tell u a little background about my friend’s son, before we start. So you will know a little bit about people to whom you put your heart in for this charity kit.

My friend’s name is Lily, her hubby is: Iping, and their son who diagnosed with PDD-NOS is Samuel. Their only have a son, no other child.
Samuel was born March 2006. One month before Ruel (my son).

When we was pregnant (me and Lily), the same preacher, was praying for us and put her hand on us.
Samuel was given the name because while his mommy (Lily) was pregnant, Lily want him to be like Samuel in the Bibble. The one who has an sensitive ear to God.
While Joeruel means: the leader who are also a best friend of God.

Lily right now is very down because of the condition of Samuel. I know what she feel because I been there a year ago. The same questions she asked to God, is also the same questions I asked every day. The broken heart and the feeling while every doors are close, and while our dreams were falling a part.
She told me that the only person she can really share this things is me, because of our same condition.

The financial problem she faced right now, didn’t help her, either.
Her husband just being unemployed before his son was diagnosed (February 2009)
And as a teacher of an elementary school, she also didn’t get a good salary.
And there’s no insurance in our country for children with special needs, and none for any kind of health either. We can’t get help while we don’t have a good income in our country. Sad, but that’s the fact. I really didn’t know how it works at other country, as I was born here and grow here. In the other words, she and her husband is really upset and didn’t know what to do, as it’s almost impossible for her to get therapies for his son.

If any of you want to read more about PDD-NOS, this is a short description about it:
http://www.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/autism/pddnos.html

April 2nd is the Autism Awareness Day, while April itself is the month of Autism.
So I plan to put the kit at April 1st and only during the month of April.
The only theme that cross my mind is: World of Wonder.
it’s pretty much describe the world we didn’t know about autism.

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Here is the blinkie if you wanna support:

This kit is really complete, that include world of wonder from day to night, from the sea, the playground, all of it!
Include:
42 Papers, 1 Alpha, 225 Elements

Here I also include few personal preview from each designers:



and here are some inspiration for you from our wonderful team:






hugs,
Kitty

Original Post: here