I accepted this article assignment with trepidation. Because I’ve had direct contact with the military, I fought back tears as I looked at the hundreds of submissions you sent in. I wept as I read your journaling. Your layouts reminded me of friends deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, South Korea and other global locales.
For three years, I spent thousands of hours volunteering as a company coordinator for the Key Volunteer Network for the United States Marine Corps. Seeing your pages brings back so many memories, joys, fears and pains associated with military life. I hope the following layouts touch and inspire you as much as they did me. Semper fidelis!
Supplies Vellum: Paper Adventures; Anywhere hole punch: Victoria’s Keepsakes; Other: Brads and metallic paper. Idea to note: Yvette used an anywhere hole punch to make holes for the brads, which look like plane rivets.
by Yvette Burgess
Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations; Chalk: Craf-T Products; Brads: Impress Rubber Stamps; Computer fonts: 2Peas Composition, downloaded from www.twopeasinabucket.com
; Harting Plain, downloaded from the Internet.
by Andrea Hautala
Supplies Patterned paper: Memories in Uniform; Mulberry paper and vellum: Two Peas in a Bucket; Heart accent: Fresh Cuts, EK Success; Eyelets: Making Memories (black); Two Peas in a Bucket (gold angel); Memories in Uniform (star); Other: Chalk and raffia. Idea to note: Flossie printed an e-mail from her husband on vellum. The angel eyelet at the top right of the photo is a guardian angel to watch over her husband, she says, until he returns home.
“Keeping in Touch”
by Flossie Roberts
Supplies Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations; Chalk: Craf-T Products; Brass eyelet: GoneScrappin.com; Fibers: Rubba Dub Dub, Art Sanctum.
“Duty Day with God”
by Courtney Kelly
Supplies Patterned paper: Mustard Moon; Vellum: Over The Moon Press, EK Success (plaid) and Keeping Memories Alive (white); Computer fonts: Arial, Microsoft Word; Circle punch: Family Treasures; Tags: Avery; Rubber stamps: OfficeMax (date) and All Night Media (alphabet); Stamping ink: ColorBox, Clearsnap; Page extenders: Page Flippers, Paper Adventures; Other: Brads and safety pin.
“1st Class Petty Officer”
by Kelley Sinford
El Cajon, CA
Idea to note: To make the left-hand border, Kelley scanned and printed part of her husband’s uniform sleeve, then stitched it onto the page. She included the Navy Core Values on the right-hand page. It opens to reveal more pictures as well as a reduced copy her husband’s promotion letter.
Supplies Handmade paper: MPR’s Paperbilities; Buttons: Memories in Uniform; Tag: Two Peas in a Bucket; Fibers: Lion Brand Homespun Yarn; Decorative scissors: Fiskars; Computer fonts: Source unknown; Other: Dogtags and USMC chevron pins. Idea to note: Flossie scanned her husband’s digital cammies an hour before he deployed, then printed them on photo paper.
“When Duty Calls”
by Flossie Roberts
Supplies Computer fonts: CK Gutenberg, “Fresh Fonts” CD, Creating Keepsakes; Edwardian Script, downloaded from the Internet; Embossing powder: Stampin’ Up!; Embossing ink: VersaMark, Tsukineko; Mesh: Magic Mesh, Avant Card; Nailheads: Scrappin’ Fools; Brads: American Tag Company; Corner charm: Embellish It; Other: Postage stamps, burgundy fabric, bookplate and button. Idea to note: Karen heat-embossed tan Magic Mesh to create the gold mesh pocket.
by Karen Russell
Grants Pass, OR
Vellum: Paper Adventures; Computer font: Impact, downloaded from www.scrapvillage.com
; Pen: Zig Millennium, EK Success.
“I’ll Be Home Soon”
by Leah Blanco Williams
Kansas City, MO
Supplies Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (camouflage) and Carolee’s Creations (brown); Vellum: DMD, Inc.; Vellum tape: Wackytac; Letter tiles and chain: Making Memories; Chalk: Craf-T Products; Sticker: NRN Designs; Stamping ink: Stampin’ Up!; Metal tag and etching tool: Magic Scraps; Lettering template: AlphaMini KeeperLetters, The Crafter’s Workshop; Computer font: Times New Roman, Microsoft Word; Glue dots: Glue Dots International.
“The Few, The Proud, The Marines of Fox Co. 2/23”
by Lanna Wilson
Salt Lake City, UT
Editor’s note: Many of these pictures were taken by Marine SSgt. James Cawley, who was killed in action on March 29, 2003, near An Nasiriyah, Iraq. The disposable camera containing these photos arrived after his family was notified of his death. This is my tribute to him and to the wonderful Marines of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment. They will always have a special place in my heart.
Are you looking for a place to get started? Consider these photo and layout ideas:
Pictures from your unit’s web site
On leave or liberty
At the recruiter’s office and with the recruiter
Taking the Oath of Enlistment
Trees with yellow ribbons
Receiving certificates, awards, commendations and medals
Foreign ports and service stations
Drill weekend (for reservists)
On the job (ship, sub, docks, aircraft, field, office and more)
Gear strewn across the living room floor or the back of the car
Graduations (schools, Boot Camp and Officer Candidate School)
Jane Wayne days (spouse days)
Formal occasions (Navy Ball, Marine Corps Ball, mess nights, etc.)
Physical training and fitness tests
PSC (permanent change of station) move
Military alphabet and common abbreviations
More Layout and Accent Ideas
Fold a small flag into a triangle, like a flag folded at a funeral, and use it as an embellishment or in a memorabilia pocket.
Visit your local PX or BX (you may need to accompany someone with military ID) to get rank insignias, ribbons, medals or “hu-rah” gear.
If your unit has a logo, use it on a layout. For example, “my” unit is called the Saints and Sinners.
Use your branch’s logo as a watermark for homemade patterned paper.
Create a shadowbox-type layout of ribbons, medals, awards and a portrait.
Diagram a layout of your service member in his or her dress uniform. List what each part of the uniform symbolizes.
Include important and meaningful phrases, such as “Bravo Zulu,” “Semper Fi” and “Hu-rah.”
Include your branch’s song lyrics on a layout.
Create a memorabilia pocket for your service member’s letters home.
Check military publications and web sites for news about your unit.
Include your branch’s motto on a layout.
With renewed patriotism spreading across the United States, scrapbookers are looking for military and patriotic products to use on their pages. Check out the offerings by the following manufacturers:
C-Thru Ruler Company (www.cthruruler.com)
Cock-A-Doodle Design (www.cockadoodledesign.com)
Creative Imaginations (www.cigift.com)
Destination Stickers and Stamps (www.stateofminestickers.com)
EK Success (eksuccess.com)
It Takes Two (www.ittakestwo.com)
K & Company (www.kandcompany.com)
Making Memories (www.makingmemories.com)
Masterpiece Studios (www.masterpiecestudios.com)
me & my BIG ideas (www.meandmybigideas.com)
Memories in Uniform (www.memoriesinuniform.com)
NRN Designs (www.nrndesigns.com)
Paper House Productions (www.paperhouseproductions.com)
Pixie Press (www.pixiepress.com)
Posh Impressions (www.poshimpressions.com)
Sandylion Sticker Designs (www.sandylion.com)
Scrapbook Scrapbook.com (www.scrapbookscrapbook.com)
S.R.M. Press (www.srmpress.com)
Starlit Studio (www.starlitstudio.com)
Web Site References
Click the following web sites for cool quotes and stories related to the U.S. military:
www.memoriesinuniform.com—In addition to military scrapbooking products and layouts, this site includes poems, quotes, songs, “You know you’re a military spouse if . . .” lists and more.
www.militarywives.com—Scroll down until you find Poems/Music on the left. Some of these are by amateur writers. Others are poems and thoughts that have circulated for years. You can also click on related web sites that pertain to your specific branch.
www.military-quotes.com—While some of the quotes and stories may be too “colorful” for scrapbooking, many wonderful quotes are included on this site. Here’s a personal favorite: “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” — Ronald Reagan
www.gruntsmilitary.com—This site has a list of random quotes from famous military figures throughout history. It also identifies rank insignias for officers and enlisted personnel, as well as the option to buy them.
Consider a Card Campaign
If troops in your area have been deployed, consider organizing a card campaign. The family support group in Salt Lake City, Utah, met several times last year and created simple homemade cards to send to the Marines. They loved the morale boost and knew that we were thinking about them. (Note: Because of heightened security, cards must be addressed to a specific service member.)
For an extra-special touch, send service members a service branch birthday card. Here are the traditional birth dates for each branch:
Army: June 14
Air Force: September 18
Navy: October 13
Marine Corps: November 10