Monday, May 26, 2014


For me Memorial Day is a day to celebrate all the important people who have passed, military personnel, and first responders.  Sometimes we forget those men and women here at home protecting and serving us everyday:  EMT's, paramedics, police officers, and our firefighters!

My son, much to his mother's dismay, became a firefighter last year.  It's a long story full of deceit!  :)  You see, we have something we call the "Parent Council."  This is a group of very close friends who all look after each other and our kids.  One of my dearest buddies and her husband and son are all on the PTVFD.  The next thing I knew my son was getting phone calls from the chief.  I wondered what it was about, but silly me thought maybe it was for a job reference or something.  Next thing I knew my son was a candidate and then a Probie!  It seems all of the parents on the council knew but me!!  Hmm.....

Needless to say, at this point I am very proud of my son.  He had to overcome great feats to pass the tests--as all firefighters do.  I used the sentiment from the Illuminate because it seemed to sum up the experience for our family.  I'm sure any of you who have family serving understand the faith it takes to watch them walk out the door when the phone rings!  I say a prayer every time.

This picture was taken after he gave his niece a tour of the firetruck!  Now she is talking about being a firefighter........oh my!

Many would have chosen the traditional Red or Yellow for the firefighter
layout, but I was inspired by the Color Dare at Color My Heart:  Sunset, Olive, and Lagoon.  I combined these colors with Chocolate, Slate, Black, and metals.

All of my chipboards were cut from cereal boxes; I then cut them again from Colonial white and inked them with sponges, daubers, etc.  The finished cardstock pieces were then glued onto the cereal box cuts to give them more dimension.

The bricks were created with a stencil cut from Artbooking.  The brown bricks were done with Homemade Texture Paste and a couple of drops of Chocolate re-inker.  The other bricks were done with Colonial White Pigment Ink.

All cuts are from CTMH Artiste, Artbooking, and/or Artiste.

List of Materials:
All CTMH from KatiesCorner except texture paste and cereal boxes (haha); but if CTMH sold cereal, I'm sure I'd buy it!

Papers and Cardstocks:  Olive, Babycakes, Huntington, Lagoon, Dream Pop, and Colonial White

Inks/ Markers:  Sunset, Lagoon, Olive, Chocolate, Slate, Colonial White and Archival Black

Stamp Sets:  Love Life, Illuminate, Cricut Artiste Collection Kudos, and Universal Background

Embellishments:  Mini-Medley Olive, Sparkles Assortment, Mini-Medley Pewter, Memo Assortment, Badge Buttons, Shimmer Trim Bronze, Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape, and Durables Triangle Studs.

Since there are some cool metal elements in my layout, I'm sending it over to Craft Hoarder Anonymous Challenge.  Scrapbooker PhD challenges us to use die cuts!  Wow, I got those!  Pile It On Challenge Blog has a Metal theme this week, also; so we're going over there, too!

I can't go without saying how incredibly proud I am of my son-in-law who serves with National Guard!  I need to do a layout of him in his uniform for the next patriotic holiday!  Stay tuned.....

Happy Memorial Day!  


  1. Love all the texture you achieved on your page (as well as your story about it). Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  2. Fabulous layout! I understand how you feel as a mother. My son wants to join the military. Thanks for joining us at Scrapbooker PhD
    julie T

  3. What a unique way to use the color combination from Color My Heart. Wow...just WOW!! We always love to see your creativity, but this is!

    1. Thanks, Becca! I'm sure you understand those feelings with a husband and son serving!

  4. This is a wonderful page. What a tribute to your son. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  5. Thanks for sharing your story. Nice layout, love all the layers and colors. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  6. Thank you for all the wonderful comments! I had such a great time creating this one!

  7. What a lovely tribute to your son! I love the photo and everything just rolls into place to make a wonderful layout! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. The wonderful texture in this layout really drew me in. Great pops of color, too! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #8: Metal or Glass.

  9. Great layout, love the picture and your use of metal!! Thank for joining us at Pile It On!! :)

  10. What a great page. . and story, too! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  11. Great take on the Metal of Glass Challenge. Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper : )

  12. My favorite part about looking at blogs is when people share their stories. I found myself really connected to your story and your project. Thank you for joining ScrapbookerPhD's Die Cut Challenge