Friday, July 16, 2010

July Project Parade - Day 5

Hi Verve fans, it's Amy here today with Day Five of our My Hero Project Parade. I'm loving all the red, white and blue this week! And Charmaine's cutie-pie scrapbook page? So clever and adorable! I have a scrapbook page to share today, too, in some patriotic red. white, and blue attire, but first a little backstory ...

In 1941, at age 25, my paternal grandfather was a lieutenant with the Coast Artillery branch of the United States Army, stationed with his young family at Fort Kamehameha at the entrance to Pearl Harbor. On the fateful Sunday morning of December 7, he was standing in front of his bathroom mirror shaving when the Japanese attack began. "Air raid, Pearl Harbor. This is not drill." While my grandmother rushed my aunt and father (3 and 8 months old at the time) to an emergency shelter, my grandfather and his platoon set up a mobile anti-aircraft gun on a nearby tennis court. They shot down one of the first enemy planes. My heart swells with pride as I think of him and his service to our country. I'm also filled with sadness and regret that I never heard his first-hand account of his Pearl Harbor experience and that he passed away a mere two months before the 50th anniversary remembrance ceremonies.

When the Divas were given this month's Project Parade theme, I knew right away that my project would be some sort of tribute to my Grandad.



I didn't have a lot to work with, just a handful of low-resolution photo scans and some second-hand accounts. Even so, this 8x8 page will be proudly displayed in my home, not just as a reminder of my grandfather and all those who serve or have served our country, but also as a reminder to spend time with the elders among us both wisely and purposefully while we still have those opportunities.

I used two different sentiments and two of the star images in the American Hero set. The papers are from the "Old Glory" line by We R Memory Keepers and the Basic Grey Basics Manilla 6x6 pad. At the bottom right, I placed a Maya Road Kraft envelope to hold journaling and an additional photo. The Maya Road chipboard pennants are covered in designer paper, tied with twine, and adorned with accordian-fold rosettes, stamped stars, and the "u," "s," and "a" chipboard letters.



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As with all of our project parades, there are prizes!!!!

1. Play along with us and link up your new My Hero creation (posted July 12th or later) to the linky widget on the DAY ONE parade post before midnight on July 30th. One lucky stamper will win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Verve Store. Verve Stamps are not required, but we LOVE to see ‘em!

2. For another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout-out in the comments section as we parade our My Hero creations. One lucky commenter during the course of the parade (July 12 ~ July 28) will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing!

Can't wait to see all the entries!

43 comments:

  1. This is just a beautiful page Amy, as well as, a wonderful story.

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  2. What a stunning page!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  3. This is a beautiful page and an amazing story to go with it.

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  4. This is so gorgeous and what an amazing story and memories you have.

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  5. oh my I luv it Amy....you must be soooo proud...thanks for sharing a piece of history with us!

    enjoy *~*

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  6. Love the layout. The color choice is great.

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  7. Such a beautiful layout - with such a touching story.

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  8. Love the vintage feel. Great job!

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  9. Love your Page, all the layers and your layout & colors are simple beautiful. A real treasure.

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  10. Thud. What a gorgeous layout. Beautiful rememberance of your grandfather.

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  11. What a fabulous LO. Absolutely fabulous. And a very great story and wonderful reminder about our elders!

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  12. What an amazing story and I love the page you made to commemorate your grandfather.

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  13. This is just gorgeous. I love all the little details. Lovely!

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  14. You've inspired me to dig out some old photos of my husband in uniform and make him a collage - your layout is so great!

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  15. What a lovely tribute! He would be so proud. Thanks for sharing it with us during the project parade.

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  16. oh, Amy...you had me tearing up reading your post...what a part of history your Grandpa was...to be there and a part of all that. We have no idea, do we. Love the use of the photo...I'm really into that too...it's so personal and touching :)

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  17. what a fabulous story, Amy. Thanks for sharing it. Lovely page you have created to remember it by too.

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  18. Amazing story. My dad left Pearl Harbour the day before on a submarine. That's where he spent his naval career, on subs. I wish now that I had a journal of his exploits.
    Peace, Becky Johnson
    princes729@aol.com

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  19. Very eclectic and retro... I love it!

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  20. Oh my goodness this is amazing, I a in awe. Fantastic!!

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  21. Amy, this is an amazing scrapbook page and all the more meaningful with the story of your grandfather!

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  22. What a wonderful story Amy!.....I love the vintage feel of this page and the memories it holds. A perfect family keepsake and reminder of a heroic grandfather.

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  23. A very beautiful page with a true sense of nostalgia.

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  24. Amazing, and a wonderful tribute to your grandfather!

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  25. I love the colors here, it looks so countryish..... sweet.

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  26. Beautiful layout and tribute to your grandfather. Love the these colors and papers you used. TFS

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  27. Mary (Happy Now)July 19, 2010 at 5:15 AM

    This is just gorgeous... What a treasure!

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  28. What a pretty page! I love how you did the letters on the banner, this whole spread is great!

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  29. Pretty page and wonderful tribute!

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  30. oh gosh. All the little details on this just amazes me! It's just the right amount! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Just beautiful. So many stunning details.

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  32. What a beautiful layout...love the colors and embellies!

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  33. What a beautiful and heartfelt creation Amy! Really lovely.

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  34. What a wonderful page! My maternal grandfather was in WWII as well and has never talked about his war experience (to my mother, my sister or I) until two weeks ago. You see, my almost 18 yo nephew is going to Germany for his senior year of high school and is just about the same age as when his Great Grandfather went to Germany with the USArmy. My grandfather answered all my questions about his war experience but never once looked at me while talking. Instead, he looked at my my husband and my nephews. It makes no difference to me. He is old-fashioned and probably believes he should protect me from the ugliness of war. He is my hero!

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  35. LOVE this LO- what a wonderful job :)

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  36. That is a wonderful page and a great tribute to your granddad. I'm sure it will be displayed proudly in your home.

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  37. Lovely scrapbook page, Amy! Such warm, beautiful colors!

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