Monday, June 13, 2011

My Minds Eye #24

It's that time again for me to play along with the My Minds Eye Challenge. I so look forward to these. Seams its the only way I get any layouts done these days. This layout is near and dear to my heart. Here's a little back story, my Grandpa got to participate in the 11th Honor Flight for South Dakota. He is a WWII Veteran. I used this sketch and challenge (Use song lyrics) to start on the album I'll be making for him to remember his trip. Here's the sketch:
 I used both MME American Made paper and some Bo-Bunny cardstock. My pictures of Grandpa are in front of the WWII memorial and a photo of him in WWII.
 I used Black Letter Cricut font for my title which is the title of a Toby Keith song. I've printed some lyrics to use on my 2nd page. I shadowed the letters and popped an extra of the A and S on the title. Jazzed it up with some red and blue bling.
 I used my new Tim Holtz die for the flower. I added the hero punch out from the American Made paper pack to finish it off. I also used a boarder punch from the American Girl line.
 I added bling all over the plaid paper to give it a little jazz and added the "Freedom" tag from the paper pack.
 Here's a close up of my handsome and wonderful Grandpa! So proud of you!!
Here's the lyrics by Toby Keith that I'll be using on the 2nd page of the layout.

"I'm solid and I'm steady and I'm true down to the core,
And I will always do my duty, no matter what the price,
I've counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice,
Oh, and I don't want to die for you,
But if dying's asked of me,
I'll bear that cross with an honor,
'Cause freedom don't come free.
I'm an American Soldier, an American,
Beside my Brothers and my Sisters I will proudly take a stand.
When liberty's in jeopardy I'll always do what's right.
I'm out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight.
American Soldier,
I'm an American Soldier."



I love that's perfect for the gorgeous page you created! It's a pure piece of art!!!


Chelsea, I love this layout and the story behind it. It was awesome to hear you talk about your Grandfather going on the flight. I could hear the pride in your voice. As it should be. Last summer, at DC, Greg told me about some of the memorials, but this one, was his favorite. He told me of a quote by Winston Churchill during WWII that he had learned in school. "When going through hell, just keep going." I like the song to, but to have my son tell me this, as he stood in awe of the memorial, was something far greater than a song!
Next time you see your Grandpa, thank him for his service and sacrifices for me, and my son, husband and daugher too. Be proud!!
Both the layout and the story rock!


Hi Chelsea,
I just became a follower of your blog and I've enjoyed peeking at all of your beautiful work! What a lovely and special tribute for your grandfather!
I'm looking forward to working with you at Fussy and Fancy!
Have a great weekend!