Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Jenn, Thank you for putting such a useful challenge at hand. I did a few things for this challenge. I finally altered a wine holder that I bought over a year ago at Michael's, which would of sat in my scrap room for another year had we not had the challenge. Works out perfect too because my SIL is a big Wine gal and she will FLIP for this. It's her 30th Birthday. The Second thing I did was scrapped my daughters nicknames she had as a baby. I wanted to do this for so long before I forgot some of them. Last I used the transparency you told me to buy for a lo of my sister and that is just what I did and at the same time I entered it into two additional challenges on SB.com. So, you have had me working my tail off and I thank you for that!

The Strength LO is a transparency. I added some stickers to the top of it and journaled underneath it on the circle with my fav pen. I added a tag which has additional journaling when you lift up the transparency you can see the journaling. I attached the tag to the back of the transparency. I used pewter star brads to hold the transparency to the paper. This was my first time using transparency paper. I like it. It was a bit hard trying to journal in the circle because I had to keep laying the paper over it to see if the picture would cover the journaling. As you can tell from the pic, I made a lil' boo boo and had to cut the picture a little to reveal some of the journaling!
The journaling reads...
October 4, 2006 the world changed. My brother-in-law, Edward M. Garvin was killed in action in Anbar Provice, Iraq. At the age of 19. At 20 years old my sister Melissa lost her best friend, her soul mate, her husband. My sister & brother-in-law were life long friends, meeting in the 2nd grade and attached at the hip. My sister has such strength that amazes me and makes me so very (PROUD)! My brother-in-law made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, for our children, for our freedom. The families of these fallen Hero's know all too well that FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
Most would think my sister sits home crying and that is so far from the truth! Since my brother-in-laws passing my sister has raised over 18,000 in which she auctioned off her wedding dress to raise money for the BOY SCOUTS, an organization Eddy was very involved in to send underprivileged boys to boy scout camp for the summer. We have marched in parades and Melissa has recently joined the Soldiers Angels to help families of fallen soldiers. I am so PROUD of her! Quote under the circle reads "And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm Free. and I won't forget the men who died and gave that right to me" Lee Greenwood. (the d is hidden behind the sticker because of the transparency. It was hard to journal because The circle and the quote were on the bazzill and I had to match up where the transparency had words or the stickers I put on it.
Behind the tag with the stars on it, it reads - Parris Island, SC
Pictured - my sister & brother-in-law at his Marine Corp boot camp graduation.
Used for the layout - Creative Imaginations Strength transparency, Reminisce stickers (Hero & Proud stickers) & arrow. Reminisce Star Journaling Tag, Pewter star brads
This lil' number is my dd as a baby. In each petal I stamped 2 nicknames. I used my Walmart alpha stamps and my CTMH ink (which I love) I cut out her face and placed it in the middle of the flower. I outlined the petals and stem using Platinum stickles. I also used the stickles to outline the edge of the picture to the side. Stamped her name above the picture and added Queen & Co Felt flowers

As for this number, I used my fav papers from DCWV to match the album I made my sister in law which is also a gift for her 30th. PP is Pocket full of daisy line. I used Queen & Co felt flowers and added bling to all the places I felt needed bling! =) I used CTMH ribbon and the letters on the inside are BG. Signed the bottom and called it a day!
So, I feel like I got a lot done. Thanks again Jenn!


Nichole said...

Nicole, first of all my heart goes out to your sister. I wish I could say I can't believe what happened, but her misfortune is quite common these days. She has displayed all the admirable qualities a military wife should have, and I know her husband would be so very proud of her. You are such a doll for creating this amazing tribute to your brother-in-law. I could just go on and on, but I won't.

Second, I love everything you did with this challenge. Especially the nickname page for your little princess. I did a page similar to that as well, though not quite as cute as your idea with the flower petals. Love it!

Will work on my challenges tomorrow, I promise.

Nichole said...

Oh my god, I just realized I have that very same patterned paper you used for your nickname page! I never would have thought to use it like you did! Now I wanna get mine out! lol

altered geisha said...

I love your blog, thanks for the link I shall check in regularly.
The LO's are gorgeous and your detail makes them even more interesting.

Jenn said...

OMG Nicole! I am tearing up over the Strength LO! You did an amazing job, as I knew you would when I saw the paper. :)
I saw you working on the wine holder and already told you I loved it, do I need to brag on you more for it? LOL
And the page for your daughter *sings* "Love it"! Per usual, "Pissah" You "ROCKED IT"!!!