Thursday, June 28, 2007

Military Moments

When I first received “Military Moments” by Thena Smith, I was a little overwhelmed due to the fact that no one in our family is, or has been in the military. As I began to browse thru the pages I realized that this is more than a book about Military life, it is about America and what it stands for.

This 8 ½ x 11 –inch soft-cover book of poems is grouped into chapters making it easy to find the perfect poem or verse. Some of the chapters are How the Wars Were Won; A Soldiers Life; Prayers; Christmas; Albums for Military Families; Memorial Day; September 11; Freedom; Short Verses; Lullabies; Military Titles; Journaling Ideas; and many more.

While reading various poems throughout the book, tears began to well up in my eyes as I realized what a sacrifice our military makes for our freedom. The ideas began to flow and I knew I needed to call a friend and ask her for pictures of when her husband came home from Iraq. In this layout I used the poem, Welcome Home, Daddy! from page 91 to express the joy and excitement of this family being reunited.

Tammy_MilitaryMoments1Welcome Home, Daddy!
Products used: Cardstock (We Are Memory Keepers & Club Scrap)
Ink (Ranger)
Misc circle punches
Sketch (Becky Fleck)
PhotoShop Elements 4.0
Fonts (Traveling Typewriter & Herald)
Photo Courtesy of Carol Banks
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The poem “The Sound of Freedom” found on page 10 speaks to the reality of these pictures that were taken at Ft. Hood.

Freedom
Products used: Cardstock (Bazzil, My Minds Eye, Wild Asparagus, & Club Scrap)
Ink (Ranger)
Sketch (KarenEmily www.scrapfriends.us)
PhotoShop Elements 4.0
Font (Times Roman Numeral)
Chipboard Stars (Technique Tuesday)
Paint (Making Memories)
Photo Courtesy of Carol Banks
Transparency (Hammerill)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

I was very pleased with the quality and layout of this book, “Military Moments”. I felt that the poems and quotes written in this book were written to convey the vast amount of emotions that military families and personnel experience, yet they were general enough that you could personalize them to fit your own experience.

This book is a perfect addition to the scrapbooker or cardmaker’s library.

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