Thursday, November 11, 2010

Land Of The Free Because Of The Brave Blog Hop

Welcome to our Veteran's Day Blog Hop! Veteran's Day is very important to me. My father fought in WWII as did his younger brother. My Paternal Grandfather had 2 brothers who fought in WWI as did my Paternal Grandmother's brother. My Grandfather's youngest brother was killed in action on May 14th, 1917 at the Battle of Somme, Vimy Ridge, France. He was 18 years old.

These amazing men and women put their lives on hold to go off and fight for us and our country. They leave their families behind and sacrifice so much for us. How do you thank someone for making such a sacrifice. Somehow, thank you just doesn't seem enough.

A few years ago I had come across these record albums at a yard sale and immediately scooped them up. I decided to alter one to use as a sort of memory album for my father. Although it's not complete at this time, I do have the album done and thought that I'd show you just what you can do with these old albums. I used Basic Grey paper and covered the album cover as well as all the inside pages. I cut out the hole using an exacto knife and intend to put a photo of my father at different stages of his life peeking through the holes. Now that the album is complete, I have the difficult task of figuring out just what photo's to use and embellishments. Since my father passed away when I was 11, I want this to be a book telling my son about the Grandfather that he never knew. (My son is also named after my father).

A few years back when it was the Year of the Veteran, I wrote & requested my father's war records from WWII and would like to include some of the information from them as well. The pockets in this album are large enough that I can also add layouts or even include his war records & tuck them inside it for safe keeping.

This first photo shows the before & after of what this record album looks like.This next photo shows the inside pages of this album now.This last photo shows the side by side of before and after. I just love how this has turned out so far & can't wait to start working on adding the photo's and journaling.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop. There are 19 talented ladies waiting to show you their amazing work.

In order to be eligible for the Grand Prizes, don't forget to leave a comment on each & every blog. The winner will be announced tomorrow on Karel's blog at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity http://karelj.blogspot.comNow off to the hop.

If you've come to my blog from Jennifer at Young’s Scrappinghttp://youngsscrapping.blogspot.comyouare on the right track. Next on the list is Judy at Be Present Be Real

If you get lost, here's the list of blogs participitating in today's hop.
1. KarelJ at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity
2. Celeste at Touched By a Butterfly
3. Deb at Tidbit’s Place
4. Michelle at Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs
5. Jennifer at Young’s Scrapping
6. Diane at Crafting This Moment
7. Judy at Be Present Be Real
8. Marianne at Life From Marianne’s Table
9. Deb at If It’s Groovy
10.Christel at One Scrappin’ Sista
11.Belinda at Queen Bee’s Musings
12.Colleen at Col’s Creative Corner
13.Summer and Jennifer at Cricut Diaries
14.Rachel at Suburban Crafter
15.Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping
16.Becky at Sew in Stitches
17.Rebecca at Creations With Becca
18.Bobbi Jo at Sassy Sweet Diva
19.Angie at Gypsy Paperie
20.Linda at The Tulip Collector


Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful creation.

Summer said...

Great project! Thanks for joining us on this hop!

Jennifer said...

I love what you did with the album, it is very different and neat, thanks for showing your support for our military on this day!!!

Scrappin' Sista said...

I know I can't be first. WOW!!! I never would have thought of altering albums. Such a cute idea. TFS!

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Karelj said...

What a wonderful idea. My mother has a stack of these sitting in her basement---I'm going to go relieve her of them the next chance I get. I don't know what I'll put the records in...but it doesn't matter, 'cause the idea is so great! Thanks for sharing in the hop! Karelj

Terri said...

LOVE your album you made!! I want to thank everyone that fight for our freedom in this country!!


Melanie Holzwarth said...

I love this project, what a wonderful idea! TFS!

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Liza Henderson said...

WOW!! That is amazing. I love how it now looks like something to leave out on the table, rather than put away on a shelf. Great work!!


Michelle said...

What a great Idea. I love it. Thanks for sharing your story about your father.

I'm a new follower to your blog. Take Care


Laura Lee said...

So neat!! thanks for being part of the hop...

johnnysgirl said...

What a great Idea!!!

Queen Bee said...

WOW! Love your altered album. Very creative!

Marlene said...

Your album is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. I thank a veteran every day for my freedoms. My father in law also served. It's something we really ought to be indebted to them for.

Tammy said...

This is a great idea and a fabulous re-purposing of what would normally be disposed of! As a Military wife, I appreciate your Family's service and sacrifice!
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~*Jen*~ said...

Oh my gosh what a wonderful idea!! I love that! What a special thing to make for your son! Thank you!


TR said...

Thank you for acknowledging and honoring
our veterans. They are a brave troupe.


scrapperbecka said...

I love what you did with the record book, thanks for sharing your story

Angie said...

Thanks for sharing your story and amazing project.

Granny Anne said...

What a great idea. I tried to get my father's records and they said they were on available. I know he served, as we have many artifcts form his travels in the Army. Thanks for the grat idea.

Milamemories said...

OMG, i just love your project. Thanks for sharing

Cindylu2u said...

Oh WOW, what a fantastic job you did!!

Marionment said...

What a beautiful job on the album. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Love the album,

Cherylann's "Outta-My-Mind " said...

I love altered art, you did a great job, it is beautiful.
Cherylann (prinkles)

Brenda said...

Oh I love this. I hope you share more pics as you finish it

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pattyk said...

Love the record album.Great history !

Ann Marie said...

I love your project, thanks for sharing! amporath at

Tammy said...

I must be posting in the wrong spot because there are no other comments on this totally creative idea (or maybe they are still in the approval phase)! I love how you left the holes for reading the album labels. Such a cute way to recycle these album covers!!!

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CyndiU said...

That is a really awesome altered project. TFS and also for being part of the hop.

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jennyplace2 said...

Beautiful job on your project, TFS!

Lesley from WI said...

What a wonderful idea and gift for your father!

Anonymous said...

Is this where I leave my post for the Blog Hop? I didn't see any others and I am getting started late today. Anyway, love the album!

Kathy Balman said...

I love heritage albums awesome

Juicy Creations said...

i love blog hops.. thanks for sharing..

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

I love what you did! Amazing! and so creative!

scrappymama said...

great job on the album. Amazing! TFS!

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Patricia Hurlburt said...

Awesome idea!!! Thanks for giving me some inspiration!Oh, and a chance at some prizes of course!!

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Esmommy said...

WOW very cool project TFS
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pattyk said...

love the album. thanks for sharing your wonderful

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

Thank you for sharing such a great project! I had almost forgotten what those album covers looked like. Once I saw it, it all came back to me! Great job!

Anonymous said...

great project!!

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Penny said...

Great project. Thank you for doing this and for the opportunity to win.

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ScrappingDeb said...

OMgosh I just love this, and the story behind it. I would have never thought of altering it. I'm going to have to track some down!
Happy to be hopping with you.

SweetSassyDiva said...

wonderful idea and so touching! that is a great recycled item and so much a treasure! I'm so honored to be part of this blog hop! i noticed that my blog address is listed wrong it should be

Gina Thornton said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE this project! I didn't even know Album books exsisted (and yes I do know what albums are! LOL)
I love what you did with it! Amazing!

Thanks for hopping along with us!

Clara said...

What a beautiful album in remeberance & honor of your dad.

Groovy Deborah said...

I love altering those albums when I find them and you did a fab job on yours! Great purpose for it too!!!

HVD, Groovy Deb♥

cdm317 said...

Your family history was so interesting. The album about your Dad for your son is just gorgeous!
Wow! I would love to try something like that! TFS.

stefeni said...

Great project! Love how you recycled :)

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Dana said...

Very creative idea!


Stacey said...

Thanks for sharing your project. My Maternal Grandpa fought in WWII along with his 7 brothers!


Becky said...

I have been hopping through tonight to see what everyone else posted! I am not a paper scrapper/crafter but I may have to start after seeing your altered album! Wow!

What a sweet thing to do for your Dad.


Thanks for doing this hop my husband is a VET. I have a Victorial Record player so I have some of this albums you use this is a great ideas for that special person. Rebecca Minor

Vicki said...

That is such a cool idea for an album.

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PinkBlingCrafter said...

Wow!!! Great find and it looks fantastic so far!!! I'm sure once it's all complete it will look fantastic and i hope you will share it with us:) I'm now a follower.

doverdi said...

I hope everyone is enjoying the blog hop & the fabulous creations.