Monday, May 27, 2013

Signing Papers

First of all, Happy Memorial Day!  I hope we all take a few moments to thank and pay homage to our fallen warriors.  We enjoy the land of the free because of the brave.

Last October, my son, Brian, came to me and said, "Momma, I want to talk to you."  He proceeded to tell me that he has decided to join the Army.  The conversation went something like this,

Brian:  I've decided I'm going to join the Army.
Me:  No, you're not.
Brian:  I've been thinking a lot about this, momma, and I think it's the right choice for me.
Me:  No, it's not.  You can't do this.
Brian:  Momma, I'm an adult now.
Me:  No, you're NOT!

Well, he is.  After some amount of grilling about his decision, I told him that I would support him.  (Of course, I would - that is being a momma.)  I went with him to see Sgt Upchurch, and he signed up that day.

I'm creating this journal as a record of his journey for him and as a way to divert my missing him into something creative and positive.

This page was inspired by UmWow Studio's June sketch.  I used the sketch fairly literally.  A couple of the stars are UWS chip, and the hexagon pattern was made with another piece of UWS.  I'm also entering this into Crop Chocolate's sketch challenge (created by D2 from UWS)!

On the other side of each journal page, I'm writing a note to my son to account the memory from my perspective and/or to put letters he wrote to me (after he left).

Last, but never least, recently I was accepted into a new design team - Silhouette Challenges.  I'm so excited to be part this this great team.  Our leaders are SUPER nice, and I'm stoked to be learning more and more about my Cameo!  Their first challenge (still open) is Anything Goes.  I used my Cameo to cut the "my hero" phase.

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)


  1. Great journal page! Love how you added all the stars! Thanks for playing along at Silhouette Challenges! :)


  2. Another great page!! This journal will mean so much to both of you.

  3. I loved how this post began and the ending was beautiful!!!a Beautiful page and I am very happy that you are family of the Silhouette team.
    Thanks for playing along at Silhouette Challenges! :)
    Have a wonderful day,
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥
    ♥ Silhouette Challenges ♥

  4. another GREAT entry into your art journal. I can't wait to see it when it's all done! :)

  5. Great project. I love all the colors and everything.
    From the Silhouette Challenges:)
    Tabitha's Designs Blog
    Low priced fun Digi Papers:)
    New Challenge Blog on the Block:)

  6. Love your LO. Looks fantastic:) Thanks for joining us at Silhouette Challenge blog.


  7. I've loved sharing you and your son's journey with you guys. It warms my heart ♥