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ladyofthethorns




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Registered: March 2008
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I was going to submit a layout I created in the past using one of theStudio's collaborative kits from the early days, when it was Stone Accents Studio (if interested, you can view that layout here), but decided instead to create this new one. To be honest, I'm not sure which I like better. ;-)
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Background is a fusion of 2 papers by Cathy Ann Designs (Sonata kit)
Painted Edge created using FotoFusion (my preferred software for creating digital scrapbook layouts)
The following from from the Designer Survivor Contest Collaborative kit 'Keep Holding On'
-Hooked Ribbon and Camoflague Button by Simply Shelly
-Hero tag by Jacabean Designs
-Ship Shape by Charm City Scraps
Journaling Text is Myriad Condensed Web and reads as follows:
Britain declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939 and the very next day, my father and many of his friends enlisted in The Royal Canadian Army. My Dad was just 19 years old. He served for the duration of WWII - a full 6 years - receiving his liberation from the army on October 18, 1945, at the age of 25.

I have, among my possessions, a number of the letters my father wrote to his mother and father during the first 3 years of the war, a few photographs, his medals and some notes he wrote before he passed away in 1990. These are not enough to really grasp what the impact of these years in war, away from home, the years in which he became a man but I sometimes wonder about the intensity of emotions for all who lived and endured the hardships of those times... he often wrote about missing home and how he'd give anything (all his teeth) to be able to return to his home; he asked his mother to send him civies (civilian clothes) because "..imagine yourself how it is to wear the very same uniform for three years, so in order to get real comfort, during leaves, it takes civilian clothes." In one letter he writes, "The other night I was on Anti Aircraft duty, and during my shift I heard a plane coming back from France (Bomber) all searchlights lit up and tried to get it in their beams, the next thing I heard was an explosion, the Bomber crashed, it was damaged over occupied France, fortunately the Pilots and gunners were saved, at first I thought it was a [incendiary] bomb, -- -- some noise it made. A few days ago, a German Fighter flew over the town and machine gunned the streets - no one was hurt. - I saw when I happened to look out my window --- once in a while a lone raider might come around, but no damage is ever done."

The photographs on this page are of my father very near the beginning of his years of service (1939) and another when he returned home (1945). What a relief for my grandparents, and a feeling of elation it must have been for my father to finally have the war over and to be home again!

The other items on this page are a sample of one letter my father wrote to his mother and father, the telegram sent to my grandparents letting them know their son was wounded in action and my father's Certificate of Liberation. Also here are my father's Corporal stripes, his regiment patch and his medals bar (he received the Defense Medal, Canadian Volunteer Medal, War Medal 1939-45, The Italy Star and The 1939-45 Star).
Date: Wed June 1, 2011 Views: 272
Dimensions: 600 x 600
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MemoryKeeper

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Registered: August 2007
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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Wed June 1, 2011 14:09

`.`.`. ♥ . . .
~~ Celebrate OUR FREEDOM, Celebrate OUR HEROES~~~
. ♥ `. ♥♥~GOD Bless U~♥♥. ♥ `.
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Oh. My. Wow. This layout is striking, and your story is unbelievable. Thanks for sharing it and your Dad with us! You are indeed blessed.

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Registered: January 2010
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Wed June 1, 2011 14:30

fabulous layout.

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donakat

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Location: San Diego
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Wed June 1, 2011 15:02

Wonderful heritage layout. You have some real treasures here, and have scrapped a great page with them.

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6grand

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Wed June 1, 2011 16:12

Great page - love how you placed the mementoes on the page and that strap across the page is perfect.
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Digiscrapr52
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Wed June 1, 2011 17:20

What wonderful memorabilia you have included on this lovely layout. Great journaling too.
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redplaid3

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Thu June 2, 2011 02:34

Wonderful. I enjoyed the touching journaling. This LO truly honors him in every way.

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kern53

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Registered: January 2011
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Thu June 2, 2011 05:36

WOW! What a great heritage page!! I like the color you chose for the background as it fits so nicely with the theme. How wonderful for you to have all these items of remembrance. You did such a lovely job including all the memorobilia. Thank you for sharing this wonderful history! --k
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Toiny

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Registered: September 2008
Location: Germany
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Thu June 2, 2011 07:30

I love this page Rose! What a wonderful tribute. I love all the details, the letters, the photo's. You did this perfectly.

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Maurine Stettler

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Registered: September 2008
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Thu June 2, 2011 08:08

I'd love to see your original page, too -- this one is just fantastic! Great job on the overall layout and use of elements and mementos!

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barbaraj

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Registered: September 2008
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Thu June 2, 2011 09:27

You are so lucky to have all those mementos. What a wonderful layout you've made here! I really liked reading the journaling.
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pegasong
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Thu June 2, 2011 11:45

This is a wonderful page. All the mementos from your Father. What a piece of history to share. Thank you!
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Location: MN
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Thu June 2, 2011 15:02

What a great tribute to a wonderful man in your life. I love this layout and the story behind it. Your elements are wonderful (I looked at the other layout, another create creation, but I think this one has an edge!)

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DarleneH

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Thu June 2, 2011 15:49

Hi Rose! I love all the memorabilia on this page. Fantastic!

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Thu June 2, 2011 23:24

this is gorgeous Rose, really love the momentoes

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Ambowife Designs

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Fri June 3, 2011 00:17

Fantastic page about your dad, the way you used pieces of actual memorabilia that is specific to him is wonderful!! well done Rose

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michellemarie

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Fri June 3, 2011 08:57

This is so classy and vintage. Love this! Your other layout is quite fabulous, too. Hard to say which is better cause they are both so cool!

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Min

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Fri June 3, 2011 21:35

I love how you included all the memorabilia and lots of journaling without getting the page cluttered! It's a wonderful layout and a great memory!

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MunchkinsMom

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Sat June 4, 2011 13:32

What an incredible page! Love all the mementos you included. Your father was quite the hero.

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redplaid3

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Mon June 6, 2011 02:24

Congratulations on moving into round 2! There was no question about this layout. I wouldn't be surprised to see you as the big winner.

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