Designer Crafts Connection Hop Day! Patriotic Scrapbook Album: A Tribute to My Father
I’m really excited to share this project with you today. I hope that it inspires you to create a handmade piece of memorabilia that will last for generations to come! This Patriotic Scrapbook Album not only makes a terrific commemorative piece, but if it happens to be all about a special man in your life, it makes a fantastic father’s day gift as well!
My father is a veteran. He served in the United States Navy when he was a young man on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. As a matter of fact, he was the very first crew on the USS Enterprise CVN-65…which I believe was the first nuclear powered carrier. He was an aircraft mechanic. I still love the stories he would tell about being on the flight deck and how he could reach into small places and change bolts and such just by touch. Even cooler, he is a plank owner…which mean when the decommission the Enterprise, he is entitled to a small piece of plank from the ship.
I’ve only been on one aircraft carrier in my life so far…the USS Intrepid, which is docked in the harbor of New York City. That ship looks HUGE to me! Believe it or not, it’s small in comparison to the USS Enterprise. The Intrepid actually would fit inside of the Enterprise.
Like most girls, I am enamored of my dad…still to this day. He is one of the best men I know. Now some may say he isn’t all that…but I think so! I love him a lot. So a couple of years ago, I began a special scrapbook just for him. It is all about the USS Enterprise and him. I began with a lot of research. I used some of his pictures and as well as pictures I was able to collect from my search. From time to time, as I come across things that I think he would like to have, I create additional layouts to add to his book. I know he really appreciates it because he is always showing it to his buddies! It makes me feel good that he enjoys it so much.
I got the idea when I found this photo album from K&Company. They have a really nice selection of papers and ephemera to go along with it. It isn’t difficult at all to find great stickers, charms and other patriotic type embellishments.
On this page is a picture of the American Flag I took myself. I like taking pictures of flags on breezy days. I thought this one turned out particularly well. It has just the right amount of ripple to it.
This is my father as a young man. He really is my hero….as is anyone who dedicates themselves to our armed forces. It is the greatest of sacrifices to keep us safe. I’m not ashamed to say that this isn’t my opinion, it is a fact! You can say anything you’d like about the United States military, state of the union and our government….that’s one of the reason our country is so great! You can speak your mind freely without fretting about harsh repercussions. Our military is one of the reasons we can do so!
Here’s my dad in both uniforms. The picture on the right was taken at his cousin’s wedding.
This is the first USS Enterprise. The CV-6. It was the most decorated ship from WWII. It was not nuclear powered like the Enterprise on which my father served.
This is the USS Enterprise, CVN-65. This was the first nuclear powered air craft carrier.
In 1969, there was a great fire on the Enterprise. I can’t imagine being a soldier out at sea when this fire broke out. I imagine, you can’t cower and hide when something as serious as this occurs. You really have to work together…and of course, you can depend on other ships to come and help! Talk about team work.
I hope you enjoyed the foray into the USS Enterprise! May it inspire you to create your own scrapbook or handmade albums for the special people in your life. I believe it is so important to have physical pieces of memorabilia to pass down from generation to generation.
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As always….artfully yours…..Theresa