Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Honoring All Who Serve - Disneyland Flag Retreat

This was a sample layout for a Disney Scrapper's July Red White and Blue Challenge.
For this challenge, we were to use the following Pinterest inspiration board to get some ideas for scrapping a Disney photo.
Using the inspiration, scrap a photo for Canada, France, UK, USA, the Fab 5 in their Disneyland 60th or just something with red and white and blue. Or we could leave out the blue since is usually sky in the photos even of Canada, a light sky blue could be included.
One additional part of the challenge was to include stripes. Striped paper, ribbon, embellishments, whatever, just something striped.

For my layout I cut strips of paper (some of it striped) to form paper stripes to make a border my layout. Then I sewed across them to add texture. I got this idea from the quilt in the inspiration collage above. The rest of the layout is based on Sketch Savvy #152

I scrapped pictures from Disneyland's Flag Retreat Ceremony held every day just before sundown. Disneyland's Flag Retreat is a very stirring ceremony that respectfully lowers and folds the flag at the end of the day, but it is also a time that the DLR sets aside to salute and honor our nation and those who faithfully serve it. Flag Retreat is one of my favorite Disneyland Traditions. If you haven't been a part of one yet, put it on your list for the next time you visit.

On this particular day, I had gone to Disneyland to meet up with some college friends I hadn't seen in 20+ years.  My friend Paul is a commander in the US Navy and serves on submarines, so I included the submarine and military word stickers. His amazing wife, Courtney, holds down the fort at home while he is is at sea sometimes for six months at a time. They have five terrific kids and in these pictures he is in the white shirt standing at attention around the Disneyland flag pole and the rest of the family is behind him, supporting him, as they always do. I carefully picked the elements from the Authentique Freedom line that helped me tell the story of their family and this special Flag Retreat Ceremony.  


Thank you for your service CDR Paul, and thank you Courtney and kids for the sacrifices you make that allow him to serve.  We salute all of you.


Unknown said...

Thank you so much for your service, Paul!


craftybarb said...

Thank you so much for your service!!!!!

Becky Barber said...

Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedom, Paul. And thanks to your wife for supporting you in your service.

Colleen O said...

Fantastic inspiration for your page details. I salute Paul for all his years of service to our country. You wife, Courtney, and your kids need thanks for their sacrifices too. Thank you and God bless!

Merrick Dunphy said...

I love the Flag retreat ... best moment in the Disneyland day. Done it with my Air Force DH... look forward to going again with my Air Force son. Navy wives are so brave and strong! I salute you Courtney! And thank you Paul! Great layout Tami!

Sally said...

Thank you for your service. You and your family are heroes.

blupixy said...

I am so grateful for all those that serve our country and their families. Thank you,Paul, for your service!

Susan Stringfellow said...

What a beautiful tribute to a good friend and all who serve. I love your border so much. My son went a week before he became a marine and we just didn't think to do the flag ceremony and I regret it so much. Now he has a degree and may become a naval officer soon.
Thanks to your friend, Paul, and also to the family and friends who support him.

Orlanda S. said...

Thank you for your service. Much respect!!!

Laura Jean (LJ) said...

First of all, please thank your friend Paul for his service and for protecting our freedom.

The scrapbook page is amazing, I love all of the patterned paper scripts stitched down the side.