In 2012-2013 my husband deployed to Afghanistan and he was gone for over a year including all the ramping up and down before and after being out of the country. It was the hardest on my middle son. He was 2 turning 3 when daddy was gone. Old enough to know that daddy was gone, but way to young to understand why. He latched onto any male figure that he was around and pretended to be an "army man" any chance he got. I got this outfit for him and he loved wearing it, and once daddy came back he gave Brandon his old hat with rank.
At his pre-school they had a salute to workers in the community, Brandon HAD to be an army man. He was so proud of his dad, outfit, and of himself in his parade at school. The little guy has endured a lot with daddy being gone, but he is still super proud of his little outfit (and of course daddy)!!
I used the wonderful Military Life Collection from Paper House Production as the base for the layout. The colors and stickers are just perfect for this picture of my little man. So many fun elements and titles for me to use in my grungy masculine page, plus the paper is PERFECT!!
Lots of fun titles and emblems to be used from the Military Life sticker sheet including the grungy "star', "flag", "All-American Family", and "Brat" are just a few seen here mixed into lots of other fun grungy elements.
I used lots of layers of papers below the pictures and embellishments mostly coming from cardstock and the wonderful 100% Country 12x12 paper pad by Paper House. The colors of these papers worked great for the base of the layout.
In the picture below you can see even more fun Military Life stickers from Paper House. I used the strip of "camo and burlap" sticker and cut it up to be used as layers throughout the entire page. I still can't get over how perfect the "dog tags" are, they look so real!!
I used Kreaxion punch 907 from Just Imagine on the borders of every paper layer with the A insert to add texture to the entire page. I randomly punch some corners without any insert to give it an even rougher look, the grungier the better on this page!!
I created the doily below with Kreaxion punch 923, the circle cutter, and the positioning parts for a 6.8 cm circle (larger parts) all from Just Imagine. The punched doily adds so much dimension and texture to the layout, doilies work on masculine layouts!!
Patterned Paper - Paper House
Stickers - Paper House
Punches - Just Imagine
Cardstock - DCWV
Embellishments - Prima & 7 Gypsies & Tim Holtz & Maya Road
Washi Tape - Prima & American Crafts & 3M
Mediums - Liquitex & Ranger
Paints - Ranger
Stencils - Ranger and TCW
Chipboard - Fabscraps