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Friday, March 23, 2012

Sketches with a Twist - My Soldier

Sketches with a Twist brings fabulous monthly sketches and a little twist to the sketch. This month's sketch is below, and the twist was to use 3 identical embellishments (hard!)

The chevrons (which I love, but they take so long to make!) inspired me to use photos of my friend, a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces, for this page. His face and his guest's are blacked out to protect their identities...

He'd just gotten back from Afganistan in I believe April before my wedding. His division had been hit by roadside bombs twice between Christmas and New Years that year, and two of his colleagues were killed, and he was hospitalized but OK. This was the first time I saw him since he had gotten back and was all tears to see him home safe and in one piece. 

The chevrons are all hand made. I truly don't think they look that uneven in real life!! I hope not or I have some ripping to get going on! I originally planned to use the three Bo Bunny Cambridge brads down the centre between the photos as my 3 identical... but then I realized, they aren't identical!

I made these mini ribbons like you would find on his jacket out of ribbon and bar staples. The ribbons are Fancy Pants (left) and Cosmo Cricket (right)

My three identical elements  are the itsy bitsy star brads holding the twine down the centre of my chevrons. There are actually 10 stars total included :)

Hope you enjoy... and no matter the cause, support our troops. Our brave men and women need all the love, admiration and support that they can get... and that's what they deserve!



  1. HI.. oh your story has touched my heart.. of course all our soldiers have our support and we pray they are all home and safe very soon.. I love your take on the sketch.. your chevrons looks great, i love the stitching in them and the colors really stand out.. Thanks for joining in at Sketches with a twist..

  2. Victoria, your beautiful layout is such a lovely tribute to your friend. Your chevron looks perfect to me! Thanks so much for joining us in the Sketches With a Twist challenge this month. :-)

  3. What a great layout! So glad your friend is home safe. Your chevrons look great to me. Thanks for playing along with Sketches With a Twist!
    LisaB ~ SWAT DT

  4. I am so pleased to hear your friend returned safely from his tour of duty in Afghanistan and I love your layout/tribute to him. The green, yellow and stitching of your chevron really makes it the star of your page and is fabulously done and the two ribbons replicating those the military wear are a great touch. Thanks so much for joining us at Sketches with a Twist this month.
    Danie - SWAT DT

  5. The story behind this layout is beautiful. What a blessing for your friends. Your chevrons turned out wonderfully. thanks for joining us this month!
    Raechell- SWAT DT


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