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2012 MMDT May Challenge #2

Memorial Day Greetings! As families gather this weekend to remember those who have served their country in our armed services, I am presenting a memorial page for the 168 who lost their lives in the Alfred P. Murrah Building Bombing in Oklahoma City, OK on April 19, 1995.


Hannah and I had been in Tulsa for the big cake competition at the Oklahoma State Fair in the fall of 2007, that Food Network broadcast every year. We had a free day before we had to wrap up and head home and there were places in OKC that I wanted to show her, and we both wanted to see the Oklahoma City Memorial.


"Changed Forever"  is my tribute.


The second Mosaic Moments Challenge for May is with our featured grid for May Sunflower grid paper. The page pattern is Mosaic Moments #13. I have used two of our element options: multiple journal spots and a quote. I have also used laser cut pockets that will soon be available at the website. However there is also a free download for two sizes of pockets and tags in the meantime.  I had planned to use them for the June challenge upcoming, but just had to do it this time. I have included extra photos to show how I used them.


We entered from the west through the Gates of Time. The Message above the gate reads:

"We come here to remember

those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever.

May all who leave here know the impact of violence.

May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope, and serenity."





 You will notice that I've used one space for a title, and one for a quote that appears carved around the wall of the Survivor Tree section. There are 8 hidden journal blocks. I chose to do it this way to give a clean look to the page and to allow you to focus on the photos. 



What I have done is to place my journaling on a small square of cardstock to fit the pocket; then attached a ribbon with a glue dot so that it can slide in and out easily. I also attached my 2x2 square photos to the pocket with the opening to the side to the right or left depending on the position, and then attached to the grid paper.

















So, if you are wondering how you access the journaling without repeatedly taking the page out of your page protectors to read your notes, let me assure you there is an easier  way to do it. You will need a sharp blade on your x-acto knife to do this, and your cork backed metal ruler. Some of you may already know how to do this and some may be cringing at the thought of cutting your page protector. It's okay, really, just remember the first time someone suggested you could cut you photos...see how successful that's been?!!!


Here's the step by step:

First you may want to remove your tags to make sure you don't slice through them. Then, make sure your page is in the correct position inside the page protector. Once you cut things you have to live with what you've done.  


Place your ruler firmly next to the photo on the open side of the pocket. This will hold it taught and make piercing the plastic much easier.



The pockets with the photos attached have some bulk to them so it will be an asset. You will want to lay your blade along the metal edge to cut, not the photo.


Now replace the journal tag and adjust the position leaving the ribbon extended.To allow free access of the tag you may need to trim slightly beyond the pocket.



Once you trim your ribbon to the length or shape you want you may want to use Fray-check to seal the cut edge.  





Enjoy this weekend with your families and


Thanks for stopping by...






Shared by Andrea Fisher on May 26, 2012 | Memory Date: October 1, 2007
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Beautiful page as usual Andrea! Really liked that the journaling was hidden to keep the focus on the photos - I'll have to try that.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  June 21, 2012 at 1:22 am   
thank you someone who has been there, I'm glad you thought it was a good representation of the memorial.
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  June 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm   
You really captured the beauty of the memorial. It's an awesome, sobering experience to be there and see all those empty chairs. So glad to experience it in person and again in your beautiful tribute.
Posted By: Janet Shetley  |  June 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm   
Another fantastic layout, Andrea! As Linda said, your work looks professional and we can all see how much time and effort it took to do. I can only imagine seeing this sight in person and how it would change you forever. Your tribute is very moving and the photos captured it very well. I also thank you for your tutorial! I love learning new techniques.
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  May 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm   
I always marvel at how much work you put into your work and how professional your projects look. This one is near the top of all so far, especially for the tribute to those who died and those changed forever. Thanks!
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  May 29, 2012 at 6:24 am   
Thanks everyone...glad the tutorial was helpful. I'm always curious as to how someone did things on their pages! Nancy, glad that this meant something to you personally. I had hoped the journalling would have been clearer here to read better, that was the point of all the photos! I always have to boost the view to about 400 to read and see everyone's page details. If you are ever out that way do make a point to stop and see it.
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  May 29, 2012 at 5:18 am   
Thanks for adding the tutorial to your post! I really enjoyed seeing these pictures, not only for your layout, but because the OKC bombing was important to us - my company has a site in OKC. I hadn't seen the details of the memorial once it was completed. The last time I saw it, it was mostly just a chain-link fence with flowers and notes stuck in it. It was wonderful to see details of the completed project!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  May 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm   
Wonderful pages you created. I also want to thank you for your photo tutorial on using the pockets and how to slice the page protectors.
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  May 27, 2012 at 12:47 am   
What a wonderful tribute Andrea - the pages are beautiful. Love the way you used the pockets.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  May 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm   

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