Thursday, June 30, 2011

All-American Blog Hop

Hi Everybody, Having fun in the All-American Blog Hop so far???
Hopefully you just came from visiting the VERY talented Lola at  If not, please head over to see Jenny at to start from the beginning.
Thank you for joining us for the All American Blog hop!  We are sharing projects that celebrate anything American!  So anything like BBQ's, family picnics, 4th of July, or more.  Here's my contribution to the bloghop!

My Amazing husband:

This is my hubs with our youngest son, Nathan.  He's a great dad, a great man, an excellent husband, and my hero.  You see, Charlie is a soldier.  He has devoted 14 years of his life to Active Duty Army and has been on 2 tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.  The man doesn't call himself a hero, but he really is one.  He loves America.  No, really, he L-O-V-E-S America!  For Charlie, being a soldier is “just another day at the office”.  For me, it’s a swelling of pride as my husband dons his uniform.

 And Here's my project:

I can't think of anything more "All American" than my husband who serves our country, so I decided to make my bloghop blog all about him today!  I am so blessed to serve him as he serves y'all.  -that's southern for you guys.

Now, I made this scrapbook album for a few reasons. 
1-      This is the All-American bloghop!  What is more All American than a US Soldier?
2-      My husband is soon to be an Army Recruiter and he needs this scrapbook for his job.
3-      I want to document his military life, even though he just considers it “work”.
I am just posting pictures here, but I will go more into detail in a later blog to describe how I did this.  Feel free to leave a comment and ask any questions- I’ll answer every one of them, I promise.  Oh, wait- I will explain how I did the cover because it’s so stinking cool! 

I took one of his blouses (yes, that’s what they’re called!) that didn’t work anymore and cut it up to cover the inside cardboard which I doubled to give extra stability.  I cut the pocket out and used fabric glue to adhere it to the front.  The name tape is his actual name tape on his uniform and the army emblem on the front is a metal sticker that was from the CUTEST little scrapbook shop in Dover, TN.  (shout out to my girls a Precious Scraps!)  If you are ever in the Ft. Campbell, KY area, or Dover, TN, or Paris, TN or anywhere near us, you NEED to come see Beverly at Precious Scraps- she will hook you up!  (and no, I’m NOT getting paid for that, I just love her store, she’s always been good to me!)
Well, this is my scrapbook:  I will say I used paper from everywhere.  I don’t know specifically where I got each piece.  I just used colors that blended together, complimented each other and some that look like leather.  (Look at the giant Chinook, it has texture; don’t know if you can see it from the photos)  I mainly used my ATG gun for the adhesive.  And the stickers are from hobby lobby.  (for the most part)  I got the dog tags from Archivers in Gurnee, IL (when I lived in North Chicago; I miss that store!) and for the cuts, I used my Cricut and the Stand and Salute cartridge.

There are a couple of GREAT prizes to win today!  You can win a Scrap 'n Tote!!  You can also enter to win this AWESOME prize pack from Post-it! 

To enter to win the prizes:
1. You must leave a comment on all of the blogs in the hop.
2. Please be a follower of Crazy About Cricut.
That's it!  Winners will be announced July 7th!  Thank you, now please head over to see Leah at

Here is the lineup in case you get lost or need to stop along the way:
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Sharon @
Tanya @
Bobbi @
Paula @
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Sandra @
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  1. Awesome project. Thank you to you and yor hubby for your service,God Bless you both. from a AF vet and AF wife of 20 years
    Big Blog Hugs

  2. I TOTALLY love this book!! Great job!! I agree.. NOTHING more American than our soldiers!!


  3. Love this mini album!! What a great way to honor your husband!!

  4. love it!! my husband is my hero as well!! he retired after 20 years in the marine corps!! he was in Operation Desert Storm in '91!! you and your family have a safe and blessed 4th weekend!!

  5. Love your mini album!!! Super way to honor your hubby!! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!

  6. Terrific scrapbook to honor your husband!! I love every detail! Thank you to your husband for his service. And thank you to you for sharing him with the country.

    TFS, Cheryl @

  7. This is AWESOME!! I am sure your husband will treasure this!! TFS!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

  8. This is amazing! You did an awesome job with this hop project! I'm sure this album will be cherished! Thank you to your husband and to you for the sacrifices your family makes to keep our All-American lifestyles safe!

  9. Awesome scrapbook, Lovely Lady, lol you totally made me cry... (not hard to do as you know, but hey! I'm no sissy either!)


  10. What a wonderful tribute to your husband!! Your album is the perfect All American project!! Please tell your husband thank you from the Littrell Family for all his hard work and dedication. Have a great 4th!!

  11. All I can say is Wow! That is an spectatcular little album. It really packs a punch! My brother is currently on his second tour in Afghanistan. God Bless America, it's soldiers and their families.

    desaucier at bellsouth dot net

  12. Love your Scrapbook. This is a Great way to honor your Husband and this will be Great for you to pass down to your Son. Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July. :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

  13. Am now following you. Would love to win....I love this idea of a scrapbook about why your hubby wanted to be a soldier. I often wonder why these men & women are so self sacrificing. Thanks for the project. Have a great 4th of July. Ü

  14. God Bless your hubby for his service to our country :) Great scrapbook !!

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

  15. Your project is awesome! And thank you so much to your husband and to your family!!! I love how you made this book still look so manly, sometimes I find scraping guy stuff the hardest, thanks so much!

  16. Beautiful album! God bless your family and your husband for all he has done for our country! It is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful Independence Day!

  17. That is a great idea. What a nice tool for your husband.

    I appreciate what he does. Happy 4th!

  18. This is an nice album! Great project!

  19. Hi Ruby! I'm an Army wife too! Love what you created girl!! Hooah Hugs!!

    skcactusflower75 at hotmail dot com

  20. what an HONOR to your husband. A soldier is as American as you can be. Please thank him for serving. Your scrapbook is awesome, thanks for sharing it with us on the 4th of July.
    Dawn RI

  21. Love your mini book! TFS! I'm now following.

  22. Wow. Very impressive. He must be so proud of this. What an honour.

  23. What a great scrapbook! Thank you and your husband for the sacrifices you both make each day for my freedom and safety. I wish you the a wonderful Fourth of July holiday.
    Rock Girl Custom Designs

  24. Great job! I love this.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I served my country for 4 years in the US Army!

    You did your hubby proud!
    Happy 4th. I'm grateful for his service.

  25. Awesome project. Sending many thanks to your husband and your family for the service he provides.

  26. great project,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

  27. What an awesome project!!! Thank you to your husband for his service. I say this from one service member to another. My hubby was in the NAVY and I also served as well in many roles with the NAVY.


  28. I enjoyed your album so much. May God bless your husband for all the years he's given to our great country. Your little Nathan is a doll!

  29. Very nice job on the mini album.

  30. Great job on your memory book. I'm a new follower.

  31. What a great tribute to your husband and other soldiers! Definitely nothing more All American! I am a new follower!


  32. what a great way to honor your hubby. Very nice book. tfs Tami

    Tambo's Creations

  33. This is so special and will be a great remembrance. My hubby served in the AirForce for 20 years. We all have the outreach to each other. Our best wishes and thanks to your family. Peggie

  34. I love this mini book! A friend of the family just joined the Army and is almost done with basic training! I love the dedication to our forces!


  35. i love, LOVE, l-o-v-e!!! this!!! i'm actually going to copy your link and send it out to all my military wife peeps! thank you! and thank you to your husband for serving his/our country. it's people like him that allow us to be what we are today!

  36. I am a new follower. What a beautiful book...what a tribute to a hero. Please Thank him for his service.

    justina1218 at

  37. This is the most awesome blog yet. I have to share your blog with many of my friends who have military spouses, sons, daughters wives, and ect. He may not think he is a hero, but you let him know, this is one family who thinks he is. Thanks so much for sharing...(tears in my eyes for our many fallen)...Kudos to you for all the sacrifices your family has gone through for the wonderful service he has given to our country. THANK YOU!!!
    I truly hope your family enjoys your time together this 4th of July... That is one scrap book that will be a treasure for many years to come. Please send me instructions on your book when you have the chance. I have many military families in my Crop Club. I think they would love to tackle this as one of our on going projects to give to their family members. THANKS a Million.

  38. I could feel your pride as I read your blog! Please tell your husband thank you from me..I think it is great that you could incorporate so many of his personal items to make your album. It definitely will belong to him! I love the helicopter die cut too..Just a great job!!

  39. so my wife has done such a great job on this she is the best and yes i will treasure this for the rest of my life. I love my wife and thanks to all of you for following her and all of the well wishes and my all of yall have a blessed independent day

  40. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing scrapbook! Thank you to your hubby for serving for our country!

  41. A BIG THANK YOU to you and your husband for your service to this great country of ours. What a nice tribute to him. Have a great Fourth!!!


  42. wow what a great job you have done. such great memories to keep iam sure your hubby was very happy with you job. I have done my hubbys navy retirement book to he loved it. thanks for shaing I know how hard it is for us back home. ben their 15yrs. kudos to you and your family.

  43. great job on this mini i love that you used fabric from your husbands clothes to make the cover.. how clever is that?! thanks so much for sharing!

  44. This is AMAZING!!! Love it!! New follower and enjoying going back and seeing your creations!
    ♥ Laura ♥

  45. God bless your hubby and keep him safe, and may his heart always swell with pride, knowing he has a loving and supportive wife and son. We need more fine men and women like him...
    Happy Independence Day -- Home of the Free because of the Brave.

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  46. Great album. Thank your husband for all he does for us.

    Thanks for sharing
    karenk3 at ameritech dot net

  47. This is an AWESOME project I must say for this blog! Just AWESOME! Kudos to your husband for what he does for our country! Love, love, love this album! Great job and I LOVE the cover!


  48. what a wonderful project. your hubby must be thrilled. thanks to him for his dedicated service.

  49. This is a wonderful album!!! Bless your hubby for his service to our great country. TFS

  50. What a great album! Your son is too cute! :-)

    -Sam :-)

    SamanthaJDesigns @

  51. LOVE your mini! my hubbs was in the Airforce, I might just have to do this for him!!! Happy 4th!

  52. This is the most awesome mini album. One of my favorite projects so far! Love it!
    You should be very proud of this one:)

    Cricut Chick

  53. I've been wanting to make an album of my dad's service in Vietnam. Thanks for sharing some ideas :)

  54. Love your albums, it is an awesome way to honor your husbands service to our country.
    Katsews at gmail dotcom

  55. what a great mini album and thank you so much to your husband for fighting for our freedom the way that he has.