Memorable Memorial Day Layouts


For most people, the long Memorial Day weekend means picnics, road trips and beach time with friends and family. While cookouts and camaraderie are memorable components of the holiday, the real reason for the three-day weekend has to do with hard work and heroes.

Thanks to the men and women, who comprise this country’s military, we are able to enjoy a litany of freedoms. Their selflessness and bravery should be honored, and there’s no better way to do so than with a scrapbook layout or an entire memory album.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be an advanced scrapper to design a memorable military-themed book. Several companies offer pre-fabricated albums. For example, if you are looking to commemorate the work of a Marine, you could purchase a 12×12 Marine Corps scrapbook which features 32 pages and incorporates the Marines medallion on its cover. The first section of the kit includes sample projects to make your own pages, while the second section features 20 decorative pages with top-loading photo sleeves, military and patriotic borders, plus room for journaling. For those looking to honor a member of the Coast Guard, American Croppers offers a Coast Guard Camo album which features a military fatigue pattern and an embroidered Coast Guard emblem patch. The album also comes with a dozen 12×12-inch top loading page protectors.

If you prefer to craft your own book without the help of kits, consider embellishing your pages with military-themed decor, such as stickers and stamps. Several reputable scrapbook supply companies offer 3-D sticker sets that will really make your pages pop. Designs include helicopters, ships, gold stars, tanks, military medallions, flags, patches, tents, boots, guns, cannons, and armor.

Other ways to spice up a military-themed layout is to include famous quotes, such as: “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem” or “Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.”

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.