The Holiday Project – Story #2: Coming Home

I’m back with the second story in my Holiday Project album. This story is called Coming Home. This layout was created using materials from my holiday stash. To see what I am using this year, check out these two videos on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel: The Holiday Project Getting Ready and Hip Kit Club Kit Share.

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My older brother Love Majors (yes, he’s name is Love…it was the 60s :)) proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter. In his early years of serving, it was uncertain if he would be able to come home for the holidays. He was single with no children at the time so often was the case that military personnel with families were sent home during the holiday season while singletons remained on post. As I child I didn’t get to see him much – we are 15 years apart and he spend most of his younger adult years stationed overseas. Any opportunity for him to come home was truly exciting! I adored my big brother…still do!

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In December 1986, we learned that he would be coming home for Christmas! The week’s leading up to his arrival were too much for me to bear! I would get so excited about everything – riding to the airport, greeting him at the terminal (I miss being able to do that), jumping into his arms, talking his ear off on the ride home…

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Finally the day came! To the airport we went to pick him up…and yes, I jumped in his arms and wouldn’t let go. My mom would cry and hold him tight, as moms do when their children have been away for awhile. Christmas was always special when Love Buggy was home!

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When we arrived home, my mom would busy herself in the kitchen preparing dinner. Love would put on a Michael Jackson record and the two of us would dance and play around in the living room – typical older brother/young sister antics (there was body slamming, pillow throwing, moonwalk competitions). On Christmas day I would wake everyone up at the crack of dawn to open presents. It was so awesome to have Love home – we didn’t spend many Christmas together but when we did it was amazing!

The overall design of this layout is very simple. I cut circles from several pattern papers from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa Collection along with a piece of pattern paper from the November Hip Kit Club kit as well as velum. I also used a large circle punch to cut out my photo. To the circles I added an ornament and house die cut from the Snow and Cocoa Collection along with a wood veneer ampersand from my stash. The title was created using the “Doll” font by Thickers and a smaller black letter font from the BasicGrey Highline Collection.

I love the clean simplicity of this layout!

To view the process video for this layout, visit the Victoria Marie YouTube channel! More to come…stay tuned!

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