Happy Anniversary Jack & Barbara
There’s a story I need to get into my scrapbook about two Army buddies, a double date and a wedding. It begins with two young women, fresh out of high school, trying to make a start in the city of Columbus, Ohio. Barbara and Lois Ann save up to take an apartment in the city as commuting from their family farms is a struggle. They may have to stretch every dollar, but they are having the time of their lives.
Lois Ann is devoted to her beau, Roy who joined the Army after high school. They send letters as often as they can and she is delighted when he is granted leave and begins to make plans for a visit. He writes that he is bringing a friend home with him and asks does she have a friend for him? Thus, Roy and Lois Ann conspire to set up a double date with good friends, Jack and Barbara.
There were letters back and forth from Ohio to his post in Korea. I know he asked my Grandfather’s permission. I imagine Grandpa scared the bejesus out of him. I know he saw Grandpa’s gun collection! There’s a terrific story of her first visit to meet his family in Florida and how everyone was concerned about her getting sunburned on their first trip to the beach. I hear Dad came back from that trip burned but not Mom.
Husband & Wife
I’ve never seen a photo from their wedding day. At just 20 years old, my mother was not old enough to get married in Florida so they drove across the state line to Georgia with one of my aunts to serve as witness. They were just starting out in life and they were determined to save as much as possible. Having grown up on farms in the years just following the Great Depression, these two were thriftier than I can express.
It’s an amazing lesson really. They waited ten years to start their family. They built their careers and they bought a house. I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised to find they had a substantial college fund for me long before I was born. They knew what they wanted to be able to give their children and they waited and worked hard before having kids. They have been incredible and generous providers, giving my brother and I things they could only dream about from private school and ballet lessons to my first car and a school trip to Europe.
This weekend my parents will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary. I am so glad Dad didn’t take one look at Grandpa’s gun collection and run for it!kids
Step By Step Anniversary Card Instructions
White Daisy card and envelope
Ballerina cardstock 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ plus scrap
White Daisy cardstock scrap
Sweet Girl plaid pattern paper 5 1/4″ x 4″
Sweet Girl Fern pattern paper 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
Sweet Girl floral pattern paper 5 1/4″ x 2 1/4″
It’s Your Day to Sparkle stamp set
Micro Tip Scissor
Black Exclusive Ink Pad
New England Ivy Exclusive Ink Pad
3D Foam tape
Silver Glitter Gems
- Mat Sweet Girl plaid pattern paper with Ballerina cardstock and adhere to card front
- Mat floral pattern paper with Fern pattern paper and adhere to center of card front as shown
- Stamp sentiment “happy anniversary” from the It’s Your Day to Sparkle stamp set in New England Ivy on strip of Ballerina cardstock. Cut with banner die cut or dovetail ends with Micro Tip Scissor. Adhere to lower right corner of card front and add silver glitter gems
- Stamp cake and single flower from the It’s Your Day to Sparkle stamp set on White Daisy cardstock using Black ink. Color both images and cut out with Micro Tip Scissor. Adhere to card front with 3D foam tape
I hope today’s card project will inspire you to add a handmade touch to your next celebration. I’d love to hear about the cards you’re making. Drop me a note in the comments and let me know what you are working on.