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28 February 2016

The Studio Challenge–Heroes Challenge

Remember Martha – a heroes challenge layout for The Studio Challenges

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Story: This page is about my husband’s grandmother.  We came across lots of information about her at his aunt’s house.  She died when he was very young, so he barely remembers her but he has heard stories of her wartime service his whole life from his mom and aunt.  Naturally, the whole family was proud of her – she was a strong woman who did her part in the war.

“Before she became a wife, mother and grandmother, Martha was a World War I nurse who served in the Army Nurse Corps in both France and Germany.

Martha, in her early thirties at the time, travelled from her home in Southern Illinois to Fort Logan, Colorado to report for duty on March 17, 1918.

She left the training hospital on the 8th of September for the Nurses Mobilization Station at Hotel Albert, New York, NY.

On September 28, she shipped overseas on the SS Leviathan, a German cruise ship docked in New York, seized by the US and utilized as a troop ship throughout the war. Her journey was made more difficult due to the influenza outbreak onboard. On October 15, she arrived to join Hospital 62, Mars-sur-Alliers, France.

In January 1919 at the end of the war, she was relieved from duty there to go to Treves, Germany, to work at Evacuation Hospital 12, until June 1919 when she departed and returned to the US.

Martha received the World War I Victory Medal for her service, and is honored at the Women in Military Service for America at Arlington National Cemetery, a memorial honoring all military women—past, present and future who served in our nation's defense during all eras and in all services.”

Style: I wanted to focus on the story, so I typed it out ahead of time and then matched up a picture of her with 3 places that were significant in the story's timeline.

I kept the design very simple with white and soft green playing off the grey background.  There is a serious tone befitting the theme here.

Stash: Paper by Studio Calico Color Theory, Jillibean Soup and Crate Paper, alphabets by Thickers and Pink Paislee, label stickers by Tim & Beck for Studio Calico, chipboard by Heidi Swapp, buttons by My Mind’s Eye, ticket punch by EK Success, twine by Stampin Up, label by Creative Imaginations.

I hope you will pop over to The Studio Challenges and join in on this challenge.  We’d love to hear about one or more of your heroes.


  1. This page is stunning!!! WOW!!! I love heritage pages that tell a story!!!

  2. Wow wow wow!! This is amazing! LOVING the photos, the story and the title work!!!!!

  3. This is wonderful-very nice job with the journaling and placement of all the elements.

  4. Goodness me, what a proud story to tell, and what a justice you've done

  5. Such a lovely layout and story, Susanne!

  6. How fabulous to have this story recorded on such a lovely layout!

  7. So nice to hear that this story is safe - lovely to see so much text on a page too.