Let me introduce the July Scraps Of Darkness True Romance Kit. This kit is skillfully coordinated and versatile. You can take the products in any direction you wish. Don't let the name of the kit fool you. This can be dark, moody, playful or romantic. Please check us out.
This layout was created in conjunction with Once Upon A Sketch. I used the sketch provided by the talented Nadia Cannizzo as my inspiration.
Journaling is a requirement for this challenge. This month's journal topic is "Friends". When I saw this photo, felt it was a perfect fit for the topic. These boys in the photo shared a special bond as brothers, friends and survivors of the Titanic.
Take a moment to read about this haunting photo. It's completely fascinating.
A snippet of the story:
This is a photo of Michael and Edmond Navratil. These boys were survivors of the sinking Titanic on April 15, 1912. Michael and Edmond were known as the "Titanic Orphans", having been the only children rescued without a parent or guardian. Michael was also the last male survivor of the Titanic, dying in 2001.
Their French parents had divorced and custody granted to their mother. During an Easter visit with their dad, the children disappeared. Dad had decided to leave France with the boys and move to America so he booked second class passage on the Titanic.
After Titanic's collision with an iceberg, at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, M. Navratil placed Michel and his brother in Collapsible D, the last lifeboat successfully launched from the ship. The elder Navratil died during the sinking, and his body was recovered by the rescue ship, CS Mackay-Bennett. In his pocket was a revolver.
While in Collapsible D, the boys were fed biscuits by first-class passenger Hugh Woolner. When the rescue ship RMS Carpathia arrived at the scene, Michel and his brother were hoisted to its deck in burlap sacks. Since the two children were toddlers and spoke no English, they could not identify themselves and were soon referred to as the Titanic Orphans. French-speaking first-class passenger Margaret Hays cared for the boys at her home until their mother could be located, which occurred as a result of newspaper articles which included their pictures. Marcelle sailed to New York City, New York and was reunited with her sons on May 16, 1912. She took her children back to France aboard the RMS Oceanic.
The photo was obtained from the Library of Congress and has no copyrights.
I used the Dusty Attic Vintage Key in my floral cluster.
Thanks for looking. An more in depth history of the photo is on my blog as well as close ups.