Therese Hennessy, owner of the Polkadots and More in Mukwonago, not only finds creative inspiration in crafts but also in interactions. 

She has put her passions together with the creation of the nonprofit The Honor Scrapbook, which seeks to honor veterans.

Hennessy explained that a couple of incidents led to her idea for the scrapbooks. 

She noticed a mom and daughter shopping in her store, preparing for a party they were putting on for the woman’s husband, a military veteran.

 “They were talking to each other, and you could tell how proud they were. It was a different type of enthusiasm,” Hennessy said. 

 

 

 

Then, Hennessy — a huge Milwaukee Brewers fan — was driving home and overheard former Brewers player Jonathan Lucroy on the radio talking about the Honor Flight he was volunteering on.

Hennessy wondered what could she do for the veterans. She put her crafting talents to work and created a scrapbook, now given at no cost to military veterans who participate in Honor Flight trips.

The scrapbook is designed to be easy for veterans to fill out through “pocket” scrapbooking, in which the book provides clear page protectors that are divided into smaller pockets. 

 

 

Hennessy explained that the veterans simply insert photos and fill out the patriotic journal note cards to customize the books.

The scrapbook is not only a memento of the Honor Flight but also a keepsake for family members or friends. Hennessy thinks it is a way to relive a special time. 

Karyn Roelke, vice president of public relations for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, expressed…