Weekly Warm-Up: Independence Day Ideas from MME

Happy Independence Day!

Amber Packer here, with My Mind’s Eye. What an honor it is to be with you on such a special day.  The day we Americans celebrate our independence, our freedom. 

Like most things, each passing year I am realizing more and more the freedom I enjoy (and maybe take for granted). 

Amidst time with family, I would like my boys to realize the importance of this day.  It helps that they know their great grandpa who was injured twice in WWII.  They are pretty proud of him and my youngest thinks Marines are awesome because of my Grandpa.

I decided to create a layout to remind them of some of the freedoms they enjoy because of the continued sacrifice of others. 

Freedom by Amber Packer. Photography by Haylee Bean Photography.

I used the My Mind’s Eye American Made Collection to create this layout.  I love how the papers are slightly distressed and the patterns reminiscent of small town America.  The Accessory sheet is easy to layer and makes journaling easy.

Did you notice the firecracker on the bottom left side of the page? 

It’s so simple.  When my layout was complete, I found a scrap that was about 2 1/2″ x 3″.  Then I rolled the scrap side to side around a sucker stick so that it is still 3″ tall.  I took it out and rolled from the other side to make sure it was tight and smooth. 

Then I opened it just enough to add adhesive to the end, rolled it back up and made sure the adhesive was tight.  With the stick still in, I wrapped thin wire around the firecracker and about 1″ above.  Pull out the stick and add the rhinestone star using hot glue.  Voila!

Guess what!?  My Mind’s Eye would like to give one Creating Keepsakes Blog reader the American Made collection. Leave a comment on this post about the memories you’re making this 4th of July for your chance to win!

Whether you live in the U.S. or elsewhere, I hope you will take the time today to think about what makes the place you call home special.



Amber Packer

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131 Responses to Weekly Warm-Up: Independence Day Ideas from MME

  1. Renae says:

    Love the firecracker idea! We are headed to the local park for some fireworks. Also saw some after a baseball game a few nights ago. Have wonderful goodies ready to go for the picnic dinner.

    Thanks for the chance to wing.

  2. Amy S. says:

    I’m spending time with my husband who just got back from his 4th deployment. It is some much needed family time. Love the MME papers. :)

  3. triciab says:

    This Fourth we spent at the Lake relaxing and enjoying the family time together. I love MME papers and love the papers and layout!!

  4. Beth Hallgren says:

    The closest I got to fireworks was the video my BFF took of them :( Had to work this weekend, no rest for the labor & delivery nurse :)

  5. Kasey says:

    Great layout Amber! We have made memories so far this holiday by attending Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah. It was wonderful and we all had a great time!

  6. Melissa says:

    What a beautiful layout! I’m making wonderful memories with my family today. :)

  7. stampersuzz says:

    We will be swimming, cooking out and sparklers. Love the hot nights with the kiddos faces lit up in sparkler light! Happy 4th to you!

  8. Sew-Ink says:

    That layout is absolutely beautiful! There will be a lot of hot dog and hamburger eating at my house tonight!

  9. Misty Willis says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous! I love your firecracker!!!

  10. Nita says:

    Love the firecracker on the layout! We are hanging with friends around the pool and grilling burgers and hot dogs. Very All-American day!

  11. Pamela J says:

    We shot off a LOT of fireworks tonight. The kids had a blast. Now I need that paper to make a great layout to remember it. :) Fun giveaway!fffffff

  12. Leslie Williams says:

    I went to a bbq, ate dinner in the park, and watched fireworks! Love July 4th traditions!

  13. Katrin says:

    I wish I could spend the 4th with my American family. We would have some BBQ, fireworks, and lots of fun.

    Love the MME collection!

  14. Tonya says:

    Love the LO, love the collection and today, we made some beautiful memories!

    We ate, visited, and tried something new…we went for pizza instead of grilling out and having the mess. It was FUN and we got to visit, instead of worrying about the mess. After we ate, we sat by the lakeside and waited for the fireworks over the lake. It was a beautiful day/evening to boot. Great memories.

    Cheers to the red, white, and blue!

  15. Monique Ouellette says:

    This is the most beautiful layout ever…so many small details that give it a ‘wow’ factor!

  16. Debbie L. L. says:

    LOVE the layout colors and LOVE the firecracker idea! Sooooooo cute! God bless the USA!

  17. {vick} says:

    My son’s bithday is July 4th—so we make memories every year celebratig him!

  18. jennybean says:

    This year we went to a friend’s lake house for the day – wonderful memories!

  19. Samantha T. says:

    This is such a great collection! We had a blast at the lake for the weekend. Lots of swimming, eating, boating, and watching fireworks!

  20. Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy says:

    I love this page, what a fun trick with the wire and star. I would love to use this collection to tell my own military story and the freedoms that I paid for. I hope my daughter realizes and appreciates the military lineage she comes from.

  21. Doris Widder says:

    Gorgeous page! I love the fabulous photos and the handmade firecracker embellishment! Wonderful inspiration! TFS

  22. Candy says:

    Love this embellie! We had great weather and I hung out with hubby. We took a walk on the beach and saw a pirate, sailboats, snowy mountains and wildlife (with great photos). My son had a party to attend, to watch the fireworks over the lake. And I enjoyed my day not cooking! It was the perfect day. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. c@rol w says:

    The top priority for me on the 4th was to just simply BE with my family. So many of my elderly relatives are passing away and I don’t want to miss a minute of loving those still with me.

  24. We had fireworks and food at my sister’s house. I didn’t get the photos that I normally do, but I’m going to have to do some scrapbooking with the little bit that I did get! Thanks! Love the layout!

  25. I keep it low key- picnic/barbeque with my family and watching fireworks on the television. Either way, it is an opportunity to celebrate what makes our country great!

  26. tammy g says:

    Just love the colors and would love to scrap with it. Having a fun time with friends and family.

  27. photochic says:

    We were travelling home yesterday (the 4th) from a little trip to Louisiana. It was great. LOVE this MME line!!!

  28. Andie Miller says:

    A great day spent with my children and husband enjoying each other and celebrating our country and the freedoms we enjoy.

  29. Marcia Dehn-Nix says:

    This layout is just adorable! The firecracker was a very creative touch. Thanks for the chance to win this collection.

  30. Faye T. says:

    Love this layout. Brilliant use of the patriotic colors.

  31. Fireworks at the park! Every year we have been doing this!

  32. Mel H says:

    We spent the weekend with family, watched a baseball game, a huge parade, and caught the post-game fireworks!

  33. charlene says:

    Lots of beautiful touches here! We make homemade ice cream every 4th–chocolate and strawberry this year!

  34. Jennifer O. says:

    We had our 8th annual neighborhood picnic! Great fun with friends.

  35. Carmen says:

    My daughter just saw her very first fireworks this weekend (she’s not quite 7 months old). Totally fascinated by them until she got tired and cranky. Maybe next year we can stay up later.

  36. Kim M says:

    My son came in from out of state and we had a great time cooking out and hanging by the pool.

  37. Angela A says:

    We just bought an outdoor fire pit and we made smores and tin foil dinners on the 4th night! Super yummy! Having a dinner around a fire has always been part of my family’s summer traditions!

  38. Amanda J says:

    We had a wonderful day celebrating with family..we took our girls to a pioneer village close to our home…they loved it. Got to see people from that time (the didn’t quite understand that part yet,lol) and seeing nature at its best! Beautiful layout and products! Thanks for the chance!

  39. Ellie A. says:

    A bit late but we had a WONDERFUL Holiday weekend. We had our annual 4th Family BBQ which included fun in the pool,family time, & good food. Also got to enjoy seeing my 4 year old really enjoy the fireworks for the 1st time. So amazing and beautiful memory. OH YES camera was in head! Scrapbooking is gonna rock this Summer.

  40. Melissa B says:

    I love MME!I love this collection.

  41. Cowgirlpal says:

    I went to “Red White and Boom!” the Philharmonic’s outdoor July 4th concert, it was wonderful. Fireworks followed – perfect ending! Amber you help me see beyond a piece of paper and repurpose items to add fun and interest! Thank you!

  42. DeniseP says:

    Oh my goodness, this is beautiful! I love it all! I can’t wait to scrapbook my son’s first Independence Day…this is such great inspiration!

  43. Ann says:

    Great layout – cool firecracker! Our long weekend in Canada was Fri to Sunday and involved some visiting with the in-laws (including an unforgettable duck rescue!) and some gardening.

  44. Keely Yowler says:

    What a beautiful layout! I would love to win this fabulous collection. Our family attended a minor-league baseball game, ate lots of ballpark yummies, and watched the fireworks that followed. It was a perfect night.

  45. HollyB says:

    My 5 yr old niece is living with us right now and I don’t think she had ever been to a parade or seen fireworks. Yesterday was a day of wonder for her. We were waiting for the city fireworks to start and she was watching all the family fireworks being lit all around us-she just kept saying, “It’s amazing!”

  46. HeatherC says:

    I LOVE the firecracker! Genius!!! I’m so going to snag that for something!! Just perfect! I have a few beautiful photos from the 4th that I would love to scrap!

  47. Sue D says:

    We are making memories with a new generation of kids–my sister and her family were visiting from out of state and some are the same age as my grandchildren. It is also my youngest son’s birthday on the 4th.

  48. Mandie W. says:

    Love getting to spend a bit of extra time with my family! That’s what the holiday’s should be about!

  49. Estralita Walters says:

    Love the layout and the fire cracker is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing. This would be a great prize to win. Thank you once again.

  50. Cheryl Crocker says:

    Perfection! The paper, the creative mix of layering, textures, and journaling is outstanding. I may have to “borrow” this one for my 4th celebration layout.

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