Happy Independence Day, everyone! For those of you in the US, I hope you’re doing something fun and festive to celebrate this special holiday. We have a tradition in our family. Every Fourth of July we go swimming in my parents’ pool, and afterward we have a barbeque. It’s usually the standard barbeque fare like hot dogs, hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob, and all the common accoutrements.
I have a confession to make: I’ve never scrapbooked any of our July 4 celebrations. So when I was asked to write today’s blog post, I jumped at the chance because I knew it would encourage me to finally memorialize some of those Fourth of July photos from years past. I turned to one of my favorite places for inspiration: Pinterest. I actually prefer to look at non-scrapbooking images as inspiration for my scrapbook layouts. I did a search for “red, white, and blue” and here are some of the great images I found.
Red, White, & Blue “Pinspiration”
Be still my heart. Take a look at this beautiful cake. Can’t you just taste the delicious buttercream frosting?
Doilies are hot, hot, hot right now in scrapbooking. How about adding a patriotic version to your layouts, maybe something like this:
Or why not use red, white, and blue patterned papers to create accordion pinwheels?
Here’s an adorable idea for making a garland out of paper stars:
You can find the tutorial for these sewn stars on the Hope and Honey blog: Sewn Paper Garland.
Independence Day Scrapbook Layout
I loved this last idea so much that I decided to incorporate it on my layout. I simply traced some chipboard stars onto patterned paper, cut them out, then ran them through my sewing machine. Super easy!
4th of July by Stacy Cohen. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Echo Park Paper Co.; Letter stickers: American Crafts; Gems: Queen & Co.; Glitter: EK Success; Baker’s twine: The Twinery; Thread: Gütermann; Adhesive: Beacon Adhesives, EK Success, and Tombow; Font: American Typewriter; Other: Lace, date tag.
Have fun scrapbooking your own Independence Day traditions, and happy Fourth of July!
P.S. Would you like to win a special July 4 prize? We’ve pulled together a box of patriotic goodies from companies like Art-C, Bazzill Basics Paper, Canvas Corp, Close To My Heart, Creative Charms, Echo Park Paper Co., Glitz Design, and It Takes Two. To be eligible to win, leave a comment here about what traditions you have for the Fourth of July, or, if you live in another country, what you do for your own country’s patriotic holidays. (We’re sorry, we can only ship prizes to winners in the U.S.)
Congratulations to our winner!
Marilyn Nimmo: We have a cookout over at my parents — just got back. Took some photos for my 4th of July layouts. So much fun!
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