Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

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Our Favorite Scrapbook Pages for Halloween

Capture your favorite Halloween memories with one of these scary and fun scrapbook pages.


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    • A Cut Above

      Simple circle cutouts around decorative buttons dot this page. A row of photos at the top and bottom of the layout border the journaling in the middle.

    • A Play on Words

      Playful words provide the title for this wickedly cute layout. Halloween may call for black and orange, but feel free to soften the palette. Try attaching the photo at an angle for a whimsical twist.

      SOURCES Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Arial Narrow. Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp. Ink: Tsukineko. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project (title), Bazzill Basics Paper (circle), Making Memories ("D").

    • Ask for Directions

      Take a few minutes to put together a how-to page. Use your finished project as the dominant photo and accessorize the layout with brads and ribbon.

    • Use Your Scraps

      Mount photos in the lower left-hand corner and adhere a strip of patterned paper above them. Print and attach journaling on white card-stock strips. Use rub-on and chipboard letters to create an eye-catching title.

      SOURCE Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Favorite Things by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: KI Memories (border), American Crafts (letters). Rub-on: Arctic Frog. Chipboard letters, silk flower: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: May Arts.

    • Combine Small Shots

      Instead of using large photos, combine smaller shots and leave a spot for journaling. Use two different-size strips of patterned paper to create dynamic bookends.

      SOURCES Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Acrylic letters: Li¿l Davis Designs. Rub-ons: KI Memories (title), Autumn Leaves (date). Photo corners: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Beaux-Regards. Punch: McGill Inc.

    • Twice the Fun

      Feature your family's Halloween costumes in a two-column design. An oversize ampersand and a photo mat are the only crossovers. Use one mat around two photos to give them equal weight.

      SOURCES Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements. Fonts: Evergreen (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Linenstroke (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Digital Design Essentials (card stock, tabs, stitches), Shabby Princess (patterned paper), Atomic Cupcake (torn paper effect).

    • Document Candid Moments

      Create a page to highlight both partygoers and winning gourds at a pumpkin-carving celebration. Emphasize the party details in a journaling square with rounded edges, then use l strips of scrap paper to add a pattern.

      SOURCES Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Universe off the Internet. Ribbon: Michaels. Ribbon slider: American Crafts.

    • Clever, Spooky Embellishments

      Fun colors and shapes take the grimness out of the Grim Reaper -- perfect for a story about Halloween costumes. Embellish by using a skull instead of the letter "o" in your title, and journal in circles.

      SOURCES Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: American Typewriter (journaling, title), A Charming Font ("frightfully fun") and Halloweenies (dingbat) off the Internet. Brad: Making Memories. Buttons: EK Success. Photo corners: Chatterbox.

    • Mosaic Details

      A trick-or-treating photo gets framed by a pumpkin mosaic made with scraps of patterned paper.

      SOURCES Patterned paper: Bo-Bunny Press, KI Memories, Sassafras, Junkitz, BasicGrey, My Mind's Eye, Autumn Leaves, Scenic Route Paper Co., Chatterbox, We R Memory Keepers. Fonts: Secret Pal (subtitle) and Tokyo Girl (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard letter: L¿il Davis Designs. Ribbon, pin: Making Memories.

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      Create a Timeline

      This chronological layout follows a little tiger's yearly Halloween road trip. Use your sewing skills to sew ribbons in place. Use numbers cut from fabric and attach them to a page after running them through a Xyron machine.

      SOURCES Stickers: Making Memories. Rub-ons: 7Gypsies ("road trip"), Autumn Leaves ("Halloween 2004"). Ink: Clearsnap. Acrylic word: Heidi Swapp. Lettering template: ScrapPagerz. Pen: American Crafts. Ribbon: American Crafts (thick), Making Memories (thin).

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      Clean Cuts

      A solid white backdrop provides a clean background. Print your journaling on white paper and mat with green paper. Vertically rotate cutout letters to add a creative touch.

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      Clever Accessories

      Take a simple white page from ordinary to extraordinary with buttons, brads, and ribbon. Add pizzazz with a title in multiple fonts and sizes.

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      Photo Strip Montage

      To include eight photos in a clean design, mount your photos in a strip and trim them with ribbon. Create a cohesive layout by focusing on just four standout photo colors: orange, yellow, blue, and red.

      SOURCES Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Another Typewriter (journaling) and Walzer ("snapshots") off the Internet. Stickers: Li¿l Davis Designs. Rub-on: Autumn Leaves. Brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: Queen & Co. Label holder: K&Company.

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      Pumpkin Carving Captured

      Along with step-by-step carving shots in black-and-white, this page showcases the happy carver and "pumpkin slime" with a color photo. Add a circle of patterned paper as your background to score a bull's-eye in the center of the layout.

      SOURCES Software: Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006. Fonts: Chutzpuh ("pumpkin") and BlueCake ("slime") off the Internet, Scratched (journaling, dots) by Autumn Leaves, Love Me (dingbat) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital elements: Shabby Princess (patterned paper, ribbon, tab), Designer Digitals (decorative tape), Digital Design Essentials (inking), Something Blue Studios (photo corners).

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      Use your favorite Halloween scrapbook papers and embellishments to make fun cards and invitations.

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      Fall Crafts with Leaves

      Bring the beauty of colorful fall foliage indoors with these simple crafts that use leaves to create seasonal home accents. Best of all, you can use them from early fall all the way through Thanksgiving.
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