Design by Lisa Spiegel
When working with several photos, a grid design works well to keep the photos organized and focused. For the title, use cardstock sticker swirls and stars to mimic the look of fireworks and layer them accordingly. Handwrite your journaling around the edge of the layout. Allow some of the embellishments to overlap the blocks in the grid for visual interest.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, die cuts, stickers: BoBunny Press. Pen: Sharpie.
Design by Lynn Ghahary
Subtle patterns in primary colors give a patriotic feel without overwhelming the multiple photos of a holiday celebration. A grid of cropped photos highlights the people and the details of the day. Extra space can be filled with accents and scraps of coordinating cardstock.
Editor's Tip: By converting the more colorful photos to black-and-white, the faces (and not the clashing colors of their clothes) remain the focus of the photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: Pebbles, Inc. Font: Rough Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (red letters), Pebbles, Inc. (stars). Buttons, brads, ribbon, glitter dots: Pebbles, Inc. Die cuts: Spellbinders. Pens: American Crafts (black), Uni-ball Signo (white). Punches: EK Success (circle), Martha Stewart Crafts (tag), Stampin? Up! (scallop).
Design by Jen Lessinger
Capture the excitement of a parade by pairing each photo with a caption journaling strip. Not-quite-traditional American flag colors give this Fourth of July page a modern twist. Freehand-cut the triangles for a handmade touch and arrange them along the top and bottom of the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Font: American Typewriter. Chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Gems: KI Memories. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft ("4"), Creative Memories (circle).
Design by Dawn Hagewood
Dawn used patriotic red, white, and blue patterned paper to make this quick and easy scrapbook page. She mixed stickers with painted chipboard letters for her title, and finished the festive look with a strip of printed journaling.
Editor's Tip: Use white as a background color for a crisp and clean look on a 4th of July scrapbook page. Dawn's white backing makes her embellishments and photos pop from the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Adornit-Carolee's Creations (stars), Scenic Route Paper Co. (red dots). Font: You've Got Mail off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Paint: Ranger Industries.
Design by Annemarie Mackin
Stars and stripes cover Annemarie's scrapbook page just as the American flag covers the face of her camera-shy son. She backed chipboard negatives with striped paper for a fun twist to the traditional chipboard-letter title.
Editor's Tip: Don't get discouraged by uncooperative subjects or unwelcome weather. Snap photos anyway. You may end up with a shot your like, as Annemarie did here.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: American Crafts. Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper (heart), Making Memories (blue). Ribbon: Offray.
Design by Pam Callaghan
Pam paired her thoughts about Independence Day with two photos of her family in a collage format. A white cardstock mat behind the photos, patterned paper, and journaling unifies the main parts of her page.
Editor's Tip: Add subtle shine to scrapbook pages with glitter. Pam applied glitter to chipboard stars to pump up her 4th of July theme.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Century. Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas (stars), Heidi Grace Designs (letters). Rub-on: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard: BoBunny Press.
Design by Heidi Anne Giebel
To bring order to six Independence Day photos, Heidi backed them with flag-pattern paper. A wide patriotic ribbon extends along the left side of the page and serves as the backdrop for three, smaller square photos.
Editor's Tip: To get a distressed look like Heidi's flag background, wet the paper, crumple it, let it dry, and then iron it flat. Heidi took it further by ripping one side and inking the edge for an aged finish.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Frances Meyer. Font: Aulden Times Bold off the Internet. Brads: Making Memories (small), Target (stars). Ribbon: Michaels. Die, die-cutting machine: QuicKutz. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Katherine C. Nugent
Katherine made a feminine-theme page to commemorate spending the 4th of July with friends. Floral trim and embellishments highlight the patterned paper for a different design approach to this holiday.
Editor's Tip: Use layouts by other scrapbookers for inspiration. Katie scraplifted this design from an original layout by Mary Macaskill.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories (red), Autumn Leaves (floral). Font: Watson by Chatterbox. Stickers: American Crafts (large white), Urban Lily (blue), Arctic Frog (small white). Floral trim: Making Memories. Fabric flower: Michael Miller.
Design by Kelly Goree
Inspired by the American flag pattern on the red-white-and-blue mask in her 4th of July photo, Kelly pulled together this flag-theme page using wavy strips of cardstock and patterned paper.
Editor's Tips: Find new ways to use traditional color schemes. Kelly branched out from the traditional patriotic color scheme with a cream patterned paper that serves as the white stripes on her scrapped flag.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard: BasicGrey. Pens: Uni-ball Signo (white), Pentel (black).
Design by Kelly Goree
To emphasize the large group photo of her sons, Kelly created an eye-catching border of stamped and cutout stars. Kelly also distressed her chipboard elements by sanding the edges to give them extra punch.
Editor's Tip: Keep large borders limited. Kelly only used her stamped stars along one edge of her page to keep the rest from bring overwhelmed.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: K&Company (stripe), Autumn Leaves (red floral). Foam stamps, rub-ons, decorative tape, chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Ink: PSX.
Design by Lisa Storms
Lisa easily cut through thin chipboard accents with shears, creating unique decorative edges on her 4th of July scrapbook page. She trimmed chipboard arrows to make customized festive rockets. Decorative corner edges add extra interest.
Editor's Tip: Keep a set of shears specifically for paper crafting, which dulls the blades. Fabric shears come in several decorative designs so you can get a variety of looks.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: SEI (red), KI Memories (green). Font: TypoSlab-Light off the Internet. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs ("th"), FoofaLa by Autumn Leaves (of). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (arrows), Making Memories (circle letters), Scenic Route Paper Co. ("4"). Punches, shears: Fiskars.
Design by Alisa Jackson
Armed with photos of her family's backyard 4th of July parade, Alisa created this digital scrapbook page. To keep the emphasis on the parade participants, Alisa cropped each of her photos to eliminate distracting backgrounds. Digital swirls bursting from two photos mimic party decorations and add excitement.
Editor's Tip: Enhance photos using computer software. Alisa selected the Rounded Rectangle tool in her image-editing software to get the look of rounded corners, then matted the photos with a thin white border.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Fonts: Felix Titling (title), Howie's Funhouse (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Oh Say Can You See kit (paper, ribbon, stars, tag) by Dana Zarling, Hipster Plumes MegaPack No. 1 (swirls) by Anna Aspnes.
Design by Shannon Landen
Prestitched cardstock overlaid with a printed transparency provides a patriotic backdrop for the photos on Shannon's 4th of July layout. Stencils and rub-on letters accented with a small square photo form the title.
Editor's Tip: Can't fit all your great holiday photos on one page? Create a folder to hold them. Shannon included extra photos inside a black folder and embellished the folder's cover with decorative nailheads and suede like letters and numbers.
SOURCES: Cardstock, file folders, letter stencils, rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Patterned paper, decorative nailheads: K&Company. Printed transparency, stickers: Karen Foster Design. Rubber stamps: PSX (journaling), Stamp Craft ("memories"). Photo turn: 7Gypsies. Mini brad: Making Memories. Suede-look letters, numbers: SEI. Punch: Family Treasures.
Design by Jill Marie Paulson
Stunning shots of fireworks steal the show on Jill's 4th of July page. She matched her patterned paper to orange streaks in her photos, placing the small fireworks photos on white paper to make them pop.
Editor's Tip: To get great fireworks photos, slow your camera's shutter speed, increase the ISO, and turn off the flash. On point-and-shoots, use the night setting. A tripod will stabilize your camera.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (orange), BasicGrey (flowers). Chipboard accents: American Crafts. Stamp: Autumn Leaves. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success.
Design by Ginger McSwain
Ginger focused her 4th of July scrapbook page on one aspect of a town celebration -- eating snow cones. She composed her page title by mixing metal-rim tags, epoxy stickers, metal stencils, and rounded letter stickers and placing them along the curved edges of the patterned paper shapes.
Editor's Tip: Be creative with title placement. Ginger used her title as a design element, curving it through the center of her page. Patterned paper shapes become the pattern for her arches.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white, blue), Creative Imaginations (embossed). Font: Tempus Sans by ITC. Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas (round), Marcella by Kay (epoxy). Ribbon: Offray. Metal-rim tags: American Tag Co. Stencil letters: Colorbok.
Design by Tracie Radtke
To document the festivities of her family's all-day 4th of July celebration, Tracie showed a progression of action-packed photos. A photo of packages of fireworks gives the page an unusual accent.
Editor's Tip: Let the pictures tell the story for you by picking the best ones and arranging them in a collage.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Font: Uncle Charles, Professor, Old Remington by Autumn Leaves, Arial Black. Digital elements: A Beautiful Mess kit (paper, stars, stickers, "fun," brackets) by Lisa Whitney; Red, White, KaBLUEm kit (glitter, stars, tab, star ribbon) by Amber Clegg; 365 July kit ("July") by Robin Carlton and Christy Lyle; I Was Framed Vol. 2 (frame brush) by Lauren Reid; Family brush set by Nancie Rowe Janitz; Distressing Brushes Sets 1-6 by Misprinted Type.
Design by Sande Krieger
Sande arranged photos from her neighborhood Independence Day party on a grid, using letter stickers to spell out the accompanying captions. She grounded her photos with hand-drawn borders.
Editor's Tip: Create a page border, as Sande did at the top and bottom of her page, by punching twenty-four 1-inch circles, cutting each in half, inking the edges, and arranging them in a row.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Sassafras (bingo), Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid, black dot, red). Stickers: Li'l Davis Designs (vinyl letters), Making Memories (small letters). Chipboard letters: American Crafts.
Design by Anita Matejka
Anita captured bold reds, whites, and blues in her 4th of July scrapbook page. She echoed her daughter's star-shape hat with the frame of her digital page for an overall style reminiscent of the American flag.
Editor's Tip: Let theme embellishments stand out by keeping journaling subtle. Anita typed her journaling onto her photo in image-editing software using a tiny, white font.
SOURCES: Software: Abode Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Rubberstamp ("All American Girl") off the Internet, Any Time (journaling) by Autumn Leaves.
Design by Carrie Colbert Batt
Carrie's 4th of July photo shoot celebrated the holiday and togetherness with her sisters. To highlight each sister's unique qualities, Carrie chose playful embellishments and arranged them along the right side of the layout.
Editor's Tip: Don't be afraid to use non-traditional colors on holiday pages. Carrie accented her 4th of July page with an assortment of colors to bring out that the holiday was just as much about family as America's Independence.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (blue), Karen Foster Design (green). Font: Weathered Fency by Two Peas in a Bucket. Acrylic accents: KI Memories. Die cuts: KI Memories (circles), Autumn Leaves ("K" tag). Stickers, rub-ons: Doodlebug Design. Metal signs, brads: Making Memories
Design by Amy Licht
Matching the vibrant colors from her daughter's stars-and-stripes outfit, Amy balanced the closeup photos with a generous use of white space, a hand-cut title, and minimal journaling. A painted star button provides the perfect accent to the stars on her daughter's dress.
Editor's Tip: Fill in white space with journaling. Amy's white stripe allowed her to use a light blue font for journaling.
SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Loungy (hand-cut title, journaling, "2004") off the Internet, Arial ("July 4th"). Stickers: American Crafts. Ribbon: Offray. Label holder: Jo-Ann Stores. Brads: Making Memories. Button: Crafty Productions, Inc.