Inspiration: Fourth of July Mini Project Life Layout

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This was a layout I did last summer for our Fourth of July trip to one of the local resorts. I wanted a red, white, and blue theme of course, and I was missing one 3×4 card to complete the layout. It took me awhile to wrap my head around the idea that I could make my own cards if I couldn’t find the one that would match just right.

I started simple – don’t laugh 🙂

Inspiration: Fourth of July Mini Project Life Layout

Even though I am posting this today, I put together this entire post just after we got back last year, but it was too late to publish it. What I noticed when I was taking the photos is that it’s super hard to photograph through photo sleeves without some level of reflection. Hence the rather bright edges on the lower part of my picture, sorry!

I’m hoping my photo skills have improved since I took these.

Update : I upgraded to a DSLR. MUCH more fun to use!

Anyhow, I created the top right card with a dark blue cardstock, some red handmade paper, a blue striped patterned paper and some detail embossing powder. I used a punch to cut the blue card, then trimmed the red so it would be framed by the blue. I rounded the edges of the red paper with a 3/8″ corner rounder.

Before I adhered them together, I used a small star stamp and white detail embossing powder to add the little white stars. I did this first in case the red paper warped from the heat – that way I could stick it down straight and it wouldn’t be as noticeable.

Inspiration: Fourth of July Mini Project Life Layout

Once I had the main pieces together, I hand cut the star from my patterned paper. I adhered it with some thin foam squares, so as to get a little dimension without adding a lot of bulk. I popped that one into its pocket and arranged the rest of my cards, then finished my layout with the “Good Times” photo overlay.

Leave a comment below & tell me: do you do Project Life or traditional scrapbooking? 

Thanks for stopping by for the Fourth of July – happy holiday weekend!

<3 Niki

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