Our Little Patriot
Some holidays make coming up with a color scheme so simple! For this Fourth of July layout, it was easy to carry the red, white and blue color scheme throughout the page with patriotic-themed papers, ribbons and fabric stickers. These colors coordinate with the colors in my photos, and I even printed my journaling in multiple colors to emphasize this theme.
About this Page
LeNae chose a red, white and blue color scheme to coordinate with the patriotic theme of this layout. She used a patterned paper strip as a border down the right side of the page and layered photos on top, matting the photos on white so they stand out from the colored background. She then computer journaled onto white cardstock in black, blue and red ink, and double-matted the journaling on red and navy blue cardstock. Finally, LeNae added strips of ribbon, star-shaped brads and fabric stickers as embellishments.
Patterned Paper Tip
Using background papers that are lightly textured rather than covered with an all-over pattern gives you the opportunity to really make your pages pop with embellishments and accent colors. When using background paper without an all-over pattern, you can also add visual interest and balance to your layout by creating a border with a contrasting patterned paper strip.
LeNae’s Tip of the Month:
Fabric stickers look great when paired with ribbon. Because of their texture, they almost look like ribbon themselves. Because the fabric stickers are acid-free, you can place them directly on your photos without harming them. To really emphasize the texture of the fabric stickers, you can carefully fray the edges of them using tweezers.
LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:
- Cut a 3”x12” strip of navy with stars paper and glue it vertically down the right side of the red scuff background paper, 1” in from the right edge.
- Cut a 13” piece of red and white striped ribbon and use a Glue Line™ to attach it horizontally, about 1” down from the top of the page. Wrap the ends of the ribbon around the edges of the paper and secure on the back. Add a star brad to each end of the ribbon on the front of the page. Cut two 3” strips of red grosgrain ribbon and trim the ends at an angle. Fold each length in half and secure the folds to the striped ribbon using a star brad. Place the “independence day” fabric sticker on the red and white striped ribbon toward the left end.
- Mat each photo on white cardstock and trim the mat to 1/8”. Secure the photos on the page as shown using a glue stick. Add the “it’s a parade” fabric sticker to the bottom of the left photo and the “red, white, & blue” fabric sticker to the bottom of the right photo.
- Computer journal in black, blue and red ink onto white cardstock and cut the journaling into a long rectangle. Attach the “freedom” fabric sticker vertically down the left side of the journaling, and the “fireworks” fabric sticker in the bottom right corner of the journaling. Mat the journaling on red cardstock and trim the mat to 1/32”. Mat again on navy cardstock and trim the mat to 1/8” and secure to the bottom of the page using a glue stick. Cut a 3” strip of red gingham ribbon and fold in half. Attach the ribbon fold to the top right corner of the journaling using a star brad.