To my fellow American's and semi-American's (such as myself), Happy Independence Day! I have a layout to share with you today as we celebrate the festivities of the long weekend. I have already begun documenting this years fun and frolicks. I find the sooner that I get these things documented, the more authentic the journaling.
I absolutely LOVE large photo layouts. And these goodies from Elle's Studio are just perfect to showcase Independence Day fireworks in the traditional red, white and blue. The 4th of July printable from Elle's Studio are free! You can find them HERE. I used scraps of the cards along the edge as well as for the journaling. I also used the color appropriate patterned papers and embellishments from the Sunny Days collection.
Stamps used (as seen above) are also from Elle's Studio from various past collections that I have gathered over the years. I just love that long vertical strip of strips and bits and pieces. It anchors the photo and mimics the bursts of fireworks.
I struggled with the white border around the photograph. Originally, my plan had been to create an 8.5x11 layout with the photo as the background paper. I printed the white border intentionally knowing that the matte paper I use would likely warp at the edges and my crisp black edges would be tainted. As layout construction continued, it just felt too crowded so I transitioned everything to a 12x12 format. The white border pops the picture from the background that mimics the night sky.
I hope your Independence Day celebrations have been fun and festive! We are planning on going to yet more fireworks tonight however our weather isn't looking great with the threat of thunderstorms. The evening should be okay but there is a high probably of storms in the afternoon. Whatever your plans, stay safe!