Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It’s right up there with Thanksgiving and Christmas for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I grew up in a town that had a wonderfully patriotic festival, Loggerodeo (say that 10 times fast), or if it’s because of my deep love for my country. Whatever reason, I always look forward to the festivities of the 4th of July, the celebration of freedom, the red, white & blue, fireworks and more! It’s certainly a special day!
Although, I do have a silly little confession. The town festival I grew up enjoying is called Loggerodeo. It’s a combination of the heritage the town was founded on of logging and rodeo. Combine the two for Loggerodeo, the longest running 4th of July festival in the state. There’s some history for you! But the silly part is that I had never been to a rodeo until after I moved from that town. We now go to rodeos here when we can. I look forward to this summer now that the munchkins are big enough to sit through a good part of a rodeo. There is definitely something so American about it.
So whether you celebrate this year with fireworks, a parade, a rodeo, some chain saw carving (don’t try this at home), freedom, BBQs or just some family time, I have a project inspired by the colors of the day. Red, white & blue. A nostalgic color combination that I love.
Yes, another banner. But there are a couple things special about this banner. First of all, I combined a few super trendy things in it. Doilies and washi tape. Yup, it was pretty fun!!!
BUT, the really special part, is the patterns I used. Many of you know there is the world of paper (or traditional) scrapbooking and the digital world. Sometimes they collide and we have hybrid. I don’t mix them very well, but I do enjoy each in their own genre. But did you know that you don’t have to be a digital scrapbooker to use the digital supplies? You don’t even have to use Photoshop or other fancy-shmancy program. Nope, you can use plain old Windows Photo or whatever you have on a Mac (can you tell I’m a PC girl? If I had a Mac, I’m pretty sure my husband would use his 2nd amendment right to bear arms and unload a few rounds on it because he doesn’t particularly like changes when it comes to computers, LOL). For this project, I selected the elements I wanted, told the computer I wanted to Print, and then selected wallet size. You MUST uncheck the “fit to frame” box for the elements to print scaled appropriately. I printed on cardstock and then fussy cut (yes, trust me, I know)! But the results were so very worth the time to fussy cut. Then I set to work with washi tape, some different bakers twine, buttons and doilies. And VIOLA!
This is the digital kit I used. It is by Lori Whitlock, available at www.jessicasprague.com
Oh, but guess what!! I’m going to give a kit away!! Just leave a comment telling me your favorite event or tradition for 4th of July, or why you’re grateful to be an American (if you’re not a US citizen, then tell me what your favorite summer activity is)!
And now I shall bid you ado! Thanks for stopping by, and have a happy and safe 4th of July! Celebrate our freedom!!
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