Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Patriotic Parade: Stars & Stripes Layout and Wreath

Hello Doodlebugs!  It's Mendi here.  I can hardly contain my excitement about my projects today!  I am a sucker for red, white and blue and I couldn't wait to dig into Doodlebug's newest Patriotic Parade collection using it for both a layout and a wreath to decorate my home with for the fourth!
To create my wreath, I combined a couple different popular wreath styles that I've seen floating around Pinterest lately (examples of which can be seen here and here).  I started by covering a 9" foam wreath form with strips of paper that were cut 1.5" wide by 12" long and then used my ATG adhesive to wrap them around it, starting with the outer ends and then squeezing them tight around the wreath.  Afterwards you can simply cut the ends into cute little V's (or in my case I created my strips on my Silhouette software with the V's already cut out from each end). After I was done I cut out stars that were both 2.75" tall and 3.5" tall on my Silhouette and scored them towards the center, which allowed me to fold them and make them more dimensional.  Wendy Sue shared a great tutorial on this a couple years ago (found here).  With the explosion of patterns for my other paper strips, I tried to keep this layer more monochromatic using my favorite tone-on-tone Petite Prints.  I was surprised at how quickly this came together and it is something I know my family will enjoy for many years to come!
Up next I have a layout using some favorite photos of mine from several years ago.  I was happy to finally have the perfect collection to use them with!
This collection has so many great little embellishments to mix and match!
I found this collection to be so fun and happy to work with.  I hope you will pick some up and play along too!

26 comments:

  1. What a lovely layout! Those pictures are adorable!!!
    The wreath is very nice and looks like a great project for Fourth the July! I love how you made the stars!!! Thank you!!!

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  2. Such fabulous ideas, thanks Mendi! I love your unique banner wreath and I think I definitely want to try this for a new twist on my 4th of July wreath for this year. These Doodlebug papers are beautiful for it! And you LO is delightful and your family is lovely! Thanks so much for sharing more great inspiration today! :)

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  3. Loving the red, white,
    and blue papers and
    elements! Great looking
    wreath and layout.
    Carla from Utah

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  4. Love the wreath! beautiful.

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  5. Pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/235031674278599374/

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  6. Love patriotic collections. The colors are bright and cheerful. The patterns are fun.
    Love the wreath.

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  7. Such a cute layout & that wreath is fab!!!!

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  8. Awesome wreath! I wonder if my local store is getting this collection? Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  9. FABULOUS layout and AWESOME wreath Mendi!!!
    LOVE the FUN & DIMENSION you have combined with the stars & stripes in both projects and WOW, the alphas from the Essentials Pack are delightful too :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

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  10. I love the wreath but those big smiles on your daughters faces makes it prize winning all the way around. Super cute layout too.

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  11. I love the wreath and cannot wait to make it. Please let me know where I can purchase the daisy/stripe paper for the stars. I cannot seem to find it anywhere. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks! Scrapbook.com has a multi-pack of the petite prints here: http://store.scrapbook.com/db-2955.html

      I'm sad that it's getting harder to find online because it's still one of my favorite basics...

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  12. I'm already a fan on Facebook, I liked & shared the FB post for today with my crafty friends :)
    https://www.facebook.com/tracy.moloney.71/posts/853992284629150

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  13. I am in love with your wreath! It is so cute! I pinned both projects on my boards, thank you so much for your inspiration!

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  14. Your LO is just amazing and the pics are adorable.....you are one super talented scrapper!!
    Now on to your wreath OMG what a totally awesome job you did I've never seen a wreath made like this you certainly did again another outstanding creative job!!! WOW!!

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  15. I pinned the image of the patriotic wreath to my "Craft Projects that Inspire" board - I love it!!!

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  16. Red, white and blue!! My all time favorites! Love that wreath!!!!!!!

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  17. I pinned the collage pic of Mendi's Stars & Stripes layout and wreath - LOVE the pinwheels, stars & banner bits - FABULOUS collection!!!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/247275835765336203/

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  18. I pinned the close-up pic of Mendi's awesome wreath - LOVE the dimensional stars & banner bits!!!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/247275835765336205/

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  19. I pinned Mendi's fabulous layout - LOVE the pinwheels, alphas & stars :)
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/247275835765336208/

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  20. Mendi did an absolutely fabulous job on this!! Pinned it here -
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/99923685457359107/

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  21. Pinned Mendi's layout here - http://www.pinterest.com/pin/99923685457359098/

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  22. Wow! I love this bright layout and will be scraplifting this!!

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  23. I pinned these awesome projects! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/230809549627479640/

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  24. I shared on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/melinda.k.wilson.1

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