Friday, July 2, 2021


It's time to get out all of your blue, red and white stuff and have a fun 4th of July celebration!!! :) At least, if you're living in the United states, haha!  I live in Luxembourg, so of course, we don't celebrate 4th of July. We celebrated our National holiday on June 23rd tough and the colors of the Luxembourg flag are blue, red and white too, so I could pretty much use everything 4th of July themed here too... but, for this project I made a layout about freedom and how important it is to me to just feel free.

When I went through the Land that I love collection, the cute eagle Doodle-pop just really caught my eye and I wanted to paper-piece and hand-stitch it in a much bigger size, to be the star of my layout... :)  So I started by hand-drawing the eagle onto a white sheet of paper, cut out the different parts, traced around them on the cute patterned papers from the collection and then adhered everything together and stitched around, using different colors. Before I adhered the parts together tough, I created shadows with my Distress Oxides. For the eye of the eagle I used a big black Jewel. 

For the background, I chose a white 12x12 sheet of paper and did some mixed media on it. I prepped the page with white gesso, let it dry and then used gelatos to get some color on there. Of course, I used red and different shades of blue and teal. When it was dry, I used the two cloud stamps, included in the stamp set from the collection, to stamp some little clouds on the upper part of the page. I used Distress Oxides to stamp and then used a small brush with water to go over all the stamped lines of the clouds and make them more blurry and faded and color them in a bit.

Then I cut out some clouds out of white paper, put some color around the edges and added them to the background. I also used three die-cut cloud pieces to add.  For my photo, I chose one that matched perfectly with the colors, since that day I was dressed in blue, red and white. Plus, we took that photo when we visited Provence, FRANCE, and I really felt good and... free! Free to do what I wanted, free to go where I wanted, just free and happy... the way I pretty much feel every day... haha :)  I matted the photo on four different patterned paper scraps and then I placed my eagle and photo on the layout to see how I wanted it to be. When I found a good placement, I adhered everything down, using foam tape for the eagle. 

I went through the embellishments and chose some die-cut rosettes and stars, enamel dots, Jewels, cardstock stickers and alpha stickers to add to my page. I love how these last additions always make the page a lot cuter. I splattered silver paint all over and then I was done! 

I hope you like the layout and are inspired to create a fun red, blue and white project. For all my friends, living in the USA, have a great 4th of July celebration!!! :)

See you soon,

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Doodlebug Products Used

Land That I Love Collection
Black Jewels
Alpha stickers

Other Products Used
Embroidery thread

Distress Oxides



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