Thursday, June 20, 2024


Hello there! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far! I am getting so excited for the upcoming 4th of July holiday- it is my favorite holiday! I had a great time using the super cute "Hometown USA" collection to make this fun, festive layout.

I thought this photo of my daughter, niece, and nephew in red, white, and blue clothes made the perfect photo to highlight. They were enjoying a fun hometown parade, excited for all the candy they were going to get!! The awesome papers that I used for my background- the light blue of the All American paper paired so well with the bright Picnic Plaid and Red, White, and Blue star papers! One strip along the top from the border strips on the Polka Dot Pride paper made a great eye-catching base for the top of the layout.

Let's look at some of the details on the layout:

A cute trio of fireworks with the fun "Land that I Love" Shape Sprinkles in the center are so fun and add great interest in this corner above the photo!

I love that Doodlebug has made acetate papers with each of the collections. I used some stitched star metal dies from my stash to cut out some stars out of the "Festive Fireworks" acetate. I love the subtle touch they add to the page! And how cute are the beautiful blue stars from the Mini Jewels? They add just the right amount of sparkle on the page without overwhelming the other shapes!

My title - "God Bless the USA" is from the Chit Chat Pieces!

This little cluster of embellishments was so fun to put together - I used one of the tags from the "Tag You're It" paper is always a great spot for journaling! I added some fun red, white and blue bakers twine to the top. How adorable is our cute little patriotic friend with her wagon full of flags! That die cut and the sign post are both from the Odds and Ends. More acetate stars and a small silver star finish this cluster off. Too cute!

Along the top of the page, I made another fun cluster with more fireworks, stars, and jewels to frame the cute "Fourth of July Parade" banner from the Chit Chat pieces. I love how shiny this group is with the silver foil, enamel hearts, and small jewels!

I had so much fun creating this festive layout, and cannot WAIT for the parades, fireworks, and celebrations coming up soon! I hope my layout has inspired you to grab this cute collection and get ready to add your own patriotic celebration photos! We will see you all next time- Happy Crafting!


Hometown USA Collection


Stitched Star Metal Die
Manual Die Cutting Machine

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