Red, White, and Blue. Independence Day where flags come out, and families celebrate the birth of our nation. This is a time when July 4th is celebrated by all with fireworks, barbeques where our nation is known as the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Summer is in full swing when July 4th rolls around. The decorations, the spirit and the fireworks make this holiday fun for all. What a better way to document the summer sunshine and July 4th by creating a scrapbook layout part of our Everyday Life Series using a photo of a young child posing in front of the American flag.

You are probably trying to figure out how do we portray a child posing in front of an American flag without taking away the integrity of the photo. This fantastic shot not only focuses on the American flag, but the child stoic pose. This photo evokes these feelings which we will portray using journaling cards, and embellishments in our scrapbook layout on the right.

In order to portray a whimsical feeling to help document July 4th, we want to pick colors that are vibrant and colorful. To start, we want to pick a 12 x 12 background sheet that has colors that represent Independence Day, and celebration. The background that was chosen is a navy blue background with white starts. When looking at the photo, the emphasis is on the child’s face, and his features along with the American flag in the background. We chose a blue background with stars due to the fact he is wearing a blue shirt and a blue hat. These colors have a strong presence in the photo especially with the American flag being in the background.

Based on the colors of the background page, we now want to think about what kind of frame we want around the photo? As we noted earlier, the photo has red, white, and blue. We want to continue to emphasis the color blue in the layout. After all we want our audience to be drawn to the photo on the page. In order to achieve this, we need to pick other elements with colors that will bring out the blue and other colors in the photo. To do this, we have chosen a red frame to emphasis the red and blue in the photo.

The background papers and framing have been chosen. It would be a good stopping point, and start to secure the elements of the layout. Begin by securing the photo. While the photo is drying, look at your background page and decide where you would like to place your journaling cards and what elements you would like to use to complete your layout.

First we chose a journaling card, which has the same bright vibrant red as the photo itself. This vibrant red journaling card that says “Red White & Cute” that helps describe the boy in the photo. The next journaling card that was chosen is one that blends into the background page, but also has a touch of red to give emphasis to the journaling card. This journaling card “ Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave.” We also used a 4 x 6 journaling card that simply says” Celebrate. This not only says everything in just a word, but there are also fireworks in the background to give the journaling card more meaning. Lastly, we used our last journaling card layered with a red rectangle that illustrates a sailboat along with the banner that says Independence day. To bring our layout together we added an embellishment that simply says July 4th. This embellishment gives the layout it’s full meaning.

The bottom line is, you want to create a scrapbook layout that has a cohesive look. Fun background page, borders, frames, embellishments, and paper die cuts are used to help depict the story you are trying to tell. More importantly, have fun with your pages.

Materials used:

  • One 12 x 12 Background Sheet by Simple Stories (Sea To Shining Sea)
  • One 5 x 7 Rectangle created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 6-Inch Red Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4 x 6 Journaling Card “Celebrate” by Simple Stories (Sea To Shining Sea)
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “Land Of The Brave” by Simple Stories (Sea to Shining Sea)
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “Independence Day” by Simple Stories (Sea to Shining Sea)
  • One July 4th Embellishment by Me & My Big Ideas


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