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Friday, July 3, 2009

Stars & Stripes Forever 9 comments  
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Mixin' it up with patriotic-inspired elements!

I have to say, it can be pretty interesting living, as an American, in a "foreign" place.

Back in Bermuda, even though it is a British country, there are so many Americans and Canadians, that their respective Societies throw some pretty major parties, for both American Independence on July 4, and for Canada Day on July 1, where hundreds of people from Bermuda and all over the world celebrate together.

When I was in China, it was a pretty testy thing - Chinese-American relations hit a pretty rough spot that led to anti-American riots by university students in cities across the country. Try being the only white face in the middle of a sea of Chinese shouting against your own country, while attempting to get home!

Not much is happening here in England, especially in the north, as far as North American festivities go... The other day, one of the other mom's at my son's school reminded me that our "big American holiday" was coming up this weekend, and asked if we had any plans! And I suddenly realized today that Canada Day had come and gone! Oh dear! That's never happened before!

So, in honour of the Stars and Stripes, we've decided that this week was the perfect time to mix it up with some patriotic-inspired elements - the stars and the stripes! As you'll see, this week's theme really brought out the patriots in many of us, while some of the others on the team showed us all that things don't have to be all red, white and blue!

And don't forget to click on the layouts to leave feedback for all our fabulous CT members!

July 4.08, by Kristi (MamaK321)

She said: "For the digi CT's "Stars & Stripes" reveal, I wanted to do a themed layout and have a bunch of photos from last year that I haven't scrapped yet. I also came across this fabulous layout design by milmomma the other day and it was perfect for this layout!"

Proud to be an American, by Sarah (davsar)

Sarah was really thankful to use this challenge as a way to remind her oldest son of his rich Naval heritage!

Fireworks, by Diana (dianagirly)

"Stars and stripes are what I generally fall back on for my boy themed pages. I love how the stars reflect the fireworks and patriotic feel in my layout," shared Diana!

Independence Day, by Ronny (Smiley-Scrap8)

Ronny said: "This week's reveal is showing off how to use stars and stripes on our layouts. And of course I couldn't resist pulling out the 4th of July photos from last year that I haven't scrapped yet. I was excited to use this great paper by Christine Haskell Designs that is actually striped stars."

Dreams of Stardom, by Laura (Art_Teacher)

Stars and stripes aren't exclusive to patriotic layouts - they're great for other pages as well, as Laura shares: "LOL! Guess my hubby was really tired! For this layout, I extracted him in his chair from the background and then I blended him into the background to get a more dreamy feel. Kim Hill's "Patriotic Kit" was perfect for this layout, due to it's more rustic colors, and versatile elements, which do not have to be used for 4th of July."

Home of the Brave, by Sara (Keling)

We're so proud of my brother, who was recently given the new rank of Warrant Officer in the US Marine Corps! He looks so handsome in his uniform! He's been in the Marines for about 10 years now, give or take, starting as a Lance Corporal. And yes, he's shy... he's just not too sure about having his face on the internet!

4th of July Fun, by Angie (nun69)

Angie said: "So it was all about stars and stripes for this week's reveal and what better way to do that than showcasing a great template and 4th of July kits:) These are pics of my kids just enjoying some backyard fun last 4th of July~TFL!"

Super Star Dad, by Janell (janello)

Janell proved, again, that all things stars and stripes don't necessarily need to be red, white and blue, too, with this adorable page of her hubby and kids!

Family, by Egle (FairyMouseMom)

Egle writes, "I opted to go for a non-holiday theme. I created my own little template, so to speak, of rectangles (copied and pasted the first so they would all be the same size). My stars were created by using the rubber stamp clone in Photoshop Elements. I found a star cluster and just dragged it down my page. I then masked it with a digital paper sheet."

Where can I get my hands on these kits???
Here are some of the digital kits and embellishment sets used in this week's reveal. Just click on the kit and it'll take you straight to the shop!



About the author ...
Sara Westhead (Keling) resides in West Yorkshire, England, with her husband of 8 years, Andrew, and their two boys, Tommy, aged 6, and Jonathan, 3. Sara started digi-scrapping in January 2006, and relies on her background in advertising and graphic design. She was a formerly a journalist in Bermuda, but is now a stay-at-home-mom working to change the world!

Posted by MamaK321

Reader Comments ...
7/4/09 4:51 pm
lots of great inspiration

7/3/09 5:09 pm
Fantastic layouts team!!!

scraptag . Next to Disneyland
7/3/09 12:57 pm
Love the layouts. I can't decide which kit to get. I always have a hard time finding the right paper and embellies in the paper world, but the digital kits seem to have everything!

Keling . Bermuda
7/3/09 12:48 pm
Awesome pages this week, ladies!

7/3/09 11:55 am
What a really nice kit! I love the items you have made in it.

7/3/09 11:55 am
What a really nice kit! I love the items you have made in it.

7/3/09 9:41 am
Awesome LOs

-Shannon- . Simi Valley, California
7/3/09 9:40 am
Those are really awesome layouts!!

7/3/09 9:20 am
Great article, Sara! Ladies, the layouts here are so inspiring!