Feeling Patriotic

I stopped by Scrap Happens on Wed or Thurs last week and picked up my newest "design team" project. It was some select sheets and stickers from the "Freedom 2009" collection by Reminisce. I wasn't quite sure what to think of them. I'm not one for making many Patriotic pages. Cathy (the owner) told me to look at this as a challenge. She asked for a 2 page layout. Hmmm (shaking my head) What to do, what to do...

I went home, feeling uninspired, and spread out the pages to at least take pictures of them. I figured if I took a picture and started trying to sketch in my head then maybe something would come to me. I flipped through a few of my newest Creating Keepsakes and Scrapbooks Etc. magazines and found a layout. The only problem with the sketches in the magazines, is that they don't always have an example to go with them. That was the problem in this case. I made the page but it was so busy that I couldn't bear to make the 2nd page of the layout. Tossed it in the trash. Back to square one.

Earlier in the day I'd run across this wonderful idea on the "oneheart-onemind" blog and thought it was pretty cool. I had printed it out in hopes of using my scraps from some other papers. As this printout sat in front of me an idea came to mind... what if I use these patriotic papers and see what happens.

Well, here's what happened! I cut out 2 identical sizes of chipboard. On one, I drew a box 3/4" in all the way around. I used my ruler and craft knife and cut out the center, creating a frame. I painted both sheets of chipboard "cranberry" I then cut the papers into 1" squares (would have been much more precise with an acutal square punch, but we all make do sometimes) and started adhering them to the base red piece, separating each piece 1/8" on all sides. I layered a sheet of acetate on top of that. Used foam tape to mount the frame on top of the acetate and then used a rub on to say July. Turned out pretty patriotic if I do say so myself!

Now yes I do remember that Cathy asked for a 2 page layout and no, I haven't finished it. It's pretty close to done, but I took a whole new approach. Once I put the finishing touches on it, I'll post it here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy your week!
1 Response
  1. Samantha Says:

    fantastic! a great decoration