Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Be Free-Use It Up Tuesday

Hey there friends! Is it hot where you are? The heat here yesterday & today is unbearable! While we love summer, the heat can be a real drag! (Makes for perfect crafting days!!)

 I am here today to share my latest layout with you. I created a Fourth of July page using the All American flair set from The Crafty Pickle.
I have to admit, I don't create many patriotic pages! They intimidate me, but these flair buttons make the process fun and exciting!! I used three of the six in the set. be free 
the crafty pickle flair layout
I hand cut several banners to accent the top corner and have one laying on top of my photo. I love how this takes away some of the blank space of my photo. I added a chipboard arrow & the "Happy Birthday America" flair. LOVE this one!
the crafty pickle flair layout
More hand cut banners under my photo act as a matt. I then mounted the "July 4" flair onto a punched scalloped circle. The paint here acts as my journal block.
layout created using the crafty pickle flair
A pre-printed banner at the bottom & "the Land of the Free Because of the Brave" flair finish off the bottom of my page.
All of my papers are from Authentique with the exception of the "bandana" print grey. That is from October Afternoon. My stickers here are also from Authentique & are from the same collection as the papers. They were received in a kit years ago & I saved them knowing that I would one day need them for a July 4th layout. So sometimes hoarding does make sense!!!!
I started with this sketch from The Scrapbook Circle:

I kept my layout pretty simple and love the dimension the flair buttons add to my page! I could have used them all but wanted to save the remaining three for another page (or maybe cards)!!
Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the day & stay cool!

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