We always go to my parents' lake home over the 4th of July. There's swimming, fishing, lots of eating, boating, shopping, fireworks...but the best part is we get some awesome family time in. My sister (who I only get to see a few times a year) and I were sitting in our favorite place on the boat to watch fireworks, definitely a good time to have our photo taken. Here's my Red, White & Awesome layout using that photo.
Jillibean Soup Yellow Pepper Soup isn't a 4th of July collection, but it's just so fun that I had to use it. I kept if feeling a little more festive by making the red and blue patterned papers framing the photo.
I love mixing and matching patterned papers. I've found that when patterns feel a bit busy together, cutting them into large simple squares or rectangles on the layout keeps things a bit more toned down.
Busy paper usually ends up lending itself well to simple embellishments. I stuck with 2 embellishments clusters and the title. To make the layout feel a little more patriotic, I used embellishments from Pebbles Inc Americana and created my title from red and white alphas.