I have to confess that when Jill sent me a selection from the Firecracker range I thought 'As lovely as it is what am I going to do with a paper range all about fireworks and 4th July'?
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BUT I then looked at it again and rethought as the blue wavy paper reminded me of the sea and the bright yellow paper of the beach. So I decided to bend the rules and make a holiday/beach themed layout using this range.
I am a member of a Facebook group called Crafters@Play and every month they have a sketch challenge. I used their sketch as my starting point for this layout.
I started by cutting my title from the centre of the Patriot paper and also a piece 4 ins x 10 ins (from the middle of the paper so that I still had the outer edge intact), trimmed 1/2 in from the top and one side and layered it onto some dark blue cardstock, I then trimmed the Stars paper and laid this on top.
From the Anthem paper I cut a 4 inch strip (making sure I wasn't using the pieces with the little boy and girl on) and punched the top, placing it across the centre of my page. I cut the square with grey and white stripes and stars from the Parade paper and trimmed this so that I had one piece with stars on that was 3 in wide and one piece with just stripes on that was also 3 ins wide. I placed these either side of the strip of Anthum. The 4 x 10 in piece of Patriot was then punched down one side and added to the left of the page, onto this I added a strip that had been cut from the stars paper.
Next I cut the little boy and girl from the Antham paper and added them to the bottom right of my page.
From the Parade paper I cut the large circle and as I wanted to cover up the rosette at the bottom cut a a circle from Anthem paper and a label from one of the squares on the Parade paper. To these I added three chipboard banners from the Button Pack.
After adding my photo I cut the bunting from the blue square on the Parade paper and added to the top right of my page. Finally I added a few buttons from the button pack.
So there we have it - a beach page made from a paper range that definitely was not designed for summer beachy layouts.