4th of July Traditions

In my project for this month’s blog hop, I’ve tried to highlight my families’ 4th of July traditions.

Welcome to my Treasure Chest of Memories blog. It’s all about preserving and sharing personal and family stories, whether you’re scrapbooking, writing, journaling, or augmenting your family tree. If you’re coming from The Crafty Neighbor, you’re in the right place. Craft Squad July 4 Traditions

Home of the brave –or at least the hungry

The fourth of July is a big deal in my husband’s family. Not because of what we do, but because we do it together. For a quarter of  a century, we’ve spent every 4th of July at my in-laws log cabin on a small inland lake.

Although our family has a lot of  4th of July traditions, it’s not always the same. Some years there have been huge family reunions. Other years have been a quiet gathering. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, there are lots of patriotic decorations, a boat parade, good food, and good company. If the weather cooperates, there’s some combination of sun, swimming, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, boat rides, games on shore, bird watching, eating, reading, eating some more, and napping. After what never fails to be a beautiful sunset, we all dose up with bug spray and wait for the fireworks show.

My Family’s 4th of July Traditions Project.

My challenge was trying to jam all the traditions that I love into one scrapbook page.Family 4th of July Traditions

My steps:

The firs step was making a composite of my fireworks photos. That sounds tedious, but with Photoshop Elements (10), the magic eraser makes it straight forward to erase background and add layers. I also happened to have some photos of an illuminated flag flying at night, which was also easy to add to the layout.

To illustrate some of our many traditions, I used a film strip frame. The frame actually held only three photos, so I layered these to get the effect of a whole film strip.

Because the sunsets at the lake are so beautiful, I added the a sunset horizon to the layout below my film strip. To make my title pop, I selected the text layer and added a drop shadow, a bevel, and a stroke (outline).

A Different Take on “Land of the Brave”

Last month’s hop was a wedding project, but my project had a patriotic flare. You can refer back to it for a tutorial on removing backgrounds.

Remember Wedding Dreams with scrapbook layoutNext stop on the Craft Squad blog hop:

Now hop on over to Roxie’s Stamping Room  to see what patriotic project she has ready for you.

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