Star-Spangled Scrapping

My grandfather was born on the Fourth of July. He died a few years ago, but we still celebrate his memory on Independence Day. While the rest of the country is belting out “Happy Birthday” to the grand ol’ US of A, our family is softly mouthing the words in honor of our beloved patriarch.

When he was alive, we’d have a large family get-together to celebrate both my grandfather’s birthday and America’s. The resulting scrapbook pages included a ton of photos of candle-blowing, gift-opening, fireworks and food. Plenty of food. I’ve got layouts with my mom’s famous blueberry pie (my grandpa’s favorite), corn on the cob, watermelon, strawberry shortcake, ribs, steak, hot dogs, potato salad, you name it, and I’ve probably have it featured somewhere on the page.

Given the scope of Independence Day and the fact that it is a major summer spectacle complete with a slew of family-friendly events, from elaborate parades to lavish picnics and spectacular fireworks displays, it’s no wonder scrapbook companies offer a ton of paper and embellishments to customers. Some of the most popular motifs include: the American flag, stars, stripes, fireworks, Uncle Sam, cake, birthday candles, military-related images, and picnic-themed items.

Festive paper is not hard to find this time of year. Scrapbook stores and online resources are bursting with Independence Day-themed paper that can be used as the backdrop for fun family photos, memorabilia and embellishments. From soldiers to sparklers, and everything in between, there are Fourth of July-themed paper options for all kinds of holiday activities.

One of the best times to shop for Fourth of July paper is at the end of July. If you can hold off on creating your layouts, you can score big savings by buying paper at post-holiday sales. Last August I bought Independence Day-themed paper at 75 percent off. If you are shopping during the off-season, it’s best to browse online at sites, such as Scrapbook.com and Scrapbook Connection. Both retailers sell Fourth of July paper year-round.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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