4th of July Scrapbooking

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, I thought that would share a few ideas for those Independence Day layouts and albums.

Document your annual traditions. If there is an activity that your family participates in each year, it is something that you will probably want to record. A highlight of the Fourth of July each year for my kids is participating in my parent’s neighborhood parade, so I always try to include at least one picture of them in the parade.

Create a 4th of July mini album. You could do one new layout for the 4th of July each year and put them in an album that celebrates independence. This would be fun to put out each year just in July so that it would be new and special each year. I got this idea from Stacey Julian’s book “The Big Picture” because she has a Halloween album where she adds one layout each year. This is such a fun way to document your child’s growth from year to year.

Choose just a few favorite pictures. If you are like me, you may get carried away taking pictures. Just remember that you do not need to scrapbook every picture. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t use all of the pictures, just choose the ones that help you best tell your story.

Journal your thoughts on Independence. Sharing your thoughts on independence on your layout is a great way to pass down a part of you to future generations. You could even do the entire layout without pictures, just journaling.

Create your own patterned paper. Use pictures of fireworks to create a dramatic background to your page. You could do a couple of large prints of your fireworks photos and then piece them together to create an interesting and fun backdrop for your photos.

Enjoy the holiday with family or friends and don’t forget to take your camera!