I went to work on this layout last night. Pictures taken from the day before while visiting family in St. Louis. We had a family July 4th BBQ with chicken and corn on the cob and salads and this great cake that Nikki made.
I used the "Grand Divs'a Creative Corner" sketch as my starting point for the layout. I loved this sketch and chance to put different patterned papers together.
Then combined it with the color challenge at "Creating with Paper & More" I have the red, dark blue, in all my patterned papers, the tan is in my tag on the layout and the pale blue is in my brads I used (there are 6 of them).
Also for the trifecta I played along with the tic-tac-toe challenge at "Through the Eyes of Rochelle Spears" blog I used the middle vertical row of Brads, Stars, & Stripes. The stars and the stripes are in my paper choses and then I used 7 brads, the star brad on my tag and then 6 other pale blue brads, one in center of pics, 4 around the journal strips and one by title. So this layout will cover all the Rochelle Spears and Scrappy Friends challenges.
Then I'm also going to enter my layout at "Frosted Designs" their Friday challenge was Red, White & Blue with a twist. The twist is something old and new. My old is all my papers. I have had them all for well over 3 years. The new is the tan tag at top of layout that I made for a swap I'm in in July and also used a new technique for me, which I've only done recently before. I inked the edges of the 12x12 background paper. I like this for card stock background papers or patterned papers without a lot of color in them.
Here is where you can go to see the details on all 4 challenges
"Through the Eyes of ROCHELLE SPEARS"
"GRAND DIVA'S CREATIVE CORNER"
"CREATING WITH PAPER & MORE"