Hello everyone!

Mandy with you today, and I’m kicking off our Stars and Stripes theme that we’ll be featuring here on the blog for the next few days. I couldn’t go past using the amazing Legendary collection for this! I’ve definitely hoarded this collection, and it’s still one of my favourite masculine themed ranges. I decided on documenting a photo of my hubby on this layout, and I converted the photo to black and white to help it to really pop against all of the bright and bold colours in this collection.

I started this layout off by using the reverse side of the Epic Tales paper as my background. To bring in the ‘Stripes’ element of the theme I couldn’t go past using the gorgeous Wild One paper. I LOVE the beautiful artsy rainbow stripes on this paper and I added a strip of it across the bottom half of the layout. I distressed the edges of the paper before I adhered it to give it lots of nice texture. Next I used a notebook border punch on the blue Offbeat paper and then tucked this under the bottom edge of the striped paper.

I matted my photo with the beautiful woodgrain Outdoors Type paper and then adhered it on the left hand side of the page, overlapping the striped paper. To give the layout some more movement and interest, I adhered the photo on an angle. I also added a layer of craft foam underneath it to lift it off the page and add dimension.

Next I brought in the stars, which are one of my favourite elements to add to a masculine themed project! I included stars from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and the Clear Stickers, as well as some that I fussy cut out of the All Star patterned paper. I scattered them from the bottom left hand corner of the page up to the top right hand corner. This helps to draw the viewers eye from the photo, up through the title, and to the cluster in the top right. I adhered some directly to the page and others were adhered with foam tape to help them pop off the page.

Along the top of the page I added a narrow strip of both the All Star and the Offbeat patterned papers. I then created a cluster in the top right hand corner of the page using more Die Cuts and fussy cut stars, as well as a little banner Sticker.

To finish the layout off I added my title and typed journaling. For my title I decided on using the awesome Clear Stickers and I love the way this gives the look of it being handwritten directly onto the page!

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today. I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my ‘Stars and Stripes’ themed layout. Wishing our friends in the United States a happy Independence Day!

Mandy x