July Reader Challenge: Scrapbook with Red, White & Blue

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This month’s Simple Scrapper challenge is to create a layout with red, white and blue-themed supplies that is not about the 4th of July.

Tips for Creating Layouts with a Red, White and Blue color scheme:
1. Consider the scheme for other patriotic events beyond July 4th.
2. Convert photos to black and white for timeless pages.
3. Consider small doses of the red or the blue with plenty of neutrals for a subtle use of the scheme, or throw in a touch of yellow for a primary color scheme that will work great for kid-themed pages.
4. Look for patterned papers in the color scheme that breakaway from stars and stripes.

In the article Scrapping with Red, White and Blue I shared some recently released traditional and digital products that may be of interest.

Using templates from the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Collection, the Simple Scrapper Team scrapped layouts as inspiration for the challenge:

Mandy Ross used a patriotic kit with traditional Red, White and Blue colors to recall her children’s Flag Day history lesson.


Using a variety of patterned papers set on a bordered white background, Pam Lozano created a page about the arrival of a new baby.


Celeste Smith recorded her son’s Boy Scout advancement in a muted version of the color scheme allowing her photo to shine.


The strong colors in the patterned papers on Margrethe Aas Johnsen’s layout stand out against the white background focusing attention on the horse and rider.


Aimee Maddern converted her photos to black and white to coordinate with a beach-themed collection to capture a beach day.


Julie Aldridge used the color scheme to document a centuries-old Massachusetts ceremony.


A few, carefully placed embellishments on Amy Kingsford’s layout accentuate her close-up photos set against a neutral background.


I combined a navy patterned paper and red solid, along with several neutral papers and elements, to create a nautical-themed page to capture our family’s sailing adventure.


The red, white and blue combination crosses the pond in Ronnie Crowleys British-themed layout celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


Krista Wells scrapped her softball tournament photos with patterned papers and clustered embellishments.


Kat Tankersley’s patriotic layout documents the tenth anniversary of September 11th.

Supplies: Made In America by Britt-ish Designs

Summer flip-flops take center stage in Valerie Mangan’s layout set against a subtle kraft print.


Michele Holcomb used a subdued version of the color scheme to create a layout about her daughter’s current favorite band.


Lisa Corbin-Polak showcased her red shoes in her layout with a strong patterned background.


Now it’s your turn! Win $15 print credit from Persnickety Prints by taking on this month’s Simple Scrapper challenge by July 25, 2012. Visit our challenge area for instructions on how to enter!


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