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Hey y’all! It’s Courtney Sawyer here today, and I am sharing the layout that I created using the Let Freedom Ring Collection. This collection is just adorable and I knew that I wanted to use it to document one of my little’s first Independence Days. Here’s a look at the layout that I created.

For this layout I used the entire Let Freedom Ring Collection pack with the Basics Paper Pack and a scrap of gold glitter paper that I had in my stash. I decided to go with a cut file, I tend to use them a lot when I have several patterned papers that I want to showcase. This is the free cut file Count Your Lucky Stars from Paper Issues.

I started with the Walnut Cream paper from the basics set with the cut file. The color on this wood grain is very close to the All American sheet in the Let Freedom Ring collection, so I thought it would be perfect to use.  After I cut it out I used the pattern papers to fill the empty stars. I used three of each pattern throughout the cut file. I hadn’t decided where I was going to add my photo when I started backing everything. Once I finished backing it I added foam tape to give it some dimension. Then I layered it to another basics paper Hickory Cream.

I used the 6x12 sticker sheet that is included when you purchase the collection kit and embellished my layout. I also cut out a few stars from the All American sheet to use as extra embellishments. I used a collage of pictures from my sons first Fourth of July and paired it up with a 3x4 card from the 3x4 and 4x6 Elements Cut A Part Sheet. I used that as my title.

I hope that you were inspired by this collection and can’t wait to see how you use it!

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Hey y’all its Courtney here today and I am sharing the layout that I created using the Heart Collection. I love how versatile this collection can be. Today I am using it to document an older picture of my two oldest kiddos. The colors were perfect for both of them and can we talk about all of the hearts and floral pieces that are in this collection.

I backed a free cut file that I grabbed from the Paper Issues website and I backed it with 5 different patterns from the 6x8 paper pad. I love using multiple papers and I love that cut files make it really easy for me to do. After I backed everything I auditioned different pattern papers to see which ones I loved as a background. I chose to go with the paper So loved, and cut it down a ½ of an inch on the top and one side. Then I backed it with the floral paper that is the b side of the 2x2 elements.

There are a few elements that I always love to include in my layouts enamel dots and tiny word stickers/ word from the combo sticker sheets. I tend to not do a lot of journaling so I use the word stickers in its place.

I knew that I wanted to add the word remember from the Combo Cardstock sticker sheet on top of my title. I created a ton of different clusters around the page out of the flora’s and the hearts. I did add foam to the cut file and a few of the elements to create some dimension. Most of the clusters are a combination of the chipboard, bits and pieces and the 4x6 sticker. I love the look that thy give when they are layered next to each other.

I hope my layout inspired you to get creative and use collection for something other than their intended purpose!