Four for the Fourth


July Fourth.  A Day of Independence. How do you spend your day celebrating the independence of your country?

I wanted to create a layout capturing the tradition that our family has each year–taking in the fireworks show on the river.  It is breathtaking, and I just love to hear the oooh’s and aaah’s of those around us.  My favorite is watching the faces of the little ones— the sheer magical joy in their eyes.

In creating this layout, I kept thinking of the number four.

Four photos.

Four patterns of paper.

Four shapes. (Shooting Star punched FOUR times to create each layer of the “fireworks”.)

So, let me challenge you to a layout of Four for the Fourth.  Use any four photos, four patterns of paper, and four shapes or embellishments.

I can hear our Design Manager, Carrie cringing as she reads this.  No, no, no—never design anything in even numbers.  She is an odd number kinda gal.  Let’s hope she is able to survive this one layout of FOURS.


To create this layout, you will need:

Step 1:  Use the blue patterned paper as the base for this layout.

Step 2:  Cut the red striped paper to measure 11″ x 11″.  Fold corner over so that it folds along the pattern of the paper.


Step 3:  Cut a piece of the cream patterned paper to measure 6″ x 6″.  Adhere behind the folded corner.  Adhere to layout base.


Step 4:  Cut four pieces of Navy Cardstock to measure 3″ x 4″.  Adhere to the layout.

Step 5:  Using the Shooting Star Punch, punch four pieces.  Adhere together as shown to create “firework”. Duplicate this times four.



Adhere one “firework” to each corner of the layout.  Adhere miscellaneous stars to the layout.



Step 6:  Adhere Navy ABC/123 Stickers to create title.


Step 7:  Adhere photos, and journal as desired.

Make sure to share your Four on the Fourth layout with us on social media, by using #creativememories .

Happy Creating!


18 thoughts on “Four for the Fourth

  1. Happy 4th! I will scraplift this idea for sure! Love the fireworks made with the shooting star punch!

  2. Love your layout and your use of “fours”! Also, I really like the fireworks you created with the shooting star punch! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I would have never thought to put 4 of the punches together! I just don’t know how to stretch my imagination and think outside the box! That is why I just love the CM blog! Fabulous layout, Melissa. Thank you and happy Independence Day to you and your family!

  4. Love it. Great Ideas and great way to be innovative with the punch. Please keep sharing.

  5. Loved the ideas. Plan to do some pages today and use that punch, Thanks for your great ideas .

  6. What kind of camera was being used to get such great firework shots? Mine are always a blur! LOL. Beautiful layout.

  7. I will be out of town for Josh’s wedding on the 15th. Leaving for it on the 12th, so next week is out For me

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  8. I say ditto to Bar in Ark. LOVE the star punch being used this way; a pinwheel effect. Question: Does our contest page have to be about the 4th? I am working on a trip to Orlando and have some Sea World pix to use. I get the 4 on the 4th, but don’t have those pix.

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