4th of July Block Party | Firework Row | Nicole Bingaman

Happy July Cut To You crafters! I am playing with lots of the patriotic themed cut files this month in an attempt to catch up on some 4th of July photos from years past. Today I am sharing a double page layout featuring the Firework Row digital cut file from the online shop.

This is a go to design for my style when I have a lot of photos I want to use and I need a quick decision made as far as design goes. I picked a collage template to use and rotate it so when I print both they mirror each other. I usually try to drop my photos into the collage in the order the photos happened at the event, but sometimes like this layout I will just go with which photos fit the spaces best.
I love creating a embellishment heavy area above my photo collages. To me, this keeps the fun stuff together, the photos together and some sort of order to the overall layout.
I welded two of the Fireworks Row files together to create a longer border piece and cut two of them from a kraft colored cardstock. I wanted to leave them open and have them be a layer in the back of all my die cuts and stickers to add some texture and dimension.
I used a combination of die cuts and thickers to create my title are on the right page and nestled it into all the embellishments. To me, our block party every year is chaotic and messy, and I like my die cuts to have fun too.
This type of embellishing is usually where I find uses for larger pieces or even some that I wouldn’t normally reach for. I think it’s fun to mix them all together and just create a cute little shelf full of themed decor.
With a design like this that very photo heavy, and a heavy embellishment area I like to make sure I have a few small pieces somewhere in the open areas to help tie everything in.
With holidays where the date is obvious, I will often just find a place to tuck the year documented with stickers.
I hope you enjoyed this look into my process and I have a video available below sharing more on my planning process and how it all came together.