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2012 MMDT July Challenge #1-theme: America the Beautiful

Hope everyone had a Glorious Fourth! This challenge's  theme of 'America the Beautiful' was perfect for this week, it was easy to be inspired! I spent time going through photos of places our family has visited for an assortment of the beautiful things and places in America, while attempted to decide on which patriotic song to feature. I considered the National Anthem, because the lyrics are under rated and overlooked, but recent attacks on Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA...really had me more fired up...and many of the photos I was picking were to support that wonderful patriotic song...but as I continued to review all the songs I had printed out...the final choice was to go with Katherine Lee Bates song America, the Beautiful.

The photos featured are of places in Ohio (my home state, with our county's bi-centennial barn, and the Vermilion Lighthouse), our neighbor to the north, Michigan (Mackinaw Bridge and the Upper Peninsula's fall foliage); Washington D.C. (Washington Monument and WWII Memorial) Virginia (Jamestown and Williamsburg), Florida (the Atlantic Ocean and palm trees), Tennessee (the Great Smoky Mountain National Park), South Dakota (Custer State Park's Bison, Mt Rushmore National Park, The Badlands National Park, Sioux Falls), and Texas (the Alamo).   

The fonts used for the title "America" are 'Blackladder ITC' for and for "the Beautiful", 'LD USA'. The song lyrics are in 'Memo'.

I included the full lyrics, because all too often we only sing the first verse and forget about the rest, we miss a lot of meaning when we do that.

The stars were first punched out of blue cardstock and then a 1' square punch was used to punch a square around the star in the blue. The red stripes are a 1" red cardstock strip with a 1/4" strip of white cardstock affixed on top. 

America was printed on white cardstock and fancy cut and then mounted with foam tape. The little connecting pieces between the letters fade into the stripe pattern behind it.

The quote is from President Harry Truman at the WWII Memorial in DC, it reads;

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid, they have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.

                                    ~President Harry S. Truman 

Well, that's my contribution for the first July Challenge,

thanks for stopping by, be sure to cheer everyone on before you leave!


p.s. last month Linda asked where I get some of my ideas...well, the simplest things can get me goingSo, I thought I'd add a few photos to show the inspiration behind this title.

It began with a detail on the page of the song lyrics that I thought would look nice if I could incorporate it.

I loved the stripe and the stars. 

the first view

a second view

and the final choice.

I thought this view was the best in actually showing the title and not competing for attention. I love using my digital camera to take snaps of each step of the process to check and see "how it looks" before committing to a particular final look.

I never know what may spark an idea, even if I don't use it for this layout, there might still be one down the line that it will work, or inspire another approach.

Shared by Andrea Fisher on July 5, 2012 | Memory Date: July 5, 2012
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Andrea - I look forward to seeing your pages. Everything about this page is GREAT! Very patriotic! Awesome title, pics, colors and choice of journaling. You've showed us how creative you are once again.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  August 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm   
Andrea, your layouts are always specatular. They are filled with great photos and original embellishments. This one is no execption. The title is fabulous as are the many photos of the places you have visited. Great job!!
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  July 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm   
Loved you used photos from all over our beautful country!
Posted By: Diane Williams  |  July 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm   
Forgot to tell you my husband really liked it too.
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  July 10, 2012 at 12:51 am   
Forgot to tell you my husband really liked it too.
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  July 10, 2012 at 12:50 am   
This one is awesome--especially the beautiful pictures and title. The font is perfect. Have you considered possibly framing this one? It is truly a touching tribute to this wonderful country of ours!
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  July 10, 2012 at 12:49 am   
Wow, Andrea, you never cease to blow me away with your designs! The title is wonderful, and I love the layout. I especially like the use of the smaller pictures on the right side.
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  July 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm   
I love the composition of your page. How wonderful that you have travelled to so many fabulous places. I also really like your title. It really pops off your page and it looks like it was hand written from the Declaration of Independence.
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  July 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm   
I like the structure/composition of the layout. It's very unique. I also like the font on "America."
Posted By: Deborah White  |  July 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm   
I LOVE this! The title area is beautiful! I Love the font you used to cut "America" and how you crafted the "the beautiful" with USA and stars. All the images are great. Very nice to show your inspiration and process. Thank you!
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  July 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm   

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