Welcome to Make It Monday! Today we are sharing our love of our Countries! You may have arrived here from Gina’s site where she is sharing a perfect upcycled project that answered her need for a place to put canisters. Or this may be your first stop, either way I’m glad you are joining us on our Blog Circle today. Your next stop is linked at the bottom of this post.
My Home and Native Land is Canada. Home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Polar Bears, Beavers, Mosquitoes big enough to eat you, the Rockies, Maple Syrup, Poutine, Ice Hockey, … I could go on! I am a first generation Canadian, we immigrated in 1981 and haven’t looked back since. Well, that’s not totally true. I look back all the time – it’s important to know where you came from! I am proud to say that I am Canadian and I am equally proud to say that I am Scottish (British even – gasp!) I am proud that my children are Canadians. We are so very fortunate here.
Today I’d like to share some projects that I’ve made over the years to celebrate my Red and White Pride.
1. My Canadians
This was from a Canada Day blog hop I participated in 3 years ago. I loved it then and I love it now.
I think Marley (the cutey on the left) is the same age here as Christine (the baby above) is now. Crazy how fast the time goes!
This layout was all about embracing the red and white in all its glory. Sometimes you just have to go with the expected. Celebrate your flags colours and motifs!
2. Non-Traditional Canada Day Layout
But what if you don’t want to overtly embrace your nations colours? Use patterned papers that do it for you.
In this layout, I actually created the background layers without knowing what photos I was going to use. Then, when going through my printed photos, I chose these ones and added accents of blue. On this particular Canada Day I had to work so the girls spent the day doing all the usual fun activities without me. At the end of the day we got to hang out together in the back yard and drink Pina Coladas. Very Canadian, I know!
The point is, you can make a layout feel patriotic without draping it in maple leaves, RCMP icons and moose! Eh.
3. Card For a New Canadian
My last share today is this card I made for my Aunt who became a Canadian Citizen a few years ago. Here is the time to pull out all the red, white and maple leaves you can! This was a momentous occasion in her life and it needed to be recognized and acknowledged in kind.
I had found a small stamp of the Canadian flag at a local craft market so I used that to create the flag tiled background. Super impactful. If I can find that stamp again I think it would make a great border for a layout. Can you picture it in tone on tone Kraft perhaps?
Well, there are three ideas to help you celebrate all things that make you Canadian. Or American, or Australian, or British … switch out the colour schemes and motifs and you’re good to go.
Happy Monday everyone! Now check out Connie’s site for her 4th of July glam patriotic banners!