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Celebrating - US!!!!

Celebrating - US!!!!

Celebrating - US!!!!

Squeezed in between Canada Day & July 4th celebrations, Gord & I celebrated our
50th anniversary! The family took us to the Mandarin chinese buffet to celebrate

Main background: DSC0012 of butterflies hanging from ceiling, duplicated, ghosted and luminosity layer setting
Using the "River2" shape (PSE5) I selected and cut the corners reserved for the patriotic bits.

Canada Day:
Background: ldzRedKnitPaper (freebie Canadian Collection)
Cut out 2 Maple leaves in white, bevelled one, the other I selected, modified/contracted the selection to leave a white border,
inverted & deleted centre and slipped a piece of clip art of fireworks over the Ottawa parliament buildings in behind.
The Queen is courtesy Canada Post, a postage stamp issued in 2009. She and the Peace Tower in Ottawa are painted through using a layer mask at different opacities.
Word Art "Proudly" & "Canadian" are from the ldz Canadian Extras collection.

I admit to doing this corner three times but I think I am half satisfied now.

July 4th: This just fell into place when I found the clipart of Flag & eagle, and when I slipped it behind the cutout I saw why
I had chosen the "River" shape - LOL it was a proudly waving flag!!
USA: - Horizontal type mask tool using Goudy Stout font on a red, white & blue layer.
JWH_AmericanCity_WordArt_Special (Liberty)/CBA_SSTools_Glitter_4102_Gold
MAD_Flag_Emb_TriColor-star/July 4th font/embeded
Celebrate: LD_AmericanLove

Anniversary Theme: 3 more photo's (admit the one of Gord & I was taken by daughter using my camera)
The Balloons were another photo added with a layer mask and to my surprise the luminosity layer style took all the colour out - which was good because this was getting way to cluttered and I did not know how to hold the three elements together.
I re-did the "50" on the top Balloon though; LD_AET_CutItOut font with CBA_SSTools_Glitter_4102_Gold applied.
The parasols were another decorative feature of the Mandarin restaurant selected and cropped from photo DSC009

It still felt like 3 separate scraps and needed something to "hold it together" (Ideas appreciated) after trying several overlays I felt this one help a lot to blend the colouring and physically hold them together around the edges. CBARBER_Whatever_Overlay_Freebie!
Additional Fonts: SNAP ITC, Myriad Pro


    Jan, your layout is just awesome - I can tell how much work you put into this and I really enjoyed reading your explanation of all that you did - I think it is a wonderfully done layout and it was so nice to see the picture of you and Gord celebrating 50 years together - that is really something worth celebrating! We're at 44 now so it won't be long. I enjoyed looking at every aspect of your layout and then reading about how you put it all together. Thanks so much for sharing so much with us - very nice work.
    This is so cute. I love how the corners represent the different countries.
    Congratulations on your anniversay. Love the layout.
    Very fun layout Jan. Congratulations on your 50th! Wow! That is awesome. I love the swirled cutouts in the corners.
    Beautiful job and so meaningful with your photo sandwiched between the Canada corner and America corner. Love the symbolism of it!
    Happy belated anniversary!