The next element is always a great title and you don't want to forget to leave a place to journal. I chose a great title from Graphically Speaking cut with red and gray for an extra punch.
For the journalling I decided to use some white cardstock cut in 1/2" widths at various lengths to jot down some quick thoughts. It adds some great design interest to a quick layout.
The next element are your photo mats. I chose this wonderful red with silver star paper cut at 4x6 for my photos and then tied some red, white, and blue bakers twine around it for added dimension and design.
Then to tie everything together and help pull the design in I cut stars out in various sizes from 3/4" - 1 1/4" from Graphically speaking and scattered them around the layout.
Recipe for Stars for the Fourth
Paper - American collection from the $1 spot at Target
Airmail Bakers Twine - available here
Fourth of July 1 1/2" - Graphically Speaking - p. 43
Stars 3/4" - 1 1/4" - Graphically Speaking - p. 43
Boy on rocket 3 1/2" - A Child's Year p. 46
I hope you enjoyed my layout and find my tips helpful the next time you want to create a quick layout. Be sure to visit me at my blog for more great projects!