National Pride

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As most of you know, today is Independence Day in America. Wednesday was Canada Day in Canada. Here in Indonesia we celebrate Merdeka Day (Independence Day) on August 17th. Wherever you live, there is usually a day to celebrate the country you are a part of, the country where you belong. (I often tease my British friends that most often, people are just celebrating the day England got kicked out of their country 🙂 ) The place of our birth, or of our passport, or the place we call “home” is an important place. Living overseas for six of the last ten years, I have been profoundly changed by understanding how culture affects everything we do, say, think, and feel. Skin color may just be skin color and national borders may just be lines on a map, but culture runs deep. And we need to understand, embrace, and celebrate our national identity and pride. And what better place for us scrappers to do than on a scrapbook page?

Last year on Memorial Day I made my first national pride layout. Our church has just had an amazing service and I never felt more proud to be part of the USA. And yet, I choose not to live there. I felt I needed to write out my feelings about it. I am so glad I have this layout as part of my story.

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I challenged my team to also do/share some national pride layouts. Here is what they came up with:

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Credits: White Cardstock Blossom, Shabby Princess; Red paper Kinda Cutesy, Corina Nielsen; Stitching, Lisa Whitney; Bits Datas, Ana Reis; Messy Stamps Love, Ana Reis; July Flair, Miss Tiina Tie It Up, Designs by Lili; Cuppycake alpha, Jacque Larsen; Font: London MM

Ana did this adorable layout about her daughter, Alice. The journaling reads about how she feels having a baby being born in a foreign country. She is also Brazillian, but she was born in Canada, the first Canadian in our home.

landthatiloveCredits: Paper, Swirl and Button- – A Midsummer Night’s Dream- MGL Scraps (TDF6), USA letters- Fade to White Alpha- Diane Rigdon (TDF6), Font- Fontologie Giggles (TDD)

Kelly did this simply but profound layout to celebrate the land that she loves

brasil-duniaCredits: Wishes and Dreams Kit by Kitty Designs and Vinnie Pearce, Free Spirit Alpha by CD Muckosky, Font: 2Peas Artsy

I love this sweet layout by Dunia showing off her son’s adorable Brasil t-shirt

sam-citizen-052608-tddCREDITS: Inspired by Holly Greigo’s “je t’adore”; MandaBean Liberty and Justice kit; Ashalee Wall photo mask

Karen does a layout each year to commemorate her adopted son’s citizenship day each year

libertykatieCredits: Template by Janet Phillips, All papers from Scrap System Solids and Scrap System Subtle Prints by Katie the Scrapbook Lady, fonts are Hootie and Calibri, photo from wikimedia commons

Katie did this layout and shares her thought on what Liberty means to her. Great use of a stock photo!

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What does your heritage or country of birth mean to you? Have you shared it on a scrapbook page? If you have, we would love to see it!

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