In 1976 a wave of patriotism and nostalgia swept the nation as we celebrated America’s Bicentennial. Everybody got in on the celebration…Disneyland, DisneyWorld, commercial products, the ’76 Olympics, the Superbowl, Major League Baseball…even Schoolhouse Rock!
I was 7 and my little sister Stephie was 3. I wanted to be a gymnast and do flips on the balance beam like Nadia Comaneci in the summer olympics; Steph wanted to do whatever I did!
Daddy sold Coppertone suntan lotion that summer while he was in dental school. He set up and serviced Coppertone displays in stores. His territory went all the way to Panama Beach along the Gulf coast. Mom, Steph, and I would tag along and hang out in the hotel pools while Dad worked. My Aunt Janie mailed us matching string bikinis to wear.
Steph and I were the belles of the pool! We swam in our floaties and ate chips and ice cream sandwiches from the concession stand, while mom worked on her Coppertone tan. Paul McCartney and Wings sang “Silly Love Songs” hourly on the radio. I knew every word! Everybody thought Steph was the Coppertone Girl!
Those happy memories inspired my Spirit of ’76 art journal layout.
I made a video of the process with some fun songs from 1976!
I designed the quote in Photoshop Elements and printed on Strathmore Colored Pencil paper; I like the texture of it. The font is Wicked Seventies and was perfect with my theme!
My layout is part of the Red, White and Blue challenge on the JFF Rubber Stamps blog.
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Happy Fourth of July and LET FREEDOM RING!