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Spirit of ’76

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.

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I made a video of the process with some fun songs from 1976!

I used stamps from JFF Rubber Stamps. The stamptangle hot air balloons remind me of some of the groovy designs from the 70’s!

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JFF Steam punk balloon, flower balloon and bicycle.

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!

JFF Stamptangle balloon and Club Scrap stencil (limited edition; no longer available).

My layout is part of the Red, White and Blue challenge on the JFF Rubber Stamps blog.

July 2018 Challenge Red White Blue

Link up a festive creation using our color theme for a chance to win a gift certificate to shop at JFF Stamps. Don’t have a blog, but you want to join the challenge? No problem, you can link from Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram! Click HERE for instructions!

Happy Fourth of July and LET FREEDOM RING!



Cute and Crafty Challenge Blog 4th of July Theme

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog Red, White and Blue Inspired!

Power Poppy Star Spangled Hues

Crafty Gals Corner Challenges #169 Red, White and Blue

27 thoughts on “Spirit of ’76

  1. FABULOUS journal page & memories!

    You were one of the lucky winners from Challenge #169 at the Crafty Gals Corner!
    Please visit the blog to claim your prize 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Judy Crafty Gals Corner DT
    Don’t Mess With Me, I’m Scrappy {My Blog}

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  3. Oh Wendy, this is about the best blog post I’ve read in a long while. I’m not American but you still evoked a whole era of my teen age years. Thank you. The journal pages are fantastic and it’s a great video too. Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber Challenge this week.

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  4. Absolutely love every detail of your journal, Wendy! Your memories brought back one of my own – I actually went to see Paul McCartney and Wings on their tour in 1976 (yep, I’m officially old!). Thanks for bringing that wonderful memory back for me. Thank you also for playing with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will join us again soon.

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  5. I love your spread – the hot air balloons are gorgeous and the background is amazing. But quite frankly it was reading your trip down memory lane that made me happy, so very happy. FYI my Retro Rubber photo was taken in the Summer of ’76. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

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  6. Lovely memories, thank you for sharing them and for sharing your fabulous and beautiful Journal and your sweet story.
    Thanks also for the video, loved watching it, you had me singing along with the last song “Spirit in the Sky”, these pages are a labor of love, beautifully done.
    Thank you for sharing them with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you come and play again next time.

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  7. This is an adorable journal, and I loved your walk down memory lane! Thanks for sharing it with us! Awesome creation, thanks for playing with the Retro Rubber challenge this week too!

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  8. Hi Wendy,
    Aww, thanks for the fun memories. I graduated from high school in 1976, so all of these fun memories were shared ones. Except for you and your sister, looking so cute in your bikinis of course. Happy Wednesday and Happy 4th of July! ~smile~ Roseanne


  9. I don’t have time right now to watch your video but your layout is soooo cute! Love all those stamps together! I like your swimsuits too. I still think fondly of this olympics swimsuit I had one year when I was little. I wish they made one like it again for grownups! Lol. Enjoy your holiday!


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