StripeHere is a great layout by Tania Willis featuring some of our Military Hero themes. She gives great step-by-step instructions on how to complete this attractive layout. Read on!

By Tania Willis

Karen Foster Design makes preserving proud memories of your military family quite effortless. You can simply peel their products from the packaging and stick them on your layout making it look like you spent hours fussing and layering a variety of unique materials, when, in fact, you put forth very little effort at all. This is surely the type of layout that can find a happy placed tucked nicely in a scrapbook, but it’s also detailed enough to rest within a shadow box displayed next to that of a folded flag of a fallen soldier honoring their life and service to our country.


Bazzill Basics Cardstock:



5” x 7 ” photo matted on white cardstock

Paper Trimmer
Paper Piercing Tool
Scalloped Sentiment Border Punch, Fiskars
Twinkle Twinkle Squeeze Punch X-Large, Fiskars
Twinkle Twinkle Squeeze Punch Large, Fiskars


1. With the emblem in the lower left corner, cut 1 ½ “ off the right side and top of the American Bravery patterned paper.

2. Adhere, centered, on the Black cardstock

3. Adhere 5” x 7” photo to white cardstock to create a ¼” mat around the perimeter of the photo.

4. Adhere photo to the American Bravery paper leaving approximately 1 ¼” of patterned paper showing along the bottom and right edges.

5. Remove Proud to Serve Stacked Statement from protective backing and add to top of photo, slightly overlapping the photo.

6. Add emblem sticker from A Legacy of Honor Sticker Sheet over the lower left corner of the photo to cover the emblem pre-printed on the patterned paper.

7. Add “stars and stripes forever” sticker from A Legacy of Honor sticker sheet, slightly overlapping the lower right corner of the photo.

8. Embellish the lower corner of the “stars and stripes forever” sticker with two silver brads from the Mineral Crazy Coil Brads package.

9. Punch three stars from White cardstock using the Twinkle Twinkle Squeeze Punch X-Large.

10. Punch three stars from the Birchtone Dark cardstock using the Twinkle Twinkle Squeeze Punch Large.

11. Layer the Birchtone Dark stars over the White stars and adhere one to either side of the layout where the seams of the patterned paper meet the Black cardstock of the background and adhere one to the upper area of patterned paper.

12. Slightly lift the points of the Birchtone Dark stars to give a little dimension to them.

13. Embellish the center of these stars (from left to right) with red, white, and blue rhinestones from the birthstone brad embellishment packs. Poke your paper piercing tool through the center of the stars first to allow the brads to go through the paper easier.

14. Next to each star adhere small star stickers from A Legacy of Honor sticker sheet. Embellish a few of the star stickers with coordinating brads from the Mineral Crazy Coil Brads package.

15. Adhere ribbon sticker from A Legacy of Honor just above the “stars and stripes forever” sticker.

16. If there is blank space on your photo, adhere “USA” banner on top of photo.

That’s it! We hope you have a great time making your layout!

Download the instructions PDF here.