My layout using the 44 Observations Layered Template. I found a photo of Mount Rushmore, converted it to black and white, and then added a single family photos, shot by Farrah Jobling Photography last Summer. The journaling is a list of pretty opinionated observations about our modern day. They are written in no particular order. I just wrote them down as they came to me in the form of a numbered list. Lists are a much easier way to get down large amounts of written content onto a page.
Digital Supplies: US of A PageSet, Light Textured Neutrals, ArtPlay Palette Autumn Crisp (flower - recolored), AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 1 BrushSet; Absolutely Acrylic Elements and Staple Its by Pattie Knox.
I clipped the papers from the US of A PageSet to the masks and used the AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 1 BrushSet to create black/edges behind some of the masks to emphasize the edges of the papers. If I bring this layer to the top of the Layers palette, the AnnaBlendz Artsy layer can be seen as follows:
I also came across another neat article, Bicentennial Essay: Growing Up in America--Then and Now, that could be used as a source of inspiration.