Happy 4th of July weekend! I hope that you have something fun planned to celebrate with friends and family. I created two layouts from combinations of new and old Creative Memories products that will be perfect for some of your photos!
My first layout will be great for photos of fireworks! I used the newer Sunny Days Journal Template to draw my lines and the older Firecracker Punch with some designer paper from the United We Stand Collection. The stars are punch-outs from the retired Star Border Maker Cartridge, but you can substitute any small star punch that you might own. This layout has a bit a sparkle provided by the Platinum Shimmer Cardstock, but it’s hard to see in my photographs.
To create my layout:
1. Cut out the center of a sheet of Platinum Shimmer Cardstock to create a hollow frame to conserve cardstock. Cut a piece of Navy Cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the hollow Platinum Shimmer Cardstock frame. 2. Use the Sunny Days Journal Template and the Silver Metallic Dual-Tip Pen to draw alternating solid and dashed lines on the top half of the layout. 3. Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from Platinum Shimmer Cardstock. Adhere to the center of the layout. 4. Cut three photo mats from Cranberry Cardstock that measure 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, and adhere as shown. 5. Use the Firecracker Punch to punch firecrackers from United We Stand Designer Paper. Alternate and adhere the firecrackers as shown. 6. Use the Original Border Maker System with the retired Star Border Maker Cartridge to punch stars from Platinum Shimmer Cardstock. Adhere the stars with Foam Squares as shown. 7. Add United We Stand Stickers adhering some with Foam Squares.
I created my second layout for Featured Project Friday for Creative Life Scrapbooking. The inspiration for this layout came from a t-shirt of mine. Again I used a combination of current and older tools with the United We Stand Collection from Creative Memories. If you don’t have the Alpine Mountains Border Punch, you can substitute the Majestic Mountains Border Punch. If you don’t have the Treeline Border Punch, you can substitute the Wheatfield Border Punch. For instructions, please see my Facebook post for Creative Life Scrapbooking and join our private group.
I love the 4th of July holiday! I have great memories of large cook-outs, yard games and fireworks enjoyed as a child. And I still love fireworks! Now I enjoy watching them from our boat. Celebrations along the lake are coordinated, and we can enjoy fireworks for 4-5 nights in a row along with bands playing at the marina. This year’s celebrations will be even more festive as we’re all enjoying the lifted Covid-19 restrictions. I used the super fun United We Stand Collection from Creative Memories to create some layouts in preparation for the photos that I’ll take. All of the layouts feature a large border at the top with ample space to add photos later. But for my first layout, I used a few photos from last year that I hadn’t yet scrapbooked.
The Barbed Wired Border Maker Cartridge is one of my favorites, and I’m having fun finding unique ways to use it. I really love how it looks on this rustic heart. It’s such a simple idea but has a big impact and is so perfect with these photos of my granddaughters.
To Create My Layout:
1. Cut a hollow frame from a sheet of Red Cardstock. Cut a sheet of United We Stand Paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the hollow frame. 2. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Barbed Wire Border Cartridge to punch borders from United We Stand Paper. Trim, stagger and adhere three borders as shown. 3. Use the Custom Cutting System with the small heart pattern from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a heart from Blue Cardstock. Use the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a heart from White Cardstock, and adhere to the blue heart. Use the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a partial heart from United We Stand Paper. Trim to an 1″, and adhere to the white heart. 4. Trim barbed wire border pieces and adhere to the heart embellishment making sure to match the pattern with the three borders that are on the page. Adhere the heart piece with Foam Squares to the layout as shown also making sure to match the border patterns on the page. 5. Cut 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ photo mats from Red Cardstock, and crop photos to 4″ x 4″. 6. Create a 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ journaling box from White Cardstock, and mat with a 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Red Cardstock. 7. Add United We Stand Stickers with Foam Squares as shown.
My second layout features a fun technique for the new Flag Banner Border Punch. I folded sections of the border piece to create dimension and a new look for the border. With the stickers, the border looks like a flying eagle pulling a banner, or I also see the two border pieces as the wings of the eagle. This would make a great military themed layout.
To Create My Layout:
1. To conserve paper, cut out a hollow section in the lower middle portion of United We Stand star paper. Save the cut-out piece for another use. 2. Cut a hollow frame from a 11-1/4″ x 9-1/4″ piece of Cranberry Cardstock. Cut an 11″ x 9″ piece of United We Stand Paper, and adhere to the hollow frame. Adhere the entire piece to the blue star background paper. 3. Use the Flag Banner Border Punch to punch two borders from United We Stand Paper. With your fingers, fold the flag segments of the border pieces outward to the left and outward to the right. Trim and adhere the borders as shown using Repositionable Tape. 4. Add United We Stand Stickers with Foam Squares.
For my next layout, I used the Flag Banner Border Punch to create a large flag element to run across the top of my page. The red borders make the red strips on my large flag. And I jazzed up the field of blue stars with some additional banner pieces and stickers.
To Create My Layout:
1. Cut a hollow frame from Blue Cardstock. Cut United We Stand Paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the hollow frame. 2. From United We Stand Paper, cut a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ square, and adhere in the upper left corner of the layout. 3. Use the Flag Banner Border Punch to punch three borders from United We Stand Paper. Trim the borders and adhere to the right of the square piece. 4. Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium Circle Cutting Pattern and Red Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from United We Stand Paper. Use the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from Blue Cardstock. Layer the circles, and United We Stand Stickers as shown. Adhere the piece with Foam Squares to the center of the square piece. 5. Cut leftover flag banner pieces into segments of one, and adhere around the circular piece.
My last layout is ready for photos of our boat decorated for the July 4th holiday. I recently purchased some metallic fringe banners to hang on the boat, and this border piece mimics that banner perfectly. I created the border with the Fringe Border Punch that was a freebie item during one of CM’s recent promotions. Make sure to follow me on Facebook or ask to receive my email newsletters to stay up-to-date on promotions, new products and my events.
Please note that the Fringe Border Punch should only be used with designer paper or lighter weight cardstocks (60 lb. paper weight or less). I used our new Firecracker Shimmer, White Shimmer and Starry Night Shimmer Cardstocks which are super light-weight and worked perfectly with the punch. See the image below for the weights of CM cardstock.
To Create My Layout:
1. Use the Fringe Border Punch to punch a border from Starry Night Simmer Cardstock, and cut off of the cardstock at 2-3/4″. 2. Use the Fringe Border Punch to punch a border from White Shimmer Cardstock, and cut off of the cardstock at 2-1/4″. 3. Use the Fringe Border Punch to punch a border from Firecracker Simmer Cardstock, and cut off of the cardstock at 1-3/4″. 4. Layer, and adhere the border pieces to the top of the layout. Cut a 12″ x 1/2″ strip from United We Stand Paper, and adhere at the top of your border. 5. Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Cutting Pattern and Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from White Cardstock. Use the Blue Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from United We Stand Paper. Adhere the two pieces, and adhere to the border. 6. Add United We Stand Stickers with Foam Squares as shown.
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If you like these borders and layouts, you might also like an additional United We Stand layout that I created for the CM Blog. The layout has a military vibe and is perfect for honoring your loved ones who have served. Click here to view that layout. Also continue to watch the CM Blog as I created some additional United We Stand borders and a card that should be shared soon.
Happy Fourth of July, and welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer Blog Hop! There are six of us blog hopping today and sharing some great summer scrapbooking ideas with you. I’m the first stop on the hop, and you can find the link to the next stop at the bottom of my post.
I used the new Limited Edition Star Spangled Paper Pack from Creative Memories to create my 4th of July layout. This paper pack is only available while supplies last and features traditional patriotic designs and true red, white and blue colors. I was inspired by the name of the paper pack to create a layout featuring stars. Currently, CM has three star-based tools that I used for my layout – the Star Border Maker Cartridge, the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch, and the Shooting Star Punch.
Start your layout by creating a border for the top of your page. Use the Original Border Maker System with Star Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from the light blue patterned paper. Cut the border off of your paper at 1-1/2″ using the 12″ Decorative Trimmer. Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a narrow 1/8″ piece from Red Cardstock for the bottom of the border.
Mat a 4″ x 6″ photo with Red Cardstock. Create photo corners from 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ squares that are punched with the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.
I created my jumbo star from 5 triangles that I matted with slightly larger triangle shapes. Cut three 3-1/4″ x 4″ squares and two 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ squares from the red patterned paper. Cut three 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ squares and two 4″ x 5″ squares from the light blue patterned paper. Cut each square into a triangle as shown below and mat the red squares on top of the blue squares. Assemble your star, by positioning the pieces in relation to your photo to get the spacing and shape that you desire. I used Repositionable Tape for my star pieces as I had to tinker with them a bit. I adhered my photo with Foam Squares.
The title piece is cut from one of the sheets of the Star Spangled Paper and double matted with light blue paper and Red Cardstock. Punch the corners of the light blue paper with the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.
To embellish the page, I cut the heart piece from a sheet of the Star Spangled Paper, matted it with Red Cardstock, and adhered it with Foam Squares. The light blue flowers are from the Mix & Match Blue Bouquet Embellishments, and I punched the ribbon pieces using the Shooting Star Punch. The stars in the centers of the flowers were punched using the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.
For my second page, I created a side border using the leftover triangle pieces from cutting the star pieces for the first page. I repeated the top border, and matted my larger photo in the same fashion as my photo on the first page. I included a journaling box and another paper flower embellishment.
The July 4th holiday is always a great mid-summer excuse to get together with friends and family. I love grilling out, yard games, fireworks and all of the pageantry of the holiday. Last year, we celebrated on our new boat with good friends.
I used the new Americana Paper pack from Creative Memories to scrapbook our memories of the day. Although there are no stickers or embellishments to accompany this paper pack, I was able to create some great layouts using a variety of our tools.
To create this layout, cut a 5″ x 8″ piece of dot paper in half diagonally using the 12″-Inch Straight Trimmer. Use the Original Border Maker with Star Cartridge to punch two borders from cranberry cardstock. Arrange and adhere the pieces on a sheet of navy cardstock as shown. Repeat for the second page.
Use the CM Shooting Star Punch and a Silver Metallic Pen to create firework embellishments for the pages. Adhere the stars with Foam Squares for extra pop. Create a variety of waving stripes for embellishments and journaling boxes using the 12″-Inch Decorative Trimmer. Add a title with Navy ABC/123 Stickers.
The Americana Paper and a few tools proved perfect for my fireworks photos. Cut the starburst sheet of paper in half to get two pieces that measure 12″ x 6″ each. Cut two sheets of the blue stripe paper to 12″ x 7″ each. Use the Original Border Maker with Midnight Star Cartridge to punch two borders from cranberry cardstock. Adhere all of the pieces together to get two 12″ x 12″ pages.
To create the diagonal photo mat, cut a piece of cranberry cardstock to 3-3/4″ x 12″ and crop three photos and a piece of beige word patterned paper to fit. Adhere to page, and cut off the overhang.
Add additional photos matted with cranberry cardstock. I used a 7″ x 5″ photo cut in two pieces on the page above and two 4″ x 6″ photos on the first page. Add titles with Navy ABC/123 Stickers and additional stars punched with the Shooting Star Punch.
My last layout is yet another version of my jumbo heart pages. (Please see my blog post from February and my guest post on the CM Blog for other versions.) This version of a waving flag was created with the 12″-Inch Decorative Trimmer.
Create a heart template by folding a piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock in half. (The paper insert in our paper packs works great for this.) Draw half of a heart shape and cut out with scissors. From blue print and red striped papers, cut 1″ wide strips using the “swell” side of the 12″ Decorative Trimmer. Use a small amount of CM’s Re-Positional Tape Runner to lightly adhere the strips to your template leaving 1/8″ in-between each strip. Turn over your heart and cut off the over-hang. Carefully remove each strip taking care not to bend the paper (CM’s Multi-Purpose Tool is great for this!). Add more adhesive to each piece and re-adhere on a piece of beige word print paper to reassemble your heart. Start with your bottom piece and work your way up. As you may need to “tinker” with your pieces to get the shape right, just lightly lay the pieces down at first and move slightly as needed. When you’re happy with your shape, rub on the pieces to more tightly adhere them. The Re-Positional Tape will be very handy. It’s supposed to look like a waving flag, so your shape doesn’t need to be perfect.
Create a banner for the top of the page with blue hearts punched and trimmed from CM’s Shooting Star Punch and smaller stars punched from the Original Border Maker System with Star Cartridge. Adhere the banner pieces with Foam Squares.
Add a title using Denim ABC/123 Stickers and more stars adhered with Foam Squares to the bottom of your page. Use a Black Dual-Tip Pen to finish your page with details.
You may purchase the Americana Paper and any of the tools that I used on my CM website.
Thanks much for visiting with me today! Happy Scrapping!