by Richelle Naegle
It's time to get out your red, white, and blue paper! If you don't have any, never you fear, there are so many great patriotic paper collections to buy. Many of them go well together. As far as new releases this year, we have the All American Collection Kit which is a solution from Simple Stories that are ideal for making 4th of July scrapbook layouts. Also, be sure to check out the Sweet Freedom 12" x 12" pack from the clever designers over at Pink Paislee. Both of these are great options for a variety of projects.
4th of July Layout
The first thing I made was the scrapbook layout. I love to scrapbook and sometimes finding the right inspiration for a layout proves to be a little difficult. So I hope in turn, this layout inspires you to get out your scrapbook supplies this summer and create some fun projects. Be sure to share them with me on our Facebook page. These cute bears are from the Silhouette Store the girl bear is called 4th of July Girl Bear was is designed by Stinking Cute Paper Piecings. I used the CAMEO 3 to cut her at about 5" tall. The boy bear is called Patriotic 4th of July Bear, was designed by PPbN Designs and he is cut out at 4.5" tall. For the sparkler, I used some Tim Holtz Stickles. I also added some ribbon to give the pictures some depth.
As an avid scrapbooker, I've bought a lot of supplies. Finding the perfect album has always proven to be a challenge for me. I have tried everything from ringed to post albums. I have tried about 5 different brands. Recently I discovered Pioneer albums and put them to the test. I love how these albums are made. The rings stay together and they are large D Size albums, so I can fit a lot of pages in one album. They offer a large selection of colors and different styles, too. They even make this beautiful Flag Print Postbound Album which would be a perfect choice for the above layout.
4th of July Banner
The second project I made was this Freedom banner. Banners are super easy to make, even If you don't have a die-cutting machine. You can use the Banner Punch Board you can use them along with the Alphabet Punch Board. Both are part of an extensive selection of We R Memory Keepers punch boards.
For this banner, I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 with a little help from the classic Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge. The new Explore Air 2 cuts twice as fast as the older models, which makes projects less of a time burden. The banner is 5.5" tall, allowing me to cut 4 pennants out of one 12" x 12" sheet of patterned cardstock.
Thanks for stopping by to check out my 4th of July papercraft projects.