We are happy to welcome Christi back who will be sharing a graduation scrapbook layout project with us. The layout design was made by Aaron Meyers and you can download it for free, at the bottom of this post.

view of graduation scrapbook layout project completed

Hi Craft Direct Fans! It is Christi from Scrapping For Tranquility here to give you my monthly look at one of the free .SVG downloads from the CraftDirect blog. Although my girls are both grown and have long graduated, like most scrapbookers I am behind on my projects and still have tons of pictures to scrap from their graduations. My oldest graduated in 2006 and my youngest in 2012. I ended up making this graduation scrapbook layout project for my youngest (mostly because I knew where those pictures were).

This was the first time I had worked with a 2 page SVG file. It's all connected and I wasn't sure how to go about dividing it up. First, I tried ungrouping it, but that didn't work. I then tried to break it apart, but that didn't work either. When all else fails, I use a lifeline and call a friend! I contacted my friend Michelle My Belle from Mojo Monday. She is super knowledgeable about the Silhouette CAMEO 3 (keep in mind you can use the Explore Air 2 for this project, too). She suggested that it would be easier for me to use the Sure Cuts a Lot 4 program on this project.

Steps for Cutting the Graduation Layout

  1. Import the file.
  2. Go to the object-break apart.
  3. Draw a bounding box around 2017, people in the left-hand corner, the cap in the middle, each of the picture frames, and the podium.
  4. Go to object. Group the frames, hide and lock all the layers except the gray curtain layers, you will want to split that in half or cut on a 24" CAMEO mat.
  5. Take a Rectangle from the library. Size it to 12". Place it over the gray curtain layer, making sure it is taller in height.gluing the curtains on the graduation scrapbook layout
  6. Align them horizontally to the left. Select both. Path = back minus front. You now have a 12" x 12" gray curtain layer. Duplicate and flip for the right side. Lock and hide those layers.
  7. Unlock and hide the red curtain layer. Object - Merge. Duplicate this layer and repeat the process as the gray curtain. You'll do each of the right AND left sides because of the draping design (here is where I was messing up - you need to do BOTH sides).
  8. You can repeat the process for the seats. The podium is a bit smaller in size. You'll need to decide where to make the split or do like I did. I just put it on the right side of my layout.

Once my curtain pieces were cut out, you will see in the second image how to glue them down in place, piece by piece. I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue. The colors I used for my layout were navy blue, old gold, with grey and black. The reason I chose those was they match my daughter's school colors. You could use whatever school colors work best for you. I used 12" x 12" Winter Cardstock by American Crafts and the 12" x 12" World Tour by Core'dinations.halfway completed graduation scrapbook layout project

This third picture is was taken just after I was started to glue everything to my pages. I love the way it turned out!

I hope you enjoyed my graduation scrapbook layout project this month and I look forward to chatting with you all next month. Blessings! Check out American Crafts paper and their various designers.