Category Archives: 4th of July

Exclusive PhotoPlay Scrapbook Bundles

photoplay logo by Richelle Naegle

Every once in awhile I run across a product that I just fall in love with immediately. Well, I fell in love with pretty much the entire product collection by PhotoPlay. I’m not sure how long they have been around, but I don’t think it’s been very long; I just found them recently. The collection that I saw first was O’ Canada by Becky Fleck. The moose and the other adorable animals made me take a second look and research to find out where I could get this collection. I soon found that I loved all their paper collections and I thought our customers would love them too! To make it easy to get the entire collection we have made exclusive PhotoPlay scrapbook bundles for each of the collections we carry. Most bundles will include a 12″ x 12″ Collection Pack, a set of die cuts, a stamp set, and a die set. Sometimes the bundles have different products, it just depends on what is released with each set. The bundles offer you a convenient shopping solution and a better price!
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4th of July Paper Craft Projects: Scrapbook Layout & Banner

by Richelle Naegle

4th of july scrapbook layout project

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 is 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. Continue reading “4th of July Paper Craft Projects: Scrapbook Layout & Banner” »

July 2017 Free SVG Designs: Patriotic T-Shirt SVG, Patriotic Quote SVG, Emoji SVG’s

With July just around the corner, it’s time for some more free SVG design downloads by Aaron Meyers. If you have an Explore Air 2 or a CAMEO 3 (or older models with the ability to operate using .SVG files), you can use these image files to cut the designs out of paper and other materials. For July, Aaron made (3) emojis, (1) patriotic t-shirt project, (1) 4th of July card, and (1) fancy Thomas Jefferson quote design.

To download the SVG files, scroll to the bottom of the post and you will find the links.

emoji icons design concept

This is called Emoji Series 1. We included the 3 most popular emojis: smiling face with sunglasses, crying face, and smiling face with heart eyes. We plan on doing more of these. In fact, when you buy something on CraftDirect, our thank you page includes a free download file. In July, it will be Emjoi Series 2.

america 2017 tshirt design concept

This is the America 2017 T-shirt. Check us out on instagram to see Richelle’s finished project. Learn how to use Cricut Iron-on here, and it doesn’t really matter what brand you use, the rules are all the same.

4th of july 2017 card design example

This is aptly named the 4th of July 2017 Card. It doesn’t just have to be for a card project. You can easily add this design to a scrapbook layout.

tree of liberty quote design example

This is called the Tree of Liberty Quote and we borrowed it from Thomas Jefferson! What an inspirational message that reminds us to appreciate the sacrifices of others.

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Paper American Flag Project (Free Download)

Once again we have Christi back to share another craft that she made. This month it is a paper American flag project with. The design comes from an .SVG file by Aaron Meyers and you can download it at the bottom of this post. Upload the file to your electronic die-cutting machine and let the machine do the work for you.

close up view of paper American flag project completedHello! Christi Here from Scrapping For Tranquility. Do you believe it is already well into June already? The kids are out of school and the warmer weather is here. Most families are planning on taking their vacations and the 4th of July is right around the corner.

I don’t know about you, but it has me thinking about our annual 4th of July parade and family BBQ. And don’t forget about the fireworks that night. Our parade is so big in our small town in Indiana that they actually declare us the Capital of Indiana for the day. When I got to thinking of this upcoming holiday, the crafter in me started thinking of of all the decorations I could make. When I saw this download, I knew I had to make it right away. Continue reading “Paper American Flag Project (Free Download)” »

June 2017 Free SVG Designs: American Flag SVG, BBQ Layout SVG

It’s almost June and we’re ready for summer break! Aaron has designed a couple fun summer-themed projects for you, and if this is your first time, these are free SVG design downloads. If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a Silhouette CAMEO, you can use these image files to cut the patterns, shapes, and phrases found in the designs. For June, Aaron made (1) American flag project, (1) scrapbook layout, and (2) photo frames.

In order to download the SVG file, scroll to the bottom of the post to find the links. Also, as a little perk for customers, each month we offer a different design download that can be accessed when you complete a purchase. Check back every month for each new project. Watch this video in order to learn how to use an SVG with a Cricut Explore.
american flag project example
This is the American Flag project. Flip the design to make the flag double-sided and put it on a rod like it is pictured, or you could easily add it to a layout or a card. Memorial Day is just around the corner, then we have Flag Day in June, and of course the most fun holiday of all, the 4th of July. The point is, you can get some great mileage out of this project. The 8″ x 11″ World Tour paper pad is the perfect option for making the stars and stripes come to life. Or you can get creative and make the flag out of any colored cardstock that you choose.

bbq scrapbook layout project example

Above is the BBQ Layout project. Celebrate those fun family, summer cookouts by taking record of it in your scrapbook project. The design includes a lot of details that will keep you busy. You can add and drop elements to make it your own.

picnic picture frames project example

Last, but not least, this is the Picnic Frames project. Add to your seasonal home decor by placing these crafty frames to your end table in your living room, or put it on your fridge!

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July 2016 Free SVG Designs: Pool Party Card SVG, Calendar SVG’s

Here we are with July just around the corner and the summer is really heating up! If you are planning on having family get-togethers, or are wanting to host an event with friends for the 4th of July or Pioneer Day (it’s a big state holiday here in Utah where our company headquarters are), Aaron came up with (3) fun card solutions, and of course (1) July calendar design, and (2) calendar icons.

Remember these are free .svg downloads that you can use with your electronic electronic die cutting machines. The downloads are found at the bottom of the post. If you don’t see the download links it means you need to click on the blog post title so that you are no longer reading it in the feed. The links will then be accessible. Here are the free July designs:

pool party card design concept july 2016

This is called the Pool Party Invitation. All you have to do is choose your material, in this case you would go with colored scrapbook paper, and use your machine with the .SVG file to precisely cut your material for this design.

bbq card design concept july 2016

This is the BBQ Invitation.

4th of july flag card design concept july 2016

This is called the 4th of July Flag.

july calendar design concept july 2016

In the above calendar image, there are three downloads: the July 2016 calendar, the Flag icon, and the Sunglasses icon.

Please share this post with your friends, and share your projects with us! We are excited to see you put your own personal twist on Aaron’s designs. Save on the Cricut Explore Air 2 or if you like Silhouette machines, you can either go with the Silhouette Portrait or the CAMEO 3. Our bundle deals are exclusive.

Memorial Day Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle memorial day card made with cricut everyday fonts

With memorial day this weekend, you may be looking for a couple last minute card ideas. So I made some quick cards that you could easily serve your purposes. I’ll show you how I made them.

For this first card (on the right), I used the Big Day font from the Everyday Fonts Cricut cartridge. The overall size of this card is 3″ x 7″ and the font varies in size from 0.5″ to about 1.0″. In the Design Studio I attached the words to a 3″ x 7″ rectangle and it cut them out of the red colored cardstock and I laid it over white cardstock. I did this to avoid having to glue all the individual letters to my project surface. It also helped to keep all the letters lined up perfectly and evenly spaced.

This is all very easy to do if you are using the Cricut Explore Air machine and the Cricut Design Space. You will just need to select all the objects you want together. So in this case, the words and the rectangle. Then you simply right click and select “attach”. Be aware that once you do this, you can’t change your text unless you detach your objects.

After that, I used a little bit of ribbon, and a star embellishment that I had laying around. That’s it for the first Memorial Day day card made with cricut summer celebrations

For this second card, I used the Summer Celebrations Cricut cartridge for the eagle shape and the Calligraphy Collection Cricut cartridge for the font. I used the Black Cricut 0.25 pen with the Explore Air’s draw feature to write on the card.

I would love to see some of your Memorial Day Cricut cartridge ideas that you have had. Please share them with me on our Facebook page.

Save on some of the best material, like American Crafts cardstock. They offer you all kinds of options from different designers that are part of their family of brands, like We R paper, Crate Paper cardstock, and more.

Happy creating!

4th of July Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle
4th of july layout
It’s that time of year again! Your days will soon be filled with BBQs and picnics, parades, fireworks, and of course family! So today, to follow that theme, I have created a fun and easy scrapbook layout. As always, I set out to make it detailed, without spending too much time on the project. Like many, I take way too many pictures to create extravagant scrapbook layouts for every page of the album. That doesn’t mean they can’t look really nice. So I came up with this layout, and it would be super easy to add a second 12 x 12 page to this layout and have it match.

You need the right scrapbook material. The right patterned cardstock will make all the difference. The first thing I did was grab the Freedom paper pack by the artists at Bazzill. This stack has 22 sheets of paper. 12 of them are double-sided printed paper and the others are bright and bold colors of red and blue with some white as well. Everything you need to create lots of 4th of July themed layouts. I used the Phrases Cricut cartridge for the 4th of July (it was cut out at 4.75″) and the Independence Day Cricut cartridge for the Flag banner (cut out at 1.25″) and for the stars I just used the star basic shape (and cut them out at 1″). The layout includes three 3″ x 5″  photo slots. The whole layout look about 45 min including the time to design and glue.

Do you have any 4th of July Cricut cartridge ideas that you have come up with? I would love to see them post them on our paper crafting fanatics page so we can all be inspired by you this year. Be sure to keep your Explore machine up to date with new replacement Cricut blades and fresh cutting mats.

Happy creating!

DIY Marquee Letters Project: USA with Marquee Love

by Richelle Naegle
USA marquee loveEver since the Marquee Love collection was released, I have been dying to try a project. I just haven’t had time! For one think it was hard to choose which project to do first. And to be honest, after making this one, I have added a few more to the list. The ideas were flooding in. 🙂 Almost this entire project is made with Heidi Swapp products has made recreating this project easy and affordable with our exclusive Marquee Love USA bundle. The only items I used that are not included in the bundle are the blue spray paint and the little piece of ribbon I used. Oh and the batteries: you will need 8 AAA batteries to light up your project. Everything else is included in this kit. You won’t use all the craft glitter, glue, and washi tape, so use it on your next project, too.

USA Project Details – Marquee Love

So let’s get started I will tell you everything I learned from making this project, in hope that it will make it easier for you to create. I started out by spray painting the star and the “S”. These are made of a poster board type material, so they soaked up the paint! Be prepared to put on a few coats. I put three on them, and you can do the backs, but it’s really not necessary. Marquee Love Letter U

For the glitter letters I did the “U” with the Chunky Red Glitter. I used the Marquee Love glue and I found that you should apply a liberal coat of glue to the letters. Where the glue was thin, so was the glitter. I like it more glittery so make sure you use the glue. I would also start on the outside of the inside of the letter. I started on the inside and it made doing that middle harder. And then of course do the outside edge last it’s where you are touching and holding.

This project takes a lot of drying time patience. So it works well that you have to paint and glitter because you can alternate between the two of them giving them some time to dry in-between.

After your paint has dried completely, you can apply the washi tape.Star with Red Glitter Washi Tape I used the 7/8″ Red Glitter Washi for the inside of the star. This tape width is perfect for the inside of any of the letters it’s made to fit perfectly on the inside of the letters. S with red stripped Washi tapeThe 2″ washi tape is made to fit perfectly on the outside of the letter. I used the red and white striped washi tape for the outside of the “S”. The trick to applying the washi tape is to go slow and be patient with it. It’s a little difficult to get into the corners and around the letters. I watched a video and she cut it into smaller strips, which seemed to work well for her. It didn’t work well for me. I found it easier to leave it on the roll, unroll quite a bit of it and just slowly work it around the corners and curves. Try it one way and if that doesn’t work for you, try it the other way, but just be patient and go slow.

Each letter comes with their own bulbs and covers and they were super easy to pop into place. Each letter also has its own pattern for how to put the lights in, so make sure you keep that at least until you get the lights placed. But that’s really it, this project did take some time I think about 3 hours to do, and extra time for drying as well. But I think that it turned out so cute that it’s well worth the time to make these projects.

Have you made a Marquee Love Project yet? I would love to see yours or if you buy this kit, send me a picture of what you created. I can’t wait to see everything you have made. Post it on our Google+ Paper Crafting Fanatics Page or even on Facebook. Save on our huge selection of Marquee Love Letters. Also, check out the Marquee Love kits that include symbols, frames, shapes, and phrases.

Happy creating!

Clothes Pin Wreath for 4th of July

4th of july decor, wreathby Richelle Naegle

I hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July weekend. Last night I got together with a bunch of my friends and we made an Independence Day craft. While it’s not necessarily a paper craft, I thought it was too cute and easy not to share with all of you.

Though this one is red white and blue, I can think of so many other color combinations to make that would make them super cute, such as if you did yellow and orange and put the orange on the outside and yellow on the inside you would have a sunshine effect, that you could use all summer.

Or you could paint them different shades of blue and or even white and put some Ranger stickles glue on them like snowflakes (Ranger is made by Tim Holtz), you would have a fun winter wreath. Wreaths make for great holiday home decor.

So to get started we used boxes and cut the flaps off and just fit all the paper clips around the edges. This way when you spay paint them you can easily get all of the sides. I would make sure you have a different box for each color. And you will want to make sure you paint the wreath as well. We did ours red, but you could do what ever color you wanted, just make sure the original color is obscured.

Paper clips spray painted

Spray paint the Wreath wire red white or blue. We did ours red

Then you simply alternate until you go all the way around the wreath. We did 10 blue ones all in a bunch and then alternated 5 red and 5 white until we went all the way around the wire.

We then added some wood stars to the blue. Super easy and besides waiting for the spray paint to dry it was super fast. Our suggestion to you while your making this with your friends is have some snacks and visit while the paint dries 🙂almost done with wreath

Did you make some fun Independence Day crafts? Share them on the Paper Crafting Fanatics page, or leave me a link to your blog here so I can see what you have made.

I hope you have a great 4th with your family and friends I’m off to enjoy the parade and my family. Hopefully you enjoyed my clothes pin wreath for 4th of July. Be sure to stock up on craft tools, that will surely make your project go better.

Happy creating