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1. God Bless America 4th of July Scrapbook Layout

Scrapbook layout with weathered wood background, red, white and blue cardstock pieces and God Bless America title
Description

From the stars bursting to the rockets red glare, all of the elements on this layout are contained in a free digital cut file. This gives you the flexibility to resize and duplicate elements and create the layout that fits your photos and style. You can even turn it into a 2-page layout.

For quick links to products used for this project, please scroll to the bottom to the Notes section.

Supplies Used
    Supplies Used for 1 - 12x12 Layout
  • 1 Digital File 5A - God Bless America Scrapbook Layout Pattern (Free pattern located in the Resource Library)
  • 1 12x12 Birch/White Grid Patterned Paper, Simple Stories
  • 1 12x12 Sapphire Textured Cardstock, American Crafts (Must adjust pieces on the cutting mats to get them to fit on one 12x12 sheet - see step 4 below)
  • 1 12x12 Classic Red Textured Cardstock, Bazzill's
  • 1 12x12 White Textured Cardstock, American Crafts (Must adjust pieces on the cutting mats to get them to fit on one 12x12 sheet - see step 4 below)
  • 1 Scrap Daffodil Color Vibes Printed Cardstock, Simple Stories (Small scrap of yellow used for rocket flames)
  • 1 Scrap Pumpkin Color Vibes Printed Cardstock, Simple Stories (Small scrap of orange used for rocket flames)
  • 1 Adhesive Precision Glue, Hero Arts (Liquid glue that dries clear)
  • 1 Adhesive E-Z Runner Grand Tape Runner, Scrapbook Adhesives (Your favorite tape runner or adhesive for adhering photos to paper is fine)
  • 1 Machine Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine (The file is saved in multiple file formats and will work with most electronic cutting machines)
  • 1 Software Design Space (Free software that only works with Cricut cutting machines, use the software for your cutting machine)
Directions for Cutting and Assembling
  1. Download pattern 5A - God Bless America Scrapbook Layout from the Resource Library at MollyQCreates.comScreen shot of files saved in Resource Library

    The cut file is located in the Resource Library at MollyQCreates.com. The library is password protected. If you do not have the password, please complete the form at the bottom of this card and the password will appear in the confirmation message once you hit submit. It will also be emailed to you.

  2. Unzip the file, save it to your computer and open it in Cricut's Design Space software

    If you are unsure how to do this, please view Summer Vibes: How to Upload Zip Files to Cricut Design Space which walks you step-by-step through this process.

    Design Space is a free design software which works with Cricut electronic cutting machines.

  3. Adjust any pieces in Design Space as necessaryScreenshot of Design Space with the God Bless America file open

    Once the file is open in Design Space, you can either make it as is or make adjustments to the pieces. The pieces are sized to fit a 12x12 layout with 2 - double-layered mats sized to fit 4x6 photos. However, you can duplicate, re-size or delete any of the elements to make the layout your own and to fit your photos. You can also expand it to a 2-page layout. However, if you make any adjustments, you may need to adjust the amount of paper used.

  4. Preparing the file to cut and cutting

    After you are happy with the size of the pieces, it's time to select Make It and review the mats. 

    Initially, Cricut divides this project onto 7 cutting mats. As long as pieces weren't enlarged or duplicated, this project will fit on 5 mats. However, you do need to rotate the rectangles to straighten them, make a few re-arrangements of the pieces on the mat and move the pieces from the second colored mat to the first mat. This sounds more complicated than it is and with a little practice, it goes quickly. The images at the bottom of this step show one possible arrangement of the pieces to minimize the paper used. Warning - as you rearrange pieces, make sure they do not overlap another item. Also, when you move an object to a different mat, the item moved will always show up in the top right corner whether there is already an image there or not.

    If you enlarged or duplicated any items, you can still use these steps on this or any Cricut project to minimize the amount of material used.

    To move items on the same mat, click, hold and drag the item to where you want it to be. Once you click on an image, a blue circle with 3 dots in it will appear in the top left corner. Select this circle and then select move object.

    God Bless America shadow for title with red circles over the three dots in top left corner and a red circle around the arrow in a circle in the top right corner

    The following screen will ask you which mat you want it moved to.

    [caption id="attachment_1379" align="alignnone" width="300"]Move Object screen shows the 7 cutting mats with a checkmark on the white mat and the word confirm circled Click on the mat you want to move the object to. The confirm button will then light up. Select confirm to complete the move.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1382" align="alignnone" width="288"]Cricut cutting mat with red circle over area two shapes are placed on top of each other When an object is moved to a mat, it will always be placed in the top right corner whether there is something already there or not. It will need to be moved within the mat so it doesn't cause problems when cutting.[/caption]

    Also, when you click on an object, a clue circle with an arrow in a circle will appear in the top right corner. Click on this circle to rotate items. For more detailed instructions, please view the video at the bottom of the instructions or the full God Bless America 4th of July Scrapbook Layout post.

    [caption id="attachment_1383" align="alignnone" width="280"]Ciricut Cutting mat with white items neatly lined up To optimize the white paper, straighten the photo mats and rockets and move items to a position similar to this. The God Bless America shadow layer can be moved on to this layer.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1374" align="alignnone" width="277"]Cricut cutting mat with blue shapes To optimize the blue cardstock, straighten both rectangles and move the 3 stars to this mat by clicking on the item and then the circle with 3 dots. The America and title shadow also switched places, but this is not necessary to get everything to fit.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1375" align="alignnone" width="300"]Cricut cutting mat with red objects To optimize the red paper, move the God Bless from below the star and rocket on the left to underneath the stars on the right. This step is not necessary to get everything to fit on one page, but does leave you with a better scrap of paper to use in the future.[/caption]

    Once you are satisfied with how the mats will cut, start cutting. As a mat finishes cutting and you remove the pieces, stack the pieces that belong together. For instance the white base of the rocket, the blue rocket, the 3 smallest red stars, the yellow flames and the orange flames. By keeping these all together, you’ll be less likely to attach a piece to the wrong item. Note: the 3 smallest red stars, they will appear in a row, are used for the rocket.

  5. Assemble the layered elements

    Now that everything is cut, it is time to start gluing the pieces together. For this, I like to use Hero Art’s Precision Glue. But you can use a Xryron or adhesive of your choice. Start with one pile, the blue rocket, for instance and adhere all the layers together until it is complete. Do not attach it to the background paper at this point. Instead, move on to the red rocket, the star stacks and the title.

  6. Layer the photo matsBlue rectangle with smaller white rectangle on top

    Take the white and the blue rectangles and center and adhere the white piece to the blue piece. Adhere your photos to the white pieces. For this, I use a tape runner like the Scrapbook Adhesive’s E-Z Runner Grand. Personally, I don’t like to use liquid glue on larger areas of paper for fear it could warp the paper. Also, I don’t like to use liquids on papers that will be in direct contact with my photos.

  7. Arrange the pieces on your background paper and attachGod Bless America title on a wood grained patterned paper with red white and blue stars and rockets

    When all of the elements have been pieced together, it’s time to adhere them to the background paper. Select your background paper and layout all of the pieces and photo mats, starting with the largest pieces and finishing with the smallest pieces. At this point, I prefer to use a tape runner. Tape runners allow more time to play around with placement of the pieces while liquid glues become permanent quickly.

  8. Congrats! Add photos and your layout is complete.

    If you have any questions regarding this layout or would like to view it coming together, please watch the video of this process.

Note

Sources for supplies used:

Project Notes

  • The pattern is 5A – God Bless America Scrapbook Layout and is found in the Resource Library
  • To obtain the password for the Resource Library, complete the form below and the password will appear in the confirmation text. It will also be emailed to you. It is also at the bottom of each email.
  • The photo mats are sized for 2 – 4×6 photos
  • The pieces are sized to fit 1 – 12×12 layout.
  • The pieces can be re-sized and duplicated to create a 2-page layout or a different sized layout.
  • All items used in this layout, with the exception of the Cricut, can be purchased at www.ScrapnTime.com
Keywords: 12x12, 4th of July, Patriotic, Summer, Layout

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