Mary's Corner - Fourth of July Layout

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Fourth of July Layout for Sure Cuts A Lot

I love the vintage appeal of this page and had a blast layering lots of festive elements.  Fourth of July can be fun yet busy and loud, so I wanted my page to convey all of that.  It all started with this patriotic background paper by Creative Imaginations that I picked up at Archivers.  It looks like parchment and its muted reds and blues look classy and allow the more vibrant elements to pop.  Instead of any white, I used all off-white/cream to maintain the vintage feel.

SVG Collections Used:

Uncle Sam's Extravaganza Part I SVG Collection
Uncle Sam's Extravaganza Part II SVG Collection
Simon's Simple Square Cuts SVG Collection
Christmas Cookie Party SVG Collection
Cuddly Animals Part II SVG Collection

Dimensions

Here are the exact shapes, sizes and colors I used.  Size to the dimensions shown below with “Keep Proportions” checked in the Shape Properties window.

Christmas Cookie Party SVG Collection
scalloped_top.svg 3.9" wide Navy Blue
scalloped_bottom.svg 3.9" wide Cream
Cuddly Animals Part II SVG Collection (Eagle folder)
brown.svg 2.8" high Brown
cream.svg 2.8" high Cream
dark_brown.svg 2.8" high Brown
yellow.svg 2.8" high Yellow
Free SVG File 06.28.10 Fireworks KaBoom
fireworks_kaboom1.svg 4.5" wide Red
fireworks_kaboom2.svg 4.5" wide Navy Blue
fireworks_kaboom3.svg 4.5" wide Cream
Simon's Simple Square Cuts SVG Collection
3.svg 11.2" wide Maroon
Uncle Sam's Extravaganza Part I SVG Collection
4th_of_july.svg 3.25" wide Navy Blue
frame_ban_top.svg 6.8" wide Navy Blue
frame_ban_bot.svg 6.8" wide Red (Break Apart & delete stars)
star_top.svg 2" wide (Cut 2) Red
star_bot.svg 2" wide (Cut 2) Red
Uncle Sam's Extravaganza Part II SVG Collection
b3_top.svg 3.8" wide Navy Blue
b3_mid.svg 3.8" wide Red
b3_bot.svg 3.8" wide Cream
frame_star_top.svg 4" wide Cream
frame_star_bot.svg 4" wide Navy Blue
swag_top.svg 4" wide and 5" wide (Cut 2) Red
swag_mid.svg 4" wide and 5" wide (Cut 2) Navy Blue
swag_bot.svg 4" wide and 5" wide (Cut 2) Cream

Design Tips

  • When I need solid-colored cardstock, I try to use American Crafts cardstock whenever possible.  It always cuts smooth and clean for me and I love that it's solid-color core (not white-core).
  • I added pizzazz to the KaBoom and the stars with red glitter and used a few metallic brads to add a touch of military feel.  I also used a few red star-shaped brads that I picked up at Michaels and a tiny bit of navy blue polka dot ribbon which I secured with a brad.
  • When I'm using brads I always pre-poke a hole in my paper with an Xacto knife and then put the brad through.  It's just easier to push through that way and can be more precise.
  • As always, I inked the edges of most pieces in brown, which adds to the vintage feel.
  • When choosing the brown and yellow for my eagle, I held up various browns and yellows to my other paper to see what looked good.  You would think any old brown and yellow would work, but some looked yucky and others looked great.  Subtle differences do matter!

I hope my layout inspired you to get crafty and that you have a great weekend!  ~Mary



6 Responses to “Mary's Corner - Fourth of July Layout”

  1. staci July 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    awesome layout!!! Love all the paper piecings

  2. Susan Ross July 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Looks like fun!

  3. Cindy J July 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    This is such a stunning layout, Mary, and the vintage look to it takes me back to my own childhood–growing up in a small town in the 1960’s (yikes, I’m old! lol). We’d watch the parade downtown, proudly waving our little flags. This page really hits home; and I just adore your little eagle to pieces! Makes me want to stand up and sing “America the Beautiful”…

    Thank you for bringing back such lovely memories. :)

    Cindy

  4. Lisa Foster July 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    WOW! I LOVE this! What a beautiful layout!!!

  5. Cheryl July 4, 2010 at 5:05 am #

    I love the vintage look of this layout. Very creative and inspiring.

  6. Amy July 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Great Layout Mary!