Thursday, July 4, 2024

July 4th USA Mini Album Tutorial with Lori Whitlock

Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful July 4th weekend. Today, I'm sharing my latest Lori Whitlock Design Team Project. It's a cute new USA Acrylic Mini Album that I made using one of Lori's awesome cutting files. This fun project is filled with the spirit of freedom and patriotism, and ... it's a great place to save your holiday memories!

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album Tutorial

First ... let's take a quick look through the album, then I'll explain exactly how I made it's cute cover so you can create one too!

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album

I chose Lori's cutting file called USA Accordion Fold Card (link below) for the cover's design. I cut it out of white acrylic, but you could easily use white cardstock instead.

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album

I decorated the album with the Echo Park, Stars and Stripes Forever Collection also designed by Lori. It's fabulous! There are American flags, fireworks, stars, flowers, pinwheels, and balloons. Product links below.

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album Page with stars, fireworks, and a heart

Inside, the album has 12 scrapbook pages (6 double-sided) that include 1 pocket, 2 fold-out pages, and 3 fun interactive flippies.

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album Page with fireworks, a folding card, and a journaling spot,

I used a mix of 12x12 and 6x6 pattern papers throughout the pages.

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album Page with a pocket, journaling cards, and a cute flag

I added a pocket and some fun die cut pieces from the Ephemera and Frames & Tags.

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album Page with red, white, and blue flowers

I love this print with the little red, white, and blue flowers. It's such a cute pattern for the holiday!

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album Page with Uncle Sam's hat

I also added some stickers from the 12x12 Elements sheet. There are lots of great sayings, Uncle Sam's hat (above), a red pick-up truck, a jar of flowers, cupcakes, and a scallop border. 

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album Page

July 4th USA Scrapbook Album Page with a flag, a folding card, and flowers

Isn't this Stars and Stripes Forever Collection that Lori created great?! I just love it. 

Below is the cutting file I used to create the album's cover. You can find the file here in Lori's shop or here in the Silhouette Online Store.

And, here's how I made it ...

Step 1:  Be sure to group both sets of USA letters together before resizing so that the insets will fit into the background after resizing. Once resized, ungroup the 2 sets of USA letters.  Then you will need to delete the tiny score lines on the welded USA.  To do this, right click and hit Release Compound Path (depending on your software you may need to hit make compound path first).  Once you have the tiny score lines highlighted, delete them.  Highlight the remaining pieces, right click and hit make compound path to set your welded USA cover correctly.

Step 2: Select both sets of letters, right click, and group them together again.

Step 3: Create a back cover for your album by selecting a rectangle under drawing tools.  I sized my back cover to 8” x 5”. Once I had my back cover, I placed it behind my group of USA letters.

Step 4:  Since I wanted my welded USA cover to be the same height as my back cover, I highlighted both sets and pulled the bottom curser down to stretch the cover to 5” high. 

Step 5: Once I had my front and back covers the same size, I ungrouped the USA sets and cut everything out.  Don’t forget to punch binding holes and make as many pages (sized like the back cover) as you want! 

Below are links for the products used to make shopping easy! Lori has so many great SVG files to play with and I hope you'll give this USA Accordion Fold Card a try. Have a fun 4th of July holiday and happy scrappin' my friends!

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