Designed by: Leslie Beahm
How to Create:
Create a 24"x12" custom project.
For the left side:
- Insert empty frames (Insert-->Empty Frame) and make them into a series of rectangles that are evenly spaced up and down the page. For this page, my blocks are 2.8" high and various widths wide. I tried to keep the widths so that they were to the quarter of an inch and then gave a quarter of an inch space between for easy math. Add light shadows.
- Use a combination of photos and papers to fill the spots. I used all the papers in the kit to fill the spots.
- Frame all the papers and photos with a 0.2" wide mat, just to give it a little oomph.
- Add some star embellishments at the corners of the pictures. Add light shadows.
- Insert the 'Proud to Be American' word art on top of one of the paper spots.
- Add a date.
For the right side:
- Insert empty frames (Insert-->Empty Frame) and make them roughly 4"x6" in dimension. Arrange them so that that the topmost photos align with the photos/papers on the left side. Frame the photos spots with a 0.2" wide mat and add light shadows.
- Add the 'Stars and Stripes Paper Mat' embellishment to the project. Use the wand to delete the white field. Upsize the stars so they stretch across the page and run into the left page. Move the stars backwards in the layer stack so that they're behind your photos on both pages. Add a custom glow to the stars making the color white, the softness 0 and the expansion 0.5
- Add the '4thOfJuly' embellishment for your title. Go to Format-->Filters-->Stylize-->Invert so that it's white with black stars. Add a glow that is red with a softness 0 and expansion 0.5.
- Here, I added the 'oooh' embellishment to one of the photos in the black background.
- Add journaling. Here, I used Pea Lil King.
- For the background, select Cut & Fill-->Gradient and select a two-color gradient with a blue that matches the light blue paper and then a navy blue for the second color. Select the first gradient that shows the light color on the left and the dark color on the right. This will help evoke a transition between your daytime photos to your nighttime photos.
- Save your project. To make 12x12s from this there are a few ways to do it. I usually leave my working page in my 24x12 project and then make a jpg of my project. I bring this jpg into my 12x12 projects and make it so that the left hand is on one page and then the right hand is on the next. You can certainly make this project in two separate 12x12 pages if that's what you choose to do. I prefer to do my 2-page layouts in one project.