Here’s a quick and easy 4th of July Layout. All you need is some red, white, and blue paper, Tim’s Alterations Rosette (I’m sure Kim can get you this if you need it—she got one for me), the Cricut Summer Collection: Independence Day, and ScorTape.
I first made the photo mats at 4x6 (one red and one blue) and a decorative sheet for each mat, a tad shorter and wider. I made 3 rosettes. One I completed into a full circle using the 1/8” ScorTape and stuck it to the page with a piece of the 1.5-inch ScorTape. I have found this works so much better than fussing with a liquid adhesive and waiting for it to dry. I then cut two smaller circles—5/8” and ¾”—layered them, and wrote 2011 on them with a gold pen. For the other two half rosettes, I ripped off about a 3” length from the original strips and working with the longer strip glued one fan piece to a small rectangle (.5”x3”) and then pleated the rosette. Once I got to the other end I glued that piece to the same rectangle abutting the middle part of the rosette to the rectangle. I quickly flipped it and stuck a paper scrap to hold the rosette together. Then I just tucked it under the photo mats and glued them down to a 12x12 decorative sheet (K & Company: Americana). I wanted the flag, which was on the sheet to overlap the bottom photo mat and used my Fiskars finger blade to slice along the flag, slipping the photo mat in and under. (I will still be able to use the decorated reverse side if I strategically place a photo mat over the cut.)