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Friday, July 16, 2021

Double Layout for 4th of July with Carta Bella’s God Bless America Collection

Double Layout with Carta Bella God Bless America

Hi crafty friends. I am having a blast decorating with the God Bless America collection by Carta Bella. First, I made some adorable Julie Nutting dolls and dressed them in patriotic patterns from the collection. Then, I showed you how to create a banner to decorate the house for the holiday. Today, I’m showing you how to capture the day for years to come with a double layout for your scrapbook!

In my previous projects, I’ve been using the 6” x 6” paper pad. However, today, I will be featuring the 12” x 12” paper from the God Bless America collection. These paper have a great texture to them and the colors are vibrant. I love the traditional Americana color scheme in this collection. The collection kit offers 12 double sided papers, one of each design, and a sticker sheet. The downside about the collection is they’re so pretty that one sheet of each isn’t enough!

Simple Yet Stunning Double Layout

Sometimes the simplest design has a stunning effect when it comes to making a double layout. In designing my 4th of July layout, I wanted to keep it simple to showcase the photos and papers. To achieve this, I started with two pieces of Velvet Night from this collection of blue cardstock by My Minds Eye. I will be using the Sky color for photo mats on my double layout. Next, I selected various pieces from the ephemera and Frames & Tags packs. Then, I cut the USA border strip and two cut-apart cards from the paper sheets. Finally, I fussy cut two of the banners from the banner page in the collection.

In a double layout, I like the pages to be coordinated. Since there is only one piece of each 12” x 12” paper, I will use several different papers on each page. First, I cut the star paper into three 4” x 12” strips. The red polka dot paper is perfect to emphasize my photos, and I will use the 6” x 6” sheet for a photo mat on the second page. Using the navy firecracker paper, I cut one small strip for a border on the bottom of my first page. For the center of the second page, I cut a larger strip. My double layout holds four photos on each page so I organized them into rows. I find this method helps keep my layout organized, and I can also add the decorative elements throughout.

The Little Details

Personally, I feel that it’s the little “extra” details that make a project stand out. For my double layout, I am using foam squares on the banner pieces to give them dimension. Also, the ephemera pieces are popped up on foam squares for dimension. Throughout both pages on the double layout, I glued patriotic Sprinkletz on top of the papers. The stars add a cute embellishment to the photo mats and banners.

dimension on double layout

If you have some fun 4th of July photos for your scrapbook, the Carta Bella “God Bless America” collection is a fabulous choice! These papers are beautiful and will compliment your holiday photos. Head over to today to purchase the collection to get started on your own double layout!

Happy crafting!

~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team Member

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