Friday, June 26, 2009

New Patriotic Word Book made using Cricut Design Studio

If you've wondered why I haven't posted much this week, I've been working on this!

I wanted to make a chipboard book using Stand & Salute! It is fast becoming one of my favorite cartridges because the images are so FUN! So, I created this book using the Cricut Design Studio software. It is done in the typical "word book" fashion and uses Stand & Salute and George cartridges. You can download the link to the free cut file I made by looking below.

A couple of tips when cutting this may help things go smoothly. First of all, tape down all the edges of your chipboard (see below) before cutting it. I love Star Trek so I put that side up on the mat but it really doesn't matter ;-).

I used Design Studio software "preferences" to set my "multi-cut" to 3 times. I also used cereal box chipboard, taking care to use thinner, rather than thicker chipboard. My blade was on 5, speed on LOW, and pressure maximum. Thanks for Scrapping Grandma from the Cricut board, I knew these were the right settings. I also cut all my papers (adjusting the blade depth, speed and pressure as needed) by reloading the mat and then using double sided-cardstock weight paper from Reminisce. This is their new patriotic line that I picked up at the Great American Scrapbook Convention a few weeks ago.

I used many cuts from the cartridge such as all the book edgings, the firecrackers, the "stars and stripes forever", the USA frame, the America the Beautiful cut with shadow, the tag function, the "Liberty" word art, a circle coaster with USA that I created in Design Studio, also in the cut file, and the hat borders.

Download the cut file HERE!



  1. Wow that is really awesome. I would never have thought of it. It is really great. And thanks for sharing your hard work with us. It is really great. THANKS!!!


  2. Stand and Salute wordbook is Great!!!
    Thanks for sharing your work.AndreaA

  3. Awesome job. I love it! I want that cartridge.

  4. HI Joy, what a beautiful book. You have done a great job with it!! I have emailed you a bunch this week, maybe you are busy with the book. Very cute.

  5. Wow this is great I love what you are doing with this cartridge.

  6. This word book is gorgeous. I was debating whether to buy this cart and I am convinced now that I want it. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    Chris Bunch

  7. I can't wait to get this cartridge. I hope mine turns out nearly as good as yours. Thanks for sharing the cut file.

  8. You are SO AWESOME, as usual!!! If I grow up, I want to be just like you!!

    --Gracie from Imagine That, formerly Everything Cricut

  9. Beautiful!! All your work is incredible. Now, I'm going to have to have Stand & Salute.
    Thanks for sharing all your talent with us

  10. This is fantastic!! Way to go!!!

  11. Great Job! Your book is too cute! Thank for sharing! This is just in time for the 4th!

  12. Very nice! Thank you so much for sharing. Now I have to buy the cartridge!

  13. I know this may sound stupid but I was told to use good cardboard. I never thought about cereal boxes. I have 5 kids(4 boys) and we go through LOTS of cereal. Glad I found your blog.

  14. you are so sweet to share your hard work. i did download the patrotic file, but now i'm not sure what to do. help please i've never down this before thanks a bunch

  15. Thanks for sharing your hard work, cant wait to use it.

  16. What a beautiful patriotic book! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Thank you! We go to a dear friends home every 4th. I believe I will take my a patriotic book and give it to the hostess just because. thanks for the inspiration and download, maybe I could get it finished in 1 day with your helps...just dreaming about my speed on doing anything....hehehe

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. Your book is great. I have the Stand and Salute cartridge but for thoose that don't, I saw it at WalMart for $23!
    Hope everyone has a Happy 4th.

  19. Wonderful wordbook. Love the papers & the cart! I have Gypsy not DS. All I have to do is find somewhere that tells HOW to make a wordbook. That should be jun searching! Anyone know a site with info, please email me the address at:

  20. wow, this is incredible. I am so ready to make one ! Thnaks for the sites to look at how to make one. This helped a lot.

  21. Really awesome! How nice of you to share the cut file! I'm just learning to use Design Studio and my Gypsy.

  22. Love the mini scrapbook. Never knew this cartridge had so many nice choices.

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