Step 01: Document SetupTo properly setup your document, go up to the Ribbon and select the Page Layout Tab.
Then in the Page Setup Group, select Size > Letter from the drop down menu.
Click on Margins and select Narrow from the drop down menu.
This sets the Top, Bottom, Left and Right Margins to 0.5" each.
Next click Orientation and select Portrait from the drop down menu.
Now that Document Setup is complete you can start working on the flyer background.
Step 02: Insert Shape - RectangleOn the Ribbon click on the Insert Tab.
In the Illustrations Group select Shapes to reveal a drop down menu.
Click on the Rectangle (1st Icon in the Rectangle Section).
Draw a Rectangle on the Page.
Step 03: Edit PointsOn the Format Tab select Edit Shape from the Insert Shapes Group.
Select Edit Points from the Drop Down menu.
4 Edit Points represented by Black Squares will be visible at the 4 corners of the Rectangle.
We want to totally change this shape by adding multiple arcs to it.
This means we will have to Add New Points.
Place your cursor at the Center of the Top 2 Points. The cursor will change to a Plus Sign with a Square at its midpoint.
Right click and select Add Point from the pop up menu that appears.
Continue to Add points at the perceived center of 2 points, so that you'll have 9 Points on this Top Line of the Rectangle. Repeat this process to add to the Bottom Line of the Rectangle.
On the Top Line of the Rectangle move your cursor over the Second Point and drag downward about 1/2 Inch.
Repeat for every other point. So now some segments will be high and some low.
You should be lowering a total of 4 Points on the Top Line and 4 Points on the Bottom.
Notice what was once a rectangle is no more. Now we can add curves to all points with the exception of the Corner Points.
Step 04: Smooth PointsMove your cursor over the 1st Point to which we'll be adding a Curve.
Right click and select Smooth Point from the menu that appears.
The segment now takes on a curved appearance.
After making the adjustments to the remaining Points, the edited shapes no longer looks like the rectangle you started off with.
Step 05: Rotate ShapeNext we need to Rotate this shape. Select the Image and move your cursor over the Green Circle so that it changes to a Rotation Arrow.
While holding down your mouse button Rotate the shape to the Left until Two of the Corners touch the side of the page. Don't worry about the other Two, we will make adjustments to them.
Select the Top Right Point and drag toward the edge of the page.
Repeat for the Bottom Left Point.
The Custom Ribbon Shape should now look like this:
Step 06: Create DuplicatesTo create a copy of this shape, select it and go to the Home Tab.
There you will select Copy from the Clipboard Group.
Then click on Paste twice so that 2 Duplicate Shapes will be created.
They will both be placed in front of the original shape.
Step 07: Edit Shape FillNow we will change the Fill and Outline Colors of each shape.
Select the Shape in the foreground and go to the Format Tab and select Shape Fill from the Shape Styles Group.
This reveals a Color Options Menu.
There are a variety of Blues for you to choose from.
However, since the selection is not the best for this 4th of July Flyer, we'll create a Custom Blue.
Select More Fill Colors.
This opens the Colors Window which has Tabs for Standard and Custom Colors.
In the Custom Tab set Red to 14, Green to 21 and Blue to 162 and click OK.
Step 08: Edit Shape OutlineNow we need to make this change to the Shape Outline. Select Shape Outline from the Shape Styles Group.
In the Color Options Menu select More Outline Colors.
Change the figures for Red, Green and Blue, then click OK.
Now you have a Blue Top Layer of the Custom Ribbon Shape.
Next select the Middle Layer, and change the Shape Fill to White, which you'll find in the Theme Colors Section.
Repeat for the Shape Outline.
Now you have a White Middle Layer of this Custom Ribbon Shape.
Now for the Bottom Layer, set both its Fill and Outline Color to Red.
Here we'll use the first Red Color in the Standard Colors Section.
The Bottom Layer of this Custom Ribbon Shape is now Red.
Now you can use your arrow keys to make some minor adjustments to each shape so that they line up correctly with the page.
So you should have something that looks close to this.