Cards

Chevrons from Squares

squares to make chevrons

After a bit of a [posting break, here we go with part two of the Saga of the Chevrons. I need to make several sympathy cards, unfortunately, and this card tutorial seemed like an appropriate design: essentially not too fussy, and the choice of paper colors can contribute to the right feel for the message.

The blog post that inspired this project was published at Creative Memories:

http://blogs.creativememories.com/product_solutions/2012/10/my-entry.html

Of course I did not follow it exactly. My square punch doesn’t always make shapes that have neat edges anymore, so I chose to cut some strips of 12×12 paper and then use a smaller paper cutter to make my squares. The big advantage of the square maker is all the squares are the same.

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Scrapbooking

Chevrons and Triangles

chevronsI’m not a great one for trend-following. It’s partly my stubborn streak. When someone says, “this is a trend!” I pretty much head the other direction just for the principle of the thing.  The scrapbooking industry’s trendometer says that currently, chevrons are IN. Under normal conditions that means I wouldn’t be using any. However, in my ongoing efforts to find ways to make embellishments on the cheap, I ran across three easy methods for making chevrons that I just might condescend to using. You get the first one today, and the other two in a later post.

This method was inspired by this layout that is cute enough on its own, but see the chevron stack on the side? The chevrons are actually made from five-sided shapes (irregular pentagons. Isn’t geometry fun?). It looked easy enough to do, and while thinking through proportions, etc., it occured to me that cutting two of the five-sided shapes opposite each other, point to point, I would end up with two isosceles triangles which would be great for banners. I know what’s happening. Right now you’re thinking, “What in the world did that girl just say?” Continue reading »