Time for a little Make Your Own fun!
Today you will learn to make your own... Chevron Paper
I was looking through my own papers and realized, I have not one single piece of chevron paper! What? It could be that it's been a while since I've purchased new paper. The trend in paper seems to have just arrived. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
Anyway, since I didn't have any chevron papers, I decided, why not make my own? And that's what I did! It took a little experimentation and turning my brain on to figure out the best way to do it. But eventually I figured it out. And now I'm going to share the secret with you! I've got two methods, using horizontal striped paper (or vertical depending on which way you hold it) and diagonal striped paper. The diagonal striped paper is definitely easier and wastes a lot less paper. You'll get a larger piece of paper in the end by using diagonal stripes, too. Why don't I share that with you first, then!
Chevron Paper from Diagonal Stripes
One or Two sheets of 12x12 Diagonal Striped Paper
Here is the really, really important part so listen up.... You must turn your second sheet of paper 90 degrees before cutting it! You want your stripes to be going the opposite way or when you glue them together you'll end up with paper that is still just diagonal stripes! Look at the two sheets sitting side by side up there in that first picture to see what I mean.
Here's your "to-go" copy of this tutorial. Click on it to grab it, save it, or why not pin it?
Okay, that's method #1. Method #2 uses horizontal/vertical stripes. It's probably the more common paper to use. If you are looking for a decent sized piece of paper at the end to do something other than cardmaking with, I'd suggest you use TWO sheets of 12x12 paper rather than taking one and cutting it into squares. You can still do that, it will just be a much smaller end result. This method is a little trickier because you'll have to cut part of it by hand with either scissors or an xacto knife.
Chevron Paper from Horizontal Stripes
One or Two sheets of 12x12 Horizontal Striped Paper
Scissors or X-Acto Knife
You have to turn your second piece of paper 90 degrees before you start cutting. If you don't, this will not work! You'll just end up with diagonal stripes and then you'll be all mad at me. It won't be my fault if you don't listen!
Here's your portable format! Just click to enlarge and save.
Now, run off and make yourself some stylish and trendy chevron paper! Don't forget to stop back tomorrow for my Trendwatch Tuesday article about chevrons!
Time to get crafty, people!