Start to Finish: Jake and Chevrons

Have you noticed the huge trend right now towards chevrons? They are everywhere from papers, embellishments, fabrics, clothes, shoes and more! I was inspired to create this layout of one of our dogs using this great trend and some scraps from my scrap bag.

Ready for the step by step process? Here we go!

First of all I had to find scraps that worked well together. I chose to cut each scrap into 1″ strips. It didn’t matter if they were 12″ long or not but I needed to have at least 18″ of each to allow for the angles and what not. Papers that I chose were: My Minds Eye, Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Prima and Jillibean Soup.

Next step was the tricky part. I cut a piece of cardstock down to 6″ x 12″. I divided it into four equal 3″ sections vertically. I then drew a line 2″ from the bottom and connected the points of each line to create a V pattern for the chevron.

Laying out the pieces was time-consuming but also quite fun to know that I was using up scraps. I put each piece down, drew a line where it needed to be cut and then used my trusty Tonic scissors to cut it down. There were some that I cut at the vertical line where others were cut once it reached the line below it.

Keep going until you fill in the entire 6″ with scrappy chevrons.

After creating each line, put down two strips of Scor-Tape to adhere the ribbon down.

Next up was some embellishing. I grabbed a shipping tag and cut off the bottom 2″. I then rounded the corners on the left side with my Corner Chomper, attached a scrap of ribbon with my Tiny Attacher and wrote in Jake’s name with a pencil.

I grabbed my thin paint brush and some red paint and went over his name to make it pop. I love how it ties in with the ribbon and some of the scraps. I also grabbed my Mustard Seed Distress Ink and inked up the edges of the tag.

After inking up the entire tag, I went around the edges with my brown Bic Mark It Ultra Fine. Gave it a nice border before popping the tag up with foam tape on my layout.

Totally loving the paint splatter! I grabbed some white paint and got some BIG drops this time! LOVE IT! ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember that shipping tag I cut the bottom 2″ off of? Well, I couldn’t let the top go to waste. I grabbed a bit more of the scrap ribbon and some Cappuccino twine from The Twinery. No waste in my life! ๐Ÿ™‚

Grabbed my dark blue Letraset Marker and wrote out my journaling about Jakers.

You are sweet. You are smart. You are motivated to do anything by food. You love to play. You love to explore. You enjoy riding in the car. You were 31 pounds at 4 months old with so much more to grow.

And it all came together! I love the look of using up scraps and although it didn’t make much a dent it did get some out of the pile. LOL!

What are some ways that you use up your scraps? I would love to know {or see}!

7 thoughts on “Start to Finish: Jake and Chevrons”

  1. Really fun! I’ve been meaning to attempt this for a while-I can’t get the Vs to sit straight! You make it look super easy. Jake is SUCH a cute dog!!! I really like how you incorporated tags into your over all design. The border on the name tag is awesome.

  2. Jake is such a handsom dog. Your math skills sure helped with the chevrons, I love using scraps, Since I scrap 81/2 x 11 I always have pieces left over from the square pages. I do lots of layering and mix and match designs. A lot of my pages are filled with variety.

  3. So love that jenn.. Looks very complex to me! Gosh.. i have lots of scraps that i don’t even end up using so i’m chunking them ๐Ÿ™ Love the paint splattering.. I’m still trying to figure that one out!




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