Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tutorial: Hexagons and Chevrons

My Mind's Eye Love Me Die Cut Accessories

Julie Ann created this awesome tutorial a few months back for creating hexagon embellishments from scraps...Hexagon Embellie Tutorial

Here is a free printabel of hexagon page accents, they can be used a journaling blocks, or an embellishment, or for use in an embellishment cluster...there are so many uses for these great Honeycomb Accents!

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Do you have any old diagonal striped paper laying around???  If so, you are in luck!  You can use some of that old paper to create NEW chevron patterned paper!, the best part...it's super simple!!! 

Here's what you need...
  • 2-identical pieces of 12x12 diagonal striped patterned paper (or 6x6 if you want to create 6x6 paper)
  • paper trimmer
  • 1 (or even 2) pieces of 12 x12 paper to use as a background (you will not see this paper, so you can use up some old, ugly paper that you have lying around---I'm pretty sure we all have some of that!)
  • adhesive

Step 1: Lay the 2 sheets of diagonal paper side by side

Step 2: Turn ONE piece of the paper 90 degrees so the diagonal lines go the opposite direction. 
Step 3: Cut strips from both papers (see the crooked lines I tried to draw on my photo for placement). 
The strips must be cut in a width that divides into 12 inches evenly...1/2", 3/4", 1", 1.5", or 2" will all work.

Step 4:  Glue the strips from alternating pieces of paper to your "background  paper" to form a chevron pattern.
***You may find that the lines don't line up perfectly, I had to stagger them slightly to make them line up correctly, then I trimmed the excess off of the top and bottom of the paper, therefor my final piece of chevron paper is just shy of 12" tall.
***You will be able to create 2-12x12 pieces of chevron paper from  the 2 sheets of diagonal paper.
Another example of chevron paper, this was cut from diagonal paper with uneven stripes.


  1. Love this quick and easy "chevron paper"! So simple - yet so clever.

  2. This is so great! Brilliant if you need another pattern in the same colourway.

  3. That chevron paper looks so easy - fantastic idea!

  4. I have to make some chevron paper now!

  5. That is such an awesome idea!! I've got to try it, especially since I don't have any chevron paper in my stash.

  6. Thanks for sharing these ideas! I've been following along with the Counterfeit Kit challenges for some time now (here and other blogs), just haven't participated yet. I did want to let you know that I linked to this post when I talked about hexagons on my blog. Have a look here: http://ecoscrapbook.blogspot.com/2012/10/scrapbooking-diy-hexagons.html