5 Ideas for Getting the Most from Your Chevron Stash

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by Jen White

Chevrons started showing up in digiland more than a year ago, and they have not yet waned in popularity. Here are five quick tips for using them on your scrapbook pages. I’ve used Chevron Overlays by Susie Roberts in all my examples below:

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1. Direct the Eye

Chevrons are typically used to move your eye in a certain direction. Have something on your layout you want to make sure no one misses? Place some chevrons next to it, or pointing to it, and they are sure to check it out.

Guide the eyes with chevrons

Take a look at this beautiful page by Creative Team member Annette Sturgeon. Notice how the chevrons accent the picture and draw your attention:

Annette Sturgeon

2. Plain vs. Fancy

You can leave chevrons a solid color on your scrapbook page, or clip some paper to them for a fancier look.

Clip papers to chevrons

3. Modify Your Chevron for a Different Look

Cut a strip of chevrons in half and you are left with a super cool stripey thing to embellish the side of your page.

Half chevrons

Here’s another great example of a cut chevron running down the side of a scrapbook layout by Creative Team member Barb Brookbank:

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4. Title Cluster

Use several large chevrons as an anchor behind a photo and title.

Using chevrons to anchor

5. Colorful Accent

I especially like to see layouts where small chevrons are used as an accent, or where they add a touch of color to an otherwise colorless page. Try clipping a fun paper or a colorful gradient to a chevron strip for blended color.

 Small chevrons adding color

Here’s an example by Creative Team member Kathy Black, who clipped a fun polka paper to a small chevron accent:

Kathy Black

Papers and colors used in the samples are from Krystal Hartley’s Mother Is a Verb kit. Click on the individual scrapbook layouts to see them in the gallery and find designer/kit credits.

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13 Responses

  1. Michelle
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    Super chevron tutorial and loved reading the story about Sissy and Belle.
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  2. Annette
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    Love all of your stores. This one reminds me of the time my husband and I were on a long, long bike ride. Shortly after we started out we saw two men trying to move a cow off the road. We must have been gone at least twenty minutes and when we came upon them they were behind the cow pushing and had not gotten but a few inches ahead from the last time we saw them.
    Thanks for telling your story.

  3. Cheryl M
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    Jen, your story brought back early morning memories to me. Our cows would ALWAYS wait til my husband left for work. Just AS soon as his truck would disappear around the bend, they’d be found walking up the road towards the neighbor’s gardens. So with three young kiddos in tow, we’d go bring the cows home.
    Love LOVE this tutorial too!
    Thanks so much for sharing your story and the tut! Made my day!

    • Jen White
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      Hahaha! Just figures! Stupid cows!

  4. Heidi
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    Love the story. Reminded me of when I had horses and all the late night, early morning chases lol. Thanks for the jump to the past! Love your ideas and always look forward to seeing what you come up with next! THANK YOU!

  5. char
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    Hee hee, your story definitely woke me up this morning but thank goodness at 5AM and not 1AM! Ah, the joys of living in the country – but I’ll bet you wouldn’t trade it for the world 😉 As usual, you’re an inspiration. Every one of your chevron ideas is going straight into my Samples folder. Ingenious!

  6. Thejage
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    Honestly, Jen, you are a hoot! I loved your story AND the fact it had nothing to do with chevrons! Thanks for the great ideas for using chevrons, also! What energy you have!

  7. RetiredPJ
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    I can just picture all of you chasing after those animals! Thank you for these ideas to use chevrons – I’m a visual learner and terribly ‘artistically challenged’, your help is so appreciated!

  8. Vivian
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    Loved the “bump in the night” story. Thanks also for the tutorial. You have inspired me to actually use chevrons.

  9. Relma
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    What a magnificent way to start my day. Magnificent story! Magnificent ideas!
    Inspiring layouts!

  10. Rhondda
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    …. things that go bump in the night …. ain’t life grand!
    thanks for the expanded use of chevrons ideas. I love them but needed a creative push.

  11. Angela
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    Great ideas, loved hearing about the animals!

  12. Erika
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    Thanks for sharing these design ideas.

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