Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tips and Tidbits

DIY Chevron Streamer

December 8, 2011

Hi Flights of Fancy bloggies!

My name is Aimee, and I have been with the Betsywhite team since March. I started out as an intern, and have been quite excited to transition into more of a part-time role as a designer and I help out with whatever needs to be done here in the studio. I am a recent graduate of SCAD here in Atlanta, and I love being part of the Betsywhite team. I am thrilled to be introducing an idea I’ve had for a while, and will hopefully be the first of many posts to come in the DIY series.

Remember this post that Candice did a couple weeks ago? It inspired me to put my own twist on the traditional streamers for a holiday party and create your own chevron streamer!

Here’s a list of the tools you will need (shown below): a pencil, bone folder, ruler, scissors, stencil paper (I used Matte Stencil Film by Grafix from Dick Blick), a sheet of graph paper and crepe paper streamers (color of your choice).

Step 1: Draw your chevrons. This is where the graph paper becomes super handy. Instead of griding out your paper by hand, you can use the squares to measure how long and how high you would like your chevrons to be. I measured six squares across and four squares tall for the size of each chevron. I measured this based on the size of the streamer so that I could utilize as much of the streamer as possible.

Step 2: Cut out your stencil design using either a scissors or an Exacto knife (to ensure straight edges). I cut out the chevron from my stencil paper to use as a template.

Step 3: Now that you have your chevron template and your roll of crepe paper, decide how long you want your streamer to be and cut your crepe paper to that length. Using an accordion-style fold, fold the crepe paper to the same length as the chevron template – keep folding back and forth until you’ve used the entire length. You want the folds to meet the ends of each side of the stencil to ensure a neat streamer.

Step 4: Once you have the desired length, secure the template to the streamer (I used small binder clips at each end of my folded streamer). Using your stencil as a guide, cut the folded crepe paper into the chevron shape. Cut only the middle portion of the streamer and not the ends (where the binder clips are). Keep the folds of the streamer so that once you cut it, it will unfold to the length that you measured.

Step 5: Once you have finished cutting your streamer, hang and enjoy! Multiple colors twisted together or hung vertically can make for a fun installation and add a festive touch to any holiday party!

– aimee

Fancy This...

Piqued My Pinterest: Brown Paper Packages…

December 6, 2011

… tied up with string. These are a few of my favorite giftwrap ideas spotted on Pinterest. Enjoy!

– gia

Photo Credits:
row 1: Attik 72, pinned here | Glinting Arrows Wrapping paper from Anthropologie, pinned here
row 2: Baker’s Twine from Anthropologie, pinned here | recycled gift wrap from a creative mint, pinned here | hand drawn gift wrap tutorial, pinned here
row 3: parcel found on Paper n Stitch, pinned here | jute twine from 464Handmade, pinned here

Color Coded

Color Coded: Mustard Gold

December 5, 2011

Hello everyone! I’m the newest intern for Flights of Fancy. I am currently earning my Bachelors degree in Visual Communications and will be graduating this Spring. I  have fallen in love with stationery design as well as blogging and I hope you all enjoy reading my posts!

December is here but this season’s colors don’t have to be dark and gloomy. I still love to add a pop of color, like this beautiful mustard gold, that almost adds a glow to any wardrobe or space you add it to. Enjoy!

– china

Photo Credits:
row 1: Palo Cedro Wedding via Style Me Pretty
row 2: Flower Shoe Clip pinned here via Etsy | Bling-Mineral Eye Shadow Shimmer via Etsy | Pillow Cover via Etsy

Store Scoop

Meet China!

December 2, 2011

I’ve been really fortunate to work with so many wonderfully talented interns here on Flights of Fancy. The newest addition to our team is China – let’s snoop around in her purse, shall we?

Name: China Frost
Location: Dayton, OH
Place of Origin: Spokane, WA
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Cute clutch! I don’t like to carry too many things.
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: I would have to say my chapstick. It not only helps with my chapped lips but adds a little shine to them as well.
Current obsession: I would have to say that my current obsession is all things vintage… home décor, fashion, EVERYTHING!
Favorite source of inspiration: Wedding blogs, DIY blogs and Pinterest!

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We’re looking forward to seeing China’s posts over the next 12 weeks!

By the way, if you’re interested in interning with Flights of Fancy, click here to apply!

– gia