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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

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Atlanta Weddings

January 14, 2011

I’m so excited for my fellow Atlanta locals Gail Johnson and Hester Parks of Wedding Soirée – they have just published their very first book!! It’s called Atlanta Weddings and it’s simply gorgeous.

Not only is the book is a great source for Atlanta venues and vendors, it’s full to the brim with inspiring ideas for how to create your own stylish wedding here in ‘Hotlanta’. From charming southern soirées to sleek, chic events, there are ideas in this book to suit just about any style.

I’m also thrilled to say that Betsywhite Stationery has been included in its pages! I answered a few questions about event branding (on pages 98-99) and four of our wedding logos were featured:

This book would be such a lovely gift for someone who’s about to plan their wedding in this amazing city. Even if you don’t live in Atlanta, you’ll surely be inspired by the countless swoon-worthy images shot by the amazing Jeremy Harwell.

Be sure to get your copy on Amazon.com!

– gia

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Photos © Jeremy Harwell

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DIY Download: Photo Thank You Note

January 7, 2011

How about a freebie to end the week? If you read Ruffled, you might have seen our latest download mentioned today. With this thank you note, you can not only send your gratitude but you can send a keepsake photo as well!

It’s a really simple project. All you need to do is…
+ Print the template on white cardstock. Make sure your printer is set to print at 100% so the card will be 5″x7″ when folded. This size will fit in an A7 envelope.
+ Score along the dotted line using your bone folder
+ Trim at the cropmarks
+ Cut the photo corner slits along the diagonal lines (using an x-acto knife)
+ Slide the corners of a 3.5″ x 5″ photo into the diagonal slits and voila!

When your friends and family receive their thank you note, they can remove the photo and frame it!

If you’re a Facebook fan, you can also choose from two additional palettes! Be sure to join us on Facebook for the details. Meanwhile, click below to download the template in green. Enjoy!

Download Photo Thank You Note

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DIY Download: Two Hearts Save The Date

January 4, 2011

Here’s our second download for The Wedding Chicks: Two Hearts. This Save The Date is simple, modern and downright cute! The hearts are available in four different color combinations and you can change the color of the text to just about any combination. Click here to customize and download this design over on The Wedding Chicks!

Like with the Love Birds Save The Date, I’ll be designing a full line of stationery for this design as well so stay tuned for that.

Enjoy your freebies!!

– gia