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CTMH Dotty For You Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | April 16, 2012

The oh so adorable Dotty For You paper pack is a special from CTMH for National Scrapbooking Month.  What’s really unique about these papers is they were all designed by hand – no computer.  You’ll find familiar stamped images along with woven paper and then a multitude of designs based on cut-outs from the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  The back of all the papers is…dotty!  You’ll get 2 each of 12 different patterns of paper in luscious colors like Creme Brulee, Lagoon, Smoothie, Sunset, Sweet Leaf and Grey Wool.

Chevrons are all the rage…and I wanted to play with mixing the different patterns and creating my own chevron paper.

As I was creating this paper, I kept thinking of my mom.  Mom was always taking different yarns and putting them together in unique patterns to create wonderful afghans.  I decided to showcase photos of my boys with their Grandma…and here’s what I came up with.

I loved creating a variety of butterflies to accent this layout.  A mix of sparkles, buttons and baker’s twine give each butterfly their own personality…which reminds me of Mom.

By cutting the Sparkles Flourishes apart, I was able to spread them throughout the layout.

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and be inspired by all the projects everyone has come up with.  Follow the hop to get LOT of ideas that YOU can take and duplicate with this wonderful paper pack. If you arrived here from Casandra’s blog you’re on the right path.



Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial “hop” on over to see what {Kathleen} has created. 

If you get lost along the way…here’s the complete list of all hoppers.


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Starting April 17, you can get the Dotty For You paper pack…here’s how:

  • Get it for $5.00 (a $19.95 retail value) when you place an order of $35 or more.  And…when you spend $50, you also qualify to get the Stamp of the Month (a $17.95 value) for only $5.00!
  • Get it FREE – when you join CTMH in April or May.
  • Get it FREE – host a party of $400 or more.



Cut the following:

(2) 1″ x 12″ pieces from 8 different patterns.  These will be used to create the Chevron paper.  I used the following:

  • Butterfies
  • Sunset all over pattern
  • Woven Paper look
  • Creme Brulee & Grey Wool stripe
  • Clouds
  • Flower – stamped look
  • All over stamped look
  • Large Circles

Using the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, or any circle punch or cutter – cut the following pieces (Note: Page numbers refer to the reference book.)

  • Cut 3 – Creme Brulee Cardstock – 1.5″ <Bttrfly2>, page 55.
  • Cut 3 – Lagoon Dot – 1.5″ <Btterfly2>, page 55.
  • Cut 3 – Sunset Cardstock – 1″ <Bttrfly2>, page 55.
  • Cut 3 – Sunset Dot – 1″ <Bttrfly2>, page 55.
  • Cut 3 – Smoothie Cardstock – 1″ <Bttrfly2>, page 55.
  • Cut 3 – Smoothie Zig Zag – 1″ <Bttrfly2>, page 55.
  • Creme Brulee Cardstock – 11″ <Cricle3>, page 41.
Also cut (4) 1/2″ x 12″ pieces of Smoothie Cardstock.
Create the butterflies…all butterflies are two pieces: a solid cardstock base, with a coordinating patterned paper top.  Apply adhesive to the center of the body only.  Add 3D Foam Tape behind the wings.  Then put the two pieces together – this gives the butterfly dimension.  Decorate the center of the butterflies using brads, sparkles, buttons, or other embellishments you have on hand.
Now…let’s have fun and create the chevron paper!
First…to figure out what angle we want the chevrons.  I took a 1″ x 12″ strip of Colonial White cardstock to play with and figure out what angles I wanted.  Here you can see I’m cutting the end at an angle…see the measurements at the bottom, that will help.

After making the first cut, turn the paper around.  Now, align the first cut with the 2″ mark on the paper trimmer.  Tip: If you find the paper is slipping as you try to cut it, just apply a little bit of adhesive to the back.  With the Tombow Adhesive, you can easily remove it by rubbing with your finger or using the Rub & Remove Eraser.  Repeat so you have two identical pieces.

I tried a few different angles, here you can see how two different ones look.

When I picked the one I wanted, I marked it!  Tip: Keep your samples – these are templates for anytime you want to make chevrons!

Attach the template to your paper trimmer – this will be the guide for making all cuts.

Align a piece of paper along the template.  Trim the end.

Now, rotate the strip 180 degrees and align with the 2″ mark on the trimmer.  Cut.  Repeat until you’ve cut the entire strip.  When you cut the 2nd piece of the same paper, FLIP IT OVER and cut with the DOT side showing.  By doing this, you’ll have mirror image pieces so you’ll be able to make the chevrons.


You’ll end up with pieces like these…the top is the strip in the process of being cut, and the bottom shows two pieces that have been cut (one with the dot side up, the other the print side up).

Now, assemble the chevron paper.  Start with one piece in the corner, aligning the cut side with the right side of the base cardstock – I used Grey Wool.  Then…just keep adding pieces.  Tip: Lay out all the pieces first and see if you like it…easier to adjust before they are glued down.  Use Bonding Memories glue and go out to the edges…this way, when you cut the paper apart later, it all holds together.

Space the next row, 1/8″ from the first.  Continue in this fashion until all the pieces are secured.  I had a “happy accident”…when I got to the end, the part of the paper that was hanging over the edge was the perfect size for filling in the space at the bottom.  Tip: Use the paper trimmer to easily trim off any overhanging papers…and keep them in the order they are so you can use them to fill in any holes at the bottom.  Tip: You DON’T have to fill in the bottom…just trim that away and work from there!

After creating the chevron paper…cut it apart!  Yikes…I know – scary!  I cut it so I had 3 complete sections along one edge.  This ended up being just over 3″.

Place 1/2″ x 12″ strip of Smoothie Cardstock 1/2″ up from the bottom edge.  Add strips of Chevron paper.  Photos are 3.5″ tall and as wide as needed.  Position the 11″ scalloped edge circle so it overlaps the photos.  Attach on one half of the layout & trim flush with the edge of the paper.  Add Sunset rectangle spanning center.

Now “hop” on over to see what {Kathleen} has created.

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21 Responses to “CTMH Dotty For You Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. Lori Miller Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Helen, this layout is GORGEOUS! You did an amazing job with the chevrons. I appreciate the tutorial, too – I definitely will be trying this technique!

  2. Adeline Brill Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Now this idea would make a great quilt! Alas, too much work for me! :)

  3. Sheri Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    OMG! What a stunning layout! I will be coming back for your tutorial, FOR SURE, and I may have to scraplift this layout too. Awesome.

  4. Kristine Ponte Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    wow! love the chevrons Helen! working on some projects right now with them and it’s so cool to see these trends making their way into more layouts :)

  5. Gina B Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Wow! Awesome Layout!

  6. Judy Faye Garner Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    you always do the most unexpected things

  7. Casandra B. Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    What a beautiful story you have shared with us. Pretty layout, too.

  8. HeatherJane Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    What a great layout to honor Grandma! I just love it! The flourishes are perfect for giving all of the butterflies a feeling of “energy”.

  9. Vicki Price Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Wow! What an ambitious project that was well worth every minute spent! It’s fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial too.

  10. Wendy Coffman Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Wow! That chevron paper you created is simply amazing. Fantastic work!

  11. Haley D. Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Gorgeous layout! Thanks for the chevron tutorial too.

  12. Kathleen Androlewicz Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:00 pm


    The Chevron paper is so gorgeous and I love how you used in the layout. Thanks also for such a great tutorial. This is always my favorite place on the hop!

  13. Karen Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Love Love Love this layout! Awesome tutorial!!!

  14. Eva Friesen Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Absolutely LOVE LOVE!!!

  15. Peggy Lee Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    wow Helen, simple love your layout…thinking to that is paper is perfect for quilting patterns.

  16. CTMH Dotty For You Blog Hop (List) | My Scrapbooking Blog Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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  17. Wendy K. Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Beautiful layout and a great tutorial!

  18. Lindsey DeLaMare Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    This is stunning. You are so talented

  19. Susan Brooks Says:
    April 20th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Great tutorial (as always!). Love the layout.

  20. Elizabeth Says:
    April 20th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Helen I love love love this! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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