It’s Alexes here and do you remember this layout that was posted a few weeks ago?
Well there were so many comments asking for a tutorial that we decided to give it to you!
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I’m totally not a numbers person. In fact, they make my head hurt…. a lot and sometimes they even make me cry…… So if I can do this layout, you can too!
First of all you’re going to need a 12×12 piece of white card stock, and 5 pieces of patterned paper. I’m using the BG Fresh Cut line here so it would be easy for you guys to see exactly what I’m doing.
So In this picture you can see all of my paper, and note that I’ve lined up my papers in the same order that I want them to be in the trapezoid.
Decide how long you want the bottom of your trapezoid to be, here in my original layout it was 11.5 inches long. The top of the trapezoid measures 8.5 inches long and the height is 6.5 inches.
Next were going to start cutting our pieces. Take the 2 pieces that you want on the outsides of the trapezoid and cut them to be 6.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches wide. I choose 6.5 in for the width because my final length will be 11.5 and I want these pieces to be able to overlap a bit. Once you line these pieces up to be 11.5 inches, you can adhere them together. Don’t worry about which piece overlaps, everything in this middle section will be covered by the time we finish.
We know that the top of the trapezoid needs to be 8.5 inches long but right now it’s 11.5 inches, so we need to cut off 3 inches total, 1.5 from either side. I took my ruler and measured 1.5 inches in from either side of the top edge aand made a mark with my pen.
Now you need to cut from the point you just drew, all the way down to the bottom corner. I use this awesome trimmer that has a wire that the blade runs on, so you know exactly where your cut is going to be.
here you can see both sides have been cut to make the trapezoid.
Next we’re going to make the triangles that touch the top edge. Since we have 2 triangles that make up the top of the trapezoid, we can divide the width of the top edge (8.5 inches) in half and that will give us the width of each of our triangles (4.25 inches)
Cut your two pieces for your triangles to 4.25 inches in width and 5.75 inches tall. Normally we could cut the height to be the same as the trapezoid, but as you can see in the source image, there are 2 more little triangles at the bottom and we need to leave .75 inches for them.
Now that we have our pieces prepped lets make the cuts to form the triangles. Mark in the exact middle of the bottom edge your piece, around 2 1/8 inch. Now from that point cut to either of the corners on the top.
Yay! Now we have our two triangles cut! Now to cut the last piece for the middle triangle.
At this point I’m not exactly sure how wide the bottom part of the triangle will be, so I’m just going to cut a piece that’s definitely wider than I need (6 inches) so I can trim the pieces later when needed. The height is the same as the original trapezoid, 6.5 inches. Now slip that piece underneath your two top triangles and align everything so all edges are straight. Then glue down the triangles to the middle piece making sure not to adhere it to the outside pieces.
Now go ahead and pick the paper you want for the two tiny triangles at the bottom. I just used some of the scraps from the other papers I used, but used the back side and cut the pieces to .75 inches tall. Now flip your scrap over so the side you don’t want to use is facing up. Making sure the bottom edges are aligned.
Then line up your ruler with the triangle above, using it as a guide to draw a line on your scrap.
Repeat on the other side
and then cut out your tiny triangle. Repeat this process for the second tiny triangle and then adhere right side up.
Trim off the rest of the middle piece of paper using scissors.
Now line up and adhere all pieces together to get this awesome trapezoid! Now feel free to add any pictures and embellishments to make this layout “yours’!