Every girl wants to be a princess mermaid! Everywhere we look, we are inundated with a sea of little girls (and some not so little girls 🙂 ) donning some sort of tribute to the beautiful mythical creatures. Mermaids are so popular that they have incorporated themselves into everyday, useful items: from mermaid tail blankets to mermaid tail swimwear, dressing up as a mermaid is no longer just for costume. And at Close To My Heart we love them too! (Have you seen our Make Waves collection?!)
Because we’re sure you’ll have plenty of reason to scrapbook memories surrounding this trend, including a trip to the beach or a tropical getaway, we want to share with you how to duplicate the fish scale pattern we created in this layout from our Seasonal Expressions catalog.
The technique is quite simple, but the end result will be stunning!
STEP 1—Consider the space you will be covering up with scales and decide what size circles you want to use.
Once you know the size of circles you will be using, a little basic math comes in handy in figuring out how many you will need to cut in order to fill your space. In our example layout we have a 12-inch piece of cardstock and 1¼-inch circles. So, 12 divided by 1.25 equals 9.6, which means we roughly needed 9½ circles per row. To cover the bottom four inches of our paper with this pattern, we needed 7 rows (of 9½) circles. That made 67 circles, which we cut with our trusty Cricut®. (If you don’t have a Cricut®, a hole punch will work, too!)
Of course, math isn’t for everyone so if you’d rather wing it, go for it! 😉
STEP 2—Lay your circles down starting with the top row.
STEP 3—Add a second row.
You’ll want to attach these circles off center, covering up the lower half of the circles in the row above it.
STEP 4—Continue adding all of your rows, one by one.
step 5—Trim your edges, and you’re done!
Told you it was easy! Now go make some mermaid tails of your own and let us know how they worked out for you in the comments below!
12″ x 12″ Mermaid Page
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1¼” Title <RandR> (cut 67, p. 42, #M46F6E)