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Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 6


Good morning Scrappers and welcome to our last week of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2020! It's been amazing making new projects for you this summer. I can only hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. This week, I'd like to talk to you about the project you see up top here. In this poignant moment in our history, so many of us are asking "What can I do? How can I help? How can I lift my voice?" I've been asking myself the same question. We have a long history in the United States of using our art to call attention to major issues of concern, to protest, and to show our love.

As I've been watching my friends in Portland, Oregon, in Chicago, in New York, in Los Angeles, in Houston, and all around the nation stand up and call for justice, I've looked for a way to help all of them. Change is difficult and that notion stuck in my mind. Being an example of what you want to see in others is often even more difficult, which is what led me to a phrase one of my favorite teachers used to say to me "Be the Change you want to see." BE THE CHANGE became my plan for a call for action.

Today I'd like to talk to you about creating letters and either making a replica of this project or making a message of your own. To start a project like this, decide how tall you want your letters to be and begin with a sheet of graph paper. The letters in this project finish at 9" tall. Skinny letters are 5" wide and bigger letters like Cs and Gs are 7" wide. I have a 2" spacer between each letter and 5" between words. I chose all my strips to be cut at 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" with 1" finish HSTs (Half Square Triangles) and 2" finish HSTs. The backgrounds use all the same measurements as the colored strips and HSTs.