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Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

I love using arrows on my projects. There’s nothing like an arrow to highlight something on your page and add emphasis. They’re even perfect as a subtle accent. They work for any theme and are super versatile. They’re truly a workhorse.
I wanted to put a spin on the everyday arrow for this tutorial. Origami arrows, with their added dimension, are the perfect little twist to this favorite embellishment.

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

Trim your paper into 3×3 or 4×4 squares. I used both on this layout.
Note: If you’re using origami paper or copy paper you can skip this step.
Lightly mist your patterned paper with water. This will make it easier to fold. I misted both the front and back with three spritzes each. Start by folding your square in half. This fold will make a folded line going through the center of your finished arrow. If you do not want this line in your finished product then just fold a tiny bit in the center.

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

Open your paper back up. Fold the outside edges in so they meet on the folded line you just made.

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

Now take the outside corners and fold them in to the center to make a tip.

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

Fold over this entire triangle you just made.
Flip your paper over and fold the large rectangular portion of your paper over so that it reveals about half of your little triangle. Here’s a view from the front and the back.

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

Now turn your shape over so that you’re looking at the back side… the side that shown in the last image. Take the bottom corners and start folding them inward to the center.

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

As you do this, find the opening in the sides of the flaps and use your fingers to spread it flat as you fold. Do this on both sides. Flip your arrow over. It’s done!
Feel free to use a glue dot to keep the arrow closed, especially if you’re doing this with patterned paper.

Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner @ shimelle.com

I love the extra dimension they add to my page. Sure, I’ll continue to use my punched paper arrows and my stash of arrow stickers, but it was fun to learn something new and incorporate it on my projects.

Now I’m wondering what an arrow folded with vellum would look like! Or maybe one made with watercolored paper. Guess I’ve got some folding to do.





Marcy is a self-proclaimed simple girl. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have three kids. For the last 12 years they’ve been living on the family farm, homeschooling two of their three kids and renovating a 120 year old farmhouse in Canada. Yes. Still renovating! She’s a major homebody so country life is a great fit for her!
Back in the day she earned her Bachelor of Education degree, but an artistic life has always been calling her name. She’s always busy doing something creative, photography (sometimes shooting others, but enjoying shooting her own family the most), scrapbooking, decorating… you name it! She loves that scrapbooking combines so many of her hobbies into one! It’s the perfect fit.

You can find Marcy at her blog, Hello Forever , and hanging out on Twitter and Instagram. She also design for Studio Calico and is a Garden Girl over at Two Peas in a Bucket.

23 July 2013



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9 Comments for Origami Arrows:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Marcy Penner

  1. mandy Says:

    adore this!! using origami?? i never would have thought!!

  2. Vivika Vaina Says:

    Lovely tutorial! Thank you so much! I’m definitely going to do this!

  3. Melissa Whittaker Says:

    These are awesome! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I definitely need to try this!

  4. Nancy Jo Says:

    So fun Marcy! Can’t wait to try it.

  5. Lisa M. Zepponi Says:

    what a great tutorial! I think even I can accomplish this great technique! Love the dimension!

  6. Becca Says:

    Love the arrows!

  7. Cindy Says:

    woo-hoo; I finally got this. That next to the last step almost got me until I realized you needed to fold toward the center again. Makes great arrows. TFS.

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