10 Ways to Scrapbook with Ribbon

From simple bows to elaborate backgrounds, ribbon packs a big punch in a small package.

Create a Background

Skip the patterned paper and get the same effect from bold ribbon designs. There's no need to
be exact with ribbon backgrounds -- use different lengths, allow for frayed ends, and don't worry about perfect alignment.

Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Bernhard Modern ("there you go..."); Bickham Script Pro ("isn't it...") off the Internet. Rub-ons: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray (dots, yellow floral); Michaels (all other). Brads: Scrapworks.

Frame a Photo

For a fun, casual look, highlight a photo by piecing scraps of ribbon around it as a mat. To add to the relaxed feel of the layout, fray the ends of the ribbon.

Sources: Card stock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Rubber stamps: Fontwerks. Ink: Ranger Industries. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: American Crafts (argyle); Autumn Leaves (dotted twill); Carolee's Creations (pink dots); May Arts (green dots, white dots); Scrapworks (floral); Michaels (all other). Enamel heart: Making Memories.

Create a Word

Use ribbon to craft unique titles. First write your title with a pencil. Lightly adhere ribbon to the page before using your machine to create a secure stitch.

Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Old Royal by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Sequins: Hero Arts. Ribbon: Offray (solid pink), May Arts (stripe).

Make a Border

Create a border of ribbon around the page. To achieve this look, run a length of wide ribbon along the perimeter of the layout, fold it over the edges, and lightly adhere it. Then miter the corners and stitch the ribbon in place.

Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Stickers: American Crafts ("Easter"); Chatterbox (date). Ribbon: Offray. Envelope: The Paper Source. Metal-rim tag: Making Memories.

Anchor a Photo

To create a delicate, feminine focal point, surround the main photo with folded ribbon. Add dimension to the page with pleating. To get the effect, pleat the ribbon and temporarily tack it down around the photo. Once you're happy with the look, stitch the ribbon in place.

Sources: Card stock: Die Cuts with a View. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Flower Pot by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: Chatterbox. Brads, buttons: SEI. Ribbon: Making Memories.

Make Stripes

Convey movement with ribbon by creating a covered background with diagonal stripes of ribbon. To create this dramatic look, use adhesive ribbon.

Sources: Card stock, patterned paper, stickers: KI Memories. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: Scrapworks. Ink: Ranger Industries. Ribbon: Die Cuts with a View (solids); American Crafts (pinks); Scrapworks (greens). Epoxy accents: Autumn Leaves.

Tie It Up

Add texture to a page by tying ribbon scraps into knots. Use different patterns and lengths to add a spunky touch.

Sources: Card stock, rub-ons: KI Memories. Patterned paper: KI Memories (circle-print, pink with white x s, black letter-print); Making Memories (green with white dots). Ribbon: Strano. Brads: American Crafts. Wire: 7 Gypsies. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix.

Say It with Shapes

Don't know what to do with all of your ribbon scraps? Form them into shapes. This is an easy way to add a colorful element to a page.

Sources: Patterned paper: Chatterbox (black swirls, blue); Autumn Leaves (black and gray); KI Memories (multicolor stripe). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers, rivets: Chatterbox. Ribbon: Li'l Davis Designs (blue dot); Offray (red, black gingham, pink, orange gingham, aqua); May Arts (yellow, purple, green).

Make Your Own Plaid

Weave ribbon, paper, tape, and even a photo collage in a plaid-like pattern to create a unique look.

Sources: Card stock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (realistic floral); SEI (abstract floral); Mustard Moon (stripes). Font: Magic Forest by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Acrylic paint, metal embellishments: Making Memories. Ribbon: Autumn Leaves (quote); Chatterbox (all other). Fabric: Michael Miller fabrics.

Design a Custom Accent

Do you ever find yourself searching for a perfect embellishment? When you don't find an embellishment that suits your fancy, make it! Flowers are a popular scrapbooking accent, and they're easy to make with ribbon. Just loop, adhere in the center, and top with a button or brad.

Sources: Patterned paper, stickers: Chatterbox. Font: Scrumptious by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard letters: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts (polka dot); Making Memories (all other).

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