Creative Ribbon Technqiues

Make creative backgrounds and accents with these ribbon ideas for scrapbook pages.

Make an Award

Design by Kim Moreno

Highlight a sports or academic accomplishment with a fun patterned ribbon award. Cut a flower shape from patterned paper. Layer ribbon, cut at different lengths, behind the flower for a mock award.

Editor's Tip: If you're going big with embellishments, keep the background paper neutral, such as Kim did here.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard accents, die cuts, ribbon, stickpin, baker's twine: Jillibean Soup. Pen: American Crafts. Adhesive: Therm O Web.

Use a Grid

Design by Jill Cornell

Arrange small-scale coordinating patterns in a grid of photos and embellishments for a simple page structure. Split the grid with a coordinating ribbon. Tie a knot in one end of the ribbon for more interest.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Jillibean Soup. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Stickers: October Afternoon (tab), SEI (epoxy), KI Memories (blue glitter, "6"), Jenni Bowlin Studio ("months"). Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket. Felt accent: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Ribbon: May Arts. Pearls: Melissa Frances. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Punches: Fiskars (border), Marvy Uchida (circle). Adhesive: Tombow.

Mimic a Present

Design by Erin Clarkson

Perfect for holidays and birthdays, use ribbon to mimic the look of presents on a layout. Small bows tied on squares of cardstock look like gifts waiting to be opened. Use hinges to allow the bottom portion of the layout to flip up and reveal more in-depth journaling and additional photos.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (notebook paper), Making Memories (ledger, red). Font: KellyP off the Internet. Stickers: Fiskars (green strip, red tab), Little Yellow Bicycle ("love," stars). Ribbon, metal accents: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Chipboard accents, trimmer: Fiskars. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Make a Flower

Design by Kelly Noel

Use leftover ribbon to make a pretty flower accent. To make the flower, coil gathered ribbon around an adhesive circle. Add a brad in the middle to secure.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Font: Marketing Script off the Internet. Stickers: Crate Paper (border), Pink Paislee (chalk sticker label). Chipboard accents: American Crafts ("love"), Crate Paper. Die cuts: BasicGrey (doily), Pink Paislee ("NOTE" label). Ribbon: Crate Paper. Wooden letters: Pink Paislee. Brads: Crate Paper, Making Memories (flowers). Buttons: Pebbles, Inc. Stamps, mist, twine: Studio Calico. Ink: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Adhesive: Cosmo Cricket.

Accent a Pic

Design by Lisa Dorsey

Layer two strips of ribbon on top of each other (Lisa used a fun ribbon with pom-poms to accent the blue ribbon). Pleat the bottom ribbon and stitch it in place under a photo to provide a fun frame.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green dot), SEI (floral). Font: Batik Regular off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Magistical Memories. Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Ribbon: May Arts. Buttons: Buttons Galore & More. Gems: Creative Charms. Journaling block: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Flowers: Offray (aqua), Prima Marketing Inc. (white). Ink: Clearsnap.

Tie a Bow

Design by Barb Prendergast

Small bows tied with ribbon make the circle accent pop on this page. The neutral background gets the look of dry embossing by using border punches to punch strips from the same color cardstock and arranging them on the background. Barb used many different punches in her design for added interest.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (brown stripe), BasicGrey (paisley), Jenni Bowlin Studio (houndstooth, black dot), Making Memories (red dot). Font: Arial. Stickers: Making Memories. Plastic accent: Bazzill Basics Paper. Ribbon: Offray (red satin, black gingham), Making Memories (red-and-white). Punches: Fiskars (scalloped dot, rope), EK Success (small dotted scallop, swirl), Martha Stewart Crafts (loop, zigzag). Dies, die-cutting tool: Spellbinders. Circle cutter: EK Success. Paper crimper: Fiskars. Edge distresser: Tonic Studios. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Sketch:

Make It Ruffled

Design by Christy Davis

Give ribbon accent a ruffled effect by adhering folds into the ribbon. This gives a romantic and girly feel to any page you're working on.


SOURCES: Stickers, rub-ons: American Crafts. Ribbon: Michaels. Chipboard accents, buttons: GCD Studios. Gems: Heidi Swapp. Journaling card: Becky Higgins. Ink: Clearsnap. Pen: EK Success. Paint: Making Memories. Adhesive: Glue Dots International.

Mat a Photo

Design by Dana Smith

To create a delicate, feminine focal point, Dana surrounded her main photo with folded ribbon. To get the effect, she first pleated the ribbon and temporarily tacked it down around the photo. Once she was happy with the look, she stitched the ribbon in place. To bring further attention to the main photo, she created visual lines at the four corners with lengths of pink pleated ribbon.


SOURCES: Cardstock: 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.

Weave a Background

Design by Erin Terrell

By weaving ribbon across her 9x9" cardstock background, Erin created a stunning tapestrylike canvas for her baby photo. For even greater visual appeal, use ribbon in several patterns and sizes.

Editor's Tip: Erin placed charms throughout her background to give the viewer a resting point.


SOURCES: Card stock, patterned paper, rub-ons, ribbon charms: Making Memories. Font: Typo-Slab serif off the Internet. Ribbon: KI Memories (small green gingham, small pink stripe), Making Memories (all other).

Make Stripes

Design by Carrie Colbert Batt

Wanting to convey a sense of movement and energy, Carrie designed a background covered with diagonal strips of ribbon. To quickly lay out the diagonal design, use adhesive-backed ribbon.

Editor's Tip: By placing a block of cardstock in the center of your design, you need to use only scraps of ribbon as borders. This is a great way to conserve supplies.


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.

Form a Word

Design by Cathy Blackstone

Craft a unique title by piecing together scraps of ribbon in the shapes of letters to form a word. To ensure that your design stays within the lines, write your title first with a pencil. If you plan to stitch, use a tape runner to lightly adhere the ribbon to the page before running it through your sewing machine.


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).

Design a Flower

Design by Dana Smith

Flowers are popular scrapbooking accents, and they are 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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