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20 Ideas for Scrapbooking with Ribbon

How to Use Ribbon on Your Scrapbook Pages, Greeting Cards, and More


Ribbon is one of the most versatile scrapbook page embellishments. It comes in a huge variety of colors, styles, textures, and widths. Many scrapbook manufacturers sell ribbon in coordinating sets making it easy to decide which ribbons to use together on a scrapbook page or paper crafting project. You can even save ribbon from gift packaging, hair ties, and more and recycle it as scrapbook page embellishments. These 20 ideas will show you how to make flowers, bows, book bindings, borders, and so much more for your scrapbook pages, greeting cards, and other projects with ribbon. Remember that you can click on any image to see it full-size and also you can use your browser window back button to return to this list after reading any of the articles below.

1. DIY Ribbon Gathered Flowers

How to Make Flowers with Gathered Ribbon
Ribbon is frequently used flat on scrapbook pages or greeting cards, however with this technique you can add some depth to your pages. By gathering one edge of the ribbon you can create beautiful flowers. To finish off each of these blossoms, I have added a button to the center. In the article, DIY Ribbon Flowers, you will find step by step instructions for this 3-D scrapbooking technique.

2. Ribbon Tree

How to Make a Ribbon Tree with Brads
Make Christmas cards or holiday scrapbook pages extra festive with this easy technique for turning a piece of green ribbon and some mini brads into a quick evergreen tree. You may want to use adhesive to hold the ribbon in place as you tack it down with the mini brads. Be sure to watch the video How to Set Mini Brads to see my quick tip for making putting brads into your scrapbook pages and cards quick and easy.

3. How to Cover Chipboard with Ribbon

How to Cover Chipboard with Ribbon
Adding ribbon to chipboard is a technique that uses tools and supplies that you most likely already have on-hand. Adding strips of coordinating ribbon to a cardstock shape gives that scrapbook page embellishment extra style and texture.

4. Make a Ribbon Organizer Box

How to Make a Ribbon Organizer Box for Scrapbooking
If you are like most scrapbookers, you have quite a stash of ribbons in your supply closet. This article shows you how to make an organizer box to keep them all neat and tidy. For more ideas for scrapbook organization be sure to visit the Scrapbook Rooms and Organization section of About.com Scrapbooking.

5. Scrapbook Page Bow

Directions for Making a Bow for Your Scrapbook Page
A bow made of ribbon can be used to dress up scrapbook page with themes as wide-ranging as baby, heritage, wedding, or even birthday. These instructions tell you exactly how long to cut each piece to make this elegant bow.

6. Stitched Ribbon Border

How to Make a Border From Pieces of Ribbon
Lots of little pieces of ribbon were used to make this dimensional scrapbook page border. The pieces were each held in place by a small amount of adhesive and then tacked down permanently by running a sewing machine stitch down the edge of the page. For extra help with sewing on scrapbook pages be sure to read 5 Tips for Machine Sewing on Scrapbook Pages.

7. Buttons Tied To Ribbon with Ribbon

Use Thin Ribbon to Tie Buttons to Wider Ribbon
Jean Marmo
This technique uses two types of ribbon - one thin ribbon that will fit through the holes in large buttons, and one wide piece of ribbon that becomes a 3-D border. The buttons are tied to the large ribbon by using the thin pieces. You have to see this fun page in more detail, so be sure to click on the image to see it full-size.

8. Woven Ribbon Journaling Mat

Weave Ribbon to Add Texture to a Photo or Journaling Mat
Kay Wallace
Kay Wallace created this intricately woven mat of ribbon for her scrapbook page. Simply select coordinating colors of ribbon and weave them together in the style of paper placemats. Fold the ends of the ribbon around the back of a piece of cardstock or chipboard for added support. You can then use the woven ribbon rectangle as a photo mat for a focal point photo or a journaling box.

9. Torn Wedding Page with Ribbon

How to make a scrapbook page that looks like it is held together with ribbon.
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You can add extra "pop" to your wedding pages with this paper tearing idea. The scrapbook page looks as if it is being held together with ribbon knots. A second patterned paper peeks through the opening and is really the piece that holds everything together. This fun technique would work on almost any theme of scrapbook page. More wedding scrapbook page ideas can be found in the Wedding Pages Gallery here on About.com Scrapbooking.

10. Ribbon Flower Stems and Leaves

How to Use Ribbon to Create a Scene
If we can make ribbon into flowers as shown in idea #1 above, then we can definitely use ribbon to make leaves and stems for those flowers. On this scrapbook page, the flowers are made from paper and the texture is added to the layout with the green ribbon. For more ideas for embellishing your scrapbook pages with flowers, you can read 17 Ideas for Using Flowers on Your Scrapbook Pages.
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