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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.