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Garlands, Banners, Pennants, and Flags

Hanging-Style Embellishments for Scrapbooking and Card Making

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Garlands, banners, pennants, and flags continue to be popular in scrapbooking and card making. These little embellishments can be made using any patterned paper or cardstock, making it easy to coordinate them with any theme. Pennant style garlands can be strung all the way across a 12x12 inch scrapbook page, or you can use just small sections as a smaller-scale embellishment. The articles listed below walk you through the step by step instructions for making them and also give you free patterns to get you started.

1. How to Make a Simple Pennant Banner with Free Pattern

Rebecca Ludens
These step by step instructions for making a simple pennant banner include a free pattern for a basic pennant design. Banners were popular at CHA Summer 2011 and continue to be popular.

2. Four Banners Styles - Four Free Patterns

Rebecca Ludens
You can mix and match pennant styles on your garland banner. This article shows you how to make four different designs that can all be used together to make a stylish embellishment for your scrapbook pages and cards.

3. Toothpick Flags for Scrapbooking and Cards

Rebecca Ludens
Little flags are so much fun to make and they make fantastic embellishments on both scrapbook pages and cards. Give them a try today by following the step by step directions in this article. The article links back to the four free patterns in the article above showing how closely related banners and flags are in the scrapbook embellishment world. I was inspired to write this article after being reminded of how cute these little flags are on scrapbook pages by a layout from a designer for Jillibean Soup.

4. How to Make a Scallop Garland

Rebecca Ludens
These step by step instructions show you how to turn a scallop circle punch into a beautiful garland-style banner. Punches make scrapbook quick and easy and using a circle punch to make a garland is no exception. These little scalloped circles can be quickly added to some stitching floss for fabulous 3-D embellishments.

5. Free Scrapbook Page Sketches that Use Banners and Pennants

Rebecca Ludens
Now that you know how to make pennants, banners, garlands, and flags, this article gives you three free scrapbook page sketches for using them. The sketches include one page that is 8 1/2 x 11 inches; one page that is a single, stand-alone, 12x12 inch scrapbook page; and one that is a double-page 12x12 inch spread. Each of the sketches clearly show where it would be easy to add a garland across the page.

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