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101 things to do with Ribbon

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Absolute No1 Clucker

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:37 am    Post subject: 101 things to do with Ribbon Reply with quote

101 things to do with your ribbon...

1. Cut a journaling block into horizontal strips. Tie a ribbon in a bow or knot to the
left end of the first strip, then the right end of the second strip, and so on.
2. Create a page frame by stitching ribbon to each side of the page, then cover the
joins with a button or another accent.
3. Collect scraps of ribbon and cover the spiral binding of a journal or album in
4. Tie a bow on a paperclip.
5. Soften the look of metal mesh by knotting satin ribbons through the latticework.
6. Colourblock a layout, punch holes where the blocks meet and lace with ribbon.
7. Create a ribbon loop off the side of the page, securing with stitches or staples, to
index sections in your album.
8. Stamp tiny tags with a single letter and use narrow ribbons to attach to your page
for a quirky title.
9. Hold a bookplate in place by securing each side with a length of ribbon, fixing the
ribbons onto the back of your layout.
10. Punch holes along one side of a photo or mat and finish with ribbons tied in loop
11. Loop ribbon around one side of a metal frame, then tie with a tiny knot or bow.
12. Laminate a leaf or another found object, punch a hole and tie on a ribbon.
13. Dye ribbons to match anything perfectly.
14. Criss-cross two lengths of ribbon to create a pocket.
15. Turn bows on their side and place at either end of a title.
16. Stamp a name or date on a ribbon, fold around the corner of a photograph and
secure with a paperclip.
17. Use ribbon to hang a locket holding something special.
18. Thread two metal rings onto a length of ribbon and secure them both in a loop at
one end (you can use an eyelet, nail head, brad, stitches or staples to close the loop).
Wrap around a journal, mini book or photo mat and pull the loose end of the ribbon
through the rings, just like a belt.
19. Make a masculine tag by threading a plain washer onto a ribbon remnant, folding
in half and stapling to the top of a tag.
20. Hide journaling or an additional photograph on your page. Using self-adhesive
ribbon as a hinge, secure just one side of a cardstock block to the background.
21. Cover the join between two patterned papers with a length of ribbon.
22. Create a collage between two microscope slides or pieces of transparency, then
tie ribbon around the glass sandwich.
23. Team up ribbon with anything else from the haberdashery section: ric-rac, upholstery
trim, lace, fibers, snap trim, zips, elastic or a hook and eye set.
24. Layer a brightly coloured sheer ribbon over traditional black and white gingham
to create a custom coloured gingham.
25. Stick ribbon over vellum to hide adhesive.
26. Make a flower with loops of ribbon plus a button in the middle.
27. Cover the edge of a border of patterned page with three inch lengths of mismatched
28. Use letter stamps on ribbon for journaling or captions.
29. Use ric-rac as the stem for a flower accent.
30. Run a thread through a length of ribbon, making loose stitches, then pull the
ribbon together to gather.
31. Apply rub-on letters to a twelve inch strip of ribbon to make a custom border.
32. Cover a scrap of cardstock with ribbon scraps in lines, then place a cut out
shape over the top so the quilted design shows through.
33. Fray ribbon scraps, then overlap and sew to the page.
34. Place a ribbon in a tiny glass charm for a message in a bottle look.
35. Weave your ribbbons in big or little sections on your page.
36. Punch holes on one side of a photo mat, then lace the ribbon through and add a
charm to one of the loops.
37. Make one long loop of ribbon around an entire page, then use shorter ribbons to
tie knots and bows to that ribbon.
38. Make a bulletin board look by criss-crossing ribbons across the page and joinging
with brads or buttons.
39. Use frilly ribbons with rustic elements, mixing girly trims with twill tape or a
wooden tag.
40. Create your journaling in widely spaced rows. Punch small holes around key
words and thread ribbon through to box out or underline words with colour.
41. Hang a letter charm from ribbon and wrap around the bottom third of a photo.
42. Use a variety of green ribbons in short, overlapped lengths to represent grass
for a summery layout.
43. Place your title and journaling blocks on your layout, then cut slits at the top
and bottom. Run sheer ribbon through to ‘hold’ the blocks in place.
44. Spell a title by threading letter charms onto a longer length of ribbon, adding a
knot between each letter.
45. Cut a variety of ribbons to six to eight inch lengths. Adhere at odd angles to the
bottom of a double page layout, with the photos and accents above this border.
46. Place short lengths of ribbon over the four corners of a photo and secure in
place with brads.
47. Place ribbons around the edge of a large circle shape.
48. Fold ribbon scraps in half and staple to one side of a photo mat.
49. Use a wide ribbon as you would a strip of patterned paper.
50. Stitch your ribbon with a zig-zag.
51. Thread silk or paper flowers onto ribbons to create a daisy chain.
52. Use polka-dot ribbon with striped patterned papers.
53. Tie a series of bows or knots to cover a length of wire, then attach the wire by
punch two tiny holes in your page and threading it through to the back.
54. Run a simple border with one thin ribbon across the top of your page and two
thin ribbons at the bottom.
55. Tie a group of tags together with brightly coloured ribbons.
56. Punch small holes and thread a border like you would lace your shoes.
57. Use sheer green ribbons to represent leaves on flowers.
58. Use your ribbons in vertical strips instead of horizontal.
59. Repeat just one ribbon pattern throughout your layout.
60. Hang tiny jingle bells on a Christmas page.
61. Select two ribbons of contrasting colour. Attach one to the left side of the page
and the other to the right, then tie together in the middle. Repeat in the opposite
colours to make a criss-cross if you wish.
62. Get out your eyelets and add to a paper accent, like a monogram letter. Thread
ribbon through and tie in a knot.
63. Pin a safety pin through a bow or knot.
64. Tie a ribbon around the stem of any letter in your title.
65. Allow ribbons to come out the top of your {top-loading} page protector.
66. Place one bold strip of a patterned paper on your cardstock background. Add
an angled strip of a colour-coordinated ribbon. Add an accent near where the two
meet, and place the body of your layout in the remaining gap.
67. Punch or cut several small squares or circles. Punch a small hole and tie a ribbon
on each, then line up for a border.
68. Line up several lengths of the same ribbon and secure the ends with brads, then
place your title on top.
69. Punch a group of holes in any preprinted accent and add ribbons to make it
your own.
70. Create a bold frame using short ribbon scraps around all four sides of the page.
71. Have just the ends of flat ribbons appear from one side of a photograph. Stick
them directly to the page.
72. Use a series of ribbon-trimmed metal-rimmed tags to journal in list form.
73. Repeatedly wrap a ribbon around a block of cardstock, then tie with a charm,
tag or stamped image.
74. Use only black and white ribbons plus one colour of cardstock.
75. Stick ribbon directly to the page and cover the ends with square or round accents.
76. Place several twelve inch lengths of ribbon to the page, leaving an inch gap in
between. Number the lines of ribbon and add journaling for a ‘# of things I...’ layout.
77. Tie ribbons on bobby pins/hair grips and slide onto the edge of a photo.
78. Use ribbon inside a slide frame or book plate.
79. Create a pull tab with a loop of ribbon on a tucked away photo or tag.
80. Use just ginghams!
81. Attach tiny clothes pegs to a length of ribbon.
82. Use white sheer ribbons for angel wings.
83. Thread white letter beads onto ribbons for journaling.
84. Tie ribbons through button holes and tie on the top.
85. Attach pins or badges to a length of ribbon stuck straight to the background.
86. Put your title inside a circle frame, and hold it in place with ribbons on two or
more sides. Tuck the ribbons over to the back of the page.
87. Thread on a buckle for a classy accent.
88. Spice up a simple layout with just three knots of ribbon near the corner of a the
89. Create a pinwheel design by sticking down bright ribbons cut with an angle at
the end.
90. Fold your ribbon in half then cut at an angle to get that little V at the end.
91. Instead of peeling your stickers from the backing, cut them out and treat like
regular paper. Punch a hole, tie a ribbon and look at your sticker in a new way.
92. Create a layout with three blocks of cardstock, then hang multiple ribbons from
the bottom of each block.
93. Make a summery layout with mismatched ribbons placed 3/4 of the way down
one side, to mimic flags on a sail boat.
94. Make a mini book to hold extra photos and journaling, and make sure the sides
wrap around to the front so the covers open to both the left and right. Secure ribbon
on the back and tie on the front to close.
95. Thread circles on ribbons to mimic Christmas ornaments, then tuck the ribbons
around the top of the page and secure on the back. Design the layout on top of the
ornament background.
96. Make it simple: stick a length of ribbon directly to the cardstock. Tie a bow and
stick it on top -- an easier way to make everything stay put.
97. Create your title with letters on individual blocks of cardstock, then thread together
by punching holes and tying together with ribbons.
98. Use watermark ink to customise your ribbon with a design or phrase.
99. Make curly ribbons by wrapping tightly around a dowel rod or pencil (securing
with pins if needed), spraying with corn starch and baking in the oven for about five
minutes. Leave to cool and set over night, then remove from the dowel. Great for
album covers and bindings.
100. Use ribbon to bind a small book of index prints on your layout, then add more
ribbon to close or hang the book.
101. Grab your favourite ribbon of the moment and work your entire layout around
that inspiration. Print your photos in black and white so you don’t have to worry
about colour clashes and just have fun.
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Champion Clucker

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Jan. Just printed them out. Will read them later..
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Chief Clucker

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW - now that's some list.

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Mother Hen

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fabulous Jan.... printing it now...

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Grannie Sam
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Jan, did you think of them all by yourself?? Wink or have you been collecting ideas for some time?!

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Champion Clucker

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tips....I have not used a lot of ribbon in my LO''s a bit like hand stitiching I have not got round to it.
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Champion Clucker

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is JUST what I need to utilise all of my ribbon Smile Thanks Jan.

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Newly Laid Egg

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incredible! Thanks got the ideas Jan.
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mrs muddle
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for such a comprehensive list of ideas Jan, I just enjoyed reading through those. Smile

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Absolute No1 Clucker

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now this will come in handy for this months challenge Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great list Smile

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woman and their ordinary children.--G. K. Chesterton
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