Hello blog friends. Ok so have you ever realized that you have a "slight" addiction to something only after you have run out of plastic containers to hold your stash of that 'something'?
Well I had such realization not a long time ago and that said 'slight' addiction to something was for RIBBONS!!! I say slight because I still think that I could be worse (that's me rationalizing my addiction. Every addict seems to do that. Right?! LOL).
So before my ribbon stash grew into immense proportions, I decided to make a big dent on them by making three projects focusing on the use of ribbon. Read on to see what fun things I created with ribbon in mind. :)
I love you more than anything
This first project is a layout and that beautiful title is what my dear daughter have been saying to me right afte I tuck her to bed lately. So sweet, right? That's why I decided that now is the time to document it before the memory flies away.
For this layout, I decided to create a weaved background accent with ribbons. I paid close attention to my daughter's shirt in the photo and grabbed colors that would either match or compliment the colors in her shirt. I still wanted the focus to be on the photo so I opted to leave an open/white space on the top left side of the page where my picture will be placed. I used a vellum for my circles because I wanted them to hold my title, journaling and cluster of embellishments BUT I still want the beautiful ribbon weaved background to show. I created a purple embossed frame around each circle to ground it but at the same time so I'll have a spot to lay my dimensional/foam adhesive on the back of the vellum without it showing through.
So here's a quick tutorial on how I made my weaved background...
First, I went through my stash (note: this is just a partial photo of my ribbon stash. Like I said I have a TON and because of space I couldn't show you all of them here *wink*) and picked the ribbons I wanted to work with. I didn't have a number in mind but I did want them to be varied in sizes, styles/textures and design.
I trimmed the top and left edges of the ribbon weave into angles and adhered the unweaved portion of the ribbons with adhesive.
Then I lifted the page off of my work surface and took off the tape on the hanging edges. I applied a new piece of tape on the ribbon edges and turned it over so that I can secure those parts on the back of my page, creating a clean and finished look.
So after I've made my layout, I decided to play with the ribbons some more, after all they were already out and I still haven't made much dent on them. For this project, I decided to make my own ribbon flower. Here's how I created it...
Thank You Card
and finally how about ribbon to decorate a plain canvas purse?
Altered Canvas Purse
I've had this purse from Maya Road for a while now just waiting for the right moment and inspiration to play with it. The ribbons still laying on my work table was just what I needed to finally personalize this purse.
Because the canvas was already made, this project only took me a few minutes to put together. All I did was add some strips of ribbon on the bottom and made a ribbon flower to go on the center of the purse flap/opening.
Because I didn't do any machine sewing for this project, I made sure I added some ribbon anti fray liquid on the edges of my trims so the ends would have a finished edge.
For the ribbon on the top, all I did was add some hand stitching on one edge of the ribbon, pulled it to curl the trim and rolled it to create the flower. I finished it off with a button threaded with twine.
And there you have it, three different ideas to use your ribbon stash today. I know I'm not the only one with a 'slight' obessesion with trims. :)
Till next time,