Friday, December 10, 2010

How To Use Ric Rac and Ribbon

Scrapbooking with unfamiliar elements can be a challenge.  This week, Janell and the Creative Team give practical ways to incorporate ribbon and ric rac into your project:

The great thing about using ribbons on digi pages is that they come it so many different configurations. Straight, curly, sloppy, tied in a knot, folded, staples, made into a flower, pretty much anything you can do with ribbon in real life you can find it in the digi world. And the bonus is it's flat. I enjoyed embellishing this page with several different styles of ribbon which gave it the warm at home feeling I was looking for.Ribbon and Ric Rac are common elements found in almost every single digital kit. They add so much to clusters and layering. The digital creative team loves them so much that we decided to dedicate an entire reveal to ribbons and ric rac.


Mixing & matching, clustering, and layering:

In these next layouts the CT members have used ribbons and ric rac to cluster with and add pizzazz to their layouts. It's fun to stir in ribbons that are straight, curly, folded, and stitched.  
In our first layout Janell used bits of ribbon and ric-rac mixing and matching to suit her needs. 

Family Fun in the Snow by Janell


Angie our resident queen of clusters loves to use ribbons in her layouts.  Check out these beautiful 2 pagers with ribbon and ric rac galore.  I love how Angie tucks in her elements between layers of ribbon. Her layouts are so much fun to look at. 


Week 48 {digi reveal 12/9} by nun69



Ronny explains, "One thing I love about ribbons is that when used in groups the can give the effect of patterned paper but with so much more texture. I used 9 different ribbons here to replace the patterned paper I would have used to layer behind my photo. Give it a try, I know you'll love the look."  What gorgeous depth the ribbons add to this incredible layout. 

"falling" in {ribbons CT reveal} by Smiley-Scrap8


More beautiful work with clustering from Angie.  

Dec Daily 5 {digi reveal 12/09} by nun69
 

Using Ribbons and Ric to create your own elements:

Ronny describes her creative idea, "The great thing about using ribbons on digi pages is that they come it so many different configurations. Straight, curly, sloppy, tied in a knot, folded, staples, made into a flower, pretty much anything you can do with ribbon in real life you can find it in the digi world. And the bonus is it's flat. I enjoyed embellishing this page with several different styles of ribbon which gave it the warm at home feeling I was looking for." I really love how she made her own frame out of ribbon.  

Hanukkah 1st Night {ribbon CT reveal} by Smiley-Scrap8

Janell made a heart out of layered ribbon and ric rac for her square holiday card. 

Hope of Christmas {CT Reveal} by Janell


Curly ribbons and bows:

 Ronny used some pretty loops of green ribbon and added some amazing shadow detail to this fun, spirited Christmas layout.  Ronny adds, "It's easy to be creative with ribbons, especially the long straight pieces. I really wanted this photo of my kids to have a frame around it but I couldn't find a ready made one that worked. So I made my own using some ribbon, staples and a few fun embellishments. It really turned out great for the look I was going for."

Santa's Little Helpers {ribbon CT reveal} by Smiley-Scrap8


Annalies used curly ribbon and bows in this adorable layout!  Curly ribbon is so fun and a bonus when using digital, you can use all sorts of styles of ribbons and when you print them out to place in your albums they always keep their shape. 

Fo ever by Anna1972/MC-Designs  


Ribbons used as backgrounds or anchoring:

This layout is amazing! Don't you just love how Jennifer made the whole background out of satin ribbon.  I love the soft glow of this look.  What a super creative way to use ribbon!

Believe in Magic - Reveal 12/9/10 by sarahwhithers


Laura shares, " I have to say, I love, love, love them (ribbons)! One of the things I like to do with ribbons is make my own patterned paper. In this layout, I used ribbon and solid paper to create a woven effect by erasing parts of the ribbons above and below each other."  Ok Laura, I feel a tutorial coming on, I think we would all love to know how to make a background as awesome as this.  What a beautiful layout!!!

Waiting for Santa by Art_Teacher


Annalies also used ribbons and ric rac for the background of her gorgeous layout. I love how she titled the ric rac and made rows and rows of it. Simply beautiful!



Janell shares her idea for ribbons, "I added the red ribbons to anchor the title and to stamp my journaling on. A Tip for making digital journaling looked hand-stamped is to write your journaling, then change the opacity to 80-90% and then take a distressed brush for a an eraser and change the opacity down to 30% and then erase over some of the words. It will look hand-stamped because of it's imperfections!"

"Christmas Krispy Cremes" CT Reveal {ribbons and ric rac} by Janell


Using Ribbon as a focal point:

Annalies took ribbon and let it stand alone, it makes a wonderful focal point and adds beauty to her "delightful" layout. 

delightful by Anna1972/MC-Designs


Hopefully this reveal article has inspired you to look at your ribbon and ric rac collection in a new light.  Happy Scrapping!





Janell currently lives in Indiana with her husband and three children Alex, Sean, and Maya. Having a way to preserve memories and share her photographs are her biggest inspirations and motivations for scrapping.

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