If September was a busy month, October must have been even busier. I’ve been busy most weekends and I’ve hardly had time to blog or craft. And I can’t apologise enough to all the lovely ladies who have posted entries to Scrapbookers Anonymous in October, that I just haven’t been able to go through and leave you all a comment.
There’ll be more time to craft in November with Cropaganza on 5th and Lizzie’s craft weekend later in the month. With a wedding in Leeds to fit in too it’s going to be a very busy month yet again. Can someone please postpone Christmas? – I need a month off to recover!
A new month means a new challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous and this month is to use your ribbons. This is such a good challenge for me. I have literally miles of the stuff and I don’t use it nearly so much as I should. It’s so versatile I think the choice and options are a bit overwhelming sometimes. That’s certainly what I found when I sat down to complete this challenge. I think I went through all of my ribbons and the funny thing is that the ribbons which inspired my page weren’t even used!
It was a red, aqua and white stripe which caught my eye – such a classic combination, and a white one with red hearts, stars and flowers in circles. I knew I had some papers in the right colour scheme, so I sat down with the papers and a pile of ribbon and ended up creating this:
Can you tell I’ve been soaking up the inspiration from Shimelle’s Pretty Paper Party? This wasn’t made with a specific prompt in mind, so it would fit in with distressing or two colours and a neutral. I haven’t included any journalling – I want to make some LOs to record Puddle Duck’s career aspirations as she grows up and this one is so unusual for a 7 year old girl.
The rosettes are made using a technique I’ve been dying to try from a fabric jewellery book I bought a while back. I cut two concentric circles from an ice-cream box (the card is thicker than cereal boxes and I went forward and back through the Bigshot a few times to make sure it was cut) to give me a ring, as you would use for making pompoms. Then I wrapped the ribbon round and round the card, NOT through the middle. When it was covered I took a needle and thread and sewed a circle around the middle (this is why you need a ring rather than a solid circle of card), making sure to secure all the passes of ribbon. I then got the scissors, cut the ribbon edges and removed the card. I covered the stitching with circles of card, buttons and sticky jewels. I think I’ll try again with a mix of finer ribbons – these ones are pretty solid.
But really the thing I am proudest of on this page is the paint. Not that I finally got round to using it this way on a LO, but that I mixed the colour myself. I used loads of white, a bit of windsor blue and a the tiniest smidgen of lemon yellow. I think it turned out a pretty good match. The first coat was a little dark, so I added some more white and dry brushed it over the top.
If you want to try mixing aqua yourself, do not use ultramarine blue or cadmium yellow – they have too much red pigment in them and you won’t get a bright, clear colour. Make sure you use a cool blue and yellow.
The papers are Dream Street International – a range called Delight, so you may see them resurface later this month as we reach for our D themed stash at Scrapbookers Anonymous.
You have until the end of the month to get crafty with your ribbons and win a great prize. Just link up your project at Scrapbookers Anonymous. Here are some other ideas for using ribbons on your LOs: