Dallying Debz: Riveting Ribbons

- by Debbie Scriven

Ribbon, we all have it, probably by the bucket load or is that just me?

Part of my ribbon scraps, all hung on a clothes hanger
I collected ribbons from everything going when I first started crafting and I've trained my mum so well that she often arrives with a little bag of ribbons from chocolate boxes, bath goodies or straight from an old top she is throwing out.

There's only one problem; I've stopped using ribbon.  For this article I decided I needed to come up with a range of ideas for using up ribbon (small amounts, large amounts, lacy, plain ....)

So, what can we use ribbon for?  Cards, scrapbook pages, closures for mini books, binding books ....  I thought I would come up with a few idea's before putting some into practice and this is what I came up with:

  • creating texture on a scrapbook page (try using ribbon along with strips of paper to create your own stripy background);

  • creating lacy flowers (use a running stitch down the inside edge of the ribbon and then bunch it up and tack sew the two edges together), finish by adding a button to hide your stitching;

  • creating a frame around a stamped image on a card or as a frame on a scrapbook page;
  • create a simple bow for a card with a message (clean and simple);

  • lay ribbon behind a cut out to create a subtle, but textural background on a scrapbook page;

  • stick strips of ribbon to a card to create a statement;

  • stitch on a scrap of ribbon and attach to a tag (note this is a shop tag, but I'll be using this idea in the future!);

  • Concertina fold ribbon from side to side before wrapping ribbon around the outside to create a funky bow.


Or you could get really fancy and try adding more concertina's.  I thought this would make a great tree shape on a scrapbook page, maybe tied with wire.

One of my favourite embellishments for cards is a plain ribbon tied with fancy edges and buttons.  It's not complicated, but it looks striking and is fantastically quick if you are in a rush. 

I've shown a number of different ways to use up ribbon and now I'm determined to bust some of that stash.  I'll be the one in front of the tv creating ribbon flowers and funky bows for presents.  What will you be making with your ribbon?

These are my finished scrapbook pages.

 On this page I've used ribbon, acetate, vellum, foam letters, lace and stickers so there's plenty of texture. 

 This page is all about my friend's bump so I wanted it to be bright and happy without taking away from the bump. 
As my friend is wearing red I could get away with a multitude of colours without detracting from her.

Come and show us your creations on Facebook or put on your links in the comments section.  I'd love to see what you make.

Happy Crafting

4 unruly observations:

  1. Thanks for so many great ideas which look wonderful placed on your samples.

  2. Beautiful LOs, Debz. Thanks for the reminders to use our ribbons... you aren't alone in amassing massive quantities, that's for sure!

  3. Great ideas!!!! Really liked the one with the button in the middle!!! :)

  4. Some wonderful and imaginative ideas and that final scrapbook page is absolutely brilliant!

    Lucy x


All Unruly comments are appreciated!



Creativity is Boundless and the world of papercrafting and mixed media is deliciously messy and rule-free. We want you to discover the Magnificent and Messy in Your Art. Unruly PaperArts is a collaborative blogozine featuring a panel of regular and guest creative contributors as well as reader-submitted articles. We hope you will join us and come back often as we feature articles on stamping, mixed media, collage, altered art, and scrapbooking.

November 2015 - What is Inside

November 2015 - What is Inside
We have a Noteworthy Issue in store for our readers this month. Plan to be inspired by the vast array of altered note books, gift tags, note cards and other projects our Creative Contributors have created. Artwork Shown by Joan Liddle

October 2015 - What is Inside This Issue

October 2015 - What is Inside This Issue
Inspiring as always, this month our Creative Contributors had no set theme and were able to create anything their heart desired for our Anything Goes Issue. Favorite techniques and Wonderful Memories are in-store for you this month. Artwork Shown by Helene Huber


All content, including text, photographs and concept design work copyright of the individual blog author unless otherwise stated. Stamp images used are copyrighted by the companies credited. Designs and ideas for inspiration only. Designs may not be copied for the purpose of sale, publication, or contest submissions.

Please note that some of the products that are used on our blog have been supplied by the vendors mentioned in our posts. Please see our Disclosure Statement on our Unruly Advertisers Page for more on this matter.

The articles posted on Unruly PaperArts are the opinions and words of each posting author who represent themselves and not the publication as a whole.

All crafting must be undertaken with common sense. Please read all the directions for any products or tools used closely and follow all safety instructions which are available from the manufacturer.

Subscribe to our Newsletter