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This morning I wanted to drop in and share with you the full reveal of my layout, Photobooth: Madness & Memories, that I created for Ten Things You Can Do With Ribbon over at Practical Scrappers. (If you haven't checked out the other ideas for using your ribbon stash, make sure you check it out. There's some great ideas from the other girls, including creating garland, weaving a background, and using ribbon on a canvas!)
Ribbon is one of those products that I used to be totally in love with. I bought it every chance I could, have jars of scrap ribbon, and have two containers full of it! But I must admit that I don't use it as much as I should. So, this was the perfect challenge to pull out that stash and use some up! My sister Kristy gave me a package full of 20 (or so) rolls of dotted American Crafts ribbon. I loved it but haven't used much of it. So I challenged myself to use as much of it as I could. (Just to give you an idea of how much ribbon I used, I took this photo on Instagram before I created my project).
I started my layout with the strips of ribbon before I even knew what photos I was going to use (risky, I know!) I cut random lengths of ribbon strips and adhered them diagonally to my page. (I used a heavier cardstock since I knew this would make the page heavy). This was the most time consuming of this project and took several days worth of work (in spurts, of course). I'm a slower scrapper though, so I always have to start my projects days ahead of time. After I finished this page (photo above), I chose my photos, but realized two things: 1) the background was too busy with all of the colors, and 2) If I wanted to use all of the photos I did, they wouldn't fit on one page.
By now, all of the rest of the ribbon I had was small strips. Since the background was busy anyways, I cut some cardstock diagonally to go over the ribbon strips (photo second from top). I then reversed the remainder of the cardstock and used it on the second page (photo above). I used tons of pop dots to keep the cardstock up off the ribbon strips (so it wasn't bumpy). This really helped ground the colorful background (because let's face it, for me, this was wwaayyy too much color!)
After I was done with my background, I could finally start building my pages! I matted my photos in white to create cohesion and help them stand out more, then added my title, journaling, and embellies. As a last resort, I added some white mist because the grey seemed too dull and plain for me.
And there you have it! In the end, I used about 10 rolls of ribbon. Wowzers! That is 10 rolls less than I had before!!!! (Told you I had alot). I'm thinking I might do something like this again in the future on cards or another layout to use up some more of my stash. What ideas do you have for using your ribbon stash?