Scrapbook Sunday ~ Ribbon & Banners

The scrapbook challenge at StampNation this month is to use banners.  Oh boy, do I LOVE using banners.  In fact, if you do a search on my blog of "Scrapbook" you will find lots of examples of how I like to use them in my layouts.     As a design team member though I had to come up with something new.  All of a sudden I was stumped!   LOL.  Then I decided to just start scrapbooking, knowing that the banner pages would eventually come.  And they did.

Most of the time I like to scrapbook in 2 page spreads using pictures from the same "event".  Today's example breaks all those "rules" for me.   The sky on the LHS (Left Hand Side) might not even have been taken on the same day.  On the RHS (right hand side) all 3 pictures were from different days and didn't "go together" at all.  How to tie all these pictures in that I wanted to include in my scrapbook???  

Here's what I did to create "flow".  I used the same paper packs and elements on both pages.  I went fairly neutral so that all the different colors in the pictures wouldn't be competing.   Because I had so few pictures to work with I also scaled down the page by running a 9"x12" strip of Whisper White textured cardstock down the middle of both pages.  This left me with a background paper border to keep it fairly clean, but not a huge "blank" spot crying out to be filled.  (We all know I struggle to keep it clean and simple.)

The next thing I did was to run some Basic Gray Two Tone Ribbon across both of my pages.  This again added some interest and tied the two pages together.  Adding banners became easy after that.   I used the Hearts A Flutter Framelit to cut my banners out of Fan Fair Designer Series Paper (DSP).   *Tip* You could cut them by hand if you don't want to pull out your Framelits.  Then I tucked them under the Basic Gray ribbon.  Next I decided to break up the gray a bit and added another ribbon.  This time I used Whisper White Organza ribbon and cut each end into a flag tail. 

The hardest part about the RHS was deciding what to call it.  The layout is very similar with the ribbon, banner and papers.  I arranged the pictures a bit differently.  On the top is my son's school project and one of his drawings.  On the bottom is a bench I painted 9 or 10 years ago, a broom I created who knows when, and the scarecrow my friend Angie W. made for me about 7 years ago.  It's how I decorate my front porch each Fall.  As October hits I add in pumpkins of various sizes as I pick them up at the store or pumpkin patch.  Art seemed to fit.

In the close up you can see how I carried the banners, ribbon and even brads over to the RHS.  Those brads are on clearance right now.  I think I'll go pick up another set if they are still there.  They are the PERFECT size for scrapbooking, and so easy to open!  The letters are cut using my Cricut and Basic Gray cardstock.  I made sure to use the same font for both pages.

This page really needed a journaling box, but I didn't want have a good place to put it.  So, I hid it.  I tucked it behind Michael's drawing and added a pull tab banner.  

What started out as a mish-mash of pictures that didn't really go together turned out to be a pretty cute 2 page spread thanks to the design, paper and embellishments. 

Now I want to see your banner page!  Take the challenge and create a layout using banners, then let me know you did.  They are a fun accent to most any page.

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Fan Fair Designer Series Paper
Fan Fair DSP

Basic Gray/Basic Black 1-1/4" Two-Tone Ribbon
Basic Gray Two Toned Ribbon

Whisper White 5/8 Inch Organza Ribbon - by Stampin' Up!
Whisper White Organza Ribbon

Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies
Hearts A Flutter Framelits

Neutrals 5/16 Inch Brads - by Stampin' Up!
5/16th" Neutral Brads
Clearance Rack $1.59


Dawn Mercedes said...

Oooh, I love this idea of banners...being the pull tabs for the tags!

Kristie Goulet said...

I too love the banner pull tab for the tag! Very clever Heather!