Scraps to Scrap

One of the cleverest uses of scraps I’ve seen featured in a scrapbook layout was a collection of candles made from leftover pieces of ribbon placed on top of a die cut birthday cake and topped with rhinestones to mimic flames.

Now, that’s creativity at its finest.

I wish I could say I came up with the idea, but alas, I am not that ingenious. However, I have recreated the scrap ribbon candle in a number of my own birthday layouts. More importantly, the idea inspired me to find other ways to turn scrap material into embellishments for my page designs.

Currently, I am trying to breathe new life into all of the leftover ribbon I collected during the holidays. A good chunk of the Christmas ribbon I saved is white; however, I have been busy using chalk and ink to color it to match various layouts. On the larger pieces of white ribbon that I haven’t colored, I used stamps to create a decorative border. This technique works exceptionally well if you crafting a baby-themed layout. Stamping rubber ducks and block letters on thick pieces of ribbon is an easy way to make a page border or a frame for cute pictures of newborns and infants.

Another idea I have been working on includes setting eyelets though a strip of ribbon to create a trim for a journaling block. The downside to this creation is getting it to securely stick to your layout. Personally, I don’t like the look of staples. In fact, I don’t recommend staples for any type of embellishment. With thicker ribbon you could use glue dots or decorative stick pins. Another option is double-sided tape or strong liquid adhesive.

Finally, if you are planning to repurpose ribbon that has been attached to a gift bag or box, you might consider pressing it first. You want to keep your ribbon free of tangles and knots, so it looks appealing when placed on your layout. A good place to store extra ribbon is on an empty paper towel roll.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.