Scrapbooking Tutorial #5: Breast Cancer Awareness and Paper Ribbon Embellishments

Scrapbooking Tutorial #5: Breast Cancer Awareness and Paper Ribbon Embellishments


Hi! I’m Jennifer Neumann and this week at our
Pages for the Ages tutorial, we’re talking about how to honor the people we love
through scrapbooking. This episode is dedicated to my aunt Ruth who this month is celebrating her 10th year
of being cancer free. I’m wearing this
breast cancer awareness pin in honor of her and when we get back I’ll show you how to incorporate paper awareness ribbons into your scrapbook layouts. Scrapbooking is the best way to capture memories and make them last a lifetime But how do you get started
without spending a fortune? Pages for the Ages is here to help you out! In recent years, awareness ribbons have become
all the rage. Back in 2004, we saw them popping up all over the place when it became trend for Americans to have support our troops magnet ribbons on their cars. Now, these ribbons are always associated with some sort of cause. For instance, yellow is support our troops – pink, breast cancer – red, AIDS…etc. There are many more out there. Now, when we see these ribbons and think about them, it brings to mind people who have had to be brave and suffered through some sort of adversity. Now, as a scrapbooker, what a better to honor that person than by creating
a scrapbook page or a scrapbook album dedicated to that person. That’s what I’ve been doing here today. I’ve been working on this page for my Aunt Ruth. And, I’m going to bring you
a little closer to show you what I’ve been creating so far and then give you the simplest way to create a paper ribbon embellishment. Here is the scrapbook layout that I’ve craeted for my Aunt Ruth, who I mentioned, is a cancer survivor. These pictures were taken recently from a Walk for the Cure event that she and her husband Steve
went to. So, I wanted to display them on this scrapbook page which I’m making for her. The photos….um… This one is a 4×6 in. and this is a 2.5 x 3.5 inch. I also have a 4×4 inch journaling box and this is all displayed on a
12×12 inch page. I actually made ONE additional copy
of this layout and it’s available for sale in my Artfire store as of today. At the bottom I created
my own embellishments by writing, “Live strong.
Love. Hope.” Now, the one last thing I have to do on this page is, I would like to put a ribbon embellishment down here
in the corner, one that looks similar to the pin that I own. Now I could go out and buy ribbon to place
in that corner – which would be fine. As you’ve noticed,
I tend to be a “strictly paper” scrapbooker. That’s just the medium
that I enjoy using. Also, you may not be interested in making that extra trip
to the store. So, I’m going to show you the easiest way to create a paper ribbon embellishment. These are the supplies you will need for this project. Alright. When I first began playing with creating
a paper ribbon, my first method was
to use a stencil. I made this stencil free hand, by pretty much just
looking at this product here and trying to make it
look the same. I wasn’t too satisfied with
the end result, however. Since I cut this free hand, it’s not as neat as
I would like it to be. I feel like the dimensions are a little off. So, then I decided to try
a different method, especially since this method took a lot of time and I wasn’t satisifed
with the end result. What I started to do was play with strips of paper.
And, um… the end result that
we’re going to come up with, is this
ribbon right here on the layout which is
in my shop. First thing you need to do is find a sheet of paper that is 12 inches long by 1 inch high. Now, if we want to do
this properly, it needs to be the same color on
both sides. If you don’t have the
same color on both sides what will happen is you will get this result. It will be yellow on
one side and white on the other. And, of course, if it’s ribbon, you want it to be continually, the same color. So, that’s why it’s important that your cardstock is the same color
on both sides. If you want to do this easily, and NOT spend a lot of
time on it, all you have to do is take your strip of paper and take the ends,
fold them in toward one another
and press down. What I don’t like about this is that it has a flat top. It kinda looks like ribbon, but it doesn’t really resemble the pin which has
the arc on top. So, to get that arc, we’re gonna have to take
a few more steps. We start off by finding
our piece of paper. I’m going to use this hot pink cardstock from Textured Cardstock Brights which I got at Hobby Lobby. Okay. To start off with, I need a straight edge
of the paper. I’m going to mark
1 inch across, very lightly with my pencil. The next step, I need to find
the middle mark. That would be 6 inches. So, from that 1 inch width
mark 6 inches. Next, I want to mark 1 inch on either side
of the center. That would be 7 inches and 5 inches. Make sure you’re using a pencil to make
those markings. The next thing we need to do is accomodate for this curve. In order to do that, I’m going to use
an oval cutter. This is from Creative Memories’ System. I’m going to use the
smallest one. And, I’m going to line it up with those two 1 inch marks. Once I have it
pretty well lined up… There we go. Now the dot is there and there, right on the edge. I’m going to use the Creative Memories’ blade
cutting system; the red one
which is the smallest. It cuts closests to the shape. I’m going to carefully just cut up here on top. Right to those two markings
I made. Now, I’m going to erase my pencil markings… and, cut the strip. Now, when I use my paper trimmer I can’t cut all the way down or I will lose the bump
that I just made. So, I have to cut
half-way down. I’m lined up with my
1 inch mark. Oops! There we go. Just half-way down. Flip the paper over. And go, half-way down. I’ll finish up the rest
with scissors. Alright. It is free! Now, I’m going to take
this strip of odd paper, with the hump up bring the two tabs in. Now you want to find a good point at which you think these ends
looked lined up and it’s lined up,
up here. Take a piece of adhesive and stick that down and flatten it out. We’re getting close. Alright. The next step. We want to cut this part out right here. You can use your trimmer for that, again. Take your trimmer and carefully line it up. I’m actually going to make a little trim by hand. It’s not quite lined up here like I want it to be. That usually happens so you just have to, kinda carefully make an adjustment
for that. Perfect. Now I use my cutter to cut out the middle part here. You have to be very careful only to cut that back part – the hump that we made. If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial today please subscribe to our channel and don’t forget to check out our website at pages4theages.com I’m Jennifer Neumann. Thanks for being with us and we’ll see you again soon!

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