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What is Scrapbooking Ribbon?

By S. Gonzales
Updated May 17, 2024
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Scrapbooking ribbon is ribbon that is used to embellish a scrapbook. Ribbon can easily and quickly add color and texture to any scrapbook. Scrapbooking ribbon is very versatile and can be used in many ways, including creating bows and knots, bordering pages and embellishing photos.

Though virtually any type of ribbon can act as scrapbooking ribbon, many scrapbookers prefer to buy ribbon that is marketed as being specifically for scrapbook design. This kind of ribbon can be found in arts and crafts stores with other scrapbooking supplies. They typically are sold in rolls or in packages. Packages usually have varying types of ribbons or colors included in them.

When selecting scrapbooking ribbon, scrapbookers tend to consider size, color, style and fabric before making a choice. Thin, wide, plain, colored, patterned, grosgrain and metallic are just a few of the options that will be available to anyone looking to purchase scrapbooking ribbon. The type of ribbon chosen depends largely on personal preference, but certain scrapbook themes such as weddings and babies might call for specific types or colors of ribbon.

There are lots of ways to utilize scrapbooking ribbon. Scrapbookers can decorate journaling tags, make bows and knots, create border pages and produce flowers and cover other items using ribbon. Many scrapbookers use ribbon with photos. Ribbon can be added to the border of a photo to make it seem as if the ribbon frames the photo, or it can be used to embellish corners. Scrapbookers should be careful not to glue ribbon directly onto a photo, because the glue can damage it.

Scrapbooking ribbon itself can even be decorated. Scrapbookers can add charms and beads to ribbons to give them a unique feel. They can also write on ribbon as another way to journal.

Adhering ribbon to a scrapbook can be difficult to do using regular glue sticks. Better ways to affix ribbon include stapling it, sticking the ribbon with pins, applying thin glue dots and using double-sided tape. These methods can ensure that the ribbon stays put after numerous page turns.

Some scrapbookers who want to use ribbon might be concerned about the ribbon fraying over time. To protect against fraying, scrapbookers can simply cut the ends of ribbon pieces at an angle. Any simple angle line will do, and those who want to give their scrapbook a more sophisticated look can try to cut the ribbon ends so that they look like an inverted letter "V."

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