Use Your Stash | Ribbon

In this month’s Use Your Stash post, we’re going to talk about ribbon. Who’s got a ton of ribbon in their stash? (Raising my hand!)

We all have it in various colors, in various patterns and different widths. It’s versatile and can be used to attach things, as an embellishment and even as a substitute for pattern paper. My biggest problem with ribbon (aside from the quantities that I used to buy) is that I tend to forget to use it.

So I made it my mission to come up with ways for getting the ribbon off the shelf and onto some of my pages. Here are some ideas:

1. Create a grid

Supplies: Cardstock – American Crafts White. Pattern paper – October Afternoon Fly a Kite Strawberry Jam and two patterns from the Thrift Shop collection.  Embellishments – American Crafts buttons, Recollections bling. Tools – Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Inkadinkado stamp, Jenni Bowlin Cough Syrup ink.

I used ribbon as a paper substitute to create the background for this card. The grid provides a place for the squares and embellishments to rest. Take this idea and move it to a layout. Grid designs are hot right now and the ribbon adds a bit of texture that you don’t get with paper.

2. Create unique flower centers

Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill Kraft and Cream Puff. Pattern paper – My Mind’s Eye Shine and Sunshine Girl. Embellishments – American Crafts Thickers, ribbon from Michael’s, Flowers by Prima and American Crafts. Tools – Quickutz photo frame and tag dies, Tattered Angels Marshmallow glimmer mist, American Crafts Precision Pen.

This layout highlights some old photos that my Grandfather had taken. When I placed the flowers on the layout, I really felt they needed something. I pulled some ribbon through the centers and came up with something totally unique. It may not be the right look for every type of layout, but I love how it turned out here.

3. Pile it on

I created this layout a few years ago so most of the supplies are all discontinued, but it shows yet another technique for emphasizing ribbon on your layout. These were new supplies at the time and the ribbon was designed to work perfectly match the paper line. Rather than use it sparingly, I created a design to use a lot of ribbon all at once.

For another idea, check out Shannon Tidwell’s class this month at 2 Peas in a Bucket. She’s got a different example of how to pile on the ribbon and help you put a dent in your stash.

4. Make your own ribbon strips

You must check out this awesome tutorial on Michelle Wooderson’s blog. She uses a variety of ribbons to create what she calls Rib-N-Strips. Use a variety of sizes and patterns to match your project. These strips help you use ribbon scraps as well as giving you another unique embellishment idea.

5. Create your own custom colored ribbon

Don’t have the exact color you need for your project? Just get out your Copic markers and color in some grosgrain ribbon the way that Trudee shows in this post. That’s a 2-for-1 – use up your ribbon stash and get more mileage from your Copic markers!

What is your favorite way to use ribbon on your projects?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. love love your me layout! so fab!!!!

    great tips on using ribbon!

    • Thanks! 😀

  2. What great ideas! I would have never thought to use them as flower centers like that…gonna have to try it!

    • Thank you – I’m always happy when an idea actually works out and is just as cool as the thought in your head…. 🙂

  3. Oh I love that card!!!!! Great ideas Tammy!!!

    • Thanks Becky!

  4. These are all great ideas and gorgeous designs! Will have to try a couple of them!

    • Thank you for the kind works and thanks for stopping by Marcie! 🙂

  5. great tips!! love the card with the butterflies!

    • Thanks!

  6. Great use of ribbon !!!!!

    • I’m all about using it up! 🙂

  7. Love your idea lists lately. My fav today is the ribbon woven through the middle of the flowers. Those flowers can be boring without assistance and this is a great suggesstion.

    • Thank you – it was an experiment that actually turned out great! Love it when that happens. 🙂

  8. I have a fair amount of ribbon on hand and I enjoy using it, it’s never been one of the embellishments I have to try and think of ways to use up. I have a lot of fibers and those are hard for me to figure out ways to use on layouts.



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