This week, I'm heading to Dallas to attend the American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference. It's funny because when we were moving, this date seemed so far away.
It was like I had all the time in the world... but now here it is and I find myself unprepared. I suppose that's somewhat typical.
As it is, I have a layout to share today. Maybe you saw the ribbon valance I have in my scrapbook room:
It's not really a secret how much I love ribbon, so I pulled a bunch of my favorites (the same ones that are hanging over my window) and created a layout about my daughter at age 10.
I used the ribbon like you would strips of patterned paper, careful to cut the ends at different angles so everything wasn't going the same way. I also made sure to vary the lengths.
From there, I just built the layout on top of the colorful texture the ribbon provides:
Sometimes you need a little extra adhesive, which is why I stitched the buttons in place. I find that some adhesives don't want to stick to ribbon, though for whatever reason getting it to stick to paper is fine.
I use Crafty Power Tape from Scrapbook Adhesives. I wrote my journaling on white cardstock and cut it into strips, applying them around the layout. Here again, I didn't want anything lined up, so I added them at different points, overlapping the ribbon around the page.
I used foam adhesive (Scrapbook Adhesives) to get the photo to pop up a little bit.
And that was pretty much it!
You can see more ideas like this one in my E-Book, Step Up Your Supplies.
Those Ella girls really know how to put a book together, which is why I'm thrilled to tell you all about this book from my friend Elizabeth Dillow:
AND! I get to give one away!
Here's a little more about this fabulous book...
Whatever you make, make it meaningful.
Elizabeth Dillow applies this philosophy to everything she does, and Meaningful Mini Albums may be the meaningfulest* of them all. She poured her heart and soul into 12 amazing albums (some itty bitty and others merely small) that will inspire you to tell your best stories in creative new ways. And your purchase includes a free video tour of 7 of the 12 albums. (Details on page 2 of your download.)
The beauty of a mini-album is that you can pack BIG memories inside. And these are projects with a clear beginning and end, which means you get to accomplish something grand and set the finished product on the shelf for all the world to see, flip through, and enjoy. Aren't you dying to think mini?
*Yes, we made up a word, but we're in good company. Shakespeare made up words all the time.
So...how would YOU like to win?
All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and I'll choose a winner Wednesday before I head off to Dallas!
For extra chances to win, just Tweet, Facebook or Pin the link to this giveaway and come back here and leave another comment telling me you did! What a great little giveaway to kick off the week! :)
I'm also giving away books all over the place on Facebook, so be sure to check out my author page for chances to win!