Articel courtesy Scrapjazz.com; by Julia Sandvoss

As in fashion, scrapbook trends come and go. But often trends come and stay. I'm positive the new craft of making banners and pennants is here to stay. They are so versatile and can be made for just about everything under the sun. Here are some ideas to get you started on this new trend that is a favorite of mine.

Welcome Pennant

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The welcome banner has several uses. It can be hung in a new home to welcome a family moving in, hung at home to welcome a student returning home from college or hung as a decoration for a family gathering or celebration. Mine was made as part of a family reunion set.

For this banner I used Bo Bunny's Double Dot Cardstock, felt squares, Bo Bunny's Double Dot Ribbon and my Cricut machine and the Locker Talk cartridge.

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I used a sewing machine to sew the ribbon onto the paper and felt. I knotted the ribbons together to connect each pennant. To trim the felt I used Fiskars pinking shears. It was a fairly quick and easy project that I completed in about two hours time!

Scary Halloween Pennant

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Once I saw all the fun banners everyone was making I knew I had to make one for Halloween. I have a really nice brick hearth and mantle with my fireplace. Given my daughter has asthma we normally don't use our fireplace too often. So I knew there were no worries about having this hanging over it.

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I worked with Making Memories, KI Memories and Carolee's patterned papers. The cute spider is from the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge. Some orange rick rack, black pompon ribbon and Halloween-colored glitter help finish it off perfectly.

Halloween offers many choices for words, such as "boo," "creepy," or "spooky.". If you're feeling adventurous "Happy Halloween" would be a fun one to make!

Go Team! Pennant

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When September rolls around, it's time for sports and that definitely means football! Families everywhere love to tailgate, have pregame parties at their home and attend the all-important bowl game parties. This is a fun way to decorate your home or party.

I used colored felt, Bo Bunny Pep Rally Stripe paper, Bo Bunny Double Dot Cardstock in Clover and Licorice, Cricut's Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and twill tape. I drew a football shape by hand onto the brown felt. Once I cut that out I used my sewing machine to add on the twill tape. I shadow cut my letters on the Cricut to give depth to the letters. Then I sewed the top striped paper onto the felt.

JOY Pennant

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This little pennant gives me a lot of joy and definitely will look festive hanging with my holiday decorations.

For this banner I used Bo Bunny's new Believe papers, Bo Bunny's Dreams Come True Cardstock Stickers, Bo Bunny Double Dot Cranberry Ribbon, Cricut All Mixed Up cartridge and some Stickles to sparkle it up a bit.

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I used the Frosted Lace Stickles on the punched circles. They are quick and easy to use; just squeeze a bit onto the circle and lightly rub around. It adds just enough glitter and keeps the mess down as well.

These banners are just a tiny taste of what you can make. The possibilities are endless when you consider birthdays, baby showers, Easter, Fall, Thanksgiving, or even your child's name to hang in a bedroom . Have fun making one!

 

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