Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Patter Cross

Buckles and bow, oh my!  That makes me think of the Wizard of Oz of scrapbooking.  Well, if you have ever used either of these embellishments, you know that oh my, they are truly addicting and fun.  I find the bows most addicting, and I think I use them on almost every creation.

Using Bows

Bows can be used on everything from cards, layouts, altered items, ATCs, to any other paper creation you can come up with.  Depending on the width of the ribbon you use, it can give a very different look.  Some of the ways I love to use bows are:

To ‘hang' a piece of chipboard:  For this card, I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the chipboard piece.  Then I tied the ribbon through the holes to ‘hang' the chipboard on the card.

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To tie around altered tins:  When altering tins, I love to tie a bow around the edge of the tin.  It adds just the perfect touch.

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To make a flower:  Here I used several different colors of ribbon to make a "bow flower."  You could really layer this with a lot more ribbon for an amazing effect on a card or layout.

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To add a pretty accent to a card or layout:  Here I have tied a bow around the card for a pretty accent to a simple card.

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Other ways you can use bows are to:

  • Add a bow to the center of a button.
  • Tie a bow around a piece of chipboard.
  • Tie bows to the handle of an altered box.
  • Tie bows to the edge of an altered notebook.
  • And countless more ideas!

Using Buckles

Buckles are very fun to use with your ribbons also.  You can slide a buckle onto a ribbon or tie ribbon to both ends of the buckle as I have done here:

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I love to use metal buckles.  The one on this card was made by We R Memory Keepers.  You can also buy buckle punches, and they are fun to use too.  EK Success makes a buckle punch in different sizes.  Here is their medium buckle punch.

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So, break out your buckles and bows, and have fun!  Search the gallery for many more ideas on how to use these on your creations!

 

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