Friday, August 7, 2009

Pleated Ribbon Border

Both Splitcoast Stampers and Scrapbook Dreamer recently issued challenges to incorporate pleats into a design.

I incorporated a pleated border using a wide wire-edged ribbon in this two page scrap book lay out.

I used several papers from Basic Grey's Porcelain Collection which were a perfect color choice for the pictures I wanted to display. Prima flowers and large copper brads added another decorative touch.

On the companion page, I carried the zigzag theme through with a zigzag edged border cut from coordinating papers in the collection.

The text box is from the embellishment page included with the collection.


Cut a strip of plain ivory card stock 12 inches long and 1/8 inch narrower than the ribbon. Secure the cut edge of the ribbon over one end of the card stock, then fan-fold the ribbon in 1/2 inch wide pleats. Secure pleats in place with plastic clothespins on one side. Finger press the wire edge on each side to keep the pleats in place.

Working on 3-4 inch segments, lift up the unpinned edge and lay down roller adhesive onto the card stock and press the pleats into the adhesive.

Remove the pins from the opposite and fasten the pleats to the card stock with adhesive. Continue working along the length, then cut a short length of ribbon and fold it over and adhere it to the back of the panel.
Secure the border to the page with roller, adhesive. Insert two brads on each end. Run a thin bead of tacky glue over the upper edge of the ribbon pleats. Add coordinating braid. Using a miniature needle nose glue bottle, squeeze a thin bead of glue under the edge of the ribbon and braid to secure the pleats and the braid in place.

: Rosenthal, Chatworth, Silver Birch, from the Basic Grey Porcelain Collection; Brown card stock (K&Co.); Scrap of sage green card stock

Zigzag edging punch (Martha Stewart); 1-½” wide polyester-nylon blend wired sage green ribbon (Kirkland, from Costco); Pink braid (Wyla, Joann Fabrics); Copper brads (Making Memories); Large decorative copper brads (Making Memories); Prima flowers; Cricut font cartridge (Storybook)

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