Sunday, July 7, 2013

May Arts Design Team Call Round 2

I am very excited to have made it through round one of the call May Arts has out to be a Prima Ribbonista!!!  Today, for round 2, I am going to share a mini album I made with chipboard and several beautiful May Arts ribbons.

Ribbon Basket Weave Mini

I decided to make a 4” x 6” mini album and I started with an 81/2” x 11” sheet of chipboard.

1 Album

I wanted my spine to be about an inch so I cut my base chipboard piece to 9” x 6”, marked lines at 4” and 5”, scored with my bone folder and a metal ruler, and folded.  I used kraft card stock for the binding.  I cut a 5” x 6” piece (scored at 2” and 3” then folded) for the back and a 12” x 6”  piece (scored at 2”, 3”, 4”, 5”, 6”, 7”, 8”, 9” and 10” then folded).  At the end of both of these piece there should be 2” sections, these will be attached on top of each other for the binding.  I used Miracle Tape, I love this stuff!!  I have it in every size available.  You should end up with an accordion in your spine, this is where you will end up attaching your pages.  Set this base aside and grab some May Arts RIBBON!!

2 Weaving

I used 4 different ribbons to create my basket weave.  Pink Chevron, diagonal stripe, faux canvas, solid ivory check.  I used cork board and pins to layout my ribbon to weave.  The chevron is the base so I measured out pieces 2” bigger than the overall length of the album.  I wanted the chipboard to show through so I left a little space and calculated I needed 6 pieces.  I pinned these ribbons down so they would not move too much while I was weaving.  I used the other ribbons to do the weaving.  These pieces were also cut 2” longer that the 6” height of the album.  I wanted to chevron to be the binding and I wanted to wrap it around and attach the binding and tie a big bow so I cut this piece a bit longer.  This is where I started by measuring the middle and weaving this piece in.  I used the chipboard to make sure I measured correctly and then pinned where the ends would be.   Next I determined the ribbon pattern I wanted and wove the pieces in the same on both sides. **If your ribbons are not the same on both sides you need to weave with the wrong side up.

3 Attaching

Time for more Miracle Tape…I put strips where ever there was ribbon that could move and where there was ribbon woven both ways.  The I placed the chipboard on top and pressed down.  I started in the middle and then did each side so I could make sure everything was smooth.

4 Inside

Carefully flip the album over and at each side put a strip of tape and fold over the flaps of ribbon and press down.  I added another piece of ribbon in the binding for contrast.  I attached the binding with more tape and ran the chevron and check ribbon between the accordion and back piece.

I attached some kraft cardstock on both sides to cover the ribbon ends.  I cut 8 3-3/4” x 5-3/4” pieces of patterned paper to be attached to each side of the accordion to make the pages.  I also cut 2 additional matching pieces for the inside covers.  I added some May Arts Jute to the binding, woven on the outside and wrapped in the middle of the accordion to help stabilize it. 


I finished by tying a big bow. 

Now for a little bit of embellishing (my favorite part ;) )…  I used an UmWow Studio chipboard piece, the bluebell.  The flowers are coating with Piccolo enamel.  I fussy cut 2 butterflies I stamped with VLVS! small spotted butterfly and added some stickles.

Finished 4


Finished close

I will be working on filling this mini album this summer.  My vision for it is to be all about my favorite things…that should be super fun to do!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you are inspired to create you very own mini album with a gorgeous ribbon basket weave cover.  And check back to see how the pages turn out.  Oh and wish me luck!!!  I have all my fingers crossed!!

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  1. Very beautiful mini album! Love how you wove the ribbons to make a pretty album cover. Good luck on making the team!

  2. Oh WOW! This is STUNNING! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

  3. Wow . . . just WOW!!! Love this mini . . . such a GREAT idea. Thanks once again for the inspiration!!!


  4. I linked to your blog from VLVS..
    AWESOME little project with the Cool weaving :)

  5. Beautiful mini Michele! Good luck on the try outs!

  6. This is just gorgeous Belle, I picked it to be featured on the Paper Issues Blog tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for playing along!

  7. Congrats on being featured over at Paper Issues :). I love the look of your new blog!