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Ribbon Organization and My Studio

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Well hello there Peeps….it’s Ginny here and it’s my day to share how I organize my Really Reasonable Ribbons!  Just a fair warning….I’m a bit OCD….can’t help it….I come by it from my Momma….the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree : ) These pics were taken on a very snow stormy day in Michigan….so they are not as bright as the shop usually is : (

IMG_2978My crafting space is in the back corner of my store….I have to keep things neat and tidy most of the time….so I’ve got a pretty organized system to make things easy to put back to make room for crops and classes.  Quite a bit of my trims are in the cabinet on the right…in those stacked bins on the shelves. They are all labeled by color : ) Labels make me happy!

IMG_2958I’ve got my RRR ribbons in this large compote on the shelf. The texture is so pretty. I keep lot’s of little bits in these vintage dishes and milk glass. Tiny clothes pins, felty hearts and bits of images clipped out and ready to use.

IMG_2956Here is some pretty glitters, more dishes filled with paper pretties and washi tapes.

IMG_2965I love these little boxes with the French theme.  The little dress form was a gifty from my DH…I added a few sparkly Christmas ornaments and flowers to dress it up a bit. Behind the shelves I have some boards to hold little bits of images and some vintage button tags.

IMG_2959This shelf has my embellishment boxes, more vintage clippings and paper pads.

IMG_2937My inspiration board is a great place to display a banner we made recently in class, flowers, trinkets from my peeps, and some of my favoritest blingy jewelery.

IMG_2899I’ve hung my inspiration board above Stella my dress form. She has more bling on lol. The tower on the right holds crepe rolls, vintage mason jars full of buttons and rings for albums. There’s also a container of chapsticks and “emergency eyeliner” I’m never without eyeliner lol.

IMG_2970I added some of my favoritest pink polka dot ribbon to these canning jars and filled them with little bitty bags, glassine bags, super cute stripy straws and Middy bags stacked in back.

IMG_2921I do love all these drawers. Filled with all my flowers and doilys and tools and buttons. Yes I know I have a few labels missing….it’s on the list lol.

IMG_2924I’ve filled up this spinning rack (meant for paint) with my ribbon spools….they are super handy to reach for when I need them. I’ve got all my go-to tools in the cute pink buckets and tags are displayed in the seed containers on the shelves.

IMG_2936IMG_2922I keep all my RRR trims stored in the clear bins by color wrapped with craft paper strips held on with paper clips so I can use it and rewrap them easily. This works to keep a lot of ribbon in less space : )

IMG_2987IMG_2999IMG_3010IMG_3011IMG_3012I try to keep all my prettiest supplies out for inspiration….but like most of you I do have a space that is strictly functional….in my case I call it “the beast” A ginormous cabinet for all my stamps and inks and paper stash and other necessary items. I’m showing it to you with the doors open since Bonnie was so brave to share her box of shame lol. You should insert slasher movie music now lol

IMG_2983And here are my bins of shame lol

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Yikes…I guess I better work on those bins lol.

I hope you enjoyed your little visit in my crafty space : ) Wishing you all a happy and productive and and time to be creative : ) G

Christmas Goodie Grab Bags

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I’ve got lot’s of great goodie bags loaded up with some  fabulous paper crafting supplies. Paper, ribbons, printed images, tinsel, charms, glittery ornaments, and twine….all packaged up pretty as you please in a fun polka dot middy bag!

IMG_2687Patterned papers, all 4 x 6 inches, great for cards, tags, scrapbooking…or an type of paper crafting.

IMG_2682Printed images…all cut out and ready to get crafty with.

IMG_2683Tinsel and twine….glittery ornaments, festive tiny clothespins, and itty bitty charms.

IMG_2685And we can’t forget ribbon…gotta have that!

IMG_2686There’s a full 70 pieces in this chock full of festive fun kit…..I can just image making labels for homemade treats, tags to add to your kiddos lunches so they know you miss them while they’re away at school, cards, gift tags and maybe a little holiday banner?

Best of all…these are all ready to ship quick…so you get them in plenty of time to get your craft on before the big day!

Click the link to get the scoop on all the fabulous goodies in the bag and get one for yourself ( or two) lol.

Christmas Goodie Grab Bag

Okay…I’m off now to get to work and make banner kits! I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative!

January Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

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Can it be that another month has gone by so quickly??? Must be because it time for another Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop. My favorite time of being on a team of super creative talented designers…when we get to showcase the Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment.

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Okay…let’s get hopping. You should be coming to Polly’s from the lovely and talented Misty. If you’re just starting here…..you need to click here to start at the beginning…then follow all the links to see the very inspiring projects created by the design team. Don’t forget to leave a little love for the fabulous projects!

Okay so on to my project. This may shock everyone…but it’s a layout. What????? I know, I’m just as surprised as you are lol. I’m working toward changing out the displays in my shop so be on the lookout for many more layouts to come.

IMG_0708I choose to use the Melina White Crochet Lace and White Iridescent  Edged Ribbon from the club to accent my layout. I gave my ribbon a pinch pleat and used my Score Tape   to hold it place then simply stitched it down to two offset layers of the lace. This serves to anchor the bottom of the layout and give it visual weight.

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I layered a sweet chipboard birdie covered in a bingo card image onto a journaling die cut with a post card image from Graphic’s Fairy. Next comes lot’s and lot’s of flowers. Notice I used more of the lace to “fill in” the flowers a bit and give them a softer edge.

IMG_0704-001I cut a scallop edge and inked the paper then crinkled the edge before I sewed it all down. There’s quite a bot of sewing on this layout for stability and texture. Pretty pretty Dusty Attic chipboard corners are painted and pearled.

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IMG_0710With a very dry brush and white acrylic paint I dabbed into the flowers to soften the colors a bit.

IMG_0713-001A few more flowers at the top on the pretty tags with dots and gingham. I added the small craft ticket to balance the bird.

IMG_0707-001An extra little bit of lace is a nice detail as well as the tiny metal clips and pearls.

So that’s it for my project using the January Ribbon Club Assortment. I hope you like it as much as I do : ) Can’t wait to hang it up in the store!!!

Your next stop in the hop is the very talented and lovely Gloria. I didn’t get to see a sneak peak this month…I think she is super busy creating projects for Really Reasonable Ribbon and Graphic 45 for the CHA. Busy busy girl she is : ) Don’t forget to leave a little love for that hard working designer!

Thanks to everyone for joining us in the hop. Hope you all have a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative. Huggs G

Garland Tutorial for Bottle Brush Trees

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I have recently discovered the bottle brush bleaching technique. The results were so amazing that I bleached all my little trees. Now how to decorate them? Today I’ll be sharing an easy peasy tutorial on how to crochet a sweet little garland.

First a sneak peek at the finished trees….

IMG_0456I used Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon and Silver Metallic String from Really Reasonable Ribbon to create my garland.

IMG_0457I should mention that the little trees started out looking like the one on the right. After bleaching (do this outside!!!) and allowing to dry I gave them a very generous dry brushing ( do not use your favorite brush) : ( and then added tinsel glitter flakes to make them sparkly.

IMG_0448-002IMG_0451-001IMG_0453-001I used ivory and silver…but you could come up with an infinite number of combinations of ribbon and string to create a look that will be very unique. I also think this little garland could be used on lots of crafts or card making or scrapbooking : )

IMG_0455IMG_0460IMG_0459I’ll be adding these little trees to my village vignette. The would also be beautiful in a cloche ( don’t have one of those yet…maybe I’ll ask Santa)  I have also seen them in shabby pink swoon.

That’s it for my tutorial….better go find your crochet hook and get busy making tiny garlands! I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Pretty Little Mini Journals-Albums

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Can’t decide what I want to call these…since they would work equally well as a small journal or a mini album. The one thing I do know is that the are super sturdy. I choose some of my fav patterns from Websters Pages to create lovely covers and dressed them in pretty trims.

IMG_0352I choose to dress the rings with some olive wrinkled ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. The pages are craft brown…so the natural green and birds coordinated perfectly : )

IMG_0353Inside the pages are very neutral to add journaling or to be the perfect backdrop for pictures.

IMG_0354Can’t forget the back : )

IMG_0363I love the look of a chunky book!

IMG_0359This one has butterflies : ) and more wrinkle ribbon!

IMG_0360This little book has lined paper for the inside pages…perfect for writing in!

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This is two out of three books I made this week. I’ll share the other one tomorrow. Who knows..maybe I’ll get busy and make more : )

Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative! G

P.S. I’ve got these listed in the etsy shop for an easy gift or stocking stuffer!

Special Etsy Savings On all Christmas Cards

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HOORAAAYY we are offering free shipping on all Christmas cards in the Etsy shop. All the cards have been lovingly handcrafted with layers of papers and beautiful trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’ve also added fun and festive embellishments like buttons and bells and chipboard. There’s lot’s to choose from now and I’ll be adding more by the end of the day. Check early for best selection. No limit. Free shipping to the continental United States and Canada.

A Little Fall for Mom

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I’ve been posting lately that I’m working on taking down all the Halloween decor in the shop and putting up the Christmas. My dear Mom responded with ” What about Fall???” She lives in Texas ( too far away) and the only change of season they enjoy is from hot…to not as hot. So here is a project inspired but the colors of Fall and by my beautiful Mom : ) This is also for my first post as an official Design Team member of Really Reasonable Ribbon.

The other story behind this Fall inspired mini album is that I recycled the base. It started out life as the packaging for some Tim Holtz tare out tickets. Win for me!!!! This book measures 7 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches.

This pretty little gingham check in brown makes the perfect poofy bow. I topped it off with a bit of string and a sparkly button. The Ivory Jute Ribbon makes the perfect border on the bottom to anchor the cover. The Score Tape is the best way to attach very fibrous trims and it worked great for this jute ribbon : )

To finish off the flowers I added some of the little bits from the leaf swag that I took down to store away for next year. More recycling???? Don’t mind if I do : ) The vintage image you see behind the house is from Graphic’s Fairy. I was pretty excited when I found it since the colors match perfectly : )

Turns out….getting pics of a book that flips open from the top to bottom is much more difficult than I bargained for…so I just got one of each page and collaged them together. There’s lot’s of room in this mini for pics and journaling.

The book was just the right size to use the large sized Fall journal cards from Simple Stories. I just mixed and matched the background papers and topped them off with some fun embellishments, rubons and chipboard bits.This book is listed in the Etsy shop.

Sorry about this long post : ( But one more thing before I go…..I’m am super thrilled to be designing for Really Reasonable Ribbon. Thanks to Bonnie for adding me to the line up of very talented designers.

Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative! G

Halloween in the Shop

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When we moved our shop to Dexter we gained a ton of space to display seasonal decor. I can not begin to tell you how happy this makes me!! My first holiday to decorate for is coming to an end….so before I take it all down and start decking the halls…I got a few shots of the spooktacular Halloween display. I also had myself a little fun with the photo effects : )

How do you decorate a shabby chic pink store for Halloween? White pumpkins of course! I layered this vignette with a large mirror in a silvery and antiqued frame. To get some height for my pumpkins I stacked them on some antique books with their covers removed. I added some black candle sticks and funky black wreaths. A few sunflower picks for pops of color. They came with those sweet little gourds on them : ) Win for me!!! I had a few pale ceramic pieces of skeletons so those went in the front. My dear friend Jane has been sneaking in the fun little tiny white pumpkins she grew in her garden : ) Thanks Jane!!!!

I draped the top of the mirror with a lace curtain to give it a vintage look. I’m calling this side my shabby chic pumpkin alter. The best part of the “foundation pieces I added…is that I can just leave them up there when I’m ready to switch out the decor to a different season. Who’s a smart decorator???? ME!!!

Edgar the raven has been perched in the bird cage on a stack of books…I left the door open in case he wants to fly away lol.

I played around with the effects on this pic until I had almost all the color out. Then added some text…I love how it turned out…pretty and spooky.

Okay….so that’s one side of my center island display…all shabby and pale….anchored with black accents. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the other side of the display that I decked out all in vintage. Of course I’m pretty excited to start layering in the Christmas displays….so this will all be coming down next week. I’ve been working hard creating some really lovely decorations for my small white Christmas tree and I can’t wait to share them with you.

If you missed yesterdays post…you should click here to check it out. We’re having a fun giveaway of a vintage Halloween Mini Album just in time to save the pics and mementos of your holiday celebrations.

Halloween Pocket with Tags

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I love making creative projects this time of year. Halloween and Christmas are my favorite holidays. They have a certain magic don’t they? I created this fun Halloween Pocket yesterday…then filled it with fabulous tags. The best part is it’s got a space in the middle to add a little bag of yummy teats. This time of year for me it would be candy corn lol. I know they sell that sweet delicacy for every holiday now in different festive colors….but that is just wrong.  Candy corn should be savored only at Halloween and only in yellow…orange and white. Period. End of story. Otherwise it will loose it’s magic.

I love this spooky sweet black kitty cat. I’ve layered it over a spiderweb die cut…with a border of black pom pom trim, some orange and black argyle from My Mind’s Eye and a fabulous burlap trim with black and white stripe.

These great little tags have layers of vintage inspired papers and the one on the right has a chunky chipboard button from Jenni Bowlin. More fun trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon at the top and black buttons for accent.

More tags in the back pocket????? Don’t mind if I do : )

I blinged out the tag on the left with some awesome little black crystal flowers.

Fill up the middle with some goodies…and your sure to make a favorite little trick or treator very very happy : )

I got the idea for the pocket from lovely friend Donna who recently gave me a thank you tag in a similar pocket. Thanks Donna for the inspiration : ) I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) what will I be up to??? You guessed it…making more treat pockets!

Creativity Kits!!!

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I’ve been working on the dreamiest little kits full of flowers, buttons, tags, bags and pages from vintage law books. You know anything with typography gets me all happy. Add flowers and button???? SWOONING : )

Paper crafting goodies oh how I love you. I’ve included 20 pages from the vintage law book, 8 craft tags, 4 large and 4 small glassine bags,4 petite paper doily’s, and a full tag of beautiful dimensional flowers on wire stems. They’re available in the Etsy shop and I can tell you  this little kit is a great value! I’ve got a few listed now…more throughout the day.