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Today I would like to share some pictures of the ribbon bound book that I created for The Virtual Crafting Challenge of ‘Peel Offs, Ribbons and Stickers’.

Front cover of ribbon bound book

Front cover of ribbon bound book

 The main image is on watercolour paper coloured and stamped with Crafty Individuals stamps and Katzelkraft stamps. The panels were cut using Cuttlebug and using the Nestabilities Curved Rectangles dies. The cover is cut under the panel to allow the ribbon to hide in between the cover boards, so it isn’t visible from the inside of the book.


Detail of spine stitching

Detail of spine stitching


I had originally planned to add three strips of ribbon to the book, but hadn’t accounted for the kettle stitches required at the head and tail stations DOH! Oops.

The panel on the back cover

The panel on the back cover


Here is the view of the back of the book. Again to hide the slit that the ribbon goes through on the cover I have used a pair of panels cut using the Cuttlebug and Nestabilites Curved Rectangles dies.It doesn’t show in the photo’s but the panels and covers were sprayed with Perfect Pearls in gold, which adds another dimension to the finished look.


I’ve really enjoyed making this book, and now I know to use kettle stitches top and bottom the next one will have a neater finish on the spine 😉 Each book I create teaches me something new, which is part of the fun of bookbinding.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂


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In today’s post it is time to set the theme for the June 2009 Virtual Crafting Challenge;

Peel Offs, Stickers & Ribbons

There are a wide variety of designs and colours in all of these to suit many different tastes. This is your journey and the idea behind this challenge is to encourage you to try new things or rediscover crafting items you may have but neglected for a while. Here are a few ideas of ways you could use some of these products but explore your own ideas as well. Feel free to play, there is no pressure to create a finished piece for the end of the month, but you can if you like 😉


There are many different kinds of ribbon available from plain to decorative. From very delicate organza to bold velvet and some even has wired edges if you want to create a sculpted effect. Here are a few ideas you could try.

Using ribbon as;

  •  An embellishments
  • A main feature, making flowers, weaving, sewing etc
  • A  border

Stickers & Peel Offs

These too can be used as

  • Embellishments
  • Boarders
  • Main elements
  • If you have an open design of peel of consider colouring the paper beneath it.
  • Using the peel off on to decorative paper and cutting around it to create an embellishment
  • These can often be used to create frames or highlight areas within your piece


Experiment and have fun

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

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Have you ever gazed at those beautiful bows with their pretty fish tail ends and wished you could create bows like that? In today’s tutorial I will show you how to create bows just like that, without the need for any special equipment.



You Will Need

  • Ribbon 70 cm
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape

If you wish to create the card shown in the film

  • White card stock A5
  • Pearlescent card 13.5 x 10 cm (match the colour to your ribbon colour)
  • Text weight paper A5 (match the colour to your ribbon colour)
  • Cuttlebug
  • Embossing folder of your choice. I used Perfectly Paisley




The film gives details of the tying method for the bow itself, as this isn’t simple to explain in words.

  • Take your A5 white card and score it in half along the middle, fold to create an A6 base card.
  • Using the Cuttlebug emboss the pearlescent card.
  • Attach a strip of double sided tape to the back of the embossed card, in the area you would like the ribbon to be.
  • Find the middle of the ribbon, as shown in the film and attach this to the back of the embossed card
  • Tie the ribbon into a bow, as shown in the film
  • Attached the finished piece to the front of the base card using double sided tape
  • Take your A5 text weight paper and trim .5cm off the long side
  • Trim 0.5cm off the short side of the text weight paper
  • Fold this in half to form the card insert
  • Attach a thin strip of double sided tape the top of  long edge of the folded insert
  • Remove the backing from the double sided tape
  • Place your insert inside the card, lining up with the fold in the cards spine
  • Close the card and press along the edge to ensure a good fix to the tape
  • Add your chosen greeting and your card is done.

Here is a picture of the finished card



If you have enjoyed this video and want to see more check out the tutorials link at the top of the page to see more.

Best wishes and thanks for reading/watching, see you soon


Billie 🙂

Comments are very welcome, I read them all and will reply. If you have a You Tube account do consider rating these films as if a subject is popular, it does affect what films I do in the future.

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Today is a tutorial for anyone wishing to list their craft collection in more detail than yesterday’s images. Amend this idea to suit your own type of craft products. You are free to use this idea for your own personal use but this is my own concept, so please do not re-sell the idea as your own!

Detailed stash listing

If you need to keep track of the value of your craft stash, then the following is a way of doing so. For this project you will need;

  • A ring binder;
  • Paper;
  • Page protectors, and page dividers, if desired.

The first thing to consider would be, is it important for you to know how much you spend on different aspects of your crafting? If it is, then you will need to divide your folder up into the aspects that are of particular interest. For example, do you want to separate rubber stamps from the rest of your products or tools separate from consumables etc.? If you are just looking to have a good idea of what all your stash is worth then it isn’t necessary to divide your folder up. 

How much detail do I need to go into with this listing?

Again this is entirely personal preference and depends on what you are listing all this for. I tend to list as much information as possible, as it is often useful to know where you got a product from, especially if something wears out and you want to replace it. If that level of detail is not required then record what information you require.

So how would all this look on a page?

Here is an example of how I would enter my new Willow coloured ink pad onto my detailed list.

Brand;     Ranger
Range;    Adirondack Lights
Code;      ALP07319 (this was found on the back of the ink pad)
Product;  Ink pad
Type;      Dye Ink
Size;        Large pad
Date;       20 Feb 2008
From;       (shop name)
Price;       £4.49

Everything in the first column shown above would be the titles for your columns.  This gives you a universal page that can be used to list all types of products. If you are handy on the computer, you can print your own pages using Word or similar word processing package. Insert a table and enter the column headings as listed above. Save this on your computer and you can print additional sheets as required.  Go for a landscape page as this will give you much more room for all the headings.

Brand Range Code Product Type Size Date From Price
Ranger Adirondack Willow ALP07319 Ink Pad Dye Ink Large Pad 20 Feb 2008 (shop name) £4.49

If you prefer a more computer based approach consider listing in something like Excel, as this then gives you the option of having the computer add things up as you go.  The only issue I have with that option is that you then need to start up your computer to list anything. For me it is quicker to use the folder, as it is just there on the shelf. Having said that, if you have lots of time and need a back up copy of this listing in case the worst happens, you could copy the detail from your paper list into Excel.

I can’t bear to think how much it is all worth

That’s ok, for those of you who prefer denial (just kidding) rather than keeping a running total, just add up your totals per page and write them at the foot of each page. If you have another half who needs to know these figures for insurance reasons and telling them wouldn’t end a marriage (hehe), then they can add up the page totals to record totals where they need to.

What about new items?

Each time you buy something, you simply list it in the folder before storing it, so it really doesn’t take long. You will have the receipt for prices and shop name and the product in front of you for its details.  If you wish to do this listing for all your stash, you won’t have prices, shop details or dates. Estimate dates – just put in a year for example. As for prices, look up your product either in your local store or online to give you a price. As for shop details, if you remember, great; if not, well that information is really only useful if you wanted to buy replacement items.


I think that’s more than enough for one day;  thanks for reading and check back tomorrow for design tips.

Best wishes


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