We have a special treat today! After our successful May Arts week back in May, we asked them to come back with another Guest Designer for you today. So, we’re so excited to have Nicole Martel from May Arts with us today.
Here at Paper Crafter’s Library we’re ribbon lovers – you’ll find ribbon on almost all of our projects – which is why we’re so thrilled to have Nicole bring you another fabulous project. You haven’t seen ribbon until you’ve seen May Arts Ribbon – they offer a multitude of different colors and styles of ribbon to suit any preference and taste – and all of it, top quality!
And, we also have a give-a-way today!! Two lucky winners will receive a special select pack of Ribbon from May Arts. One winner will be drawn from all the comments left here on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog to win the following Ribbon pack:
AND one winner will be drawn from all the comments left on the May Arts Blog to win the following Ribbon pack:
Remember, each comment you leave is one entry, so be sure to visit today not only for the great project idea, but also to enter your name into our give-aways.
About May Arts
As a family-owned and operated business, May Arts began a long-standing tradition of quality, affordability and exceptional customer service. We are dedicated to carrying on this same tradition by offering high quality products at competitive prices. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer your questions or to assist you in placing your order.
May Arts carries a wide selection of quality ribbons to choose from; such as grosgrain, silk, satin, burlap and a variety of prints and patterns. All inventory is held in stock, so we can ship orders out right away—typically the same day.
Where to Buy May Arts Ribbons
The May Arts website is their wholesale site for online and brink and mortar retailers. We’ve linked to it so that you can easily view their entire product line in one place. There are numerous places where you can purchase May Arts Ribbons including many local scrapbook stores as well as online stores. Two of the online stores that carry the biggest selections that we are aware of include Amazon, who carry the complete May Arts Ribbon Line (plus you can qualify for free shipping). Click on the link we provided and it will take you to our May Arts Ribbon Search Results. To find a particular ribbon, go to the May Arts website, find the name of the ribbon and color and then enter that into your Amazon search results. Please note that through Amazon you’re buying by the roll. Most other online and local scrapbook stores sell May Arts Ribbon by the yard. One of the online stores that carries a great selection is Ribbon Carousel.
May Arts Design Team Project
Today we have with us May Arts Designer Nicole Martel. You will find her project below, but first here is a little bit about Nicole:
My name is Nicole Martel. Currently, I live in Crownsville, MD with my husband of 8 years. We have been together for 13 years! We have a beautiful son named Edward Zane who we love to pieces. We have a dog named Daisy, 2 crabbies and some fishies. We love to spend time as a family at the beach or hiking; we love being outdoors J
I began scrapping in January 2002, but I didn’t get really serious or discover the online scrapping forums until August 2006. I remember when mom asked me to go to a Creative Memories party with her. I laughed telling her no way, I’m not creative enough! By the time I left that party, I had my first album, cardstock, pens, trimmer, scissors and lots of stickers and templates. Little did I know that I’d be addicted! I totally love this hobby. It makes me happy to create layouts for my friends and family and to inspire others to scrap. My friends call me the Paparazzi. (laughs) My camera is always with me! I love taking photos and when my friends get annoyed with me, I tell them that one day, we will be old and we’ll appreciate the goofy photos that we took. After all, scrapping is all about keeping the “Memories alive!” I may be a simple scrapper but I’m far from being a boring scrapper.
My main style is simple and journalistic with a bit of an eclectic feel to my work. Not only do I enjoy creating layouts but I also enjoy creating mini albums. I love using paint and ink on my layouts to make them stand out. I do not like cluttered pages because I believe that with the right photos, design and fewer embellishments, one can still create a beautiful piece of art.
Some tips for when you’ve lost your mojo:
- Stop scrapping for a few days. I find that when I take a break from scrapping, I have fresh ideas when I return to the scrap table.
- Lift yourself! Every now and then, I will create a layout that I love based on the design and I will lift myself over and over again.
- Scrap the pictures that inspire you the most! Don’t worry about scrapping in order. Just focus on the special moments that you hold dear to your heart.
- I often find that keeping things simple, and applying the principle “less is more” saves me from lots of headache and time.
- Try not to let other scrappers discourage you. Do what you love, and have fun!
A Day at the Lake Scrapbook Layout
Just recently, my family and I spent a day at the lake. We had such a great time. While Edward and I were in the water playing, my mother snapped a photo of us that I just love! I wanted to create something fun, so I decided to try using my heart epoxy stickers by Epiphany Crafts to see if I could come up with an embellishment of my own and I must say I love how my little heart embellishment turned out. When I look at this layout, I can totally feel the love.
- Place three ¾” pieces of ribbon below one another in an even line.
- Cover ribbon with an Epoxy heart.
- Carefully use your scissors to cut away the unwanted ribbon hanging from the sides.
- Place another epoxy heart on the other side.
- Place a few glue dots on the edges of the heart, to ensure that everything holds strong.
- Gently tie a bow using Baker’s Twine around the heart.
Patterned paper: G.C.D. Studios, Jillibean Soup, Echo Park
Heart epoxy stickers: Epiphany Crafts
Baker’s Twine: May Arts
Ribbon: May Arts
Sticker alphas: Creative Memories
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Adhesives: Tombow, Glue Dots
We hope you have enjoyed today’s layout. To enter to win one of the great ribbon give-a-ways from May Arts, please leave your comment below. Also, be sure to stop by the May Arts Blog when you see the Paper Crafter’s Library post published for another chance to win, and tell them Paper Crafter’s Library sent you! Winner will be announced next week!