Welcome to May Arts Week on the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog! We’re so excited to partnering with May Arts to showcase their stunning ribbons. I don’t know about you, but 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 May Arts as an Invited Sponsor. 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!
Every day this week we’ll be sharing fantastic projects featuring May Arts ribbons created by both the May Arts Design Team as well as the Paper Crafter’s Library Designers/Educators. At the end of this week, two lucky winners will receive their choice of FOUR rolls of ribbon from the May Arts website. One winner will be drawn from all the comments left either here on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog or the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page , and one winner will be drawn from all the comments left either on the May Arts Blog or the May Arts Facebook Page. Remember, each comment you leave is one entry, so be sure to visit every day not only for the great project ideas, but also to enter your name into our give-away.
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.
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
To start off the week, we have May Arts Designer Charlene Driggs. You will find her project below, but first here is a little bit about Charlene:
Hi! My name is Charlene Driggs. My husband and I live in the Tropical South with our little Havanese, Bentley. We have two grown sons, one lovely daughter-in-law and 2 adorable (of course!) grandchildren.
My favorite paper art projects are gift sets. I love to take ordinary everyday items and turn them into something beautiful using papers, ink, lush ribbons and other embellishments. My style would probably be considered eclectic as I enjoy a variety of styles. My current favorites are Clean and Simple (CAS) and romantic vintage.
I am humbled and honored to be a part of the amazing May Arts Design Team,and the Rubbernecker Stamps and the Sparkle N Sprinkle Design Teams.
Thrifty Gifting Altered Notebooks
As the Prima Ribbonista at May Arts Ribbon, I’m so honored to be sharing with you today on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog. I love all things crafty but my main love is paper crafting. Whether it’s altering an existing product or starting one from scratch, it’s all good. I also love to save money on my paper crafting hobby (habit!) whenever I can.
Gift giving is fun but it can also be costly, so when I’m out at the craft or department stores, I’m always on the lookout for things that can be altered. I picked up a supply of plain notebooks a while ago. I love to keep these in my stash ready to be altered for thrifty gift giving. Using a few beautiful papers, some embellishments and gorgeous May Arts Ribbons, I’m going to show you how you can turn this:
There are many adhesives available for this type of paper craft however; I like to use Tombow Mono- Multi because it allows me a few extra seconds to move my papers around to make sure they’re straight. I chose the soft paper line called 5th Avenue by Melissa Francis. I love the soft vintage color pallet in this paper pack.
I like to gather an assortment of ribbons, embellishments and letters together as I tend to create as I go rather than having an exact plan. I try to pick up embellishments whenever I see them on clearance even if I don’t have a plan to use them right away as I’ve found they always get used or shared with a friend.
To create the flower, I used a pattern by Pins and Needles, May Arts 3” Bias Cut Satin and a candle to curl the edges. I simply followed the directions using the provided pattern, and then added a few pink beads from my collection for the center.
After creating my flower, I cut and measured my papers, then attached them to the notebook front using Tombow Mono-Multi. Next, I layered May Arts Crochet Lace, Pink Velvet and Black Ric Rac ribbons using strong double sided tape over the seam created by the two papers I chose. A strip of narrow double sided tape and some string pearls from my stash covers the top seam. The flower was attached using Crystal Effects as I want to make sure it doesn’t come off during use. A metal lock and Key by Dear Lizzy/American Crafts adds another touch of pink to the color scheme.
The Grunge letters by Tim Holtz (picked up at a local overstock store for $2.99!) were pressed into a black ink pad then attached with double sided tape. For the pen, I just rolled up a narrow strip of the designer paper and shoved it into the pen barrel.
That’s it! A useful, elegant, gift thanks to May Arts Ribbon. Thanks for joining me at Paper Crafter’s Library. I hope you’ve been inspired to create your own “Thrifty Gifts”! You can find Charlene here: Charlene Driggs, May Arts Ribbon Prima Ribbonista
Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Projects
Now, below you can see some projects created by yours truly (Andrea – Creative Director & Founder of Paper Crafter’s Library) and Tracy- Senior Educator/Designer here at Paper Crafter’s Library.
In the card below I used some of the gorgeous May Arts Chevron Patterned Yellow Ribbon (called Twill/Stripes) as an accent to Prima’s Sun Kiss Collection which I used to create the card shown below. We’ve filmed a free video tutorial on how to create the card which you can watch below.
You can watch a video on how to create this Sweet card here.
In the card below Tracy uses May Art’s Baker’s Twine to create the tail on her kite.
There is a video tutorial and handout for this project available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.
So there you have it! Day 1 of our celebration of May Arts! Be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with more great projects and another free video tutorial!
A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library
The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through her series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, Andrea Walford began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 she launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in their library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.
Be sure to sign up for our free email newsletter which features weekly video tutorials. For more information about Paper Crafter’s Library and how we can help you take your paper crafting to the next level, check out the Benefits of Becoming a Member.
May Arts Ribbon Give-Away
To enter to win 4 rolls of May Arts Ribbon of your choice, 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 on Friday!