Me and ribbons?

When I saw the new Lotus Paperie challenge # 147
I thought “OH, NO….”
“Use your ribbon scraps” it says…

Me and ribbons?
Not a good combination!
But hey, I’m a DT-member and I “keep my pecker up”
(that’s what my dictionary says to use in a situation like this –
I hope that’s right ’cause when I looked up “pecker” I got
other images in mind reading this line…)

OK, on to it.
Me and ribbons.
I pulled the ribbon box out of the closet
(it was way in the back!)
I cut pieces of ribbon.
Lots of them.
When I have to use it, I might as well overdo it!

And look what I ended up with…


This is my son on his 5th birthday party.
It’s a long time ago, but I remember this!
All the kids painted their faces, and afterwards they went outside where
I’d hang big sheets of paper on a long wall. There was a lot of paint and
brushes involved and they had fun, fun, fun! (The mums who came to pick
up their kids after the party didn’t think of it as “fun” when they saw the
clothes, but you could wash it off easily, so no whining please!)

And did I use
ribbon scraps?!!
I used pieces
of about ALL
the ribbon
I could find
in da house!

Machine stitching
for extra colour
and dimension.

The result is

This way, even
I like ribbon!


Used my Tim Holtz
alphabet mask –
not for spraying and
misting but to
outline the alpha’s.

Added just
a little touch
of colour to the
title by using
coloured pencils.



And here’s my conclusion:
If you’re in to ribbons… hop on over to the Lotus Paperie blog and
if you’re NOT in to ribbons… hop on over to the Lotus Paperie blog!

You can do it too! Play along!


I had a lot of “left overs” laying around – tissue paper I used to wipe of
too much spay ink, a lovely photo cut from an old calendar… things like
that. I also bought me an alpha stamp set last Sunday, and wanted to
play with that, so I made this page in my art journal for the challenge
at “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

The challenge was to scrap your favourite season…
for me that is the late summer.


Big text:  
In the late summer, the island is mine.”

Small text:
“I love the late Summer when all the tourists went back home
and the beach is empty and deserted again. The sun – still warm –
throws long shadows and the marram grass gets golden.
I can hear the sea sing now that children don’t drown that sound with their
shrill voices. I can smell the waves now that there’s no suntan oil odour
to force itself into my nose. I most like to walk on top of my dunes
in the late Summer and early Fall.
The panorama without people, the wind in my hair.
The island belongs to it’s inmates again. To me.
The waves sing their song for me only – in the late Summer.”

There’s also little pieces torn out of an old fairy tale book on this page
(there was a story in the book called “The story of the Sand Dunes” –
Oh, those happy coincidences!)
I used my shell stamp and a (sanded) photo of me.
Did I forget something? No, I think that’s it!
Can you tell I just fooled around and had fun?!


a lot of texture
made with
tissue paper
and gel medium.

(It looks kinda
sordid on this
photo though…)




Never throw away those left over pieces of paper nor old calendars nor….
aaaah, well, you know that don’t you?! I bet your house is filled with
-I-want-to-keep-its” too
Maybe I will go look for more of these things this weekend.
Hope you have a relaxed and playful weekend too!

Je t’embrasse!

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25 Responses to “Me and ribbons?”

  • julie Says:

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!i loveeeeeeeeeee both of your pages….and your FAVE THINGS wow wow wow wow!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the title work, the texture, the journaling…the colors…just gorgeous!!! thanks sooooooooooooooo much for playing along with us! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  • Hanneke Says:

    WOW what an amazing LO’s!!! Love the one with the ribbons and the cool title!!! Great idea for a kidsparty!!!! And wow the one for TAAFOMFT is awesome, love the texture and the beautiful colors!!! Which island do you live on???? Thanks so much for playing with TAAFOMFT!!!!

  • Jeanet Says:

    SUPER!!!Echt een hele gave LO die ribbons…en dat past niet bij jou????!!!Ik vind ribbon en jij een super combinatie!Toch geweldig om sommige dingen heel anders te gebruiken dan “normaal”!En je Art jurnal is helemaal mooi!Super technieken en je journaling is zo mooi!Heel erg bedankt voor het meedoen met TAAFOMFT!
    Een heel fijn weekend!

  • Annemarie Says:

    For someone who doesn’t care for ribbons, you did an amazing job. I love that layout.

    (I have never heard that phrase before. That word can have to do with a bird that eats bugs or the other stuff you found when you did a search. I don’t use it unless I am talking about the bird though.)

    You should use ribbon more often. You are very good at it.

  • Mirjam Says:

    gave lo’s, marit! helemaal super met al die ribbons die je hebt vast genaaid en bij je tweede lo vind ik de title en journaling erg mooi!

  • angie w Says:

    i LOVE your ribbon layout! i may have to lift your idea – i’ll let you know so you can see too 🙂 adding you to my reader!

  • Vivian Says:

    Nu ik je verhaal zit te lezen over je wandeling in de duinen krijg ik er helemaal zin in. En komt dat nog eens goed uit want ik ga dit weekend richting het strand en de duinen….joepie 😉

    Mooie pagina voor in je art-journal, weer helemaal tot in de puntjes verzorgd!

    Je ribbon pagina is helemaal top, evenals het verhaal die bij deze pagina hoort 🙂

    Heel fijn weekend, Viv

  • Melissa Says:

    Wow, Marit, you just keep getting better and better…the care u take with each project is stunning.

  • Bethany Kartchner Says:

    Oh my, I LOVE what you did with the ribbons! So great!

  • cynthia Says:

    I am a non ribbon person :), but wow. wow. wow. love it and the sewing 🙂 and I just love the journaling on your second lay-out 🙂 My favorite time on the beach is in the off season. Love this marit. beautiful journaling.

  • Marcie Morgan Says:

    You rocked the ribbons girl! I am in love with the layout of your son on his birthday!

  • Petra coolen Says:

    Twee Prachtige layouts!
    Heel creatief om het lint zo te gebruiken. Gebruik zelf nooit lint (alhoewel ik ondertussen

  • Michelle Rydell Says:

    I saw your Colour My World layout on the Lotus site and it made my day! I JUST LOVE IT! The way you did the title letters and stitched all those ribbons on the side – beautiful!!!

    And your fave season layout – what can I say – it’s depth is fabulous!!! All the textures you used and your wonderful, poetic journaling – BEAUTIFUL!!!

    You always inspire me!

  • cindy Says:

    Love the way you used your ribbon … a wonderful idea that I love. 🙂 🙂 I just may have to give that a try. 🙂
    And your art journal page is spectacular … now i need to find some old calendars … lol.

  • Denise Cousins Says:

    Hey there!!! Love the ribbons layout and how you added them to your page!!! Looks fantastic!!! I’ve never tried tissue paper and glue medium! I wanna try this now!!!! Oh if only I knew how to do it; hmmmm………maybe you could do a tutorial for us!!! Have a great weekend!

  • Glenda T. Says:

    Marit I am cracking up over here over your “keep your pecker up” expression because I have a totally different vision in mind!! haha It must be a difference in language like in England when they call a cigarette a fag? hahaha Your ribbon layout is amazing, one of my faves of yours for sure!! I have enough ribbon I could weave rapunzel a wig and still have some left over. This really is a challenge I need to do!!! Love the journal page as well!!

  • Ang Says:

    Was bij Lotus Paperie en je lo sprong er uit! Geweldig Marit! Ik hou van zwart/wit i.c.m. felle kleurtjes! En wat je met de lintjes deed: TOP!

    Liefs, Ang

  • Danielle Hayes Says:

    LOL Marit!! That pecker reference, well, is, um. Well, not something we generally use here!!

    SEE ribbon can be fun!! I love ribbons! I will definately check it out. And, as usual, excellent journal!!

  • dani Says:

    I love what you did with the ribbons – perfect!!! and I love “keep my pecker up” – hilarious! I’ve never heard it before.

  • sarah Says:

    GORGEOUS work!!! love the ribbons on the first one!!!

    and your fav things layout — STUNNING!

    thanks for playing along with us!


  • jessica Says:

    stunning pg….love the ribbons Marit!!! great idea with the outlining and adding a bit of colored pencil..beautiful effect..

  • Peggy Says:

    Voor iemand die zegt dat ribbons niet echt haar ding zijn, ben jij nu net diegene die de challenge ten volle benut heeft. Ik hou wel van mensen die hun grenzen verleggen en die door een challenge dingen gaan doen waar ze normalerwijze niet aan zouden beginnen. Het toont niet enkel een waar talent maar ook een doorzettingsvermogen en een streven naar perfectie. Jij bent wat mij betreft met je werk nooit veraf van perfectie! De LO is prachtig geworden, met een unieke look. Proficiat, ik ben onder de indruk (zoals steeds wanneer ik je blog bezoek).
    Ook je art journal is weer om je vingers van af te likken. Wat zou ik graag zo’n creaties kunnen maken!

  • Deana Says:

    Thanks for playing along again, Marit! Your SUMMER page is beautiful… great journaling & great title work, too! 🙂

  • Julie Ann Shahin Says:

    LOVEEE the ribbon layout so much!!!!
    thanks a million for the blog love!!!
    you rock.

  • Bekka Says:

    Wow — your journaling is amazing! This is lovely! And I really like the other layout, too! Thanks for joining us!