Whether you are creating a traditional layout, a Project Life style layout, or a card, making a banner is an easy way to add some fun interest to your project. When putting together some elements to create a banner, look beyond your patterned paper and dive into your embellishments!
When sifting though my embellishments I always start with the ephemera. Ephemera, like the exclusives in the July Kits, is an easy base to any banner because the pieces are thin and will often include precut banner shapes. Next, look for something chunkier to add dimension. When doing this, consider texture–ephemera is flat with a paper finish, so consider adding something that is rough or shiny to add interest. Finally, find a spot for that banner! If creating a layout with paper layers, throw the banner on top of it. Make it a focal point to draw attention to a title or photo. Or consider using it to fill some negative space like I did on this 4X6 journaling card:
Another thing to think about when creating a banner, is that a banner needs some sort of “string” to hold it up. My normal routine, is to machine stitch along the top of the banner, but you could use tiny staples to “hold” it up or string some baker’s twine along it. Just a word of caution though–if using a wood veneer like I did in my banner, don’t run it through the machine because it could possibly break; instead, stitch the paper pieces down first and then adhere the wood veneer.
I remember when banners became a “thing” in the scrapbooking world and how fun I thought they were–this hasn’t changed! I still enjoy putting them together! I think banners are quite timeless and they seem to up the fun level on a project. Not to mention, its a great way to use several embellishments at once and use up your supplies!