Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

Put A Bow On It (Part One) – Satin Glamour

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

Something about a shiny satin bow just shouts ‘Christmas!’, so it’s the perfect thing to add to festive projects. This post features a layout and a tag with glamorous bows. I’ve kept this post relatively shot as you might still be busy blog hopping around the globe!

Merry Un-Christmas:

Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

We celebrate a Merry Un-Christmas with our friends Rosie and David every year, and this photo was taken when another close friend Ali joined in for the first time. We call it a ‘Merry Un-Christmas’ to be like the ‘Happy Un-Birthday’ tea party in Alice in Wonderland! It’s basically another Christmas celebration, with a roast dinner, present swapping, and games, but celebrated on a different day because we are usually with family on December 25th.

It was the perfect time to use a big bow. I make my bows following a method like THIS ONE, but I don’t usually pinch them in the middle – if it’s going on a papercraft project then leaving out the pinch makes it a little flatter for page protectors or for posting! Plus I usually cut a couple of tails and glue them on too.

With this bow I also glittered the centre using Mod Podge and American Crafts Gold Glitter (see a previous glittered bow tutorial here). It gives it a little extra pizazz:

Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

I went to town with Elle’s Studio Noel items on this page, including the chalkboard background paper (called ‘Fa La La La La, La La La La’ – love that name!), and the red chevron ‘Candy Cane’ paper on top, which I stitched with gold thread. My machine kept break the thread so I ran the paper through the machine with no thread in it to make the holes in a straight line, then painstakingly hand stitched all the gold!

I really like this ‘Ho Ho Ho’ speech bubble from the Noel Bits & Pieces, it highlights how much fun we were having:

Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

Aren’t we cute?! Ha ha!

Bows also look great on tags, especially if you make them big enough to hang over the edge – the over-the-top effect makes it seem extra luxurious!

Dec 25th Gift Tag:

December 25th Tag by Jennifer Grace

I opted to keep this one clean and simple as I love the stark white contrasting with the jolly red glitter (American Crafts Pomegranate), and the rougher brown of the kraft tag. The baubles on the tree are made with Liquid Pearls in red and gold, and Crystal Stickles.

Be Inspired:

Add an embellishment that goes over the edge of your project

Mix three different paper collections

Add baubles on a Christmas tree image

Are you a bow lover? If I haven’t sold you one satin bows then I’ll try again with a paper bow, coming up in one hour!

Jennifer x

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  • Oh, this is sooo great! I love that LO! And of course, the glitter 🙂

    November 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • Love the bows – I always struggle typing bows

    November 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm
  • The bows are lovely and I really like how you have done the baubles on the tag.

    November 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm
  • sarah

    Love the bright red against the dark background on the layout! Gorgeous! X

    November 8, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  • The gold on the bow really gives it some pizzaz.

    November 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm
  • WOW!!! I love this. I have some projects due soon and I’ve been contemplating on how to make them a little unique. I love these bows. I may have to lift this 🙂
    Blessings ~~ dawn

    November 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love your layout….what a super idea ‘un-Christmas’!!!! Love the bow too…love bows generally, but usually use a bow-maker!! LOL

    November 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  • Love that bow and gold stitching… just fab.

    November 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm
  • What a great tradition, awesome layout too Tx

    November 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm
  • Beautiful layout. The details are wonderful. Especially loving that bow.

    November 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm
  • Jean Bullock

    Darling tag.. I am going to try this approach to bows soon. Tied bows are tough to mail, but this bow may be the answer.

    November 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm
  • Beautiful

    November 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm
  • Laura G.Turcotte

    I love this layout! Love the colors, and that bow! wow!

    November 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    You and your glitter. 🙂 It must be oozing out of you by now. And now I want to make a bow. Thanks. Thanks a lot.


    November 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm
  • I think I like the speech bubble best. The tag is awesome too.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    November 9, 2013 at 12:58 am
  • Really love it on the tag – lush!

    November 9, 2013 at 1:31 am
  • Cassandra duchaine

    Love the bow & also love the un-christmas party idea!

    November 9, 2013 at 3:47 am
  • jengd

    Great page- I love how bold the colors and patterns are.

    November 9, 2013 at 5:39 am
  • Janis in ID

    Love this technique for satin bows. I haven’t used satin on my cards, but this flat style would work!! Thanks!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    November 9, 2013 at 8:19 am
  • Love the satin bows, especially with the glitter. Will have to try that for sure!

    November 9, 2013 at 9:31 am
  • I’m not a ribbonny bowy type person but these do look cute 🙂

    November 9, 2013 at 10:16 am
  • I must admit that I don’t use ribbons much and don’t do bows on layouts ever so this would be a challenge to use a bow!!

    November 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm
  • lilgik

    What a simple and sweet touch, I think I’ll have to give it a try!

    November 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm
  • Amanda

    Love the bow and thats a great idea for a Christmas tradition!

    November 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm
  • Marilyn Tucker

    I think I will put one of these on my yule log. I have been thinking it needs something for a few years and this may be it.

    November 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm
  • Brenda W

    I like how your method makes the bow look lovely and symmetrical.

    November 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm
  • Margie

    I love the gold touch, and the stitching is fab!

    November 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm
  • Oooo such pretty bows! I agree, bows are great for Christmas!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:37 am
  • Kelly B

    I just love, love, love this layout!!!

    November 10, 2013 at 5:02 am
  • Annie

    Aha! suddenly remembered to log in with Google to comment, I think you told us that last time but I forgot – anyway, thanks for another inspiring post Jennifer – such a fun festive page and I love the glittery edge on the tag, gorgeous!

    November 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm
  • Dawn

    Beautiful bow!

    November 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  • Liking the modern festive layout

    November 10, 2013 at 7:11 pm
  • Miriam Prantner

    Oh I really love the stitching on this layout and the sparkly center of the bow is gorgeous!

    November 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm
  • Lisa H

    I love using bows but tend to make them very chunky! good job that I haven’t managed to put a single one of my hundreds of layouts into albums yet ha ha! I can’T believe you handstitched that gold thread – but it looks amazing so it was worth it!

    November 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm
  • i find myself loving all the bows that are appearing in the scrapworld. Yours is lovely and there’s much more satisfaction making your own x

    November 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm
  • LOVE that tag! Absolutely stunning.

    November 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm
  • A very sparkly bow and a great Christmas picture.Also love that blackboard effect.

    November 12, 2013 at 6:17 am

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