I'm so excited to be a guest contributor to Ideas for Scrapbookers today!! I chose to use one of Pammy's awesome templates, Curvy Photoblock Template 2, as a base for my layout.

Here's the template:
And my interpretation, a little bit of a vertically mirrored version of the template:

Ruffles are definitely “in” — just look at the Summer CHA sneak peeks from Maya Road, Bo Bunny, and other manufacturers, all releasing ruffled ribbons. I acheived a similar look to ruffles by just using paper. I like to call this little technique the “waterfall ruffle” because it looks like falling water if you adhere the ruffle across the middle of the page.

All you need to create this look is a scrap of paper about 5″ x 8.5″ (or whatever length you want your ruffle to be), scissors, and a project to use it on.

I've cut my scrap into a curve on one edge so that my final ruffle will be along a curved edge, following the curvy edge of the template.

Snip into the edge of the paper, about 1″ to 2″ long cuts, all along the edge of the paper. The cuts should make sections of paper that are between 1/2″ to 1.5″ wide.

Curl the cut strips up. Then gently roll the strips into little tubes.

After the strips have all been rolled up as desired, attach the ruffle to your layout. I like to use it under photos so that it peeks out a little. Here's my finished layout with the ruffle attached and some yellow fabric trim and aqua pearl trim tucked under the waterfall ruffle.

On the “Guitar” layout below, I used a straight strip of patterned paper, about 4″ x 12″, to create the waterfall ruffle instead of a curved strip.

And here's another sample. I cut into the edges of a 12×12 Donna Salazar Artistic Paper and curled the edges up. Then I attached some of the Donna Salazar “Kiss the Cook” paper to the edges I had rolled into a ruffle to make the page 12×12 again. I then inked the ruffles and the edges of the papers with chalk ink to pull it all together.

Hope you're into the mood to start ruffling :) This technique would be really fun to make waves on a beach page, perfect for summer!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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2 thoughts on “Inspiration Friday —–Ideas for Scrapbookers Guest Post: Waterfall Ruffle

  1. Great job! And thanks for showing how to make these stripes, I’ll definitely use it in my work :) It looks great :)

    Posted on July 25, 2010 at 10:29 am