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Today on our blog, we welcome Tracy McLennon to share her talents using May Arts Ribbon.

Hi! My name is Tracy McLennon, and I am really so humbled to have been asked to share some of my crafty life with all of you here on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog. But first, here is a little bit about me. I live my crafty life on the east coast of Canada in Truro, Nova Scotia. What makes my world go round is my talented band teacher hubby, 2 beautiful teenage step daughters, and our crazy rescue pooch Kya. I have the best crafty friends around too!


I have been scrapbooking and teaching paper crafting for about 17 years now, and in that time I have seen SO many changes, and love how the art has evolved. My style would best be described as clean, classic design. I love to mix patterns and textures. I also love drawing, calligraphy and photography, all of which mixes really well with my paper crafting world.

My crafty life has taken me many places, and I have met some of the most genuine people. I have designed for companies like EK Success, Martha Stewart Crafts, and Buttons Galore & More. I have been designing for May Arts Ribbon for about a year now and have loved every minute! Their ribbon and trims are stunning and so easy to incorporate into your papercrafting projects. So today I am sharing a couple of brand new projects created using May Arts Ribbon and some of my past favourites just for fun.

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My first layout is a soft and sweet combination featuring a photo of my friends and their spunky little girl whom I adore.

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I find ribbon can add so much warmth to a layout. This layout features 4 types of May Arts Ribbon. There is the 1.5” Taupe Silk Ribbon, the Lace and Pearl Ribbon, the Pearl Beaded String and the Pink Burlap String.

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Simply knotting the ribbon creates so much dimension in ribbon like the 1.5” Silk. Another trademark ribbon use of mine would be using loops of twine, or like on this layout, the pearl string loops. They give the look of leaves around any flowers that I use.

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I chose to use patterned papers and stickers from the Date Night Collection from Chickaniddy Crafts.

My second project is an off the page creation. I started with a balsa wood canvas and painted it using Multi Surface Satin paint by DecoArt. Once completely dry I started adding all of my pretty accents.

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I used a wood veneer frame, patterned papers by Kaisercraft, liquid pearls and gold paint. But I think the the pretty teal silk bow really finishes it. I also used the pink burlap string again, as almost a loopy leafy like accent around the golden butterflies.

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A project like this can make a beautiful gift for someone special.

Here are a few more of my favourite projects created using May Arts Ribbon.






Thank you so much to Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine for producing such a high quality publication sharing Canadians love of crafting. Thank you for having me here to share what I love to do!

You can find and follow more of my crafty life on my blog www.scrappychick101.blogspot.ca

Thank you so much, Tracy, for sharing your gorgeous projects!  WOW! Doesn’t this make you want to run out to buy some May Arts Ribbon?  To see more products, click HERE to visit the May Arts Ribbon website.





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  1. Connie Nichol Reply

    WOW!!! Way to rock the ribbon, Tracy! Your projects are simply gorgeous!!

  2. Joelyn Parker Reply

    Awesome as usual. Your creativity and originality never cease to amaze me. Keep up the beautiful work.

  3. Michelle Marks Reply

    You are rocking the ribbon Tracy! I hoard the stuff but rarely use it on pages….think I’ll try that tied wide ribbbon technique…. very cool .

  4. This is fantastic Tracy!! You are one talented little ray of sunshine! I’m also pretty pumped that my puppy Oscar is famous now because he’s on the Canadian Scrapbooker page (he’s pictured with Santa above)! Tracy is the best xoxo

  5. Just lovely. So many new and interesting ways to use ribbon. I will definitely try them. A side bar response, I was born in Truro NS and still live in the Maritimes. Many wonderful memories from my home town. Thanks for sharing your techniques and talent.

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