Family Friday: Meet Charles

This is Charles.

charlesCharles has recently taken over the important responsibility of operating our digital ribbon cutting machine here at Ribbon and Bows. Charles exercises great care to be sure your ribbons are cut to the correct length. This is a big job, and Charles has really stepped up in the short time he has been here.

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A man of many interests, Charles attended our local performing arts high school where he became an accomplished cello player. In addition to being a volunteer firefighter, Charles is making plans to begin an apprenticeship program to become a licensed pipe fitter.

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Wow! Charles has a lot going on! He barely has time to walk Sargent, his lovable pit bull.Be sure to say hi to Charles next time you visit us here at RABOM. He is the one keeping our cutting machine humming.

Wednesday Read: The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts

Here at Rabom, we already know that crafting with ribbon is fun and super easy. Many novice ribbon users think that bows are one of the few things to make with ribbon…but the possibilities are endless. Use this book to give you hundreds of ideas to discover all of the creative things you can do with ribbon.

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You can order it at your local bookstore or from Amazon.

Family Friday: Meet Tisa

This is Tisa.

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Tisa comes in three days a week to check and rectify our inventory here at RABOM. With over 30,000 items to track, ship and replenish, keeping up with everything is a big job! Our goal is always to ship the specific item a customer needs, and ship exactly when they need it. Tisa helps to fulfill that goal.

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Tisa recently retired from 30 years of service in the library at Chattanooga State. The skills she developed there come in handy as she works to keep the RABOM house in order.

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Oh, yes…she happens to be married to Clark (for 45 years…but who’s counting), our resident do-it-all person. They enjoy all that Chattanooga has to offer. On sunny days, Tisa and Clark can be found riding their bikes around one of Chattanooga’s many parks and trails. Tisa is also an avid Face-booker, often posting pictures of her flower garden & her grandsons.

Be sure to say hi to Tisa when you visit RABOM. She is the one with the clipboard and the big smile.

Wednesday Read: Craft Inc.

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Hi crafters!

If you are looking for a way to turn what you do for fun into what you do to make money we highly recommend checking out this book! If you are already a small business owner, there are still many things that you can learn from other business owners. Pro crafter Meg Mateo Ilasco offers a step-by-step guide to everything from developing your products to writing a business plan. Her inspirational and practical advise is great for all of us.

You can purchase the book from your local bookstore or here on Amazon. Let us know what you think!

Rabom Ribbonista: Brenda

This week our featured RABOM Ribbonista is Brenda Mayfield. She is a talented local crafter who makes these adorable Owl Purses with hints of our ribbon. To purchase one of these adorable purses, contact Brenda at maybk5@epbfi.com.

owl pursesWhat wonderful birthday or thank you presents! Which color is your favorite?

Retro Ribbon Photo Album

I plan to take tons of road trips this summer and I was looking for the perfect photo album to hold my pictures but just couldn’t find one. So, I decided to make my own using some of my favorite ribbon from RABOM.

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For this craft you will need:

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  • Photo Album
  • 1 Yard Pellon White Sew-In Interfacing
  • Roughly 20 Yards Of Various Colored Ribbon (More colors = less yards per color)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Hot Glue Gun

1. Start by placing your photo album on the Pellon Interfacing to get an accurate measurement. Leave at least a 2″ perimeter around all sides of the album.

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2. Place ribbon horizontally over the interfacing. Once done, start weaving other colors in vertically to create a checkered pattern. Now would be a good time to plug in your iron.

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3. Push ribbon close together so that there is no interfacing showing.

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4. Iron away! Make sure to get the corner pieces.

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5. Flip over and place the album on the back side of the interfacing. Cut a square piece of interfacing off of each corner and pieces off of center binding. Leave a little length on one side to accommodate ribbon movement when closing the album.

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6. Take one end of your photo album and fold in and glue down all sides. Partially close album and then glue down all sides on the other end of the album.

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7. Burn the ribbon edges to prevent fraying. All finished!

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Optional: You can incorporate RABOM’s custom printing to make special wedding presents or team photo albums!

These make the perfect housewarming, wedding or birthday gifts! Have fun with yours and try all kinds of fun designs & patterns!

Happy crafting!

- Lo

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