Buttons, banners and...hankies?

Have you been following the Imaginisce blog this week? If so, you've seen some great ideas for using the i-Top during the "I-Top Intensive" we're hosting! It's now Day 3, and I'm up with a layout idea.

My mother-in-law found these beautiful vintage handkerchiefs and offered them to me and, of course, I snatched them up for my crafty stash. I knew they would make beautiful i-Top buttons (isn't that sad...that's where my mind goes these days), so it was just a matter of time before I found a perfect match between papers and hankies.



Enter the Enchanted collection from Imaginisce. The pinks and blues were identical to one of the hankies. Normally when I'm doing a layout, I go for i-Top brads. But I decided to try something a little different and go with i-Top buttons for this one. I'm using the medium button daddies for this project.

At first, I had a little trouble because the silk was so thin and fine that it barely held the backing in place. So to add a little thickness, I cut a circle of clear acetate from some sticker packaging (recycling!) and layered it on top of the silk. It worked in making the backing secure, plus I think it might protect the delicate silk from breaking down over time. It also added a little extra shine!

Once I had the buttons made, I strung them onto a strand of baker's twine and created a little swag border to go across the bottom of my layout. It's a fun variation on the wildly popular banners you're seeing everywhere, but with a bit of a twist!


And here's the finished layout...

If you hopped over from Penny Smith's blog, the next stop for you is:

And if you're not participating in the hop, now's a perfect time to start! You could win an i-Top of your very own, along with all the accessories!


Here's how to win: visit the blogs of all three of the designers who are participating in the i-Top Intensive today, leave a comment and then hop back to the Imaginisce blog and leave a final comment letting us know what you discovered about the projects and the i-top. All of your comments make you eligible to win an awesome i-top and accessories of your own. The designers you need to visit today are:

Penny Smith

Robyn Schaub (you are here)

Cari Locken

One more thing - You will also want to visit the Imaginisce blog all week for more ideas on how to use the super creative and incredibly fun i-top with chances to win your very own i-top each day and a SECRET grand prize opportunity on Friday.

Happy hoppin'!

137 comments:

Reneeleeak said...

What a cute border you made with the buttons! Everything seems to match perfectly.
Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!
reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

GabyCreates.com said...

Love love love how you used the brads as a banner!! lovely colors and pictures! TFS Gaby
GabyCreates.com

Amanda said...

Adorable! Love those colors!

tonny said...

I love your LO !

Chelle said...

That is a gorgeous layout and love how you did the banner.

stephanie said...

Wow, I love your l/o, those buttons are wonderful.

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

what a great idea... I bet my grandma has some of those hankies... I will have to raid her draws & check it out. thanks for the inspiration... I have been eyeballing an i top for a while now...fingers crossed!!

Staci
staci412 at optonline dot net

Dawn said...

Wow great idea to use fabric and create your own custom banner!
Thanks for the inspiration.

M.J. said...

I like your version of a banner - those buttons are awesome. How perfect did those handkerchiefs match the papers?! I love it when I find a good "find".

KarenB said...

Beautiful, beautiful work *sigh*
I love your idea of layering acetate over the top to protect the fabric :)

Nicolle said...

What a pretty LO!! I love what you did with the buttons, perfect. I love collecting fabric for my pages I dont currently own this tool but I can see it becoming a part of my many that I have...:)

nicolle at nicollelovesscrapbooking dot com

Stampin'Piper said...

Oh, this is so beautiful! I love the colors and it's a great layout!

TFS, Hugs from Germany Tanja

Brittney said...

What a neat banner!

Kristal said...

Can't believe I'm the first to post. Thanks for sharing your ideas, and layouts.

GiGi said...

That is a very pretty layout! I love the idea of using hankies and the whole idea with the acetate is sheer genious!!! I am going to have to try that! Thanks for the inspiration!

Drayia said...

Wonderful LO and what a great way to use fabric. Love how you came up with an idea to keep it in place and protect it. Thanks for sharing.
http://drayia.blogspot.com/

Janet Z said...

I love how you made your banner!

Kim said...

WOW!! That banner is BEAUTIFUL!! SO wonderful that you used your grannies hankies! I have a BUNCH of those, but not sure I could cut them up! LOL! Your little girls are precious as well! I am a follower! Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim

Manhattan Mandie said...

What a GORGEOUS layout! Good tip about what to do with silks too :)

ddinak said...

That is so pretty but not sure I could cut up those hankies either! I did find myself looking at kitchen towels at Target thinking "wouldn't those make great brads?" Crazy! Thanks for sharing!

joni said...

Oh, this layout is just so beautiful!!! I love what you did with those vintage hankies!!! They really are perfect!!! TFS
hugs,
joni

Scrappymama Elaine said...

so pretty! love the colors and the buttons! tfs!
esigmon@cox.net

Cindylu2u said...

Sooo pretty, really like how you but the buttons on the bakers twine, it looks fabulous!!
Cindy

Dawn, RI said...

The vintage buttons are very pretty draped along your page. I remeber my grandmother and all her hankys, it was so important to have a new one every day. Dawn RI
abosoffit at hotmail dot com

Kelly Sas said...

Oh my Robyn! What a creative idea to use the hankies on the i-top buttons! I have hankies I inherited from a special elderly friend and have been waiting until the right idea comes on how to use them. Thanks to YOU and IMAGINISCE for the wonderful inspiration to make them into buttons!!! (I LOVE buttons and use them in numerous sewing projects) I am sooooo excited!

PamS said...

What a neat idea. I would have never thought of putting the acetate over the silk of the hankie. And I love the shine it gave the button.

Lesabe said...

Love the buttons - such a great idea. Thanks for sharing =)

Chereazy said...

Super Cute! I love what you have done with the brads! Great idea!! :) Thanks for sharing!!

HeatherC said...

Your button banner is adorable Robyn!

Carol said...

Fabulous layout! love the brads, TFS!

Erika said...

Gorgeous layout! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kath said...

I love that LO!

Kath said...

I don't think my post went through - sorry if this is a duplicate. I was saying how I love that cute girlie LO!

JennyKozar said...

Your layout is beautiful. I love the homemade brads!

Heather said...

Love how you re-purposed those beautiful hankies!

Cari said...

Love those hankies girl!!! They are perfect for the GP collection!

yougotmel said...

OMG I see old hankies like that at rummage sales ALL THE TIME!! That is PERFECT!

Donna said...

Ooh, I am definately going to "scraplift" that idea, love it!!

Jenny Gibson said...

Beautiful layout. Love the use of the hankies.

Khristen said...

I am so going to have to scraplift that banner, TFS! Gorgeous!

Paper Dolls said...

I love your little "button" banner!

sleeplesswonder said...

I love your banner, and layout it's so cute. My mind would go to the same place if someone offered me those beautiful hankies (hmm what crafty thing could I do with them)
What an amazing prize. Thank you so much for the chance to win it.
mkds312@hotmail.com

creative patti said...

Beautiful work!. I love this Layout, the buttons came out perfectly!! Thank you for sharing. Great tip on the silk material.

KayTee said...

Absolutely stunning layout! That settles it, I so need this tool now--hee! Thanks for sharing your talent with us! Beautiful!

Larissa Heskett said...

What a CUTE and fun way to use vintage things and make such a cute page/banner!! =) I LOVE it!! THANKS SO MCUH for sharing the inspiration with us!! =) HAVE A FABULOUS DAY!!

Auntie Ang said...

Ah the vintage hankies how cute and what a super cute idea... Love it on the layout

Lara said...

Great idea Robyn! Very CUTE!

greenmama said...

I love how soft the colors are on this LO. Beautiful!!

Kimberly said...

Awesome, thanks so much for sharing, i will have to have this on my birthday wish list, unless i'm fortunate to win...hint hint...beautiful layout and i just love the colors you used. www canadiancraftcorner.blogspot.com

McVic said...

great layout! I love the vintage feel
kacee

Becky Dunham said...

Beautiful layout! What a great idea with the hankies - I collect vintage hankies but don't know if I could cut them up - but I still love the idea! And stringing them on the baker's twine is just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

marla said...

Wow that is so amazing. I love to shop at second hand stores and what a place to find vintages items and things that would make great buttons, and brads for my project. I sure hope I get lucky and win this tool to add to my scrapbooking room!!

Elisabeth said...

This banner idea is just soooo cute! Love the colors of the LO as well. Perfect for little princesses!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great layout. I love how you made the hankies into buttons.

Glynis said...

Those hankies are such a beautiful covering for those brads!! And I love how you used them to create the banner! TFS :O)

KimR said...

Beautiful LO! I love how you made the button banner!

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

Those are such a wonderful idea to use those 'hankie's" for to preserve the memories. I have them just sitting around.

Liz said...

Those are perfect and beautiful I am so glad that you can do that with them.

Karen Pinsonat said...

Love what you did with the hankies! And the acetate was a great idea.

Sophia said...

Gorgeous LO, love how you used those silk scarves...

Jill P said...

Beautiful layout and girls!

Davina Jaggard said...

What a great idea! I'm excited that this can be used with fabrics!

Court said...

This is fantastic Robyn! I just LOVE the idea of using the acetate over the silk! :)

Snips and Snails said...

Beautiful layout! I love how you used the buttons as a banner.

Tonya said...

The button banner is adorable, what a great use for the hankies!

Kathy said...

Thanks for a really great idea, using the packaging acetate! I never would have thought of that myself! Gonna start saving it! Those scarves are so pretty....I don't know if I could have cut them!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

your layout is just so pretty!

dlwidder said...

great idea and fabulous tip about the acetate. TFS

Tabitha said...

Great idea! I just gave away a box of scarfs to my SIL. I really need to get an iTop. Lots of wonderful ideas from some very talented ladies. Thanks for much for the idea and sharing.
tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

HeidiK said...

GORGEOUS layout! I LOVE the pink and the fabric topped i-tops add the perfect touch. Thank you for sharing.

The Dinner Spot said...

Great way to use all those old scarves/hankies- just make sure they are clean people! Thanks!

Anne P said...

Wow, love the button banner, it is fabulous. Those hankies look wonderful.

alwayscharlie said...

It's so fun to see all the different/layouts and projects! Love your layout and your adorable button banner!

Amanda said...

Love your layout! So pretty! Thanks for sharing! I am loving all you ladies have done with the I-top!

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

{VICKI} said...

Pretty girls on a pretty l/o

Debbie said...

Gorgeous layout! Love the brad banner!!!!

Heather (goldiecar) said...

I love that you used antique scarves! So smart!

lesleyw1 said...

What a great idea, using the scrafs, and smart to figure out adding the extra weight to them to make them work better. great layout!

BrendaB said...

Oh, I just LOVE the way you made the button swag! What a great tip on using the acrylic packaging overtop of the hankie fabric!

KellyG said...

Great idea, love how you used those hankies! Pretty layout!

scrappin_in_AK said...

pretty page - love what you did with the brads

Aimee said...

Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

aw62101 at hotmail dot com

Melissa D. said...

What a wonderful use of hankies! I may be able to get my hands on some myself! Thanks!

My Hideaway said...

I love the idea of the "button banner" Super cute!

Olivia

Ann Edwards said...

Love your "twist" on the banner embellishments! Beautiful layout!

Debc06 said...

Love the brad banner and the hankies coordinated wonderfully with the layout. Thanks for the tutorial.
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com/

Sherri Thompson said...

Those brads are beautiful and so creative! I love that you switched up the banner with these. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Manders said...

Ahhh those hankies are soooo adorable. and match so well with layout perfect.

*Linda-saved by grace* said...

I looove, looove, loooooove the button banner idea. It's Soooo adorable!!! You could even stamp the buttons with letters to imitate the banners. TFS!!!

Kelly Massman said...

What a sweet layout!

Julie said...

Love the vintage hankies and what a great way to repurpose them like this.

Julie

Denise said...

Very clever use of the i-top brads! Love your swag banner!
DeniseB

mimisimon said...

Great idea with the buttons for a banner.

Steph B said...

I have a TON of hankies that my Mom gave me, all from Japan. I am excited for something new to use them on! Thank you, and what a lovely match with the Enchanted collection!

pdrnc said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Erica said...

you wouldn't believe the number of vintage things I have that would be perfect for this. thanks for the inspiration.

Elaine said...

Beautiful layout! Love the swag, how cute:)

thanks for sharing

ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

Sam said...

Love the brads as a banner, very clever and I just adore the vintage buttons, soooo cute!

Karen S. said...

Cute idea! I would never think to try handkerchiefs!

Eva said...

This is so gorgeous and I love your hankies idea!

ellen s. said...

i just love how you used the hankies!!!!!!!

brilliant! gorgeous page, too

Karen said...

Wow, beautiful! My mind always goes straight to scrappy land too. lol

Ann said...

It's amazing how well those old hankies worked with the colours on the layout. That banner rocks!

Amy said...

Love this and the vintage Hankies! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Colleen said...

you were right, the vintage hankies made very cute I-top brads

kristy said...

Love the button banner!
Kristy

Lesley from WI said...

Love that banner! So totally cute!

mommyof5kidz said...

Just beautiful! I love your buttons! Almost makes me want to go put them on a pretty white blouse for my mom! They are so pretty!

Kathy said...

Beautiful layout! I love the look of the buttons! Thanks for sharing!

pattyb said...

I think making your own buttons and embellies is so cute. You made a beautiful layout!

VinDeeLoo said...

Very nice.

You could always use a second material to back the hankies. You can also Modge Podge the hankies to give it some protection too.

VinDeeLoo
vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

Pamk said...

cute banner. and love the layout

Carlene said...

Those hankies are gorgeous...what beautiful buttons they have made. Thanks for the tip using the plastic wrap...loves recycling!

http://misspinkcricut.blogspot.com/

Pammejo said...

cute layout

Amy C said...

Beautiful!! I love the way you incorporated the scarfs into your layout with the i-top.

Hugs,
Amy ♥

Melx:) said...

What a great use of vintage hankies!!! Adore the layout too - Mel:)xx
melfield.blogspot.com

Sue said...

I need to go dig out my late Grandmother and Great Grandmother's hankies that I've been hoarding all these years!

Jodi said...

I am really into using banners on my layouts lately and this is yet another great idea to use in my scrapbooking and also on cards! Thank you!

DeeDee said...

Great twist on the banner!!! Banners are so in right now and I'm sure this idea will be very popular!

Carrie said...

This is really beautiful! Never thought to use fabric like that. And I love the banner idea.

CheckerBeads said...

Love the layout! The hankies are great!

Anne

scrappinhero said...

Clever...clever girl with the acetate! Thansk for sharing this great tip. Beautiful project.

Ashly said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the hankies and need to get a new mother in law!! Mine would never think to get me something so cool . . . Thanks for sharing

Kim. said...

Wow, wow, wow this is a fantastic layout and the silk hankies worked out really well with this layout. Great idea and not one I would of thought of.
Kim xXx

Lori Allred said...

Loved that you used the hankies to cover you i-tops...fun layout. Great job!!

Got2BCrafting said...

Who would have thought about using hankies?? I am just not going to be able to look at anything the same anymore! LOL! I will be hoarding all kinds of fabric once i get an I-Top!!
Lori
http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/
got2bcrafting at gmail dotcom

shanna13 said...

I loved your layout and the little button/brad banner. TFS Susan
shanna13@frontiernet.net

Lillian Child said...

Pretty girls deserve a pretty layout, and you've definitely created a stunning one!

chignon said...

I love your twist on the banner! I didn't know there were buttons to use with the itop - I can't wait to try them myself.

My Crafting Time said...

Absolutely beautiful LO. Love how you strung the buttons together with the twine. tfs

stacy at mycraftingtime dot com
www.mycraftingtime.com

Kim said...

Love the layering on your layout and making a banner out of those is simply delightful, love it!

stefeni said...

Beautiful! These past few days have been such inspiration for me to bust out my ITop.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

Brett said...

What a cute idea! I have scraps I could totally use to do this .... now the wheels are turning! Thanks!

Fleursbydesign said...

Love the brads - awesome!

jeff.ellison said...

Thanks for that great idea. We sometimes forget all the detail around us. We can reuse some many things. Great idea with the hankies! Need idea for grandma scrapbook page. My grandma always had beautiful hangies. You got my mind thinking of what else I can turn into a button! Awesome.

Martine Labelle said...

that LO is so pretty! it's so cool how you recycled those handkerchieves!

mojodawn said...

So dang cute! I love those hankies too! NEED the ITop! :)

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