The making of banners is an ancient craft.
Banners are mentioned in the Old Testament. They were used to keep order among those traveling to the promised land with Moses. Heraldic banners were used in Medieval Times for personal identification. Sashimono banners were worn by warriors in feudal Japan to distinguish enemies during battles. Airplanes started pulling advertising banners in the mid 1900s.
In recent times they’ve appeared in homes across a mantle or doorway, at weddings, even on top of wedding cakes.
A string of banners can do a whole bunch of things for scrapbook page design from adding repetitions of color and shape to guiding the eye. Take a look at 4 ways to use banners on scrapbook pages.
Arrange a string of banners with a “dip” swooping across all or part of a page.
The mix of triangles and banner flags arranged in two swoops on Kim Watson‘s “Direction You Choose” sets a festive tone and adds repetitions of shape and color
Tanyia Deskins added 4 banners swooping halfway across the page at top and bottom.
Michelle Houghton made a swooping banner by misting over triangles, which she then removed. She outlined the triangles, filled two with patterned paper, and added twine along the top.
2. A Straight Line
Betsy Sammarco layered a series of pennants at the bottom edge of her photo. She left a bit of space between each one and had no need to add a string — the photo above ties them all together.
The pennants on Audrey Neal‘s “School Spirit” are a repetition of sports pennants and a fitting embellishment for this page about Audrey’s feeling for her school at a time when the community is celebrating basketball success. She alternated between patterned paper and white pennants.
3. A Cluster
Jana Morton clustered several pennants at page top. Rather than being strung together, they are layered and tied with a string wrapped around them.
4. Title Home
Tami Taylor mixed triangles and banners in an upward curve across her page and leading to her focal point photo. She used each piece to hold the individual letters of her title.
Cindy Liebel strung hearts instead of pennants or banners and punched small holes at the tops. She threaded and twisted twine through them and added letter stickers for each letter of her title.
The placement of three triangles in a series — even when there is no tie — creates a recognizable pattern that triggers the viewer’s perception of them as part of a banner. Amy Kingsford placed them sideways along her element cluster — as if running up a flagpole.
6. A banner of unexpected shapes
Lisa Dickinson created a banner from small tags topped with journaling strips and tied with white cord. Each “flag” on the banner delivers a different message that supports her page topic of “Just Be.”
Doris Sander made a banner of several rectangles — of tags and even product packaging — that she ran across “Happy Moment.” Each point on the banner provides a home for embellishments and/or journaling. The largest piece resembles an old-fashioned needlework sampler of the alphabet.
How do you use banners on your pages? And what do you make them from? Try a new approach on your next pages.