Scrapbook Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Rosette

by Lain Ehmann on May 12, 2010

PLEASE don’t leave me a comment saying my hands are out of the frame sometimes. This was my VERY FIRST video where I tried to film my hands (a difficult task — try it sometime!). Also, what I’m doing off-camera is the same thing I’m doing on camera. You’re smart. You’ll figure it out. ;)

  • Kirby Hall

    thanks, Lain – love those!

  • Christine

    Hi Lain

    Lovely flower – just need to see more of what you are doing on the video x

  • admin

    Thanks, Chris!
    This filming your own hands thing is harder than it looks. ;)

  • Jen

    Thanks for sharing Lain. The rosettes are beautiful. They seem easy. I think I will give them a try. A bit of the tutorial was off camera.

  • Ali

    Excellent!! Thanks Lain!!

  • Leslie Smith

    Thanks! cute

  • Jackie

    Thanks, it was quick and to the point. It’s cute. I think I’ll try it, doesn’t look too hard.

  • Donna D

    Would love to see the finished project you used it on…

  • cindi

    love it – looks super easy! Can’t wait to try.

  • Julie

    Thanks – this looks like fun – since I’ve been 100% digi I haven’t done some fun and easy crafts. I’m going to try this one!!

  • Pamela

    Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try these. You make it look so easy!

  • Stefani

    Your emails crack me up! Thanks for all the tips and your sense of humor!

  • Anonymous

    I try to entertain! I’m so glad they’re giving you a giggle. :)

  • ScrappyTams

    Very cute. Love using this technique. I made something similar recently. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    So glad you liked it! I’d love to see your version. :)

  • Christy Strcikler

    I think I am going to recycle some white pages into flowers like these. They look easy and could easily be used on a boy’s page.

  • Anonymous

    show me what you make! I’d love to see. :)

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  • Randsjane

    Hi, this would certainly be great if I could see it. You keep going too far up and out the screen!

  • Beasbloomers

    Hard to figure out what you are doing when you are not in the picture

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  • Gcalder57

    Thanks so much for your class Lain

  • Linda Wijtvliet

    Thanks a lot Lain :-) tha’t s a great idea

  • jenlynnie

    i do love your energy : ) but you gotta keep your hands in the screen so that we all can see what you’re doing : ) i just got my yellow pages yesterday. guess what i am going to do with them?

  • Anonymous

    Have you ever tried to film your own hands??? ;)

  • col12

    This is a great, fun little tutorial and I have some paper on my scrap table that would be perfect for these! Hmmm… might have to play a little later!

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad you liked it! :)

  • Jill

    You weren’t always in front of the camera, but I think I got part of it anyways. Very cute idea! Thanx for showing!

  • Kel

    Thanks for taking the time to put this video together! 

  • Anonymous

    You are so welcome! Thank you for watching. :)

  • Diane Stephan Alberts

    great quickie!  Thanks, Diane

  • Diane Stephan Alberts

    great quickie!  Thanks, Diane

  • Marcia

    Awesome…and quick. You are so much fun to watch!!
     I love your little tutorials!

  • Anonymous

    So glad you liked it! :)

  • Tobey

    this was ok but most of it was off camera, esp when getting to the ribbon part. disappointing.

  • Slongely

    What an easy way to get this done.  The options are endless

  • Sbyurich

    I really like the look of rosettes on a page. Next time tho- can you have your fingers in the picture so we can see the technique. this one was fairly easy to follow, but if you’re going to have a video, please make sure we can see you!! thanks, Barb

  • Anonymous

    Hey Barb,
    This is one of the very first videos I ever did, and I thought it was very easy to follow (anything off camera is the same as what I’m doing on camera). It is VERY hard to video your own hands, but I think my later videos — which you can see at — are a little smoother.

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  • Susanna Boyd

    Hey — your hands are out of the frame sometimes….  Just kidding!  You did a great job on this!  Can’t believe this is video #1!  Clearly, you’re a natural!  

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha!! You evil imp!!

  • k8kre8s.kf

    Thanks for sharing this again Lain, I had seen it before and couldn’t find it again for some reason (I wanted to share it).  Bookmarked it this time.  Love these Rosettes!  I make them all the time now.
    I thought It was very easy to follow. Like you said anything that wasn’t on camera at one point was there at another.

  • Anonymous

    Glad you liked them! :)

  • Fionavb

    Lovely.  Thank you.  It would be nice to add some distressed ink on that vintage paper.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic idea! If you do it, send me a photo. :)

  • Jami047

    Awesome I’m going to try that this week!!

  • Angela

    Very effective and in 3 minutes well done Lain

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Angela!

  • Anonymous

    I like it! Cute & Quick. I would only miss seeing your hands if it was a DIFFICULT task ! ha ha

  • Anonymous

    So true! Lol!

  • Anonymous

    So true! Lol!

  • Margaret

    Thanks for sharing, love the vintage rosettes. Great job.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Margaret! :)

  • mj

    Cute! I think I will try some with some coordinating paper and ribbon too. Some pattern paper is really thin and would work well. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Show me what you do if you make some!!

  • Jane O’Leary

    LOL I kept laughing as your hands were going off screen. I have the same problem making videos except if my hands aren’t off the screen they are doing the talking for me….my husband said it looks like a talking hand video!

  • Anonymous

    I promise, my future videos are better! :)

  • Judith L Perry

    I think I will use this on my next layout.  Love it, and it is fast & easy to make!

  • Anonymous

    Glad you like it! :)

  • DawnB

    love it Lain

  • Vicki

    Too cute!  Easy does it!

  • Donna

    So cute and easy!  I can think of so many things to use these little flowers for – thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    Glad you liked it, Donna!

  • Dede

    Lain, your first video is better than I could EVER do LOL.  Thanks for the tutorial.  I’m gonna find some vintage books and use it for this project.  Very pretty flowers by the way.  

  • Anonymous

    Dede, you are sweet! Show me what you do if you create something with these!

  • Sandy

    Lain, good first video. Love the flowers. Was thinking that you could also “pink” or use other scissors to make the ends uneven and then scrunch!

  • Anonymous

    That would be cute! I’ll have to try that! :)

  • Linda

    I never thought of using old books for vintage paper.  Love that idea.  I also think stitching a gathering  stitch on the ribbon and pulling it would make a nice flower. 
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

  • Cherylane

    So cute! Your hands are fine, lol

  • lainie9

    Glad you could figure it out. Lol!!! ;)

  • Flong1027

    Thank you. Real cute.

  • Middletonx2

    instructions were just fine – spoken clear and visually good.  thanks.  p.s. waiting for the ‘scrapinar’ Photo Book Perfection tonight

  • Ldb1408

    Quick – easy – to the point! ;-). I get great thick books at the $$ Store – rip the pages out – dye them in tea/coffee – tons of ‘vintage’ paper!

  • Marilyn Koch

    This is great.  Simple and fast but great results!

  • Florence

    Thank you.

  • Lyn Ryder

    A lovely simple way to make a gorgeous vintage rosette

  • Brandylass

    What a simple but effective activit, although the pleating looked tricky.

  • Sherry

    cute and looks simple enough to create.

  • Margaret

    thanks Lain…I’m learning so much from you

  • Katie Davis

    Great vid, Lain! Now you can go put sparkles on your nails (we’ll be waiting to see that in your next video!)

  • Myrna Plath

    Great idea and I can see how using different papers would give you a totaly different look.  Thanks Lain

  • Rozzy60

    I’m basic and the hands would help. Howeve, your verbal instruction was great and you could follow the directions folding of the ribbon quite well. You also had the sample in full view.

  • AmyJ

    I loved it! The directions were clear and easy to follow and the idea was fantastic! Who doesn’t love a super cute flower that takes 60 seconds to make… Thanks for sharing your idea Lain…

  • littlen

    short and to the point – great! i hate when video tutorials go on & on & on. i usually just stop watching them and move on.

  • Janice Hopkins

    Love tutorials … keep them coming!

  • Susan Todd

    Lain, love that you do videos for us, ignore the haters lol. What I love even more is that you take the time to comment on what we say, that doesn’t happen with many other blogs that I read. Keep me coming, hands or no hands! :)

  • Wanda

    Lain, I am only a couple days in to finding your blog. I have been romancing scrapbooking for so many years and have only completed an ABC book for my son and daughter and one album for my son; my children are now 14 and 12. I have all the supplies and tools, the support of my husband, but the perfectionist in me has managed to become overwhelmed with this wonderful hobby and I find myself paralyzed to pick it back up again UNTIL your enthusiasm that flows through each post began moving me back to my craft room. I downloaded the phone app, the top secret guide to scrapping faster, and signed up for the ‘sewing’ class next week. Your rosette video is so easy to follow. I feel blessed to have found your site and am excited to revisit this wonderful hobby and move forward on my original goal to package all the family milestones and memories and gift them to my children.

  • Chris A

    Quick n easy. Like short tutorials. I don’t have lots of time to watch anything too long. Thanks this is a great tip on rosettes.

  • Junebug868

    Short, sweet, to the point, good explanation, easey peasey and good to go…Well done…Definately will be trying this…Thanks…

  • Karen Cydrus

    Looks quick and easy. Thanks for doing this

  • Julia

    Thanks for sharing this concise and easy to follow flower tutorial. I love handmade embellishments, so would appreciate more of these short and sweet tutorials. :)

  • Lain

    Glad you liked it! We’ll see what we can do to make more like this.

  • Lori Bickford

    This great!!! While I only do digi scrapbooking anymore, I do love hybrid projects, and will DO make some of these next time!

  • swaps, crops and shops

    Love that you just taught me something in three minutes. My attention span runs at about a kindergarten level so you nailed it! Cute flower, easy instructions, glue dots…what more can a girl ask for? Now…we need to get you on our site because you are awesome!

  • Lilian

    Hey Lain, thanks so much for the video ! Very cute flower as so easy to make. You are great please do some more videos !

  • Indie Summer

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing :) x

  • Leslie Germain

    Very cute Lain. Love the quick tutorial and the fun flower that I learned how to make. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kathy

    East, quick, cute….what’s not to love! And enjoyed the brevity of your quick and to the point video! Thanks, Lain!

  • Andrene

    Its always nice to make your own embellishments versus buying pre made. This is such a great way to also use up your scraps ! Thanks for sharing.

  • Lolis

    Awesome video! Love your tutorials!

  • Kathy Stacy

    I like both short and long videos myself. I like this flower and think if you are going for vintage, I would ink the edges too :) I’d also recommend using those Glubers we have in our stash.

  • Petrin Diaz

    Oh, this is the tiniest demo i have seen!…perfect for “to the minute card”! thanks for showing!

  • Sherry

    Wow, that was short and sweet !!! I don’t paper scrap much anymore…into digital scrapping now but I still make cards for special occasions. Will defiantly add these flowers to the next one. So cute and simple :) Loved the video.

  • Sherry

    Wanda, I could have written this myself and my children are much older. Hope Lain helps me too!

  • robynjosephs

    a ggod way to keep your hands in frame, is to make sure your mat, or a marked off work space is in frame, and keep your hands in it-yes, you have to think about it sometimes, and it comes with practice .

  • Lain Ehmann

    That video was done many years ago, and as I mentioned, it was my first. If you check out some of my later videos, I think you’ll see a big improvement.

  • Mariana

    Thank you Lain. What a beautiful and easy to make flower ! Will definitely try this and even have sent the link to my mum :)

  • ava g

    nice video, except the most important part of pleading was off camera :-( otherwise cute flower

  • Trisch

    Lain, Enjoyed the vintage flower. Simple to make a big impact. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carol in the Land of Oz

    Wait till you see her do Scrapbook Improv–very impressive and inspiring!

  • Paula

    Lain, you have a great online voice! thank you for this nice and easy tutorial. Quick question, if I don’t have glue dots, what could I use instead to adhere the ribbon? Any suggestions? I live on an island and supplies are limited

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