Pennant Ribbon – Create Your Own Using Any Paper

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When my youngest child was born, I wanted to shout it from the top of the roof! If, like me, you find yourself wanting to make a special announcement, try using a pennant.

In fact, pennants are all the rage right now. Sometimes they are included in a kit and sometimes they aren’t. When they aren’t, it’s easy to remedy with a piece of paper and the Shape tool.

 

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Step 1: Open Your Layout

This is the layout I created with the Premier kit Recollection, by Joanne Brisebois.

Step 2: Select Your Pennant Paper

  • In the Layers panel, activate the top layer by clicking on it.
  • Open (File > Open) the digital paper you would like for your pennant.
  • Get the Move tool and click and drag the paper onto your layout.

Step 3: Create A Rectangular “Ribbon”

  • Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
  • Click and drag out a rectangle the size you would like for your pennant. My rectangle is approximately 6.5 x .75 inches.

  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate that portion to its own layer.
  • In the Layers panel, delete the original paper layer by dragging it to the Trash.

Step 4: Create A Square Shape

  • Select the Rectangle Tool.

  • In the Options Bar, click on the Create New Shape Layer icon.

  • Holding down the Shift key to constrain proportions, click and drag out a square on your scrapbook page.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
  • In the Options Bar, change the angle to 45 degrees.

  • Click on the green check mark or press Enter to accept the change.

Step 5: Line Up The Shapes

  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Layers panel, hold the Shift key and select both the rectangular paper ribbon and the square shape.
  • In the Options Bar, chose Align.
  • In the drop down window, choose Vertical Centers.

Step 6: Create The Pennant Shape

  • In the Layers panel, click on the square shape layer to activate it all by itself.
  • Holding down the Shift key to maintain direction, click on the square and drag it to the end of the rectangular paper shape so that the paper is only showing on one side of the square.

  • In the Layers panel, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the thumbnail of the square shape layer to get a selection outline. On your scrapbook page, you should see “marching ants” around the square.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the rectangular paper layer.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to create a cutout in the rectangle shape.
  • Choose Select > Deselect to get rid of the selection outline.
  • In the Layers panel, drag the original square shape layer to the Trash.

  • Complete your layout by adding a shadow and a bit of journaling on your pennant ribbon.


Credits:
Tutorial of the Week: Ribbon Pennants- Lisa Hanks
Photo and Scrapbook Page: Lisa Hanks
Paper and Elements: Recollections by Joanne Brisebois
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10

Download a PDF version of this “Pennant Ribbon” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step 1: Open Your Layout

This is the layout I created with the Premier kit Recollection, by Joanne Brisebois.

Step 2: Select Your Pennant Paper

  • In the Layers panel, activate the top layer by clicking on it.
  • Open (File > Open) the digital paper you would like for your pennant.
  • Get the Move tool and click and drag the paper onto your layout.

Step 3: Create A Rectangular “Ribbon”

  • Select the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • Click and drag out a rectangle the size you would like for your pennant. My rectangle is approximately 6.5 x .75 inches.

  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate that portion of the paper to its own layer.
  • In the Layers panel, delete the original paper layer by dragging it to the Trash.

Step 4: Create A Square Shape

  • Get the Rectangle tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the Shape Layers icon. It’s the first icon in the set of three icons to the far left.

  • Holding down the Shift key to constrain proportions, click and drag out a square on your scrapbook page.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
  • In the Options Bar, change the angle to 45 degrees.

  • Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.

Step 5: Line Up The Shapes

  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Layers panel, hold the Shift key and select both the rectangular paper ribbon and the square shape.
  • In the Options Bar, choose the Align Vertical Centers icon.

Step 6: Create The Pennant Shape

  • In the Layers panel, click on the square shape layer to activate it all by itself.
  • Holding down the Shift key to maintain direction, click on the square and drag it to the end of the rectangular paper shape so that the paper is only showing on one side of the square.

  • In the Layers panel, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the mask thumbnail of the square shape layer to get a selection outline. On your scrapbook page, you should see “marching ants” around the square.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the rectangular paper layer.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to create a cutout in the rectangle shape.
  • In the Layers panel, drag the original square shape layer to the Trash.

  • Complete your layout by adding a shadow and journaling on your pennant ribbon.

Credits:
Tip of the Week: Ribbon Pennants – Lisa Hanks
Photo and Scrapbook Page: Lisa Hanks
Paper and Elements: Recollections by Joanne Brisebois
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4

Download a PDF version of this “Pennant Ribbon” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

 

 

6 Responses

  1. ouisiekelly
    | Reply

    Beautiful. I can see many uses for this. Thanks.

  2. Jo Morgan
    | Reply

    Thank you for your clear to understand tutorials.
    Happy New Year

  3. Bonnie Ripp
    | Reply

    This was awesome for several reasons. It was clear, which is important. It also made me finally see several things and why I was doing them. The transform and move the shape I hadn’t done. I will remember the shift key for going across straight now. I learned all of these things before, but now for some reasons I went “oh ya that is why”. Like the thumbnail and outline the square and how you go to the other layer and cut it out. This was done a different way in my old program and took me till now to see how elements does it. Thanks a ton

  4. Diane McCurdy
    | Reply

    I’m not sure where the tut is…not seeing the download info either. I think I’m Lost!! =0)

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Diane. Sorry for the confusion.
      Our Digi Scrap Tutorials are only available to view if you are logged in at http://www.digitalscrapper.com. If you receive our newsletter, then you are already a FREE “Digital Scrapper Plus Member” and all you have to do is login the to site.

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  5. Marsha Edwards
    | Reply

    I’m lost also. I’m logged in, but not seeing the tutorial for this lesson. I see some of the others, but not all. Also, not seeing the one dated Jan 17th. Thanks

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