Here is a fast (and terrible) edit in paint to show you LOL
The red layers are the bottom, leave those on top of each other, do not pull them apart.
The purple are the only layers that should be pulled apart
I hope that helps make more sense even if it is a little sloppy!
* oh I didnt think about this before, but if you are using the figure 8 method this might not make sense.
girlythingsbows used to have a tutorial on there that I used and I am not seeing it now. But you measured out the ribbon and then folded it over so many times, put a pin through the center and then pulled the loops apart, that is how I do mine.