Years ago, I fell in love with tags…all sizes, shapes and colors. I was so excited to find a new shade. It only took me a few years to realize that I could make my own tags…sometimes I’m a slow learner. I think it stemmed from the fact that if the tags already had string in them, nine times out of ten, I would remove the string! I am kind of a hoarder to all sorts of scrapbook/office/hobby things, and when I actually decided to make my own, it made one less thing for me to collect since I already had the paper.
So to start off December, I decided to make some tags. I made a bunch and they are super easy (remember my “easy” theme from yesterday?) and now I will be ready when I finally get some of that October Afternoon Christmas line “Holiday Style” from my neighborhood scrapbook store. Until then, I found a darling project to make me happy. But the basics first.
Determine the size you want the tags to be. I made two different sizes today: 3″ X 4 1/4″ and 3″ X 5″. One makes better use of an 8 1/2″ X 11″ sheet of paper, the other was solely for the added height. I’m always torn in the economical vs. preference department.
You will need two different sizes of circle punches – I used the green Paper Shaper (I think its about 3/16″) and the 5/8″. It isn’t critical which sizes you use, just depends on the look you like.
I used scraps of the cut paper to make the circles. I inked them with Tim Holtz’s Antique Linen Distress Ink to make them just slightly darker than the tag. I put a little repositionable Dotto on the back side of the circle to hold in on the tag.
Next, make a small pencil (not pen) mark in the center of the circle.
If you use a good, heavy-weight cardstock, you are now ready to put ribbon or baker’s twine through the hole and it will be sturdy enough to pull without pulling all the way through…disclaimer: It is POSSIBLE to pull it through if you are rough enough, but gentle tugging won’t hurt it.
Now, if you want more of the look of a traditional tag, you can trim the corners.
If you want to get the corners to measure the same, a quick, no-measure trick I use is to cut 2 tags at the same time. Once you cut the first set of corners, just flip the top one sideways and you can use the already cut corner as a guide…just two flips and you’re done.
Now for the cute project. I found the idea in the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts issue.
This issue is full of projects I would like to try. But the one on Page 85 caught my attention. Here is my take on it. If you have doilies and a jar of old shirt buttons, you should be just about set!
Step one: cut a triangle piece of the doily – I tried to keep some symetry with the scallops. Put a little of the repositionable Dotto on the tag to hold the doily in place…don’t try to add the Dotto to the doily…they are too fragile! Step 2: stitch a swag pattern across the doily; on the last swag, work some trunk into it if you like. You can eyeball this, too. Step 3: use some super tacky glue to attach buttons to the tree. Add a little baker’s twine or ribbon and you are done!
How cute are these? So many possibilities!
Oh…that little semi-translucent orb that the one is standing up in? Crate and Barrel for $1.25 and they come in a turquoise and lime green! Doesn’t it just get the creative juices flowing? Sweet, romantic, whimsical or elegant. Perfect for just a simple, elegant touch. Have fun and I’ll see you tomorrow!