I keep seeing beautiful journaling tags for sale online and thinking to myself 'I could do that!' So, with the help of some Studio Calico Classic papers and tissue paper trims, some Jenni Bowlin stickers, Amy Tan stamps and washi tape along with my daughter's spirograph, I set about making some sets of journaling tags to use on my layouts.
As I only scrap A4-sized layouts, I always have a spare strip left over from cutting down 12x12 cardstock to make my bases for layouts. These spare strips of card are perfect for cutting down to make tags. I use tags a lot on my layouts too as embellishments so it's always useful to have some ready to add.
One of the make and takes at the recent Retreat was to create tags using a Studio Calico mask, some mixtape, twine and a button. Once I was home, I had a go at making my own version using the supplies that I'd picked out to make my tags:
Set two are a very simple tag, perfect for journaling on or adding more details to. These were made by simply sticking a strip of washi tape along the top edge of a small rectangle of card:
Set Three is the same as set two, but this time I have added some date stickers too:
Set four are perfect for adding the date to a layout. I use a MME stamp of the days of the week along the top of the cards, embossing with Zing powders to add some texture, ready for circling the day with pen. They were further embellished with some cut-down Studio Calico label stickers and Jenni Bowlin date stickers.
Set Five began again as a rectangle of card which I firstly drew a pattern onto using a Spirograph, going off the edge by using a spare piece of card underneath. I drew some lines around these shapes with a ruler and then finished them off with some Studio Calico tissue paper strips.
Set Six were made by creating smaller rectangles in Microsoft Word and adding the word 'Today' using a typewriter font. Once printed onto a piece of A4 sized kraft cardstock, I cut them out and embellished with washi tape.
Set Seven began as a rectangle of kraft which I cut along the top side with a shaped blade on my Woodware Trimmer. I stamped some images from the Amy Tan stamp set and finished off with a small punched circle from a piece of Studio Calico paper, which I then punched in the centre with my cropodile, before tying on a piece of twine.
Set Eight were cut from a pieces of Classic Studio Calico paper which I then rounded at the corners. I kept a neutral colour scheme here, adding some brown tissue paper trims and cut-down label stickers at the edges.
As it's now December and Christmas is fast approaching, I have also made a Christmas tag set too. I have kept them quite simple. and, sticking with the DT theme of the month of creating festive items using non-festive supplies, I stuck with the same stash that I had used for the rest of my tags. For the first tags, I used a luggage/parcel tag shape for the base, drew around a chipboard star on the reverse and then cut out the shape. Onto the back of the tag, I then stuck a piece of patterned paper to show through the star-shaped hole. On the other tag, I used some star stamps and embossed them in baby blue and white. It's difficult to see the effect of the white in the photo but it's really subtle in real life. Each tag was finished off with a Studio Calico label sticker.
They don't scream 'Christmas' which means that they can be used for any themed page and in my next blog post I am going to show some ways in which they can be used at Christmas as well as sharing some ways in which I've incorporated a whole selection of my tags into a layout. Back tomorrow!