Christmas Gift Tags

I know it is not even the middle of October 2015.  Too early to be thinking about Christmas you might say.  Getting a jump on your gift giving and fabulous handcrafted items can be a year long endeavor.  So, while you are making those special gifts for friends and family why not take a break and make some gift tags to go along with your creations?

I am going deep into my small scraps.  The 2-1/2 inch by 5-1/2 inch pieces.  I’m not sticking with the typical Christmas theme papers either.  Think about these tags for other occasions….birthday, anniversary, baby shower, weddings, and any other event you will be giving a gift that will require a tag.

My stash of small paper scraps

My stash of small paper scraps

I used three sheets of 8-1/2 by 11 Recollections card stock to create the tags I will show you.  A video tutorial will be up on Wednesday to show you how to make these awesome tags.

3 x 3 note card gift tags

3 x 3 note card gift tags

2 x 2-1/4 note gift tags

2 x 2-1/4 note gift tags

2-1/4 x 3 gift tags

2-1/4 x 3 gift tags

The whole lot from 3 sheets of card stock

The whole lot from 3 sheets of card stock

See you Wednesday.

Leslie

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Turn a mini album tag into a Christmas card

Through September and on into October I have been creating videos on how to make mini album tags for the newest batch of creative people coming in.  I used to be one of them.  Searching for answers to my burning questions and not finding much in the way of an answer.

As in life, one thing leads to another.  For new card makers that don’t have a lick of interest in ever making mini albums, but need to be inspired to create a greeting card, I thought it would be good to show how a mini album tag can be made into a card front.

I chose to use one of the Measured and Layered tags with a pocket as my inspiration for the card front.

This tag is my inspiration

This tag is my inspiration

I have some old….circa 2009….Stampin’ Up! stamp sets which are Christmas themed.  Serene Snowflakes, Delightful Decorations, and Big on Christmas.  These are no longer available at Stampin’ Up! but if you have them in your stash of stamps you can give this a try.

Old Stampin' Up! stamp sets

Old Stampin’ Up! stamp sets

This is what I came up with using the mini album tag format and converting it into a Christmas card with a little gift of tags tucked into the front pocket.

Mini album tag converted into Christmas card

Mini album tag converted into Christmas card

I will have the tutorial on making these cards up on YouTube Friday – October 9, 2015.

Leslie

Measured Layers on mini album tags.

For my continued series on how to make tags for my granddaughter’s mini album, I offer you this tutorial on how to make Measured Layers on the tags.

Measured Layers on mini album tags side 1

Measured Layers on mini album tags side 1

Measured Layers on mini album tags side 2

Measured Layers on mini album tags side 2

One thing that was not included in this tutorial is how to hide ribbon ends on the tags so they don’t show.  Wrap the ribbon around the layered feature piece before adhering it to the tag.  The two white strips on the ribbon, below, will hold two additional pieces of ribbon in place.

Attach ribbon before adhering the piece to the tag

Attach ribbon before adhering the piece to the tag

Using regular packaging tape, or Scotch Tape, secure the ribbon tails to the back of the black card stock.

Adhere ribbon tails to the back of the black card stock

Adhere ribbon tails to the back of the black card stock

Add any other ribbon or lace you wish to over the ribbon on the front.

Adhere additional ribbon or lace

Adhere additional ribbon or lace

Then secure these tails to the back of the card stock as well with packaging tape.

Secure the tails on the back of the card stock

Secure the tails on the back of the card stock

The ribbon on the front of this piece will act as a pocket for anything you may wish to have inserted.  A photo or a journal tag.  I’ve used a Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, one from patterned paper and one from black card stock to act as a shadow, and attached the bottom of the body and the left bottom wing to act as the tag holder for the insert.

Ribbon pocket for an insert

Ribbon pocket for an insert

I have created a tutorial video on making the front and back of one of the tags.  Your imagination and supplies are all that is needed to create your own Measured Layered tags.  I hope you enjoy this lesson in getting dramatic effects in your tag making.

Leslie

Pockets and Tags for Mini Albums

If a beginning crafter does an Internet search for “How to make mini album pockets” or “How to make mini album tags” most of the time the results are completed mini albums with the creator showing what the finished project looks like.  If a beginning crafter searches YouTube with the same queries the results are a video ranging in length from 5 minutes to over 25 minutes showing a completed project with the creator telling me “Here is the pocket I made” and “Here is the tag I made”.

When I started making scrapbook layouts and then ventured into mini albums I was continually frustrated with finding there was not one single video, or blog post, that showed the process of making a pocket or a tag.

I have taken it upon myself to be the one that shows all the steps necessary to create these things.  At the bottom of this post I will include my YouTube videos that show how to make pockets and tag inserts.

The tags, just in case you are wondering, are elements to the mini album that can be pulled out from the place they reside.  Photos and journaling  are added to the tags to tell a story…the story that is being told through the photos.  A trip to DisneyWorld, or DisneyLand.  High school prom or graduation.  A wedding or engagement.  Pregnancy or the birth of a new baby.

Gusseted Pockets

Gusseted Pockets

 

4 Pocket Insert

4 Pocket Insert

 

Mini Album tags

Mini Album tags

Next week I will be making tags for a mini album that seem to have “Advanced” skills required but they are things a beginning crafter can make easily.  I am trying to take the mystery out of being creative when it comes to designing a mini album to enjoy yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Leslie