Tags used in scrapbook art or card making crafts can create a wonderful interactive feel in the project. Tags, though they can be purchased, are fun to make. Making tags allows you to select coordinating colors, textures and elements that will complement photos and other elements you wish to use in your design. Learning how to making terrific tags will not only save you money, but will give you time to sit back and relax as you create fun elements for your scrapbook pages.
To make Terrific Tags:
- Decide what function your tag will be used for. You may wish to add journalling to a tag or create a scrapbook page topper with several small tags. Be sure you have an idea in mind for the finished tag so you can use it once it is done.
- Choose a color scheme. Your color scheme may come from a photo, a background paper, stickers or your choses theme.
- Create your base tag by cutting your papers to the desired size. The best tags are usually rectangular but squares, circles and ovals are also fun to create and use. To shape your tag you may wish to cut the corners on the narrow end at a 45 degree angle or you may round the corners. Bear in mind that any geometric shape can be made into a tag, use your imagination and see what you come up with.
- Now the fun begins. Choose a couple of coordinating papers from your scrap pile and then choose 2 or 3 elements to decorate your tag. Some fun things to decorate tags with include fiber, clips, artistic wire, eyelets, beads, clear rubber stamps, buttons, torn edges, embroidery floss, lace, punches, cork paper, fabric etc.
- Decorate your tag. Place the eyelets first if you are using them. You can mat stickers or rubber stamping images to highlight them. You may like the look of hand stitching around or accross the tag.
- Add string. You probably have any number of ribbon, fibers, yarn, wire, paper clips, raffia, jute or fine chain that you can use to attach your tags to the project.
- Adhere your custom made tag to your project and enjoy the finished look it adds.
Tags are very versatile and can be used in a number of different ways.
- use a large tag for a photo mat on a scrapbook page
- stamp alphabet letters on small tags to create a unique and fun title
- use a number of small tags around the edge or down one side of your page to create a fun border
- use tiny tags as simply photo captions
- tuck a tag into a pocket to add hidden journalling to the page
- use as a bookmark
- frame a particularly interesting tag for unique wall art
- tie a tag to a package for a clever gift addition
- use a tag as a magnet for your fridge
- use a tag to decorate the front of a clever greeting card