February 3, 2011

Scrappy Tags

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Hi friends. One of my favorite things about Papertrey Ink right now is the great assortment of dies that coordinate so well with all the stamp sets. It's so easy to create fun accents for your cards, scrapbook pages, gift wrap and more. With a little out of the box thinking, you can put the dies to work by themselves to create some unique design elements.

Today I have some pretty little tags to show you using dies from the Tag Sale Collection and the toppers from the Banner Borders die collection. I'll also be using the Spiral Notebook Page die. Here you can see my finished tags hanging with paper doilies and embellished clothespins.
I'd love to show you how I created these scrappy tags so let's get started. First, gather up some patterned papers and the dies listed above.
Using the Banner Borders die toppers, die cut pieces using each one of the four sheets of patterned papers. Since all the toppers are connected on one die, it's easy to cut out a bunch of toppers at once. I've shown my first piece of paper that I die cut....continue with the other three patterned papers.
Next up, use the tag dies listed at the beginning of my post to cut out tag shapes. I'm using Rustic White cardstock.
Then comes the fun part. Mix and match the die cut patterned paper toppers to create fun layers for each tag. You can see how I've spread out my four tag dies and have positioned the die cut toppers on each tag. The top left shows an uneven horizontal layering. The top left shows an even horizontal layering. The bottom left shows a vertical layering. The bottom right shows a woven layering.
Move these layers onto your die cut cardstock tags and lightly adhere with adhesive. You only need a dab of adhesive because the strips will be sewn into place. You don't want to gunk your sewing machine up with adhesive so just a little dab to hold each strip to the tag. Next turn the tag over and trim off the excess patterned paper that hangs over the tag. It's easiest to trim from the back so you get a straighter line.
Next, sew back and forth straight stitches over each strip of patterned paper. I stitch around the entire tag first and then back track over the strips of patterned paper.
On the left you can see my tag that has the woven pieces stitched on. On the right you can see a back side of tag and the machine stitching.
Next up, the tags are ready to be embellished or used however you wish. I chose to clip my tags to some thick twine using my small clothespins that have been embellished with scraps from my tags. Each clothespin is tied with white silk ribbon. The tags also have a fun Dainty Doily background which is oh so cute. On this first tag, I used felt and Heart Print die cuts to make a cute heart accent.
On this sweet tag, I used a die cut felt heart that has been tied with a Vintage Button onto one of my mom's lace yo-yo's. The clothespin has a snippet of felt scrap adhered on.
Here I've used little scraps lying on my studio table to create a fun heart theme. The carnival ticket is from my shop. The small white heart is from Martha Stewart I believe.
For my last tag, I created a fun button embellishment using a giant Vintage Button in Sweet Blush along with a die cut felt flower and a die cut cork flower.
I think these tags look so cute hanging from my button shelf.
A great way to make home decor, holiday banners.....and eventually I'll probably use the tags on cards or gift packaging. But for now they're fun to see while I'm crafting away in my studio.
Hope you enjoyed my little tutorial today. It's fun to get all scrappy with your supplies and use them in a new way!

30 comments:

Romaine said...

Oh. Mish. So. Cute!!!!

Heidi said...

The tags are darling Mish! Your garland is so sweet that it will be tough to use the tags :) Using the banner topper die was genius! I'll be giving this a try soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

donna c said...

I am all over this one. Thanks so much for the fabulous post.

Ingrid Danvers said...

Do you ever make something that I don't like? :-) These tags are so pretty. Great mixture of colors, patterns and embellishments.

Sue said...

These tags are just sweet as can be. Thanks for the little tutorial!

JeanFB said...

Beautiful! I love how you've used both the positive and negative cuts from the heart diecut, and the stitching looks great (especially on the felt)!

Sherrie said...

So beautiful! I feel guilty that I don't take the time to post a comment everyday because I truly LOVE everything you share! I just feel like a broken record again and again, but I wanted to say 'Thank You' today for sharing and inspiring as much as you do! I hope your day is as beautiful as the things you make. Smiles:)

Eveline said...

This looks so good. Thanks for sharing.
Eveline.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Michelle, this are adorable! I love all the mixy mathcy papers and embellishments!

Joyce across the Pond said...

They are simply beautiful - could I ask when you come to actually use them as a tag where does the writing go? Would you make another little tag to attach with the relevant information on it? Just curious...they are beautiful just as decor as well of course.

Diane Jaquay said...

These are so SWEET!!!

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

First time visitor to your blog, but to PTI. I was not going to buy the topper die until NOW! Wow so cute and great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing.

CARDS by SUSAN said...

Mish, these are soooo cute!
Thanks for sharing
Susan

NoraAnne said...

SO gorgeous! I just love these :) Love some Friday morning inspiration!!!!

Lynn said...

ok, I was on the fence about that banner topper die, but I just jumped off! gotta have it! I love how you cut so many pieces and mixy-matched in your signature style. Sweet!

Gabby said...

Great tags, sweet garland! I was racking my brain trying to figure out ways to use my banner borders die ... thanks for the inspiration! Any other clever ideas? :)

lam said...

So sweet and pretty. Thanks for sharing

christy compton hall said...

Paper quilting with PTI dies. Wow, Mish, you have taken it to a WHOLE new level!!! I love this!

Carole Miller said...

Great tags and ideas. I'm going to have to get that bigger die is all I can say. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Carole Miller

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

I wanna be you when I grow up! I adore your design style and your scrappy tags are simply amazing, I love your step by step post! You rock my friend!

Diana F. said...

Well, I am going to have to get that banner topper die.....I will add it to the ongoing list I am making for the new release of PTI. Mish, you can talk me into anything. I really like all the mix and match paper, you do a wonderful job of showing us how to utilize that concept. Thank you for taking the time to post it step by step.

Deirdre said...

What a fab idea... thanks for sharing. Love what you created.

Margaret said...

Amazing what you can do with a little this and a little that. So cute.

Cindy Marquis said...

Very pretty. I love how you hung them with clothes pins.

C.Good said...

LOVE it!!! LOVE it!!! Totally fun. . . thanks so much for sharing.

Jennifer said...

LOVE your Adorable tags!!! (=

Tammie27 said...

Wonderful tutorial and cute tags Mish! Thank you for sharing it with us! Love your blog, thank you for inspiring us!

Teresa Zuehls said...

What a wonderful idea on how to use the banner topper dies. I just got them and haven't used them yet. I think this will be my first project with them. By the way I love your moms yo yo's. I use to make them a long time ago. I think it is time to do some more. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful creations and ideas.

Imke said...

Fabulous idea to use these many scraps and i like that you´ve used the sewing machine. Very sweet tags !! Thanks for sharing !1

Kathy W said...

Wonderful tags and great use of the banner topper dies. I am wondering what kind of lace your mom used for her yoyo; does lace come wide enough to cut circles from in order to make the yoyo, or is it possible to make the yoyo from strip lace?

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