Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Handmade Tags In A Hurry - Shortcuts For Creating Homemade Gift Tags

Hi everyone!  This time of year is very busy for all of us!  I love to add handmade tags to my gifts, but I have very little time to make this happen.  Today, while on call for work, I decided to whip up some handmade gift tags...in a hurry.  And I'll give you some tips for creating your own gift tags in a hurry.

I started with some pre made gift tags.  I picked these up at Michaels.  I love the shape and the color coordinates with the wrapping paper I have chosen this year.  I thought it would be fun to accentuate the shape with a little gold detail.  I used the Krylon 18K Gold Leafing Pen to trace around the edge of my tags.  Don't worry if it's not perfect!  It's a handmade tag...and the doodle adds to the handmade feel!

I added a sentiment from the Holiday Hellos stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I stamped it on red card stock in white pigment ink.  If you want a really vibrant white, you can heat emboss the sentiment.  I was saving time...and the chalky feel of the ink adds a rustic touch to my tags and fits in with my wrapping theme this year.

I wanted to add some pattern to these tags, but cutting and adhering a bunch of patterned paper strips was a bit time consuming for my day today.  Instead, I chose a washi tape.  This way, I could quickly add pattern, and save myself the cutting step by just tearing off a piece and adhering it directly to my tag.

I have a video walking you through the entire creation of these tags below.  I've also included links to the products used in this project below.  Just click the product to link directly to the web page.

Here's some tips for quickly creating handmade tags this year.

  1. Use pre made tags.  This will save you the step of cutting them!
  2. Add pattern using washi tape.  This saves you the step of cutting and adhering patterned paper to your tags.  You can quickly stick and tear washi to any tag or card project, adding color and pattern in one quick step.
  3. Cut and stamp in multiples.  I used a die that cuts several holly leaves at once.  And when trimming my card stock, I did it two sheets at a time.  This cuts my cutting time in half!  I also did all of my cutting and all of my stamping at the same time.  
  4. Use staples!  Play up that handmade feel with a few staples from your Tiny Attacher.  I used this to create veins on my holly leaves and adhere the leaves and sentiment piece to my tag in one easy step.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Merry and Bright - Faux Wood Veneer

Hi everyone!  I hope you are enjoying December!  I love Christmas time and making Christmas cards and I wanted to share another Christmas project for you.  This card is easy to pull together for all of those last minute Christmas cards you may need.

I am using a couple of products from Studio Calico, including the Very Merry stamp set by JJ Bolton and the Merry craft die.  I love these handwritten sentiment dies.

I will be using the same technique I showed you a couple of weeks ago to create a faux wood veneer embellishment for the front of my card.  I used the Cherry real wood paper from ARC Crafts to create this wood veneer embellishment.  To bulk up the wood piece, I layered several white die cuts and then added the wood piece on top.  This makes a fun and cool faux wood veneer embellishment.  You could do this with any of your dies.

I attached the wood veneer piece to my card front using my Tiny Attacher.  Now that I have gold staples to use in my Tiny Attacher, I can't get enough of it.  If you want to see how I created the gold staples, be sure to check out this video I created a few weeks ago.

To create the rest of my sentiment, I used the Clark's ABC's stamp set by Lawn Fawn.  This set is so much fun and so versatile.  I love that there is more than one of each letter.  You can spell out words that have repeated letters all on one stamp block.

I have included a video tutorial below, walking you through the entire creation of this card.  Be sure to subscribe to me on YouTube and give the video a thumbs up if you like it.  If you subscribe, you'll be sure to never miss one of my card videos!

I've also linked all the supplies used in this project below.  Just click the link to go directly to the product page online.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have enjoyed this project and you are inspired to create some handmade Christmas cards this season!  I hope you have a fabulous day!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My Planner - Levenger Circa Vs. Arc by Staples

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing something a little different.  Planners are all the rage right now...and truthfully, I've been using one since before they became popular again.  There's just something about physically writing things down that keeps me organized and efficient.  I'm sharing a little about the planner I use and why I love it.

I've been using a disc bound notebook system for years.  I love the flexibility that it offers me.  I can easily move things around, take things out, and reorganize.  Nothing is permanent.  The pages are held securely in place.  And the punch allows me to add my own documents or things like envelopes for coupons and gift cards.

I had been using the Arc system by Staples.  The Arc system is affordable and easy to get your hands on, since it's carried at Staples stores.

After using the system for quite some time, I was craving a more quality version.  I am in love with the disc system, so I didn't want to change to Filofax or something like that.  After a little bit of searching I found the Levenger Circa system.  This was exactly what I'd been looking for!  Levenger offers the same disc bound format that I fell in love with, but with more quality finishes.

I chose the Levenger Circa Softfolio in Grape.  The leather is beautiful.  I also chose the aluminum discs in gold.  We all know how much I love gold.

I was easily able to transfer my pages from the Arc to the Levenger Circa system.  The systems are compatible...but I'll show you why I ended up ordering the Levenger punch in the video below.

My adorable and colorful planner pages are from I Heart Organzing.  I love them!  I had them printed by an online printing service called BestValueCopy.com.  I did choose to upgrade the paper to a 32 lb. ultra white paper.  I was happy overall with the quality of the paper and the printing.

In the video below, I'll also walk you through my planner and show you how I use my planner to keep me organized.  I've also included links to all the products I use to keep my life organized and on track below.  Simply click the link to go directly to the product page.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed this peek in to my planner...and the planning of my crazy life!  Have a fabulous day!

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