Tags Of Inspiration | June 2014

Ah, just in time before the end of the month, I focused my creative energy over this past weekend on a few inspiration tags. As my mojo abandoned me sometime before my surgery, tags are the perfect way be creative without a lot of pressure.

(What are my Tags of Inspiration? Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. I am simply making these tags as a trigger. They remind me of my tools, different embellishments, color palettes, border treatments, techniques to add to a page, etc… They are not exactly meant to be works of art  — some are much prettier than others — they simply provide me with inspiration if needed, when I’m working on a project.)

Tags of Inspiration June from www.yourmemoryconnection.com | blue-distress

Inspiration ideas:

  • Cover die cuts with glitter for a little sparkle
  • Distress inks + water = fun effects
  • Use paint around the edges instead of ink

Tags of Inspiration June from www.yourmemoryconnection.com | good-times

Inspiration ideas:

  • Ink over a stamped/embossed background
  • Use a unique embellishment in an unexpected way
  • Frames are a fun way to ground embellishments

Tags of Inspiration June from www.yourmemoryconnection.com | friend-emboss

Inspiration ideas:

  • Pinks + greys with a touch of black
  • Use metallic embossing powder on vellum for something different
  • Cut embossed cardstock into shapes

Tags of Inspiration June from www.yourmemoryconnection.com | hello-flowers

Inspiration ideas:

  • Don’t be shy about using a variety of colors
  • Back vellum sentiments with lighter cardstock for impact
  • Use scraps leftover from another project right away

As always, it’s so much fun to put these tags together and to just play!

I am really looking forward to this short week. Our Independence Day holiday is this week and I have a 4-day weekend coming up. I have lots of scrappy plans. Keeping my fingers crossed that this warm up helps keep the mojo flowing the rest of this week.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Tags Of Inspiration | April 2014

It’s the end of another month and luckily I had time over the weekend to whip up a few tags. I’m sure I have said this before, but seriously, this is one of my most favorite projects ever. To see all of these pretty tags lined up in the box is really inspiring. I flip through them quite a bit when I am planning my pages.

(What are my Tags of Inspiration? Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. I am simply making these tags as a trigger. They remind me of my tools, different embellishments, color palettes, border treatments, techniques to add to a page, etc… They are not exactly meant to be works of art  — some are much prettier than others — they simply provide me with inspiration if needed, when I’m working on a project.)

Here are my tags for April:

My Inspiration Tags April 2014 from www.yourmemoryconnection.com | blue-misted

Inspiration ideas:

  • Create a fun background by lightly misting over a mask
  • Mix a little mist color into white paint to create a custom paint color
  • Blue + yellow = a happy combination
  • Get those old metal accents out of the drawer and onto a project

My Inspiration Tags April 2014 from www.yourmemoryconnection.com | distressed-text

Inspiration ideas:

  • Text pattern paper is an interesting background
  • Clear emboss an image over a text background and then distress the paper with inks
  • Add a ribbon bow for a pop of color

My Inspiration Tags April 2014 from www.yourmemoryconnection.com | vellum-hearts

Inspiration ideas:

  • Use vellum over bright papers to mute the color
  • Repeat shapes and stack them on top of each other
  • Decorative brads are not just for special projects

My Inspiration Tags April 2014 from www.yourmemoryconnection.com | vintage-doily

Inspiration ideas:

  • Layer, layer, layer
  • Add in round shapes to soften  the hard edges
  • Use distress inks and stains to get an instant aged look

Thanks for joining me for another installment of my tags. Every month I look forward to making more tags, so I guess I will just keep on going until I run out of ideas. Is that even possible??? I hope not!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Tags Of Inspiration | March 2014

It’s the end of another month. Oh where does the time go? It was another whirlwind of a month for me. I had a super busy weekend, but luckily, enough time to finish up a few inspiration tags in time to get them posted on this last day of March.

(What are my Tags of Inspiration? Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. I am simply making these tags as a trigger. They remind me of my tools, different embellishments, color palettes, border treatments, techniques to add to a page, etc… They are not exactly meant to be works of art  — some are much prettier than others — they simply provide me with inspiration if needed, when I’m working on a project.)

Inspiration ideas:

  • Gesso is a great glitter adhesive
  • Use gesso with stamps
  • Yellow + Mint + Pink = fun spring palette

Inspiration ideas:

  • Run vellum through a polka dot embossing folder for fun texture
  • Use more purple
  • Sometimes a simple sentiment is all that is needed

Inspiration ideas:

  • Add water drops to distress ink to get that cool reaction
  • A few sequins here and there add a tiny bit of sparkle
  • Navy is a great neutral to balance with brighter colors

Just three tags this month. Maybe I will have time for more next time.

If all goes well, I will be back later this week with a layout. I have had so many events the past couple of weeks that I making a point not to schedule anything after work this week until Friday. Hopefully I will be feeling creative enough after work to finish up the layout on my desk.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tags of Inspiration | February 2014

February has been another crazy month. I almost didn’t have time to work on my tags for this post. But they are so much fun to create, I made the time this week. After work. Not my most creative time. But as I always say, these tags are more about the technique, the color combos and the ideas, than they are about being pieces of art themselves.

(What are my Tags of Inspiration? Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. I am simply making these tags as a trigger. They remind me of my tools, different embellishments, color palettes, border treatments, techniques to add to a page, etc… They are not exactly meant to be works of art  — some are much prettier than others — they simply provide me with inspiration if needed, when I’m working on a project.)

Inspiration ideas:

  • Tone on tone embellishments
  • Sequins add subtle shimmer
  • Inking on the debossed side to get a different look
  • Use washi tape to mask off lines to get a crisp, inked edge

Inspiration ideas:

  • Randomly pile up a the same kind of shape with slight variations
  • Add foam adhesive to some layers to get added dimension
  • Use paint around the edges instead of ink
  • Corrugated paper provides a lot of texture and interest

Inspiration ideas:

  • Simple is sometimes enough
  • Add a photo
  • 3×4 tags might already have the perfect printed image you need

Inspiration ideas:

  • Squares are the perfect place to hold embellishments
  • Choose embellishments in contrasting colors
  • Adding one thing that is not like the others adds interest

And just for fun this month, I thought I would share a few shots of the box itself, lined up with tags.

The box is finally filling up! Some of my tags are pretty bulky, so I didn’t think it would take this long. There is still plenty of room for more tags. Seriously, this is one of my most favorite ongoing projects ever.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tags of Inspiration | January 2014

Today, I have a little catch up post. I missed a post in January. The month went by in such a rush that I don’t even know which day it was, but that means I’m a bit late posting January’s tags. I am still going strong with these little creations. I look forward to playing every month to see what I can come up with. And the box is finally filling in.

(What are my Tags of Inspiration? Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. I am simply making these tags as a trigger. They remind me of my tools, different embellishments, color palettes, border treatments, techniques to add to a page, etc… They are not exactly meant to be works of art in themselves — some are much prettier than others — they simply provide me with inspiration.)

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Reverse mask technique (versamark ink over the mask, heat emboss with clear powder and then ink over the top)
  • Grab Distress Inks at random and be surprised by the combination
  • Add a bit of navy
  • Add a pocket to hold something

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Punch a negative shape into the background
  • Colors really pop against black backgrounds
  • Add dimensional embellishments to contrast against the negative shapes

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Cute jars can hold any variety of little items
  • When you want a crisp background image, heat emboss in black
  • Use sticker words to reinforce a theme or feeling

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Use vellum to mute a bright pattern paper
  • Add ribbon to paper clips for a cute embellishment
  • Make your own gold accented vellum with a mask and some paint

Look for another tag inspiration installment later this month! As I was finishing up these tags, several more ideas came to mind. I just can’t stop. They really do serve an important inspiration points for me but I wouldn’t keep doing it if they weren’t so much fun to make too.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tag Of Inspiration | The Holiday Edition 2013

I thought I would do something a little different with my tags this month. I am gearing up to work on some layouts with holiday photos — a few from last year and at least one layout for this year. I have a ton of holiday scraps from a December Daily album I created a few years ago so I spread them out on the table and got my creative juices warmed up by making some tags.

If these don’t end up on one of the layouts I’m working on, they will go in my tag box along with all of my other inspiration tags. I’m happy to report that my box is really starting to fill up!

(What are my Tags of Inspiration? Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. I am simply making these tags as a trigger. They remind me of my tools, different embellishments, color palettes, border treatments, techniques to add to a page, etc… They are not exactly meant to be works of art in themselves — some are much prettier than others — they simply provide me with inspiration.)

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Use a doily to ground embellishment clusters
  • Heat emboss ugly chipboard into a color that works with your project
  • Holographic embossing powder adds a gorgeous shimmer
  • Pearls are always a perfect finishing touch

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Add a painted edge when inking isn’t bold enough
  • Use overlays and lace cardstock over pattern paper for more impact
  • Add a bit of gold to the classic red and green for an instant update

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Bags are the perfect place to add a list of items you don’t want in full view
  • Back stickers on cardstock to help communicate what the hidden journaling is about
  • Use bits of ribbon on the end of hidden journaling strips to make them easier to pull out

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Adding confetti behind vellum makes a fun, interactive element
  • Sewing vellum to the background is one of the best ways to adhere it
  • Mine came flocked, but adding stamped images to vellum over the to of pattern paper adds another subtle layer
  • A bit of lace is useful for grounding embellishment clusters

For everyone celebrating Christmas this week, I hope that you have a magical and blessed December 25th. To all of my friends out there who visit me here regularly, thank you for stopping by and for your friendship and support. I’m looking forward to sharing more ideas and paper crafting creations in 2014!

Tags Of Inspiration | November 2013

Welcome to December! Um…..is anyone else freaking out?

How did it get to be the last month of the year? And I’m not even talking about the holidays exactly. Time is flying by right now and I have to constantly remind myself to stop and savor and snap some photos along the way.

So. This post is a little bit late. I took an unexpected break last week. Everyone at work is sick. Thus far, I have been lucky not to have come down with a full blown cold, but I did need some extra rest to fight it off. After a nice long weekend full of crafting and catching up, I am back to share another round of inspiration tags.

(What are my Tags of Inspiration? Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. I am simply making these tags as a trigger. They remind me of my tools, different embellishments, color palettes, border treatments, techniques to add to a page, etc… They are not exactly meant to be works of art in themselves — some are much prettier than others — they simply provide me with inspiration.)

Inspiration ideas:

  • Mix heat embossing with inked images for a mix of texture
  • Loving the Navy, pink and kraft combo
  • The Hero Arts Navy Blue Mid Tone Shadow ink looks fantastic on Kraft
  • Add some lace here and there

Inspiration ideas:

  • Dripping gelatos is a super fun technique
  • Add a twine bow
  • Use a sunny, warm color palette
  • When you can’t find the perfect premade words, stamp your own

Inspiration ideas:

  • Use Distress Stains to customize a background into the perfect color
  • Dried Marigold + Hot Pink + Aqua = a gorgeous color palette
  • Rosettes are a fun embellishment and a great way to use scraps of favorite pattern papers

Inspiration ideas:

  • Stack pre-made die cuts together
  • Take color cues from pattern papers or die cuts
  • Staple ribbons to the side for a unique border treatment
  • Wood veneer is always a perfect finishing touch

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tags of Inspiration | October 2013

Today I have a few more Tags of Inspiration to share.

What are Tags of Inspiration? Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. I still get questions about the purpose of the tags and why I am making them. Aside from the box they reside in being nostalgic for me, there is no other purpose for them other than to sit on the table next to my work space. I flip through them when I’m planning pages or when I need a finishing touch. They remind me of my tools, different embellishments, color palettes, border treatments, techniques to add to a page, etc…

These tags are triggers for me. They are not exactly meant to be works of art in themselves — some are much prettier than others — they just provide me with inspiration.

Inspiration ideas:

  • Stamp white ink on vellum
  • Ink white cardstock in an ombre effect
  • Cover a bright paper with vellum to mute the effect
  • Use larger flower stamps to create your own backgrounds

Inspiration ideas:

  • Embellish pattern papers with glitter glue
  • Add pearls, gems and enamel dots to pattern paper flower centers
  • Mix stripes and florals
  • Two ribbons are better than one

Inspiration ideas:

  • Make a fun background with chipboard letters
  • Paint over chipboard and the background for subtle texture
  • Set apart one or two background items in a different color
  • Mix purple and green with silver

Inspiration ideas:

  • Cut a window and have something peaking from behind
  • Pop elements up on dimentional adhesive
  • If you don’t have the right color cardstock, use inks or stains to get a matching shade
  • Dig deep into your stash and pull out old acrylic embellishments

I am still having fun with these tags. It’s one of my favorite projects and they are so quick to whip up. I may not have time to complete a layout every evening after work, but I can usually finish a tag. So I’ll be working on more soon.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tags Of Inspiration | September 2013

How can it already be getting to the end of September? The last two months have been a blur for me. In a good way, for sure.

But I am still struggling to find my crafting groove as I settle into my new job and a new routine. I’m getting behind on posts from my favorite crafty bloggers and I’m still not posting here as often as I’d like to. I try to catch up on the weekends but with chores and errands and trying to live life too, there are limits to what one can accomplish.

As of Sunday, I only had one tag ready for this post.  In an unusual rush of creativity, I completed a few more Monday after work! I hope that continues and I feel like doing more crafting in the evenings from now on. I know it won’t happen every day, but even one or two nights will help. I am happy to add a post this week and give you another round of Tags of Inspiration.

(I feel redundant reposting this every time, but I still get questions about the purpose of my tags and what I’m doing with them and why I am making them. Here’s my original post if you missed it and want the full details. The gist is that aside from the box they reside in being nostalgic for me, there is no other purpose for them than to sit on the table next to my work space. I can flip through them when I’m planning pages or when I need a finishing touch. They remind me of different punches I have, different embellishments easily forgotten in the closet, color palettes to try, border treatments to use, techniques to add to a page, etc… These tags are triggers for me. They are not exactly meant to be works of art in themselves — some are much prettier than others — they are just to provide inspiration.)

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Fill the holes from the Swiss Cheese punch with brads or enamel dots for a fun border
  • Pink and brown always works
  • I still have a whole drawer full of Sassafras paper flowers to use up
  • Add a stick pin or two as a finishing touch

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Pockets are a great place to put a tag
  • Doilies are not only pretty, but perfect for grounding other embellishments too
  • When in doubt, tie some twine in a bow

Inspiration Ideas:

  • 3×4 cards work well on tags
  • Tags are a great way to use up leftover from a kit
  • Add elements at an angle for something different and unexpected
  • Matting adds emphasis as well as definition

Inspiration Ideas:

  • Create your own backgrounds with repeating shapes
  • Run punches and die cuts through embossing folders to give them a new look
  • Add subtle texture by dry embossing card stock and layering it on the same color
  • Use purple more often

So far, my box is only about one third full of tags. I have a long way to go to fill that box up so I’ll just have to keep making tags! Stay tuned for more next month. One of these days, I’ll take a photo of the box lined up with pretty tags inside too!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Tags Of Inspiration | August 2013

I can’t believe that the end of summer is just about here!

When I started my inspiration tag project a few months ago, I thought I would spend the summer making a ton of tags and I’d have a full box at the end of August. Well, I certainly have the ambition…just not the time. Today I have a few more tags to share, but I am far from a full box. These three will have to do for now. Hopefully my crafting time will be more plentiful soon.

Inspiration ideas:

  • Embossing folders can really dress up plain die cuts
  • Add solid colored die cuts on a pattern paper background
  • A primary color scheme is great for summer
  • A little bling can make a big impact

Inspiration ideas:

  • The smaller scale patterns in 6×6 paper pads are perfect for die cutting and punches
  • Line up a group of punches for a fun border
  • Stacked embellishments provide texture, dimension and are a great finishing touch
  • A little distress ink around the edge of the project can provide a lot of depth
  • Hand stitching elements will help ground them on the project

Inspiration ideas:

  • Peeled Paint/Faded Jeans/Peacock feathers is a super cool color combination
  • Masks are great for inking a background too – they are not just for misting
  • Buttons can help add character to a project but are so often overlooked
  • Use unique punched shapes as the base for stacked embellishments

I am still having a blast creating these tags and will just continue making them until I run out of inspiring ideas. (Is that even a possibility?) Stay tuned for more tags next month.

Thanks for stopping by today!