Tags Of Inspiration | June 2013

I am back with another post full of tag inspiration. When I had this little brainstorm a month or so ago, I didn’t quite understand just how much I would come to love this project with only a few tags under my belt. But it’s one of my favorite ideas. Ever.

(In case you missed what this project is all about, I had this idea to create a bunch of tags that could provide me with visual inspiration when I’m planning a layout or need a finishing touch.)

I’ve taken technique classes where you were supposed to create a tag with each different technique. I never followed through and wasn’t sure I’d ever use them. What’s the point if they just collect dust? But where it suddenly clicked for me was to add on embellishing ideas that I want to try or have used on layouts in the past and have forgotten about.

Voila! A summer project was born.

So here goes… Five more tags to add to my cute Spokane boxes.

Inspiration ideas:

  • The camera motif can be added anywhere
  • Yellow and black are a striking color combo
  • A reminder to use my Tim Holtz blueprint stamps
  • Stamp images in color, not just black and brown
  • Use up your rub-ons

Inspiration ideas:

  • Use embossing folders on a white background
  • Add a rainbow of colors to a stark, neutral background
  • Find papers with the same pattern in different colors and combine them on a layout
  • Use buttons as flower centers and add a bow to one or two
  • Simple punches are sometimes all you need

Inspiration ideas:

  • Kraft plus white always looks awesome
  • Gelatos are perfect for coloring in raised embossed lines
  • Pink + turquoise + yellow = a fun summer color combo
  • Add a decorative brad to a flower center
  • Staple on ribbon instead of tying it

Inspiration ideas:

  • Festive Berries and Spiced Marmalade blend so nicely together
  • Use a border punch along the bottom edge
  • Punch holes along pattern paper and add a variety of different ribbons
  • A reminder to use chipboard shapes
  • Pattern ribbon can bring forth unusual color combinations

Inspiration ideas:

  • Make your own journaling tags with stamps
  • Mask one image (the flowers) when adding another stamp on top
  • Navy is as basic as black or brown for stamping and inking edges
  • Tiny gems are perfect little flower centers
  • Tie off a tag with twine

Not bad for an afternoon’s work! These tags are not intended to be works of art necessarily (some are prettier than others!) but rather a quick visual to give me inspiration. I’m having so much fun making these that I find myself searching through my Pinterest feed looking for embellishing ideas to add to my list for future tags. I’ll be making many more!

I can’t believe another week is over. I am not sure how this worked out, but I have Friday and Saturday off and Sunday I only have a short shift. I have most of the weekend off. I need to catch up on chores, catch up with friends, and catch up with my crafting projects.

What are you up to this weekend?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Yay for time off! Your tags are a brilliant idea. Do you write your inspirations on the back, or does just looking at the tags remind you of everything. I’d have to write something down, for sure.

  2. GORGEOUS tags! I’m loving the “good times” one!

  3. Wow, a great collection of tags, love them!!

  4. These are all so beautiful, Tammy!

  5. Wow! YOu’ve been busy! Love them all!

  6. each one is it’s own little masterpiece!

  7. Love the tags – that second one is especially striking!

  8. Such a great idea Tammy, and these will definitely come in handy! I’m so excited you have the weekend off!

  9. I’ve heard of this mentioned in the past, too, but never had a go with it. I think your tags are just lovely and the inspiration ideas for each of them are really nice – I hope they help you with your crafting (or just enjoy displaying them). 🙂

  10. oh my goodness – these are fabulous! I LOVE that white one with the rainbow embellies! Pinned!

  11. Love the tags! Glad to hear you will have some time. I hope you get some time to create 🙂

  12. Those are so fabulous!

  13. Love your tags Tammy 🙂
    I especially like the white one with the pop of colours of the flowers 🙂

  14. I was going to write which tag I liked the best, but I like them all! :>) The camera motif and the rainbow of flowers are probably my favorites though. Hope you had a great weekend. We had a road trip to take the twins home & stopped at my favorite scrapbook store on the way home!


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