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!


  1. Oooh, lots of great inspiration!
    I am going to have to try the stamping white on vellum idea.
    love the ombre effect behind it, too!

  2. These are so pretty and I love that they are also useful inspiration. Great idea!

  3. Your tags are great.
    I think this is a perfect was to play with new techniques.

  4. Love these, Tammy, especially the first one with the vellum. Such great inspiration!

  5. Love the paint over chip board. Really nice use of left over letters.

  6. These are fun – I especially like the little windows ones.

  7. I picture you flipping through the box to get inspiration. THAT is inspiring! Trigger tags, hmmm… 🙂 this set is just as beautiful as your others!

  8. These are so much fun! I like the painted chipboard letters with the flowers, but I can see them all on a layout page someday!


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