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.


  1. I love your tags, Tammy!
    They are just fabulous!
    And I have that swiss cheese border punch you used in the first tag, so that is definitely something I want to try.

  2. Such a cute idea to fill up the holes with the enamel dots, makes me want to go out and buy that punch. Haha! Love running punches through the cuttlebug too. Great ideas!

  3. These are great!!
    I really like the brads and such in the holes of the swiss cheese punch.
    Also your travel tag. love the colours on that one

  4. I love the Swiss cheese punch tag! Very cute

  5. oh my these are just beautiful!
    i totally love them all


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