I got such a nice comment on my circle greetings from this year, that they have formed the cornerstone of her card-making this year. I usually also design some gift tags and to be honest, this year I was doing so much knitting and other hand crafting, that I just didn’t make the time. When it came time to start wrapping up my own gifts it was a struggle – did I take the time to think up a new design? did I go back to last years tags, or (heaven forbid!) use store-bought ones? My eyes landed on the circles I had printed out to check the colour and sizing. Although they don’t have the TO: and FROM: bits I didn’t see any reason not to use them as tags. So I did. I used both the original, modern coloured ones linked above and the richer, more Christmas coloured ones from this post
I opted for a pretty simple wrapping style this year, red yarn and a soft twine. DDs gifts usually get stick-on bows, as with her disability, opening gifts can be tricky. I tend to use minimal tape and bows that can be ignored. The boys have to work a little harder to open their gifts. I think the tags look quite nice, even if the photo is a little dark.
The point is, think outside the box (package?) These are even easier to cut out than tags, as the smaller ones fit a 2″ circle punch and the larger ones a Nestability die or other circle cutter. Easy peasy. Feel free to use them … OR read on
As I had already done the hard work, and I had some time today, I went ahead and converted the circles to blocks. My idea was that you can do a number of things with them. I did the 2-to-a-page PDF, so you can just slice and dice then, to make 18 smallish tags (about 1 3/4 wide by 2 1/2 tall, seen there at the left) or you can cut the larger ones either as a block or use some sort of tag die. In the actual PDF the greeting part is slightly smaller than here so it fits better in the couple of tag dies I have.
On a whim I popped a couple of the larger ones into an embossing folder. I love how they turned out so I am adding the ones with the bigger greeting part as well. Hope that isn’t confusing. All three will be useful in different ways, I think.
THIS set is the 18 small tags
THIS set is the 9 large tags with a slightly smaller greeting (1 1/2 ” size)
THIS set is the 9 large tags with the larger greeting (2″ size)
And of course the reverse use works too – you can easily use the blocks for cardmaking, either with a punch or a die. Hope they are useful!