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Determined. Not just PLAY but actual items made

I seem to have fallen into the trap of endless play days with nothing that you can call real finished pieces. Gel prints I love bit haven’t used for anything, endless experimental pulls that are piling up, just so so much stuff.

I am making a conscious effort the make stuff. So I had a play with those bits of card I pulled from the mostly dried up paints and made some tags. I always need things for extras in a swap envelope, or Happy Mail , and these will fit the bill quite nicely. The UK tags I get are not huge and I wanted to use the hole protectors too so I punched them out, then covered the tags with the papers.

I used bits and bods from my desk t decorate, including chopped up sheets of my various word printables and some collage fodder.

I ended up making six of them and in the process had a bit of an idea for a set of printables based on the two-word combos I ended up using. They should be fun and I’ll sort them in a couple different fonts then share them with you all. I like the idea of drawing “one from column A, one from column B” to get an odd and maybe surprising phrase to then build a piece around – tag, ATC, art journal page, whatever.


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Just a few more tags – Caroling Cats and a set for non-cat lovers!

I always have a few versions of things I am plying with and I don’t always add them all. I figured this week is super busy so I might as well fill a day with something useful.

Two kinds, As I said in the title, another cat-oriented set:

and a more generic, holiday set for non-cat fanatics.

These were so simple to make, all of them basic shapes, no complicated drawing required. I also like how they are right-angle cuts. While I do like the tag-top shape of the cat ones, sometimes I jut want to guillotine them apart in a flash. Lazy, me… especially when time is tight. Last WOYWW before Christmas tomorrow so time to take some festive photos….


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Stencils and a tag

I will hope to find time to add at least SOMETHING crafty most days, but I must sort out the freakin’ guest room for Dear Son, sooner rather than later. Slow and steady work should be enough, but who knows? I also committed to a tag swap on a private group run by PM Artist Studio. Gosh I am out of practice!

I am very happy going back to the stencil organization I had previously (keeping them in binders) but have finally gotten them organized is a sensible fashion. Like my stamps they are all sorted by loose subject. I have 4 binders full:

Simple geometric shapes and markmaking

I have all my texture plates and homemade foam stamps, plus things like bottle tops or other sorts of rubbish-bin tools in the drawers and boxes with all my wallpaper texture plates from a decade ago, still used and useful.

I grabbed a few bits from various recent gel printing sessions, and some random bits I found while tidying – like that little silhouette figure, which was well coated with paint after being used as a mask on MANY previous prints – and had a go at a tag. Not in LOVE with it, but it isn’t bad.

I need to have two, and this one is more of a warm-up than anything else, so I still need two LOL!

Hope I can find the time and I don’t regret signing up for a swap that is time dependent – to be honest, I have done ATC swaps but generally not of the “make X by this date” kind. I may not crumble under pressure but I do stress about it more than I should. And yeah, life has a way of getting in the way…


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Pleated Tag book finished!

Happy with how this turned out, even without taking the class. I may have missed some detail, and no doubt it would be nicer with larger tags, but yeah, I enjoyed the making process, and it was better than sitting in front of the computer with my thumping headache.

I began where I left off, after a bit of a tidy up:

I was addressing the little tiny elements that slip into the pleated tags, adding some word stickers to each one. Here are the pages:

And the little elements from the pockets (each one is two-sided):

Thoughts: all the elements make use of the most rubbish scraps. Just all kinds of bits from other projects, the kind of thing you normally would throw away. My challenge to myself was if I pick it up, I must strive to use it in the best way possible and to do that, working on multiple elements at the same time was a must. Also, I really love using the surrounds – so if I punched a heart, using the leftover outline became a kind of go-to element, and ditto with circles. I had a sheet of quotes I wanted to use, and getting them all to hang together in a coherent (kinda) way was also a challenge. I thought it might be helpful to see it written out as text:

  • My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness (Virginia Woolf)
  • Life can be grating. (all the rest is Charles Butkowski)
  • The tigers have found me and I do not care.
  • We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain like roses that never bothered to bloom
  • Some people never go crazy.
  • Having nothing to struggle against they have nothing to struggle for.
  • We must bring our own light to the darkness
  • I want so much that is not here.
  • Forget my brother, I am my own keeper.
  • What matters most is how well we walk through the fire
  • and to and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us

Some artistic license taken, occasional words omitted or added to make the quotes hand together a little better. The added single words might make little sense to anyone but me, but they link to my thoughts as I created the project.

I’d maybe do another at some point and maybe try to refine the structure a little – adding the pleated tags so they don’t all fall in the same place on the spine would keep the book a bit flatter but as my tags a small (2 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches rather than the 5 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches of the original ones!) I feel like I did pretty well with about half the surface area LOL! I would consider cutting tags from heavy cardstock if I did.

I love using up scraps and making something from them. And these scraps called to mind the specific projects I used them on, so that was a nice throwback.

I have another medical thing next week so posts might be a bit thin on the ground after Monday. Fair warning….


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Tag book without the class

If it is humanly possible my desk is in even more of a state than yesterday. I had a thumping headache and a sore arm and throat after my 4th full dose of the vaccine and didn’t do much yesterday at my computer. I had a long lovely chat with my sister and that was about it. But I do have progress to share on the “pleated tag book” that I saw – there is a class, which I did not take, cause I am rubbish at following classes, so mine probably deviates from the actual book in many ways. I dragged out my box of collage scraps to try to make a dent in them:

As I was sifting thru the scraps I began setting aside a few things I thought would be good for the cover.

I ended up using pretty much all of it – maybe not the leaves, although I did use them elsewhere. I sewed the pleats in the tags – my tags are tiny, nothing like the large Ranger luggage tags that I think formed the base of the original book, so my accordion spine was kraft cardstock:

The book came together pretty much as I sketched (seen yesterday) after seeing a couple of sample others had made.

and I managed to get the cover tag sorted and began planning the inner tags:

The cover quote is Virginia Woolf, but all the rest are Charles Bukowski. I decides to use my Lynne Perrella stamps too:

and in the end my desk was super chaotic and my head was thumping so I just ignored it all…. Maybe tomorrow I will work on it, after my WOYWW visits and dealing with the electrician for a radiator and dodgy plug repair. Another shocking week. Doh!

I must tell Julia – I have four scissors on show and there are three more pairs you can’t see as this shot is framed. Note the pair that say MOM ONLY on them LOL! Had to try to stop the boys in the family from running off with them somehow. {wink}


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Ornament cards and a Envelope punch board trick!

So on Friday I added a PDF that has both little folded cards and circle tags to punch. In the past I have made ornament cards for my darling daughter, for her to give to friends at school. Lately she is more interested in picking cards to give out herself, so I have been a bit out of the habit of doing them. But while I was sorting out the top menu of Christmas goodies I was looking back on previous ones and I thought I would make a set to use in case of drop-in guests. Nice to have a stack of signed, in envelope cards that you can just grab if you are caught unawares! Two seconds to scrawl a name (top tip – have a pen stashed with the cards!) and hand it over. All you do is print then cut and fold the cards:

then punch out the circles. I find a medium scalloped square fits the cards perfectly, but you can also use a slightly larger circle or a plain square. Punch the hanger-hole and ink the edges…

then stick the round motif on it with some fun foam or foam squares (or not!) to pop it up, and add a hanger and slip it into the card:

The tricky part is the envelope, right? Well I have one of those envelope punch boards and I thought Perfect! but, then, Nope. The cards are 2.5 inches and is there a square instruction for the board? There is not, or at least not for the one I have. I think there is a different punch board for gift cards, the Mini, but I don’t have that. So I tried to be a bit logical and came up with the solution! I need to experiment a bit more, but I think it works for all squares.

Take your card measurement (in my case 2.5 inches square) and double it then cut you beginning piece to that size.

Align the left edge to the size of your card (in this case, 2.5 inches) and make your punch then score (as per the usual instructions)

Rotate, punch and score as normal and you will have an envelope that perfectly fits your card! It measures just shy of 3 inches square.

To be honest the 3×3 one would have been fine but I like the idea that I can cut the paper and punch without trying to read the stupid writing on the board. I find it very hard to read. What’s wrong with black text on cream so it’s easy? Old eyes struggle, or at least mine do. So for square cards, at least, I can just wing it with a formula.

Result!


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Circle Tags – cause people love them….

That big December holiday is creeping ever closer. I have been if a frenzy of wrapping around here, so tags are a must have! I thought I would share some of the packages using those non-traditional colours that I shared with you.

There is a little hint of something else I have been fiddling with but that won’t come till Monday. Such a tease…

Anyway, people always ask for whatever I don’t choose. And this time I got asked for the tags to fit punches. This PDF has both the little folded cards you see there

as well as a sheet of the circle tags that fit a 2 inch punch.

And because I know someone will ask, here is a set of circles based on the more traditional colours:

Hope they bring some colourful cheer to your wrapping! We are finally taking delivery of our new tree today so luckily I have my Calendar post for tomorrow already scheduled as I will be knee deep in boxes of tinsel (ugh! but darling daughter loves it) and baubles all weekend!


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One final set of tags for 2022

I love these. I am not a huge fan of the traditional Red & Green of Christmas. I quite like the off colours, like pink & lime, or burgundy & pine, but not the tomato & kelly green that so often appears. Funny, isn’t it, that the shade and hue really matter so much? I always said I hate green, but certain limes and celery’s really appeal to me.

So this set took a LOT of editing to get it to where I was happy about it. The original resource was, I think, a printable Advent calendar, but there were a lot of black backgeounds so some of the motifs needed tweaking to show up. I think they are super cute, and will probably use them for at least some of our gifts. Hopefully you will find them useful as well. I think they will look fab with plain kraft paper wrapping and pale blue and mustard ribbons!

Grab the sheet to print here!


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Is it too late for Christmas tags?

It seems late, but maybe not. Every year I do some sort of Christmas printables. I enjoy finding just the right freebie elements to use and creating them, and I tend to make things that I want to use myself. I mean, if not, what’s the point right? I thing these are really cute and hope they will be useful. I decided to forgo the To: & From: because I usually add that info to the back of the tag anyway. More room to write, and sometimes we do witty little personal hints as to what’s in the box, so that can be important.

You can grab the PDF here. I will probably add another set that is less the traditional colours and more whimsical. I found another set of images that I quite like so we’ll see if it works.

The menu tab at the top has links to most of my Holiday printables, including plain and the ornament cards, and previous tags. I left the image of a major error I once made cause it still amuses me – every Christmas I think of Jungle Bells LOL!


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Finally! My Dina-debris tag book is DONE.

I always struggle to get things finished during the school holidays. I usually only manage a coupe of hours each morning to do everything crafty I want to do, then chores and family take over. So on a usually week I would have managed to get this done in maybe three days, it’s taken me a lot longer than that to be able to share the final piece. Here is a gallery view of all the pages in order:

To avoid the final massive, zoomed-in, blurry photo here is the last page:

So there has been a slight re-arrangement of pages and a slight edit to make the words flow a bit better. All of the words are from stamps or from the packaging. You will recognize the small text and the large MEs if you have any Dina stuff, I’m sure. The few changes are swapping pages three and four – I felt the flow of Be willing to be me. Be the best kind of me, me, me flowed into Be willing to play better than the other way around. Do you agree?

The other change is more subtle. Pair seven is:

All well and good. But there was a disconnect, for me, with the text on the next page. The original pair eight is on the left.

Annoying that as I was flipping thru the pages were not laying perfectly flat for photography so one side is slightly angled. Any way, I removed the Stop Wishing line because the flow of Never Stop Trying then Never Stop, flowing immediately into Stop Wishing was too much of a contradiction to suit me! Start Doing as the next line made more sense.

Overall, this was a lot of fun. It was a great using-your-trash project (and I am still thinking a 100 Days of Trash Transformed project would be a lot of fun) and it was challenging to make something I love from really limited supplies. Other than those two flowers that have been hanging around looking for a home for MONTHS, it is 100% Dina supplies. And that was fun too. It confirmed the annoyance I have with that lumpy stamp, but otherwise yeah, all good. I thought I might manage to use the alpha stamps that finally arrived on this project but I was too far into it to manage that. Next time…

Day 56 – sorry for the slightly off centre shot, I took it in a bit of a rush :