Sunday, March 31, 2013

Birds Of Paris Tags

 I went back to my Birds of Paris image I created for my   Wonderful To Worn Wire Baskets (read here).

I wanted to use the image for some large journal tags.

First they were printed out two to a page (landscape) on antique ivory 110 lb. paper.

 Next I used an antique gold glitter glue to outline the inset and added a few dots around the border.

In hindsight I should have left this step for last.  The glitter glue made working with the tags difficult because of the lumpiness.

To make the tags even more substantial, I Mod Podged them onto poster board.

Remember the trick with waxed paper?  Lay it over your surface and rub gently with a paper towel to ease out wrinkles and bubbles.

Obviously the next step, just in case you did not guess, is to cut off the excess poster board.

I cannot have anything not distressed, can I?

I took a Celtic design stamp with antique brown ink and printed the backs of the tags.


Using pleated taupe tulle and high-tack double-sided paper adhesive, I created a fancy trim around the edges.

 I brought out the Crop-A-Dile and a bag of eyelets.

This appears to be an intimidating tool, but it is a sweetheart when it comes to setting eyelets into paper, cloth, metal, or leather.

No, this is not a new toy.  I have had it for a couple of years.  I am obsessive about putting things back into the original package to store.

 I tried to get a clear photo of the eyelets, but the stamped design threw my camera into some kind of focus limbo.

So I labeled the front of an eyelet, the back of an eyelet, and an eyelet all by itself.

How interesting!

The Crop-A-Dile actually smashes the shank of the eyelet flat against the surface.

 Half of the tags I left in the black on gray.

Notice I added taupe French seam binding ribbons for ties.

The other half I lightly colored with pencils.

Here is the final product!  Yay!

I have been working on them for over a month.  

In between getting rid of some of my craft stash and organizing the rest.

I needed brief recesses to create something -

instead of destroying everything.

See y'all!

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  1. The tags are beautiful!! You say you will use them as journal must have a lot of journals waiting. :)
    I have a crop-a-dile too. You are looks intimidating...but wow does it do the job...and easily too! I'm a save the packaging gal too...but not that type of's too hard to get apart, let alone reuse. You must have a secret. :)
    Hope your week is extraordinary!

  2. Hi Donna,
    Love these tags! Great detail. I especially like the addition of the pleated tulle. Enjoy your week.

  3. Beautiful! I loved them with the glitter but you kept going and they just got better and better!
    I'm visiting you today from Give me the Goods. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Medicine Cabinet Makeover

  4. The tags are absolutely beautiful! Everything came together beautifully. Found you at The Graphics Fairy. I hope you will stop by my blog somethime. I linked up my altered bottle at Brag Monday!


  5. So beautiful Donna! I love your tags...always have! These may be my new favorites! Now I want a crop-a-dile!!

  6. Cute...Cute...Cute!!! Thank you so much for linking up and Sharing at One More Time Events.

  7. Those are some fancy tags Donna. I love the bird graphic! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!


  8. Love the tags! Anything with French Country Birds get to me! Thank you for sharing!

    Cynthia at

  9. I love your tags! Especially the ones in colored pencil. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I
    I'm a new follower. I would love for you to share with my readers at Transformed Tuesday. I know they would really love this tutorial.
    Also I share my free vintage graphics every Wednesday that you could use in your crafting.

    I hope you have time to stop by,

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  10. Ooooohhh! Such pretty tags! I like a small project in between organizing too....just a little break. Great job - love the tulle ruffles on the edges. Catherine (new follower)

  11. These are sooo pretty! You did an amazing job! Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods party ;)
    Jamie @

  12. So very pretty! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. The tags are absolutely beautiful Donna! WOW!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!


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