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Tag-spiration! How Do You Use Your Tags?

I used my Tags for December Daily to denote the day number of the story and to create handwritten journaling.  I am not crazy about my handwriting, but I cherish my father's vintage letters and postcards to me as a child.  I have handwritten notes from my Great-Grandmother and many more family members.  So as much as I don't like my handwriting, I want to leave a little of myself  future generations.

Tag-spiration From Days 16-20
I had to limit the bulk of my pages so I had to find embellishments other than flowers (which I LOVE to use.)  Tim Holtz idea-ology's arrow added a bit of character.
 The older girl is me.  Do you believe how cute I was?  LOL
My grandchildren celebrate Hanukkah.  It is wonderful to see them celebrate the miracles of God.   The Star of David is a die cut from Impression Obsession
Tags afford me to the opportunity to get a few more photos into my story for the day.  Santa comes each year to pre-visit the kids and we always have more photos than …

Tag-spiration for December Translates to Spring Inspiration

Although my Tag-spiration is from my December Daily, can you see it becoming a wonderful set of Spring/Easter tags?  I am making my family Easter goodies.  I certainly want to include a bright Spring handmade tag.

How would you take these December Tags and Translate them into Tag-spiration for Spring/Easter?

Translate:  Splash color everywhere!  Tone on tone.  What about yellows... background, flowers,  stamping and a one word thought? 
Translate:  vintage classic Spring/Easter.  Use Tim Holtz Sizzix Honeycomb Frameworks Die with beautiful Easter/Spring pattern paper to create a vintage tag.  Of course my go-to is Graphic 45 (Nature Sketchbook) with their wonderful Spring lines, but I love Bo Bunny's Faith Collection as well.
Translation:  Metallic embossing with gems and pearls are wonderful for spring.  I love tucking them in and about flowers.
Translation:  Ink or paint your tag, emboss with spring flowers.  Finish it by carefully wiping Ranger's Paint Dabber Picket Fence lig…

More Tag-spiration!

More Tag-spiriation full of inks, paints, stamps and photos as well as a few Helps/Hints.  Enjoy!
This is my husband as a young teenager.  Even then he loved his trains.  Today is he takes down his trains for the grands (so he says) to watch.  The train is a small piece of one of Graphic 45's earliest Christmas collections.  Recommendation:  Always keep those tiny bits of Graphic 45.  I used so many of the small pieces with my tags. 
I like the holes punched around the edges of the tag.  It adds a masculine touch for the guys in the family. 
I recommend Tim Holtz rub-ons.  They are easy to apply and have an interesting angle to the graphics.  It works great for my son's tag. 
This is a photo of my mom and dad pre-Debby.  Mixing up the music score stamp with the washi tape turned out awesome for this vintage style tag.  Don't be afraid to add colors to your tag.  I have red and green Distress Ink rubbed into the tag and washi tape for a more vintage feel.
A Help/Hint: if…


When I work on my December scrapbooks I look for a theme.  Last year it was "the story" so I created tags for each of the first 25 days of December from vintage Christmas postcards.  Postcards that were hand-written and mailed in the late 1800's to the early 1900's.  It was pretty cool.

This year I thought about family.  I have such great memories of my Christmases growing up.  I love Christmas with my own children even when those holidays were lean.  The best moments are with the grandchildren explaining where our family traditions originated. 

My tags this year for my December Daily albums were created around older photos of the family.  They were my "Tag-spiration" for my album.

Over the next few posts I would like to share my tags with you.  On the back of each tag I created journaling lines with Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Background Stamp: Old Wood Floor.

My inspiration for these set of tags came from Tim Holtz tags we would create like crazily during th…

It's the Luck of the Irish! Rainbow Art from

Can you believe Little is in Kindergarten?   Now I work toward Kindergarten age crafts for her and she is good at it.  This past summer she made a very creative scrapbook that answers the question all teachers ask "what did you do this summer?"

Our family has a bit of the Irish and we can trace our family roots back to Ireland.  Have fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day by creating this fun and simple art project  by with your child or grandchild.


Math doesn't need to be boring or intimidating. Show your kindergartner how to create a vibrant spring rainbow as they are introduced to ideas such as geometry, shape, counting, and more! Your kindergartner will be inspired by this colorful mosaic project that gets them in touch with their creative side.

Before beginning this activity, work together to find more information on weather and rainbows. Encourage questions such as, “Why are rainbows made?”, “How are rainbows made?”, “What colors are …