I shared a fun little mini tag book on Monday featuring my Shortie Tags books. Today I have another mini tag book that is full of cheery and sweet posies and is about the things that I love most.
This tag book shows a second way to use the Shortie Tags, as a tag with a separate trim strips. I’ll have a tutorial on Friday with more details on the different ways to use the Shortie Tags die. For today though, it’s cute and happy eye candy!
I created this tag book by first cutting my tags from cream cardstock. I also cut a tag from pattern paper (Carta Bella) for each page. I adhered the pattern paper and cardstock tags together. I used the edge dies to add a decorative edge to strips of cream cardstock. I adhered the strip to the back of the tag. I machine stitched along the edge of the tag.
The pattern paper I was using was very bright and cheery. It was a perfect companion to the posies I embellished each page with, but was bold enough that it would take away from my photos. The easy fix, paint. I actually used a cream chalk paint for furniture that I had sitting on my work table from another project, but you could use other craft paints, like Distress Paint too. Thin dry brush strokes will add a transparent layer that will mute the color but still allow pattern to show through.
After the paint was dry, I stamped each tag with my Dear Ruby stamp with Coffee Archival Ink. I added Gingersnap ink to all the edges.
To keep things easy, I followed the same formula for each tag- a felt wreath, a photo matted on pattern paper, felt posies with jumbo brads, and a Shortie Tag with a handwritten sentiment.
Remember the vintage quilt I used in my spool book? I tried die cutting a scrap of it with a thin die. Sweet crafting bliss, it totally cut with a thin die! (That is that little heart that is coming up in May.)
The posies on each tag are die cut from wool felt using the dies from the Posie Parts dies.
I used random jumbo brads in the center of each posie for a flower center.
This tag is a great example of how the chalk paint mutes a bright paper and turns it into vintage shabby chic goodness.
Normally I would want to match all the brads on each tag. I decided to mix and match for a more eclectic look. It was a great way to use up random brads that I had.
I love how versatile my Shorite Tabs are. They are so great for little title tabs.
I love to hang things from the ring of tag books. On tis book, I added a key and a heart charm. I also made a round tag from cream cardstock using the Tab Set One die. To make a tab into a tag, simply fold it in half on the score line, glue it shut, and punch a hole in the top to hang it. Since it is double-ply cardstock it is really durable!
Isn’t this little tag book just the sweetest? I love that it is a quick project that is full of heart and is a nice little showcase for a few of my favorite photos.