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Vintage Title Tags

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tag-pocket-1stI’ve got a super fun embellishment idea for you today! Not only fun, and cute, and colorful, and…but also EASY!!!

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These Title Tags are a wonderful way to use up  scraps.  To assemble your own tags, select a solid cardstock, or as with these tags, use  paper from a vintage scrapbook. I love the texture and the aging color of the paper-a great contrast to the more vibrant, and smooth, cardstock tabs.

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Once you’ve selected the solid “base,” cut the cardstock or vintage paper into narrow strips. I cut the vintage paper into 1″x4″ and .75″x4″ strips. So, once assembled, the entire tag (without string) measures 4 inches.

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Next, cut your cardstock scraps into either .75″x 2.5″ or 1″x 2.5″ strips. I think the small patterned cardstock, such as what you would use when making a card,  works best. Fold these pieces in half to create a firm fold line. Add adhesive to the backside of the cardstock scraps and fold over the top of the longer strip of solid cardstock or vintage paper. The patterned cardstock will be visible on both the front and back of the tag. Punch a hole, add string, and stamp on a title! Super easy!

tag-titles-3Use the tags individually on a project, or bundle together in a pocket or envelope. These little tags would also be a cute TOP TEN list. Also a great embellishment idea for any season or holiday.

Make up a batch of these for your National Scrapbook Day activities. Maybe even show your friends how to make their own set. Its always fun to share crafty ideas!

More embellishment ideas to come!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

 

 

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Vintage Embellishment Bundles

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vintage-hardplastic-flowersHappy Monday!!!

I hope you had a fabulously, “Springy” weekend!

I am SO HAPPY to be back crafting and blogging! The last few weeks have been a bit of a long haul. What I thought was a sprained ankle, essentially turned into a multi-joint arthritis attack. Never had that happen before. Still recovering from it, but luckily I’m functional enough to get back to doing what I enjoy! Hopefully we’ll figure out what caused this soon, and just pray that it never comes back. Very hard to function when your hands, ankles and knees swell all at the same time. It certainly made basic mobility a challenge! So, thank your for your patience!!! 🙂

vintage-hairclipsAs you may have heard, National Scrapbook Day is coming up this Saturday. I think that term has become a looser term for all thing paper-crafty! Today, I want to show you some vintage embellishment “bundles”  that will work in whatever your paper-crafting interest is, and might be a fun project to work on this Saturday. It all starts with vintage metal hair clips…

vintage-embellishment-bundles-1These hair clips have a strong grip and work wonders keeping these bundles of bits all put together. However, the clips were more functional looking than decorative. To fix that, I glued on vintage ribbon bows, buttons and flowers. Super easy and super cute! To keep with the color theme, I chose an assortment of vintage, and vintage-inspired,  scraps that coordinate with the clip, such as the Pink Theme, Peach Theme, Yellow Theme and Blue Theme below.

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vintage-embellishment-bundle-4 yellow-bundlevintage-embellishment-bundle-5 blue-bundleThese are so cute on their own. Wouldn’t these be fun as National Scrapbook Day party favors? Or, make an assortment as a gift for a scrappy friend. Its a great way to gather those loose die cuts, playing cards and ephemera. Another tip, is to cut images from cardstock (such as the bird above), or copy a vintage card onto cardstock, and trim out. It is a blast making these bundles and really, a quick project.

Before I forget, don’t you just LOVE the vintage flowers at the top of this post? My sweet mom gave them to me on Easter. They are that wonderful vintage rubbery plastic, from the 50s/60s. The soft pink color is gorgeous, and the details are just amazing! Love them, and they are now in a vintage vase in the living room. And bonus, the cats won’t eat them! 🙂

Have a wonderful week and I’ll be sharing more embellishment ideas very soon!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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Vintangles

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zentangle1Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week and have fun things planned for the weekend. 🙂

As I am still in recovery mode and can’t make it down to the craft room, I’ve recruited my daughter Meghan to post today. Meghan is a big fan of Zentangling-creating abstract art through doodled patterns.

Giving her some vintage lace as inspiration, I asked her to come up with, what we’ll call “Vintangles.” Vintage inspired doodles that will make for great trim to any project where you need to add a bit of texture. And, a lot of whimsy, as these loose, free flowing doodles are very whimsical!

 

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With lace as inspiration, Meghan created this first one which she calls “Parisian Cafe,” as the spokes remind her of cafe umbrellas and the lattice, of a tablecloth. Each step appears below. You can complete each step, or stop at whichever point. The key thing to keep in mind, is these are truly “loose” doodles. No measuring required. Just fun drawing. I think this one would look really fun drawn on colored cardstock, trimmed out, and attached to the edge of a card. Maybe even make each step a different color?

 

parisian-cafe-1parisian-cafe-2parisian-cafe-3parisian-cafe-4parisian-cafe-5This second “Vintangle” Meghan calls “Flower Lace.” This one is very whimsical. I really like step 3. What a fun trim that would be! Very retro looking with the dots and lines.

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flower-lace-2flower-lace-3flower-lace-4Maybe this weekend, you can try a bit of “Vintangling” yourself. Peruse your stash of lace trim and see what inspires you. Be sure to doodle lightly in pencil first, then go over with a Micro pen.

We’ll have some finished projects soon showing some Vintangled applications. 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Creating!!

Michelle & Meghan

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