Hi! I am honored to be able to share with you a beautiful project that I created for this month’s theme of Weddings. I love making cards and books and have been a crafter and instructor for over 10 years. I currently design for Frantic Stamper. If you would like to see more of my art, stop by at Made For Paper.
My little tag book starts out with three large tags. Pick out some romantic papers and glue patterned papers to each side. Then trim off the excess paper. Please do not use heavy papers to cover your tags.
The prettiest things about this little book are the three heart-shaped tabs on the ends. Here is how I did it!
1. Choose a punch that you want to use. Things to consider when choosing your punch:
a. It needs to have a larger design. If it’s too intricate and small, it won’t
punch through the tags.
b. The design needs to have a part that can be used for the tab. (Read through the
instructions below and look at the pictures to better understand this.)
3. I started by putting my first tag in the center of the punch and punched out my shape. (Note that I used plain tags for illustration so you could see clearly.)
4. I used scissors and cut parts of the punch design off, leaving the heart “tab”.
5. I took my next tag and placed it to the right, in my punch. I made sure that the design I wanted to keep (the heart) was lined up correctly. Then I punched out my design. I again trimmed off part of the punched design to leave the heart.
6. Here you can see my middle and my right heart tabbed tags.
7. For the third tag, place it in the punch on the left side, punch and trim design.
8. Here are my three tabbed tags.
Decorating the Book Pages
For all of the pages, I took Victorian pictures and, either framed or matted, decorated them.
I matted my picture with a deep burgundy, edging my picture with a gold paint pen. I mounted it to my page at an angle.
I used a crocheted ribbon in ivory and added three burgundy paper flowers.
I glued a pearl to the center of each flower. I decided to add a heart decoration. I cut this out from a piece of scrapbook paper I had. I edged this in gold also before I attached it with a glue stick.
First, I took some sheet music I had (actually patterned scrapbook paper) and added a folded piece of it to my base tag with glue stick. I matted my picture onto a pink background paper, edging my picture in gold so it would stand out more. I added another heart (edged in gold) also.
I chose to add more of the ribbon and a flower to the top left corner to tie this page back to my page one. I layered another burgundy flower on top of a pink one this time to match the pink mat behind my picture. I added another flower in the lower right but a different top color for interest.
Because my background paper was busy (all those music notes!), I decided that a simple design was best. So, I put a chipboard frame around my picture (I painted it in silver) and mounted it to my tag with glue dots.
I added a rust colored flower and a smaller ivory one with a pearl in the middle.
I really like this page! I love the circular frame (painted with acrylic paint in pink) decorated with tiny little ivory paper flowers each with a pearl in the middle.
Any paper flowers work really well, I added the pearls myself.
You may have noticed that on pages 3 and 4 that I added punched strips of my design in gold glossy.
I matched up the two punched strips so that when the book is opened, the hearts are together. I glued them on and then trimmed off the excess.
For My Cover
I took some of the music note paper and cut out a fancy oval. I cut out a plain smaller oval in gold glossy. I used the Spellbinders oval dies but you can any similar ones or punches. I layered the ovals together (smaller onto larger) with glue stick. I attached the ovals to my cover with mounting tape. I chose some micro letter stickers in pale pick for my title.
I added a pink rose (actually it was a button – I just cut off the shank and added a glue dot to attach. I added three small pearls and a pink flower eyelet. If you are making this book for someone special, you could put their names or initials for the title! How cool would that be?
1. I started out with 10 inches of white satin ribbon about 7/8 inches wide.
2. I folded it in half, with a fold at one end.
3. I took the fold and threaded it through all three of my tags (make sure they are in order!).
4. I folded my ribbon over.
5. I pierced a small hole through all four layers (you can use a sharp instrument to make the hole.)
6. I added my green tassel so that it was within the ribbon loop.
7. I added a brad to hold the layers together.
8. I trimmed my ribbon ends
My little book has three tags but you can make it larger by adding more tags. You could also use different sized tags. I hope that you try out this little book. It’s easy to make and lots of fun to give.
Lis Whiting is a member of the Frantic Stamper design team and her art can be found on her blog, Made for Paper. A lover of arts and crafts, Lis is a designer and teacher living in Southern California.