Tag It!

Recently when I was wandering through my local Hobby Lobby trying to find supplies for VBS crafts, I found myself in the scrapbook paper aisle and saw this:

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All specialty paper was 50% off, so this sheet cost a buck.  I didn’t know what I was going to make, but I loved that I could buy a sheet of canvas… so into my cart it went!

I have a friend who is a missionary to Spain that is visiting in the area currently and loves crafty stuff.  She has mentioned that it is difficult to find craft supplies and decorative items where she lives.  She has also mentioned that they have very little space in their suitcases to bring anything home with them.  I want to give her a gift to take home, but it has to take up hardly any space.  Hmmmm…

In the meantime, I was working on painting some bins in my laundry room that I had scored at a garage sale for a couple bucks.  They were green and blue when I bought them and I gave them a coat of gray paint to update them.  They needed a little something more and my mind went to the canvas sheet I bought.  I created tags for the bins and then placed them on a shelf in the laundry room.  Perfect!

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Then I thought I could make some tags for my friend!  They don’t take up space (practically weightless) and add the vintage cottage feel that I know she likes.

To make her tags I first got out my Lawn Fawn Stamps and dies that my friend Kelly (co-owner of Lawn Fawn) recently gave me to try out.  They actually are a Christmas set, but I think they work any time of year!  The cool thing about Lawn Fawn is they have always had amazing stamp sets, but now they are selling dies that work with the sets.  The dies are thin metal and they work in my Cuttlebug machine (or any other die machine).  These particular sets should start arriving in stores at the end of the month.

*** If you don’t have a die machine with dies, no worries.  It does make the work go faster, but you could totally trace a tag and cut it out by hand.  I also tested a hole punch with the canvas, and it worked just fine too! ***

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If you have never used dies, here’s a quick tutorial:

1. Cut the canvas to fit into machine.

2. Lay die on cutting boards (included with machine…with the Cuttlebug I have plate C down first and plate A on top of it).

3. Place another board on top (also included with machine…use board B).

4. Roll through machine.

5. Cut out as many as you need (I did 5 of each of the 2 sizes)

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Next I punched out the circles included in die set (#1), cut out enough for all my canvas tags (#2) and then glued the circles on with liquid glue.

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For the next step I used Stazon ink which won’t run on fabric (#1), put a stamp on acrylic block (#2) and then stamped the image onto the tag (#3).  I also stamped numbers on the small set of tags and letters (first initials of my friend’s family members) on the bigger tags.  You can use any stamps for this or even use a Sharpie!  Ooh, maybe even stencils with paint would work!

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After adding baker’s twine, here’s what I had:

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Pretty cute, I think!  I tried the tags in different spots in my house to give some ideas on how they can be used.  Here in my living room:

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And here in my bedroom:

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I think they add a warm cottage feel…I hope my friend likes them!   The finishing touch was to put them in a paper bag and staple it shut with a stamped paper tag!

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These tags were super easy to make and they add a special touch when hung on a hook or basket.  I got at least 15 tags out of the sheet I bought for $1 and all the other supplies I used I already had on hand!

I hope my friend likes these…I also kinda hope she hasn’t just read this and spoiled the surprise!

What are some simple gift ideas you’ve given to friends?  I would love for you to share!



  1. Love you, Deb! You always have the best ideas!

  2. So cute!! I’m sure she’ll love them!!!

  3. Melissa Pidal says

    I so love them!! Thanks so much for your sweet thoughtfulness in making them for me. I can’t wait to use them!!!


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