By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Do you enjoy making tags? Do you like participating in tag swaps? Create this beautiful tag go round in any theme you’d like and share your favorite art work with those around you. You will have so much fun making the first one, you will want to create even more of them later on.
Begin by cutting( Tonic Paper Trimmer used) a 12” x 12” piece of patterned paper (Couture Line by Graphic 45 used) in half. Make sure the pattern is right side up before cutting, especially if you are using a piece where the pattern is one direction. Here the paper was cut in half from left to right. Next, cut the first half into 3” sections to create 4- 3” x 6” tags. Cut the second half of paper to create 2 additional tags.
For the binding you can either use the 6” x 6” square left over from the patterned paper or use a piece of card stock for a different look that measures 6” x 6”.
Cut off ½” of the square.
Place the card stock onto your scoring board with the longest side (the 6” side) at the top of the board as shown in the picture and score at every ½”.
Fold the score lines accordion fold style making sure the first and last folds face upwards as shown.
Lay this piece aside.
Now, create the tags using the 6- 3’ x 6” pieces of patterned paper. Place the tag onto the scoring board so that the corner lines up with the 3” mark on the left side of the board. The corner on the far right should be lined up with the 6 ¼” mark on the top of the scoring board. Score down that line to score the first corner of the tag.
Flip the tag over and line it up the same way making sure the corner again lines up with the 6 ¼” mark and score down it.
Repeat the steps above to create the 5 other tags that will be needed.
To put the tag go round together it is easier to work from the back to the front so begin by placing a piece of double sided tape on the very last flap of the binding piece that you created. Place the tag over the tape making sure to line it up on the bottom and along the left edge so it doesn’t overlap the fold line. Fold the next strip of the binding piece over the tag and apply another piece of double sided tape and then the tag. Continue to repeat these steps until you have 5 of the 6 tags in place. NOTE: Only place the tape on the binding strip that is to your right. Do not place any tape on the left side of the strip as you are looking down at the project.
For the front page, you will want to put a piece of double sided tape on the left and right strips because this is where your project will take the most stress while being opened and closed. Once you have both pieces of tape on, place the last tag in between the strips and fold the last strip over to adhere it.
Turn the project over and fan the pages out so they fall towards the left as shown in the picture.
Add tape to every other binding strip and then refold the piece closed making sure that the edges match all the way around.
Your project will now look like this from the top and from the front.
Die cuts are a great way to finish of some of them. For this project the Parfumerie Framelits and Stamps Set by Sizzix and Graphic 45 was used. These are a great addition with the Couture paper line.
Simply stamp the image in black ink.
Then, use the matching die and cut it out with your die cut machine.
Cut a blank piece from card stock and layer it behind the stamped image to make it stand out.
Cut out some of your favorite images from the paper and use them to decorate some of the tags, too.
Are you hesitant about creating your own tags? That’s okay. Use tags that you have purchased from CreateForLess instead. If they are a little shorter just adjust the height of the binding piece when you cut it. Then, follow the rest of the directions to put together your tag go round. Decorate them by covering them with patterned paper, too. It’s that easy!
Create a tag go round to share some of your favorite things with your friends. Hold a tag go round swap or take turns decorating a tag and sending it on to the next person to do the next tag. One thing is for sure, no matter how you use it you will have fun!