Hello everyone! Welcome back to another day in my week long embellishment extravaganza. Today I want to share some ideas for using tags and die cuts. Armed wth some ideas and your layering skills you'll be a pro at using these verstile supplies on your layouts.
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Many scrapbook manufacturers offer cute tags that coordinate with their lines which make pulling a layout together really easy, but don't look past the manila tags in your office supply store, they can be easily customized for any layout.
On this layout, I applied tiny letter stickers to the bottom of each tag and then sprayed them with mist. Once they were dry, I removed the stickers and outlined each letter with a black pen to make it stand out. To complete the tags I added a photo and trim to each one.
Office supply stores also carry a variety of small colored tags. They are a great size for applying a small sticker that coordinates with the theme of your layout. Try hanging them from a brad, using the included string, like I did here for a really fun effect.
Here I used small tags that were part of a paper collection to create a banner. It was easy to dress them up with buttons, twine and punched butterflys.
Use a large office tag as the base for a stitched title. This one was pre-made but you could customize a tag with any word. I like the "homemade" touch the stitching give to my layout.
Tags can also be functional. On this layout, I put my journaling on a tag, tied it off with some trim and tucked it behind my paper layers. You could also tuck a tag into those cute mini envelopes that are popular right now.
Die Cut Ideas
Die cuts are fabulous for adding layers, you can get just the right touch by tucking them behind photos or paper. Many of the scrapbooking manufacturers create die cut packs that coordinate with their collections or you can find a great selection from Etsy shops too.
I had some lefover calendar die cuts and decided to lay them out in a grid. Fo the missing months I put coordinating embellishments in place of the calendar. This was a great way to use up the leftovers and the calendar even inspired the title for my layout.
Speech bubble die cuts are hot right now. I like how Celeste layered a speech bubble and star die cut on one side of a photo and balanced it with small buttons on the other side. I really love how these elements frame the photo making it the focal point.
I had a large number of alphabet die cuts in the shape of a deck of cards and knew I would have these sitting around forever since there were so many of them. I decided to use them in a BIG way by making them the base of a mini album that I tucked into a recycled denim pocket on my layout. The little die cut cards each held a small photo with a caption.
Go for a monochromatic look with white die cut border strips on white card stock. I cut the borders into varying lengths for visual interest and placed them on white cardstock above and below my photos. This created a beautiful frame that didn't compete with the photo or journaling.
This layout contains several die cuts from a collection pack. These western die cut pieces helped me carry the western theme throughout my layout. Try tucking die cut cards behind your photos in place of patterned paper like I did here. It is also a great way to layer up a banner, like the western themed ticket stub added to my banner.
Celeste, used several die cut pieces to create a grouping around her photo. The hexagons create the perfect backdrop for layering the Halloween themed die cut stickers.
I discovered I had a very large number of die cut flowers and cards in my stash. A mini album is the best way to use those beautiful products that you loved enough to purchase and do a little destashing. Not only did I place the die cut cards and flowers on the pages of my mini album, but I also added a hole to the center of the flowers and placed them on the binder clip holding the mini together between each page. This really gave a fun and playful feeling to the mini, which I really like.