As promised, here’s a more in-depth post about how I made my framed journaling tag collage. I’ve got a close up photo of each tag to share and I’ll add some brief instructions to each.
I’ve linked a lot of the specific products I used rather than include pictures of them all. If you’re not sure what something is that I’m talking about, you can click of the link to see!
Let’s get into it shall we?
I was inspired to create this project by the gorgeous, happy colours of A Sweet Summer Scallop Circle Tags and A Sweet Summer Mini Papers from Elle’s Studio.
- To create a uniform, shabby look, I inked the edge of each piece of paper or cardstock with Sahara Sand Versamagic ink before adhering.
- Each journaling tag has a coordinating mat of Bazzill Cardstock. I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities circle dies to cut these just larger than the 2” tags. I simply pulled cardstock from my scraps to match up the colours on the sweet scallops so each tag has a different colour mat.
- I used tape runner to adhere each tag to the cardstock mat and foam dots to adhere them to my patterned paper.
- To save time, I purchased an inexpensive photo frame that was already painted a shabby white. It was a frame to suit a 6” x 4” photo with a mat, therefore I cut a piece of thin chipboard to be my project base measuring 7.5“ x 5.5”.
- I cut six blocks of patterned paper, each measuring 2.5” x 2.75”
- I used tape runner to adhere these to my chipboard base.
On the first tag I started with a small chipboard heart and inked it in a colour to match. I actually blended a couple of ink colours, and now can’t remember exactly which colours I used! I then coated it in Rock Candy Distress Stickles and let it dry before adhering it to the tag with foam dots.
Under the top left corner of the chipboard heart I’ve adhered a small dyed doily. I added a tiny ½” punched circle of patterned paper to the centre of the doily and finished it off with a clear rhinestone.
For the second tag I grabbed a tiny paper doily (coming to my Etsy shop soon) scrunched it, swiped it with ink before adhering to the tag.
In the centre of the doily I’ve put a paper rose. Again, to give it the same look as each other element, I lightly inked the top of the petals by ‘pouncing’ on it with the inkpad slightly. I then sponged a tiny bit of Glossy Accents to the same petals and dipped it in clear glitter. Almost every time I put a rose on a project I do this.
I first adhered a 1” circle punched from patterned paper to the tag. Then it was time to add my punched butterfly. I have such a collection of butterfly punches but for this one I used my largest EK Success butterfly punch.
To give it lots of dimension, I pinched the wings up and used a foam dot (or part of one) to adhere the body to the tag. I then used two layers of foam dots under each wing so they were slightly higher than the body.
I pushed two stick pins through the mounting tape under the body for the antennae and finished it off with three clear rhinestones down the centre.
This is such a simple one but I love it! I’ve simply layered two punched flowers (this one and this one from EK Success again) along with a ½” punched circle and a rhinestone brad. The layered flower was adhered with pop dots and I then tucked two tiny leaves underneath with glue dots.
To add dimension to the punched flowers, I ‘shaped’ them first by rubbing the centre of them with a rounded tool with a mouse pad underneath. It’s kind of hard to explain but it makes the petals stand up a bit!
Another simple one but it used a few of my favourite techniques! I first stamped the flourish onto the tag with dark brown ink. The stamp is from this set by Papertrey Ink. On a side note, I just love all the little 'extra' stamps you get in Papertrey Ink sets!
I then tied a small bow with turquoise organza ribbon and adhered it under the flourish with a glue dot. I then added a clear chandelier crystal under the ribbon and to cheat a bit, I adhered it in place with a glue dot!
For the last tag, I raided my chipboard stash and found these tiny birds (from Scrapware) and this branch from Collections was just the right size for the birdies! I inked the birdies with turquoise ink and the branch with a dark brown ink before adhering them to the tag.
I used tiny rhinestones for the birds’ eyes and added small flowers to the branch. The flowers were from a Green Tara flower ‘spray’. They were the only flowers I had that were small enough and also had the cute flower bud to add too! I removed the flower centres and added a tiny rhinestone.
Well there you have it. I think this is the first time I've gone into such detail over a project on my blog! What did you think? Perhaps next time I should take photos as I create it!
Thanks for looking and if you still have any questions, leave a comment and I'll answer!
PS: Come back and visit me next week as I have a giveaway planned to celebrate reaching 200 sales in my Etsy shop!