#Tag #1: Old Fashion Christmas

Today I officially start as a Gecko Galz Design Team Member, 2021-2022. I’m incredibly excited to showcase some of my skills as a mixed media artist. Likewise, I’m eager to revisit techniques I used years ago to create or never quite grasped. The December challenge is Tags. While I incorporate a lot of tags into my junk journals, I’ve never created any to stand on their own. Please be patient as I gain my footing on this one!

Tag #1 is Old Fashion Christmas. It’s an incredibly simple tag. (Again, getting back into the rhythm!) I used a pre-cut tag measuring 4 x 5 ½ inches. I used the paper collection 2020 Collage Sheet Collection, https://www.etsy.com/listing/883048048/2020-collage-sheet-collection?ga_search_query=2020&ref=shop_items_search_1&pro=1. BTW, this set retails at $10 for 16 sheets loaded with images divided by season/month. If you’re new to digital images, you will not be disappointed in the variety. I’ve been using the images in all sorts of projects and my junk journals.

I applied baby blue and white vintage ribbon to both sides. The ribbon matched the colors in the sheet music collage and generated a retro vibe. Lastly, I added an eyelet.

My go-to supplies I continually use include glue stick, Big Bite Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch & Eyelet Setter, eyelets. The Crop-A-Dile is a gem. It is easy to use (watch a couple videos first—they’re short). There is virtually no noise unlike the constant hammering with my grommets and eyelets in the setting tools. I would pile items up to punch and set during the day as not to wake the house. Now I insert eyelets at all hours of the night.

I promise that I’ve improved for Tag #2, which in on December 18th. In the meantime, enjoy some of the additional items I’ve been creating this past month. Here’s a little teaser: envelope junk journals and Altoid tins. Check back next week as those projects will be published.

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