Upcycled Tag Mini Book


Upcycled Tag Mini Book for 613 Avenue Create

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge at 613 Avenue Create! Challenge #95 is “Anything Goes” and the optional twist is “Bags, Tags, Boxes and More.”  Now, I love a good tag, and because of this, I can’t seem to bring myself to throw away the tags that come as part of the packaging for embellishments.  So many of them are made from a nice weight of chipboard and have a really pretty shape, too.  I had squirreled away a few of these in the Closet of Shame, and knew that I wanted to use them to make an upcycled tag mini book for this challenge. Here’s what I came up with:

613 Ave Create tag book 01These 3 Bo Bunny tags were slightly different in size, but they all had the same shape and a pretty scalloped bottom edge.  I sanded them lightly, painted the edges with Antique Linen Distress Paint and then used pretty vintage images from Crafty Secrets to decorate.  I stayed with a simple blue, white and silver color palette to unify the pages, and used papers from an old K and Company paper stack that I found in my stash.

613 Ave Create tag book 02This sweet little angel was treated with UTEE before she received  her sparkly wings.  I tucked in some velvet leaves and berries that  I tapped with white pigment ink to give them a frosty feel.  The icicles were die cut from vellum.  All the edges of the tag were embossed with Zing Silver Glitter Embossing powder.

613 Ave Create tag book 03My upcycled tag mini book opens from the bottom because the holes were already punched into the packaging I used.  Here, I’ve included the words to one of my favorite Christmas Carols typed out in a fancy font.  The shimmery ribbon is Stiched Sheer/Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  it ties the dreamiest bows!

613 Ave Create tag book 05

613 Ave Create tag book 06I’ve added rub-ons, metal brads that I’ve embossed with Bridal embossing tinsel, sequins and little bitty snowflakes. The silver metallic ribbon is from RRR as well.

613 Ave Create tag book 07I salvaged this dove from a Christmas tag…I knew it would come in handy some day!

613 Ave Create tag book 08613 Ave Create tag book 09The back cover is sort of upside down, but I love the way it looks resting on all those delicious ribbons!  The best thing about this upcycled mini book is that it doesn’t take very long to make.  Once you’ve picked your papers and images, it goes together really fast.  And it will make a sweet hostess gift during the holidays, don’t you think?

613 Ave Create tag book 10So the next time you purchase a package of brads or embellies, you might just want to tuck the packaging material away in your Closet of Shame so that you can make your own upcycled mini book!

There are prizes for this challenge:

Bugaboo Stamps

  is offering a prize of 7 digital stamps!

Beansie Doodle

is also offering a prize. You can get this info from the 613 Avenue Create blog.

I’m also entering this project into the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin’ Christmas (use Snowflakes)

Word Art Wednesday (Anything Goes)

Divas by Design (Christmas with flowers)

Nutcrafters Challenge #79  (winter weather)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions or comments on this project, I’d love to hear from you!




16 thoughts on “Upcycled Tag Mini Book

  1. Pamellia

    Holy crumb cake Kathy! This is just a magical piece of winter wonderland wrapped up in a pocket size project! All the soft blues, silvers and whites just whisper the beauty of the season! Yep, blown away, that’s what I am! I love the bits of tinsel and your wonderful loopy bows too! SCORE!! big hugs you crafty lady you 🙂

  2. Chana Malkah

    This is awesome, my friend! It is breathtaking the way you manage to include so much elegance and style in such a small amount of “real estate.” Again, I am blown away by your eye for composition, color, and detail! Very, Very nicely done!
    Chana Malkah

  3. Diane Hover

    WOW Kathy, I LOVE this beautiful tag book and how you came to pull it all together…gee, I want to come and dig in your “Closet of Shame” and make one, too..lol…This is stunning my friend!!

  4. Karen Letchworth

    Hi Kathy! I’m delighted to have you play along in our challenge this week, and I sincerely hope that you will continue to share your art with us each week. I love your sweet style, and enjoy your projects SO much.
    God bless your week,
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. ginny

    Your project is amazing! The details, the colors and the ephemera are so fun to examine close up – so wish I could hold it in my hands and turn it over and over so I could see it all!

  6. soozyb2013

    You have done it again Kathy. I especially love the back tag! The image is just soooo Christmas. You are not alone in the closet of shame, although mine is not a closet, mine is a room! lol
    Great job, wish we lived closer!!!!!!!

  7. Darlene Pavlick

    WOW! This is awesome Kathy! LOVE all the beautiful holiday sparkle and the vintage images of course are my favorite! Your work is always TOP NOTCH and gorgeous! Happy Day to you my friend!!

  8. Carole

    Ha, ha, ha, on your term ‘the closet of shame’. I also save all the little inserts and make them into little tags. I really like your book of tags. Thank you for posting your beautiful art with us this week during our 155th challenge at Word Art Wednesday. I’m praying for sweet sunshiny days and I’m sending happy hugs to all. Carole, Encouragement Coordinator

  9. candycolwell

    Kathy…you have “married” two of my favorite things…vintage and Christmas. 🙂 Your upcycled mini tag album is darling. I can almost hear Bing Crobsy Christmas carols playing in the background. 🙂 This album is so sweet. I love each and every page. <3 Candy

  10. smithgfb

    I have bits and pieces stored everywhere in my space but have yet to use it to make something as beautiful as this! Your project is just so stinking creative and I love all the glitz and sparkle too! Well done my friend!

  11. carol

    Hi Kathy what a gorgeous tag book. It’s a shame to throw such packaging away when you can make such wonderful things from it. This book is crammed with lots of beautiful additions, and the added words complete such a beautiful project. Change of clocks time in the UK today, so winter is marching on. Take care and enjoy your weekend x

  12. Robin

    WOW! I love your vintage upcycle tag album! It’s got so many pretty details, images, ribbons, and bows. I also like to save the backs of packs – a very nice weight to work with. Your work is so beautiful and I always love to view a new post!

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