We always have Paris

Hello everyone, here we are starting the last month of Spring. I’ve some great news as I got my results from my last module at University and it passed with a high Distinction. I’m absolutely thrilled as I worked so hard on all the modules but in particular the last one where I taught myself lots of new skills as well wrote a picture book. I haven’t received my overall grade yet but my calculations, according to Falmouth University guidelines put it at a very solid merit pass. Anyway enough about me let start this long post about how I created this tag.

When Christine chose this theme I was so pleased as it conjures vintage, shabby chic. nostalgia, a gone by era, all of which I love, and I’ve recently been drawn to to create in this style. I thought a tag for my recently created junk journal would be ideal. So I started to go through my stash and couldn’t find anything which signified Paris. I recently bought some paper pads from Susan at the shop which I could use and had plenty of paint, inks etc but no stamp or dies that I could us.

So I decided to create my own Eiffel Tower as a focal point. I looked at many reference photo of the tower and in Procreate drew my version.

I kept the detail fairly simple as I wanted to cut it out on the Cricut Maker (yes Susan has these in stock in the shop). so I uploaded the png. (Most photos are JPEG’s, which includes a background, a png. File is just the focal image) file to Design Space (the app you use to control the maker) and saved it as a cut file. Really simple. I added to my canvas and set what size I wanted. I duplicate two different sizes as I wasn’t sure which size I would use at this point.

Once it finished cutting I took the die cut image from the sticky mat and using my poky tool as with any die cut popped all the bits out.

As this was quite detailed you do have to be careful (you can see where I tore it slightly on the far right one). I put these to one side while I created a pocket for the tag in my journal.

So my idea now was to make a pocket to tuck the tag I had in mind in. I chose which page I wanted to use and removed it from the journal. I took out some Gelly Prints I had created last year in colours I wanted to use and cut bits off them to cover the pocket, along with some of the paper from the 12x12 paper from Stamperia called Orchids and Cats which is lovely.

Next I found a tag from Tim Holtz Ideology Advantus journal cards and cut one down to size to act as a focal point. I used embossing glaze in Kitsch Flamingo to highlight an area and tie it into its background. I secured it to the pocket using Tim Holtz brads.

I used double sided red tape to secure the pocket to the journal page.

Now moving onto the tag, don't do what I did lol. I got so carried away in the zone that I ended up sticking the tag to its background paper the wrong way round as you can see below. I repeated the processes pasting it the right way round.

I used several papers on the tag to create an interesting background. I added some lace to hide a join. I also added a Frame which I cut down to fit and added it to the tag. All edges were aged with distress ink in Walnut stain. I added my Eiffel Tower and some flowers and then stamped the word Paris to finish.

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