Thursday, March 14, 2013


Happy Thursday everybody!  The sun is shining.  The birds are singing.  The thermometer is reading 66 degrees (when it normally should be in the low 50s) and I just got back from having a picnic lunch with my twin grandsons at the park and then finishing almost a five mile walk!  
Life is good!

I wanted to share a fun little project that I made yesterday afternoon in about an hour and a half.  I wish I could claim to have been the clever one to have thought of this but I'm not!  A friend of mine and someone who truly is a creative genius...especially in assemblages... 
Jim The Gentleman Crafter is the man behind this really fun, sturdy and easy to make 

HERE IS THE LINK and VIDEO on Jim's blog for his Tag Box.  Check it out for all of the supplies and instructions on how to make his Tag Box.

One of the things that I love so much about Jim is his genuineness.  Is that a word?  If's another way to describe him...a very giving, sweet and REAL individual!  He's so unaffected by his growing celebrity and he is Crr-A-Z-Y creative and talented!  He does Ustream videos and posts free tutorials a lot.  And they aren't little simple things, they are really fun, sometimes very detailed pieces.  He also has an his ETSY store with some neat projects, too.

Okay...enough about Jim.  I don't want to give him the "big head".  haha

Here is the tag box that I made.  It measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 and easily fits the regular #8 manila tags.  This is inexpensive to make.  If you've got some medium weight chipboard,  a couple of sheets of cardstock, some double sided tape, maybe some tissue tape and some Ideaology pieces, you're good to go!   My background is a Bo Bonny paper that is all vintage suitcases.  I loved the colors and the images of the stacked suitcases, even though it's hard for you to see them.  Then I distressed all of the outside seams with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Next I added the 7 Gypsies polka dot Postale Paper Tape around the top of the box.  Isn't it cute?  Then I hot glued the Tim Holtz Foundation Feet onto the bottom of the box. 

The interior paper is also some I've had.  After fitting the lining paper inside of the finished box, I lightly washed all of the seams with black acrylic paint.

 The "TAGS" are from Tim Holtz' Destinations Salvage Stickers.
I love the vintage license plate look and thought it appropriate for my "TAGS" tags!  I adhered the already adhesive backed license salvage stickers to medium weight chipboard, cut them out, inked the edges with a black cats eye ink pad and then glued an antique brass Making Memories Garment Pins to the back sides of each letter.  Then I attached them to a piece of medium weight chipboard that was covered with a scrap of cardstock.  I had rounded off the corners, inked the edges with the black cats eye ink pad and poked four holes evenly into the chipboard.  Next I added a Tim Holtz Washer, a Long Fastener and looped the Garment Pin over the Long Fastener.  Then I slipped the fastener through the hole and put them in place.  Next I took my Tim Holtz Hammer and pounded the top of the brads to make them even more vintage looking. Then I hot glued the chipboard onto the front of my box.  Finally, I added the hinge clip just for more decoration.

That's it!  Fun, sturdy, useful and easy to make!  I am listing all of the products that I used that are available at Simon Says Stamp below.  If you've got a free afternoon, this might be a fun project for you to do on your own or get with a group of friends and have a crafting afternoon!  That is what I am going to do with this next week!


  1. You have inspired me to have a go Candy, this looks fabulous and I love love love the TAGS lettering. Cannot believe,this took such little time to make, it's fantastic Candy. Glad you enjoyed a picnic with your grandsons, such precious times. Take care my friend. Tracy x x

  2. Loving your tag box and thank you for telling us about Jim the Gentleman Crafter, as I had never heard of him, so will go over and have a look.
    Oops mean't to say I love those little legs on the box. Enjoy the weekend Candy, hugs Annette x

  3. what an adorable piece! I love the little tags too! You always have the neatest pieces! Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Ah Candy, so lovely that you had a picnic with Grandsons and great weather you are having - we still have snow...

    I follow Jim too and saw his great tutorial but I love what you did with your tag box, I really must have a go at one of these, such a great and stylish way to store tags. A wonderful make! Hugs, Anne x

  5. This is awesome Candy and just what I need to hold my tags that are sitting in a basket right now . Think this may inspire me to make one since I have all of the supplies . Thanks for sharing you tutorial on how you put it together.

  6. PERFECT, Absolutely Perfect!!!! I LOVE it. I'm near speachless....and that takes a lot. I've got to make one of these for all those tags sitting around, yes!

    Jim is nothing short of that a word?

  7. This is so cute and such a fun practical way to store tags. I always admire your attention to detail. Just the simple step of washing the inside seams with paint takes the project to another level. The combination of papers and tape is delightful and the tag lettering makes me smile. Love it!

  8. Candy, Your tag box turned out Great! I too have followed Jim since the beginning and he is truely a sweetheart. Do you watch him on u-stream? If so what is your screen name? Mine is cricutrookie.

  9. cool organizer! useful for creativity.

  10. Perfect for my tags! What a wonderful idea , very cool! Barbarayaya

  11. Gorgeous! I love this. I saw his video too but haven't tried it yet. I love the way you used the salvage stickers.

  12. Thank you for another great project! I liked the one The Gentleman Crafter did but your finishing touches inspired me to pull out supplies to get started.

  13. Liked the reference to The Gentlemen Crafter and appreciate his video but I loved your twist on the finishing touches. Your so inspiring.

  14. I'm not getting your feed still...sorry to be late to the party! Awesome tag box! Love the stamps! Love the title with the cool!

  15. So fun and grungily gorgeous - I'm so behind on visiting - but this is well worth the time spent catching up - I LOVE it!! The little tags are so cool and your papers look fab all over...
    Alison x


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