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Quick DIY project: Cute paper tag

I'm OBSESSED with playing with paper at the moment. Whether it's my Project Life album, mini albums inspired by Stephanie Bryant, scrapbook pages to go up on the wall, cards or more, I love messing about with patterned paper, ephemera, stickers and all the other gorgeous crafty bits.

I know that sometimes it seems like there's not enough time to be creative, but that's simply not true! I made this cute tag in about quarter of an hour, and I felt so happy when it was done!

I used this Maggie Holmes how-to to make the tassel - I've been playing about with modifications of my own which I'll post soon, along with instructions, but for now head over to Maggie's site - it's so gorgeous and full of inspiration, you won't regret it.

Once I'd made the tassel, I attached it to some embroidery thread, with the other end tied to a plain brown kraft tag. The I pulled out loads of bits of ephemera from my stash - I was using bits from the Maggie Holmes Confetti and Heidi Swapp Mixed Media E[hemera collections which I ordered at the beginning of November and FINALLY arrived mid-January (top tip: never use BIC Warehouse on Amazon, they didn't even send my entire order, and tried to argue with me when I complained...). It's mostly about playing about with the pieces and layering them up how you like - don't be afraid to go over the edges of the tag to get this wonderful relaxed feeling - then fixing them in place with a tiny dab of glue or a glue dot before adding the little gold peg.

With a lot of birthdays coming up soon, I'm so happy that I get to pass this gorgeous tag on to someone with their gift - I hope they like it!


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