Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Homemade Gift Tags
Anyone else tired of spending money? Bueller? Bueller?
I don't know about all y'all, but 2009 has been bloody expensive. Between the immigration fees, traveling to England 3 times to see Dan, wedding costs and everything else - we have spent a small fortune this year on very out-of-the-ordinary expenses. This coupled with a recent speeding ticket and my car breaking down last week - I am darn tired of spending money!!!
Somebody STOP the insanity!!!!
I found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed the other day as I was thinking about all of this and it left me needing a release. When I get like this, there are three things that I know will calm me down:
2) Working out
3) Doing a craft
On this particular day I had already cleaned and I just could NOT be bothered with going to the gym, so craft time it was. BUT - it HAD to be a craft that did not include spending money. This was rule number 1, 2 and 3. Fo' sho'. Yo.
About a week ago I was bored and so I googled "Vintage Santa" (this is when you get so jealous of my super exciting life) and this popped up. I immediately thought to myself, those would be cute gift tags and printed out a few pages.
Don't you just lurrrve Google?
So, on this day of a need for anything creative, I grabbed these sheets of paper and wasted no time.
This was a cute gift tag given to me on a gift this summer and it was the perfect size to use as a stencil. By this point, I was feeling better already.
Then I was able to scrape together this little grouping of craft basics. Now, I know there are blogs that show you how to refinish an entire kitchen with a toothbrush and turn your 1977 sideboard into a 4-story house, but this blogger right here, she is quite happy with some glue and glitter, thank you very much.
I wanted to put this up here as an example of one of the WORST photos I have ever taken. The color. The flash. The lack of focus. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I do like the glitter though.
I have always loved glitter. Since I can remember it has caught my eye.
Within 10 minutes I was using my little stencil and making some gift tags. I simply used a pencil to draw the outline and cut them out.
Again - another horrible picture. I don't know what my deal was but I was apparently not bothering with taking decent photos. See what glitter does to me?
I didn't want too much glitter on each tag, as less is more when it comes to this kind of thing, so I found a toothpick, dipped it into the glue and used it to apply a thin layer where I wanted it.
This Santa was my favorite. Here is the before.
And the after. Just a little bit of bling to his jolly 'ol cap and it was good to go!
Two more close-ups. Again - the photos...they are bad and I am sorry. The Santa on the left has a sparkly beard and the Santa on the right, a sparkly green sack.
One by one I glittered them all. By the time I had finished, I felt much calmer and less stressed - mission accomplished. PLUS - now I have gift tags to use that didn't cost me a thing! All they need is some string or raffia on the top and they are good to go.
It's about time something didn't cost me a thing. Everything costs something. It's a thing of life. Thing, thing, thing.
Aaaaand - I think that last little paragraph (for lack of a better word) is my cue to leave. Stick a fork in me baby 'cause I'm done.
Now if you will excuse me so I can wipe this tomato off my face.