in the spotlight :: the twinery

As papercrafters, we all have scraps. Scraps of patterned paper, scraps of cardstock, rub-on bits and pieces, and letter sticker remnants...the list goes on. It can be overwhelming and get a little out of hand, too!


No worries, though, I'm here today to spark your imagination and get you thinking about how to make those scraps into something cute and useful all while reducing your stash. If you're not a papercrafter, you could easily make tags similar to these by recycling your greeting cards, adding your baker's twine and writing the "to" and "from" info on the reverse side. And of course, you'll want to use your sampler pack from The Twinery, so you'll have a selection of every eco-luxe color imaginable!

You'll notice that the selection of shipping tags I have here are simply styled, leaving room to write a personal message to the gift recipient while also allowing me to further embellish them with other items once I know who the gift tag will be for. 

The stickers I've used were provided to me by the kind people at SRM Stickers. I love how these stickers make each and every tag like a mini piece of graphic art! I used these and these and these and these and these, and these, too, to create the cute tags below. The colors are fun, bright and vibrant...you won't be disappointed.


To make your own shipping tags, cut your cardstock scraps to 2.50" wide by 4.75" long. I used my corner tag punch {from Stampin' Up} and a hole punch from the office supply store to finish the tags off before embellishing them with baker's twine from The Twinery in LemondropCharcoal and Peapod.

And if you have young kids at home, as you know I do, these tags make great lunchbox and backpack notes. Isabella adores having a note from Mommy wishing her a great day or good luck on her Math Master quizzes! How about tucking them between the sheets for your older kids as a surprise when they turn down their beds at night?

Did you happen to notice that cute tassel attached to the gift bag at the top of the post? Here's a close-up:


I made it by wrapping my Peapod twine around a 1.50" piece of scrap chipboard 30 times. Be sure to leave longish strands at the beginning and end of wrapping so that you can tie a knot through the twine to keep it secure. When you're finished wrapping, slide it off your template. Fold over the strands of twine {where you knotted it off} and take an additonal 10" piece of twine to wrap around the top of the twine to mimic the decorative top of a tassel. Knot again. Trim the ends of the tassel so that they're even. 

Ta Da, you have a fancy schmancy {as my kids say} tassel perfect for spicing up any gift bag and tag combination you can dream up! Wanting a larger, longer tassel? Just wrap your twine twice or three times as much as I did and perhaps use a 3.50" inch piece of chipboard as your template.

Now for the fun stuff:

I'm having a giveaway open through Thursday evening at 8pm EST for 11 of these pre-embellished gift tags, 8 blank gift tags to create your own, assorted goodies and a sampling of every color of baker's twine from The Twinery just to get you started...good luck!


I'm hosting the blog today over at The Twinery, if you'd like to stop by for a visit and check out the rest of the crafty and adorable projects my teammates have been posting!

46 comments

  1. I just stumbled upon your blog and may I say that these tags are FABULOUS! Great idea about adding them to lunch bags to let the kids (or hubby) know you are thinking of them. I would SO LOVE to have a chance to play with these colorful pieces of twine. Thanks for the chance!

    And I am now a follower - so very nice to meet you.

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

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  2. Love these tags. They are so great! I just got bunch of shipping tags and I was going to start on them this week but the week has got away from me already. Very inspiring!!

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  3. Love the tags but that twine..I must have some...love it!

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  4. What fabulous tags you've made from your beautiful scraps! And I *love* the baker's twine. Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas!

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  5. What cuteness! I have been wanting to try the Twine and a tiny sampler plus your tags would be fabulous!

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  6. Sign me up! I love the tags and you can never have too much twine from The Twinery (as evidenced by my large box in my studio!!). Thanks for the opportunity!

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  7. Oh ME ME ME ME ME!!!! Pick ME! LOL - I would love to win this goody bag! Thanks for the chance!

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  8. Love the tags-it is a great way to use up some scraps! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. Love it! I have been wanting to try out some of that twine since you talk about it all the time! :) Thanks for teh chance to win some great stuff!

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  10. Love your tags....so super duper cute!!!!!

    Thanks for the great tip on using up my scraps!

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  11. Those tags are so cute and who doesn't like baker's twine? Ummmm, nobody! Thanks for the great inspiration.

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  12. I came to your blog through The Twinery and I must say, these tags are adorable!!! I can't wait to check out the rest of your blog. I am sure I will find lots of things I like! ;)

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  13. totally cute stuff. i don't know why i don't mass produce more stuff. i'm always a day late and a dollar short when it comes time to tagging or sending a card. the thought of being creative on the spot wears me out.
    great ideas and yowzers… wouldn't it be fun to win!!

    yes it would.

    feel free to pick me! ; )

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  14. The twine is fabulous! And those tags are adorable! Fun giveaway~I'm looking to add to my twine collection!

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  15. Hi Monika -

    I just came from the Twinery blog site and saw your tags. They are just adorable. I love the idea of making them, they would be super as a quick card for a gift. I also think it would be great to make a bunch of them and wrap them up as a gift for a friend. They are just that freaking cute. And it would be great if you could post a tutorial on how to make that sweet tassel. I love it!


    Elaine Allen
    v e allen 6 at optonline dot net

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  16. love the tag..and your tassel tutorial..not sure why i hadnt thought of that just to finish off a gift! Too cute! Love love love the twinery twine..it's the best i've found so far!

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  17. Oooh, Oooh OOoh, pick me, pick me! :D
    I love twine and I love your tags... I often look for tags to attach to gifts and I have never thought of creating a stash like yours! I am especially fond of the yellow ones!

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  18. Hi! I found your blog through The Twinery. The gift tags are wonderful and definitely something I will be trying. Thanks also for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  19. SO cute!! What a great idea for scraps!!!

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  20. I have just discovered The Twinery (and your blog) from a link on a friend's blog in the UK. I've been seeing projects using bakers twine and wondering where on earth I could get some from as it doesn't seem to exist over here! I'd so like the chance to win some please!

    Lynn Wild

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  21. So fun! Plan on ordering some twine for a couple of ideas I have brewing in my noggin :)
    thanks~
    melanie

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  22. oh.... sooo cute....
    pick me!!

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  23. I *love* this idea for using up some of my odds and ends!! All your little tags are adorable, Monika!

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  24. Love your tags, Monika!
    Would be thrilled to win them.

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  25. I luv your Tags and Twine! I was hoping to make Tags instead of the traditional cards for the holidays last year but ran out of time, whaaa! So Ive promised myself that this year Ill start earlier, hahaha! Thanks for a chance to win a sampling of yours!

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  26. This is such a fabulous project, Monika!! I love all those tags and what a great idea to leave them for the kids to enjoy. The tassel is ultra fabulous and something I need to try. Thanks for the great inspiration with The Twinery's baker's twine!

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  27. your tags are gorgeous thanks so much for offering the lovely blog candy xxx

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  28. Super cute ... I'd love to win!

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  29. How utterly sweet are those?!?!

    I tried to coordinate twine with my Christmas wrapping paper this past year! :)

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  30. Love all those tags Monica, they look fab! So simple, but stunning.

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  31. These are lovely - and just the sort of things I want to make but never find the time!

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  32. I am so into twine right now.....thanks for the awesome giveaway! Your tags and that tassel ROCK!

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  33. I've never used twine on anything that I've made, but would certainly love to try it. What you've done with it here was great!

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  34. These are great Monika - I'm swooning over that adorable twine tassle!!!

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  35. those tags are flippin' cute! I love them! I have been dying to try that twine!

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  36. No need to sign me up for the giveaway - I just wanted to say that these tags are adorable! Love them all. :)

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  37. super cute tags! great ideas even if i don't win, but i'll keep my fingers crossed!

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  38. I would love to win! And those tags are super cute!

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  39. the twine and the tags... too cute!

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  40. hmmmmmmm...I'm too lucky to win ;-)
    Love your projects Monika <3
    and I'm off to checking The Twinery!

    xox

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  41. I have just found you rblo and love it all! Thanks for the chance to win this yummy twine :-)
    Hugs xx

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  42. I love the projects you do! This one is no exception. Thank you for making it look so easy & manageable.

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  43. Adorable!!! The tags are too cute!!!
    *Kimberley

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  44. Yesssss! I am almost out of twine & I so enjoy your kits. This would be perfect for Mother's Day! I'd love to win...

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  45. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!! I LOVE what you did here. So many great ideas!

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