Thoughts on doing a Monthly Tag Swap
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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:07:34 PM
Hello everyone!

So we've done some swaps recently here on our stamping board and they've been a lot of fun.

I love seeing the monthly tags that Tim Holtz does so it got me thinking. Would anyone be interested in doing a monthly tag swap?

Here are my thoughts so far:
1) Each month(a month in advance) I will post a sign up thread. If you would like to participate just post in the thread I create and I will pair everyone that signs on up. So you will be responsible for one tag.

2)The tags would be themed for the month. Obviously we would start with Month 1 January so that's what you would do your tag on. Whatever January means to you.

3)You don't have to sign on for each month. Unless you want to! If would be fun to have a different tag for each month for your collection.

So in the words of Daniel can we talk?!?

Give me your thoughts and ideas


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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:11:25 PM
Sounds like fun! I haven't done many tags but I bet I could learn some new stuff!



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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:32:11 PM
I do think this would be fun and is a small enough piece to experiment/share different ideas/techniques!

I also like that if you cannot do one month, that's ok.

I have never made tags before----I always wonder what TH does with the ones he shows!---thus I do not know what to do with it after I make one----but I can see how, with this swap, they can be used to make a "book" of techniques etc.



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Posted: 11/27/2012 5:19:50 PM
I'm in. I like doing tags.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 5:39:51 PM
I remember reading here several years ago of 2 stampers exchanging tags monthly for a year. They prepare the tag a month ahead of time with a printed calendar on it along with stamped art. So the partner swapper could immediately use the calendar the following month. Obviously it is an idea that struck my interest since I can remember anything about it.

As for the tags Tim uses they are very large ones so they can hold lots of techniques on one tag. Personally I learned to use Avery 11005 tags that are 4 3/4 x 2 3/8 because they are the only ones stocked in my town. But more importantly they fit on our regular A2 card size so they can easly be made into a card. Some folks use tags instead of cards on gift bagged presents.

When techniques are required for a swap sometimes swappers are asked to give the basic directions for the technique. I would hope this is considered.

Just my humble 2 cents for now.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 7:48:40 PM
Yay! Sounds like I've got some interest so far. I don't have time right now to get into too much detail but I will try to get back later tonight or tomorrow. I will touch base on tag size, guidelines and ways to display them. Y'all brought up some good points of interest! I will also set up a thread to sign up for the January tag swap sometime in the next day or so.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 8:24:02 AM
So here's some more info from some of the responses so far.

Tag Size- Far North(Jan) made a great point about the tag size. You can buy the Ranger Inkessentials tags and the come in 2 sizes. The large one being 6.25x3.175 the smaller one being 4.5x2.375. These you can buy at most big box craft stores, I checked here at 2P's but didnt see them for sale. The Avery shipping tags you can also use. They are more commonly found than the Ranger ones. You can find them at office supply stores and probably Wal-mart or Target. You get a ton for around 5 or 6 bucks. Another option would be to make your own. You could recycle some old manilla folders or maybe even some thick cardstock or thin cardboard would probably work.

As far as direction or technique for the tags I want to make this fairly simple so here are the requirements:
Stamping is required on your project. Whether it be directly onto the tag or some handmade stamped embellishments. Just as long as we get to put our stamps to good use!
Each month I will pick an image that is a MUST HAVE on your tag. Just to give an example, January's tag must have is a snowflake image of some sort. That snowflake can be stamped, a sticker, a stencil or even hand drawn.
The last requirement is you should provide your swapmate with the details of the how-tos of your tag. Especially if you did a cool embossing or stamping technique. It's always fun to expand our stamping knowledge!

YellowCherrios(Melissa) asked of ways to display your tags. Here's some thoughts, feel free to add yours as well!
You could make a book(as she suggested)of the tags you receive. You could attach a magnet on the back and hang as a refridgerator magnet. Another neat way I've seen them displayed are framed together in a large frame or you could even do a cork or fabric covered board.

One last thought, I like the idea of the calendar attached to the back of the tag as Jan had mentioned. Is that something you all would like me to make a requirement for your project?

Ok, I'm off to start the first sign up thread!!!!!


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Posted: 11/28/2012 8:48:34 AM
I would probably participate sometimes with the requirements you listed, but if we add more (like a calendar on the back etc) it will probably get a bit complicated for me. Doing tags will be brand new to me, so that is why I am wary of requirements.

If the group thinks differently, that is fine. I would enjoy seeing the photos of the tags you all make

Thanks for organizing, LeighAnn.


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 11/28/2012 10:24:55 AM
WTG, LeighAnn! Sounds like fun & very do-able with the requirements you've come up with.

Couple of thots... Are we agreed that regardless of the size (I like your minimum-maximum size) our tags are going to be 'hangable'--that is they will have a hole at the top?

While I'm often a 'voice' for 'play, play, play', I suggest we stick with rectangular tags rather than other shapes. That said, we can find/make tags that have different tops. I have some that are regular type (clipped corners), but have seen ones with curved & other 'shaped' tops.

A suggestion. Since we're swapping, it's very important to be sure we provide shipping information. I suggest when we sign up for the swap we provide LeighAnn with our mailing address. We can use PM for that. That way LeighAnn (as 'swap mom') can compile an address file.

A question for our 'Swap Mom'... Depending on how many of us sign-up each month, will you be pairing us anew each month? I'd like that. Gives me a chance to acquire art from several different artists--even if there are occasional repeat pairings.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 12:46:31 PM
Daniel is that a subtle way of saying you don't want to get stuck with me every month? That's probably a good idea. We'd be so busy trying to one up each other, we'd burn out our brain cells.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 2:25:41 PM
General question about tags. Is the back of a tag messier in general than a card or other project? I have been thinking about what I might do, and the tricks for hiding messy ink backs, ribbon edges etc for cards won't work with a tag. Is that normal? tia!


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 11/28/2012 7:38:04 PM
Also do the tags need to start manilla colored, or will white or another color be okay?


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 11/28/2012 8:19:34 PM
Hey guys! Lots of more great feedback.

Heres some answers to your thoughts and questions.

The tag can be any color. Manilla is the most common color I've seen. I was at Joanns today and noticed they have kraft, black and white tags. I think the Avery also comes in white. So I'm fine with whatever you have on hand to use.

Daniel made a good point about the shape. Like I said before the size can vary to what you are able to find but I would stick to the rectangular tags that you can hang.
I've never tried to make my own, but you could probably make your own tags if you are unable to purchase or find them. I'm sure there are some tutorials out there I could find or try to do if anyone's interested in that. I do know that various die cutting machines have tag die cuts. I have a couple of cricut cartridges that have a tag option and I've seen a couple of sizzix dies as well.

For the back of the card, I think I'm a messy crafter! I somehow always get something on the back of mine. I usually just let it be or cover it up with some patterned paper, ink or cardstock!

Daniel, I'm already a step ahead of ya on the making sure we don't get the same swap mate each time. With our first month I will probably just drawn names at random. I will keep track of those that have been partnered up so that way we each will get different tags from different swappers! That will really make our collections unique!

Daniel, good idea on the address. So if everyone would PM me their address so I can send it out to their partner when it's time.

One last question, Heidi mentioned about the calendar. I will leave that optional and its not a requirement for your tag. So if you would like to include that on the tag it's totally up to you.

I think I got them all for now?! I'm so glad you all are liking this swap


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Posted: 11/29/2012 3:06:24 AM
LeighAnn-I hope you keep one single location for us to look to for all the final instructions/rules.

I am happy with the decisions your are making...particuliar the calendar being optional...I think that may be 1 thing too many right now.

It doesn't matter to me if I send you my address or if I send it to my partner each time I play. But I would think it is far less work for you to request us to send a PM directly to our partner and it certainly begins a little direct partner commuication.

A little messy on the backsides of cards and other stamped work doesn't bother me but if anyone is looking for a general tip for keeping backsides of cards and other stamped work a little cleaner--try covering with a post-it (or masking paper) before starting.

As for the backside of our tags...The brief description of technique can be printed on the computer, cut and pasted strategically on the tag's back and will cover messes.


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Posted: 11/29/2012 9:29:00 AM
LOL! I've had an OMEN! I ran across an (almost) untouched pack of manilla cardstock in a pile of my stuff. In the pack was a 3x6 precut tag! How's that for a 'good sign'?

Making your own tag blanks? Simple! Just cut a rectangle within our chosen guidelines for size. Punch a hole center top. Voila! You have a tag. And it's a great way to use colored CS & PP. Fact is I can already see some months when I may want pattern on the tag base to start off my design.

I try to do 'finished' backs, but it's not a must for me.

Other than LeighAnn's 'must monthly image', I look forward to playing with tag-making in lots of different ways with this swap/challenge. Gonna be a great part of the fun for me!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/29/2012 2:59:17 PM
I agree with Jan about the addresses - it would be a HUGE job for LeighAnn to copy and PM each address every month, but quite simple for partners to quickly exchange - and a lot of us already have each others' addresses anyway, so it would also be redundant for LeighAnn a lot of the time.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:12:43 PM
Nothing prevents us from swapping our mailing addresses, but I'm glad LeighAnn's creating a file for those of us doing the swap. It's insurance. Long as she's willing it's her call, right?

Have a 'thot'... Not about 'doing' monthly tag swap, but rather about sharing tag ideas on this thread.

I'm not talking about telling one another what we're doing for the swap per se, but rather ways we might be dealing with tags. For instance...

Gatefold Tag: If I take 2 tags & cut 1 in half vertically, I could hinge the cut pieces to the other tag.

Triptych Tag: Hinge 3 tags along their long edge. Folds flat for mailing, but will stand on flat surface for display.

Anyone got more ideas?


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Posted: 12/1/2012 3:00:09 PM
Another idea for tags is to fold them to create a mini-album but I don't think these ideas meet the "hanging tag" guidance that LeighAnn provided. Perhaps if enough folks are interested in alternative ways to use rectangle tags that could be a theme for one month...or even a separate swap.

Yellowcherrios-earlier you asked for ideas for using completed tags...FYI-Today Tim Holtz shares on his blog 2 inspiration tags for his December challenge and both are made into cards.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:23:27 AM
Jan. I don't believe LeighAnn is saying our tags must 'hang'--just that they have to be that variety (with a hole for the 'hanger')

I'm sure she'll correct me if I'm mistaken, but I'm betting she's keeping the 'musts' to a minimum.

What I'm definitely looking forward to is her choices for 'monthly image must'. I have the strong feeling she'll have some interesting 'twists' along the way. Heaven knows we Challenge Hosters love being 'twisted'...


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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:44:27 AM
Hey guys!
Last day of the swap sign up.

The tags don't have to hang, but should have the hole at the top so if you want to hang it, you have the option.

Also the backs don't have to be finished, that's totally up to you.

I like the idea of the mini book and the different tags/folds that Daniel mentioned! Lots and lots of possibilities with these. It's getting me more and more excited and I can't wait to see what we all come up with


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Posted: 12/2/2012 12:23:38 PM
Oooh, Oooh! If you hinge 3 or more tags & add hangers (fibre, ribbon, etc.) you can gather all the hangers to make the entire project 'hangable'.


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