Tuesday, 5 January 2010

"12 tags" conversion contest - Tag #1

We all loved the tags of Christmas from Tim Holtz, but admittedly, many of us didn't have the time to try it. Or if we did - who wants to give these works of art away to be thrown out with the wrapping, right?

OK, so what I will do is have a "tag" contest of my own where I will tackle one tag each month (12 tags = 12 months) and talk about converting it into a layout of any subject. I will (or any of you!) to talk about how to use existing materials you may have if you don't have the arsenal of Ranger products Tim has at his fingertips (bless his heart - oh to have his awesome talent!).

I can also talk about the products he uses if you do want to invest in them. If I get enough orders for say, the rock candy distress, - I usually have to buy in 3's or 6's, I will offer a 20% discount on it. Or if you are into the distress inks or the non stick craft mat (which is awesome btw...), but can't find some of the more popular colors, I can order those in at the same discount (did you know there is a whole new batch of colors coming soon?) Sounds like fun? If it's not on the web - just ask for it!

OK, here's the first tag:

For today, start with what theme you want to use. Holidays? Seasonal? Birthday? Just a good hanging around shot?

Thinking ahead theme wise, You will need either a stamped shape that you like for the swirl and the snowman. Don't have a stamp? How about a Cricut or Sizzix shape? Don't have a die cut system? Go online to Clipart and print out a generic shape on whatever printed paper you like.

I've done this and it works well. I once needed a dolphin embellishment for a layout, but didn't have one in my stash or in the store. I went online, found a children's coloring page and printed on paper that matched my layout. I cut it out and used pop dots to attach and it was perfect. You can do the same thing here.

OK, will post more tomorrow the next step

Note, challenge will be due Jan 31st entries can be posted here as links, emailed to me or posted on the forum. You will have to register first to post on the forum, but not to look. (Approving people before they can post cuts down on spamming signiifcantly!)

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