Last week when the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals came to Utah for our editorial board meeting, they just so happened to arrive on my birthday. In the spirit of elementary school, I decided that I wanted to bring “treats” for the class, so I set out to make one tag for each of the Go-to Gals.
You might remember this post where I professed my crazy desire to create lately, so this was particularly fun for me – getting crafty AND creating something for someone else. But I had to challenge myself, of course, not just make six cookie cutter tags. Instead I decided to design a tag for each talented chick IN HER STYLE. Each one of the Go-to Gals brings such a unique style to our magazine, and this is why they make such a great team, don’tcha think?
I see all of the submissions that come into Paper Crafts, so I pick up on certain themes, and I’m actually getting more and more comfortable with recognizing my own style, but this was such a fabulous way to experiment!
I started with Jessica’s tag. Jessica is really on a glittery paper kick these days, and she often uses a lacy image. I find Jessica’s style to be elegant – hence the regal gold rub-on and the lush ribbon and embellishment. I tried to add a stick-pin here, but it just wasn’t happening (that would’ve been so HER).
Next came Teri’s tag. I’ve never seen anyone line up three brads (or buttons or whatever) and tie floss or twine around the lot of them…until Teri did it. Talk about signature style. And Teri tends to like angles and text paper, too.
I tackled Betsy’s tag next, cuz frankly, I was scared! Making a shabby tag look good was intimidating, but I stuck with what I knew about Betsy – girly colors, soft textures, stitching, lace and inking. Ink and I are generally not friends, but for Betsy, I’d try it. And I cheated a little with the “stitching.” Those are actually rub-ons (but you won’t tell, right?).
To me, Maren is all about stamping and a big old, gorgeous bow! I was super nervous to stamp directly on a tag with a rubber stamp, but after one boo-boo (luckily I bought a few extra tags) I was pretty happy with the result (even if it is a little left of center). I think this color scheme is pure Maren, too.
Kim Kesti’s tag is probably most “me” – super colorful and graphic. It all started with a hip American Crafts Flair and the rest just fell together. And that’s Kim – hip and funky and colorful and super cool!
Last, but certainly NOT least, was the queen of fun and cute, Kim Hughes! I knew that shapes (the little green hill), buttons, gingham and a cutie pie focal point would have to be a part of Kim’s tag. I actually chose the three patterned papers before I found that adorable ladybug (which I was never quite sure WHAT I was going to do with). I’m glad it found a home here.
And here they all sit in my living room together (sadly the tags, not the actual Go-to Gals – that would’ve been fun!).
The next time you make a card for someone, think about how THEY create. By making something in their style, you can completely personalize it, and show her that you are paying attention to all of the little details. And in the meantime, you’ll have stretched your own style.
BTW – The only thing that I bought to create these tags were the tags themselves. Still dedicated to using all of the stuff I’ve been hoarding!