Friday, September 17, 2010

Mike's First Day of School Tag

I made this tag for the Tag Tuesday Challenge at Kard Krazy. The theme is school, so I made a tag using one of my favorite photo's of my brother's first day of 1st grade. My brother is 28 years old now! I wonder if there are any vintage tag challenges going on I could link up to? 


I had actually put the photo on the tag and had planned on adding some school themed patches, however it was just far to busy so I decided to use this quote from Quick Quotes, along with a few buttons. Since the quotes are printed side by side on vellum I couldn't just adhere the entire piece over the photo so I positioned it the best I could and traced my brothers image and then cut it out. I think it turned out pretty well. A lot better than I thought it was going to! 

A Tip: When you are attaching vellum like the quote above and you do not have anything to hide your adhesive behind or want to blend the vellum into your image like I have done on my tag, simply run your tag through a Xyron Adhesive Machine for complete coverage and adhere. I usually finish the look by rubbing the vellum into my image with my fingers. If you do not own a Xyron you can spray the vellum with a light coat of spray adhesive instead. 

I am also linking this tag to Top Tip Tuesday.

I used a scrap piece of chalkboard themed scrapbook paper I got at the dollar store years ago for the background on the bottom of the tag. I added embellishments like the felt eraser from Jolee's and JoAnne's to create a  blackboard scene including chalk that is simply white paper that has been rolled up. To finish it off I wrote my brothers name on the box and added the little sign that said First Day of School to tell the story of the tag without journaling. The alphabet ribbon that was used to separate the two different elements of the tag is from American Crafts.

I want to thank Kard Krazy for this challenge. I had fun creating the tag. It's been a long time since I have worked with school themed products. I also want to thank Top Tip Tuesday for the chance to share my project and tip as well as the chance to win some great prizes.

Until Next Time... Take Care!


  1. Sherrie, what a fabulous vintage tag! I just love the quote, and I also love how you used your brother's photo. (Great lunch box!)

  2. This is precious! So sorry that I didn't visit earlier, especially if your name was on the list of the challenge entries..
    Love how you playfully embellished this tag too !

  3. I LOVE your tag!! The fact that you used an actual picture of your brother from years ago just adds so much more to the story of the tag (LOVE the plastic lunch box and the car in the background to really give off the era of the tag!!)
    Great tip on using vellum stickers too, I have trouble with them sometimes ruining my the tip!

  4. That is so neat. I am loving that car in the background :)
    I have to try that. Smiles and hugs :---Kim

  5. Sherry, this is adorable. I love little Mike with his lunch box. Your did a great job with the vellum quote and I appreciate your saying how you attached it. Good tip. Your school embellishments are just perfect. You made a beautiful tag.

  6. It's a great tag...and a wonderful quote! Love all the details you've included. (Thanks for commenting on my tag, too!)

  7. Your tag is gorgeous, Sherry. Beautifully created. I have joined your followers list and look forward to seeing more of your art and SB pages. I hope you will join me at my blog as well. Hugs, Gayle.

  8. Such a Fabulous tag! I love the way you used a real photo of your brother! Great Work! *Ü*

  9. Fabulous picture, wonderful detailed embellishments, great quote all working together for a really sweet tag.

  10. Now, this is definately a fantastic tip. I am always wondering how better to stick vellum quotes as I have loads of them!

    Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous tip with us at Top Tip Tuesday. Good luck!

    Leanne xx

  11. Lovely tag and great tip x Leigh x
    The I-Top brad maker is from Imaginesce and apart froom brads, they have buttons, magnets as well x a few posts below the one you commented on shows pictures of the tool itself x Leigh x

  12. Oh Sherry,
    I love your tag--it is positively fantastic!!!

  13. Your tag is VERY beautiful, Sherry!!!
    I love your wonderful embellishments too.

  14. Awe...... Love your personalized school tag, what a treasure!

  15. Oh wow! What a wonderful altered tag. Really inspiring. Thanks so much for playing with us this week at TTT!

  16. Such a lovely tag! I like the quote a lot and the photo is fabulous!

  17. Fabulous tag, and such a great idea!!! I never thought to use my kids' school pics, but I'm going to do this for their scrapbooks!! TFS


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