Sunday, 11 January 2015

Cardboard Central

Hi everyone,

This year I'm determined to follow along with the Tim Holtz 12 Tags series - click here to see the January Tag. The 12 Tags series has been going since 2012 now and Tim just keeps on coming up with ideas and inspiration.

Of course we all know that it's sometimes difficult to make time for everything we would like to do and the TH tags was one project which fell by the wayside for me last year. To motivate myself to keep it going this year, I thought it would be fun to make some special storage for them.

I had a vague idea, but hadn't really thought it through, and then yesterday I was having a nosey around Lizzy Hill's blog (which is always stuffed full of ideas) and came across the Lessology challenge to make a project using recycled cardboard. This got my cogs turning and I came up with this fun  little file to store all my TH tags this year ...


First I dug out some saved cardboard pieces (you can also see some squished toilet rolls waiting for another project) ...



... then some papers (mostly DCWV) and a little label holder ...


After deciding what size my Tim Holtz Tags of 2015 will be, I cut all these pieces from the card (some of them double thickness to make the finished file sturdy enough) ...


The pieces were then covered front and back with the patterned paper, sanded at the edges with an emery board and coloured with Distress Ink and Distress Stain in Faded Jeans ...


Then I just used PVA glue to assemble the box, using the tabs you can see in the photo. After this I even went on to cut all twelve tag bases from scrap card, so they're ready to go and there's no excuse!

This was so simple and fun to put together and could easily be made in different sizes and styles - I will probably make a smaller, prettier one for my Tag Tuesday tags. As it's so straightforward I didn't think it warranted a tutorial as such, but if anyone would like to make one of these and would find more detailed instructions helpful, just let me know (there's a contact email on the LH side bar).

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx


6 comments:

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Great idea, Annie! I first imagined this to be quite large,but now realize that it's probably rather small to fit the tags. It looks snug and well-made. I look forward to seeing all the beautiful tags that will go in it!

Louise said...

Happy New Year Annie. A great idea you have there too x

Lizzy Hill said...

What a fabulous, FABULOUS idea..,& from scratch! What's clever clogs you are:) it looks really neat & I'm positive it will help you get those tags done!!! So happy you joined us at LESSOLOGY this month too!!!!

yyam said...

How cool is this! Love the idea of making a storage unit for all your tags! How awesome!

Thanks for joining us at LESSology!

crafty creations said...

Great idea and what a wonderful way to store your tags

Mitra Pratt said...

Miss Lizzy Hill always has good stuff on her blog, totally agree! this is super awesome cool! Love how you are thinking ahead to keep moving on the tags! hugs for playing along with us at LESSology!