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Gratitude enhances our positive emotions and makes us happier, according to www.psychologytoday.com! I've begun a gratitude tag journal, using our fun and whimsical Polkadoodles stamps. I plan to add to it when I have time, maybe every week or so.
To learn how to make, either watch the video or read below!
I began with kraft shipping tags that I had on hand - you can find them on Etsy. Or you can use manilla shipping tags, or can make tags by cutting rectangles, snipping the top corners off, and punching a hole in the middle of the top. Mine measure 3 x 6 inches.
I used two Polkadoodles stamp sets - Not So Simple Stamp Soup Clear Stamp Set for the tag on the left in the image and What's Up Buttercup Clear Stamp Set for the tag on the right. I used a black ink pad to stamp the images and also had a black micron pen, white gel pen and colored pencils on hand.
The tag on the left was created combining various images from the Not So Simple Stamp Soup set. The middle house was created using the tall rectangle stamp in the image, with the two small tree shapes for the roof. The house on the left was made stamping one rectangle square on top of another, with the swirly flower stamp between the two levels. The larger tree stamp is the roof for this house. The fun of these stamp soup sets is discovering what you can make when you combine these images! The mini mushroom house on the right comes from the other stamp set.
I colored the image with colored pencils, adding a little shading or ombree effect here and there. I found a gratitude quote I really liked, and in white gel pen wrote it around the edge of the tag -"Let us be grateful for the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Provst. You could also write it in the black micron pen. With the black micron pen I also went back over some of the stamp lines that were a little dull from the colored pencils. I added little highlights with the white gel pen, which I think adds a nice touch.
The tag on the right was created by stamping the What's Up Buttercup house image. It doesn't quite fit on the tag, which is just fine. I also colored this tag with the colored pencils, touched up the black stamped lines with a micron pen and added highlights with the white gel pen. For this tag, I found the following gratitude quote - "Gratitude is a catalyst for happiness. It's the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul." - Amy Collette.
On both tags I wrote "Grateful Thankful Blessed" across the bottom to finish the border. And added a few hearts at the end of the verse to get to the end of the tag. I threaded recycled sari silk around the ring that holds the tags together. You could easily add ribbon or other fibers.
These tags are simple to do, and help bring gratitude and happiness. Once I have a number of tags made, I plan on keeping it in a side table so I can flip through it any time I want. And you could use these tags to make an eco friendly card that's handmade, or on a scrapbook layout. And what a nice gift the gratitude journal would make.
Stamping on your Scrapbook Page
You can get double use out of your stamps that you make cards and other projects with by using them to create one of a kind embellishments for your scrapbook pages! We love these fun stamps from Polkadoodles, an eco friendly craft company. Their Stamp Soup line allows you to mix and match stamp images to be very creative! So learn how to create eco friendly scrapbook pages by stamping on your scrapbook page!
Most of the images used on this page come from the Polka Doodles Not So Simple Stamp Soup Clear Stamp Set.
You are welcome to watch the video or continue reading!
To begin with, I cut out hexagons, about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. I had a template I used to cut it out, but you can also find hexagon shapes on the internet you can print out and use to trace around. One I cut out of white cardstock, and then the others in color to match the decorated hexagon.
For the decorated hexagon at the bottom left, I stamped the rectangle image in black ink, and then stamped the tree shaped image for the roof right above it. I stamped the rectangle image again on a sticky note, so that I would have a mask to cover the house base. Once that was protected with the sticky note, I added the sprays of flowers to the left and right of the building. I also added the whimsical bug to the upper left. I colored in all images with colored pencils. I then used our Hero Arts Ombre Neon to Chartruese Ink Pad to sponge a little blue ink on the upper half and green on the lower half (this one ink pad works great to add a little sky and grass coloring).
I trimmed about 3/4 inch from the top and one side of the tan 12 x 12 cardstock sheet. I then adhered it, centered, to a 12 x 12 black cardstock base. Tip - I cut out a large rectangle from the inside of the black cardstock before adhering the tan to it. See below for the back of the layout. Since this area won't show, it reduces the weight of the layout (and thus of the album) and the black cardstock I saved, I used to mat the photos.
I used the little bubbles image from Polkadoodles In A Frenzy Stamp Soup Clear Stamp Set on the tan cardstock in the lower left to extend out from under the hexagon. You could also use the flowers images from the first set. I also added small images in the corners on the right hand of the layout from the Polkadoodles Circling Around Clear Stamp Set, but again, you can use an image from the first set.
I created the title Home Sweet Home with alphabet stickers, mounted on to cardstock, and then layered again on to black cardstock. I placed this in the upper right corner, and adhered the hexagons from the bottom left to the upper right. I pen stitched around the hexagons and the title block, just to add a little more interest. Finally, added my photos, mounted on black!
This layout, with a different title, could easily be used for gardening pictures, pictures of your house, kids playing at home or outdoors, etc. Also, this technique can easily be used with other stamps you have. However, the stamp soup stamps are awfully fun to play with! And you are creating eco friendly scrapbook pages!