Monday, July 23, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Christmas In July Blog Hop: Tim Holtz - Scrap Tag Notebooks

Hello and welcome to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog Christmas in July BLOG HOP featuring Tim Holtz products!

Did you know that there are only 21 weeks left to Christmas! It's time to make a start on your preparations!
We are showcasing the fabulous Tim Holtz Products this week! You don't have to use them to join in, but I think most, if not all, of us have at least one of his products in your supplies so please use them!

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp have been busily packing 4 surprise Christmas gift boxes for 4 lucky entrants

All you have to do is hop around all the blogs and find where the hidden gifts are, leaving comments along the way AND you must enter the challenge to be eligible to win.

 All winners will be chosen randomly from the comments on the blogs with the hidden gifts.

Good Luck to everyone! We are looking forward to seeing your Christmas makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!

You should have arrived here from the amazing Karolina's blog, but if not then you may need to start at the beginning on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog 

And now on to more crafty goodness!  For my project, I made a trio of scrap tag notebooks:

I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper, which I cut into tag shapes using the Tim Holtz Tag die collection.  I folded the tags in half to help me know where the cover of the notebook would end up being, then I added various strips of Tim Holtz Washi tape.

I added some Gesso over some sections of the tape to tone it down.  Then I stenciled white paint through Tim Holtz's Bubble stencil and Simon Says Stamp's Falling Snow stencil.

Bring on the COLOR!  I used Distress Stain (the spray kind and also the dauber-bottle kind) and colored the backgrounds.  I would spray or daub on the Distress Stain, then hit it with some quick water spritzes using the Distress Sprayer bottle.  

When my tags were dry, I stamped on some circles from Tim Holtz's Halftone and Rings stamp set using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.  For some visual variety, I colored inside some of the circles with white paint.

When that layer dried, I went back in with bright shades of other acrylic paint and added different colors to each tag.  I also cut rings from some collage paper I had and glued the rings onto the tags.

Using my Sizzix Big Shot and the Scribble and Splat die, I cut some white swirl shapes out of white paper, cut them down to smaller sizes and glued them onto my tags.  Then I cut and colored some triangles to make trees.  I stamped some Christmas sentiments from Tim Holtz's Great Outdoors stamp set, which I cut out and outlined with a black Sharpie.

After I glued everything together, I cut some scrap paper for the inside, then sewed up the spine of the tag notebook with my sewing machine.  I could then fold my "books" in half and used trusty paperclips to keep them closed. 




And look!  You stuck with me long enough to find one of our hidden present boxes!  Yay!!

In closing, I thought these scrap tag notebooks would be great to use for recording a few favorite Christmas memories in or even a Christmas shopping list!

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:




Thanks for taking the time to swing past my blog and happy hopping!  From here you need to go to the fabulous Anna-Karin's blog for more Christmas inspiration!

111 comments:

  1. Wow...those Tags notebooks are incredibly vibrant AND a brilliant idea for a gift! Thanks as always for the inspiration! Hugs ❤

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  2. Wow, wow, wow! Besides the hidden box, that I found here, I saw such an amazing artists work! I love your creations and thank you so much for showing how you did it step by step.
    Creative regards from stempelfrida
    http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

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  3. Your scrap tag notebooks are awesome...love how you showed each step...very inspiring! And I found the hidden box!
    xxx Margreet

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  4. Pretty project, thanks for the great explanation! Greets, Marieke

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  5. I always love stopping by your blog Andrea and I am always amazed at 'how you do it' !! You always manage to add such lovely colours and textures to your projects and I absolutely love these!! GORGEOUS! :-)

    Merry Christmas!! :-)
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  6. Andrea I just love your transformation of the mixed media goodies. The result is fabulous and love your way of showing how it's done.xx

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  7. What a fun tutorial and lovely tag book Andrea - I am always in awe of your mixed media items - I shall have to give this one a try - writing it on my bucket list so I do not forget! -- thanks for this hop and the opportunity to win a nice prize - also for the challenges that are offered at Simon Says
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    1. Forgot to mention I saw the present in the box and not even sure if we are supposed to--- I am bit confused!

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  8. What a great idea. I love everything about it. Tag books!

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  9. Love your bright and vibrant Scrap tags journals!!! I love the idea of keeping up with all the memories and the colors area outstanding!! Sure to be festive and cheery!

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  10. what a clever way to make notbooks, i should try one day

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  11. Wow thats pretty neat...never thought of making a tag into a notebook!

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  12. What fun and darling tag books!!

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  13. These tag notebooks are so
    bright and fun! I’d like to try
    to make a few. Thanks for the
    ideas :-)

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  14. A very interesting way to use tags! It would be fun to have a couple of extra in your purse to hand out to friends♥ I saw the present!

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  15. What a fun interpretation for Christmas tags; love the bright color choice. (found the gift!)

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  17. Found the gift! Love how you use color

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  18. Like the wonderful artsy look of the creations. Found the gift box.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  19. Love the way you made notebooks from tags!

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  20. Forgot to mention that I found the gift box.

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  21. Wow. So many beautiful layers. It was rally interesting to see the change in your artwork a you progressed from step to step. These could even be expanded into awesome paintings. Great inspiration, Andrea!!

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  22. WOW Love all the detail and the work you put into this is extraordinary. I found the box, also.

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  23. Amazing all the way around! And you have a gift box 🎅🏻. Love the colors you used. Amazing all the way around!

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  24. Oh yes! This is what I call happy Xmas. What a beautiful project! Love the craziness of colors and that you kept with them even on Xmas notepads. Lovely!

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  25. Your projects are awesome! And thanks for the chance to win!

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  26. The scrap tag notebooks are adorable... fun technique with bubbles for snow ... Merry and Bright :) Great gift inspiration too ! And a gift box too !

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  27. I laughed when I saw "Bring on the Color!" because I knew there would be some color coming. That's one thing I enjoy so much about your work - all the incredible bright colors. And then usually you use something in an unusual way such as using the tags as notebooks. Great project.

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  28. How fun!!! I love the modern twist!!! Something I will make for sure!!!

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  29. I so love seeing the breakdown of everyone’s creative process.... your work is amazing!!!

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  30. I love how colorful and truly festive these are!

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  31. I love the colors, textures, layers, die cuts, and how you so nicely show us the process you went through to create such stunning art.

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  32. These notebooks are so cool! I love how the scribbles and trees complement your art style so well! What a fun way to create small notebooks. I love these! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. WOW! Those are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Wow! I had no idea Christmas could be so colorful! Thank you for sharing!

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  35. Wow! I had no idea Christmas could be so colorful! Thank you for sharing!

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  36. I found the hidden box.. and I LOVE THE TREES! They look so cute popping out from your painted backgrounds!

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  37. Absolutely love the bright colors with this style - so much fun!

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  38. Wow... I just love these... never thought to create individual works of art from 1 tag... great idea... thanks for the inspirations. And I saw that little hidden box !

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  39. Such a beautifully vibrant and textured piece 🧡💙💚💜♥️ Your use of colour is so perfect and a fabulous tutorial with photos to make these stunning seasonal notebooks. Perfect presents to make

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  40. I am so inspired to make one of these! So awesome and fun. And beautiful.

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  41. These are just the cutest scrap books, your textures are amazing as is colour pallet. I found your gift box too.

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    1. P.S. I found the box! I wasn't sure if we had to mention that in the comment, so I came back to do it. :)

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  43. Found the gift box and your tags are so fun.

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  44. I've never seen scrap tag notebooks! How cute are they! Love this idea! Thank you for sharing! I found the gift box too! xoxo

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  45. What fantastic colors, I love this style! good idea!

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  46. Andrea, your style is unmistakable. Love the way you use vibrant colors!

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  47. Katie said just what I was thinking, about your unmistakable style! Your colors always seem brighter than any other's! I adore these mini notebooks, and make wonderful gifts for the stocking! Speaking of gifts, there it is, right at the bottom of your post, but I rather like the notebook gifts better! Thank you for your inspiration! Hugs!

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  48. Your tags are so fun and cheerful! Great idea.

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  49. These notebooks are too beautiful to use!
    I love your unique style and I love your games of color, they always bring me joy!

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  50. Ooops! I too forgot to write that I saw the gift box ...but will there be one for me?

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  51. What lovely jewel-tone colours.
    Toni xx

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  52. I found the gift box, great projects. So imaginative.

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  53. oh, you have inspired me to use ALL of the colors for Christmas! :)

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  54. A very unique notebook. I have never seen something like this done before.
    I enjoyed reading your techniques and so happy to see the gift box as well.

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  55. Wow, these turned out AMAZING!

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  56. Oh these are fantastic, super creations, Hazelxx

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  57. These are fabulous! Thanks for taking us step by step.. I havent done much multi media like this and it looks like so much fun!

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  58. I must say that it never occurred to me to fold the tags (LOL) I guess I'll start doing this from now on :D :D Love the project! XX

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  59. Wow! I love your colorful, happy creations....now I must get busy creating as Xmas will be here before you know it. Thank you for your inspiration as always and woohoo, seeing the gift box!

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  60. Fabulous as always Andrea, adore all of the wonderful layers and your colour palette is truly amazing, thanks for sharing these wonderful little tag books! Deb xo

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  61. So cute! I love the multitude of colors. And the great tree focal points. Very eye catching!

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  62. These are great! Love the idea of making scrap tag notebooks for Christmas time!

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  63. Great twist on the predictable Christmas colours, love these.

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  64. These are unbelievably fabulous, when you said time for color, you really meant it. Thanks for the inspiration and the gift box!

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  65. I love mini's; this is so much fun!

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  66. These are awesome! I love the colorful Christmas colors and all of the textures, so beautiful!

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    1. Also, I found the hidden box, thanks for a chance to win :)

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  67. love this projects - so unusual and crafty:)

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  68. What a great idea for gift tags! Saw the gift boc and crossing my fingers!

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  69. Great colors. Your idea of using the tag in this way is very clever.

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  70. These notelets are such a clever idea. I love the vibrant colours you've used for them.

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  71. These are so cute and colorful and I love the texture!

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  72. Very creative and inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

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  73. Beautiful non-traditional colors! Love it!

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  74. The number of layers in your project is unreal. It must seem like forever waiting for each layer to dry so you can go on to the next. And the finished notebooks are such a metamorphosis. Awesome. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Debi

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  75. Fantastic tag notebooks Andrea. Love the fantastic textures and bright colors... such cool designs... thanks for the step-by-step pictures.

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  76. Love these scrap tag notebooks! Gorgeous color and great idea to use for Christmas shopping lists!

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  77. Your scrap tag notebooks are gorgeous! Love the bright colours and all the texture you added! I think these would make an amazing gift! Have a great weekend!

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  78. Found the gift! Beautiful colors! These are great!

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  79. Found the first hidden present box.... Yay!!! wow!!! What adorable little notebooks you have made, thanks for all of the instructions.

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  80. Super cute !!! I am on a mini album roll right now so you have inspired me with some new ideas I love your little trees and thanks for sharing the present on your post

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  81. So cute!!! I love the little notebooks what an adorable idea.

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  82. What a fun idea! They're so cute.

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  83. Oh Andrea! Your work always makes me smile. I love love love the colors on this marvelous notebooks. Your compositions always look like they are as effortless as breathing for you. You are a creative genius! I can see these little notebooks as adorable stocking stuffers. So cool. Great inspiration!!! Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

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  84. These are amazing!! Loving the gorgeous colors and so many great details! Thank you so much for sharing and a chance to win!

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  85. Andrea, these are delightful! I truly think you could take anything and turn it into a sweet little notebook! LOVE these! hugs, Maura

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  86. What a great idea for use of tags... I LOVE tags & am really into mixed media. These are a great inspiration...thanks for sharing.

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  88. I love these! A great way to alter some tags!

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  89. You have inspired me to fold some tags!!

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  90. I never knew a tag can look so good. Thanks for sharing.

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  91. These are fabulous - love all the bright colours!
    Helen x

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  92. wowww stunning tutorial! I love this little notebooks!

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  93. wow Andrea, these funky tag notebooks are just wonderful.... love the process, and all the bright colours and layers and oh, they're just fabulous

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  94. This trio of mini tag book is super clever and fun! Thanks for the photo tutorial!

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  95. I love these little books - the covers are so much fun with their beautiful vibrant colours!

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  96. What great little books - love the colors and dimension! Yay - found a present too!

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  97. The Queen of notebooks! Fabulous work ! i admire your incredible skill to create different layers! barbara

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  98. your scrap notebooks are just adorable Andrea, as always you manage to add so much interest, detail and gorgeous colours to such a small space, hugs kath xxx

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  99. These are amazing, Andrea! The little Christmas trees are stunning and so is the whole design of them! Hugs, Sandra

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  100. They are so pretty! I love t0eh 0rbight colors and fun textures! Fun idea!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting With Creative M

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  101. As always this is such a great mix of color and texture! You rock!

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