DIY Collage: Tags or Bookmarks by Briana

You may have heard the saying, “Makers gonna make.” As much as I love the idea of handmade items, I often freeze up when it’s time to actually create gifts for the holidays. Since it’s still November, I am giving myself a little wiggle room by experimenting early. That equals less pressure and more time to play! Hooray!

Today I am sharing an idea for creating collaged tags. They can serve as gift tags or become a bookmark. The choice is yours!

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Place the Gera stencil under the newsprint. Use a felt-tipped marker in dark blue to color over the stencil. Then use a large red crayon to color over the marker.

Note: The stencil is still underneath the newsprint

You’ll end up with something like this:

Step 2:

Use shipping tags or cardstock as your base for the collage.

Spend some time laying out the tags to measure how many will fit inside the area that you previously colored.

Step 3:

Look through old books for interesting words or imagery. You will find some great options at your local thrift store or library book sale.

Step 4:

Measure and cut out the first layer from the initial stencil rubbing paper you created on newsprint.

Step 5:

Glue the first layer onto your tag base. Use scissors to trim around the edges.

Use an awl to recreate the hole, if desired.

Step 6:

Find some images from an old book, and cut them to size.  Play around with where they might sit on the tag once glued down.

Step 7:

TIP: Check both sides of the old book page images you cut, and decide which side you like best. I happened to like the backside better on two of the images I cut out. You never know!

Step 8:

Glue everything into position.

Now you have some awesome and amazing tags! Well done!

I hope you have a blast making your tags!

Sending Blessings to you!

-Briana of

Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


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