New Tag Journal – Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

I’m thrilled and honoured to be part of the Creative Guide team at A Vintage Journey and I’d like to thank the wonderful team for having me.

Today at A Vintage Journey it is Tag Friday, which takes place only when there is a fifth Friday in the month. I had so much fun joining in this challenge as Tag Friday is all about creating something you love so there is no particular theme, it’s time to play, experiment and have fun – it would be great to see you there!

As some of you will be aware, I love art journaling, so I thought I would start a “Tag Journal” which will be made up of double-sided tags. Here’s my first one which I designed to capture my new adventure at A Vintage Journey; both sides are vintage shabby in style, on one side is the front cover of my new Tag Journal which reminds me to embrace the journey and on the other is a tribute to the support and kindness shown by my fellow Creative Guides who have been so welcoming and helpful – thank you!

To start, I used a large Tim Holtz Poster Card to create the tag by cutting off two of the corners to make a tag shape and punching a hole using my new Crop-A-Dile machine, which is so cool to use (grin!). I painted transparent gesso over both sides of the tag to make it stronger and give a good foundation for the inks and acrylic paints that I planned to apply. When dry, I applied Forest Moss and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks, to one side of the tag, by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the tag. The flowers and leaves are fussy cut from design paper and are stuck on top of some white acrylic paint to make them stand out more. I also added Gold Shellac embossing power to edge the tag and splattered the tag with white and black acrylic paint to create a grungy look.

The dragonfly is stamped onto tissue paper with the Gold Shellac embossing power and is stuck in place, like all of the elements, using matte gel medium; I was careful not to apply any of the gel medium over the embossing powder so it didn’t loose its shine. When dry I outlined the dragonfly with a black fine line marker.

The smaller “Tag Journal” tags were created using: a recycled clothing tag which I covered with white paper to conceal the designer name and edged with the Gold Shellac embossing powder; some green card which I splattered with the Pine Needles and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, stamped with the words “Tag Journal” using black Archival Ink and then punched using my Crop-A-Dile machine; some pretty metal and gemstone embellishments recycled from an old necklace; and a piece of white thread which attached everything together. The thread was secured using a “figure of eight” knot as it looks more decorative, and a turquoise brad which I covered in the embossing powder; you’ll notice I wasn’t careful in how I applied the embossing powder as I wanted a grungy look.

To finish, I added a piece of lace to the bottom of the tag and a Small Talk sticker from Tim Holtz which I edged with a Cold Grey Big Brush marker, it reads “embrace the journey”; I thought these words were prefect for my new creative journey here at A Vintage Journey.

On the other side of the tag, I started by adding some white acrylic paint along the edges and when dry I covered the paint with Tea Dye Distress Ink using a blending tool and also the Cold Grey marker smudging the ink with my finger. Next I prepared the different elements to stick onto the tag, this included: a piece of design paper to add a pocket at the bottom of the tag which I reinforced with a piece of thin white card and edged along the top opening with the Tea Dye ink and Cold marker; a ripped piece of the same paper which is also edged with the Tea Dye ink and Cold Grey marker; a piece of striped paper edged with the Cold Grey marker; and flowers which I stamped onto tissue paper using black Archival Ink.

After stamping some postage marks using black Archival Ink over the background, I layered all of the elements onto the tag using matte gel medium. I covered up the back of the brad with a postage stamp from my hubby’s childhood collection (he kindly gave me his stamp collection to use in my artwork) and then I edged the tag using the Cold Grey marker and a black Uni Pin marker. I also selected a pretty vintage designed card from Tim Holtz to sit in the tag pocket.

As a tribute to the warm welcome, support and kindness shown by the Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey I included the words “together is the best place to be” and made the card that sits in the tag pocket reversible. On the reverse of the card, I added A Vintage Journey Creative Guide badge which I printed, stuck in place and distressed using the Tea Dye ink and the Cold Grey marker again. Then I added a thin piece of lace along the bottom edge so it blended into the lace that I had attached to the other side.

To finish, I added an eyelet with my Crop-A-Dile machine which reinforced the hole as I’m using a book ring to secure all of my Tag Journal tags together when they are finished. Like today, I plan to share my double-sided tag designs with you on Tag Fridays along with the process and materials that I used.

I had so much fun creating my first tag for Tag Friday and for more inspiration, please pop over to A Vintage Journey where you’ll find some amazing tags created by my fellow Creative Guides. I hope you are inspired to join us as I’m so looking forward to seeing your tags and being inspired by your designs too!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m joining the Things with Wings challenge over at Moo Mania & More with the dragonfly that I included on my tag.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my double-sided tag.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps too.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this double-sided tag:

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Pébéo Transparent Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Forest Moss, Peacock Feathers, Tea Dye)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Tsukineko Versamark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Gold Shellac)
  • Ranger Heat Gun
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Authentic Vintage CRO730/R, Vintage Romance 154897)
  • Prima Marketing Inc. Clear Stamps (Rossi Belle 587499)
  • Eco Green Crafts Recycled Rubber Stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • Recycled white tissue paper
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Recycled clothing tag, white paper and green card
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Recycled metal embellishments from old necklace
  • White thread
  • Craft Sensations (Brads CRO550/A)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • The Works (Lace Trim)
  • Recycled( white cardstock, paper, tissue paper_
  • UK Postage Stamp – 1956 Green Watermark 165 St Edwards Crown (E2R)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Layers (Botanical #TH93554)
  • A Vintage Journey Badge – computer printed
  • We R Memory Keepers Tools (Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter, Standard Eyelets)
  • Woodware Craft Collection (Metallic Book Rings – 38mm Silver)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic

30 thoughts on “New Tag Journal – Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

  1. These are beautiful Jo. You do Victorian very well. They look as though they might have been from that time. Congrats on being a hostess at a Vintage Journey and happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Wow Jo what a brilliant start to your vintage journey and such a great idea to have a tag journal. I wish I had kept all my Tag Friday tags together like this. I love the vintage shabby style you have used and the thoughtful tribute you have given to the team. Yes being together is definitely the best place to be and I’m so happy you have joined us to share your journaling ideas and be part of the Creative Guides team. Enjoy the ride. Hugs Brenda xxx

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  3. Congratulations, Jo. Two DT positions in less than a year. Way to solidify your artistic abilities. Both of these tags are wonderful. I love them both and think it’s great you are placing them back to back.
    I have to admit, I have a hand held Crop-a-Dile, and I couldn’t live without it for punching holes. Again, a great job on those vintage tags, dear.

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  4. These are just so tremendous, Jo. The tags look lovely and vintage while being made in a modern way with Crop-a-Diles etc. I like the band of lace, and the old UK postage stamp (and everything else of course) and I really enjoyed seeing the process photos and descriptions. Your artistic energy and prolificity leaves me astonished. Have a happy time in your new DT role.

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  5. Welcome to the team , Jo . Your double sided tag is wonderful and such a great idea to make a tag to mark the start of your creative journey with AVJ . I’m sure you wil have filled the tag jounral you will be making along the way .
    Hope you enjoy being a part of the team just as much as I do .

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  6. Congratulations Jo! I am very honored to be with you in the same team. Your double side tag is so very pretty. I love the shabby style you have made. Looking forward to your future works.

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  7. Your first performance with this bothsided tag is AMAZING dear Jo! Many congrats to be an AVJ creative guide! What super exciting new DT for you! Great!
    You create with so much charm – they will be happy with you and I will be happy to see this tag booklet growing!!! Have fun and enjoy the new position in the DT!
    I am so proud of you my friend!

    Big hugs and happy weekend!


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    • Hi Jo! So happy to be on the AVJ team with you, I’m feeling inspired already reading about how this gorgeous tag journal came together. There are so many lovely elements and the sentiments you’ve added are perfect! Looking forward to sharing the journey with you ! X

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  8. Welcome to the A Vintage Journey team Jo, we are thrilled to have you join us! And what fabulous tags you have created, I adore that you have made journaling tags to stay true to your ‘roots’, they are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing them and can’t wait to see where your muse takes you next. Deb xo

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  9. Oh Jo I absolutely adore your tag, both side are just perfect in their shabby vintage style. Such a great idea to create a tag journal, you can add tags every time you join our tag Friday (grin).
    Love the idea of using those Tim Holtz cards, I have a hwole bunch of them and you have just given me an idea there. We are delighted to have you join our merry band of teamies!

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  10. What a great idea to make a tag journal Jo! I just love all your layerings and the beautiful lace along the bottom edge. what lovely papers, ephemera and embossings on both sides! I look forward to seeing how you add to this journal! and a big welcome to the AVJ team! xx

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  11. Its a gorgeous double sided tag Jo and a wonderful vintage style.
    Congratulations on joining the AVJ design team and I look forward to seeing all the inspirational projects you make there.
    Yvonne xx

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  12. Jo, your double sided tag is gorgeous, it has such a wonderful vintage vibe to it, the dragonfly is stunning and the lace is such a beautiful finishing touch.

    It is so lovely to have you along with us as Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey, I love your style and cannot wait to see more of your beautiful work! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    Hugs, Anne xx

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  13. Congratulations on you new DT post with AVJ Jo and it’s a wonderful project for your first piece with them. Looking forward to seeing more of this Tag Journal and your future inspirational projects with this team.
    Have a lovely weekend. Avril xx

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  14. This tag is an absolute delight, Jo, front and back. Such pretty colours and perfect vintage style. It’s fabulous to have you joining us on the Vintage Journey – I hope you have a great time on board!
    Alison x

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  15. Such a fabulous tag Jo! so creatively put together and so many wonderful elements. It is a real pleasure having you join our Creative Team at A Vintage Journey and I am looking forward to seeing your creative take on our challenge themes to come. Jennie x

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  16. Jo, I just love your idea to make a tag journal with all your Tag Friday’s tags in one spot! Your tag is truly magnificent with so many wonderful techniques to inspire! Thank you so much for your inspiration which I desperately needed to complete a project! I’m thrilled you are joining the Creative Guides on our creative journey–you will be such an asset to the team! I truly excited to see what you will share of your talents in the coming months and hopefully years! Sending hugs!

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  17. Hi Jo x What a delight these tags are x I absolutely adore the wonderful details and great step by step x I am thrilled to have you join the CG team here at AVJ and I look forward to viewing more of you fantastic creations and journey along the way xx
    Huge hugs
    Annie x

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