Let nature be your calming breath

This month over at A Vintage Journey our challenge is Tag You’re It, which is being hosted by the lovely Amanda. Here’s what it’s all about:

“We would love to see what you create with, or on, hang tags. Your hang tags can be created from any material or be any size. We would just love to see that iconic hang shape front and centre in your design.  Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk”.

Creating tags for an art journal page is always fun, so, inspired by nature I designed these layered tags – I love the way they turned out (grin!).

For the main hang tag on my art journal page design, I cut out the largest tag from Kraft card stock from the Tag Collection Framelit set by Tim Holtz. Like all the tags, I coloured the inside panel of the tag using a white Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool and a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I also die cut the tag-hole reinforcement using the same Framelit set from butterfly/script design paper.

To embellish this tag I cut three panels from the same Kraft card stock and then layered papers over the top of them using a glue stick. The papers included: some embossed gold napkin; some dressmaking tissue paper which I had stamped using a Finnabair stamp and some black Archival ink; and some torn pieces of the butterfly/script design paper. I layered some Field Notes ephemera from Tim Holtz over the top and added some tiny leaves; the leaves were cut using some Funky Florals Thinlets by Tim Holtz from some recycled notepaper which I had coloured with Mowed lawn, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles Distress Ink. On the top and bottom panels I added the white wording “Live simple” and “Love this life” which are rub-on transfers from Tim Holtz. The three panels were stuck to the hang tag using double-sided tape.

I followed the same process to create the other tags layering them together with the ephemera and leaves – I love the pretty dragonfly! The letters creating the “Let nature be your calming breath” wording were cut from the same green paper that I used for the leaves using an Alphanumeric Labels Thinlet set by Tim Holtz and once glued in place they were outlined using a white gel pen and a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more.

I mounted all the tags on my page which was covered with the same embossed gold napkin, dressmaking tissue paper (stamped using a Finnabair stamp and some black Archival ink) and butterfly/script design paper that I had used on the tags. Then to finish, I splattered the whole page with some Pébéo white gesso.

I hope you are inspired to join in the Tag You’re It challenge over at A Vintage Journey too, for more inspiration you’ll find some amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see you there!

As you may know, my favourite colour is blue and this plant in particular from my garden reminded me of my page, it’s a Salvia nemorosa called “Blue Marvel” and the bees and insects love it!

My page also reminds me of a frequent visitor to our garden, a small blue butterfly called Common Blue which has proved difficult to photograph. So I was pleased when my dear friend who we walk with, shared this photo of a Large Blue which it is related to and this is one of the rarest blue butterflies in the UK.

I hope that you’re all keeping safe and well!

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


I’m pleased to join the lovely Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month with the nature inspired tags on this page.

I’m also pleased to join the Use Your Favourite Tool challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge as I wouldn’t be without my Tim Holtz Thinlets and Big Shot machine that I used to created my page.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Kraft card stock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (White 101, Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles)
  • Napkin
  • Style Dressmaking Pattern Tissue Paper
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Clear Stamp (Gothic Book 966966)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Butterfly/Script Design Paper – local craft shop
  • Pritt Stick
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Ephemera Pack (Field Notes #TH94051)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Funky Florals #2 662701, Alphanumeric Label 664177)
  • Recycled Notebook Paper
  • Stix2 double sided-tape
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Pébéo White Gesso

13 thoughts on “Let nature be your calming breath

  1. This is a beautiful spread Jo, and nice theme of the page. I like the vintage feel too. Blue is a super color. I have some purple salvia but your blue one is very pretty. We are so dry this summer that some plants aren’t growing very large and some seem to like it and are growing well. Thanks for sharing this pretty pag with us at AJJ for Alison’s theme. And have a super weekend Jo! Hugs-Erika

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous, Jo. I adore the trio of tiny panels, with such beautiful textured collaging on them, and they look just perfect lined up on the tag… and then the tag looks amazing set in to your journalling page. Obviously, this is in one of my favourite colour palettes, but it’s not just that which puts it way up amongst my favourites of your pages – it has such a calming, gentle presence and wonderful character from all that old book text. A treat!
    Alison x

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  3. Its a beautiful set of nature themed tags Jo and I love how you have created the page to show them to us. Thank you for linking with Alison’s theme at Art Journal Journey.
    Stay safe.

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  4. Wow! This is such a gorgeous nature page Jo, those words are so true!
    Thanks for linking up to my theme at AJJ.
    That’s a stunning butterfly too, have you joined in the big butterfly count? It finishes this weekend I think.
    Alison xx

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    • Thanks very much, I loved the words and they seemed to suit this page! I didn’t know about the butterfly count but I’ll take a look, thanks 😁. We always do the bird count for the RSPB every year in spring which we enjoy. Happy Friday and weekend! Hugs, Jo x


  5. Sorry for being late visiting, Jo.
    Your tagged Journal page is gorgeous. I love the design of the tag and how you have divided it in three smaller areas, each filled with beautiful elements arranged perfectly and working together harmoniously.
    I love that you continued your tag design through on to a journal page again creating a unity between the two. The composition is wonderful as it leads the eye around the page to delight in.
    Thanks for contributing to the Challenge.

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