one thing about my creative journey in this industry is that i’m always looking for ways to think differently, to change my perspective, and to be open to change. after returning from cha, my mind has been spinning with ideas from the many conversations i’ve had with store owners, and other crafters about the impact of the 12 tags of christmas. there is no doubt there is a creative surge during that time of year, but there are challenges for everyone including having the time to create during such an already busy time of year. not only that, but i also feel that there are so many other great products, stamps, dies, ink colors, papers, embellishments, etc. that i don’t seem to have the time to create with throughout the year. so what to do???
well, after 5 amazing years of the 12 tags of christmas, it’s time for a new direction. so i’ve decided to officially retire the “12 tags of christmas” as we know it, and begin the 12 tags of the year. of course with this year being 2012, what better time to kick off this new concept with the “12 tags of 2012”. so at the beginning of each month i will post a tag tutorial (with step by step photos, video, etc). this tag will be themed to that month’s holiday season if applicable, or just a new idea to share. i will have the inlinkz live to allow you the entire month to upload your creation inspired by that month’s tag. at the end of that month, we will select winners at random from those who have uploaded a project, and post them on the blog with some great prizes. of course there is also a blinkie on the side of the blog you can download and post on your own blog sharing your participation in the new “12 tags of 2012”. i’m so excited for this new concept since it will inspire me with new ways to create each month, give you time to create as well, and share a wider variety of ideas. just think… the new 12 tags will be like christmas every month!!!
(okay so i already know i’m behind this new brainstorm, but let’s just focus on this month’s tag and i’ll catch up with january’s tag another time – fair enough?)
supplies: distress ink/fired brick/barn door/aged mahogany/worn lipstick/festive berries/frayed burlap; distress stickles/barn door; distress stain/spun sugar; paint dabber/snow cap; mister; heat tool; craft sheet; ink blending tool; glossy accents; #8 manila tag; sanding grip; grungeboard; seasonal salvage stickers; baubles; trinket pins; trimmings; philosophy tag; tissue tape; dies/mini love struck/mini hearts/vintage lace; texture fades/valentines; kraft core; stamps/valentines silhouette; grid-blocks; scissors; paper distresser; honeycomb paper
step 20: check out this video about this very cool honeycomb paper. die cut one mini heart and attach to the grunge as shown in the video.
well i hope you’re ready to be inspired every month with a new tag and join in the new “12 tags of 2012”. i’m so excited for this new way to share creativity all year long and of course this doesn’t mean it’s the only time i’ll share projects on the blog. i’ll be sharing as much as i can whenever i can, but at least you can count on a new tag every month to inspire your creativity. thanks for embracing something new as we continue to enjoy the journey…t!m