Making your own tags
If you want to make your own tags instead of buying them, the first thing to know if the tag sizes. There are offical tag sizes. These tags are named #1 - 8. They range in size from 2 3/4 x 1 3/8 to 6 1/4 x 3 1/8. The two most popular size tags are the number 5 and number 8. The number 5 is a medium tag and measures 4 3/4 x 2 3/8. The number 8 measures 6 1/4 x 3 1/8. These can be found in craft stores and office supply stores.
I keep a template of all the tag sizes on a ring. Each tag has the size name and the measurements on it. When I need to make one, I just take it off the ring, trace it and cut.
What do you make tags out of? Paper, cardstock, cardboard, platic, metal, fabric, wall paper, chipboard. I like different kinds of materials. I think it makes your tags more interesting.
What do you use them for? I use them in all kinds of pictures book and in journals. You can put a picture on one side and write on the other. It can be a decoration in a book you make or just for journalling. They make really great bookmarks too.
I also have two dies that cut tags. I love these dies because you can use them to cut thick material like cardboard, boxes, metal, etc. The Tim Holtz die cuts a #5 tag along with various other shapes of tab and charm shapes. The tag punch will work with paper or cardstock only.
Ideas for decorating tags
The tag on the left is news paper from painting. When I paint, I lay it down so I don't get paint everywhere. I am messy enough as it is. I save all these new papers for later. I just used Mod Podge and glued it down on my tag and then painted the back.
The other tag is collaged. I have a box that is lined with news papers. When I am going to spray something, I put it in the box so it doesn't get all over everything, me, the floor, the table etc. Again, I save those news papers and use them later. There are some really cool colors in there. I just took the news paper, ripped it into small pieces and Mod Podged it on the tag. I glued some jean material on the back of the tag. It was left over from some flowers I made using a pair of my son's old jeans. I used scrap material for the tie on top.