A busy day of “mass production” (if 4 sets counts as “mass”) and a step further in my Christmas gift endeavours.

I made 4 sets of notepads/beaded mini pens/gift tags and packaged them up this evening.  I used an assortment of patterned paper from Basic Grey and Jillybean Soup 6X6″ pads.  The stamps are all from PTI Christmas Tiny Treats which I bought after the Christmas season last year (from a gift certificate I received for my birthday in December).

If you look at the tag and the notepad on each set, you’ll see how versatile a small image can be just by changing the size of the shape you cut out around it (it’s also helpful that the notepad images have a sentiment under them).


As I didn’t take pictures before packaging the notepads, it was hard to get a good shot of my gift sets.  Here’s a closer look at one of the tags to see the simple layout.  

To make the tag, cut a piece of cardstock 2X3″, trim or punch the top corners to form a tag shape and punch a hole for the ribbon.  I reversed the order of the patterned paper on the tags so the more graphic design would be dominant.  This is a great opportunity to use your smallest Spellbinder circle dies that you probably don’t get to play with too often.  For those of you in Canada, the notepads are from Dollarama and the mini gel pens are from Staples.   I wish I could find a good source for black mini gel pens as the assortment from Staples has some difficult to match colours.

If you want to try your hand at these notepads, I did a tutorial last September that you can find HERE.  You can find a tutorial on SCS for beaded pens.  The mini ones from Staples require a piece of 1 7/8″ X 1 5/8″ patterned paper and a piece of 1 7/8″ X 1 1/2″ sticky tape.