9/9 Tags 'till Christmas Pocket Folio

Last month during New Demonstrator Training, my newest downline, Terri Hall, told me about the Tag Pocket Folios she used to make. Now, I know these have been around for a while, but I had never made one before so Terri showed me how to do it. The timing couldn't have been more perfect as my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friend, Dawn Olchefske, had asked me to demonstrate a project for her Quarterly Meeting. I decided to make a Tags 'till Christmas Pocket Folio full of Christmas tags.

The first thing you need to do is make the Pocket Folio. I sketched out a pattern for you to follow. Start with a sheet of paper 9 1/2" x 6 3/4". Score at 6 1/2". For the top flap, you will want to measure in 2 3/4" from each edge and trim from the mark to the score line. After stamping on your portfolio to decorate the outside, you will want to adhere a trimmed 6x6" page protector with Sticky Strip to your folio which creates the pocket for your tags. Put a 6x6" piece of Whisper White into the pocket. This will hide the Sticky Strip and it will help to show off the tags.

I decided to decorate the front and the back of my Christmas Pocket Folio with tag images. That is when the light bulb went off . . . I decided to stamp them all at once!!

I purchased the clear mount Tags 'till Christmas set from the Holiday Mini Catalog and I put every single one of them onto the largest clear mount block . . . Block E. They all fit together rather nicely and I took a picture for you to see how I arranged them.

To ink them up, I used a brayer. That helps avoid getting ink in some of the more open spaces that exist on these tags. Plus, a brayer will give you a very nice smooth coverage which I really like when I am inking up background stamps. I used red ink . . . I like the red on red look for my tag background.

After I decorated the Pocket Folio, it was time to move onto the tags. Since I had another 6x6" Whisper White Square handy, I stamped the full background stamp onto it and it one motion, I had nice images ready for punching out. How's that for speedy? lol!

I created these nine tags lickity-split and I hope this tutorial inspires you to make some Christmas Pocket Folios, too.

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Tags 'till Christmas Clear Mount Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Tools: Brayer, Clear Block E, Crop-a-Dial to set the eyelets, Scallop Square Punch, Tag Punch, Small Tag Punch, Ornament Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch from the Holiday Mini Catalog, 3/4" x 15/16" Oval Punch from the Holiday Mini Catalog, Decorative Label Punch from the Holiday Mini Catalog, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch
Accessories: Linen Thread, Metallic Eyelets, Real Red Satin Ribbon
Adhesive: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip,Glue Dot to adhere the Real Red Satin Ribbon

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Anonymous said…
This is a great post, Kay. Nice and clear photos for each component. It was such fun to make this and I can hardly wait to teach it. Always, great project!
Kay this is a GREAT idea. I love it when you shared it with us at our meeting. What a great idea to all the stamps on 1 block. TFS

Jan / stampinwithj.blogspot.com
LeAnne said…
VERY clever, Kay! You're amazing!
Anonymous said…
You are brilliant! Now I'm thinking about geting that set in clear (I already have it in wood-mount)! Thanks for sharing!
~Sharon McN
Dawn said…
Hi Kay! This is so awesome! I love how you stamped all the tags at once! YOU are a genius!!
Wow! Thanks for sharing this idea! What a time-saver!
Ingenious to stamp all the stamps at one! The 'envelope' is cool too.
Oh! I love this stamp set. Pity we don't have it in Aus! And ... what a FAB idea to mount all your stamps onto the large block and ink them all at the same time! Super Q&E!!! Hugs Andrea xxx
Cheryl said…
I really like your tag project - would you mind it I used your idea for a class? Thanks so much for sharing. Cheryl
Kay Kalthoff said…
Hi Cheryl -
Thanks for asking . . . no I certainly don't mind if you use this idea for a class! I'm so happy to help . . . that's what it's all about - stamping and sharing!! Have a wonderful day!