April 26, 2012

Unique Vintage Bookmarks

Dress Tags into Vintage Bookmarks!

We ladies love shopping don’t we?  I certainly do, and some of the things that, believe it or not I enjoy collecting when I run to the stores, are the dress tags or labels.  They come in all sizes, shapes, colors and varieties.

Most of the times the tags end up forgotten in a drawer with the rest of things I collect (challenging my husband's patient sometimes hehe!) and all just because I find them pretty and don’t want to get rid of them.

Then I thought I could make a nice use of them, doing some good recycling and turning them into bookmarks, that I can use myself or to give away as souvenirs for the workshop's visitors.

I prepared several tags, but first finished a set of 6, and on this particular Decoupage project the wonderful and versatile ModPodge comes into action.  

The instructions for this project are:


  • Tags / Labels
  • Vintage ladie's images or other images you might want to use
  • Different background papers
  • Brushes & Scissors
  • Liquid Gesso
  • ModPodge
  • Acrylic Black paint
  • Clear or Rubber Stamps & Ink

Step by Step:

1.  Photocopy or Print the images & background papers you want to use on a regular bond paper, or another similar paper with a high quality finish. 

2.  Seal all the prints with a coat of pva glue or other white glue as Elmer's (you can dilute it with a little bit of water to make it more smooth).   One more option to do this is with a fixative spray.    Let them dry according to the manufacturer's indications.

3.  Apply 2-3 coats of Liquid Gesso over the labels.  Some labels might be a little bit thinner and weak than others, so the Gesso will make them stronger and will also give a white base color.    Let it dry.

4. Choose & calculate the size of the background papers you want to use on the tags and cut them. Cut as well the images of the ladies with fine scissors.

5.  Glue the background papers to the tags with Modpodge (apply it only on the back of the images).  Cut off any excess of paper.   Let it dry for sometime.

6.  Proceed to glue the ladie's images to the tags and let it rest.

7. Now, play around with your clear stamps, applying different designs on the front and back of the tags.  Use may use ornaments, flowers, butterflies, travel or any other designs.   As a final decorative touch, you may paint a black border around the tags with acrylic paint.

8.  Once the project is dry, give 2 coats of Modpodge to seal it....and you are done!, you have now your personalized unique tags!

It is very nice to see these beautiful tags when we open our books or agendas, so make sure you create a lot of them.      

Do you also collect tags like me?  I even ask my friends to save theirs for me.

Every week we have the honor to participate and submit our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating:

Monday:  Brag Monday – The graphics Fairy  / Vintage style link party – Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself -
Sumo's Sweet Stuff  / Link party - The Girl Creative
Making Monday marvelous - C.R.A.F.T. / Boggieboard Cottage - Masterpiece Monday
Mod Mix Monday - Mod Vintage Life  Meet me Monday - You're Talking Too Much 
Tuesday: Get your craft on – Today'screative blog / Knick of Time tuesday - Knick of Time / Tell it to me Tuesday - Creatively Living / Tutorials & Tips Link Party - Home Stories A2Z   / Cowgirl up Linky Party – Cedar Hill Ranch /Tuesday’s Treasures - My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia /Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday - Kammy's Korner / Be inspired link party – Elizabeth & Co /Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday   / Domestically Speaking - Power of Paint Party  / Take the Time to Challenge - Raising 4 Princesses / Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able - Project Queen
One project at a Time - A Bowl Full of Lemons / Linking Pary - Passionatelyl Artistic
Wednesday: Wow us Wednesdays – Savvysouthern style / Primp your stuff Wednesday – Primp / White Wednesday - Faded Charm / Share the love - Very Merry Vintage Style / It's a Party - DIY by Design  /Whatever goes Wednesday - Someday Crafts / What is it Wednesday - Ivy and Elephants / Whatever you want Wednesday - Free Pretty Things for You / Wicked Awesome Wednesday – Handy man, crafty woman
Thursday: Catch as Catch Can – MyRepurposed life / Open House Party - No MinimalistHere /Vintage Inspiration - Common Ground / Hookin' up with - House of Hepworths/Time Travel Thrusday - Brambleberry Cottage / 20 Below Thrusday - Cristinas Adventures / Home and Garden Thrusday - A Delightsome Life / Treasure Hunt Thursday – From my front porch to yours
Friday: Frugal Friday – The Shabby Nest / Weekend Bloggy Reading – Serenity Now
Inspirational Friday – At the picket Fence / Do something Crafty - See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature - Redoux Interiors  
Saturday: Spotlight Saturday - Classy Clutter / Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different act Normal/Site Nite special -  Funky Junk Interiors / Get schooled Saturday – Too much time on my hands
Sunday: What's Your Sunday's Best! - My 1929 Charmer / Weekend features – Sisters of the Wild West / Simply Klassic Sunday - Simply Klassic Home / Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop - Homemaker on a Dime / DIY Project Parade – DIY showoff

Thank you very much,



  1. Those are just lovely! Thank you for sharing. Also, thank you for the visit and sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world! Toodles, Kathryn

  2. Me encanta el vintage y estos marcadores y su tutorial son preciosos y bién explicados
    Gracias por compartir mi niñQue tyengas un lindo fín de semana
    Besitos Victoria

  3. These are fantastic! Adding these to my crafting to do list!

  4. So pretty!! Clothing tags are something I have never thought to collect, so glad you did :) Laurel


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