Graphic 45 Christmas Past – Toilet Paper Roll Tag

The current Graphic 45 challenge on their blog is to create a holiday tag using their product and post it on their facebook wall labeled “Holiday Tag Challenge” before December 15, 2011.

My favorite type of tags to make utilize empty toilet paper rolls that have been flattened to create a sleeve and decorated, then a more simple tag (even a plain one) is inserted into the “pocket” to slide out with your to and from, sentiment or message. For my entry, this is the type I made.

I started by flattening an empty roll, and painting the edges roughly in slightly diluted white acrylic paint. I then cut a rectangle of G45 Christmas Past paper slightly smaller than the face of the sleeve I created, and inked the edges with Distress ink. I then took the image in the center of one of the diecut frames in the same collection and fussy cut the tree out of it. Distress inked the edges, then dabbed the candle flames with Distress Stickles in Rock Candy, traced the gold strands with Stickles, the red ornaments with Stickles and the pearls with Liquid Pearls and set aside to dry.

I then fussy cut the Santa image from the Victorian Greetings sheet and applied a very light coating of Liquid Pearls to the fur details on Santa’s hat, coat and boots. Using the tip of the bottle, I mottled the surface while wet to give it more texture and more realistic furry appearance. I dotted the red elements of the holly on Santa’s belt and the toys with Stickles and set aside to dry.

The sentiment which reads, “Compliments of the Season,” is a diecut tag from this collection, so all I did was punch it out of the page, ink the edges in Black Soot Distress Ink and apply a dot of red Stickles to the holly berries on each side of the sentiment.

I used Helmar Premium Craft Glue to adhere the gold rectangle of paper to the tp roll, and the tree to that base. I then attached the sentiment using Helmar’s Clear Zap Dots since it provides a touch of dimension, but not as much as the foam Zap Dots. Santa is propped up with a layer of foam Zap Dots. With the sleeve complete, I lightly distressed the inner tag with a touch of Distress ink and tied a red sheer ribbon on it that has just a touch of shimmer.

Here’s how it turned out:



5 recycled toilet tissue/paper roll tags

This project uses empty toilet tissue rolls (some people call them toilet paper rolls) for the base of the tag. I lightly sanded the empty rolls then painted the edges on one side and the whole surface of the other side.

I then used leftover scraps from my previous layouts using the My Mind’s Eye Stella and Rose collection papers in the Hazel range to decorate and embellish one side of the rolls. One is a Welcome Home gift tag, 2 are for Mother’s Day and 2 are basically Thank You’s. Each tag holder then has a pull-out insert (3 inserts are decorated with a flower and 2 have trim) where you can write the “to” and “from” along with any personal message to the recipient.

Here are some additional photos of the 5 tag holders and inserts:

I’ve heard of others using a similar method to create fun and interesting tag albums! You could also try sealing off the ends and creating inserts for the tops of the holder instead! All 5 flowers were handmade. It didn’t occur to me until I’d finished that a tutorial on the flowers might be a good idea, so I’ll try to post one in the near future.



empty toilet tissue rolls
Folk Art Acrylic paint
Sand paper
MME Hazel cardstock papers
MME Hazel “lovely” brads
MME Hazel “memories” trims
MME Hazel “lovely” label Stickers
MME Hazel “mother” layered stickers
MME Hazel “lovely” bits and pieces
MME Hazel “fancy” buttons
MME Hazel “special” buttons
MME Hazel “lovely” title
MME Hazel “mother” title
Heidi Grace Inspire Me “Pocket Buttons”
Cosmo Cricket tiny type alpha stickers
October Afternoon Mini Market alpha stickersRanger/Tim Holtz Distress Inks
DMC embroidery floss


Helmar 450 quick dry liquid
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac


EK success large scalloped circle punch
Making Memories medium circle punch

I’m entering this project into the following challenges:

Two Peas in a bucket’s MME challenge, Sketches4all’s layered tags challenge, Just Us Girl’s zipper flower challenge and Frosted Designs reuse or repurpose challenge.

To enter the Frosted Designs reuse/repurpose challenge (entries must be submitted by noon (CST) Thursday, March 31, 2011), CLICK HERE.

To enter the Just Us Girls zipper flower challenge (entried must be submitted by 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, March 31, 2011 to be considered “chic of the week”), CLICK HERE.

To enter the Sketches4all group tag challenge (entries must be submitted by midnight March 31, 2011), CLICK HERE.

To enter the Two Peas in a Bucket Manufacturer challenge, CLICK HERE.