I have always taught my ‘Totally Tim!’ Ranger-classes with the idea that lots of techniques get packed into a little bit of time, but each student gets a tag book for reference with complete instructions for each technique labeled onto the back of each tag. I know full well that my brain cannot hold onto all that detailed information if I was taking a class – so I like to take that out of the equation. Just play. Refer to tag label for future reference. "If you’re happy and you know it, label your tag!" Yes, I can see my students cringing. You know it makes you smile…
Our first assignment during Orientation Week was to make a booklet for our ‘deck of cards’. Well real life was in the front seat during orientation week – so I didn’t have that week to spend on it , but I did have last night! LOL!
So my midnight muse would NOT let me go to sleep until I finished this since our technique assignments start today – and this is the tag book that I’ve made for the 52 techniques that we are going to be learning, doing, documenting. She had a concept for a 5×7 card book on a ring, to resemble a deck of cards by its shape, but I decided to cut down on it’s thickness by making it two side-by-side stacks of tags.
I accomplished this, and made it 7×7 by lacing together 1 ½ lacing cards from Cosmo Cricket for the front and back cover held together with two rings, holding 26 white shipping tags from American Tag on each side.
The cover is decorated with Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl products, Buck Naked chipboard and Button Fashions. I used Heidi Swapp flowers ‘strangled’ with waxed linen to tie them onto the 2" rings. And Daisy Ds metal file folder label holders for my index pages. I also covered small dominos with the blue paper and stamped ‘card’ on them. All chipboard / letters / dominos are edged with a Krylon leafing pen in Silver. Ranger Inksenntials 1 ½” square frame for picture. Stanislaus letter beads on chipboard tag I(heart)BPS, attached with Ranger Glossy Accents.
I loved that big ‘button’ and I put the numbers 52 and two Bazzill Big Brads in the holes.
The scary thing was that I was actually awake when today’s technique was posted at BPS. I read it, and it was very familiar to me. But I wanted to rejuvenate my thinking about what is *new* and to whom? After all, how many times have I seen a ‘tip’ published in a magazine, that I’ve known for years? Everything old is new again, to somebody at some point. And it doesn’t mean I cannot take my own twist on it, or just be a bit more arty with that tag since the technique isn’t challenging. I’m excited to do a bit of reinvestment in my own skills.
*But I must admit that after like 3 hours of sleep – I NEED A NAP!*