Desktop frame made from tags

Hello, G45ers!

  Honor your family pets with an adorable Desktop Tag Photo Frame.  This easy to follow tutorial has been created for us by Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Kristine Woods as a part of our #G45DarkSide vs #G45LightSide – October Challenge.  Kristine has chosen the focus on the light side of our Well Groomed paper collection, but we think this would look great done up with black tags and the dark papers from this line as well.  Gotta love the versatility!


#G45LightSide of Well Groomed

Desktop Tag Photo Frame

By Kristine Woods


“Hello G45’ers. It’s Kristine and I’m excited to share a fun tutorial with you for the monthly Graphic 45 Facebook challenge. The theme is #G45DarkSide vs #G45LightSide. You need to choose either the light or dark color palette and use the G45 papers and other goodies on your project. For my project, I am using the light side of the Well Groomed  collection.



Graphic 45 Supplies Used:

Well Groomed 8” x 8” paper

Well Groomed Patterns & Solids

Well Groomed Die Cut Ephemera Assortment

Graphic 45 Large Tags in Ivory

Graphic 45 ATC Tags in Ivory

Graphic 45 Metal Large Tag, ATC Tag, and Flowers Die Set


-Step by Step Tutorial-

To create the frame base you will need one large Graphic 45 tag and two ATC size tags. First, score the large tag from the bottom at ¾”, 2”, and 3”.



Cut one piece of the paw print paper from the Patterns & Solids to 4” x 5 ¾”. Using the Graphic 45 large tag metal die, cut a piece for the base of the tag. Ink the edges and glue to the tag base.



Next, cut one piece from the blue Solids to 2 ¾” x 4 ⅛”. Ink the edges. Cut one piece from the yellow Patterns to 3” x 4 ⅜”. Ink the edges. Glue the blue piece in the center of the yellow piece. Add a piece of chipboard to the back of the yellow paper to give it some dimension. Glue the chipboard to the center of the tag base.

From the 8” x 8” “Friends Fur-ever” paper, cut out the floral frame. Then fussy cut the center of the frame out, leaving the flowers. Ink the edges.



Add your photo to the frame and add a layer of chipboard to the back. Glue the chipboard in the center of the blue and yellow mat piece.

Cut a piece of the “My favorite people have paws” border strip. I used the 12” x 12” collection, but you can use the 8” x 8” paper if that’s what you have. Ink the edges. Add a piece of chipboard to the back and glue to the top of the frame. Glue the “Love” die cut on cardstock and fussy cut. Then, glue a piece of chipboard to the back, and glue to the bottom of the frame. Add gems on each side.



Small ATC Tags

To create the small ATC tags, use the metal ATC tag die to cut two pieces of yellow Patterns for the front of the tags. Ink the edges and glue to the tags. From the 8” x 8” “Purr-fect” paper, cut two images. I chose two dog images since I am using a photo of my dog. Ink the edges. Add a piece of chipboard to the back of each piece.



Glue to the center of the tags. Select the blue and red flourishes from the Die Cut Assortment. Glue one piece to the outer side of each tag.

Fold back on the score lines of the large tag. Add glue to the ¾” tab and glue to the back of the tag 1” from the bottom to create a base.



Cut a piece of cardstock to 1 ½” x 8 ½”. Measure 1 ¾” from the bottom of the tag base on the back side. Glue the strip of cardstock, centered.



Add glue to the side strips. Glue the ATC cards in on the strip, lining up the edge of the tag with the top of the “Love” chipboard piece. The ATC tags should be flush against the large tag. Glue the two blue paw print die cuts to the seams. Add the “cutie pie” bone die cut on twine to the top, and finish the project off with a bow on the large tag.




I think this little frame will be an adorable addition to a desk or table. I hope you will try making one to feature your fur-baby!

Happy crafting!



Happy Papercrafting!


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