Upcycle clothing tags and button envelopes

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A good Tuesday to you….

I’m not sure about you, but it is very hard for me to throw away the often large and decorated little button envelopes that come with a new piece of clothing.   I have had a growing collection of the little beauties until recently when I began upcycling them to use on my hand made cards.

And those high end tags!  The “now-I-know-why-this-was-so-expensive” tags….


Can’t throw those away either.  

My Montana gal pal,  Lesliann, knows this about me and often sends me extra tags from the boutique she works in…and I love her for it….

So…don’t throw those tags and envelopes away!  Here are just a few upcycling ideas!


Use the button envelope to:

*a place to put special momentos on your page

* Baby’s first tooth, or lock of hair

* Ticket stubs from a memorable event

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*Backpack, luggage, lunchbox, sportbag tags for your kiddos

Buy the metal fasteners at your local hobby store (in the leather making section). Usually they cost around $2.00 for a pack of 50.  I would laminate any tags used for luggage to make them wear better and last longer!  I used a regular label maker to print out the label to cover the brand name on the tag.

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Card Making:

*Cut off brand name and embellish to use on front of a card

*Use button envelope to hold gift card or money and affix to the front of a card

*Decorate the outside of button envelope and stick a special note inside.  Tuck in your husband’s briefcase/sportbag or in your child’s lunch box.

*Cover the brand name of a tag with stickers, stamp, and affix to the front of a card

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The possibilities are endless!

Don’t hold out on me if you have more ideas!  And, if you have tags/envelopes you don’t want to upcycle….don’t THROW THEM AWAY!  I will make sure and find a good home for them.

Happy Day.   –dcb


The Friday How-to: Save those Christmas Cards!

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Happy post Christmas Friday to you all!  I trust that all of you had a very merry holiday and that you are gleefully wading your way through all your newly received Christmas tidings.

I don’t know about you, but every year I receive the most precious holiday cards with pictures of children that would rival any Gap Kids ad….

I save them for a year or two and then what?…..  Reluctantly, most end up in a recycle bin.

I had a friend who would scrapbook every single card…..every single year…..needless to say that labor intensive project doesn’t happen for her anymore.  But, it did give me an idea to create something new out of old cards.

So here is a project that will help reuse those cute cards and give the sender a keepsake of their Christmas greeting for that year.

You will need:

*Christmas type paper (scrapbook or wrapping)

*Hole punch


*Embellishments of your choice


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First:  Cut your card down to a smaller size.  For this card (graciously brought to you by Valerie at myfivelittlepeppers)

I cut it almost in half so my project would have a front side or a back side.  Cards with multiple pictures…..cut out our favorites and use for a front and back.


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Second:  Place your card images on your Christmas paper and trim to size.  Attach with tape or scrapbook adhesive.


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Third:  I laminated this project to help preserve the card, but you definitely don’t have to!  Punch holes with your hole punch on each side and along the bottom edge.  Punch two holes at the top center.


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Fourth:  Run your ribbon in and out of the holes along sides and bottom.

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Fifth:  Use a different ribbon for the top holes and embellish as you see fit.  Leave enough ribbon at the top for hanging if desired.

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* An ornament gift for the sender post-Holiday

*An ornament gift for the sender for next Christmas

*A gift tag for the sender’s Christmas gift next year

* A thank you card for the senders gift to you

* Hang it around a bottle of wine/champagne as a nifty New Years Eve hostess gift

* Have another idea?  Spill it!


Have a very blessed and prosperous New Year!   dcb

The Friday How-to– easy music envelopes

a happy first Friday to you all…..

before we get to today’s fab how-to….

the winner of wednesday’s giveaway goes to……….

charming trinity!

congrats…you won a package of vintage music!

you all should check her out on www.charmingtrinity.com  !!

ok, back to the business of the how-to….

these snappy diy envelopes are super easy and extremely versatile!

first:  select your music sheet

most vintage sheet music runs about 11″ by 14″ long.  this is a great size for a larger envelope.  you can cut your page down  depending on what size envelope you need.  this how-to will be using the entire sheet and making a larger envelope.  finished size:  5″ by 7 1/2″.

second: the folding of your envelope

working lengthwise, fold the bottom edge up approx. 1 1/2″ to 2″.

fold corners down to meet edge

take each side and fold in to the middle; overlapping folds

third:  punch holes to attach folds

working from the inside of your envelope, punch a hole going through all inside folds from both the top and bottom of your envelope.

fourth:  run ribbon, twine or string through the holes

tada!  and just look at all these uses!!

small gift card holder

large greeting card envelope

gift envelope for your handmade soap

hey!  go to www.psilovesoapco.net  to get your scrumptious soap ideas to go along with your new fancy envelope!

used frappachino bottle with herbs…..great hostess gift!

photo envelope

show me what you used yours for!!   send me your pics!

have a terrific weekend!    dcb

Friday’s How-to—Music Pocket

oh how we love those cute and SUPER EASY projects!

Ready?  ok, here’s the how-to for you……


select your fave music sheet or even a wonderful old sheet music cover.

SECOND….the front of the pocket

cut a piece of the music lenghtwise to your desired width of the front portion of your pocket.  take that piece and then cut it to your desired length.  the finished front of the  project shown is approx. 4″ wide by 5″ long.

THIRD….the back of the pocket

you can choose a piece of your favorite scrapbook paper or use another piece of sheet music.  cut this piece to match the same width of your front, but it will need to be at least 1″ longer in length.

FOURTH…paper punch

i used a border type paper punch to add some zing to the tops of the front/back of the pocket.  you can leave it plain or use craft scissors to get the same effect.


don’t have a laminator?  no worries!  you can take your favorite sheet music and decorative paper to any office supply store and have them laminated….for pennies!  you can also substitute 4 x 6 page pockets from an old photo album to get the same outcome.

SIXTH….attach front to back

you can stick this cutie in your sewing machine and sew both sides and bottom.  make sure to not to sew the sides all the way to the top so as to leave wiggle room for the goodies to go inside the pocket.  You don’t have to sew!  use decorative staples, punch holes and thread ribbon or use your handy dandy glue gun!!


here are just a few of the many possible uses….

a handy pencil holder for your cork board..stick a magnet on the back on put this baby in your locker!

use as a cute holder for gift cards and attach to a gift bag

use your glue gun an attach to your kiddos music bag...piano teachers (you know who you are) this is a great gift for students!

how did you use yours?!!  send me a photo and leave a comment!

 have an all inspiring weekend!dcb