Friday, November 08, 2013

Grateful! tutorial

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grateful tags ~ by Jane LaFazio
In America, Thanksgiving is coming up. I thought a meaningful activity for a Thanksgiving dinner would be to have each person write what they are grateful for on tags, and hang them in a tree outside or a branch inside. I made these as a gift for some friends of ours, who usually have 22 for Thanksgiving dinner! I can imagine them doing this activity, and then tying the tags on their tree in their front yard.
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grateful ~ by Jane LaFazio
I'll show you how I created these tags, and feel free to be inspired and make your own, with whatever materials you have on hand. I'll give you the list of supplies at the end of this post.
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remove the strings from standard shipping tags
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In your garage, or well ventilated area, use spray paint and stencils

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Use two or three colors of spray paint, spraying only part of the stencil. Layer the stencils and the colors.

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Spray one side, then turn the tags over and do the other side
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Use colorful yarn or ribbon and add to the tags.
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You can stamp whatever you'd like on the tags. Or, if you don't have stamps, you could write with permanent pen.
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I had a date stamp, so I added the date for Thanksgiving on the back
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I've giving this as a gift, so I included 25 tags, and a couple of permanent pens so the guests could write on the tags. As I mentioned, it would be nice for each person to write what they are thankful for on the tags.
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Gift wrapped, including a tag. I'll write the 'directions' on the back of the tag.
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grateful tags ~ by Jane LaFazio
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grateful tags ~ by Jane LaFazio
Supplies for this project:

83 comments:

  1. Jane these tags are wonderful. I love to see your process, you make it seem so effortless. I would love to win the stencil. But most important, I am happy with the ability learn from you

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  2. Jane: I love the tags idea. I've been looking at the Liquitex spray paint in the stores, but I haven't tried it yet. I guess it's time!

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  3. What a great idea ~ love your tags! (I used this stencil too) And I love the way you photographed it all! I enjoyed playing with your stencils! :)

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  4. What a "great-ful" idea. I just may do that for our Thanksgiving meal. Thanks for the wonderful blog.

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  5. Thank for for the "greatful" tag tutorial. Always a pleasure to view your blog

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  6. Love this idea! We host Thanksgiving here every year and my daughter always likes to come up with a way for us to share what we're thankful for ... she's going to love this idea, too! Thanks for sharing ... and for a chance to win your beautiful stencils ...

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  7. Love your tags,we do something very similar here at Thanksgiving with all of our family!

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  8. I'm grateful to have found your log.. And what an elegant idea... Thank you for the inspiration. :)

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  9. Jane, this is a great idea. I'll have to wait 'til next year since we celebrate our Canadian Thanksgiving in October, but this idea could be used for so many other similar ideas too! Love it.

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  10. Wow, these are beautiful tags! I love how you presented your finished craft in the trees! Very cool. I also like your cat Buddy. I had a beloved cat named Bubba! You are very creative and I look forward to your newsletter! Thank you for sharing your time and craft with us hopppers!

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  11. Fabulous Jane!
    A great idea even though we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK!

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  12. Oh, Jane!
    What an amazing idea AND gift!!
    I may have to do this myself with my family for Thanksgiving! :)
    I love all of your stencils and am delighted to be on this blog hop with you!

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  13. I'm doing a get well card. I shall include some grateful cards. Thanks!

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  14. Wow! We did this last year, but we tied them to a creosote bushes and palo verde trees since our Thanksgiving feast is a picnic in the desert. Great activity for all ages to do! We just used scrapbook papers, but this year we'll add your idea of stenciled tags. THX!

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  15. Love this idea, Jane. You surely are prolific with your art!

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  16. What a wonderful idea. I love your stencils!

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  17. I am grateful for the idea of grateful tags. I must get the family involved! Thank you, Jane!

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  18. Congratulations on your own line of stencils. They are wonderful. I love what you did with them. Very Fall. :-))

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  19. I love this idea and I'm going to create my own tags to gift to my brother who is hosting the family for Thanksgiving this year. This will be fun to read what everyone writes on their tags. Thanks for the idea!

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  20. What a lovely idea!! I have a friend who has a large gathering for Thanksgiving and I am going to make a set of these for them to do this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. I am grateful for this fun,easy and cretive idea!!!Can't wait to do it!Thanks Jane!

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  22. Great idea for using your stencil. I just learned about making a thankful tree this month and your idea gives me another choice for tags for my tree. Thanks

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  23. What a neat little project. I LOVE the acorn stencil

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  24. Lovely, Jane! I am inspired to create some tags, which I have never done. Thanks.

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  25. Fab idea! Grateful for those who include mini tutorials in their blog posts.

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  26. Just warms my heart! Wonderful idea!

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  27. This is a great idea for my grandkids. Thanks!

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  28. Jane, you are so creative and clever. what a great idea and gift. I am grateful for the generousity of your creative spirit.

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  29. What a wonderful gift for your friend! I am grateful I discovered you and your fabulous artwork!

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  30. This is a wonderful gift for your friend! I am grateful that I discovered you and your art! I love the leaves & acorns especially!!!

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  31. Great stencils!!! Wonderful gift of tags!!!

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  32. I love the idea of putting the tags in trees! Lovely!

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  33. Love the tags.. and the tree.

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  34. The tags are so gorgeous! can see so many uses for this technique... I am grateful for Jane's energy every day.

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  35. I like the idea of laying out several tags and spraying just once.

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  36. a perfect gratefully centered idea, and and act of thankfulness in it's simplicity given as a gif. thank you jane.

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  37. Jane is so creative, I look forward to reading this blog daily! So many great ideas...and I love the stencils.

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  38. Jane is so creative, I look forward to reading this blog daily! So many great ideas...and I love the stencils.

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  39. These are gorgeous tags and perfect for making a gratitude tree.

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  40. love this idea, i am so grateful for all the posts today, you all are awesome and so are the prizes. thanks for the chances, now please let me win. xoxo

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  41. These are great! You could also tie them around each napkin like a napkin ring.

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  42. Love the idea of "grateful" tags! I am grateful for the chance to win!

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  43. I love these tags! What a wonderful Thanksgiving idea...thanks for sharing.

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  44. I like using stencils and spray paints. The tags are great.

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  45. I just love your tags, they are so lovely!

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  46. Jane, what a great idea and a wonderfully personal gift! I could see creating something "fun" for other big holidays and putting everything together as a Christmas gift - something to take a family through a whole year of holidays. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  47. I really like these stencils! Such a great way to portray the fall season.

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  48. Thank you for this wonderful idea! I am going to put on my tag today that I am grateful to God for His Everlasting Love he has for us!

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  49. i am not only grateful to have taken classes from Jane, but also, just to know her!

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  50. I had to come back to say how much I enjoyed the blog hop. It was so fun and inspiring to see how all of the participants responded to the theme. I am so thankful to all for their generosity in sharing, and to Jane for an opportunity to receive some of her stencils.

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  51. it's always fun to see what you use on your stencils.....spray paint! good idea.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  52. Great idea here...I want to use these at our family get together

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  53. Your posts are always a delight Jane. Love the tag idea!

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  54. what a great idea. I love the colors too!

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  55. I'm co-opting your idea for our family gathering. I'll give you credit, of course. ; }

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  56. Gorgeous, I loved all these tags!

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  57. Great idea for a gathering! thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. There's so much to be grateful for...this blog and all the info for instance. Thanks.

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  59. How beautiful! You never cease to inspire me.

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  60. What a truly lovely idea - your stencils are wonderful. Thank you for this opportunity!

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  61. Thank you for sharing your talent and to all the wonderful artists who teach us, thank you! I hope I win!

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  62. your stencil designs are amazing! thanks so much for sharing!

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  63. What a wonderful idea for a holiday tradition :) Thanks Jane for helping us feature your beautiful stencils from StencilGirl!

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  64. Love this idea for Thanksgiving! Reminds me of the Prayer Flags I hang in my garden.

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  65. what a wonderful idea! Thank you!

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  66. This is a wonderful idea! Thank you so much!

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  67. What a sweet idea for Thanksgiving and I just might help my 6 grandsons do this just to see what they come up with for the tags.Always love getting ideas from other artists to try.

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  68. wonderful idea- beautiful tage!

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  69. Jane, love your art work and now your stencils will be very useful in my journaling journey!

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  70. Thanks for showing all the steps. Makes it look do-able! ;-)

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  71. I am grateful for learning so many techniques using these stencils. This is so much fun.

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  72. Jane- I love those tags! thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. I always learn so much just landing on your page... I hope to take your Strathmore class before the end of the year...Thank for sharing with me

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  74. What a fun way to use the stencils!

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  75. I've never tried the Liquitex spray acrylic but think I will give it a try. Thanks for another great inspiration Jane!

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  76. Love the inspiration i receive just by reading your blog!

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  77. I love this, Jane! I'm so GRATEFUL that a family has invited my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter to their Thanksgiving dinner in Texas, so I'm going to make one of these kits for them. THANKS for this idea. xo

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  78. Such a great idea. Even though we do not have Thanksgiving here in Australia we have much to be thankful for. I can see the idea being transferred to other celebrations and occasions.

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