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Winter Craft: Tag Journal

Monday, January 17, 2022


Happy Monday, My Lovelies!   I've been creating some fun things in the art studio, and today I'm sharing a tag accordion journal tutorial with you.  This is a fun craft to do with kids and grandkids.  

Here is a list of supplies you'll need:

1 piece of 18" X 12" drawing paper
(I have a Strathmore 400 series drawing paper pad, but any drawing paper will do.)
decorative craft paper
assortment of tags (For this project, tags must be less than 3" in width.)
ribbon and or lace
binder clip
stickers (optional)
washi tape (optional)
stamps and ink pads (optional)
markers (optional)

NOTE:  Most of the tags I used are white on back so they can easily be written on.  


1.   Measure three inches from the bottom of the paper and fold.  This will hold the tags in place on the inside.  Fold the paper in half with the flap on the inside.  Next, turn the paper over and measure three inch intervals vertically and very lightly mark with a pencil.  Fold along these lines, alternating "accordion style."  Once folds are made, erase the pencil marks.

2.   Now, decorate the flap if you like with craft paper, washi tape, or stickers.  This step is optional.

3.   If you like, you may decorate the back or add paper to hold even more tags, but leave the first and last rectangle free for the front and back.

The back only has four sections for tags.

4.   Next, decorate the front and back if you like, and the inside.  I added washi tape and stickers to mine.  You can also draw with markers or ink.

6.   Add ribbon or lace to your tags, then place them in the journal.  NOTE:  You can also make your own custom tags with stock paper or heavier craft paper.



I decided to decorate the front and back, but you can leave them blank.

7.   Once all your tags are in place, you can close the journal and secure with a binder clip.  


Embellished binder clip


How do you use a journal like this?

I think they're great for documenting short trips or events.  Also, small ephemera can be stored along with the tags, or can eve be glued to the tags.

Another good idea is to give one as a gift;  readers enjoy using the tags as bookmarks.  

This craft is super easy.  The hardest part is measuring for the accordion folds.  Do you think you'll try making one?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. So cute, Ricki. My girls and I used to get together before Valentine's Day and make tags. We haven't done that in a while and the family has spread out.
    This is a really sweet idea here!!! Happy week! xo Diana

  2. I just might! I haven't seen anything like this! I'm working on a small Valentines junk journal. I took a Valentine's card and sewed some blank pages inside, now I'm embellishing! It's FUN! I love cutting and glueing. Feels good! Enjoy your day! Love your artistic flair in everything you do!

  3. That's amazing, and yours is beautiful! I have a few tags sent to me from sellers who are also crafters. I have kept them, and even use them or seasonal decor. I love them! So much for using them as gift tags, though, lol!

  4. So pretty! I adore your tags and have saved several that you've given me and I have them on display on my desk :) I'm glad to see you having fun creating. I am hibernating this week, staying out of this frigid weather!

  5. Those are so adorable! I think I'd like to make them for my book club friends. :)

  6. Super cute I love this. Happy Tuesday sweet friend. xoxo

  7. This is super cute, RJ. I love how you decorated the folder and of course the tabs are wonderful. It would make a great travel journal or bookmark folder. When I was doing mixed media art, I did a lot of tags and never had a good place to store them! I use them on one of my Christmas trees -- the ones that I have from others, especially. You could adjust the size of the paper or folds for some special cards or photos, too. Love this idea and your step outs are great.

  8. This is so cute. A few years back i belonged to a paper arts club and we made one very similar..Sadly the group disbanded. I need to find a local craft group!!

  9. Your tags are so pretty, Ricki Jill! I have a whole bag that a friend made and gave me. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  10. Your journal is adorable RJ. I love all the tags, so pretty. This is a great craft to have fun with on these oh sooo cold days. Thanks for sharing the fun.

  11. LOVE IT! Pinning, because I plan to do this craft soon.
    Love, Carla

  12. Thanks for sharing this fun project! I find making tags very rewarding, and then tuck them in my existing journal which I probably haven’t updated since last summer. I’m going to do this!

  13. Thanks for sharing this fun project! I find making tags very rewarding, and then tuck them in my existing journal which I probably haven’t updated since last summer. I’m going to do this!

  14. These are just darling, Ricki! I've only made tags around the holidays or I've used them to make holiday banners in my home. Now you have my creative wheels turning...thanks!


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