gift tags: instruction!

Examples of gift tags

Children's gift tags

I’ve got a gig! Well, it’s more of a volunteer effort, but it’s in the works!

A couple of years ago I was a volunteer at Rockwood Library in Gresham, Oregon. I have BIG LOVE for this library–I was a Homework Helper for a year and a half, every Tuesday night. I enjoyed working with the kids in the neighborhood and I thought the staff were awesome! I’ve always wanted to go back and volunteer just a little bit more.

What to do?

How about teaching a class?

What to teach?

Well, if you’ve read my blog you’ll know I like to make gift tags.

basket of bags of gift tags

Gift tag examples

The holidays are approaching…

So, I contacted MCL and asked if I could come teach Rockwood Library patrons how to make gift tags.

examples of gift tags

50's ladies

I was a little freaked out about asking.

They responded.


Big excitement! Anticipation! Planning! Writing!

Examples of gift tags

Children's gift tags

So, I’m in the process of creating a “how-to-make-gift-tags” lesson plan and a handout for my attendees. I’m carrying around a notebook so I can jot down reminders to prepare for the class. I’m organizing my art supplies and am making sure I have plenty of everything so more than one person can make tags at a time.

I’ve got my daughter Jinjer interested in volunteering her time to help me run the class. I’m hoping I can talk her friend Tangereen into volunteering that day as well. Jinj & Tang. Awesome kids.

Examples of gift tags

Children's gift tags

My motives are not completely altruistic. I completed my education to become a librarian nearly two years ago. I’ve yet to secure employment as a librarian. Teaching a class now helps me practice the process of planning programming I would like to present once I do land my dream job.

Examples of gift tags

Children's gift tags

Here’s the details:

I’ll be teaching ‘gift tag construction’ in three separate (yet equally awesome) sessions:

1) Sunday, November 14th from 1-2 pm at Rockwood Library

2) Wednesday, December 8th from 6-7:30 pm at Holgate Library

3) Sunday, December 12th from 1-2 pm at Rockwood Library

So…if you’re interested in learning how to make gift tags, feel free to sign up. Go here…do it now! and look for “gift tag construction”. Sign up! Join me!

Examples of gift tags

Bird gift tags

I make gift tags out of discarded books and magazines I pick up at yard and estate sales. I love colorful, vintage imagery. I sell my gift tags through Trillium Artisans, a wonderful organization dedicated to supporting local artists that use sustainable practices in their creation of art. Check them out for wonderful, handmade art made by some pretty talented people! I am constantly inspired by what I see created and hope to someday open up a functioning Etsy shop!

Examples of gift tags

50's ladies

Time for me to get back to ‘lesson planning’. I hope to see you there! Thanks for reading!

Published in: on October 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Your tags are always so beautiful. Every time I come across some here in my house I am happy.

    • What surprises me about the whole process is how stress relieving it is for me–I enjoy making them. Not keeping them, but just finding the images, the right backing paper…I guess I kinda geek out about it.

      And I don’t need to keep them. I’m happy to share them, sell them, use them. Such a great hobby!

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