Holiday Paper Crafting | Assembly Line Tags & Place Cards

Right around the end of September, I think to myself, this year will be the year that I start my holiday paper crafting early. But it’s such a busy time. Things come up and the next thing you know, it’s December. With time running out, is it possible to still add a handmade touch to your gifts and cards?

Absolutely! When I need to do some bulk paper crafting quickly, I set up an assembly line and everything comes together in snap. In fact, it usually takes me longer to gather all the supplies than it does to actually create the projects.

Over this past weekend, my goal was to create three different sets of items: gift tags for family and friends, place cards for the holiday table and embellishments for holiday cards.

Starting with the tags, I pre-cut them in the size and the colors I needed. I cut the first tag with a thin metal die, then cut the rest to size with my paper trimmer to save some time. I also pulled a variety of holiday themed chipboard pieces that have been in my stash for years.

Next, I added stickers words and journaling spots. In the bowl, I included a variety of loose embellishments — like brads, gems, word art, buttons,  flair, and acrylic pieces. Washi tape and ribbon round out my assembly line.

Once everything is set up, I  pull one item from each pile and and start assembling.

I find the process goes very quickly when you limit product selection. My goal is to pull the different elements together and create my tags as quickly as possible. I added the for:/love: stamp when needed and tied each tag off with some coordinating twine.

The process is the same for the place cards.

I found it helpful to use a large sticker pack like this one from American Crafts. I created several place cards and didn’t want to run out of any one letter. But this is would also be a great stash buster if you wanted to mix it up and use up a variety of different alphabets.

Here’s a final look at a few of the gift tags, place cards and card embellishments I created in a matter of minutes. This plan would work equally well for holiday cards, book marks, treat bags and jar toppers too.

This holiday season, if you find yourself running out of time to but still want a handcrafted touch, set up an assembly line. Your paper crafted items will come together quickly and it’s a great way to use up bits and pieces from your stash.


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8 Responses to Holiday Paper Crafting | Assembly Line Tags & Place Cards

  1. soapHOUSEmama December 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    so cute Tammy!!!

  2. tiffany h. December 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Love this idea of the assembly line. I think I’ll try this for gift tags. Thanks for the idea and photos.

  3. Ruth G December 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Love this idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing (I can use all the help I can get!)

  4. Becky December 19, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Great tips Tammy, I love how they turned out!!

  5. Katrina December 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    I use the assembly line method when I lead the children at church in a cardmaking project. Of course, I have to do a lot of work ahead of time. We only have about twenty minutes to make about thirty cards. These cards go to the homebound and to those in prison. Sometimes this card is the only card that the homebound person or the prisoner receives.

  6. Jennifer December 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your tips and the final projects! I use the assembly line for my Christmas cards…everyone gets the same one. I’m able to make 40 cards in just a few hours…lots of ink that needs to dry.

  7. Debbie December 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    What a great idea! I can see this as a new tradition!!

  8. Gab December 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Love this idea, thanks Tammy! I’m about to move overseas and have started pulling all my Christmas stuff together with plans to only take it and some travel related stuff to use while in a serviced apartment for 6 months. This would be a perfect way to use up leftovers!

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