Monday, May 9, 2011

Spring Tag Time

One of the bonus benefits of being from a large family, who is also a creative group of women, is the instant artistic swaps we can organize. One quick Facebook message will start a tag swap for a dozen of us at a time.

I just finished my spring tags to exchange with sisters, nieces, and my mom.

I love the idea of running patterned and colored paper through the printer.

This tag background is from the free image gallery at Ceremony.
I love how it turned out on this paper.

After finding some sort of mixed media vintage image that I was excited about, (not hard at Moonlight Journey) and some spring sentiments, I could start assembling the tags.

Funny, I was so in love with that birdcage, and then I just covered it up.
Oh well, part of the process is loving what you do step by step.

Adding a few more tidbits and an ink stamp or two, and I am finally liking the final image

The quote comes from the following poem

If I Had my Life to Live Over Again

I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who live
sensibly and sanely hour after hour,
day after day.

Oh, I've had my moments,
And if I had it to do over again,
I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
Just moments, one after another,
instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I've been one of those people who never goes anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat
and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.

Nadine Stair,
85 years old.

What would you do differently if you did it over again?


Kristina P. said...

So pretty! I love the tags.

I think I would change how I treated my siblings when I was in college. I was a brat!

Lee said...

Love the tags and the poem!!

Lynnae said...

Lovely post.
I would enjoy my youth more...(because I'm so old, right?) And not stop myself from doing things I want to do.
As a matter of fact, I should do that now. Stop stressing and start doing stuff.

Monica said...

I love your creativity and how efortless it all appears. This reminds me of the frame you made for my wedding. It is in our living room and it makes me happy everytime I see it.

just nikki said...

You are such an artist! Love the Spring tags!

deb famularo said...

Your tags are just stunning!!! LOVE the poem too!!! xOxO

Ozstuff said...

Gorgeous tags! I love how you have "aged" them so beautifully. Wonderful artwork.

Kaylene said...

lovely tags

Christine said...

Your tags are great. Love the colors, the stamps and the vintage photos you picked.