Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Hello!! Today I have a fun idea featuring twine from The Twinery and several Lil' Inker Designs products perfect for any special day!

Last year for my son's birthday I made him go on a scavenger hunt for his birthday present.  I had clues at several locations in the house and at the end of hunt, he ended up at his present.  It was so much fun to create and to watch him do!  I took this same idea and applied it to a tag book that the recipient could keep as a keepsake.

Warning:  Lots of pictures ahead! :)

This is what the front looks like.  I printed the title on vellum.

I used the Mini Pinwheel die from Lil' Inker Designs to make the pinwheel out of the papers I used on the rest of my tag book.  I used The Twinery's Lilac twine to make the center and then tied the Peapod twine around the tag.

This is the first page of the booklet.  Basically the idea of how this book works is that the tags would be hidden and your instructions would direct the recipient to the next tag until they reach their final destination, i.e. their gift!

Here is a sample of the clue.  Under each of the clues, I added a flag die cut cut using the Lil' Inker Designs Sentiment Flags die

I used a fun knot tying technique to make the "handles" on the tag.  I have a tutorial with pictures toward the end of this post.

And here is how I used the twine to adhere the pocket for the tag to fit in.  I punched tiny holes in the pocket and then used a large-eyed needle to thread the twine through.

Page two.

Page 3.  Notice how I used the Lemondrop twine to adhere the pocket to the tag.

Page 4

Page 5

To accent this tag, I made a friendship bracelet and adhered it to the tag.  It has a fun wavy design to it.

The last page I kept blank so that a message could be written on it.  The design is very similar to the cover page of the tag book.

Now, for a quick picture tutorial on how I tied the twine on the "handle" of my tags, which is really just a simple knotting technique.

First, cut two strands of twine, fold them in half and push the loop through the front to the back of the tag.

Pull the ends from the front of the tag through the loop that you've pulled through the back.

It should look like this when you are finished. 

Then knot the two strands of twine together and pull down to the base of the tag.

It looks like this.

Continue knotting the twine until you get the length you desire. 

Cut the ends of the twine off to the length you prefer.

The Twinery also has some great news!  Did you know that you can get, for a limited time only,  two of the holiday packs of twine in a sampler's pack!  If you wanted to sample some of this gorgeous twine, this is the perfect way to get great holiday colors at a great price ($5!!!)!  Here's one of the sampler packs that is available!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed this idea!

Twine:  The Twinery
Dies: Pinwheel & Sentiment Flags Dies by Lil' Inker Designs, Tag Sale #3 Die by Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Country Drive by Echo Park Paper, Vellum, 2008 Bitty Box Basics Papertrey Ink
Cardstock:  Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Smokey Shadow, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest & Spring Rain by Papertrey Ink
Other:  Sizzix Embossing Folder, Cane Print & Vineyard Impression Plate PTI, Dot Spot Stamp Set PTI


Alanna said...

This is just fabulous Jen! What a lovely fun idea for your son for his birthday! And what an amazing use of all that twine goodness! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Robin said...

Such a fun and colourful project... so cool!!

Annette Allen said...

this is such an awesome fun idea... I just seen it on the Twinery it..

Diana said...

wow!! sooo cute!! love all the details, you are soo creative!

Anonymous said...

What an adorable idea! I was thinking a ring of tags would also make a wonderful gift for someone. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

Leslee said...

I love the twine in the middle of the pinwheel.

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Spotted this guest post on The Twinery. You are so clever & creative! Such a great idea for kids!

jen said...

what a fun idea! and it is SUPER cute!!!

Oma's Crafts said...

Such a fantastic idea. I love all the bright colors and the awesome twine. My grandson's birthday is coming up so maybe I can scrap lift this from you.

Christina said...

Oh Jen, can I just borrow your creativity for a day? You are so incredibly clever!

Lindsay said...

WOW! Jen, this is totally amazing, so full of detail and so well done! Wonderful job!

FerrellGraph-x said...

So fun I will have to remember this for my son's birthday!
Kindest regards,

NatQuebec said...

OMG I am in love with your tags !!! the paper collection is so nice too !

Stamp with Angela said...

Your tags look amazing. Colourful and a great use of the twine.

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