Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shabby Drawers Tag Swap

We will be kicking off the Shabby Drawers Tag Swap today on my regular Ustream show at Noon Pacific Time. Signup's will be on my website. The sign up is up and under "Kits" and is now working after the initial hiccups.

Here are the rules and instructions. Please follow them! This is going to be fun!


Shabby Drawers Tag Swap

Description: 4” x 6” Embellished Tag Swap.

Shabby Chic: softer colors, white, kraft, washed out look
French Country: richer tones, cream, gold, heavier textures
Grungy: deep neutrals, darker values, masculine

Quantity: 9 (Keep 1, send 8)

Products: Create tags from 65 LB (or similar weight) cardstock Your choice of embellishments within the theme of the swap group. Anything goes….stamps, charms, ribbon, lace, etc. Please make sure your embellishments are not more than ½” in combined thickness.


Sign-up date: Sign-up begins March 21, ends March 26.
Sign up at
Please note in the comment section what style of tag group you would like to join: Shabby Chic, French Country, Grungy
Groups will be assigned by March 28. You may sign up for as many groups as you can comfortably fulfill your commitment. DO NOT over commit yourself!

Tags DUE to Laura: Please allow sufficient shipping time for your tags to reach Laura by April 20 (Address will be sent after sign up)

Return Date: Estimated ship date for tags to be returned is April 23-25

Mailing instructions

Packing for shipment:
Place swap items in a plastic bag for waterproof purposes. Write your real name, email address, and Ustream or Ning name on a piece of paper and include in the baggie for identification purposes.

Swap Return:
You will be paying for Priority Mail return postage at the time of sign-up. Postage includes Delivery Confirmation for all Domestic shipments. Unfortunately, tracking can not be added to International shipments.

Domestic Shipping (Incl. Delivery Confirmation): $7.00
Canadian Shipping: $14.00
International shipping: $18.00

All tags will be shipped back via USPS Priority Mail (including Canadian and Int’l)

General Swap Rules

• ANYONE may participate. We want beginners, advanced, and everyone in between to participate. YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH!

• Follow the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as they would do unto you.” Do your best work – NO MATTER what your skill level is!

• Please follow all of the above deadlines and plan accordingly. Life can happen, we all understand that, the key is communication. If for ANY REASON, you can no longer participate, please let me know. I have back-up people ready to make additional tags for those who can’t participate. JUST LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN”T PARTICIPATE. You don’t have to give a reason or excuse….you only need to communicate. If you fail to communicate that you are not participating, you will not be allowed to participate in future swaps. NO EXCEPTIONS!

• You may sign up for as many groups as you want. Please note in the comment section, when you sign up, the theme groups in which you wish to participate.(Shabby Chic, French Country, Grungy) Each group will be shipped separately, I won’t be combining multiple groups for shipping to avoid confusion. Make sure to commit to only as many as you are confident that you can complete. Don’t over-commit in excitement.

• Please use quality materials on your tags, the kind of product that you would be happy to receive and you are proud to send. This doesn’t mean expensive, just good quality. You may embellish that tags as you chose, keeping the theme of the group in mind.

• Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, just keep the tags no larger than 4” x 6” and no smaller than 3 ¾” x 5 ¾”. The tags can be oriented either vertically or horizontally. (Remember, the Shabby Drawers project stores them vertically) Please keep the combined depth of the tag and embellishments to no more than ½” and the overall size of embellishments (excluding ribbon) to 4 ¼” x 6 ¼”.

• Please sign your tags in some fashion. Be proud of what you do!



  1. You are taking on an enormous job just for our enjoyment. Making a dollar donation is wonderful but giving so much of your precious time is an amazing gift. Thank you so much from the bottom of my little shabby drawers with all the wonderful tags (no matter what skill level). This is going to be so much fun! Thank, Mary Werner

  2. Hi
    I have never participated in a swap before,so I'm sure I may be asking a silly question, but here goes.. Should I be making 9 different tags or 9 of the same tag.


    1. 9 of the same tag. Keep one and send the rest to me for distribution to the others in the group. Each person in the group will end up with the same group of tags.

  3. Just watched the class from today and WOW is all I can say.You do make it look Very easy so I am thinking I can do this. You know I can't get enough of your classes or projects. Thank you VERY MUCH!!!!

  4. Hi Laura
    Thank you for answering my question. I can't wait to get started!


  5. I am so looking forward to this got my curio cabinet kit this week and will start on it sat with HUBBY HELP

  6. Hi Laura,
    I'm in 3 groups...should I make different sets (9 tags) for each I don't get possible duplicates from others who may be in my same 3 groups?

  7. Hi Laura,
    I have a question(I hope this is not a repeat) can you use digital printables on the tags?

    1. There are no rules regarding the images as long as they are legal, g rated, and within the measurements required.


  8. Laura help plz,
    I sent paypal payment to you but it wouldn't go thru your website. Please make sure I am signed up for country french tags.
    Can contact me at
    I also emailed you about this....

  9. Laura I forgot to add what group I want when I signed up...
    Shabby Chic please

    Janine Orchard

    Sorry for that..

  10. You mentioned that we should sign our tags. Do we write on the back of the tag or paperclip our name to the tag so the recipient can take it off?

    I just finished my Shabby Chic tags. I had so much fun with it! Now on to the French Country tags and the Grunge tags!!

  11. Just signed up for the shabby group so excited!