Psssst! Can you keep a secret? It’s a tag book gift.

I loved this tag book idea when I first saw it. And, since I have these wonderful KNK machines and two software options I decided to improve on the design. I made this for a certain someone who recently retired but I will be seeing at the retreat this weekend. DON’T SPILL THE BEANS! Its a surprise! 20140618_082904_opt

Nearly everything used in this project has been cut on my Maxx Air. I started with a tag design I created in Make-the-Cut and cut it from chipboard. Event the little ‘donut’ shaped hole protectors were cut on the Maxx Air! The patterned paper used to decorate the tags was also cut on my Maxx Air. Some of the paper was cut right from the package, but other pieces had adhesive applied to them first. 


Finally, I used Make-the-Cut’s print-and-cut feature to create the embellishing and journaling ‘tickets’ you will see on various pages (above).


I used a Tim Holtz tag on this page.












  • f = 160
  • v = 100

I actually started out at the higher end of the recommended force. I brayered and taped the chipboard to the mat. The chipboard and mat kept skewing so I reduced the force/pressure and increased the number of passes. WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT!


  • Scrapbook paper


  • f = 60
  • v = 250

This is very thin scrapbooking paper. I had too much blade exposure at first and it resulted in two different issues: it snagged tight corners on my paper and left a visible mark where my cut lines went into the mat. As a result I actually set it to very small exposure (like vinyl) and it worked so much better.

Materials (Print and Cut):

Settings (Print and Cut):

  • f = 72
  • v = 200

To dress up the tag book I added some lace, tissue paper (printed at home on an inkjet printer), and some washi tape as well as a little clothespin chalkboard and Tim Holtz embellies. Finally, I added ribbon to each tag and assembled the tags on a ring. 20140618_083020_opt

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

3 thoughts on “Psssst! Can you keep a secret? It’s a tag book gift.

  1. Loved your tag book, Michele. You know who is going to love it. Loved the tutorial too.
    Thanks for sharing and have a GREAT time at the retreat.

  2. I was the lucky recipient of this BEAUTIFUL mini-album! It was a total surprise! I had been so busy getting my classes ready for the retreat that I hadn’t been at Team KNK for several weeks. Thank you SO MUCH Michele! I will be showing this off to all of my crafting friends and then treasuring it forever!

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