December 9, 2013

Free Customizable Photo Gift Tags for the Holidays!

I’m going to share a little quirk about myself.  Now, I’m trusting that after you hear what I’m about to say, you don’t think I should be committed or something.  Okay, so here it goes.

There is something about a beautifully wrapped gift that puts me in an immediate trance.  The world around me could be in shambles, but I would have no idea if you just plopped me down in front of some beautiful presents like a little kid.  Scary, I know.  In fact, I’ve thought about wrapping empty boxes and decorating them with some lavish embellishments just to put around the house and use as holiday décor.  I’m still not sure why I haven’t done it yet.  Of course, there is still time!

Anyhow, this year, I was inspired by the many beautiful gift embellishments that I have been seeing online.  And in the process of crafting my very own embellishments, I thought why not design some photo gift tags to accompany them!  Especially considering that this blog of mine has been way overdue for some freebies!

First I thought I’d share some photos of my gifts this year.  This way you could see my customizable photo gift tags in use!  For more information on my gift embellishments including a tutorial on how to make felt pinwheel flowers (the first and last image of the storyboard/collage below), be sure to stay tuned!  I hope to publish something in the very near future.

Customizable Photo Gift Tags via Cropped Stories

Supplies needed for your photo gift tags include:

- a color printer,
- 8.5 x 11 inch photo paper,
- scissors or a paper cutter, and
- tape to attach them to your gifts.

I used double sided tape.

Alternate ways to attach them to your gifts would require additional supplies such as:

- a hole puncher and
- yarn.

Also, feel free to get creative!
For instance, layer them on top of decorative paper, and use project scissors to create an assortment of paper edges!

FREE CUSTOMIZABLE PHOTO GIFT TAGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
(Download yours HERE)

Customizable Photo Holiday Gift Tags via Cropped Stories

CUSTOMIZABLE PHOTO GIFT TAG TEMPLATE INSTRUCTIONS

As a reminder, my templates are created in Photoshop.  They are 11 x 8.5 inch .psd files and can be opened in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  They are VERY user friendly and don’t require much knowledge of the software.  Once you’ve opened the file which will contain 6 gift tags, you’ll want to  locate the layers on the right hand side of your screen.  There should be 6 (each layer representing an individual gift tag and highlighted a different color of the rainbow). 

Customizable Photo Gift Tag Tutorial via Cropped Stories

Double click on the thumbnail image (the picture right next to the red eye) to open up the individual gift tag in a different window/tab to customize with your photo.  Once you do this, the following box (below) will appear.  Hit OK.

Customizable Photo Gift Tag Tutorial via Cropped Stories

Once you are in the new file, select your PLACE PHOTO HERE layer highlighted in red, and go to File / Place to choose an image from your computer.

Customizable Photo Gift Tag Tutorial via Cropped Stories
Customizable Photo Gift Tag Tutorial via Cropped Stories
 
Once your image is chosen, you can resize it easily to fit the frame.  Now go to File / Save.  Once you’ve saved your changes, find the original file (most likely the tab all the way to the left of your screen).  You should see that the first gift tag now contains your photo.  Once you’ve done this for all 6 gift tags, go to File / Save as and name your file.  You will then choose .jpg under format and make sure the box where it reads embed color profile is checked.  Once you hit OK, a new JPEG Options box will appear.  Make sure your quality is set at 12 (which is the maximum) and choose Baseline “Standard” under Format Options.  Click on OK and you should be good to go! 
 
Now you are ready to locate the .jpg file you just created and print.  For best results, I recommend printing using your printer’s maximum quality settings.
 
Happy Holidays, and I hope you enjoy using your holiday gift tags!
 
Don’t forget to come back later tonight to link up to The PINcentive Blog Hop: Week 14 early!  It’ll be live at 11:00PM EST; we hope to see you there!
 
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12 comments :

  1. Ok, these are seriously awesome and just can't say thank you enough to you for doing this and sharing with us. I am seriously, in love with these tags and you made my afternoon with this post!! :)

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  2. Super CUTE!!!
    Thanks for sharing Elena :)
    XOXO

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  3. Oh how funny...I have a guest post on this today as well!! These are beautiful Elena!

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  4. These are totally awesome Elena. You did an amazing job and I am so glad you have a tutorial as well. I am going to share this and pin it. You have the cutest ideas. And the photos are sooo precious!!!! Love it

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  5. GREAT IDEA! Wow! Thanks so much for this. I really appreciate the step by step! I am NOT crafty!

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  6. These are adorable! I'm pinning them so I won't forget to make some. Thanks for the tutorial. Your little girl is so precious :)!

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  7. what a great idea...I made mine on picmonkey but this works too. thanks for hosting.

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  8. I love the tags.. but I have to say the bows on these gifts are amazing. I need to check THAT out too!

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  9. Love these, and going to share this link!

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  10. What a fabulous idea! They look absolutely darling on the packages. Talking about decorated boxes to set around your house during the holidays reminded me of a post by the Painted Apron where she wrapped and decorated tissue boxes to set around strategically, I thought this was a great idea and I would never have guessed in a million years that under the wrapping paper was a Kleenex box!
    Thanks for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop!

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  11. Pinned and am featuring at Family Fun Friday!

    Monica
    http://www.happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun

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