lousy sales pitch

Last night I shirked all kinds of duties to play around on the computer. I’ve had it in my head for awhile to create my own knitting gift tags. There’s lots of good options out there, like these from Knitterlla, or these from Knit Love if you just want to download and print them yourself (who doesn’t love instant gratification?)

But no, I wanted to try my hand at making my own. I figured I could do this in Adobe and I’d be learning more about the software. Learning is good, right? I wanted to make something akin to the jar top labels I linked to earlier in the year.

Possibly I bit off more than I could chew. Maybe I shouldn’t assume that something an adobe expert can pull off will be easy to teach myself. But after futzing around all evening I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to embed text boxes which could be edited later. Well, I could figure out how to do it if I didn’t mind the DMV form look, but I kinda do mind.

So instead I ended up with these:
mediocre gift tags

They’re not bad, I guess. And I can edit them in the software to print anything I want in the text boxes. But I thought I was going to share my awesome, editable tags with the world, and instead I’m left sharing my mediocre, fixed-wording tags with the world. Sorry world…

I can already see some things I’d change for next time. A) it might be fun to get some color in there. Right now I’m just telling myself black and white is more stately (maybe I can add color later with markers?) B) I should have made larger inside margins for cutting along. As it is we’ve got 1/2 margins on two sides of the tags and MUCH SKINNY margins on the other two. Which makes for extra scissor work… C) Those flourishes? I don’t really like them. They’re pre-programmed stuff, and I think I like my hand drawn embroidery and knitting stitches better…

So, if you like my mediocre gift tags, feel free to download them! The file is two pages. Print on the front and back of the same page and you’ll get gift tag space on the front as well as space for writing your materials and washing directions on the back. But I won’t be offended if you go download some of those professional looking tags I linked to up top…

gift tag pdf download

click the image to download the pdf


3 responses to “lousy sales pitch

  1. I usually print in black and white and color in with markers later :)

  2. It’s sweet you made & posted this!

  3. Becky – I bet you could just draw them and then scan them faster than you can do them in Adobe . . .

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