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Easy Quick Scrapbooking Tag in Gimp

This is a simple tag to make, but one that can become a favorite of yours. I like that it has rounded corners, which gives it a lovelier look. It is also very versatile, as you will soon see!

This tutorial assumes you have Gimp installed on your computer. Let's get started.

☺Fire up Gimp.
To have a working space, go to File, New, choose to make the background Transparent.
Create a selection that is 400 x 600 pxls.
☺Choose the Rectangle tool and draw a selection that almost fills your entire work area (We want a nice-sized tag).
The position should be 13 x 10 pxls. The size 613 x 381 pxls.
☺Now go to the Toolbox and while your selection is active, click on Rounded corners (in the Rectangle Select Menu, and move the Radius lever until the rounded corners' size is 24.0)
Select the Blend Tool, and go through the Menu of the Blend Tool until you find Golden, choose it.
Make sure the Gradient is set to a linear shape. Make a straight gradient by drawing it with your mouse from the top of your rounded box to the bottom of it.
☺Go to Select, None.
Now choose the Rectangle tool again and make a new rounded corners rectangle inside of the one you just made.
The position should be 26 x 28 and the size should be 589 x 334 pxls.
☺Go to Layer, New Layer, and picking the Bucket tool, fill the selection with White.
☺Go to Select, Shrink and shrink the selection by 10 pxls.
☺Go to the Bucket Tool again and choose Pattern fill. You can now fill the new selection with any pattern you like (Gimp brings some but you can download a lot of free patterns from the net.)
I choose a pattern of white polka dots on a gold background. Go to Select, None.
You can use your tag as is.

☺But if you want to write on a solid colored background, simply draw another rectangle with rounded corners inside the pattern fill.
☺Its position should be 58 x 56. Size 526 x 275 pxls.
☺Fill your new selection with White and then go to Filters, Blur, to soften everything up.
☺Save it as a Png and you can start using your tag!

☺You now have an easy but fancy looking tag for your new scrapping project.
This tag will have as many different looks at the patterns you use to fill the background! Experiment, have fun. Donwload some free patterns from the web and adapt them to your next project!


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