Reinforcements Are On the Way

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Well, my title is a little misleading. You may be thinking, “Yes, I could really use some reinforcements about now!” However, that’s not the kind of reinforcements I am talking about. I am talking about digital reinforcements on tags.

I love tags! I love them on layouts and on gifts, I love to decorate them, etc., etc. I was making some tags for a layout I was working on, and I discovered a super quick way to add the reinforcement that will allow you to center it perfectly. In fact, there are some things in digital scrapbooking that, if done the hard way, are pretty tedious. But once you figure out the easy way to do it, it is oh-so-simple!

Included with this tutorial is a download for the four tags that I have used on my layout. Download a FREE tag template set.

Step One: Prepare the Workspace

  • Open (File > Open) the layered scrapbook page with which you wish to work.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the top layer.
  • Open one of the tag templates you just downloaded. (The link is above.)
  • Get the Move tool.
  • On the document, click on the tag and drag it onto your scrapbook page.


Step Two: Create a Reinforcement

  • In the Layers panel, activate the tag layer.
  • Click on the Create a New Layer icon.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
  • Click on the Foreground Color Chip, choose a color for the reinforcement, and click OK.
  • Get the Ellipse tool.
  • In the Tool Options, click on the Create New Shape Layer icon and set the Style to None. (Photoshop: Set the Tool Mode to Pixels, the Mode to Normal, and the Opacity to 100%.) Open the Geometry Options and choose Circle.
  • On the document, click and drag out a circle shape.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Tool Options, check Auto Select Layer. (Photoshop: Check Auto-Select.)
  • On the document, click on the reinforcement and reposition as needed.

Don’t you just love Photoshop magic?


Step Three: Finish Up

  • Add a drop shadow to the reinforcement for a little more realistic look. The settings for my drop shadow are: Opacity: 55%, Distance: 5 px, and Size: 7 px.
  • Decorate the tag to your heart's content.


Here is how I used my fun decorated tags on a page. These would also make great tags for gifts.


Digi Scrap Tutorial: Reinforcements Are On the Way by Nannette Dalton
Layout: Peace, Love, Joy by Nannette Dalton
Kit: Christmas Wishes by Kristin Cronin-Barrow
Font: SandyTextHmk

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial

16 Responses

  1. connie miles
    | Reply

    Thanks so much for this tutorial and tag templates. It was fun to create my own tag!

  2. Nann
    | Reply

    That is so sweet of you Connie. You are very welcome.

  3. Michelle Shefveland
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    Beautiful tags and layout, Nann! What a fun design to celebrate Christmas.

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Thanks so much Michelle, that means a lot.

  4. Peggy Merton
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    Thanks Nann, your timing is perfect!

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Oh good I’m so glad.

  5. Carol
    | Reply

    Thanks, I always enjoy your tutorials.

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Wow thanks Carol, that is so kind of you.

  6. Annette
    | Reply

    Love how you weaved the ribbon through the tags. This is a very useful tutorial.

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Thanks Annette.

  7. Sue
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    Thank you so very much for the instructions and templates. I’m working on my Christmas tags right now.

    • Nann
      | Reply

      That makes me so happy! Make sure you share them, cause I would love to see.

  8. Shirl
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    Thank you for this wonderful tag tutorial that is definitely needed. I haven’t used a tag in so long and really thankful for your cutesy banner design. This fun-loving technique is so perfect for this blessed season. Hugs. 😉

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Oh wow Shirl, thank you for you kind comment. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  9. Leslie
    | Reply

    I will be featuring this tutorial on an upcoming “Found in the Stacks: Tutorials” blog post at

  10. Tammy Graf
    | Reply

    I love tags as well and always use paper reinforcements for my paper tags not only to add strength but for the look. I often color them to match what I’m doing. Now I can do that digitally. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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