Trendy Tuesday – Banners and Flags

 Trendy Tuesday – Banners and Flags
By Colleen Harshaw

When it came time to begin my research for this article, I didn’t have to look very far!  The Freebie Friday post over at the Paper Crafter’s Library blog this week has a prize pack of Echo Park paper and embellishments from their Springtime line. It contains some beautiful papers along with banners and flags, ready to go!  Echo Park is one of many companies who are jumping on this very trendy bandwagon, and offering us a selection of banners and flags to use in our crafting.

It seems that banners and flags were found at every turn at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Winter 2012.  That is what I read anyways…..I wasn’t fortunate enough to actually attend the show myself…..sniff.

See below for a cute scrapbook page created by our very own Keren Baker from the Paper Crafter’s Library.  Keren created three different design team projects for the month of April (you can see them posted over at the Paper Crafter’s Library blog), and I would be neglecting my duties if I didn’t point out the fact that all three of Keren’s projects included a banner or flag in some form!  How is that for staying on trend?!


Scrapbook page created by Keren Baker for Paper Crafter’s Library

In this gorgeous sample of a layout, Jill used Echo Park supplies as well.  The line is the This and That Collection – Graceful.  It looks like Echo Park has a lot of good options if you are looking for flags and banners, folks!

Page created by Jill for

Next, we have a card sample created by Tracy Wegener.  She used some of that Echo Park Springtime paper that was up for grabs on Freebie Friday for her sunny sample!

Card by Tracy Wegener for Paper Crafter’s Library 

This cute little card was created by my friend Joanne, from over at My Favorite Things.  She used MFTs Die-namics Stackable Fishtail Flag dies to create those background flags in the pink and yellow patterns.  You can find out more about those dies in the supply list at the end of this article.

Card by Joanne Basile for My Favorite Things 

Nancy, from The Cat’s Pajamas, used some little flags in a very creative way for this masculine card.  Check out that shirt collar!

Card by Nancy Thomas for The Cat’s Pajamas 

I found this card sample over at The Cat’s Pajamas as well.  Those girls have been busy using their flag dies!   The nice thing about thin metal dies is that you can use them in so many different machines.  If you have a Cuttlebug, a Big Shot, a Side Kick or a Wizard….you are pretty well set!

Card by Amy Sheffer for The Cat’s Pajamas

This sample shows how you can use a large sized flag to create a tag.  Isn’t it cute?

Tag by Joanne Basile for My Favorite Things

OK, so here comes the good stuff!  The list of suppliers who sell the tools to make your own flags and banners, as well as a list of the ready- made stuff, for those of us who don’t have the time (or inclination) to make our own!  Just stick with me….you will be glad you did!

Flags and Tags die set from Lil’ Inker Designs.

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Sentiment Flags die set from Lil’ Inker Designs

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Next, we have some thin metal dies from My Favorite Things.  They call them Die-namics over there.  They have many different options, both in small and large, as well as stackable varieties.  See below for several different styes……
Big Banner dies from My Favorite Things
Fishtail banner dies from My Favorite Things

Thin banner die from My Favorite Things

Stackable fishtail flag dies from My Favorite Things

Stackable banner dies from My Favorite Things

Next we have The Cat’s Pajamas variety of dies for creating a banner.  They are sold under the name CutUps.

Thin banner dies from The Cat’s Pajamas

If you aren’t into die cuts, over at Gina K. Designs, they have an adorable stamp set, designed by Melanie Meunchinger, featuring a banner.  It is just one other way to get your banner fix.  Imagine how cute that banner would look paper pieced!  What a great way to use up all of those scraps!  I have a habit of keeping every little scrap.  I just can’t bear to recycle such beautiful papers, plus, it makes me feel a little bit less guilty about the gigantic size of my scrappy carbon footprint!

Basket Additions 2 – stamp set by Melanie Meunchinger

Photo courtesy of Gina K. Designs

OK…..I told you to stay with me.  Here are those pre-made, ready-to-go items that I promised you were coming!

Mini flags from October Afternoon
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Little Flyers from October Afternoon
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Flags by Maya Road
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Little wooden fish tail flags from Jillibean Soup
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Heidi Swapp flags from Pink Paislee
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Flags from BasicGrey
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Echo Park Springtime Collection
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Now, if you don’t want thin metal dies, stamps, paper OR stickers, I still have one more option for you!  For all of you digi scrapbookers out there, actually offers a digital banner template!

Digital Banner Twine Template
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So, I think it is safe to say, that no matter what type of paper crafter you are, when it comes to banners and flags, there are definitely options!  You really have no reason not to give this fun trend a try.  Oh, and don’t forget to post your projects in an online gallery so that others can be inspired too!



9 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – Banners and Flags”

  1. Oh, I love all the samples shown here! I think banners look to festive it’s an easy way to make anything look like a celebration! Thanks for the article.

  2. Fantastic article Colleen! You hit the nail on the head with this trend! We have certainly been seeing flags and banners everywhere. Great job on the sourcing as well.

  3. Great overview and roundup. Definitely something for everyone. The man’s shirt is too too cute!

  4. I love that you showed so many of the available products. I love banners and now I have so many options. Thank you.

  5. I love banners too 😉 !!! I too didn’t go to CHA ( one day?!!!). I love the product examples you’ve shown- that Die namics die looks fab – in fact most of those have me reaching for my purse! Loved your article!

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