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Behind the Scenes : Tags, Ties & Toppers

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Flip to page 87 of your December issue of Living and you'll find 55 tags, ties, and toppers—that's right—55 different gift embellishment ideas! Most of which can be made from craft scraps and office supplies you may already have around the house.

There's something for everyone, whether you're the type who likes to craft a homemade gift topper or simply print out our ridiculously cute clip art (thanks, art director Erin Jang).

Here are some shots from the development stage, as well as the photo shoot.

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Developing tags...

1 Developing tags...

More tag development.  I love the large Martha Stewart Craft snowflake punch.  It didn't make our story, but it was used to make beautiful ornaments in Good Things.

2 More tag development. I love the large Martha Stewart Craft snowflake punch. It didn't make our story, but it was used to make beautiful ornaments in Good Things.

Playing with ties...

3 Playing with ties...

It's amazing what you can do with office supplies!

4 It's amazing what you can do with office supplies!

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A couple of these didn't make the story.

6 A couple of these didn't make the story.

These too- we edited the felt toppers for the final shoot.

7 These too- we edited the felt toppers for the final shoot.

Shoot day!  Our photographer Johnny Miller was inspired by the supplies- he embellished his phone between shots.

8 Shoot day! Our photographer Johnny Miller was inspired by the supplies- he embellished his phone between shots.

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Our work station- sometimes things get messy when there are so many craft materials involved.

11 Our work station- sometimes things get messy when there are so many craft materials involved.

That's a peek at the makings of this story- you'll find the final, along with SO many more holiday ideas, in the December issue of Living!

12 That's a peek at the makings of this story- you'll find the final, along with SO many more holiday ideas, in the December issue of Living!

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