Every Saturday Simple Scrapper answers your questions. This week’s question:

What are tagger kits?

I had a general idea of how to answer this question, but not a lot of details or the backstory. I did some research and it finally clicked for me.

What are tagger kits?
Tagger kits generally contain elements and papers, just like full-sized scrap kits, but are scaled to 800×800 or less and have a resolution of 72 dpi (vs. 3600×3600 and 300 dpi for full-size).  From a preview, they often look just like regular digital scrapbooking kits.

Why are they called “tagger”?
Not having any idea, I thought there might be a scrapbooking sub-culture dedicated to make hybrid tags to place on gifts. Could I have been more wrong!?! Here’s the real answer, thanks to AZgela:

A name is also referred to as a “tag.” You sign your name to something at the end, you tag it. Gangs and graffiti painters spray paint their names onto overpasses and other public property. They are called “taggers.” The people who are making siggies, i.e. signature graphics, are also called taggers because they are making graphics to sign your name to an email or posting.

Here response gave me the lightbulb moment I was looking for when it came to tagger kits!

How are tagger kits used?
They are primarily used to create signatures and avatars (i.e. “tags”) for message boards and email. However, they can also be used to create web-only scrapbook pages and small-scale hybrid projects. Tags are particularly popular on MySpace. Because of the low-resolution, printing 8×8 or 12×12 layouts just won’t work. Here’s some examples, including Heather Manning’s signature tag.

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Suzanne Woolcott is one artist whose designs are popular for this use, particular for custom avatars, but this is just one facet of tags. You’ll also find that semi-nude women are often subjects of tags across the internet, though obviously not so much within digital scrapbooking. Tags are traditional created using Paint Shop Pro and there is stock artwork available, called “tubes”. PSP tubes are similar to PS brushes that are used for just stamping one image. Making tags is one avenue by which many have come to digiscrapping.

Why choose tagger-sized?
If you’re into making web-only graphics or small printed items, then tagger-sized kits can save you a ton of hard drive space. Also, you can save several dollars on each kit by choosing the tagger-sized version!

Where to find tagger kits?
A quick Google search reveals many sources, including your favorite shops like Groovy Scraps. I did find one specialty store with fantastic designs. Keeping with the urban theme of these products, this store is called Pimp My Tags. I just loved these two kits in particular: Big Girl Panties and In the City.

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I hope this post was enlightening. Researching it certainly was for me! Don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win an amazing journaling class!

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