Journaling card patterned paper is some of my favorite. It's the paper with the various cards on it that can be cut out and used in any number of ways. Take this Christmas sheet from Simple Stories...
I used it to make quick and easy tags. 12 tags in about 10 minutes, to be exact. Hooray for quick crafts!
Step 1: Cut. It. Out.
Step 2: Use an existing tag as a template to cut the cards into tag shapes.
Step 3: Color (or not) tag reinforcement stickers (you can get a bunch of these at The Dollar Store--score!).
Step 4: Punch tags and add stickers. Badda bing. Badda boom. Tags are done!
Step 5: Dress up those gifts. I used ours on our neighbor gifts. It added a small handmade touch, which is always nice, even if I am short on time this year.
TIP: Many sheets of paper like this (including this one) are double-sided, which means you'll have a two-sided tag, just right for decorating and writing.
Step 6: Send your cutest elf and most handsome Santa Man out to make merry.
Another tag idea is to take scraps of cardstock to make mini card bases. Dress them up with a single accent (I used a piece from my Rudolph book) and you have a bitty card tag--great for gift cards!