Wednesday, July 25, 2018

DIY Matching Gift Tags with Cricut

 Get excited because it's time for another installment of the "Create with Cricut Challenge"! If you didn't get a chance to see my previous projects for the challenge you can find my felt project here, my cereal box project here, my burlap project here,  my tissue paper project here, my paint chip project here and my leather project here!

If you're new around here and unfamiliar with the challenge, each month there is a new mystery material and using my Cricut, I make something using it! Isn't that fun?? This month, the material is wrapping paper! I really tried to think out of the box with this project so I decided to use my favorite Cricut feature, the print then cut feature to create custom gift tags that match your favorite wrapping paper!
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
It's no secret that I'm a major gift wrap junkie. I LOVE wrapping gifts. I don't know what it is, but I still remember my mom teaching me how to perfectly fold the corners in and I've loved it ever since. Maybe it's because receiving gifts is one of my love languages and so it's also how I like to show love, I don't really know, all I know is, I love it! Another thing that is no secret about me is how OCD I am about things matching and if you're the same, this DIY is definitely for you! Have you ever found the perfect wrapping paper and unable to find the perfect gift tags to match said wrapping paper? Well today, I'll teach you to make your own!

Supplies

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Printer (with a scanner)(I love this one)

You're going to start by scanning the gift wrap you want to use and then upload it as a pattern in Cricut Design Space. You can do this by clicking "upload" in the bottom left and then "Upload Pattern". Then decide on your tag, I really loved the "Purple Tag" from the Something to Celebrate cartridge. It's a two layer tag but I decided to only do the top layer. Once you chose a tag you'd like to use, change the cut symbol next to it to a print symbol, this is where you will find "patterns".
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
The pattern you uploaded should be at the top, click it. From here you can click edit at the bottom of the window and this screen will appear. 
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
As you can see, my pattern begins to repeat towards the bottom of the tag. I didn't like the look of that, so I decided to change the scare to 150 which essentially zooms into the pattern. You can play around with this until you're happy. You can also move your pattern horizontally, vertically, or even rotate or flip your pattern, so play around until you're happy with it. 

Once you are, you can click "Make it". I decided to fit as many tags as I could on one page so I'd have extras for the next time I used this wrapping paper.
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
Then, you're ready to print!
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
 Once you're done printing, put your paper on your mat and load it into your machine. It will do the rest for you!
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
 Easy peasy!
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
I also decided to use my handy dandy Crop A Dile and a gold eyelet for a little added polish. 
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
So cute right?? This technique comes in handy at Christmas time, especially for someone like me who wants all my gifts to match. I've even used sticker paper to create custom sticker tags! So many possibilities!



Monday, July 16, 2018

Exciting Announcement!

It’s been a little quiet around here lately because I’ve been working on my biggest DIY to date! 
Baby Not So-Cli Shea coming in January!

Monday, July 9, 2018

DIY Bachelorette Luggage Tags with Cricut AND a Giveaway!

It's safe to say I'm pretty obsessed with today's project. I've teamed up with Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, my girl Carolina with 30 Minute Crafts, Jen with 100 Directions, and Jessica with Mad in Crafts to bring you a week filled with fun Cricut Iron On projects. They'll be posting projects every day this week and a bunch of us bloggers have joined in to post projects of our own so be sure to check them all out! AND my favorite brand, Cricut is going to giveaway an EasyPress, EasyPress Mat, and a selection of iron on products to one lucky winner! Keep reading to enter!

It's summertime and although I have no fun vacation plans in the foreseeable future (insert pouting face here) I still wanted to create something for those of you who ARE planning a getaway with your girls this summer with these fun Bachelorette Luggage Tags!
First, have you seen that my girl Jen over at Something Turquoise opened up a shop with the CUTEST digital files?? That's where I got today's adorable "I Do" and "I Do Crew" cut files

Supplies

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Fabric (Mine is from JoAnn)
Iron On Vinyl (I used Raspberry)
Suede Cord (This one is a great variety and value)
Cricut EasyPress (Or your iron)
Cricut EasyPress Mat
Sewing Machine (I just got this one and LOVE it)
Thread
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
As I'm sure you've heard by now, the Cricut Maker is life changing for any fabric enthusiast, which I definitely consider myself to be. Heck, I buy fabric even with no project in mind, just because I love it (in fact, its how I ended up with the fabric I used for this project!). 

To start this project, decide how many tags you will need, this will determine how much fabric you'll be needing. Be sure to cut two hexagons for each tag (one for the front and one for the back). Add heat n bond to the backside of your fabric in the size you will need to cut the right amount of hexagons, then apply it to your cutting mat. 
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
The new Cricut brayer has quickly become one of my favorite tools. It ensures that you have a good stick to your mat.
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
I believe I set my machine to "cotton, bonded" with extra pressure to cut my fabric. Your machine really does all the work for you!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
See! Great cuts every time!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Remove the backing from the Heat N Bond, place two pieces wrong sides together and press.
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Then using your Crop-a-dile, create your eyelet hole.
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Trying to stay close to the edge, and away from your eyelet hole, sew around the outside. I decided to use a bright pink thread for a fun contrast. This is really just a fun decorative detail since the heat n bond should keep the fabric together. 
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Then, you can add your eyelet. 
**I actually did this project two ways. First I did it by adding the eyelet after the iron on and second I did it before. Both ways work but I think it's actually easier to put it in after, so you don't have to worry about touching it when you're ironing.**
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Cut your iron on vinyl. I've seriously been obsessed with this Raspberry color lately. I've been putting it on everything!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Find where you'd like to place your iron on vinyl and press in place using your EasyPress or your home iron. If you have already set your eyelet, be sure to steer clear of it while pressing. I thought it would be fun to add names to the other side of the tags so that they wouldn't get mixed up. I of course used my go to font these days, Better Together
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Then add your suede. It's kind of personal preference, but I prefer to loop it by going in from the side that I want to be the front, I think it just has a cleaner look, but totally up to you!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
And that's it! The most ADORABLE luggage tags perfect for your next bachelorette bash! And the best part is, they're totally customizable! You could use a fun buffalo plaid if you're going to the mountains or a coastal fabric if you're doing a beach getaway, or your kids favorite super hero if you want to add one to their backpack, it's totally up to you!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
I can't wait to see what all the other bloggers create! 


Definitely don't forget to pop over to the Something Turquoise shop to check out more of her adorable digital files, they're a crafters dream!

And, if you're looking to score some Cricut Iron On goodness of your own, enter the giveaway here!
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