Today is the day I have been eagerly waiting for…it is the day I start packing…packing up the winter blues and heading to the land of sunshine and warm gulf waters.
Back in February I got a ticket to paradise along with 5 other bloggers. Tomorrow we leave for Anna Maria Island for fun in the sun and to explore everything there is to know about the island.
Being a blogger is the best thing I have ever done. I get to share my passion with you and every now and then get a perk like this. I count my blessings every day.
To get me to my destination in style, I decided to make this pretty monogrammed tag. It was super easy with self-sealing laminating pouches that you can buy at office supplies stores and Walmart.
Normally when I travel, I use the paper luggage tags that are on the airline check-in counters to put on my suitcase…but no more. I have banned them from my existence! They do come in handy, but lack style. Since the bag I check is black (like every other bag being checked), I wanted a way to know mine at a glance on the pick up carousel when I get to my destination.
After this winter, I think everyone who lives in northern climes would enjoy this quote. It about sums up the need to get away :-)
How to Make Monogrammed Luggage Tags
supplies needed:Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches – 5 pouches come in each package Scrapbook paper or gift wrap Paper cutter or scissors Pencil Computer – to create monogram
1. I used a different color of paper for each side of my tag. You need to have the edges of the tag free of paper so the sides stick together. Cut out two pieces of the paper to the size needed to self laminate: 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.
2. I made the monogram in Photoshop Elements, but I wrote a tutorial on how to make a monogram using Microsoft Word if you don’t have Elements. You can also make a monogram in Microsoft Publisher and I wrote a post on how to make a monogram on a Silhouette cutting machine.
3. You can download the font I used here: Monogram KK
4. It is pretty straightforward, but what I get questions about most is how to get each of the letters on either side of the center letter a different size. The answer – you need to create a separate layer or text box for each letter. This allows you to edit each by itself and move it around.
5. To make the oval, I used the oval shape tool on Elements. I made two ovals. The first one was larger and pink. I made the second oval smaller and white and placed it over the first oval. This created a border around the oval.
6. For the other side of the tag, I simply typed out my name, address, and phone number and printed it out. The font I used for my name is Centeria Script. I cut the monogram oval out with scissors leaving 1/8″ of white all around it.
7. The 2-step directions on how to laminate your tag are right on the pouch itself. Place your monogram and address back to back. Make sure they line up. Open the pouch and place them in. Make sure they are centered. Remove the paper backing on the pouch and then roll the clear sticky surface over the paper. Seal around the edges with your fingers to make sure the sides are adhered.
8. Attach a loop that comes with the pouches and you are done.
Since the package comes with 5 tags they would make great little gifts to give your girlfriends or even to make a tag for a gift.
Now I am off to pack and check-off my long to-do list so that come tomorrow morning I can grab my ticket and head to paradise.
If you would like to see what we are up to during our trip, you can follow me on Instagram where I will be posting daily.