Trav’lin In Style: Monogrammed Luggage Tags
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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.
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 Monogramed Luggage Tags
- Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches – 5 pouches come in each package
- Scrapbook paper or gift wrap
- Paper cutter or scissors
- 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.
Thanks, Diane, for all your hard work and sharing about how to make monograms! I read all of your posts. I think this is a great idea for stocking stuffers!
Hi there. Love the luggage tag directions – thank you for taking the time to put them in Word. I am not having any luck getting the space behind my monogram to print white. Can you help? Thanks so much.
Hi Suzie – It sounds like you have not added a white circle shape behind your monogram or you have “No Fill” checked for the background or circle. I think once you choose “white” for the Fill it should work for you. To check: go to Format – Shape Fill. A drop-down will appear make sure White is checked, not No Fill.
Super cute tag! I am flying home twice this summer and those paper tags make me crazy! I can’t wait to make my own. Hope you have fun on Anna Maria Island. It’s one of my favorite vacation spots. It’s so peaceful and relaxing!
That’s my upcoming vacation spot!! Hope you enjoy it. I will be looking forward to the photos of the trip! Cute tag btw
So glad that you have found and are living your passion!
Enjoy AMI. I have visited twice. Beautiful beaches and old Florida style.
Hi Tina – Thanks – I have been here now a little 24 hours now – it is beautiful. The weather could not be better. Lots of sunshine and balmy breezes.
Diane, thanks so much for this post and tutorial. I’m going on a girls’ trip with my dearest friends, from all the way back to elementary school and high school and these will make the perfect little gifts for everyone.
I went to joann fabrics and they had the scotch luggage tags on clearance for 97cents! I got all 6 packs they had left! I downloaded the monogram font and got busy; they look beautiful! Thanks again ~ Pam
Please do have a wonderful time! A well deserved time away from working! Let us know when you get back! (I painted my front door this weekend and wanted to tell you all about it!)
Oh I want these….. going to copy too. Years ago I would use the address labels, till someone told me that was not even a good idea. Lost luggage with my unusual name should be more than enough and I love all of your personal monograms.
Sigh, I can no longer travel….. too many fur kids ya know? lol But I would sure love this for my camera case for my monthly high school luncheons.
I can hardly wait for all the pictures, where to and whats….. but please just have a fabulous time? You definitely deserve it.
Welcome to Florida and Anna Maria island……I know you will enjoy every minute of your stay……we are so blessed to live 20 minutes away from these beautiful white sand beaches.
Hi JoEll – I have been on the island for a little over 24 hours now. It is beautiful!!! The weather perfect. We are having a great time.
Have a wonderful trip, Diane. Well deserved. I will look for your photos on instagram. I’m pretty sure I follow you on IG. If you’d like to connect my IG is @upyonderdesigns
Thanks Beth – I just followed you on Instagram.
Beautiful tags! You’ll love Anna Maria Island – we’ve been vacationing there for 35 years! Enjoy!
Thanks so much for sharing the monogram luggage tag idea. I’ve made these before for gifts for co-workers (I asked for a business card and used that on the reverse; but I used another idea for the front.) The monogram got me to thinking again. I’m making some tags for ME for our upcoming cruise. You got my creative juices flowing again!