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Monogram Luggage Tag (and Free Cut File)!

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We just spent the last week visiting my in-laws in beautiful Maine….we frolicked on a couple beaches, ate too much lobster, and just had a wonderful time all around.  In preparation for this trip, I got monogram fever again and decided to beautify the luggage tag on my suitcase.

It didn’t really need it, but I had vinyl to spare and my creative juices started flowing, so I slapped my initials on that puppy!  I think it turned out just beautifully, and I’m offering the cut file I created as a FREE download if you’d like to make your own monogram luggage tag….details are below!

Monogram Luggage Tag (and FREE Cut File)

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Monogram Luggage Tag (and Free Cut File)!

I have a lovely Vera Bradley suitcase in Purple Punch (the print has been retired for several years now, but you can still find items floating around for sale online….I also have a duffle bag, a laptop sleeve, and a couple makeup bags in it as well….what can I say?  It’s just so cute!).

The print is obviously very loud in its own right and I never have trouble locating it in baggage claim.  However, I still wanted to create a personalized luggage tag for it, and to be honest, I really don’t have to look far for an excuse to slap a monogram on something…..personalization is an addiction of mine.

 

What a Boring & Sad Luggage Tag :/

Here’s the luggage tag before my vinyl monograming adventure.  It was boring dark brown that had Ms. Bradley’s signature engraved in it.  Since it has two sets of stitches running along the edge, I measured the area on the inside of the inner stitch line for my monogram so my vinyl would stick firmly to the tag.

Vera Bradley Luggage Tag

 

My Monogram Luggage Tag Design

I then opened up Silhouette Studio and started designing.  I had originally planned on only doing my monogram in the classic Vine Monogram font, but since Vera’s signature was engraved on the luggage tag, I needed to expand my design in order to completely cover it and erase all evidence of Vera (I still love ya, girl!).

I used my rectangle tool to create a background layer and filled it in with hot pink….I was crossing my fingers that the colors I’d be designing with would actually match vinyl colors that I had on hand (I could have gotten my lazy butt off the couch to actually check my stash first, but what’s the fun in that?).

Next, I found a cute swirly square frame in a dingbat font (it’s a capital F in KG Flavor and Frames) and then created a long horizontal rectangle and welded the two together (this is the purple layer).  I then made an external offset (the green layer) followed by an internal offset (the white layer).  I of course added my monogram in the center, then added some green dots on either side of it with the help of my line and rhinestone tools.

Here’s the final mockup of my design.  Not too shabby, eh?

Monogram Luggage Tag Silhouette Studio Design

 

The Vinyl

Now that my design was complete, it was time to prepare for cutting it out.  I started rummaging through my vinyl stash in search of coordinating colors to match my design with the suitcase print.  This is why purchasing a variety pack of vinyl colors comes in handy because I never know when creative inspiration will strike.  I luckily had some purple, lime green, hot pink, and white ready and waiting….perfect!

Monogram Luggage Tag (and FREE Cut File)

 

Cutting the Vinyl Layers

Since this design involves layering multiple colors of vinyl, I added a couple registration marks above my design to help with alignment.  You can read more about adding registration marks and layering vinyl here in my tutorial for making a cute & feminine home state decal (it’s super easy!).

I then proceeded with cutting the vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo (the registration marks were cut with each layer):

  1. I first cut out the pink rectangle background.
  2. Next, I cut out my monogram in the same pink vinyl (I cut these two pink layers out separately so they both would have the registration marks at the top….remember, I’m going for perfect alignment here and I need all the help I can get!).
  3. The green vinyl was cut next.  As you can see, I moved the green dots up in the dead space between the registration marks….I was just going to use tweezers and eyeball their placement, so no registration marks would be needed (plus, it saves precious vinyl!).
  4. Next came the purple layer.
  5. Lastly, the white layer was cut.

Silhouette Studio Vinyl Layering Cuts

 

Weeding & Layering The Vinyl

Now that all my layers were cut, I weeded each of them and then tried not to have a mini panic attack at the thought of messing up while layering.  I have strong OCD tendencies and the mere thought of getting this far only to have the layers not line up perfectly sent shivers down my spine.  Having registration marks is a great help, but I still had to align those up….it was so nerve-wracking!  I wish I had an Easy (Layering) Button….

Monogram Luggage Tag (and FREE Cut File)

So, working from the top, I applied transfer paper and started my layering adventure.  First I placed the pink monogram on top of the white, then that on top of the purple, then placed that on the green layer, then applied that on top of the pink rectangle.  Like I mentioned earlier, I chose to use a pair of tweezers and apply the two dot lines separately….it was just easier for me to eyeball these two pieces since they’re so tiny.  Much to my pleasure, my layering actually looked pretty great!  Lastly, I applied the completed vinyl design onto my brown luggage tag, aligning it just inside the inner stitching.

And tada!  My personalized, custom-made monogram luggage tag was complete!  It’s not perfectly aligned, but gosh darn it, it’s good enough!  Especially for something that will only be seen once or twice a year….I don’t travel nearly as much as I would like, but such is life with a toddler.

Monogram Luggage Tag (and FREE Cut File)

Monogram Luggage Tag (and FREE Cut File)

 

The vinyl colors match pretty well with the suitcase print too.

Monogram Luggage Tag (and FREE Cut File)

Monogram Luggage Tag (and FREE Cut File)

Monogram Luggage Tag (and FREE Cut File)

 

FREE Cut File!

Monogram Luggage Tag (and FREE Cut File)

 

If you’d like to make your own monogram luggage tag (or anything else really….this design is very utilitarian!), here’s the Silhouette Studio cut file I created.  You’ll just need to select a font of your choosing and add your monogram, and you may need to adjust the size too.  Then just cut out the different layers and enjoy!

Click HERE to download this FREE Monogram Luggage Tag .studio cut file!

(The Fine Print: This cut file is free for PERSONAL USE ONLY.  No commercial use or redistribution is permitted.  Thanks!)

 

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Lori Russell

Saturday 12th of September 2015

WOW!!! Your layering vinyl tips with the registration marks is GENIUS!!! Just what I've been looking for (for months)!! THANK YOU TONS!

Christine

Saturday 19th of September 2015

Wahoo! Glad I could help Lori! :) Yes, registration marks are quite amazing. They definitely lower the stress layer while layering. Good luck! :)

Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs

Thursday 16th of July 2015

I love your suitcase. You won't miss it going by on the conveyor belt. The monogrammed luggage tag looks professionally made! Thanks for sharing the cut file!

Christine

Saturday 18th of July 2015

Why thank you, Kelly! Yes, the bright pattern is definitely super easy to spot at baggage claim....another bonus! :)

Michelle from Weekend Craft

Tuesday 14th of July 2015

Can I just say I love your luggage! I've always wanted a fun vera suitcase instead of my boring samsonite. Loved all the layering of vinyl. I still haven't tried layering yet. I am going to have to give it a try.

Emily @ Two Purple Couches

Monday 13th of July 2015

Your luggage tag turned out beautifully! I am very impressed with your vinyl layering skills ;) And I love your Vera suitcase!! I have a purse in that print :)

Christine

Monday 13th of July 2015

Thanks so much, Emily! Layering vinyl makes me very anxious, so I was happy that this project turned out successfully. And I love this Vera print too! :)

Vicki Perry

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

Thank you for all you do for others!!! Seems like we are sisters... All you post are things I love!

Christine

Monday 23rd of March 2015

Vicki, I've always wanted a sister! ;) I'm so happy to hear you enjoy the things I post....it's so fun sharing these things with others, and to know they're appreciated too is just icing on the cake! Thank you so much for the sweet comment!

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