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!
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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.
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?
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!
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):
- I first cut out the pink rectangle background.
- 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!).
- 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!).
- Next came the purple layer.
- Lastly, the white layer was cut.
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….
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.
The vinyl colors match pretty well with the suitcase print too.
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!
(The Fine Print: This cut file is free for PERSONAL USE ONLY. No commercial use or redistribution is permitted. Thanks!)
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