So I’m full swing in the middle of my projects right now – working on my craft room and the master bathroom primarily right now.
Today however, I have a organizational tip — LABELING! Labeling makes everything easier. I don’t have a special label-maker, though I do see one in my near future. Right now, however, I am using my Cricut. I’ve had my Cricut for a few years now and have periodically used it for different craft projects. This time I’m using it for labeling.
What I used for this simple labeling method…
- Cricut – or any other craft cutting machine (even if you just have a Big Shot or Cuttlebug and want to use dies you can do this)
- Adhesive Vinyl – I use Oracal 651 which is outdoor vinyl
- Cricut cartridge with a font (if you are using any other machine then a font that works with that machine)
- Something to label
First, find something you want to label. For my project today I’m labeling all of Calen’s things for preschool – lunchbox, backpack, and all the cups he may take with him for snack.
Second, load the vinyl in your machine. For the Cricut image sure it would fit the 12″x6″ platform before I placed it on the sticky sheet. I chose to use Oracal 651 which is the outdoor vinyl – to lasts up to 6 years outdoor so I figured it would last through preschool. I’ve already tested this in my dishwasher too since I’m putting it on his cups. I washed the cup 3 times in the dishwasher and it is not coming off at all so it seems to hold up pretty well.
Third, cut your letters. For the cups I cut the letters at 1/2″ and for the backpack I cut them at 3/4″. It really depends on how long your word or phrase is and how much space you have. If I were labeling boxes on a shelf I would probably do either 3/4″ or 1″. Tip: test with 1 letter first to be sure you have your settings set properly. I find that on my machine I can use the same settings I do for thick cardstock. You only really need it to cut through the vinyl, not necessarily through the backing sheet.
(Here you can see the settings I used, but please test out your machine first so you don’t waste any vinyl.)
Fourth, adhere your letters to what you are labeling. And enjoyed your labeled goodness!
I love how easy this is. You can buy whatever color you want. With Oracal, generally the indoor vinyl is matte and the outdoor vinyl is glossy with some exceptions of course. If you are looking to purchase these vinyls, the indoor vinyl is Oracal 631 and the outdoor vinyl is Oracal 651.
Here are a few more things I labeled today… the Cricut cord so when it’s in the drawer with all the other cords it will be easy to find, Calen’s preschool cups, and a blank notebook I had to decorate.
That’s all for today guys. Thanks for joining me!