What is Vinyl?

When you hear the word ‘vinyl’ what do you think of? A phonograph record you listen to music on? Frankly, that way of listening to music is a little before my time, although I know a lot of people still enjoy listening this way.

The vinyl I work with is basically a very sticky sticker. These vinyl decals make it so easy to apply even the most intricate designs to any surface!

When I first saw a picture of a vinyl decal, I thought someone had painted on the wall. I was amazed at how detailed and precise it was! Then I found out there is a machine with a little blade that cuts sheets of vinyl to make the design! You can get a sheet of vinyl in a specific color, if you want multiple colors you’ll layer them on top of one another (like in this project) to get the look you want.

Once I cut my very first design to place on my cutting machine I was hooked! I love all of the possibilities and it’s a huge bonus it can be applied to pretty much any hard surface!

Are you interested in a vinyl decal for your wall or surface? Head over to my Etsy Shop and check out my designs or you can create one of your own!


How-To: Monogram Luggage with Vinyl

I am super excited to share this project! My daughter absolutely loves her new suitcase that she got as a Christmas gift from her grandparents.  She loved every minute of pulling her suitcase behind her at the airport as we traveled back home. I thought it would be fun to personalize it, but I didn’t want to put her full name. Doing a cute monogram would be the best option!

Luggage and Decals

What you’ll need:

Peeling Decal

First you want to decide where you want to put the decal. Once you know that, you’ll want to peel back the transfer tape (white with red lines) making sure the decal is sticking to it.

Luggage and peeled back decal

TIP: You can fold the decal in half to find the center.  Remember to keep the sticky part on the outside, or you’ll be stuck!

Applying decal to luggage

Finding the center of the decal will make it easier to place on the luggage, you can eyeball where the center is of the luggage or use a ruler to measure to be exact. Place the transfer tape and decal on the luggage and use a hard piece of plastic like a credit card to push the decal on the luggage. You can peel off the transfer tape making sure the decal is still sticking to the luggage.

Luggage applying second vinyl

I did the same thing for the second decal. If you have bubbles under the decal, you can use the piece of plastic to push all the bubbles out. TIP: Start with the bubbles in the center and work your way out.

Luggage Final

And it is all done! I’m so excited for my daughter to use her new monogrammed suitcase on our next trip!

Close Up Bow

Close Up Monogram

If you are interested in monogramming luggage or really anything, check out my Etsy shop, facebook page or e-mail me directly, I’d love to help you!

 

How-To: Customize a Soap Dispenser

Soap Dispenser Title

In our kitchen, we’ve always had those boring and inexpensive soap dispensers. So when our last one broke and we had to get a new one, I decided to make it a little more appealing.

This project is super simple and only took me five minutes at the most!

Soap 1

What you’ll need:

  • Hand soap dispenser (I got mine from Target for $0.79)
  • Custom vinyl decal
  • Goo Gone Spray (Optional)

First I took the front label off of the soap dispenser. It left a sticky residue, so I pulled out my Goo Gone Spray and a paper towel and it took it off easily. Then I washed it with some soap to make sure it was clean and dried it thoroughly.

Soap 2 & 3

I peeled back the transfer tape (sticky paper with red lines) making sure the decal is sticking to the transfer tape.

Soap 4

Once it was completely off of the paper, I put the decal on the soap dispenser where I wanted it to be. I pushed down firmly and peeled the transfer tape up, leaving the decal on the hand soap dispenser. TIP: If the decal is still sticking to the transfer tape, put the transfer tape and decal back down and rub it and try to lift again. 

Soap 5

And there it is! Super easy and it adds a little something extra to my kitchen. If you are interested in making your own custom vinyl decal check out my Etsy shop. You can pick from a lot of different colors to match your kitchen. I picked the first letter of my last name for my design but you could design your own cute or funny decal! These decals would work on more fancy soap dispensers as well!

How-To: Make a Personalized Ornament

This project has been two years in the making for me! I wanted to make a hand print ornament for my daughter for her first Christmas in 2015. I did the hand print part but never ended up making the vinyl to finish it. It has been sitting on my hutch for 2 years waiting to be completed. Now that I’m showing project ideas with vinyl I thought this was the perfect time to finish it!

To start, I took a clear glass ornament and multi-surface acrylic craft paint that worked on glass. I put the paint on a paper plate and took my daughter’s hand and dipped it in the paint. Then I placed her hand carefully on the ornament. (I don’t have pictures of this since it was 2 years ago haha) TIP: Use a cup to hold the ornament while it dries to help it stay still and upright.

Side Note: If I were to do it again (I probably will with my newborn), I would do a footprint instead of handprint. Trying to get a 3-month-old’s hand and fingers apart with paint on it was torture for all involved haha! However, if you have an older child who will listen to directions, I’m sure a handprint would work great!

In addition to the ornament, I used pre-cut vinyl, clear and shiny confetti (to look like snow), and a dry erase marker.

Ornament with a line of dry erase marker

Using the dry erase marker, I drew a line of where I wanted the name to go. I used a ruler to mark the center of the line with a tick mark.

Then I marked where the center of the name was on the vinyl paper so I knew where to start. With this project, I did not use transfer tape. I thought it would be easier to use the vinyl like a sticker and just pick up each letter and place it on the ornament seperately.

I started with the center letter and put it right above the line. Then I added each letter after, trying to keep the spacing the same.

Once those letters were on, I worked backwards from the center to the beginning of the name.

A helpful tip if you have problems using your fingers to put the decal in the right spot is to use a tool to help. Here I have a hook tool but you could use a pencil tip the same way to help put the decal exactly where you want it.

After I finished the name I did the year the same way.

Then I took off the top of the ornament and used a funnel to add the confetti inside of the ornament. You could also use a piece of paper if you don’t have a funnel. After I added the confetti, I put the top back on the ornament.

I loved the way it turned out and I’m super excited to have this special ornament on my tree! I plan to give it to my daughter when she is older and has a Christmas tree of her own!

If you would like to purchase an extra small custom vinyl decal like I used in this project, head over to my Etsy shop!

How-To: Personalize a Wedding Shadow Box

I’m was excited to work on this new project for a family member’s wedding. Unfortunately, we were unable to make it because we are getting very close to the arrival of our newest family member! That just meant I wanted to make a gift that was extra special with a personalized touch.

I love giving personalized gifts for showers because it is next to impossible for another guest to have the same gift. I remember the first bridal shower I went to:  I was just out of college and I didn’t know much about going to a bridal shower. I purchased a gift off the registry and I didn’t know I had to have the clerk scan the bar code to mark it as purchased. So when I went to the shower my friend opened a present from another guest that happened to be the same present I had purchased. I was so embarrassed that it happened, I ended up not putting my present up by the rest of the gifts so my friend didn’t have to open the same gift. I put it off to the side and told my friend after she opened everything. Now that I’ve become more experienced with going to bridal showers, I love making a personalized gift for the couple. It also is fun to see everyones reaction when they open a special gift that they didn’t see on a registry.

I bought an 11 in x 14 in shadow box from the craft store. They have many options for size, and they carry them in black and white. I chose the white shadow box this time because I didn’t know the colors of their house. This was the best option because white goes with just about anything.

I wanted to make the decals for the project in white as well. It allows for a classic look and will likely be complimented with darker items once it is filled. This will make the name and date easier to read.

 

I started out by laying the two decals on top of the shadow box to see where I wanted to put them. I thought one on top and one on the bottom would be best. That way when they filled the shadow box they could focus more on what they put inside.

I peeled the backing off, leaving the name decal on the transfer tape (white paper with red lines). Then I put it down on the glass part of the shadow box and smoothed out the decal with a hard piece of plastic (like a credit card). I peeled off the transfer tape, leaving the decal on the glass.

Tip:  If the decal still sticks to the transfer tape, place the decal back down and rub the area to secure it to the glass.

I did the same for the date decal. Ta-da! The shadow box is ready to be wrapped and gifted to your family or friend!

I loved the way it turned out; it is a simple, cute and personalized gift for the couple to fill with pictures and other mementos from their special day!

If you would like to create a gift similar to this, take a look at our custom vinyl decals or contact me to help find the best options for you!

Now that we are waiting the arrival of our new baby, I am going to be taking a short break from my etsy shop starting October 15, 2017. I will be monitoring my messages and email while I’m on maternity leave so please feel free to contact me!

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How-To: Apply a Vinyl Decal to a Chalkboard Easel

How-To Apply a Vinyl Decal to a Chalkboard Easel
How-To Apply a Vinyl Decal to a Chalkboard Easel

I’m excited to share with you the first project on my new website!

I found a small chalkboard easel in the Bullseye’s Playground section at Target for a few dollars. I thought it would be perfect for me to write my To Do List and Order List for my business. I live off of to do lists! I would be lost without them.

Instead of writting ‘To Do’ at the top of the chalkboard, I thought it would be more fun to make a vinyl decal to put on each side. One that says ‘TO DO LIST’ and the other that says ‘ORDERS LIST’.

To put the decal on the chalkboard I used a ruler to help keep everything straight.

Ruler, Decals and Chalkboard

First, I laid the vinyl decal on top of the chalkboard to measure where I wanted to put it, making sure it was centered.

Decal sitting on Chalkboard with ruler underneath to make sure it is even.

I peeled the decal off with the transfer tape (the sticky layer with red lines). I lightly put the decal and transfer tape at the top of the chalkboard easel.

Peeled decal is lightly on top of the chalkboard to make sure it is straight

After I made sure the decal was in the correct spot, I used a flat piece of plastic (a credit card works great) to secure the decal on the chalkboard.

A hard flat piece of plastic is shown to push the decal on top of the chalkboard to secure it into place

Once I had the transfer tape and vinyl decal secure, I peeled off the transfer tape revealing the decal on the chalkboard easel.

Peeling the transfer tape off of the chalkboard revealing the vinyl decal sticking to the chalkboard.

I did the same to the other side of the chalkboard for a ‘To Do List’ side. I am excited how it turned out and I’ve been using it a ton for my business.

If you would like to order small vinyl decal like this, take a look at our custom vinyl decal. The price will depend on the size, but something small like this would be pretty inexpensive. And we can create any kind of decal you’d like! It adds great value to something so simple!

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