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DIY Typographic Luggage Tags

Make Your Own Colorful Luggage Tags

I’ve traveled nearly every month this year and I find that with each trip, I hone in on what I pack, how I pack and what bags I bring. And one travel necessity that is often not-so-cute are luggage tags. So today I thought it would be fun to take a break from all the fall projects and share some fun, colorful luggage tags I made.

I created three typographic designs inspired by travel—including one that says, “full of shoes” for all you over packers out there. In just a few minutes you can have your own custom set of tags for every piece of luggage you own. Just download my free SVG luggage tag designs, cut them out on heat transfer vinyl, iron on and you’re ready to take off!

Keep reading for the tutorial and supply list!

Easy Silhouette and Cricut DIY Travel Luggage Tags

Supplies

SVG luggage tag cut file
White heat transfer vinyl

Leather luggage tags
Mini iron
Weeding tool
Optional: 12″ x 24″ cutting mat

Directions

  1. Download the SVG luggage tag cut file. Place a 12″ x 15″ sheet of white heat transfer vinyl on a 12″ x 24″ cutting mat with the shiny plastic side facing down. The design is already mirrored so no need to flip the graphics. Cut out according to the settings for heat transfer vinyl on your cutting machine.
  2. Use a weeding tool to carefully remove the negative space, or background areas, of vinyl. Cut out each design just inside the border.
  3. Place one design face down on the back side of a leather luggage tag. Using a mini iron, press each letter for about 5 seconds. Carefully peel back the clear plastic film. If the text is not adhered, continue pressing it with the iron for a few more seconds. Repeat with the other designs and tags and you now have a collection of fun luggage tags.

Use a mini iron to apply heat transfer vinyl to leather objects such as luggage tags.

How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl to Leather

DIY after DIY I find my mini iron so useful. I used it on pleather to create custom patterned clutches and it worked perfectly for this project too. If you are using a regular iron, be sure to use low heat without steam and place a thin cotton cloth on top of the vinyl while you iron.

The mini iron, even on the high setting, doesn’t get as hot as a regular home iron so it wasn’t necessary to use a cloth. But be sure to not leave it in the same place for too long or you might leave an imprint in the leather.

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DIY Modern Halloween Candle Decor

If you follow my story on Instagram, you may already know that I’m already prepping for holiday DIYs since I prefer crafting for Christmas much more than Halloween. But that said, I couldn’t let the month slip by without creating some spooky decor.

This Halloween I created my version of modern, Halloween decor—rose gold candle holders adorned with spiders. And I even used a fun hack to decorate flameless, battery-operated candles.

Check out the full tutorial over on FUN365!

 

My hack for decorating faux candles is using temporary tattoos, as shown below. Not only does it create a unique look perfect for Halloween, this technique can be used for creating all sorts of custom, festive candles.

Fall Leaf and Fox October 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

Hello Fall!

This month’s wallpaper is inspired by the changing of seasons and all the fun colors it brings. A cute little fox sits a top of hill with colorful leaves scattered behind. As always, this month’s free wallpaper download is available for all your devices, with a calendar, an inspiring quote, and without any text so you can keep it up longer than a month if you like.

DOWNLOAD THE OCTOBER WALLPAPER

Desktop | Desktop with calendar | Desktop with quote
Laptop | Laptop with calendar | Laptop with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen
Apple Watch

Design and illustration by Sarah Khandjian | downloads for personal consumer use only

MORE FALL WALLPAPERS AVAILABLE!

If you’re a fan of fall, check out some of the other seasonal wallpapers I’ve created over the years. And if you’re a graphic designer, you can now download my graphics in my Creative Market shop so you can use them in all your fall projects. They are vector and fully editable so they can easily be manipulated to fit your project.

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Bojack Horseman and Princess Carolyn Halloween Costumes

Make your own Bojack Horseman and Princess Carolyn costumes this Halloween. Click through to see how these were made.

Last Halloween Kevin and I went to not one, but 3 Halloween parties! This is huge for us because our tradition the past few years has been to stay in and spend the night handing out candy to neighborhood kids. Because though some of you might be a little offended, I’m just not that into Halloween. Yet after not dressing up the last few years, we DIY-ed our way into some last-minute costumes that ended up being a big hit and some of my favorite costumes to date!

If you’re a fan of the Netflix animated series, Bojack Horseman, then keep reading to learn everything you need to know to make your own Bojack or Princess Carolyn costumes! And if you haven’t watched it yet, add it to your already long list of shows to watch. But hurry up, because season 4 just came out last month and it’s the best one yet!

to make a Bojack Horseman costume

The only part you have to DIY on this costume is the pullover sweater. Rather than spend a ton on a knit sweater (and to make it look more like the cartoon), Kevin used black fabric paint to paint x’s and dashed lines all over the front of a blue long sleeve t-shirt. So easy—and he’s definitely worn this again after Halloween!

And if you want to go all out, you can get teal colored jeans and red all-stars.

to make a Princess Carolyn Costume

The Princess Carolyn costume is a little more involved, but still do-able. I started with a teal tank dress and added the fish pattern using yellow heat transfer vinyl. I used my Silhouette to cut out the fish but you could totally cut them out by hand too. Just make sure to cover the vinyl with a scrap piece of fabric before placing a dry, hot iron on top. Add a skinny belt and my favorite mustard yellow cardigan and you’re almost done.

I used yellow oven-bake clay to make the triangle charm for the necklace. Once it baked and cooled, I added a dot of red glitter glue in the center. You could also glue on a red jewel if you happen to have one.

The “ears” were made by cutting wrapping sticky pink craft foam around a headband. Once I wrapped it around, I used scissors to shape each piece into an ear. I then used black paint (you could also use a permanent marker) to draw the inside details on the ears. You can finish the costume off with pink heels but since I have chronic foot pain I opted to wear comfy sneakers instead.

 

Are you a fan of Bojack Horseman too? If so, which character would dress up as? I’d love to know!

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Four Healthy Bento Box Lunch Ideas

I’m always on the hunt for new lunch recipes because I just hate eating the same thing over and over again. Variety is the spice of life after all! Today I’m sharing 4 of my favorite lunches to eat and pack. There are 4 suggestions that fit all kinds of diets and the best part is they can be totally customized to fit your preferences and mood.

low carb/protein packed

  1. Black Pepper Harvest Snaps
  2. mixed nuts and dried fruit
  3. hard boiled eggs, peeled
  4. sliced black pepper turkey breast

omnivore/healthy

  1. Onion Thyme Harvest Snaps
  2. grapes
  3. curry chicken salad, I love the one from Trader Joe’s
  4. celery and your favorite nut butter

vegan/gluten free

  1. Lightly Salted Harvest Snaps
  2. hummus (a nut-based cheese substitute would also be delicious)
  3. tabouli
  4. olives

pescatarian

  1. Mango Chili Lime Harvest Snaps
  2. coconut salmon bites, this is my favorite recipe
  3. pineapple slices
  4. honey yogurt dipping sauce, combine nonfat Greek yogurt with honey, lemon juice & zest

Favorite bento boxes

After traveling to Japan last year, I became hooked on transporting my lunch in bento boxes. They are perfect for those of us who don’t like their foods to touch and great for packing a variety of things. I like these stainless steel bento boxes because the dividers are removable, making it easy-peezy to clean.

I jazzed up the lids of my containers using some white adhesive vinyl that I cut using my Silhouette cutting machine. Yet another reason why it’s my favorite DIY tool! If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can always decoupage cute patterns onto your boxes.


This video was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps