Monday, December 9, 2013

Sketch Pen Labels

In my final Silhouette Challenge of this year, I wanted to test my skills a bit further.  I knew I wanted to make labels and use sketch pens, but I also wanted to take it a step further.  This project could have easily been done on my printer.  It could have easily taken 5 minutes.  But I wanted to learn, I wanted to challenge myself, which is what this monthly challenge as been all about anyway.  

I used Avery labels instead of the Silhouette brand because that is what I had on hand.  Of course, Silhouette doesn't have a setting for Avery brand labels, so I had to create it myself.  I measured the sheet of labels and then drew lines in my file that represented where the label cuts were.  

Then I typed out the names of each bin I was planning on labeling.  Of course I had to take it a step further and put some pictures on too.  This helps Lucy and the rest of the kids that come over since not all the kids can read yet.  

Next, I had to determine what I was going to print in what colors.  

The time consuming part, is that every color you want you use, you have to start this process over. So for all the pink, I had to select the pink, print, then reload.  Then I had to unselect the pink and select what I wanted to be purple.  Rinse, lather, repeat.  

Also, you have to make sure when you go to cut, to change your settings from "cut" to "sketch pen."

Additionally, I used sharpies with the sketch pen holder instead of the Silhouette brand sketch pens.  I am not sure what the difference is, I just had a bunch of Sharpies and thought it made more sense to have the pen holder since it was more versatile.

It posed to work out just fine too.

On the labels that I didn't sketch out a picture on, I hot glued an example.  Puff balls for the puff ball box, a small card on the card box and then I used duct tape on the duct tape box and put Girl Scout stickers all over the Girl Scout box.

 I really love how they turned out.  Like I said before, I could have just run these through my printer, but I wanted to learn, really learn, the ins and the outs of my machine and this was a good test run for me.  It will especially be helpful when I do the labels for some of my homemade Christmas presents this year!

Like in past months when I did these Silhouette Challenges, there are a bunch of other bloggers participating!  This month is slightly different because we are hosting a giveaway for an Amazon gift card that can be applied in buying your own Silhouette machine!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

  1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
  4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
  5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
  6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
  7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley's Corner
  8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
  9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
  11. Deer Head Holiday Banner...featuring Santa's Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
  12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
  13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
  14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
  15. Elf Chalk Sign: "The Best Way to Spread Christmas" by Weekend Craft
  16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
  17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
  18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
  19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
  20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
  21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
  22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
  23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
  24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
  25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
  26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
  27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
  28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
  29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
  30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
  31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
  32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
  33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
  34. "Believe" Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
  35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

Do you have a Silhouette machine?

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  1. These are super cute Randy! Great job on getting all those lines into Studio. I have to say, my favorite is the puff balls! I just want to go up and poke them. (The inner child in me is giggling as I write this. Uh oh!)

  2. I LOVE the picture addition on the labels!!! Now they are custom AND kid friendly. Good job!!

  3. I really like how you challenged yourself to not only use your Silhouette, but to learn functions that will help you in the future! I started out with vinyl, and could do that all day long, but am also trying to venture away and do more! I think labeling should be one of my next projects on my to do list, especially now that I have seen how yours turned out all cute! Great job!

  4. Love your labels, nice idea adding the pics for the kiddos.

  5. These are perfect! I need to do these for my craft room. It needs some Major organizing!

  6. What a great idea. I have been wanting to label all my craft supplies and I hare my hand writing. This will looks so much better.

  7. This is a great idea for labels of craft supplies. I have the sketch pens, but I've been too nervous to try them. I'll have to get them out soon!

  8. These labels are adorable. They look great!

  9. These are so cute! i need to get me some of those sketch pens.

  10. I love the labels and envy your organisation!

  11. Girl, I am a label queen - this is great! I really need to invest in some sketch pens... My Silhouette wish list just keeps getting longer and longer. Very cute!

  12. Definitely going to use for the after-Christmas organizing extravaganza that's going down at my house!

  13. Way to really challenge yourself this month! And from what I've seen on FB, you are sketching it up of late! So clearly, it was worth the effort in really learning the ins and outs of using those sketch pens. Love the idea of including pictures and props with your labels for the little ones to "read," too. The label-lover in me is swooning over how organized everything looks. Brava! Thanks for participating in our Special December Challenge & Giveaway!


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