Monday, March 20, 2017

DIY name tags (that rock!)

You can get pretty clever with Heritage Makers products because they're completely customizable.  I've shown you a few before--like address labels becoming chocolate wraps for celebrations and events {here} as well as {here}, and home decor blocks from scrapbook pages {here} and {here} and even DIY wine glass tags from a scrapbook page (which I used for home decor) right {here}.

I recently decided to make name tags for my monthly {Memory-Keeping Group}.  There are some new folks, so I decided it would be nice to have something special as people meet each other.

There's a UV coating option on scrap pages, which I got so I could use a dry-erase marker on it.  HOW COOL IS THAT?!

About this same time, a friend of mine from a nationwide women's networking group* asked me if she could hire me to make name tags for their chapter so they'd really stand out!  (Of course!!)  Orange and pink are the group's colors, and I got permission to use a couple of logos.  I LOVE how special this makes their chapter!

  1. I first recommend buying the plastic name tag holders at an office supply store so you know what size name tags you'll be creating.
  2. If you don't already have a Heritage Makers account, open one (they're free) by following the steps in the red "how to get started" tab at the top of this blog.  
  3. Once you have your Heritage Makers account, all you do is click "start a project."  Select a scrapbook page size or 11x14 print.  I needed to make the name tags 3x4 so they'd fit into the plastic holders.  I decided to use an 11x14 print instead of a scrap page since I could fit more of this size on there.  They're a tad cheaper for the size, too.
  4. Using the drag-n-drop system (called Studio), create the name tags in the sizes of your name tag holders.  If you have questions about using Studio, ask me using the "contact me" tab or refer to the tutorials in the "how to get started' tab.  Digital art is included with all Heritage Makers products!
  5. I made one tag and then copied and pasted to make a sheet full of nine.  Being able to copy and paste will save you a lot of time when creating these.  You can even copy whole projects!
  6. When you're ready, submit your project for publishing on Heritage Makers' giant printing press, select the UV coating option (free for Club HM members), and wait 7-10 days for it to arrive at your door.  
  7. Cut out the name tags from the Heritage Makers print and put them in the plastic holders.
It really makes a nicer, more professional and impressive look.  I love how these turned out.  They're great for business, of course, and can be re-used when used with a dry-erase marker.

Thanks to the wonderful Elda of {Compassionate Truth} for taking pictures of these orange ones for me!  (photos used with permission)  I love being hired to make something fabulous for people, but the only thing I don't love about it is that I don't often get to see the finished product (since it's shipped to the person I'm making it for)--so I was happy to see how GREAT these turned out!

*By the way, if you're a woman business owner and you're looking for a positive, fun, supportive way to network with other women and make friends, definitely check out {Polka Dot Powerhouse}.  There are chapters all over the country, and even online connects for those who don't have a chapter nearby.  You can visit a Polka Dot Powerhouse meeting as a guest once without being a member, so click the "find meetings" link there at the website to see what's near you.  If you visit, you'll need to have been invited by someone, so just put "Jennifer Wise" as the person who invited you, and go enjoy meeting some wonderful women!