Thursday, June 18, 2009

We're Going on a Trip

Summer is always full of fun trips out of town. Whether it's for work, to visit friends, or just to get away for awhile, we are always all over the place in the summer.

This summer I'm going to Provincetown for work, LA to visit my friend Sarah, Pennsylvania to visit my grandmother, Alex and I are going to DC to visit his family, and we are trying to plan a vacation away for just the two of us! In that spirit, I decided to make myself a fancy new luggage tag. These would also make fun, personalized, and easy gifts for friends who like to travel.

Laminated Luggage Tag (from The Big Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano)
  • Map or a computer and color printer
  • White Paper
  • Access to a laminating machine
  • Key ring
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Glue stick (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Pencil (optional)

Grab a free map from a local rest stop or find a pretty colored map image online. I chose this image of the London Underground. Cut out a 3"x 11" double sided piece. Most maps are double sided, but if you are using a printed map from online, either print it double side, or print it twice and glue stick your two pieces together.

Print out or write up an Address Block (the information someone will need to contact you if your luggage is lost, such as name, address, phone number, email address) on a white piece of paper. Cut it so that it will fit on your luggage tag (mine is 2.5" x 3") and glue stick it 2.5" down from one of short sides of your luggage tag (now you have a top and bottom.)

Laminate your map using a 3 mil plastic sleeve (most office's have a laminating machine, if not staples can do this pretty cheap). Make a 1" fold at the top of your luggage tag and staple it through the middle.

Fold the other end up about 4.5" so that it fits under the top flap. Punch a hole through the stapled part of your luggage tag and thread a key ring through it.

Attach to your luggage and have a great trip!

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