I seriously can’t believe my little man is one month old already. It’s amazing how even though each day (and night) seems so long, the past month has just flown by! I appreciate your patience as I’ve stepped back from blogging a bit over the past few weeks to get settled as a family of FOUR (it’s still a little hard to believe!)…and as I continue to post a little more sporadically than usual in the coming weeks as I have precious little time to myself for crafting and blogging these days. But I did manage to put together these fun baby tie stickers in time for my baby boy’s 1 month birthday, so I thought I’d share them with you!
I wasn’t very good about keeping on top of the monthly photos when my daughter was a baby. When they’re this little, it seems if you miss the couple of days around their actual “monthiversary” they’ve already changed so much that it’s not really a true representation of what they looked like on that day! So I figured I’d hop on board the monthly-baby-sticker trend as some motivation to actually take the monthly photos.
Etsy is FILLED with all different kinds of these baby monthly stickers – a huge variety of shapes, patterns, colors, and sizes. That’s a great option if you don’t have a Silhouette or don’t have the time to make your own. But of course, I knew I could put my Silhouette to work to make a set for my little man. Want to make a set for your baby, or as a gift for a mom-to-be? Here’s how to make your own!
Start with the outline of the shape you want – trace a free clip art image or purchase the shape from the Silhouette Design Store. I decided to do a neck tie, but you could do anything you want. (Most people just do a circle.)
Next, decide on a color or pattern and fill your shape. (There are lots of free “digital scrapbook papers” out there that make great fill patterns. Silhouette School has a great tutorial on importing patterns into Silhouette Studio if you don’t know how to do that.)
Create your text however you’d like to and add it to your shape. I used a white circle, but set the transparency to 15% so you could still see the pattern through it a little bit. Then I added a thick colored outline to the circle. Don’t forget that the align tool as an easy way to center your text.
I like to create a cut line using the internal offset tool so that even if the cut is off by a tiny little bit, the background pattern still goes from edge to edge of the cut sticker. Take a moment before you duplicate your shapes to select all the lines to “no cut” except the internal offset line you just created. (In the V3 software, this is under “adjust cut settings” in the cut settings menu.)
Once you’ve duplicated your design into 12 months (you can use the same design for all 12 months or create variations like I did), you’re ready to print and cut. Add registration marks and arrange as many as you can fit onto one sheet of paper.
I used Silhouette Brand Printable White Sticker Paper. It printed and cut very well, but it wasn’t quite sticky enough to completely adhere to the onesie when I was taking photos…so for the rest of the months I might try a different brand of sticker paper.
Load the sticker paper into your printer, and print!
Stick it on your mat and load it into your machine. Before you cut, don’t forget to have your software detect those registration marks.
Double check that you’ve only got your internal-offset-outline set to cut, then cut away!
Continue with the rest of your months, and you’ve got a year’s worth of baby milestone stickers personalized just for your little one! Now for the fun part – taking pictures!
I know, he’s not nearly as photogenic as his big sister – yet. Such a serious face all the time. We’ll try to get a smile next month!
These would make a great baby shower gift too, don’t you think? Put it together with a baby organizer folder or maybe some personalized baby onesies and you’ve got the perfect combo of practical and fun DIY baby gifts!
You might also want to check out this Daddy’s Hospital Survival Kit…
…and these Labor & Delivery Nurse Thank You Bags!
Making baby stuff is so much fun, isn’t it?
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