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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Shankasaurus, the bag lady!


Today's post is brought to you by pens and shit. Well, the bags that hold the pens and shit. Mama Carrizo has been a bag lady ever since I can remember. It was always bags, papers, and pens/markers with her. Maybe that's why I have a little (read: big) obsession with all of those things. Speaking of, have you followed Paper Files on Instagram yet? It's a stationary obsession account that Bre and I started back in June after our Bujo class at Brazo's Bookstore. Go give us a follow! Giveaway when we reach 200!!

Back to the bags- So bag lady has a number of definitions. It can be a female who has a lot of emotional baggage or even a lady who is homeless. But for this posts sake, we're referring to a bag lady as just that. A lady with a ton of bags.





So- I made the design on the bag you see up there. I won't tell you how long I've had a Silhouette cutting machine (affiliate) because I'm ashamed that it took me so long to actually make something... but I'm using it now and since I have a better grip of what it is I'm doing.. awesome shit is being made.

For those that don't know- The Silhouette CAMEO is an electronic cutting machine for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12" wide and 10 feet long.

I own a Silhouette Portrait which has a cutting mat of 8"x12" and the CAMEO is 12"x12".


I bought a small zippered bag bundle (affiliate) on Amazon and went to work on my design. When the bags arrived, I went ahead and tried my first one. The P is missing a part of its loop but I blame Sawyer Moo on that because while I was cutting the final piece to iron it on the bag, he started nibbling on my ankle and I cut too much 😂


So this is what the Silhouette Studio looks like. While creating my second masterpiece, I jammed out to Erykah Badu's Bag Lady because she seemed right, right? 😊 I included a curse word in my pieces because it wouldn't be Shankasaurus without it. Something to remember when cutting on this type of machine is to always reverse the words/drawing so that when you place it on the material it is right.


Weeding out the extra vinyl once it's cut can be a little tricky. Silhouette sells this hook (affiliate) that helps you so you don't have to fight the vinyl. There's plenty of Silhouette goodies on Amazon.



Before ironing on the vinyl, it's a good idea to pass your iron over the material to make sure there is no moisture left on it. I also like the material to be ironed correctly so that the creases don't distract me from putting the vinyl right in the middle. 

I'm working on getting a heat press machine because this was far too much fun with minimal work. The real work was ironing it and I had to do it multiple times to get the vinyl to stick properly.


And here is the final product. My second masterpiece! The bag I bought from Michael's so it's not the best quality but it worked for my first vinyl on a tote bag. Now I'm looking for a place that has sweet totes with a gusset because I need plenty of room for my bujo goodies!

So what do you think? Did I do good? IF, and that's a huge if, I were to sell these would you buy one from me and tell your homies? 🤔 Hmm, maybe a sweet giveaway would be cool, too! I'll work on getting better bags and you work on sharing this post with your homies. Cool? Muchos thanks!

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