Keeping Your Cords Organized
And creating a stylish workspace
Have you ever been in the middle of a cord debacle? You know, where you’re trying to locate the one cord out of ten that belongs to your printer, but end up pulling up the wrong one, every try? If you’re an avid crafter, you probably have this problem with trying to find the cord that belongs to your Curio and keep pulling up your Mint cord. It’s a pain, but I have finally gotten around to creating a solution. These adorable, completely custom, cord tags are easy to make. They can work, not only within your office, but all around the house.
Just a small hiccup on my end: I originally planned to use white sticker paper, so that the icons stood out against the rose gold vinyl, but didn’t realize I ran out until I went to go print them and only found clear sticker paper. Just my luck! I still think they look great, though.
Cutting Machine (Great Starter Bundle found HERE)
Vinyl (I chose Rose Gold.)
In Silhouette Design Studio, create two 1.25″ circles and one rectangle about .60″ wide x .30″ high. Align the three objects so that they are aligned vertically. Select all objects, right click, and weld.
Duplicate this object as many time as will fit on your cutting mat, and send to Silhouette to cut out of vinyl.
Create a 1″ circle. This will be your center tag sticker.
Open up your favorite background or pattern, I chose Design # confetti, and resize it down to just larger than your 1″ circle. With the pattern in front of the circle, select both and click Crop in the Modify panel. You now have a circle with a background!
All that’s left is to duplicate this circle, and place your icons or words on top of the circle. I decided to go with all icons.
How To Trace:
Trace Silhouette Icons by opening your file in Design Studio, opening the Trace settings, clicking Select Trace Area, making a box around what you want to trace, playing around with the threshold so that you design is all yellow as solid as it can be, then clicking Trace. Move the traced object out of the way and delete the original image. Now you can select your traced image and change the color as desired.
Once you’ve created all of your designs, it’s time to print. Make sure your registration marks are on, and adjust your designs to fit within the boundaries, as needed. Load your sticker paper into your printer and press print. Then, load your printed sticker paper onto your cutting mat, adjust settings for the sticker paper you are using, and send to Silhouette.
Tip: If you’re using clear sticker paper like I did, make sure you have ample light when trying to register your marks. If you’re having difficulty, always try to manually register, or use a sharpie to darken the registration marks.
It’s now time to assemble and attach! Place one sticker on each vinyl base and fold them around the coordinating cords. How easy was that? I made sure to create a tag for both the ends of each cord. You’ll never have to play the cord guessing game again!