Fall football is back!
Hit the game in style with your personalized stadium-approved clear tote.
Most colleges and universities, have adopted size restrictions and other guidelines on bags for all ticketed sporting events. This means that traditional purses, totes, diaper bags, and backpacks are no longer allowed into the stadiums. Instead, game goers are limited to a 12 inch by 6 inch by 12 inch clear tote or a clutch no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. (Yes, ladies, the struggle is real when deciding what to pack in your tote for the whole world to see – yikes!)
You could just buy the tote off the shelf and look like everyone else at the game… OR … you can create a unique personalized tote while still complying with the SEC regulations, right? So here’s the tutorial on how to make your own personalized tote. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Read my full disclosure policy here for more details. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.
First, purchase a proper sized clear tote.
I used this one and it’s just perfect!
Download a clipart image of your sports team or favorite logo. I googled my favorite team and came up with these options. Copy the image of your choice. You can see my love of the team by reading this post!
Now that you have an image, let’s get it into Silhouette Studio so you can work with it. Side note: I absolutely LOVE my Silhouette CAMEO. You can find a great deal on one here. I can tell you it is without a doubt the best crafting tool I’ve ever used! And I’ve been crafting and scrapbooking for a loooong time!
Open a new file in Studio. Paste the image into your work area. It should look like this.
Now you have to tell the CAMEO where to cut the vinyl. To do that, open the Trace Panel. Click on “Select Trace Area.” Then, use your cursor to draw a box around your image. Your image will look like this.
When you release the cursor, you’ll end up with yellow lines on your image. Those yellow lines will tell the CAMEO where to cut. But you’ll notice some of the lines aren’t completely yellow. There’s a faintness to some areas. That means your CAMEO won’t know where to cut those areas.
Therefore, you’ll need to fine tune your threshold settings. For my image, I increased the Threshold to 81%. That’s not a magic number…I simply played around with the threshold, despeckle, high pass and low pass settings until I got a full yellow on the image. Your results will be different depending on the image you select. Just play around with the settings until you get it right. Don’t worry, if you mess up, just start over!
When you have it to your liking, under “Trace Style,” click Trace.
Click and drag the original image off to the side. You’re left with a cuttable file for your project! Success!!!
Next, resize the image to comply with the stadium rules.
The SEC regulations allow a logo/sticker only up to 4.5”x3.4”. And you can only have it on one side of your tote.
Place your vinyl onto a mat and load it in the CAMEO. Click the teal “Send” button at the top of the screen, select your type of vinyl in the dropdown menu, select Auto-Blade if applicable, and then click the Send button at the bottom of the screen.
After it has finished cutting and BEFORE HITTING THE UNLOAD BUTTON on the cutting machine, make sure the cut was good. Many things could’ve affected the cut, such as a dull blade, a dirty mat, etc. Just lift up a tiny portion to see if it actually cut through the vinyl. If it didn’t, simply click the “SEND” button again. Since you didn’t unload the mat, the new cuts will be in exactly the same place as before.
I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did! Make one for yourself or gift one to a friend! Happy tailgating, y’all!
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