Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Quick and Easy Personalized Water Bottle

On a recent trip to IKEA I found most of the things I was looking for and a few that I didn't know I needed.  It is very hard to walk the path through the store with blinders on and there are often interesting and inexpensive "add-ons" to my list by the time I reach the checkout counters.

I came across some flat water bottles in a variety of colors just as I reached the end of the top floor of of the store.

These were in the IKEA Family section and the words "IKEA FAMILY" are molded right into the bottle (I am just mentioning the name in case this would not work for a project you might want to try - it is not very distracting).  The flat bottles can be filled with water and frozen, serving as ice packs when you travel with a picnic.  When the ice melts, you can drink the cold water.

The bright pink color should be enough to identify this as mine in our house but I decided to add a little personalization.  I pulled out some  Square1 Masterpiece adhesive fabric and chose a white with permanent adhesive for this project.

I wanted a simple swirl design and found a nice one on page 65 of the Artbooking handbook.  I could estimate the size of the starry swirl from the image of a completed layout that it was intended for at the top left of this page.  It looked to be about the right size for the bottle, so I cut the shape from the Border feature key using the recommended size of 11inches.

To make the bottle even more clearly mine, I added an initial.  The Artbooking cartridge has a great font - a plump feminine script that is very easy to weld.  I just needed one letter to fit the space but a three letter monogram in this font would be very nice too.

I shifted the placement of the extra stars to the end of the swirl (one star is meant to be near the spot where I placed my initial in the original design).

The Square1 material cut easily and cleanly with  settings of medium (3) pressure and speed and a blade depth of 4 on the Cricut.  I did not need to use transfer paper to put this design on the bottle.  The Square1 fabric is easier to handle than vinyl and it did not cling to itself.  I was able to pick up and lay down the design perfectly evenly with no air bubbles at all.  I haven't had time to put this through much washing yet but I think the design will last.  I'll report again after I have used this bottle for a while

While this cartridge is called "Artbooking," there are many ways to use the images and the great font that don't involve mini albums or scrapbook pages at all.  The cartridge comes in a bundle and also includes three stamps sets and three sheets of chipboard pieces that coordinate with the cartridge.

My friend Joy Tracey of Obsessed with Scrapbooking is a CTMH consultant and she would be happy to help you with any questions about the Artbooking cartridge.  You can contact her through her blog HERE or her CTMH website HERE.

It was incredibly hot in Minnesota last weekend (99 and humid) but that didn't spoil our trip.  The wedding celebration was a lot of fun and it was good to get together with friends and family.  We have another wedding to attend this weekend - it's hard to believe that Labor Day is here already!  Do you have something fun planned for the long weekend?

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  1. I love it! I used that exact same image on my acrylic tumbler about three weeks ago! It's one of my favorite shapes on the whole cartridge.

    1. Hi Lalia - great minds think alike! It really is a versatile shape - that cartridge is stuffed full of great images and projects!

  2. Great idea Diane,

    These are great as teachers gifts as well.


    1. Hi Luria - these would be good for teacher gifts. They are very affordable and everyone likes to be able to identify their things, especially if they are stored in a communal refrigerator!


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