Retreat Water Bottles

Happy Monday y’all! Hope everyone is having an awesomeness four-day weekend! For those who aren’t so lucky, I’m sorry. Me? I’m heading back over to the Big D; of course, I’m most likely coming back home tomorrow since I’ve got my exam next week. Anyways, today I thought I would share something I have been very excited about and made before the scrapbook retreat we went on Father’s Day weekend. I didn’t want to share before since I didn’t want those going to see them until we were there. So, let’s get started with my “Retreat Water Bottles…”

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Step #1:

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The first thing I did to get started on making my water bottles was calligraphy each name or initials the way I wanted in my Tombow Dual Brush Pen number N15. Since there were two Lisa’s coming with us on the retreat, I added a ‘B’ to distinguish between my aunt and the other Lisa who joined us.
 
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Once I transferred all my names and initials to my computer and then into Photoshop Elements, I decided the initials were too ‘skinny’ looking so I doubled them each up to make them ‘fatter’ and easier to have my Cricut Explore cut out once ready. 

Step #2:

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With all my names and initials finished and ready to be uploaded into Cricut Design Space, I got to work. Since I calligraphy out my mom’s, aunt’s, and the two other ladies who joined us, I only had to adjust the sizes accordingly to fit the water bottles. So for my mom’s, Karen, I made it 4.2 by 2.2; my Aunt Lisa’s, 5.8 by 2.2; Susan’s, 5.2 by 2.2; and Lisa’s 3.8 by 2.2. 

My sister only wanted her initials so I used the ‘slice’ function by adding a circle to the project and placing her initials on top of it. Then, I used the function they have added in the newest version of the Cricut Design Space of being able to center the initials within the circle. Once centered, I clicked the ‘slice’ button and then I was able to have her initials within the circle. After I was finished with creating the initials within the circle I resized the circle to be 2.5 by 2.5. 

For my water bottle, I wanted to use my hand-drawn dolphin. To add my initials in a cut out circle I used the same method as I did with my sisters initials. Once I had my initials within my circle, I then placed my circle on the top layer piece of my dolphin and used the ‘slice’ function again, which then gave me my initials within the circle within my hand-drawn dolphin. Satisfied with the way it looked, I resized my dolphin to be 5.9 by 2.2.

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Step #3:

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With everything sized and ready to go, I had my Cricut Explore do its thing. Though before cutting I added a new “Material” to customize the settings just like I before for my “Teacher Dolphin Clipboard” I made a few weeks ago.
 
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One by one it cut each design out in the colors I had my scrappy friends and family choose even thought they didn’t know why they were choosing (except for my mom and sis). For my sister’s initials, I had it cut out twice in case she wanted to use it for something else she had. Click here to see the quick time-lapse video. 
 
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Step #4:

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With my designed weeded and transfer paper on each, I then carried each of my plain water bottles in from being in the dishwasher. I used a paper towel for each to make sure I didn’t get fingerprints on them. I then carefully and slowly placed each design on a water bottle. To do this I used something to prop it in place so it didn’t move while I had it on it’s side on top of a paper towel. 
 

Step #5:

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After I got all my designed on the water bottles, I carefully peeled each piece of transfer paper off each one while using the scrapper tool while going along making sure the designs stuck to the bottles and not the paper still. 

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Step #6:

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Finally, once we arrived at the scrapbooking retreat with it being so hot and not wanting it to melt, I filled each water bottle with candy. YUM! 

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There you go! A fun way to give out cute gifts for anyone and/or any event. I certainly cannot wait to make more in the future. Hope you enjoyed!

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