We are at a point at our house where we need binders for all of our school subjects. I used my Cricut Maker 3 to make these School Subject Labels to keep all the middle school binders organized.
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We actually have a middle schooler this year in our house. Having 6 or 7 classes a day, can be such a big change for a kid. It’s a long day and can be a little overwhelming.
I’ve been looking for ways to make things a bit easier for my child to navigate their day, and feel accomplished too. Since they’re not the most organized kid, probably like most kids, getting them set up for success at the beginning of the year has been my goal.
Cricut sent me the new Cricut Maker 3 and some of their smart materials to give a try. Matless cutting?! I am all kinds of excited to try out this new machine and materials. And of course, a back to school project is a perfect way to break in the new machine and materials.
I found these 1 inch binders from the dollar store. I loved all the colors and knew they would be a great way to help keep classes and assignments organized for the year.
For this project you will need:
How To Make School Subject Labels
Open up Cricut Design Space and create your school subject labels. I made mine just under 1 inch in height and used the basic Cricut Font in bold to give me a clean look for the labels. I just made labels for his 4 main subjects that he will have all year long.
Make sure you have the correct machine selected in the upper right hand corner. When you have the Cricut Maker 3 selected and you click make it, you will get this pop up that asks you to select if you are cutting with or without a mat.
Since I will be using the smart vinyl I do not need a mat. So I selected without mat. Then choose the material you will be using for your project.
Once I had everything ready to go in Cricut Design Space, I cut off a 6 inch piece of my smart vinyl. I used the smart vinyl shimmer for this project. 6 inches in the minimum size that can be loaded into the Cricut Maker 3 without a mat. I loaded it into my machine.
It can sometimes be hard to know what vinyl is what. But with Cricut products, all you need to do is look on the back of the vinyl. If it has a grid like this you know it is adhesive vinyl. Then it will tell you if it’s removable or permanent. And it even will tell you that it is a smart material.
Hit the play/go button and the machine will cut out permanent smart vinyl. Once it’s done cutting remove the vinyl and weed the unwanted vinyl from our design.
You will need transfer tape for this adhesive vinyl. The smart vinyl shimmer actually came with a piece of strong grip transfer tape. Use it to cover your designs.
I cut my school subject labels apart so that I could place them easily onto the spines of my binders. I used the burnish tool to smooth out the transfer tape and get a strong grip on the vinyl and then burnished them onto the binders so the vinyl will stay once the transfer tape is removed from the top.
These school subject labels were really easy to make and they look really great on these binders! They will definitely help to keep things organized this year.