How to Make Snappy Photo Totes
Embarking on a road trip in the near future? Or just got back from an epic weekend driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back? Last week our friends the Pistol Annies shared a few of their favorite ways to trick out travel photos, and now we’re here with our own homespun hack.
Armed with a clever Polaroid-izing app, iron-on transfer paper, and a trio of bags, read on to see how to create your own snappy photo totes.
– tote bags
– inkjet printer
We used a few totes in our bag of totes and iron-on transfer paper made specifically for dark fabric. This ensures that the color of your fabric doesn’t show through the image.
Print out your pics! All of the photos for this project were from a cross-country road trip. Use scissors or an exacto knife to cut down to size.
Iron your tote bag so that the surface is as smooth as possible. Peel the backing off of your transfers and lay them onto your tote bag. Iron-on transfers tend to vary so be sure to follow the directions on your specific package. Place tissue paper over the transfers and iron for about a minute. Let cool and then peel off tissue paper!
Voila! It’s totes a Polaroid tote.
The photos on this tote are from Colorado, New Mexico, and Lake Tahoe. Go west!
We did the same thing with a white tote and collection of photos from the Grand Canyon.
The colors look surprisingly rich. Make sure to check your print cartridges before embarking on this project.
We love the blue sky paired with blue tights :)
And last, a leopard print bag covered with pics from two iconic American cities: Graceland and Las Vegas.
This bag definitely says “Party rock!”
And wouldn’t you know it? Blue tights go perfectly with this blue tote as well.
Which of these totes is your favorite?
We’re digging the black one – love how it’s almost a wearable photo album.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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