We live in an age of personalised experiences. Online stores remember who we are and show us customised lists of products we might be interested in when we visit again. Streaming video services offer up content based on what we’ve previously watched. Personalised goods are appearing in many designer showcases, and Etsy’s biggest seller on Black Friday was a personalised name puzzle.
The trend towards personalisation is more than just a marketing ploy. Today’s consumers, especially Millennials and Gen-Z buyers, are driven by a desire for individuality and unique expression. They’re not interested in labels that promote someone else’s brand, they want to show off their own unique brand.
For makers, this preference for personalised goods is a boon, because any handmade item is inherently one-of-a-kind. It becomes a simple matter to add a name, a date or some other specific detail that turns that unique item into something truly personal. Even store-bought items can be made more personal with a little creative know-how. Whether it’s meant as a gift for someone else or as something to use yourself, personalised details make it feel even more special.
Sizzix products are ideal for personalising all kinds of makes, using a variety of techniques including papercutting, stencilling, sewing and iron-ons. We’ve collected some of our favourite ideas for personalising just about anything using Sizzix dies. Find inspiration for all types of makes, from scrapbooks and journals to fashion accessories and home décor. When it comes to personalisation, nothing is off limits.
Names and Monograms
Names and monograms are a classic way to personalise any item. Even small items like bookmarks or gift tags become keepsakes when a name is added. As Dale Carnegie said, “Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
We offer a variety of initial and alphabet dies that can be used to personalise a creative make with someone’s name. Written large or written small, a name added to a notebook, album, t-shirt, tote bag or throw pillow makes a big difference.
Dates and Ages
Once-in-a-lifetime occasions like birthdays and weddings deserve to be memorialised. Just like names, dates and months are easy to make with Sizzix number dies, for a wide variety of creative projects. Or, use numbers to highlight a particular age or notable anniversary. Custom calendars or planners are another way to personalise everyday items, as are scrapbook pages that commemorate special days.
Scratch maps and “pin where you’ve been” maps are very trendy right now, as are jewellery items featuring Iconic landmarks, cityscapes and maps of favourite locations. Makes that are personalised mementos of past or future travels, commemorate a hometown or celebrate a new home are sure to be appreciated.
What’s more personal than a photograph? With Sizzix dies, photos can easily be cut to fit any project, whether it’s a scrapbook page worth framing, a customised photo album or a personalised gift tag. Think “outside the box” and use photos to upcycle an out-of-date item into an heirloom treasure.
Everyone has a favourite quote that inspires and motivates them. Preserve these words of wisdom in a work of art for the home—perhaps a framed canvas or a pillow with appliqué letters. Pay tribute to a favourite tv show or song with a handcrafted card or tag. Sizzix alphabet dies come in a variety of styles, including those that replicate popular brush lettering, marquee and letterboard styles.
Anyone who loves pets will appreciate a make that celebrates their furry companion. Add a dog or cat photo to a card or scrapbook layout for instant approval. Or, get creative with personalised gifts for pets, like a new kitten’s name stencilled onto a water bowl or a dog tag made with shrink plastic and one of our Country Canine dies.
Getting the Kids Involved
When thinking of ways to personalise makes, don’t forget the opportunity to get kids involved. Cards that incorporate kids’ art, for example, are precious heirlooms. Kids especially love the chance to personalise their own belongings, like a monogram t-shirt they stencilled themselves.
Making something by hand always feels more personal. But, when you add details that reflect someone’s uniqueness and individuality, the effect is even greater. Be sure to check out our Making Essentials range for must have personalisation supplies such as Stencil Film and Iron-On Sheets.