When you send your children off to summer camp, it's important not only to label their clothes and possessions, but also to affix identification tags to the luggage itself. Many pieces of luggage come with small tags already attached, but with a few simple steps, you can create a far more attractive and noticeable way to indicate the bag's owner, as well as his or her address and phone number.
All you need is paper, a pack of plastic pouches, or "butterfly pouches," and access to a laminating machine. Office-supply stores sell relatively inexpensive machines, or you can take the tags to copy shops such as Kinko's, which laminate for a nominal price. You can use the templates provided below, or create your own design (make sure that the borders of your homemade tag are about 1/4 inch smaller than the butterfly pouch). We used plain bond paper for our tags and embellished them with a stitch pattern created with a computer-graphics program and paper punches; alternately, you can affix a scrap of wrapping paper, cut to size, to the back of the tag. Once you've executed a design, insert the card into a pouch, and laminate it. Finish by punching a hole in the top and attaching the tag to the luggage. To that end, we employed worm loops, available at office-supply stores, although cording will work just as well.