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« on: May 07, 2004 04:32:38 AM »

Not rocket science or revolutionary but I thought I'd share my label making technique with you. This is quite handy for small things like jewellery and anything you can't really sew a label onto! You can either just attach them by 'looping' them around an item or you can attach a little safety pin to it and fasten it that way.

Here's what I did, all in Illustrator. This is for A5 because thats the size of the paper I had.
I found a nice font (Blair, in this case) for the 'HANDMADE DESIGN'. I decided to make my labels 45mm x 15mm so I made guides every 15mm down and 45mm across. Then I created a rectangle the same size, placed it in the top left hand corner, placed the text where it should go in the rectangle, copied and pasted the box to line up with the guides and deleted the rectangles so just the text was left.  To cut out the labels when printed, I placed 'bookmarks' along the guides (outside the actual label area). Like so:

Then I cut them out, hand wrote my signature (company name) on to all of them (could've scanned it in and printed that as well, but I kinda like the handwritten feeling... it adds a bit to the whole handmade impression). I punched a whole with one of those leather/belt hole punchers as a normal hole punch was a bit to big. (for bigger labels that would be fine). Got some thin twine, stuck it through the hole and 'looped' it to secure it on the label. Like so:

And that's it! Hope it helps some of you so I didn't just waste everyone's time and bandwidth here ...  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2004 04:51:31 AM »

Not rocket science or revolutionary but I thought I'd share my label making technique with you. This is quite handy for small things like jewellery and anything you can't really sew a label onto! You can either just attach them by 'looping' them around an item or you can attach a little safety pin to it and fasten it that way.

Very nice! I really like the string you picked. It looks very clean and professional. Thanks for sharing the idea!

Just in case this helps...you mentioned using a "leather/belt punch."  I don't know if those are easy or hard to use but I do know that I've seen regular paper hole punches that just come in various sized circles so you could use like a 1/8" one.  Now that I think about it, they sometimes have shapes like star and hearts.  That could look cute too!

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2004 05:35:11 AM »

If you have a Rag Shop locally, they run the shaped hole punches on sale all the time for 99 cents each. I have almost all of them..lol
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2004 07:08:18 AM »

Thanks Leah! The hole punch is just one of these, as easy to use as a pair of pliers:

I've tried finding the punches you talk about (especially the ones for marble magnet images) but I've now officially given up... Can't find any plain round ones, only large ones with doves and other wierd things on... Sad Little heart shapes would be nice, tho!

Just wanted to add that for cutting the labels, use a metal ruler, a scalpel/exacto knife and a cutting mat for best results!
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2004 07:19:57 AM »

great idea! thanks for sharing! i think hangtags REALLY add to the professional look of a product!

i've been making my own hangtags using M$ word for several years. i set them up as a table, with one tag in each cell. i've used flat tags (like scandibird's) and also folding tags with an image on the front and the price and other info on the inside, and my contact info on the back (like a book). i can just pop different images in and out for different seasons or different products or whatever. because my work is "folkart," i generally use the star-shaped punch that was mentioned. :-)


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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2004 07:15:11 PM »

I love your version of paper tags!  I will have to do that just for some smaller tags I've been wanting.  Just wanted to show you my improvised version of folded tags.  I used business cards that had flowers on them from an office supply store.  I just printed what I wanted on the side with the flower and then I printed what I wanted on the inside....price.....website....phone....etc.  I usually use embroidery floss that matches the flower to attach to my purses.  They just look really cut on the purses.


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