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Thursday, August 4, 2011

{easy labels and tags}

The cute Miss Tam from Sew Dang Cute asked me to do a guest post while she was enjoying her sweet new baby boy, and I was delighted to do so. I posted about one of my favorite ways to make tags and labels, and I thought I would share it here with you today!


I love tags.  And labels.  I adore how organized they make me feel, and how they look.  I'm excited to share with you one of my favorite ways to make labels for baskets, although this method could be used for luggage, bags, and a million other things. It's easy, cheap, and you can do it with just your printer, stamps, or whatever you like. Seriously, you will not get any easier than this!!!

I really needed labels for the baskets in my girls' closet--they hold their socks, tights, dance clothes, and swimwear. You can't see what's in them just by looking at the outside of the basket, and some cute tags would really help their dad them find things much faster. I also wanted some number tags for the baskets in my mudroom.  Just because they're cute.  :)

This method is so easy, and so fast--you will love it! It's all thanks to these self-sealing laminating pouches by Scotch. They come in a couple of different sizes, but I like the wallet size.  They come in a package of 5 for around $2.50. I like them because they also protect your tags if you're using paper--they will last a lot longer, especially if little hands are involved.

For the numbered baskets in my mudroom, I just printed numbers on to cardstock, then distressed the edges with Distress Ink.

Then I just put them inside the pouches, and sealed them shut--literally 30 seconds!

I punched holes in the top of each tag, then tied them on to the baskets using black grosgrain ribbon.

Aren't they so cute?  I{love} them!  Next up?  My girls' baskets in their closet.  I used the same method, although instead of printing out numbers, I used stamps.  I found the cutest alphabet stamps in several different fonts at Michael's for only $1, and they were perfect for this project. 

I cut the cardstock to size, stamped the bird and text, distressed all the edges, then popped them into my handy pouches. Start to finish?  Less than 10 minutes!  I love projects like that!

The baskets had a liner that tied on, so I just used those ties and threaded them through the holes I punched to tie them on.  

More organized in less than a half an hour?  Love that.




Blogger Susan @ said...

Great idea Kierste! I bought those little stamps at Michaels too but I haven't used them yet.... now I know what to do with them!

August 4, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger ash said...

I love this project and I actually just bought those stamps from Michael's about a month ago!

August 4, 2011 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Rachel W K said...

GREAT idea! I didn't even know those 3m label thingies existed! This would be a great idea for the kids' cubbie baskets in my preschool room. Thank you so much!

-rachel w k

August 4, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Semper Wifey said...

I love this! Finally, a "craft" I can probably actually do! ;)

August 4, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Love this, Kierste! I'm a huge laminator, we use it for our erasable chore charts and homeschool charts. Will definitely be borrowing this!

August 4, 2011 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Amy @MoMomma said...

What PERFECT timing this project is! I super super SUPRER need these laminating pouches by Saturday. Can you tell me where you purchased yours? I've been looking in stores but can't find anything like this.

August 4, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

I found mine at Walmart! I would imagine you could find them at office supply stores like Staples or Officemax as well.

Good luck!

August 4, 2011 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Swimmingmom said...

I love practical ideas like that Kierste that are actually doable too! I need to do this one because I have the same system of baskets in the girls' closets as well. Those laminating pouches are awesome. Now I don't need to borrow my Dad's laminator all the time!

August 4, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Plus one Wee Bean said...

Great idea! Where did the white shelving unit come from.
Thanks for all your great ideas!

August 4, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Love it! Thanks for the great idea!

August 4, 2011 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger Jilly said...

It is marvelous. I need to do this one because I have the same system of baskets. Those laminating pouches are awesome, I like it too much.
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August 6, 2011 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

The shelving unit was actually custom built by our builder. I ripped out a picture from the Pottery Barn catalog about 5 years ago, and they built it to match!

August 6, 2011 at 11:09 AM  

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