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Thursday, March 1, 2012

{labels, labels, labels!} + silhouette promo

I love and use my Silhouette just as much  probably more for organizational purposes as for home decor. It's ridiculous how excited I am about's a sickness really. Today I'm going to show you two different labeling ideas--one using chalkboard vinyl, and the other with frosted glass vinyl, and I love them both!

{chalkboard labels for your food storage or pantry} 

Down in the unfinished section of our basement is a room for our food storage; a place for our pantry overflow, and the 3-6 months of food supply that we like to keep on hand.  I have all the food and dry items separated and organized, but it's amazing how many times I send kids to to get me a can of something or other, and they come back saying they can't find it.  Does that happen at your house too?  Lol.  These vinyl chalkboard labels are the perfect solution, because in addition to clearly indicating each section,  if I decide to move things around (which I'm inclined to do), it's a snap to change what's on the label.

I used a label that I downloaded from the Silhouette store, and sized it to fit the front side of my shelves. Once they were cut, and the negative space removed, I actually was able to just peel them off of the backing without using the transfer tape!  They were on the larger side, and didn't require it, which was nice.  If you don't have a Silhouette, you could actually still purchase the roll of chalkboard vinyl, and just use scissors to cut out rectangles--even a circle punch would work!

{frosted glass labels}

You've probably seen projects using an etching technique to permanently put a name on glass dishes--which I love.  It really is perfect for those 9x13 baking dishes that seem to go from place to place, and need to find their way home again. The thing is, I don't necessarily want to etch my name on every glass dish I own, and sometimes I just want a temporary solution in lieu of piece of masking tape and a Sharpie.

  The frosted glass vinyl works on glass dishes and even plastic containers, which makes it a really great temporary label when you need it!  Are you taking a plastic or glass container to work, and leaving it in a community fridge?  What about kids' school lunch containers? When I've used it before, it has made it through several handwashings before it started to come off, which is just right if it's for a temporary purpose.  I was able to fit almost 20 labels on just a little more than an 8.5x11 space, which I found to be quite reasonable cost-wise.

It's also perfect for labeling non-food containers that are glass or plastic.  Sometimes I'll transport containers full of project materials or other items and it's really nice to be able to mark them with my name.

In my Silhouette software, I created different text options in different sizes, and then FLIPPED them horizantally, so they would be cut in reverse.  This is really important if it's going on the bottom of your dish/container, so don't forget that step!

Once they're cut out, I keep them in my kitchen with strips of transfer tape, so I'm ready anytime I need them!


 I have great news!  From March 1st through March 8th, you can save big on a Silhouette bundle that includes:

1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 roll of Chalkboard Vinyl
1 roll of Premium Transfer Paper
1 roll of Frosted Glass Vinyl
If you already have a Silhouette, you can purchase a separate chalkboard and frosted glass vinyl bundle, excluding the machine, just click HERE.


Blogger Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

Love the idea of labeling my containers! Thanks for sharing!!

March 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Litte Yellow Sew Shop said...

Where do you purchase that bundle at?

March 1, 2012 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger kierste said...

March 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Becki said...

A little off topic from the main focus...but do you already have a post about how you were able to get your 3-6 months food supply starting/going?

March 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM  

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