Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July Jamboree Guest Post: Cute & Versatile Labels by Kierste of Brown Paper Packages

Hello everyone!  I'm Kierste, from Brown Paper Packages, and I'm delighted to be here while Tam is enjoying her sweet baby boy.

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.
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.
Thank you Tam, for having me today!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer, and I'd love it if you came on by Brown Paper Packages to say hi and check out other fun ideas!

1 comment:

  1. That's cute! Little touches make an organizing system a work of art.


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