Recently I’ve been making over and rearranging everyday things in my house to have them look better and match the rest of my home decor. I figured if you have to stare at them everyday, why not have good design? That’s the graphic designer in me…
Every morning I make myself a latte to take to work, so on my counter next to the espresso machine sits 3 bottles of syrup. The labels were not the prettiest, so I came up with the quick way to replace the labels and make them look better.
Label Re-Do: Custom Label Tutorial
by Allison Kreft Abad
First you need to get your label paper – it’s basically one big 8 ½ x 11 label (sticky on the back). Next, type out some words on the computer in the program of your choice and print it on the 8 ½ x 11 label paper. Make sure you space out your words so there is enough room for the rub-ons and to cut around it (you can also just leave them blank and write you own words with a pen).
Since the label paper is all sticky on the back it’s easy to make customized shapes for the labels.
After printing the words, select the frame rub-ons from the sheet and cut them out by hand. Next transfer them to the sticky-backed paper by rubbing the labels directly over the words. Use the back of your fingernail or a popsicle stick or rub-on tool to transfer the label design. Lift off the clear liner slowly to make sure the whole design transfers.
Cut loosely around the frames, following the design of the label. Repeat with the different colored frames to get a nice variety.
Peel the backing off the label and stick it to the bottle.
I love the way it turned out – especially since I use these every morning when I make my coffee!
Create pre-scored labels using a sheet such as the Avery 8165 White ink jet mailing labels. Rub on a variety of different Elegant Label rub-ons in different colors directly onto the label sheet. Use these for mailing packages, organizing supplies, or for creating holiday package tags.
It’s a quick and easy way to get organized with a lovely design.
This is also a great technique to use for scrapbooking as well. Here’s a mini-book I made using the same technique just with our screen-printed papers instead of plain label paper. These would also make great titles for layouts.
My co-worker Kim also loved the idea, so she did the same thing for her canned pickles!
Allison Kreft Abad is the art director and designer for Hamby Studios. Allison, with the occasional help from her sister Amy, creates innovative designs for their popular silk-screened products. Allison’s unique design style is a mix of both modern and vintage. Hambly products are unlike any other since they are silk-screened with bright inks on an assortment of metallic and textured papers. All of the overlays, papers and rub-ons are each hand silk-screened in their studio located in Santa Clara, CA
While designing for Hambly, Allison’s work has appeared in many popular blogs and magazines including Creating Keepsakes, Paper Crafts, Country Living, Adorn, Craft:, Apartment Therapy, Craft Stylish, decor8 plus many publications overseas.
Allison’s other creative passion is glass blowing. In her free time she can be found at the local glass studio blowing glass or fusing glass.
You can also find some of Allison's glass art at www.allisonglassart.etsy.com