November 25, 2010

Lovely Little Labels

Paper labels are such trendy and fun embellishments to use on projects. You won't have to look very hard into the paper crafting industry to see them everywhere. From brand new and funky to distressed and vintage looking, lovely labels are hot little items. With Papertrey's wide array of coordinating dies and stamps, you can create your own hand made labels 'til your heart's content. Follow with me as I show you various ways to use these beautiful paper pretties in very simple ways.First, I have to clarify something. There are labels. Then there are tags. What's the difference? When working on projects you might want to keep a few things in mind. To me a label is something that you peel off the backing and stick it on something. Like an address label you put on an envelope. A tag is something that has a hole in it and you tie it to something. Like a price tag hanging off a piece of clothing.

Today I am working in label mode. No holes, no strings, no hanging tags. I have created paper labels that have simple pop dots on the back for adhesion to projects. Creating your own hand made labels is a creative way to add simple accents to projects like cards, packaging items, envelopes, scrapbook pages and more. And if you take a little extra time to work in mass production mode, you'll have a nice little selection of labels to choose from the next time you're in a time crunch.

All of the stamps and dies that I'm using today are from Papertrey Ink. I love to get all mixy match with my stamps and dies to create fun, new looks. I'm also using a color combo of Smokey Shadow and Fresh Snow ink, Kraft Cardstock and little yellow for an accent color. I love these trendy colors right now. So soft and muted. Let me show you a few labels and some fun ideas of projects you can create with them.
Here I've used the Fillable Frames #8 die with Wreath For All Seasons to create some lovely images on Kraft Cardstock. Vintage Buttons tied with Chocolate Baker's Twine add some pretty center accents. Keep the design fairly simple so that you can mass produce a lot of labels for future use.
And here's a pretty way to dress up an envelope with simple, single layer notecard. Add a Dainty Doily and some Lemon Tart ribbon along with a label. So simple and easy but oh so pretty and hand made looking.
Here I've used the Fillable Frames #1 die and stamp set to create some ticket looking labels. The large *YOU* stamp from All About You is a nice match up since it has polka dots just like the label border stamp.
Since the label is really neutral in color you can pair it up with any color you like and it looks great. Again, by keeping the colors neutral and the design simple allows you to use your labels on anything. Here I've adhered my label to a Yellow Parcel Tag which becomes a tiny card insert for a small Kraft envelope. A simple white sticker label and more Lemon Tart ribbon add a pretty finishing touch to the card. Simple but a nice hand made statement.
Next up I made some graphic looking hand made labels to attach to the back of cards or notepads...or handmade gifts, etc. I used Trademarks, Get to the Point and more stamps and dies from the Fillable Frames collection. You could never have too many of these labels in your stash.
Here I've added a nice finishing touch to a tied up sack of crafting goodies. Glassing bags are a great way to package up goodies when tied with baker's twine.
And last but not least I've used the Fillable Frames #3 die and coordinating stamp set to create a few whimsical labels that are stamped with images from Just For You.
These labels make adorable little additions to Papertrey's Clear Top Tins. Filled with crafty items like Vintage Buttons, these make fun little party favors for your crafty friends.
Sooo, as you can see labels are a great little item to have handy in your stash. I can see me making a big stash of these to have on hand for little gifty items, cards and packaging. And I have to say that once I had the labels done the little projects came together so quickly. All I had to do was reach for a few packaging items and it was easy peasy. Go ahead and stick pop dots or Scor-Tape to the back of your labels and they'll be even more handier when you go to use them on projects. And remember that if you keep your colors and design fairly neutral, your labels will work with any color schemes. Good plan.

I hope you enjoyed my post today. So fun to just sit and get all crafty like. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrated....and here's to a relaxing rest of the weekend. It's cold and blustery outside...perfect for staying inside by a nice warm fire. I'm finishing up some kits for the shop soon so stay tuned. :)

20 comments:

Alyssa B said...

How fun! TFS mish you always have great ideas to share. and I really like this one :)

Eveline said...

Very pretty Michelle.
Eveline.

Joy said...

Love these tags Michelle, super sweet, the kraft and white ink always look so gorgeous.

Luanne said...

What delightful labels! I love your unique color combination! Being able to see how neat they look with a pop of yellow, (or blue or red or....!) really helps me to see many possiblities! Thank you!

Cindy H. said...

I love your tags, they're beautiful!! Love the colors and designs. tfs

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the colors! Super cute tags!!!

Roxanne said...

Of course, these rock like every other project you post for us all to drool over :) Great idea!! Thanks!

Tammie27 said...

Absolutely love your little labels! Love the colors and the mix of stamps you used to make a fabulous variety Mish! Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiring us everyday! You inspire me daily. :)
Hope your headache is feeling better!

Susie said...

What fun tags...and I LOVE your color pallette! So soft!
Thank you for the inspiration :)

Renee said...

How you continue to inspire...You amaze me. Love them all, the kraft and yellow...? LOVE it!

Sharon said...

Hey Mish, Not sure if anyone has ever asked you this before, but what kind of camera do you have ? Your pictures are always very crisp & clear. Thanks, Sharon PS - love your ideas!!!

Brenda said...

Beautiful labels Michelle! You are extremely talented! I love the use of kraft and the added buttons really do add some spunk!

Anonymous said...

Perfect!! I am VERY new at papercrafting. The Fresh Snow Ink and the Wreath fof All Seasons were two of the first things I have ordered. Thanks for showing me how to make them really pop.

Kathy Martin said...

Love your labels!

Rose said...

Such pretty tags! I always love visiting your blog - you're so inspirational! Hope you're enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend :)

Flor said...

I am drooling with those cute projects of tags! Checking your blog is one of the highlights of my day!

Flor said...

I am drooling with those cute projects of tags! Checking your blog is one of the highlights of my day!

Debbie Olson said...

Your tags are beautiful, Mish--hope you had a great Thanksgiving with the reds!

patriciad said...

As usual you've gone above and beyond. Love the pop of yellow, definitely not a color I would have thought of on my own, but hey, I'm not above stealing, ah, um, I mean borrowing a fab idea from you!

Juanita B said...

What wonderful inspiration, your work is beautiful and so are the colors. TFS.

Related Posts with Thumbnails