Organization makes me happy and I adore me some labels and stickers. But typical label makers are as boring as you can get. What about a Cricut, you say? Yesssssss - I could watch that little box of amazingness work its magic all day long. But did I mention I'm also frugal? So when you need a cute label or sticker (out of any picture!) and have only a printer and some shipping tape to work with, you're in luck!
* Printer and paper
* Clear shipping tape
* Mug/glass/basin with water, enough to cover the size of your label
* Spoon or other hard implement
Time: 8 HoursCost: $5Difficulty: Easy
First, create (or find) your label or sticker design and print it out. Black and white or color - it works either way. I found these GORGEOUS free printable labels at andersonandgrant.com via Pinterest.
Next, fully cover the printed design with shipping tape. If the design will fit within the width of the tape, great! If not, carefully line up the edges of the tape so they don't overlap.
Use a spoon or other hard implement to rub over the top of the tape. Pressure is the key here - if you want the toner to transfer from the paper to the tape, push down hard and scratch back and forth along every bit of your design.
Use scissors to cut the design out into the exact shape and size of the label.
Time to soak! Place your label-to-be in a mug or glass of water and let it soak. Leave it alone for hours. HOURS. One hour isn't enough. Neither is two. My best labels have soaked overnight so get it in water and find another project to work on. :)
Using your thumb, carefully roll the paper off the back of the tape. You'll get most of it off but keep carefully going over any spots with remaining paper. Rewet the tape if it starts drying. Continue until there are no more paper fibers and only the toner remains.
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