Today we’re going to organize some magazines with this super fun label tutorial!
My parents either never had a label maker when I was a kid, or they hid it from me. Which would have been wise. I did have a friend whose parents owned and used a label maker and when I found that sucker I used up every last bit of that weird plastic tape stuff up in it.
Normally I was very well behaved, but I couldn’t help myself around this stuff. I’d label my toothbrush, my underwear, the dog, my left shoe, my right shoe, anything really. I’m sure after I left friend’s mom would tell friend’s dad that they needed another refill, and friend’s dad would ask “why, did Allison come over?”
As an adult I’ve wanted one of these label makers, and I think that I’ve even convinced myself that it is a good idea a few times, but I’ve never purchased one. It’s the same reason why I don’t do drugs, I have an incredibly addictive personality. Now that I’ve likened a label maker to crack, why don’t we just get on with the tutorial.
For this project you will need:
- black sticky back vinyl
- Impact Label Font (free for personal use)
- White acrylic paint & brush
- Masking tape (optional)
- Magazine rack – from IKEA You can buy it online!!!
If working by hand, print out your words in the Impact Label font backwards. Use glue to adere to the back of the vinyl and use an X-acto knife to cut out.
You’ll need to print your words backwards so that the appear the right way on the front (vinyl side).
First cut your vinyl with your machine or by hand. Be warned if cutting by hand, that the type is a bit detailed. This was the first time I used my machine I got for Christmas. I was so freaking intimidated by it that it just sat in the box. Normally a scaredy cat, Liddy was entranced by the thing which I found really surprising.
Next take either a tool designed for removing your cut bits or something with a point, like an x-acto knife. You’re going to remove the letters and all of the little bits around them.
Measure your strips and tape off sections on your rack that are about the same size. The paint peels of very, very easily so no worries if it isn’t perfect. Unless you want each label to appear perfectly straight, make each at a different angle, like the label was just slapped on.
Use two coats and allow to dry fully, at least an hour or so, before continuing.
Slap your label onto the white paint. See how there sis too much paint on the end? Use your fingernail and it will easily come right off.
Now, remember how when you would use a label maker, the white text that was punched up was imperfect? There could be lines running through it and all sorts of business. That is why we’re going to peel the label back up (and some, but not all of the paint in the process).
Move the label over a bit from where you originally placed it down, rubbing away any excess paint that appears. See how the font is subtly imperfect, which interestingly enough makes it perfect? Add the insides of the letters, like the circle in the O.
Continue on for each label until you’ve got everything nice and set!
Take a look at this baby close up, isn’t it awesome?!
Either use wall anchors to hang, or just work out placement on a stud. Slap your most current magazines in there and keep them out of your way, but easily accessible!
Just writing this post has made me want to buy a label maker. But I can’t, I musn’t and I won’t… but nobody told me that they come in red nowadays . The future is an amazing thing. Happy weekend, folks.