Monday, January 19, 2009

Expanding your label maker's possibilities

by Nathalie
I love the look of Dymo text on scrapbooking projects but the colors of tape that are available are pretty limited. Here is one easy way to expand your color options:
All you need is a label maker (I have the Label Buddy which costs me less than $6), a paper trimmer, a sanding file or other sanding tool and white core cardstock (this technique does not work without the white core!), I am using DCWV cardstock here.

First, cut a strip of the cardstock with your paper trimmer. It has to be the size of the tape or slightly skinner. For my Label Buddy, I typically cut the strip at 5/16".

Then, feed the strip through your label maker. I have to push it in a little while clicking on the front to make it move forward. I also leave the back open while I type my text.

The text will look like this coming out of the label maker. As you can see, it is raised a little.

With your sanding tool, sand the text area very lightly until it shows.

You can see the end results up close here:

And the overall results on the following pages:

Let me know if you have any questions.

4 comments:

Chrystal said...

Nathalie, I LOVE this idea! I might have to get a label- maker...

Carrie said...

This is an awesome idea then you can use whatever color you want!

Anna said...

That is a great idea, I had never thought of that!

Chrissy said...

Oh my gosh I didn't know you could do that. TFS!