I love that my new Epson LabelWorks label maker can print with different fonts and as soon as I whipped up some pretty, clear labels for my bins, I was a happy camper. I was locked into the same boring font with my old label maker, so seeing this was a dream come true:
It was SO easy to create these labels and I could choose from a huge selection of fancy fonts (even hand-written messages), images, and symbols, plus I could print on clear labels or choose from a whole host of pretty options - there is tape available up to 1" wide! The Epson LW-600P plugged right into my computer (although it can also be used in battery-operated, wireless mode and can connect with iOS or Android devices).
Once I had labelled my bins, I started reading through the manual and rummaging through the label supplies I was sent. When I agreed to review this label maker, I didn't even realize that I could print iron-on labels and ribbon! Whoa. All of a sudden, I was overwhelmed with fun labeling ideas!
I've been on this incredible, surreal weight loss journey (down almost 50 pounds!) and now I'm really tempted to put an iron-on label inside all of my new (smaller) tops and pants that reads, "You did it!" How motivating would that be?
For packaging sweets and gifts, I love the idea of custom ribbon. I realized that I can now package up homemade treats with custom printed ribbon bearing the name of a loved one, the special occasion, or I can take a page out of the Max's Homemade Cupcakes business model and print something rude, but cute (this is immediately where my mind wandered). I'd been meaning to try some protein bite recipes for awhile so I whipped up three different batches of these healthy sweets on the weekend and put them into blue mason jars. Then Hubby and I devolved into fits of laughter as I tried to come up with some labels:
Me: "Okay, I've got three jars but only two labels."
Hubs: "What have you got so far?"
Me: "'Bite me,' and 'I'm good for you'"
Hubs: "These are all going on baked goods?"
Me: "Yep, they're all balls"
Me: "No, don't even"
It appears that you cannot trust two thirty-somethings with dessert balls and a fancy label maker. We never came up with a third ribbon label because we couldn't keep our minds out of the gutter.
For one ribbon I just printed the text on the end, but the ribbons can also be printed in a repeat - with any distance between the text, because everything is customizable with this label maker. I can add shapes and images, change the font, flip the text - there are so many ways to print with this portable label maker.
Although you can't print on any ribbon (it has to be from Epson), the ribbon is what you would expect: it feels like fabric and has a pretty sheen to it.
On the Go Labels...
At first I thought, when the heck would I need labels on the go? But then I realized that craft vendors (hey - that's me!) could use this to print custom ribbon tags for customers during holiday craft and artisan shows! How amazing would it be to offer custom labels for handmade crafts or sweet treats for sale? Something customized like, "Enjoy These Brownies Anna, Love Auntie Tanya" could be printed on a label and tied to a package of treats on the spot. If I didn't have this label maker now, I would totally pay for this service from a craft show vendor! I've been asked to gift wrap items in my Etsy shop before, and customized ribbon would be a great add-on to offer.
For more serious applications, there are also stock warnings and labels for chemicals (great for DIYers who like to decant paint, stain, varnish, etc. into smaller jars), customer service themes, audio visual images (for labeling your electronics), etc. You name it, there's a label for it!
I am still exploring all of the functions of the Epson LabelWorks LW-600P label maker but I have to admit that I'm really impressed! Now I need to find a secure hiding spot so my parents don't try to scoop this next time they visit...
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Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Epson but the content and opinions expressed are my own.