Hey everyone! As an organization fiend, I have always had a thing for labels. I label everything I can get my hands on. Labels are just such a great way to keep track of what belongs where, and they are a superstar for building great organization systems.
I have a super easy tutorial to share with you today that you can use to organize well, pretty much anything! I’m going to share how I made adorable, and custom, labels for the binders in my office. However, these easy DIY labels can be used for any organization project you like. I even have some plans to use them in my craft closet, which I’ll be sure to share with you all soon too!
These have been my all time favorite type of labels recently for so many reasons. They are super versatile, and can be adapted to be used for so many organizing projects. They are completely changeable, so if you decide you want to switch around your systems, you can easily update these labels to reflect that. And they are just so darn cute!
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Step 1: Materials
So first up we need to grab all the tools needed to put together these labels. There are a couple variations available, which we’ll get to later, but here are the basic tools you will need:
Step 2: Cardstock base
Cut out a rectangle of cardstock a smidge smaller than your bookplate. My inserts are about 1.75″x0.75″ to give you somewhere to start. However big you make sure inserts, make sure they are small enough to easily slide into your bookplate, but not so small that they don’t stay in! If you are using the Martha Stewart adhesive bookplates like I did, you should have a couple pre-cut cardstock inserts that came with your bookplates.
Step 3: Washi tape
Next, you will cover your cardstock with any washi tape of your choice. Once you’ve stuck it to your cardstock, trim off any excess that hangs over the edge. I chose a plain colored washi tape for this project, but I’ve used patterned tape before as well, and I was still able to read my label just fine.
The washi may not be wide enough to cover your whole label top to bottom. I didn’t worry to much about this with my label, because once slipped inside the bookplate, the edges will be covered. If you really want to make sure no cardstock shows through in your finished label, you can use 2 strips of washi to cover the entire label.
Step 4: Label
Now you can add your text to your label. I used my favorite label maker to add the word “Stamps”. I have also had luck using alphabet stickers (usually used for scrapbooking) to spell out my label. A third option would just be to write directly on the washi. If you go this last route, just be careful which pen you use, as a lot will smear on washi tape. I usually stick to ultra thin sharpies when writing on washi.
Step 5: Bookplate
Now you can stick your bookplate onto whatever you’d like to label, slide in the cardstock label with your pretty washi, and your done!
I love how easy these labels are (this one took me less than 3 minutes) but how cute and polished they look when done! And if I ever decide to switch my binder from being my stamp planner to something else, I can just quickly make a new label and pop it in the bookplate! Easy peasy 🙂
Will you be trying these easy DIY labels out for yourself? What will you be labeling? Be sure to tag me (@labelmemerrit) if you share you finished project on Instagram!