Always a good idea – embossed labels

I use our Dymo embossed label writer on so many things. Not just for organisational things [for which I use it a. lot.], but I love to use it for its retro-yummy-black-and-white-prettifying of things. I think embossed labels are not only timeless but super neat, a little bit sciency and official looking [such technical terms], fun and informative, won’t go out of style any time soon and immediately take otherwise blaze things to the next level.

One of the first things I added an embossed label to was the jar of sand in our living room that we scooped from the Sahara Desert 5 years ago when we visited an abandoned Star Wars set. Which, by the way, the desert in June is kinda hot. FYI. It was an epic Tunisian adventure nonetheless; exciting, terrifying, haunting, surreal landscape and for the most part if you wanted to stay sane you had to ignore the constant undercurrent of sexism and double standards. But that’s a story for another day. 

After I initially blogged my emergency rescue kit for our spare bedroom, it wasn’t until a couple of months later that it dawned on me to upgrade the box and slap a lush embossed label on it. It instantly looks well lusher. Also – the spare bedroom is getting another update which I’m hoping to share soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
Another set of boxes I prettified with labels were our holiday memory boxes. In fact, I made some bespoke embossed labels for that project that I’m hoping to use again. The holiday boxes have since moved from our bedroom into the hall cupboard. I tried to photograph them in their new home but the photos turned out terrible. Some hall cupboards just weren’t made to be photographed. 

Way back when I DIYed the Death Star globe for husband’s birthday, I punched out “I love you to the Death Star and back” and stuck it to the envelope for his birthday card. Little did he know it hinted towards the present I had made him that still takes pride of place on our living room shelves. I framed the envelope and it now hangs in our newly updated hallway.

I’ve used these labels in more areas throughout our apartment, but the above are the most interesting [aka, least boring] uses. I have loads more projects I’d like to tackle with my Dymo label writer but alas, it’s broken. It’s fixable, it’s just I need to actually sit down and figure out how to fix it. Welp.

So, are you a label-holic like myself? Do you have a penchant for punching out sayings? If so, you are among friends! 

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  1. April 20, 2015 / 17:47

    Oh, I am totally making that "I love you to the Death Star and Back" art for my husband! Brilliant.

    Also, I noticed you said "spare" bedroom. I remember when I was a child my grandmother had two other bedrooms besides her own; one was the guest bedroom and one was the spare bedroom. My tiny brain did not understand the difference so I was constantly referring to both of them as the spare room, only to be corrected if it was the wrong one. It seriously took me until a couple of years ago to understand the difference: one was prettified for guests, the other was not quite as nice and used when multiples were staying. I've tried to train myself to say "guest bedroom" in our current apartment, but "spare" always comes to mind first! I'm wondering if this is universal or if it depends on country/region.



    • April 22, 2015 / 07:43

      You wouldn't believe it Jennifer, but I'm forever saying both of them! I try to write guest bedroom here on the blog because that's primarily what it is. Only because there's a bed in it. However, if we owned our apartment it would be a spare bedroom – a pull out couch for guests, but it would be a home office.

      I'm forever saying spare bedroom when I mean guest bedroom. Or do I actually mean spare bedroom? It has a spare bed in it after all … I think I go with both because I grew up both in Canada and Ireland. This is just one of the things I'm forever getting wrong (ie – grey / gray, realise / realize, color / colour etc.)

  2. Anonymous
    April 21, 2015 / 06:42

    Very cool!

  3. April 23, 2015 / 20:25

    I am with guildencrantz… loving the "To the Death Star and Back". I love how all of your ideas are so freaking simple, and beautiful… and quite frankly, it pisses me off that I didn't think of it first. Damn you for being so ridiculously cool.

  4. April 24, 2015 / 19:32

    I really need to get one of those Dymo label writers in my life! Everything looks so stylish with a Dymo label!

    • April 25, 2015 / 08:34

      You literally cannot go wrong with them Maria. Plus, I think you can get the tape in other colours! (other than black) Imagine! All of the turquoise!

    • April 27, 2015 / 19:25

      You had me at turquoise!!!! xxx