Thursday, January 17, 2013

Do you make your own labels?

Hey everyone!

Today I'm not talking about patterns exactly but rather about labeling your items.  We all know that a watermark is essential for your photography work well so it's labeling your handmade items. Not only does it tell the client the materials and care instructions of the item, but it's a constant reminder of where the item came from.

My good friend Tanya Naser from HodgePodge Crochet created this awesome blog giving step by step instructions on how to make your own label for a minimal cost. Enjoy and make sure to show her some love and follow her =0)

Adventures in Label Making!

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For those of you that might not be aware, crocheters (or really anyone for that matter) who creates items designed for children are expected (by US law) to label them. The law actually went into effect August 14, 2009 and basically says:
…manufacturers…have (to affix) a tracking label or other distinguishing permanent mark on any consumer product primarily intended for children twelve and younger. The tracking label must contain certain basic information, including the source of the product, the date of manufacture and more detailed information on the manufacturing process such as a batch or run number. The scope of this provision is quite broad in that it applies to all children’s products, including, but not limited to, items such as clothing or shoes not just toys and other regulated products.
You can read more about the law here: Tracking Labels for Children’s Products
Now, a lot of people might look at that and shy away from it because basically–everything you make that is intended for young kids HAS to be labeled…and that can get expensive. But it really doesn’t have to be! If you have access to a printer, a graphic program (you can use paid ones like Photoshop or free ones like GIMP, or Sumopaint), some plain white ribbon, T-shirt transfer paper, and a hot iron–you’re set!
Start by opening your chosen graphics program. Create a new image as wide as your ribbon and as long as you want. In my case I decided on a fold-over, so I set mine to 1.5″ high by 4″ wide. Make sure you set your pixels per inch (ppi) to at least 300. That will give you a nice and crisp image for your label.
Once that is set, it’s time to design! Here is what mine looked like when I was finished.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Hey there!!

It's been a while since I posted something, so sorry I neglected all of you =0(. But I'm back with a bunch of new projects and ideas that I can't wait to share with you!!

These are some of the new things that I've worked on. I have a testing pattern group that you can join here

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