** Edit for 2015: PicMonkey & OpenOffice have had updates since I first made this tutorial and I’ll be revising this post in the future to reflect the changes.
Also, be sure to check out my post on Creating Your Own Custom Lip Balms!
Please note that if you click on any of the screenshots shown below, you will be taken to a larger image which should help you see the details more clearly. Let me know if you run into any problems reading these!
I normally use the Creative Memories Digital Scrapbook Program to make my labels, but want to show you today, that you can also use a free online photo editor like PicMonkey to do the job. Here’s a quick run-down on how:
Go to PicMonkey.com and click “Create A Collage” You should now be presented with a white square. You may see grid lines on it, where you can insert pictures. We’re not going to do this, so just ignore those. We’re only doing this step in order to make a nice blank square, perfect for the base of the label we want to make.
Click “Save” (found above the blank collage.) I like to save it as the medium or largest file size. Name it something like “Blank Label” and save it in an easy to find place. Hit “Save Photo” and we’re all done with the collage option. Click the “X” on the very right of the screen to get back to PicMonkey’s home page.
Now, click “Edit A Photo” and open up the “Blank Label” file you just saved. Scroll down to bottom of the options on the left and you’ll find “Themes.” Currently winter is up, plus Halloween is still available. These are sure to change as the seasons do, so you’ll have to adapt and work with whatever is available to you. Right now, all of the options are free to use, even though it may say it’s a “Royale Feature.” Just click that you’re doing the free trial period and continue on, if needed. (They don’t make you sign up or anything as of the date this post was written.)
I’m going to use the theme “Winter” and scroll down the menu until I get to the sub-category “Victoriana.” I find a promising looking frame to start with but when I click it, this happens:
They’re set up to be pure white, which isn’t going to work for me, so I have to change the color so I can see it! Go over to the box that pops up and click “Color 1″ and change it to a color that you like. (You can change it again later, if you wish.) Now, it will look like this:
It’s far too small though, so let’s fix that. Click on a corner and stretch it out until it fills up as much screen as you want. Now it’s looking better, but we want to add the name of our lip balm. So, look back at the very left of your screen and find the symbol that looks like a “P.” When you hover over it a second, it will say “Text.” Click the “P” and then you’ll be presented with a box saying “Add Text” then a very long line of font choices.
Click “Add Text” and a box will appear in the middle of your screen, telling you to type your text there. I typed in “Peppermint Ice Lip Balm” and it looks like this:
However, the words aren’t centered and I don’t want that font. So, using my mouse, I’ll highlight the words and hit the little center symbol on the text editor box (right below the color selection section.) While I’m there, I’ll make the words blue to match my frame. To do this, click on the little color box right above the 0% and an eye dropper will appear. Move it over your blue frame and it will turn the same color. Click it and now your letters match!
With your words still highlighted, go over to the left and pick which font you want. I’m going to scroll all the way down and pick “Emily’s Candy” because I like how they dot their i’s with hearts. (Yes, I’m such a girl.) :)
Okay, I’m pretty happy with this label. I made it simple for the purpose of this tutorial. You could definitely spend more time and make it fancier. Normally, I spend hours in my scrapbooking program obsessing over tiny details, but managed to move past that so I could get this post to you before I turn 80!
Now, head over to Rustic Escentual’s site and check out their blank labels. You can use regular sticker paper from an office supply store instead but it will be more likely to bleed, fade or peel off of your lip balm tubes. If you want a heavy-duty label that will really stick then you want the vinyl ones they sell. (And no, they’re not paying me to say that – they don’t even know I exist outside of a customer number!) (But, that’s okay, I still love them.)
Anyway, you want the 1.8″ by 1.8″ squares one. Click on “download word template file” and open it up. If this file isn’t compatible with your computer, then at this point, you’ll have to set up your own table which is beyond the scope of this tutorial! (*Depending on your printer and computer settings, the 1.8″ square ones may not line up properly for you when printed. In that case, you may want to try the solid blank sheets and just cut them individually by hand.)
When you opened that file, you should have a page with a table on it that looks like this:
Click on the first box in the table so that the cursor is blinking there, then go to the top row of menus and click Insert then Picture then From File. Now, I go find my Peppermint Ice Lip Balm Label file that I made in PicMonkey and hit Insert. But WHOA, it’s way too big for that little spot.
Just right click over the image, hit Format Object, click the middle tab in the box that pops up and says Size. Mine says the height & width are 7.25 inches. I’m changing it to 1.65 inches by 1.65 inches. It looks pretty good, so I’m going to print a few and see how they turn out!
On my printer, I choose matte photo paper as the paper type and highest quality printing. Since these labels are pretty pricey, whenever I’m creating a new one, I only print one row’s worth first, to make sure that everything prints okay. After examining my test page, I’ve determined that these labels meet my approval. It’s hard to get them precisely lined up, or maybe it’s just my old printer, so don’t obsess too much about the alignment.
Now, peel the labels off of the sticker sheet, press them on your lip balm tubes and they’re all ready to use (or give!)
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