June 10, 2016 by bridgitgillis
With the technology available today, the possibilities for labels are endless. Most of the labels available in stores are Avery brand. Each label template has a number. The number can be found on the box they come in, and on the upper right hand corner of the sheet. You’ll need to make sure you use this number when you make your labels on your computer to make sure they print out correctly.
To make these labels, I went to www.avery.com/print. It is a free source that allows you to create custom labels online using a large variety of templates and fonts. You can choose to print your labels at home or have them printed and sent to you.
If you’re printing your labels at home, the first thing you will need to do is enter your Avery product number. That’s the number on the right hand corner of your label sheet.
Once you’ve selected your specific labels, you will be taken to a design page. There are variety of options to choose from, and Avery does a good job at categorizing them in a column on the left hand side of the screen. Keep in mind the color of your labels when choosing a design. My label paper was craft brown, so I didn’t want to choose a design that didn’t work with brown as a background color.
Once you select your design, you’ll be taken to a page where you can customize your label. You can choose various fonts in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. You can also choose to edit just one label or all at once.
When you’re ready to print, you can specify how many labels you’d like to print. There’s even a feature that lets you choose which labels will print. For example, I had already used the top row of my labels but didn’t want to just waste the sheet. I was able to tell it to print labels 4-9 (rows 2 and 3) and it automatically skipped the empty row.
I always suggest printing a test page on regular printer paper first to make sure your design prints the way you want. I also recommend putting a dot on the upper right hand corner of your paper and noting it’s placement in your printer. When it prints out, you will be able to tell from where the dot is whether it printed on the front or back side, and in which direction it printed. This will allow you to insert your sheet of labels the correct way.
You have the option to create an online account with Avery and save your project online, as well as save it as a pdf onto your computer. I would recommend saving it in some format, just in case you run into difficulties or decide to print more in the future.
Want to view a pdf of my labels? Click here: citronella. You will notice that these labels have a white background. The label paper I chose for this project is a craft brown, which is why they are brown in the pictures.