Label makers have become very popular for household organization. Labeling containers in the pantry, attic, and garage make it much faster and easier to find just the thing that you need. The label maker has also become one of my favorite scrapbooking tools
. I use it on most of my pages because of the convenience, versatility, and speed with which I can add journaling to my pages. If I want to quickly add some 5 W’s journaling
(who, what, when, where, and why), I can print each of them on a label strip. If I want to add several sentences of thoughts about the photos on the scrapbook pages, I can cut the printed label maker strips to fit to the length that I have available for that journaling and add them in a stacked column on the page. A label maker also makes it a quick and easy process to add a name or other important detail directly on each photo on a scrapbook page. Below you will find information about some of my favorite label printers and also see some ways that the scrapbook pages featured here on About.com Scrapbooking use label strips for journaling.
Brother has an extensive line of label printers each with different special features. I use a Brother P-Touch Hand Held Electronic printer. I can change the size and style of the font, and print on different colors of label tape. I use my label maker on a vast majority of my scrapbook pages for journaling, adding names to photos, and adding dates and places. The next three photos and links show you three ways to use an electronic label printer on your scrapbook pages.
The classic Dymo embossing label maker that you remember from childhood is still around and great for crafting. You can purchase packs of multi-colored tapes that will fit in almost all of the Dymo embossing units. The colors of tape include: red, green, blue, and of course black. The Dymo Caption Maker includes multiple font disks giving you more options in how your embossed letters will look. If you are looking for that classic embossed label look then this type of inexpensive hand-held, embossing label maker is right for your project. You can even cut strips of some scrapbook papers to size and feed them into the embossing label maker. Once you have embossed the words you simply will run a piece of sand paper lightly over the embossing to show the white inner core of the paper. I have step by step instructions for making your own label maker strips in the article Label Maker Sanded Lettering for Scrapbooking.
Additional scrapbook ideas using embossing label makers are shown below.