Applying a Shipping Label

Something as easy as applying a shipping label seems easy, but there are some helpful tips you could use. First of all make sure that the Package that you’re affixing the label to is clean and dust free. It wouldn’t hurt just to run a very lightly damped rag over the surface just to get that dust off. Then wait a few minutes so that any dampness can evaporate before applying the label. Make sure that the surface you’re affixing the label to is free of any oils or materials that are flaking off such as old paint or old labels. Don’t affix your labels to surfaces that have old clear tape, the labels might be more prone to come off. Hey, there are a lot of small companies out there that just can’t go out and buy brand new boxes with perfectly clean surfaces. Anyway re-using boxes is better for the environment. It might not look as pretty, but you’re saving the planet one cardboard box at a time.

ML-0600 Shipping Label Template

Here is a template ML-0600 I whipped up in Inkscape. It’s so easy to create these clean and sharp and scalable graphics in Inkscape, it’s sick. Then it’s ridiculously easy to get the graphic into Word. It’s as simple as selecting the graphic in Inkscape and copying it to the clipboard then switching to Word and Pasting. Then you can scale it to fit. Remember to hold the Ctrl or Shift key down to keep the vertical and horizontal dimensions scaled the same way.

ML-0600, Shipping Label, Template, same as Avery 5164

And here is the artwork you can edit in Inkscape.

ML-0600, Shipping Label, Template, same as Avery 5164

ML-0600 Shipping label Flourishes

I made a nice design in Inkscape with some flourishes. The ML-0600 shipping label is the perfect label to throw on some flourishes. Whether you’re sending out wedding invitations, or invitations to some sort of celebration, flourishes like the ones below can create the perfect label to show that the event is something special. And we all know how special anniversaries are, right guys? One of the secrets to a lasting marriage is to not only remember your anniversary, but to celebrate it in a meaningful way. So get your flourishes on and celebrate.

ML-0600 template, same as Avery 5164 label template

Shipping Label Art – Faded borders

When designing artwork for shipping labels, you might want to consider faded borders. Sharp borders on artwork can cause problems. If the labels are not lined up exactly on the label layout the uneven spacing can be unsightly. The closer the artwork to the edge of the label, the worse the problem can become. One solution to this problem would be to make the artwork near the edges of the label to be faded. Below is an example of faded edge artwork created in the Gimp. It’s in Gimp format, so you’ll need Gimp to view it.

ML-0600 template same as avery 5164 label template

And you can stick that directly into Microsoft Word. The faded borders make it a little easier to line up on the label. The mistakes are harder to see than if you had hard edges.

ML-0600 template same as avery 5164 label template

Independence day is this weekend

We celebrate our nations Independence from England on July 4th 1776. It was about this time that with the introduction of glass bottles and the multiple varieties of wine being produced, there was a need to identify wines for their origin and their quality. This is the best explanation of the birth of the modern label. Not only of the modern wine label but labels in general. So here at Macolabels.com not only do we celebrate the birth of a Nation at this time of year, we celebrate the birth of an industry.
Here’s an ML-0600 template for the 4th of July.

July 4th 2010 ML-0600 template, same as Avery 5164 template

It’s Bloomsday

Yup, that’s what I said, “What’s Bloomsday?”. Well, people across the world come together to celebrate “Ulysses“, the James Joyce classic, and they call it Bloomsday after one of the characters, Leopold Bloom, and because the whole book takes place in one day on June 16, 1904. No, not that James Joyce.
I’m gonna have to come up with some special days for labels. As a matter of fact, I’m gonna call June, ML-0600 month. The only reason I can think of making it ML-0600 month is because it has a 6 in it.
June is ML-0600 Month!, ML-0600 is same layout as Avery 5164

Use our ML-0600 in lieu of Avery 5164

I found this other wordpress blog that has a bunch of shipping labels in the form of Avery 5164 templates that look very helpful when you’re packing up boxes and getting ready for a move. The only thing is, they only mentioned Avery 5164, no mention of our ML-0600. At Macolabels.com you can get the same layout in our ML-0600 labels, the same quality for a fraction of the price.

Thank God it’s Friday

Wow, Thursday was not good. We’ve got oil spills getting bigger and bigger threatening the whole southern coast of the United States. We’ve got a huge romaine lettuce recall, and a bunch of people really sick from it. And on Wall Street, the NYSE took a giant plunge yesterday, the biggest same day plunge in history. Nobody want’s the blame for that one either.
Thank God it Friday, and that we have programs like Inkscape to help us create artwork. I think I’m gonna have to re-do all of our labels with Inkscape. Yet another ML-0600 template.
ML-0600 Template, Avery 5164 Template

A great source of artwork is Bing.com

Google is the premier search engine by far. Microsoft however launched a great search engine called Bing some time back. Bing is a great search engine, but still not as good as Google. I use it more as a supplement to Google. There are some things I think it even does a little better. Things like maps. When available the birdseye view in Bing maps is incredibly clear and detailed.

Statue of Liberty as seen from Bing Maps

Bing images search is also better. Bing shows all the images on one page, which I like. It’s just a better presentation. So if you’re looking for artwork or ideas for artwork, it’s much easier to work with.

Create your own label templates like the one below.
ML-0600 Template, same as Avery 5164