Today, Ned said to me, “Mum. You have the coolest things.” (This is about the nicest thing he has said of late. Usually, the 6 year old thinks I’m super UNcool.)
He was talking about this new Epson LabelWorks Printer 600 Label Maker I’ve been playing with for the past few days. Have you seen these? OMG. With this one, you can make labels RIGHT FROM YOUR PHONE!
I can’t help thinking that other early childhood educators like me might think this is pretty cool too!
I’m a bit of a social media geek and love nothing more than playing…I mean, working…. on my phone and I’m absolutely in love with the times we live in now.
All this creative endeavour, and entrepreneurship, and funky new gadgets makes my head spin, but I can’t get enough.
This ‘gadget’, is the best thing I’ve seen in ages, and just in time for the new school year. Doesn’t matter that school went back a week ago… around these parts, time has been tight and so we are still labelling, sorting, organising. And if you are anything like me, organising and reorganising never ever stops, and neither does my need to somehow stay on top of this reorganisation with a helpful clue or hint label or two.
The thing with this machine is that once you start, you can’t stop!
I’ve been labelling my crafty containers and the more I do, the more I’m inspired to come up with cute and quirky definitions rather than the old boring ‘cotton threads’ seen here. (I’m so glad to finally have a tool that works to do this job. My old-school retro-style label maker thing I bought new was a big dud, even if it did look mighty pretty.) In my sleep deprived state following a week of dreary policy-writing, and with a mush brain tonight, ‘Thread Bed’ , “Chock-full of Wool”, “A fountain of ribbon” and ‘It’s a Glue Zoo” is about as creative as I get. Help please!
With this Epson Labelworks 600, you just download the free app Epson ilabel to your phone, and plug in the actual label maker with the cord from the box (or use 6 batteries for on-the-go labelling), connect blue tooth, and away you go. There’s little waste (except for the few label where the printing stopped mid-sentence and cut off. Strange.) and it has an inbuilt cutter. YOU CAN EVEN TALK TO IT, AND IT WILL PRINT. Stop it! Too fabulous for words.
With the app to design labels, you can:
- change fonts (there’s a bunch of regulars and a few newbies too.)
- choose the length of your piece (make the tape longer than your phrase for instance)
Flip the screen to the right and there’s a whole bunch of other fun stuff to play with!
- write your label in your own handwriting! (I’d be thinking a stylus pen might be the go for this one. Clunky fingers make for dodgy pens.)
- add fancy frames- there’s arrows, and flags, speech bubbles, quotations, cloudy shapes, fancy edging, swirly whirlys, ‘hammer and nail’ style, and my fave, a shooting star like the one above!
- add signs. Be sure to click on ‘categories’ at the bottom of the page as there are hundreds of symbols to use- work ones, and life ones, things that you might see in the real world like light switch guides, recycle symbols, and ‘fish live here’ icons. There’s vehicle ones (super cute planes, trucks, cars, buses, helicopters, bicycles, motorbikes, boats, ships, and even a people mover heading up an incline- perfect for all your travel labelling needs like toiletry bags, headphones, luggage, camera straps, and on hard drives in case of loss. AND there’s a bunch of ‘NO ….” signs too- no drinking, no junk food, no prams, no pets, no fires, no swimming… a challenge for creative use no doubt!
The label tape comes in all different sizes and shapes. I’ve been playing with a black on yellow reflector tape (for night-time treasure hunts? Oh, I just might!), and shimmery pale blue with black writing, or black on white…
….you can even make a label on fancy ribbon for special one-of-a-kind gift wrapping. It writes on ribbon??? YES!
There’s a whole bunch of ready-made icons for this too. Seasonal ones for Christmas, birthdays, Halloween, and every kind of greeting message you could imagine. The possibilities!
We’ve made labels for my fridge baskets (fabulous fresh fruit in a basket names ‘fruit bowl yumminess’ and ‘healthy snacks’. I couldnt find a picture of bananas or fruit, so I used the symbol for NO JUNK FOOD. Think they might get the message! You can even make date labels for food items, especially things you’ll put in the freezer (I’m forever throwing away things that I have NO idea what they are!) I’ve also finally labelled the two cables at the back of my computer- printer, and external harddrive, by printing out a long label and folding it in half on itself around the label to make a cord tag.
It’s such FUN! I’m looking about the place to see what else I can label. (Clothes drawers in the boys room…. now let me see how I might tackle that ever-growing pile of unruliness.)
Best thing today? I have one Epson Labelworks 600 label maker (RRP: $129.00) plus one tape to give away to one of my HCF tribe. The entire bundle (LW-600 plus one tape) is worth $160.00
Woo hoo! One of you can become a Labelling Queen too. Join in the fun. ( Remember, the LW-600P is also available at Officeworks. )
To enter, you need to think of the strangest thing you could label….. (now, there’s a challenge!)
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Terms and Conditions:
The name of the promotion is: Epson LabelWorks Blog Competition
The promoter is Happy Crafty Family in conjunction with the Epson
The conditions are one entry per person. Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.
The giveaway will close on Monday 9th February at 5pm EDST. Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway.
This is a game of skill. The winner will be awarded based on the strength of their answer to the question above.
The prize will be in the form of product (one Epson Labelworks labelmaker 600, plus one tape) which will be sent to the winner once address details have been provided after the competition has closed.
The results of the giveaway will be published on this site on 10th February 2015 and on my facebook page
Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferableThe total prize value $160.99 The competition is open to Australian residents only.
If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available a product of equal or greater value will be provided.
The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.
Disclosure: I received this Epson label maker for review purposes and I’m so happy I can share one with one of you too! Thanks Epson!