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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How To Make Labels in PicMonkey

Thanks for the love on our new matchstick blinds yesterday! It appears there's also a lot of interest in Phoebe, our new Fiddle Leaf tree...so I'm planning a post on my tips for not killing them in the first month.

When I showed you the newly organized Kid's Bathroom, many of you commented on the labels. So, today I've got a simple tutorial I thought might be helpful for those of you who agree labels are one of life's necessities.

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

Sure you can find cute labels for purchase, but they can be pricey, and aren't always the size or color you need. Using this FREE method, all you need is a package of these full-sheet labels and PicMonkey.



First you need to create a blank image the same size as your label sheets, by using the 'Create a Collage' feature, shown on the PicMonkey Home page. It will open in a default size of 1024 x 1024 pixels. The only thing we're doing on this screen is changing the numbers at the bottom to resize the image. Since our label sheets are 8.5 x 11, our blank image needs to be 850 x 1100. You need to click the lock icon in order to change the second number. Then save this blank page to your computer, disregarding the grid pattern.

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

Now back to the Home page on PicMonkey, and click the 'Edit a Photo' option. From there, select your new blank image to open. We'll use the Overlays to create our label shapes.

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

There are tons of options (most are free, but some you must pay the $5/month membership fee to access), but for this tutorial I'm using those found under 'Labels.'

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

Once you've selected your shape, you can customize the colors using the pop-up box. Click and drag the circles on the corners of the label box to resize your shape. Make sure you're viewing it at actual size by checking that the number on the bottom-right corner of the PicMonkey screen shows 100%. That way you can size each label to a custom fit.

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

Next, add a text box, and select your font.

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

You can customize your text color using the pop-up window, as well. Just make sure your text box is selected.

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

Once you have your label in the size and colors you like, we're going to duplicate it by right-clicking the image box.

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

Do that step for as many labels as you need, arranging them evenly on the page. Once your text color, font and size is how you like it, click on the text box to highlight, then right-click to duplicate text. If you want each label to read something different, just highlight each duplicated text box and change the text.

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

Arrange those on each label. If you decide to change the colors, just click the label and select new colors in the pop-up window.

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

Once done, save those pretty labels to your computer as a jpeg image. From there, just print the image as usual on your label sheet. Update: The smartie-pants PicMonkey folks told me if you save as a .png, the image will print sharper!!

Hi Sugarplum | How To Create Free Labels

Here are some labels I made for our Bathroom organizing.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Make Labels in PicMonkey

I used a heart overlay with a small banner to create these for Babygirl's Valentine treat bags. Once the sheet was printed, we used a craft punch to cut them out.

 Hi Sugarplum | How to Make Labels in PicMonkey

Here's an assortment of blank labels, all printed on a single sheet. The combinations are limitless!

Hi Sugarplum | How to Make Labels in PicMonkey

I've used this same process to make recipe cards, too. Just choose your preferred size, 4 x 6 in this case, and size a blank collage to 400 x 600. A 3 x 5 card would convert to 300 x 500 pixels. From there you open the blank image, and add text and images. These I print on basic cardstock.

blackberry ice cream

Now that I can customize my own labels, nothing in my house is safe from one! It's so fun to discover all the great things PicMonkey can do, besides photo-editing. Here's a little round-up of how other bloggers use it for their projects.



* PicMonkey didn't pay me to say all this. I just like passing little gems of info on to you! *

25 comments:

  1. oooo, thanks for the tips. I love learning new Picmonkey tricks.

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  2. Thank you so much for the tutorial!! I am needing to make labels for my cookies and didn't have a clue how. Now, I do and am excited to get started.

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  3. Thank you!! I love picmonkey but haven't used it for labels!! This is a great tutorial!!!

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  4. I just started using PicMonkey and it's so user friendly! I learned so much from this tutorial - thank you so much! It's definitely getting pinned!

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  5. How did I not already know about this fabulous Picmonkey??? I feel like a broken record going around "how did I not know this???"...maybe I should just come to terms that I know pretty much nothing (c; I'm all about the labeling, so you can bet these cutie patooties need a place *PRONTO*.

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  6. Oh how I love Picmonkey! It's so easy! And, I learned some new things from you, thanks!

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  7. Thanks for the great tutorial! I use picmonkey ALL THE TIME and am still learning new ways to use it! :)

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  8. Awesome post - I can't wait to make these!

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  9. I love PicMonkey! This is a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing how you did it :)

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  10. Oh dear me!! You just created a monster! I have spent the last 2 hours creating labels, and labels and labels!! What fun I have had!! Thanks for such a great tutorial!!

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  11. Thank you for a fabulous tutorial. I've been wondering how everyone else seems to have such gorgeous labels when all I have is my boring old black on white p-touch tape. Can't wait to get some full page labels and play!

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  12. Hey, stupid question of the day. How do you cut these out so they look so nice and neat?

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  13. Hey mom929! Do dumb questions here!!! I use craft punches in different shapes...or good old-fashioned scissors and patience!! :) Hope this helps!

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  14. this is good to know especially since I dominate pic monkey! thanks

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  15. UH OH, I think you have just created a monster lol, everything is gonna have a label now! Thanks for this awesome post!!

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  16. How do you get your labels to line up with the craft punch directly so they cut out perfectly?

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  17. How do you get your labels to line up perfectly with your punch?

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    1. Hi Wendy -- there is not 'perfectly' when it comes to me and my projects! :) Most of the labels I create don't have a corresponding punch, so I end up cutting them with scissors.

      Hope this helps!

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  18. This opens up a whole new world for me. Thanks for the tutorial... it helps those of us who are not so familiar with doing this type of thing, actually accomplish it.

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  19. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this tutorial. Thank you so much!

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  20. Thank you so much for such a detailed and easy to use tutorial!!!

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  21. This is so cute and useful! Many thanks for sharing it. I just discovered your blog and I so much love it!

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  22. This is so cute and useful! Many thanks for sharing it. I just discovered your blog and I so much love it!

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