Labels are very useful in identifying and denoting the contents of similar looking containers, bottles, books and boxes to mention a few. Prior to the advent of computers, labels were also used in libraries, known as 'index cards' which were useful to know where a particular book on a specific topic could be found.
The subject of this article is "all-purpose" labels which are sometimes simply a piece of paper which denote what is in inside a container, or denote the topic of a book without having to open it to find out the subject it deals with. The materials required can be easily found at home or at a nearby stationery shop. To make labels one requires the following: ten to twenty A4 size blank sheets, a pair of scissors, a stick of glue and permanent marker.
Simple method to make labels:
- Dimensions: Measure the height and width of the surface of the area on which you wish to stick the label and cut a piece of paper which is not more than one-fourth the size of the measured area.
- Fields: Be sure of the number of fields you would like to enter on the label. For example the first field or line of the label could be "Mixed fruit Jam made at Smith's garden party on 2008-October-12". You could add another field which says "best before" a particular date which enables others to understand whether it would be wise to imbibe the jam or not after the ‘best before' date. You could also consider using another field which would list some broad ingredients which were used in making the particular jam which can alert users to understand if they are allergic to any of the ingredients used.
Likewise, if you are making labels for books, repeat step 1 above and you should consider how many fields you would like to have on the label, it is wise to have at least five which are as follows: title of the book; name of the author; subject; year of publication and the subject it deals with.
- Printing on labels: Once you have decided on the number of fields that are required you can enter them and the corresponding data on to the label in bold capital letters which makes for easy reading.
- Using glue: Turn the label upside down in a manner that the written part is face down and apply glue on all four corners of the label and make sure that you are sticking the label on the correct container or book and stick it.
If you find the above steps are very time consuming, you can always use a computer to generate labels using label generating software which can be easily purchased on the internet. This software simplifies the tasks of writing fields on the label. If using a computer-label it is wise to make sure that your printer's ink cartridge is full or close to full so that all the labels can be printed in one go.