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Labelling every item related to the kids and school is essential so it’s easier for your child to identify their own items, will stop others from taking what isn’t theirs and if it gets lost having it labelled with their name will help it get returned. There are various ways to label items ready for the first day of school, continue reading to see how I label all the back to school supplies.
I purchased personalised labels online when my kiddies were in kindy, only because they are cute and pretty, however, once they reached school, I soon learnt there was so much to label so I purchased a label machine to do it all myself. I had twins so two starting school at the same time meant double the labelling.
I’ve owned a Brother P-Touch labeller for 8 years now and it’s still works perfectly. However, Brother sent me a new labeller, the Brother PT-H105, which has some great features and I’m happy to endorse as it’s a product I have used for many years. Some of the features are:
- many different font styles: Normal, Bold, Outline, Shadow, Italic, Italic Bold, Italic Outline, Italic Shadow, Vertical
- auto power off, so won’t waste the battery
- 2 line printing
- various label widths and colours
- cute frames
- fun symbols
- use a variety of different tapes, laminated, fabric, florescent, extra strength and more
- can store up to 9 of your most used labels into the memory
- a cable labelling feature is included, so you can organise your electrical cables
- labels are also suitable for outdoors
The labels are very durable, they are laminated, chemical, fade, abrasion and water-resistant, have strong adhesion, can withstand high temperatures and easy to peel.
School uniforms are expensive and are at the top of my to-label-list as I can’t afford to be replacing them when they forget to put them in their school bag after sport training.
Uniforms – Use TZe fabric tape in the Brother PT-H105, I am using TZe-FA3, 12mm blue on white fabric tape.
- print label
- heat your iron to 160-180°C
- place your garment on flat surface, I stretch it over the smaller part of the ironing board.
- place your label with printed surface facing upwards onto clothing
- lay an extra piece of cloth over the label (for protection from the heat of the iron)
- Press iron down firmly for 15-30 seconds
- Lift iron, remove cloth
- Instructions will come with the tape, please read them thoroughly before use.
Hats – I write my kids full names on the rim of their hats using a black permanent marker.
Socks – I find it easiest to use a black laundry permanent marker to write the kids names on their socks, it does fade over the course of the year and you will need to write their name on them again, unfortunately a label won’t stick as the fabric in socks are very stretchy.
Shoes – I don’t place labels inside the kids shoes, as I find they slip off, instead I write their names with black or silver permanent marker on the inside of the shoe and on the tongue of the shoe.
Note: I use silver permanent marker on items with dark backgrounds, black marker on light backgrounds.
Pens and pencils – all the kids pens and pencils look the same (especially when you order through the same book supplier). You can shave off a bit of the end of the pencil to write the name (old school my dad used to do this for me, I tried it once, took me soooo long). I’ve used the TZe-221, 9mm black on white laminated tape.
- use last name only, save on tape you don’t need to print a full name on pencils
- make the font smaller, I used medium
- change the margin to narrow – menu > margin >narrow
- print as many copies you need for the number of pens and pencil you need to label, that’s what I love about the new Brother PT-H105 you don’t have to keep pressing print, you tell the labeller how many copies you want and it will print them all, quick and easy.
- Then place on the pens, pencils, texta’s etc.
Exercise/text books – I battle with contact, I tried for a few years, but find for my sanity I don’t mind paying a few $ extra and use book covers. I use a black permanent marker write the child’s name and subject. I put a label on the kids text books as this can be removed and I can hand down the textbook to the younger sibling or sell.
Book supplies such as glue, rulers etc. – common items which you could use black permanent marker on some, but using the labeller on items such as rulers for the younger children to make the name stand out and easily identifiable.
Computers and electrical cords – Today’s technology is unbelievable, most of the kids textbooks are online, therefore the school supplies them a computer, so each child has a computer that looks exactly the same as the child next to them. I label the machine in a few different areas, on top, underneath and on the electrical cables as these to go to school to charge the devices. The devices need to be returned to the school so I can’t permanently mark them.
For the cables I’ve used the TZe-231, 12 mm black on white laminated tape, however, it is recommended you use Brother’s Flexible ID Tape. The Brother PT-H105 has a cable label function which allows you to create labels with 2 lines of text which can be wrapped around cables.
School Bag Items
School bag – I write the kids names on the inside of their school bag in black permanent marker. I also give each of the kids a bag tag to put on their bag so they can easily distinguish which one is theirs as they are at a private school and all have the same bags.
Lunchbox and drink bottle – Some of the most common items from the school bag to go missing, accidentally left in the lunch area or in the bag racks. If it’s properly labelled you should be able to find it in the lost and found the next day.