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Happy Valentine’s Day with Dymo [Sponsored]

[Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Dymo, and I am the social media manager at Photo Play Paper. However, regardless of the source of the products we use, we always strive at Craft Critique to provide you fun and creative projects that will inspire your own crafty endeavors. Enjoy these Valentine’s Day projects!]

Valentine’s Day is coming, and that means cards and gifts. But it doesn’t have to mean fuss! With the right tool, like the Dymo Organizer Xpress label maker, and a few creative shortcuts, you can whip up gorgeous cards and tags to tell share your Valentine’s Day message of love.

Dymo label maker

The Dymo Organizer Xpress is an updated version of the black embossing tape label maker that most of us have long been familiar with. Only now the tape is available in a rainbow of colors, in addition to black, and it’s easy to get a consistently clear impression without breaking your hand!

Strips are a great way to create a quick, colorful design on cards, layouts, or any paper craft project. And bonus – they match perfectly with the strips from the label maker! These strips look like the are randomly placed but if you look closer, they are actually arranged very carefully to balance the color placement. The circles at the top, for instance, balance out the stripes in the same color scheme at the bottom of the card. The black chevrons at the top balance out the black of the label strips. The floral placed near the top balances the flower sticker on the bottom.

Valentines Day card

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Organized Crafting With Dymo Labelmanager 160 [Sponsored]

[This post was sponsored by Dymo, but the content is solely the author’s opinion.]

Anyone who reads my writing here and on Scrapbook Update knows that I am, well, a tad bit obsessed with organizing. Especially when it comes to my craft supplies.

Dymo Labelmanager 160

I’ve been in the midst of a long process (over a year) of completely reimagining my craft space from top to bottom. I’ll share the results soon but in the meantime, I want to share with you one of the tools that has been important in the final stage of my organizing process.

I’ve been a fan of labeling for awhile, but had gotten really fed up with the one that I was using due to its limitations and the cost of using it. As I was about to chuck it, I received an offer from Dymo to try out their Dymo Labelmanager 160 (pictured above). Since I was already a fan of using labels, I couldn’t have imagined how it would broaden my usage of labels!

Before we get to how I’ve used it, I want to tell you what features I like about this particular label maker so much.

Form Factor: The Dymo Labelmanager 160 has a shape that makes it easy to hold with small (meaning female) hands. The form factor means that the QWERTY keyboard can be typed efficiently with two thumbs, an easy task for any experienced texter.

Cost: The Dymo Labelmanager 160 is way more affordable to use than a competitor model I had previously tried. The tape cartridges are cheaper and there is less waste produced on the ends of labels when printing.

Tapes: Tape is easy to find for the Labelmanager 160 in the small town I live in – the basic black print on white tape is carried at Walmart, a major convenience. But beyond that, Dymo offers a large selection of colors of tape and printing that can create a variety of different effects for different uses. It’s easy to switch cartridges in and out of the machine, so there’s no need to commit to using a single style of tape for projects.

Besides the selection and cost, I also like the body or weight of this tape. As long as the label isn’t overly long, it will maintain its stiffness while you are working with it to apply it. It makes it much easier to apply the tape smoothly and exactly in the position you want without errors.

Fonts & Characters: A huge library of special characters is available with the push of a button on the Labelmanager 160, making it easy to use symbols and punctuation on my labels. But one of my most favorite features of this label maker is that it gives me granular control over the font size you print in – there’s 6 different font sizes between 8 point and 24 point to choose from. In addition, it’s easy to create bold, italic, underlined, and vertical text with just a press of a button.

So, what have I been able to do with all of this functionality? Well, let’s start with the basic black on white label tape that comes standard with the Dymo Labelmanager 160.

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Around the Block Tape Writer

New reporter Francie serves up a new take on an old favorite…

Reported by Francie Horton

Name one thing you wanted as a child that you immediately bought yourself when you grew up. Geek that I am, for me, it was a Dymo. The original Dymo, not the fancy computerized one. My mom had to hide it because I would label everything. I loved pressing each letter into the tape, the scritch scritch scritch of turning the wheel, seeing the tape come out with my words magically printed on it in that lovely uppercase type. Oh, that uppercase type. How I wished it had lowercase and maybe even some different fonts. So when I came across the Around the Block Tape Writer I was excited.

The tape writer comes with two wheels, a lowercase and an uppercase. You can purchase additional wheels. I found four different ones – Cursive, Elegant, Ransom, and Numbers and Icons. There is not a font wheel that has both upper and lowercase, however, which is disappointing. This is probably due to size constraints; the wheels are rather small. In fact, the entire thing is very compact. The wheels come in two pieces, a top and bottom. I found the best way to keep everything together and not mixed up was a 2” binder ring. I also store all my adhesive tapes this way – both Dymo and the ones I order from Around the Block. Speaking of which, there are some adorable tapes available. No more plain solid colors! And they are interchangeable with the Dymo. You can also order self-adhesive paper strips to run through the tape writer.

Here’s what I learned in my experimenting. The tape writer works well on the plastic tape, however, the cut option doesn’t work. You’ll have to advance and use your scissors. It can be hit or miss on the paper strips. Sometimes you get a deep impression and sometimes you don’t. I would suggest lightly sanding or inking your letters afterward, also, because they’re hard to see otherwise. With both the plastic tape and the paper strips the tape writer can sometimes get hung up or put too much space between letters. It took two 12” strips just to get the few words I used on the example sheet.

It’s an inexpensive way to add text embellishment to my journal pages in different fonts, though, so it was well worth the purchase. I just have to hide it from MY kids now.

Pros:

  • Lightweight, portable, easy to throw into my supply bag.
  • Several different fonts available.
  • An inexpensive gadget that adds a fun touch to my scrapbooking and journal projects.

Cons:

  • Construction quality could have been a bit better. The center of mine has popped out a few times.
  • The cut function doesn’t work as it should.
  • The tape jams up and/or skips sometimes.

The tape writer is available to order from the following sites:

Overstock.com
Amazon.com
FranticStamper.com – Here you can also see the different fonts and tapes available.

I give the tape writer an 8 out of 10 just because it’s fun. Have you tried the tape writer? What did you think of it?

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