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Choosing the Right Labels

These days you can buy a label for just about anything. Labels come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Knowing how to choose the right label is becoming almost an art form. Fortunately, there are many resources to help you choose the label that's right for you. Avery is a leading manufacturer of all things label. At their site, you will find a template and software adviser that can be used to figure out the best label for your project. For example, if you wanted to create file folder labels, you would click on that option and then it will take you through a series of steps to choose the label that will work the best based on the type of computer you're using, the size of your project, etc. Some of the template choices include:

- File Folder Labels

- ID Labels

- CD Labels and inserts

- Cards

- Dividers

- Name Badges

- Binders

- Scrapbooking

Not only can you choose from these categories, you can also look through some sample projects. It's a great way to get ideas to customize your labels. Once you've set up your printer, made sure its ink cartridges are full, and chosen a label, you can download a template to use with your word processing and printing software.

Microsoft online help is another good resource for label templates. It takes into account the version of MS Word you're using and advises from there. Online help can be accessed by opening MS Word and typing a question or phrase into the help field.

There are some things to keep in mind when choosing a label:

1. Make sure that the label is the right size for the project. For instance, if you're creating address labels make sure that the label won't overwhelm the envelope. If you're using a standard mailing envelope, stick to the basic 30 per page labels. You can still customize it with font color and clip art to give it your own style.

2. Use appropriate font for the occasion. If you're creating name badges for a business meeting, use a basic font in a size that fits well in the middle of the label.

3. For craft labels and scrapbooking you have your chance to become more creative with your fonts, colors and pictures. Avoid basic black and use themes that match the theme in your craft. If you're doing a Halloween scrapbook page, why not add a spooky looking font or clip art pumpkin to your label.

4. With ID and other labels meant to define something, use a label large enough to capture all your information without cluttering the landscape. Those labels are meant to quickly find an item and you need to be able to see it from a distance.

Labels can be fun and creative when they are used the right way. Choosing a label takes time and accuracy to ensure that they print correctly and get your point across. You may want to print whole sheets of the same labels as in the case of return addresses or you may need each label to be unique. The choices are all yours. Choose your label wisely and you'll ensure a great looking project.

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