Lip Balm Torture!!On Feb 4, 2013 3 Comments
I’m back!! Last week was an absolute blur with my baby girl starting school! Yes, school!! Check out this level of cuteness!
She nearly didn’t make it! Last weekend I was sick – like hurling up the undead every two hours kinda sick. This flowed into Monday leaving me unable to do much but lie around and whinge at the kids for not understanding, “mummy’s sick” and letting me rest.
Thankfully I bounced back just as quickly as I fell ill as Tuesday was a crazy day of trying to put some sort of order back into the house, picking up Miss Prep’s school books, grabbing some contact paper (her request) and working out the best way to label each and every pencil, crayon, texta, book, folder, etc. Arg! For an at-home job, they turned out ok I think!
Wednesday was just beyond crazy! Grabbed some breakfast at McDonalds (NO food in the house!), swing past the Dr’s for some inoculations, dash home before racing back to do the “meet the teacher” interview. From there it was off to the local shopping centre to grab last minute school items, before popping home for an hour and throwing the kids in the pool to cool off. Didn’t have long though as I still needed to go and do the grocery shopping and I had promised Miss Prep a special “last night before being a school girl” dinner.
By the time I got home, I was ready to fall asleep standing! Boo hoo for me though, I still had a couple of school books to copy! I managed to do those, somehow, before passing out for a restless night’s sleep.
Before I knew it, Thursday was here and off we went for our first day of school! Huzzah! Over and done with in the blink of an eye, it was Friday, her first full day and then off to her dad’s for the weekend.
And THAT’s when the real fun started….
Lip Balms. Seven hundred and fifty tiny tubes of torture! Needing lids put on. Needing some wipe downs on the outside. Needing…. labels! Urg, labels. I hate labels!
In all honesty, it wasn’t entirely the labels, or even the lip balms fault. It was mine. Of course. I wasn’t happy with the ‘plain jane’ look of my lip balm labels, so I started sprucing them up a bit. This took time to find the right look, have them align to include all required and relevant information, and then get them printed. Which naturally, caused my printer to run out of ink five pages in.
After acquiring more ink, I set off again and managed to get on a fairly good, albeit slower than I would have liked, roll. It took me all afternoon, but I managed to finish nearly 500 lip balms. Go me!
Then… came day 2.
Half way through the Banana labels, I ran out. Of Bananas? No. Of labels. Fudgenuckles! Completely out of the labels I get in from the USA… So, I switched to the new labels I had waiting. But, it wasn’t that easy. These labels were a different size. And laid out differently on their sheets to print on.
In the end it actually worked out in my favour. Although improved, I still wasn’t 100% happy with my labels as they didn’t follow the ‘branding’ I was working on with my zebra and the stripe, and the little fancy thing in the middle. Since I needed to completely resize the label, I decided to work in at least part of the branding look as well.
Plus, the new labels are water resistant. Bonus. BUT, the old labels covered the cap and came with a perforation meaning you knew it was brand new. New ones were shiny unlike the old paper ones. Really, you can’t win right?
After spending an hour getting the new size labels set up, I then had the painfully frustrating task of getting them to align up with the actual label sheet so that they printed inside their designated areas. Have you ever done that? Tried to get a label to align properly? It’s like sticky, printing HELL!!
And of course after getting them aligned, I happily printed off the required sheets, only to then discover that instead of the 4 sheets I had printed because the previous (old) labels required that many, I in fact only needed TWO of the new sheets printed as they held more labels per page. Krasnaughts!!
Two afternoon’s actually applying the labels, and an entire weekend used up just getting to that point, I am lip – balmed – OUT! The actual applying of the labels gave me a blister as well!! On the underside of my thumb. I noticed it developing approximately 400 lip balms in – I rest the bottom part of the tube in the exact same spot each time. And that bottom part has the jagged little twist part that actually winds up the inside treasure. Which HURTS when pushed into the same spot seven…. hundred…. and fifty… TIMES!!!
The pleasing end result however?
What’s the first thing you think when you see that? If it’s “I bet Coolah knocked those trays over at least three times”, you would be right! As if it wasn’t bad enough knocking over nearly every lip balm while they were sitting on my table cooling, I proceeded to knock each tray at least once. I even managed to drop half the top tray all over the floor when putting it on top of the other two.
Do you have ANY idea how much noise a hundred or so lip balms dropping on a wooden floor, in a silent house, with two kids asleep makes?? Sorry, I didn’t hear your response as I am currently, temporarily DEAF! (Coz, you know, the dropping lip balms makes a LOT of noise… just incase only I get my awesomely witty retorts.)
At one point I mentally spazzed out like George Costanza would have and crazily threw every lip balm out of their trays. Thankfully, that was just in my head. The little sane voice (yes, I do actually have one, it’s very quiet) reminded me how long and annoyingly frustrating it would be to then have to pick all the lip balms back up if I acted out the mental hissy fit I longed to throw.
Instead, I took a deep, aggravated breath in and just went to bed.
The Lip Balm Label Evolution:
My first labels. Aaaah how… pathetic! The writing for the flavour is way too small, the text doesn’t match, and the colours are just so… plain. But, it was a first attempt and these were done waaaaay back towards the beginning. Lip Balms were the first thing I ‘branched out’ to once I felt somewhat comfortable with soaping.
This was my first attempt at upscaling the labels. More out of necessity than desire though as my original plan to have a colour for each flavour started to backfire. Banana, Pineapple, Passionfruit… all yellow. Strawberry, Raspberry and even Apple… all red. Phooey! So I had to think of an alternative to ensure that each individual flavour was easy to pick out. At the time I was heavily into doing Markets and needed the customer to be able to quickly, and easily select their desired flavour choice.
Jump forward to this weekend and it was time for a quick (HA!) re-do. The flavour writing needed to be bigger, the font needed to match the website and they needed more… oomph! I was pretty happy with them! I used the actual flavour as the background image – strawberries for strawberry, drizzing chocolate for chocolate, slices of watermelon for … well, you get the idea.
I also managed to perfect my alignment so that each had the strip of background down the side too. Took a lot of 1 pixel moving adjustments to get it right, but I got there! Yay me!
Aaaaaand mid-celebration, I ran out of labels. George Costanza. Hissy Fit. Exploding Lip Balm Grenades. Fffffffffffiiirrree truck!
Enter… the new labels. A complete design overhaul to include a more branded look while also getting the same amount of information, with the same font size, on a smaller label. Things had to be moved around.
Still, I’m pretty happy. For now. I’m sure I’ll find fault eventually. They are bright, they use the flavour as a background (you can see that with the Orange and the Banana above), they don’t wrap completely around or cover the lid, but they are shiny, water resistant and, in my opinion, look more professional.
More importantly… they are DONE! So for now, they will do! 750 lip balms, one weekend, and a sore thumb. Joy!