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Soap It Up Right! Tutorial from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

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Making Cold Process Soap for the First Time? How to make soap & beginner soap recipes to get you started!

The Beginners Soapmaking Instructions and Recipes Revised, a free ePDF booklet by Rebecca D. Dillon

How many times have you stopped at a soap table at a farmers’ market or at a trade show and thought to yourself, “I could do that!” But, when you returned home and looked up the processes, the amount of time involved, and the mysterious lingo, you talked yourself out of this project. No way, you figure, can you make the effort to learn all about making soap without a master’s degree in chemistry at the very least.

Although the soap-making business seems pretty straightforward, according to the article that Marla Bosworth wrote for us, it’s the actual soap making process that has you worried.

soap making recipesThanks to Rebecca D. Dillon of Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen , you can learn how to make soap step-by-step. Plus, Rebecca remembers her own fears and uneasiness when she first started making soaps. She shares how she overcame those barriers to own her own soap business in this tutorial. And, she teaches you how to decipher and handle all the mysterious chemicals that go into making a bar of soap. Rebecca writes:

“The scariest thing for me when I first started making soap was working with lye. Lye – also known as sodium hydroxide – is a necessary part of making homemade soaps. Without lye, there simply is no soap…Yes, lye is a little scary. However, once I finally dove in and made cold process soaps for the first time, I realized that it wasn’t nearly as terrifying as I thought it would be. I’ve found that tutorials on soapmaking tend to have you be overly cautious about working with lye so it seems frightening. The truth of the matter is however, it isn’t frightening as long as you have sound knowledge of what you’re doing going in, and you take simply safety precautions – just like in high school chemistry class. So purchase some goggles, some gloves and for kicks you can also go with a fancy new rockabilly apron just so you have some great photos to share on your social media.”

So there you have it…you must work with lye. But what about fat percentages, oils, butters…and how much essential oil should you use for each batch of soap?

Rebecca answers all those questions as well, and also provides information on how to create your own soap recipes. If that thought scares you as well, she offers some of her own soap recipes for starters.

Rebecca doesn’t act like the “be-all and end-all” for soap making. In fact, she encourages readers to watch YouTube videos or to enlist the help of a soap-making friend to learn more information. After all, some of us learn by watching, not by reading.

With that said, Rebecca’s tutorial is one of the easiest and most down-to-earth documents I’ve ever read about soap making. In fact, she’s encouraged me to actually give it a shot…and, she’s included some great advice and images on creating my own soap labels. Creating packaging for home-made soap is relatively painless. Worldlabel also offers help with their blank printable soap-making labels for laser and inkjet printers. Plus, they offer collections of soap labels that you can modify and use as your own.

Please find the complete 37-page PDF booklet bellow. It contains a basic cold process soapmaking tutorial, information on using a lye calculator, a detailed description for creating your own recipes, eight beginner soap recipes, a tutorial on creating your own custom soap labels, and resources and references that link to online suppliers.

DOWNLOAD THE BEGINENERS SOAPMAKING INSTRUCTIONS AND RECIPES REVISED PDF EBOOK

Easy Labels in the iCloud with Pages

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With the addition of iWork for iCloud, Apple has made it possible to use pre-made label templates with the web-based word processor. This process is relatively straightforward, so you’ll be printing labels from the cloud in no time.

Before starting, make sure to download a free label template that fits your needs. Any template will work, but we highly recommend WorldLabel’s selection of free Pages labels. There is a ton available for download, including standard Avery labels, CD labels, and others.

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Making Barcodes with Free Software & Inkscape

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Barcodes provide a very simple, reliable, machine-readable way to read numbers or addresses into your computer so that information can be looked up online or in a database. There are a number of different standards for barcodes, and the most-commonly used ones are quite easy to use and create with simple free software applications, whether you want to incorporate them directly in your cover art, or make stick-on labels for marking packages. Here, I’ll walk you throught the basics of three popular types of barcodes: UPC, EAN (including ISBN), and QR codes.

Producing the barcode itself is trivial in Inkscape — the leading Free/Open Source Software vector drawing application — ever since the extension became part of the standard distribution, with version 0.46. The current version supports several kinds of barcodes, including the UPC and EAN types. To continue reading the complete howto, visit: http://www.labelsontime.com/barcodes-and-free-sofware

Design a Trendy Business Card in Inkscape.org

In this tutorial, we’ll be making some very neat business cards using Inkscape. We’ll be starting from a template to keep sizing completely accurate – which also means you can actually print them!

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By Aaron Nieze from Shmoggo.com

Setup the Document

Step 1

Since we’ll be starting from a template, go to Worldlabel.com and download their business card template WL-244 in PDF. Once that’s downloaded, you can actually open that file straight from Inkscape. It’s a PDF file, so it’ll open up the PDF Import window. The standard settings should be just fine, so just click OK whenever you’re ready.
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Address Labels in Microsoft Word – a Graphic Howto

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DIY Address labels in Microsoft Word is a PICTORIAL (a graphic howto) created by Pariah Burke of iamPariah.com The pictorial goes into detail about where to find templates in MS Word, how to use the label templates, inserting images and much more. Read the complete Graphic Howto on our Pinterest Board or download the PDF here.

Our first of many Pictorials to come :)

When your mind is a Blank Label

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Are you having a problem thinking how you will design your next label.  Are you keep coming up blank. Do you feel stymied when it comes to using labels? Do you think labels are dull? Do you have piles of blank labels gathering dust in that bottom drawer? Have you looked all over the net for label design ideas and not sure what is right? You’re in the right place, then. We’re here to help you overcome your “labelphobia” so that you can realize your organizational and productive potential. Labels can simplify your life if you know how and when to use them and find great design for your needs. They also can make your life more colorful and exciting!

So, we welcome you to Worldlabel.com  a company that makes Blank Labels for laser and inkjet printeres and has a great blog full of free label printables to print on those blank labels. Our company has been in business for a decade, and we offer labels, label designs and design ideas to people the world over. Now, we want to expand on our services to provide users with even more resources. No matter whether you’re a work-at-home mom, a CEO, an artist or a non-creative type – we’re here to help you make the most of your talents and time with our ideas, tips, tricks, hacks and more.

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Use Label sizes you will always find!

We often get calls from a customers asking “Do you have a label in stock in this size….., we need it immediately and it has to work with prior artwork we have?” The request is usually something obscure like 3.215 wide by 1.66 high size and hard to source.  Although we can make custom blank labels in 1 to 3 days, and ship it overnight. It is very costly! When considering a new project, please try take in account if the size label required can be found easily.

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Creating Round Labels with Adobe Illustrator

Begin by launching Adobe Illustrator. Any version of Illustrator will do. From the File menu choose Open. Open round labels WL-325 PDF template from World Label, a manufacturer of Printer labels for laser and inkjet printers.

SELECT THE CIRCLES.

Once the file opens click on the grid to select all the circles.

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Working with Barcodes in LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org

Neither LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice.org installs with the ability to print barcodes. However, if you need barcodes, you have at least three ways to add them to either office suite.

The first — and least elegant — method is to use one of the many dedicated shareware, freeware, or free-licensed applications for printing barcodes and labels.

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