A few months ago, I received the good news that I had been invited to be a Stamptastic Ambassador. I have a lot of uniform to label each year and I do love to stamp things (did anyone else used to pretend to stamp books like a librarian or was that just me?) so, of course I agreed.
In the Old Days
Many years ago, when Danny began school, I ordered the beautiful sew in embroidered labels. I was on maternity leave and sat every night, whilst feeding baby Rebecca, sewing each label in. My enthusiasm soon wavered. As the months went on and some new items of clothing were purchased due to Danny growing and the seasons changing, I fully intended to sew on the new labels, but never actually got round to doing it.
The following year, I was back to work and instead of a feeding baby, I had an energetic toddler. There was no chance of me having time to sew Danny’s name labels on. So I bought the printed iron on labels. I found them nearly as time consuming as the sew on labels and infinitely less satisfying (life is too short for ironing). The main problem, however, was they never stayed on. After a few washes, the labels would fall off, so they were not fit for purpose.
From then on, I used a fabric permanent marker pen and wrote the names on all the kids uniform. This method was fast and lasted. The only downfall was it never looked as neat as I would have liked.
The Stamptastic Ink Pad costs £12, which I realise isn’t cheap. However, it will stamp all of your child’s uniform and a lot more. I have been stamping bags, shoes, pencils and metal water bottles! I admit, I have gone a tad stamp crazy! If you keep the ink in the special silver bag that it arrives in then it will last longer and should last at least two years.
The Standard Name Stamp is an aesthetically pleasing and transparent block for easy positioning. It costs £10, but of course is reusable again and again.
It is very easy to order your personalised stamp. Just add the name you require in the box, choose the font and size and add a symbol if required. Symbols make the label more personal but are also great for young children who are just beginning to recognise their own name. You can have one or two lines of text.
How to Use
It really is as easy as one, two, three…
One- place your stamper into the ink pad (this is your chance to make sure you are holding the stamp the right way up!).
2. Place the stamper onto the area that you want to stamp.
3. And, voila, your item of choice is labelled without a needle and thread or hot iron in sight!
It is so quick and easy to use. Gather all your new school clothes, bags and stationery and get stamping!
The stamps have been tested and last for at least 50 washes, but of course if they do fade, you can just stamp them again.
Stamptastic sent me the inkpad and two stampers, but I loved them so much that I bought three more for our family (I’m not even sure what I’m planning to do with the “Diary of the Evans-Crittens” stamp- I bought it just for fun!). I also ordered a White Fabric Pen so I can label the darker items, such as Danny’s coat and shoes. When they invent a white ink pad, I will be very happy!
Will you be stamping your labels this Summer?
I am a Stamptastic Ambassador. All views and opinions are honest and my own.