Best Label Maker To Use – Brother P-Touch 1880

Best Label Maker To Use – Brother P-Touch 1880

Hi everyone. It’s Alejandra. And I hope you
guys are having a great week. If you ever requested a video on what type of label maker
to use or recommendations for going out and buying a label maker then this video is for
you. So in the past five years, I have been using
the same label maker. And it’s the Brother P-Touch 1880 and I bought it back in 2007
from Staples. I think it was like 50 bucks at the time. You can definitely buy a less
expensive label maker. Like you don’t have to go out and spend 50 bucks. OK. So I went ahead and created lots of labels
and stack them to this folder. Now, I want to go ahead and explain some of my favorite
colors, fonts, sizes, and shapes and then share with you guys a few tricks I do when
I use my label maker. But first, I want to introduce you guys to the newest addition
to our family. This is Mojo. Mojo is a 3-month-old Apricot Red Miniature poodle. And she’s asleep
right now. She is so cute. She has the cutest face. Hopefully, when she wakes up or when
she wakes up, I will show you guys her cute eyes and everything else when she wakes up. But she has been so much fun to be with. And
I’m going to do a pet organizing video sometime soon. I’m still getting her systems in place. OK. So back to the video. All right. So let
me just start with these two. These two right here are the 6-millimeter tape and it comes
in black and white and black and clear. And I use this thin tape. This is actually the
thinnest they make it. I use the thin tape to label really thin shelves or thin drawers,
anything that’s thin that needs label, I’ll use the 6-millimeter and I use both the clear
and the white probably just as much equally. All right. So, moving on to this size. This
is the most popular size and color. This is the 12-millimeter. Black font on white is
the standard most popular color because it’s black and white. It’s also the cheapest one.
So if you’re looking for label tape and you have a certain budget in mind then you want
to look for the black and white because it’s less expensive. If you start to get into some
of the colors, it gets pretty pricey. But OK, most popular size and color. And most
label makers, you’ll find, they come with a starter tape and they’d always come with
this one. OK. So this is the 12-millimeter black with
clear. I use this often when I don’t want to have the white as the background. This
works well on like a clear wood or a colored box or a colored bin, it depends on what you’re
labeling. One more thing about this one, so when you
print a label from your label maker, it’s going to leave a one inch gap in the very
beginning and a one inch gap at the very end. And that’s pretty standard. I don’t think
there is a way to actually change that on your label maker. So what I do is I always
cut off the extra inch because I think it just looks silly with so much white space
so I do it just like this. This one is cut but I left it on just so you guys can see.
It kind of bothers me leaving it on. I don’t know why. But OK, moving on. So, I really like the red
font on white and I use it for all of my warning, caution, or like – yeah, warning and caution
labels just because it kind of stands out. It kind of screams warning or it kind of screams
emergency. This one is kind of pricey just because it has a red font. But I really like
that one and I use it pretty sparingly, only for warning or caution labels. All right. The next one here, the black on
yellow, I love the yellow tape. It’s nice and bright. It’s probably the brightest of
all the labels and I use it for spaces that are really busy where I need the labels to
stand out. And if you saw my home office supply drawer then you saw I have yellow labels because
that whole drawer is like super busy. So when I have the yellow labels, it just stands out.
And again, this is the 12-millimeter tape. This one is pretty pricey. I will warn you. OK. So this one, the green, they came out
with green about maybe like three years – maybe like two years ago. No, maybe it was like
three years ago. And when I saw it, I was like, “Oh green, that’s so fun and bright.”
But when I bought it and then I used it, I realized that having the white font on the
green background is kind of hard to read. And so now, I have green cartridges that I
don’t really use because it’s just hard to read. And it looks pretty clear here but when
it’s on something else and it’s far away, it’s difficult to read. So I don’t really
recommend green unless they decide to change the white font to black. If it was black,
I would love it. But yeah, white not so much. OK. The pink one, I absolutely love. I love
pink and there’s a lot of pink in my home office, in my closet, and so I love the pink
tape. It’s white font on pink. They don’t make black. If they’d make black, it probably
would be more readable. But they don’t. So the white works just as well. OK. This one here, this is the white font
on black. And what I did here was show you guys how you can outline your label. So there
are different styles like this is a candy wrapper. There is like vines, there’s flowers,
there’s a circle. This is the circle or the round outline. That’s the candy wrapper and
I thought it was pretty cute. OK. This one right here, you can see that
this one is a little bit thicker than the 12-millimeter. Can you see? This is thicker
than this. This is actually – I think this is the 18-millimeter and I think it’s the
thickest that they make it. But this is white font on clear. And it’s actually pretty rare
and hard to find the white font on clear. And when you do find it, it is expensive.
I don’t know why. I’m guessing because the font is white and it’s clear. I don’t know.
But I work well on dark surfaces. I use this exact label tape on my cherry wood drawers
in my closet, my elfa drawers. It stands out really nicely and it just looks a lot cleaner
than if I had black font on white. OK. So moving on. OK. So my label maker has
two different types of font. There is the Helsinki and there’s Bohemia. And I like the
Helsinki better than the Bohemia. I feel like the Helsinki is just more clean. But yeah,
I just think it’s more clean than this one. I don’t like how this has like – I don’t really
know why I don’t like this but yeah, I just like that one better. And you’ll notice that
I use all caps when I label anything on my label maker. I just think it looks cleaner
and yeah, it just looks cleaner so you’ll notice everything is caps here. And it’s also
bold. I do Helsinki bold for all of my labels. OK. And then down here, I just want to show
you guys that they have lots of symbols you can use. So if you’re having like a warning
or caution label, you can go ahead and add one of these symbols or email or phone or
poison or any of those. It’s kind of cool. And then down here, this is the 18-millimeter
just like this one but it’s the black font on white. And then you can also do vertical labels.
So I did one here that says, “POODLES ROCK.” So that’s a vertical label. I don’t really
use that one too often but I have used it before. Another piece of advice is to type everything
on your label before printing. You will save a lot of tape that way. So for example, if
you are going to cut or you needed – let’s say, you needed four separate labels for most
popular size and color. What I would do is I would print them all on line on your label
maker, print them, and then cut them because when you do that, you’re not going to have
the one inch gap before or after each word which wastes a lot of tape. So print everything
at once – I’m sorry. Type everything at once and then print it out once and then just cut
it. OK. So where do you get the label tape? So
some office stores – well, most office stores sell label tape. You shouldn’t have a problem
finding the 6-millimeter white and clear or the 12-millimeter white and clear. Like these
four here, you can easily find at Staples or Office Depot. And these ones down here
like these six right here, you are going to have – you are going to pay a premium to get
any of these six labels. Office Depot does carry the green and the pink and I think it’s
like – it’s pretty pricey. It’s like 20 bucks per label tape which is expensive. But you won’t find like I have never seen
the red or the yellow at Office Depot. I think they do have the black in the store. I’ve
never seen that one in the store, that’s standard, standard. You might be able to buy that one
in the store. I’m not really sure. If you go to, I think it’s,
you will see all the colors they carry. There are a lot more colors. Like there is a red
with white font which is really cool. There is an orange. I think there is a purple. There
is brown. There is gold. There is silver. Again, they’re a little more expensive and
that’s why I haven’t ordered them. But they are pretty cool. OK. So I showed you guys my favorite label
maker or the label maker that I absolutely love. I showed you guys my favorite font,
my favorite colors, the way I label. If you have a label maker and you absolutely love
it, I would love to know what brand, what model it is. Create a video response or leave
a comment below and let me know what it is. And if you have some kind of like super cool
trick that I didn’t show in this video that you do when you use label maker, please share
that because I would love see and I’m sure everybody else watching would love to see
what it is as well. So I will see you guys soon. Bye.

100 thoughts on “Best Label Maker To Use – Brother P-Touch 1880”

  1. I don't want to hear about your dog; I wanted to know how to set up the machine; I didn't need to look at your video on fonts and colors. Who cares about MOJO?? You should remove this piece of crap from YouTube. It was a complete waste of my time.

  2. glad you mentioned how expensive the different tapes are – definitely helped me make my decision. . . . MoJo is abeautiful heart-melter.


  4. I used to work at staples and each tape it like 20 bucks. Kinda expensive, especially if there's all that extra space that prints for no reason? That's 2 inches wasted per print

  5. Southern Angels Stamping

    I had a poodle growing up. She was a small white one and her name was Fifi! She was so smart and sweet! I had even put her in some dog shows. I wish I had a photo of her still but I dont it was so long ago. Our last dog who lived to be almost 20yrs old, Maybell was poodle and chihuahua mixed. She was so pretty and very smart and a great dog! Now I have a chihuahua minpin. Her name is Ella, I adopted her about a year ago. She is 7yrs old and very loyal to me! She sticks to me like glue! She's very sweet and very smart too! I just love her so much except for the shedding!! I never knew chihuahuas shed like that! It's bad on my allergies just glad we don't have carpet or it would really be hard on me! Anyway.. I have been wanting a planner for months now and have been pricing many of them out! I think I have finally made a decision on getting the "Brother P-Touch PT-90 Personal Label Maker" from Amazon $20.88 with FREE Shipping!This has been the best deal I have found so far so I think I will get this one!

  6. Have been thinking of getting this labeler from Costco, so had looked on the Brother site to find that you can, indeed, get that big margin to be smaller:

  7. My Mini Poodle was 3 months old in March of 2012 also. Where did you get Mojo? I wonder if they are from the same litter? Love your videos. Obsessed!!!!

  8. Lexie Beringuela

    I have a dymo label maker I got it as a gift and it works almost the same. Does it make a good organizing tool as well?

  9. earthboundmisfit79

    Picked up a used PT-1290 with a 1/4" tape cartridge that was 2/3 full at a thrift store for $4. Loving it and looking forward to trying different tapes. 🙂

  10. I use it to label all my test leads and on my toolbox drawers. PS for all the people asking how to use it; there is a little book that comes with the label that tells you

  11. A waste of time….if you want to put something up on YouTube then at least make it worthwhile. YouTube is terrific and deserves better quality – and so do I!

  12. Heavens Kate, there is no Hate anywhere in my comment. If I feel unhappy that s video which led me to believe that it would show me how to use the PT m/c but it then only showed me different fonts and boxes around them (all lovely but not what I expected it to me) then I am entitled to say so. I have no time for nastiness or anything of that nature.

  13. I have the brother PT-H105 and have found that you can get tapes from eBay or Amazon that aren't genuine brother ones for a fraction of the cost and work just as well. Which is great for me as we've just moved house and have a ton of labelling to do!

  14. Dear Alejandra, could you tell me how many charakters in a line your printer writes? And can it print in 2 lines and how many charakters in each line can be written then? I would be very grateful for your help! xxx Karin

  15. The font she likes HELINSKI is a derivation of the classic HELVETICA. It is a sans serif—that means it doesn't have serifs—the detail "riffs" on the other font that she doesn't like!

  16. I actually have this same label maker, and it works great!!! I was hoping she would talk more about the frames, but other than that, great video.

  17. In my opinion, this is more an endorsement of the label maker and different fonts/tapes. What about an actual tutorial from unpacking the device to step by step details?

  18. god almighty who cares about your fluffy dog and your favorite colors , I just wanted to know how to get larger numbers in the same inch long space! Waste of 12 minutes here

  19. those "gaps" you refer to in the beginning and end is the margin and is adjustable to 1", 1/2" and 1/6".
    label supported sizes is 3.5, 6, 9, 12, and 18mm

  20. Hi, I really need to know how to use the label maker to change the font size, I have tried everything I possibly can to figure this out myself but no luck.
    I only have a small area to apply the label so the font needs to be smaller. Please help

  21. I wanted the instructions on which buttons change font styles, two-lines, etc. Please update this with those instructions.

  22. Excellent illustration of the different fonts and styles, however, I need to know how to use the label maker. You may want to create another video demonstrating the process to make the labels. Off topic, your dog is cute. Thanks.

  23. Hey what's the best lable maker to use. I have a dymo. Only has the basic black on white label or black on clear. I'm looking for one that does all different sizes and colours. Thx alejandra. You rock and ur my organising idol

  24. Do u have or thinking of doing a how to use this label maker . I have the brother p touch at Costco 50.00 put I fine it hard to use.
    Love the sample you did but, I don’t see u showing how to set it to print the size I need. Please can u do a how to

  25. I would like to know how to make the letters larger on my PTouch 1800 model, and I haven't found any video that shows it. can you help me PLEASE!!!!!!

  26. Alejandra you can color and standard tape, great deals at aliexpress.comprinting all at the same time and then cut it. great advise, Thanks

  27. Ha haa that pooch did not know what it was in for, at the time ! Iv seen your pet organizing video ! I knew the dog wouldn't escape being organized hahaaaa ! Love it !

  28. Video was no help at all. I wanted to see a hands on demonstration. However, I'm a dog lover, and your dog, is absolutely adorable! That is the only part of the video that was any good. Thumbs down on the video "presentation." Thumbs way up, on that cute little dog.

  29. Holy Crap, what a waste of time! I thought this was going to be help on using the machine not your favorite color, style, flavor of the day B.S.

  30. I usually like your videos however despite your font and tape discussion is good, I need the rudimentary use tutorial right now so I have to go elsewhere.

  31. I really like the video, but I LOVE the puppy! I've had poodles most of my life, and one of them was also apricot in color. I don't know if you've owned one before, or if you know anything about them, but I just have to mention this to you. Some people don't clip their poodles, but its very important that you do. Their hair…not fur…mats easily, and it can make them very uncomfortable. Having matted hair can also cause them to "catch" things from the yard, like foxtails…very painful if they get into their ears, and that does happen quite frequently, if you're near dry grass. They also can get them in their nose. Just thinking about the times my babies had those foxtails makes me cringe…so painful….not to mention the expense of vet bills. Their hair can also grow and mat around their private parts, making elimination difficult. So please have your precious baby clipped as soon as she's old enough. Okay, now back to the video…loved it, and am going to follow your lead and get those binders tomorrow!

  32. This is was nice but I wished you had demonstrated how to exactly use the label maker itself. If you could please film one to share on here it would be more helpful. Thanks!! And by the way, been watching your videos for a very long time and I love them. Great job!!

  33. Alejandra, I just got one of these and think it's great. However it won't do 2 line function. The instruction are very crappy on this and when I try to move the cursor and hit return I get a Line Limit error, no matter what size tape I use. So I turned to youtube……….any help? Now all my printings are on the upper half of the tape, Yikes!!!!

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