H is in his fourth year of school now, so I’m a bit of an old hand at the art of labelling. I’ve tried all sorts of things in the past: sew on labels, various types of stickers, marker pens. They all work to some extent, but I felt that I hadn’t really found the optimum solution. Sew on labels are a pain in the neck and the ones I ended up buying kept fraying (whereas my mother reused my own school labels all the way through primary and secondary school, so I felt a bit robbed). Stickers were mostly great and I do rate them for shoes and boots. There have been downsides though as one set I had become impossible to peel off the sheet after about a year. Also, it feels a bit wasteful putting a sticker on something that H is just taking to school for a one-off thing. Marker pens didn’t really work for me. Have you tried trying to write neatly when you are in a mad hurry to get to school on time? I’m the sort of person that will make a spelling mistake too and there’s no erasing those pens, so you get a reputation for being the mother who can’t spell their child’s own name.
A few weeks ago Stamptastic sent me a personalised stamp and stamp pad to review. To start with we didn’t have much to label with it being mid school year, just a couple of new items for his first holy communion. Then I was faced with my biggest labelling challenge yet: an outdoor pursuits day trip with the school. You wouldn’t believe the list of things we were asked to send in: changes of clothes, a towel, waterproofs, etc. Previously, I’d have been faced with either using up a page of stickers with items that he would take into school once or taking the risk of something going missing for good. This time though I set to work on a range of items with my trusty stamp pad.
I got to try the stamp out on quite a few different materials and colours. Some of the things had black or dark labels which isn’t great for black ink, but I found that most items have a white care label on them somewhere and that was easy to stamp. I sent H in with a smaller lunch bag than usual, as the normal one wouldn’t fit in the bag with all the other stuff, and I found the stamp worked surprisingly well on the webbed handle. Now most of the items I’ve stamped haven’t been washed time and again yet, but some have been through the washer a few times and the ink is showing no signs of fading, which bodes well for the future. I think I’m going to like using my Stamptastic stamp in the future, it’s already saved me a lot of time and I think in the long run it will save money too.
The ordering process was easy too. You can choose to have the child’s name in a range of fonts and either plain or with a symbol. I think keeping the name plain is probably better as your children get older, but there are some fun designs for girls, boys and some neutral ones. A name stamp is priced at £10 and you’ll need an ink pad for £12, but you can use the ink pad for multiple children. I think that’s good value for something that you could potentially be using for many years.