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... of my B&B labels. This particular one is for my lotion - which I'm not quite ready to sell, I have about 5 people testing for me right now. I just can't stand having the labeling issue hanging over my head.

I know I'm throwing a lot of images up here - I think I'm at the point where my brain is so fried, I just don't have a clue what is good and what isn't. So what do y'all think - do you like any of these? Should I go back to square 1?

I have SUCH a hard time with this. I see labels that look so awesome, but when it comes time to create my own I just can't seem to get them right. Please feel free to be honest, that's what I'm looking for!

Thanks so much for looking!

Kate

By the way, my company name is "Orange Door Candle Co." hence all the door pics. :wink2:

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Hmmm, is it goat's milk or goat milk? I seem to have it both ways, I just noticed. ;)

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It seems like I remember a thread about this before? I remember the Orange Door and the story about how it came about.

Out of the choices, I like the "door part" of #3 the best, but am not that fond of the SIZE of the keyhole. I would make it smaller, and black, utilizing Orange lettering ( getting it light enough that it stands out.)

If the milk comes from more than one goat, I think it would be goats.;)

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I agree with Michael. If I had to choose one, it would be #4, though, since I think it's good to have your company name at the top, and the white brings more attention to the product and scent names. Maybe just keep it simple...just have the door as the background and then white or black lettering (depending on the shade of the door behind it.) Usually, I like the busy looking labels, but this one just doesn't appeal to me. I'm not trying to be mean in the least, I'm just racking my brain as to WHY. Something about the keyhole being much LARGER than the door, lol, just kinda bothers me, I guess. Although I do like the idea of a keyhole since it is "the orange door candle company." But I think it should be one or the other- either the orange door....or the keyhole with your company name on it somewhere. Also, I've heard it both ways: goat milk AND goat's milk. I like the ring of Goat's Milk, though. Doesn't make it seem as though one goat did all the work! ;) Maybe someone else will have some better advice for ya!!! Sorry :(

ETA: Ok, I've looked at it like 10 more times now, and it's grown on me! I like #4!

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Spellkast-

I didn't take anything you said as being mean - that's why I put them up here, I just didn't feel like I was getting it right. I thought if I put all of them, maybe someone else would be struck with inspiration and tell me what the heck I was doing wrong!

I did have a thread before - that was for my candle labels and they are hangtags. Since these are going on bottles, I was trying to utilize the length of the door. When I get home tonight maybe I'll try without the keyhole. I wanted to just do a keyhole, but they would be a PITA to cut out!

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I agree...I think the keyhole is too large. It takes away from everything else. I think I would maybe have the door in the background...try a fadeout from right to left and then add the text on top. I love playing with labels, changing them in and out is the fun part! (for me anyway LOL)

With such a great (and unique) name...you deserve an equally unique label to go with it. :)

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I agree that the keyhole is too large, and I think it creates too much white space and covers up too much of the door. Here is what I would try...

1. Reduce the keyhole to about half the size it is.

2. Print Orange Door Candle Co. as curved text around the outer edge of the circle part of the keyhole.

3. Leave Vanilla Buttercream as it is.

4. Print goat's milk & honey lotion across the bottom panel of the door in white or black ink, and maybe bold it.

Now a question: Where are you listing your ingredients?

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I like Number 2 it looks modern and flows good.. The key hole is great idea . The best idea is the one that grabs you, becuase if you like it , youll always be happy with it ./ (meaning if you like the key hole) and your customers will get to looking for it to find your products! May be make your company name black or white tho on it.JMO

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I agree that the keyhole is too large, and I think it creates too much white space and covers up too much of the door. Here is what I would try...

1. Reduce the keyhole to about half the size it is.

2. Print Orange Door Candle Co. as curved text around the outer edge of the circle part of the keyhole.

3. Leave Vanilla Buttercream as it is.

4. Print goat's milk & honey lotion across the bottom panel of the door in white or black ink, and maybe bold it.

Now a question: Where are you listing your ingredients?

First, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has commented.

Sockmonkey, I like your suggestions, I'm going to give that a try and see how it looks.

I'm going to have a label on the back with ingredients and company info. I thought if the front label was unique enough, I wouldn't need the company name on the front, just the back. That's why some of the labels don't have the name.

BizzyBs, I like what you said about the unique name, I want to do something really cool with the labels, I just don't know how! LOL

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You might be able to list ingredients in the bottom part of the keyhole--I would just make them a screen of gray or orange so they don't distract too much from the rest of the label.

I offer this advice because I originally did lotion bottles with a label on the front and a label listing ingredients on the back. Not only was it time consuming to apply the labels, but it but it increases the cost of the item. Labels are too expensive in my opinion, so I cut costs and labor by listing ingredients in small print at the bottom of my label. I'm very happy with the change I made.

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Ready for round 2? Here's the tweak with the smaller keyhole. I angled the bottom by mistake, but then I kinda liked how it looked.

Of course I just saw your post about putting the ingredients on the front - I may try that. It's a very good suggestion, anywhere I can cut costs is good!

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Again, any suggestion anyone has to offer is welcome. Please don't worry about hurting my feelings, I'm in desperate need of help! ;)

Edited to add label with ingredients.

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Well, see, now I'm not feelin' the keyhole, now that it's a shorter, fatter keyhole, I don't think I would recognize it as such right off the bat. I'm not a big fan.

Do you really need the keyhole? I like just the simplicity of the beautiful, deep orange door.

Funny you should say that ... this is the latest.

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The black looks a little hard to read on the screen, but it looks good printed. Now that I've played with the fonts a little, I may revisit the plain door as well. I tried it originally and didn't like it, that's when the keyhole idea came in.

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Thanks everyone for looking at my labels and offering advice. I think this is the final version - I'll probably play with the font colors a little, but the basic idea will work. I really like the cutout door I posted above, but I think it's too hard to read unless you're up really close.

Darn it, as soon as I posted I realized the net weight got left off in the shuffling of fonts. I have no idea where that's going to go. Does anyone see anything else missing?

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Okay now, see, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that! I think that is beautiful!

And I don't want to be just a negative harbinger of doom or anything, but I actually prefer the ingredients on a back label - I do two labels, one for the front with just the name, details, and ingredients and directions on the back. I prefer that look, because it's much cleaner and simpler, and it seems that it would go with your image.

If you choose to keep the ingredients on the front, I still love it, it's beautiful!

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Okay now, see, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that! I think that is beautiful!

And I don't want to be just a negative harbinger of doom or anything, but I actually prefer the ingredients on a back label - I do two labels, one for the front with just the name, details, and ingredients and directions on the back. I prefer that look, because it's much cleaner and simpler, and it seems that it would go with your image.

If you choose to keep the ingredients on the front, I still love it, it's beautiful!

Thank you!

I was going to do the ingredients on the back, but way up above in a post sockmonkey recommended just one label - less hassle and lower cost. So since I'm just getting started with the B&B I'm going to do one label for now. I would prefer to have the ingredients on the back, so if it goes well, I may redesign. :wink2:

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I like door #3, don't like the white keyhole, it is to distracting from the door, try it either smaller and not it white, or w/o the keyhole completely. I love the name of your company and the story behind it, I would focus more on the door!!! You are definitely on the right track

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