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Making "One-Off" Cartridge Labels for your TI-99/4A (Updated 4/17/2017)

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Making "One-Off" Cartridge Labels for your TI-99/4A   (Updated 4/17/2017)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth?  
 
 
Back in the Day, most cartridge labels made at home by people looked pretty "amateur".  Back then I saw Dymotm stick on strips, plain paper with typewriter text, rub on dry transfer lettering among other stuff.  Now days with modern PC's we can make labels at home that look BETTER than the original labels made by Texas Instruments.
 
Now it's EASY to print up your own!  Even if you don't have the graphic skills to design your own, you're in luck, there are many people here on Atari Age that have designed and uploaded their own creations.  You can take a quick short-cut to the various labels << HERE >> in a previous blog entry.
 
Below is a short video on how I make mine.  I hope you like it.

 
All you need besides a computer and printer...
 
1) An X-acto knife...
2) a steel ruler...
3) some glossy printer paper...
4) some rub on lamination sheets...
5) and a glue stick.


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** UPDATE **
 
Those of you with laser printers know that using glossy photo papers designed for inkjet printers is NOT recommended.   However I have found a glossy 'presentation paper' from HP that gives me a similar result.
 
<< CLICK HERE >>  You may be able to find it cheaper or on sale elsewhere.
 
NOTE:  Be sure to use you laser printers highest quality setting to get the glossy look.
 

 
 






That is really a nice technique! Thank you for sharing that!

 

One more question, what work surface are you using that knife on that without cutting up your desk? It looks purpose built for this traditional cut-n-paste work. 

 

-M@

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That is really a nice technique! Thank you for sharing that!

 

One more question, what work surface are you using that knife on that without cutting up your desk? It looks purpose built for this traditional cut-n-paste work. 

 

-M@

 

It's called a "Self-Healing" cutting mat.  The one I have is only 12 X 18, but I picked it up cheap at Wally World.  << HERE >>

 

If you want a larger one you could probably buy one locally at a place like Jo Ann's or Michael's.   There is also a wide selection on Ebay

<< HERE >>

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I'd love to be able to buy replacement stickers for the cards in my PEB...  The TI labels are all yellowing or getting funky with age.  It would be awesome to have something more up to date - or at least solid reproductions of the TI labels that don't suck... :)

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That is an EXCELLENT idea Arthur!  I wonder if there are any good scans floating around.  I'll ask in the main section since my old blog here is sort of "in the corner".

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Well it would be hard to get an accurate scan of the label as they usually wrapped at a 90 degree, but doable. They could be scanned, touched up and reproduced.

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I just remembered making one for the 32K card a while back.  So, here is one anyway.

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I think it's time for some new labels - dressed up ones that reflect card mods and the like.
 
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How well does a glue stick really work for you? I've used the Glue Stick method in the past on my 2600 PB carts, but they never last more than a few years. So I started to spray them with hobby adhesive I picked up at Hobby Lobby or something years ago. It seems to hold better, but I still get curling over time on the corners.

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How well does a glue stick really work for you?

 

I've never had a label unintentionally come off yet.  Of course the TI labels are fairly small and do not curve around anything and are recessed a tad.

 

The biggest problem I have is when I intentionally want to recycle a cartridge.  After I pry and rip the label off, it leaves behind stuck on paper.  So, invariably I have to run it under water to clean it up and remove the residue left behind... that does leave me with a nice clean surface for the next new label though. :)

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This is a great tutorial!  Plan on using to make a RXB2015 label...

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Thanks Chris,

    You also reminded me that I need to update this entry with information applicable to laser printers.

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