LEGO Brick Labels

LEGO Brick Labels is a collection of more than 1000 labels to organize your LEGO collection. The collection includes labels for basic LEGO bricks and plates, hundreds of specialty elements, and over 100 Technic elements. It’s perfect for a large (or growing) LEGO collection!

About the Labels

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The collection has been organized into groups of related LEGO elements, like Basic Bricks, Slopes, Hinges, Wedges, Curves, Technic and more. This makes it easier to find the labels you need.

Most of the groups contain around 64 labels, which is the number of drawers in the highly recommended Akro-Mils 64-drawer cabinet. You will probably want to rearrange your groupings over time based on the bricks that you use most frequently, and bricks that you typically use at the same time.

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Compatible Brother P-Touch label printers

These labels are designed to be printed on 1/2″ label tape using a Brother Label printer (such as the PT-P700) on Brother 1/2″ Laminated Tape. These labels are waterproof, smudgeproof, durable, and they come in a variety of colors such as White, Pink, Yellow, Lime Green,Clear, and even Gold.

Any Brother printer which prints on “P-touch” 1/2 inch (12mm) labels will work. The higher-end PT-P700 seems to be the best value at this time.

Model Features Compatibility Learn more
PT-1230PC Lower-end model. Compatible with labels up to 1/2″ / 12mm. AC Adapter not included. (This is the model I own. I use six rechargeable AAA Batteries.)
MSRP 52.99$ (Often cheaper than PT-P700.)
PC Only PT-1230PC at Amazon
PT-P700 Recommended Model. Compatible with labels up to 1″ / 24mm. Power Adapter included.
MSRP 79.99$
PC + Mac PT-P700 at Amazon
PT-P750W Wireless Model. Supports WiFi, USB and NFC printing. Compatible with labels up to 1″ / 24mm. Power Adapter included.
MSRP 129.99$
PC + Mac PT-P750W at Amazon
PT-D600 Standalone Model w/ Keyboard Can create simple labels using the keyboard and small screen, or plug into PC/Mac to print LEGO labels. Compatible with labels up to 1″ / 24mm. Power Adapter included, or use AA batteries.
MSRP 79.99$
PC + Mac PT-D600 at Amazon
PT-2430PC Older version of PT-P700. It has most of the same features as PT-P700. Power Adapter included.
MSRP 79.99$ (Might be cheaper because it is retired product.)
PC Only PT-2430PC at Amazon
If you decide to buy a printer or label tape, please consider using the Amazon links on this page. I get a small royalty, which encourages me to update the label collection to include new elements.

How to Print LEGO Brick Labels

It’s pretty easy to print LEGO Brick Labels on a compatible Brother Label Printer (such as the PT-D600, PT-P700, PT-P750W, PT-1230PC, or PT-2430PC.)

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Ensure that you have a compatible Brother Label Printer. Only Brother label printers that plug in to your Windows PC or Mac are compatible with these labels. (Only the PT-D600, PT-P700, and PT-P750W models are Mac compatible.)
  2. Purchase 1/2″ Brother Label Tape. My labels are designed for 1/2″ label tape, which means that the labels will be 1/2″ tall by around 2″ wide (1.2cm by around 5cm). This size is perfect for common storage solutions like the 64-drawer cabinet by Akro-Mils.
  3. Download and Install Brother P-Touch Editor application. It’s available from the Brother website at brother.com/product/dev/label/editor/index.htm (There is a download link at the bottom of the page.)
  4. Connect the printer to your computer. In most cases you will use the included USB cable, although the PT-P750W model also supports wireless printing.
  5. Download LEGO Brick Labels. A download link is available at brickarchitect.com/labels
  6. Open .lbx files in Brother application. After installing the “Brother P-Touch Editor” application, you should be able to simply click on label files (with .lbx file extension) and the labels should appear in the “Brother P-Touch Editor” application.
  7. Print the labels you need. If you want to print all of the labels from a single file, click “File” in upper left of application and press “Print…”. (If you want to print just one label, you may need to carefully select the image and text, copy it from that file, and “paste” it into a new file.)
If you have any questions, leave a comment below!

LEGO Brick Storage

I have been very happy with the inexpensive plastic drawers manufactured by Akro-Mils. They make a 64-drawer cabinet which is perfect for sorting your collection by part. The drawers are not large, so I advise using a different storage system such as plastic bags in large plastic bins for those cases when you have more bricks of a specific type than you can store in one drawer. With so many labels, a storage system consisting of ten 64 small drawer cabinets, and two 24 large drawer cabinets for your most common bricks/tiles/plates is a good place to start.

Akro-mils also makes a 44 drawer cabinet containing 32 small drawers and 12 large drawers, but I have found that it’s easier to arrange the cabinets when each one contains only large or only small drawers.

My current storage solution consists of 15 Akro-mils cabinets.  The Sterilite drawers beneath them are used for bulk storage, complete sets, manuals, and more.

My current storage solution consists of 15 Akro-mils cabinets. The Sterilite drawers beneath them are used for bulk storage, complete sets, manuals, and more.

Some users prefer the similar system of drawers by the Stack-on brand. Their cabinets may fit better in your LEGO room since they are narrower and taller (than the Akro-mils cabinets.) The drawers are easier to break because they are made of a hard clear plastic. They come in a version with 60 small drawers, 18 large drawers, or a mix of 30 small and 9 large drawers.

Whether you choose Stack-On or Akro-Mils, I have found that Amazon is usually cheaper and has better selection than local stores. (Free two-day shipping with their Amazon Prime program is really convenient when knee-deep in sorting LEGO bricks…)

Akro-Mils (left) and Stack-On (right) are both popular storage options.

Akro-Mils (left) and Stack-On (right) are both popular storage options. They both offer products with just small drawers, just large drawers, or a mix of both (as shown).

For bulk storage, there are a lot of options, and you may find better prices at your local big box store like Fred Meyer, Walmart, or Target. I have been pretty happy with these large Sterilite drawers which you can use with or without the wheels.

This is where I store complete sets that aren’t built at this time, additional bulk bricks, instruction manuals, incomplete projects, and more.

History of LEGO Brick Labels

LEGO Brick Labels began in April 2014, when I decided to organize all of the bricks included in 21050 Architecture Studio into two 44-drawer Akro-mils cabinets. The label collection grew throughout 2014, as I purchased additional LEGO bricks while writing my book, The LEGO Architect.

If you want to see which labels were added in each update, read the detailed version history.

Have these labels helped you get organized? I’d love to see your improved LEGO storage! Let me know you like them by leaving a comment below…

193 Responses

  1. Tim McCollough says:

    How do you create the .bmp files for new elements. I have been successful in converting the labels over to Dymo format and want to expand the technic section.

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Tim, I’m glad to hear you were able to print the labels on a Dymo printer. The .bmp files are created with a set of custom scripts. Which parts were you hoping to add to the technic collection?

  2. Roy Timmer says:

    do you have a zipfile for other printers like dymo 450 serie

    • Tom Alphin says:

      No, The labels are only offered for Brother printers. It is too time consuming to maintain more than one collection of labels.

  3. James says:

    Hi Tom, Incredible job. These labels are amazing! Quick question . . . is there a way in editor to add a cut line in between each of the individual labels? I’m currently printing each file as a long string of labels and then having to cut them individually. I’m a bit OCD about it being perfect and don’t have a strimmer so wondered if there was a way I can get the Brother PT-P700 (I used your Amazon links! :)) machine to do it?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      You can add cut lines within the “Brother P-touch editor” app. The Line insertion tool supports very thin lines, and you can make it into a dotted line if you like.

      I did not put cut lines in the official label collection, as the cut line would be visible after cutting the labels. I prefer to do my best and cut in the middle of the space between two labels.

      —tom

  4. Rigmundis Van Boetzelaer says:

    i have multiple types of pieces in my sorting drawer thingy. should i try to stick multiple lables on one drawer or do you have lables with multiple pieces on it?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Rigmundis,
      I do not put more than one part in very many drawers, but when I do, I usually just put two stickers on the drawer.

      It is not hard to design a custom label with two images in the Brother p-touch software, so you can always try!

      —tom

  5. Caleb says:

    Thanks for doing this! Can I ask how you got the icons? I have a lot of older pieces that aren’t being used anymore (like the old hinge clips). How do you do the icons? I found some 3d rendering on bricklink but wanted to see if I could get them looking like your labels and didn’t know if you just had a photoshop filter or export for them

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I created the images using custom scripts which optimize the brightness and contrast for printing on this label printer system. The scripts are not easy to use and only work on my PC, so there is no easy way to create custom labels that match mine perfectly. Your best bet is to find pictures from BrickLink or similar.

    • Zenia says:

      For older parts you can use http://www.peeron.com, just use the original part number in the bottom of the brick. I did, and my wall is so much similar to Tom’s. But i made it some years ago. But, Tom Alphin i love what you did. Just discovered it last week. And i am going to use them , for my newer bricks. You should think that in the country that created LEGO, that we had such things. But no. 🙁

  6. Gary Schmidtke says:

    Tom,
    I bought a Brother Pt-P700 Label machine and downloaded the labels but can not print with my label machine? The files downloaded from this site have file extension .lbt not .lbx? Do you have any idea what to do for a fix? Any help would be greatly accepted!
    Gary

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Gary, the .zip file should include many folders containing .lbx files which can be opened in the “Brother P-Touch” software, which you can download from the Brother website.

  7. Kezany says:

    Hello Tom,

    Your labels are really helpful to organize my parts.
    My questions: where did you get pictures about parts? Did you create them to yourself? (I would like to create similar labels for all released parts)

    Thanks,
    Kezany

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Kezany,
      I created the images using custom scripts which optimize the contrast for printing on these label printers. The scripts are not easy to use and only work on my PC, so there is no easy way to create custom labels that match mine perfectly, besides encouraging me to add some of your most desired labels to the collection in the future.

      —tom

      • Cyno01 says:

        Thank you so much for all your work on this, i didnt buy a label printer yet but did a trial run with the PDFs and tape to organize first. I just hit the end and was trying to figure out what to do with all the drawers i have left over and came to see if there were any new labels yet.

        https://i.redd.it/quble02skr221.jpg

        “besides encouraging me to add some of your most desired labels to the collection in the future”

        In that case… finger hinges and cockpit pieces would be much appreciated! Aquanauts parts too, but i understand those arent very common.

  8. Jessica LoBello says:

    Sarah, I’m in the same boat with my 6 yo! SOOOOO Many sets! Good luck, Momma! I’m starting the sort process today…I might not make it out. Send coffee!

  9. Sandra says:

    Hello,
    I bought the brother So that i print all these great labels.. but I think some technic pieces could be missing. I am disassembling the Bucket-Wheel-Excavator(42055)and do not find back e.g. the buckets

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Sandra, you are correct! At this point, the collection includes almost every “common” part that’s currently in production. I talked about this a little in the latest “version 3.1 update” release notes…

      I define parts as “common” if they are included in more than 30 sets, currently in production, and useful to a broad range of LEGO builders. I am more generous with Technic parts, as a lot fewer sets are released every year, and more strict for Minifig accessories or Bionicle parts – only creating labels if those parts can easily be used in other ways.

      The buckets in the Excavator are an extremely uncommon part, having come in only a few sets. Most of the people I know who use the Brick Labels collection will maintain an “other” box/drawer for less common parts in each category.

      That said, the collection grows about twice a year to include new labels. I’m always trying to add the latest new and interesting parts, as well as parts which cross the “common” threshhold – earning a place in the label collection!

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  10. Stephanie says:

    Some questions about your groupings with the labels: why are windscreens, 1×3 doors, and steering wheels not with vehicle parts?
    Why not separate out Technic pieces using pins from ones using axels?
    Also, what about printed pieces? Surely watermelon slices belong with food for example.

    Thanks, eager to hear your reasonings. Love the guide and your book.

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Stephanie,
      You are absolutely right that the categories and sub-categories can never be perfect. Because each part is sorted into exactly one place in the hierarchy, something like a windscreen can not be both in the “vehicle parts” and “slope” sections at the same time. Likewise, a lot of Technic parts would need to appear in both the Axle and Pin categories.

      That’s why I’ve had to prioritize these many attributes, and attempt to put each part in the place which captures it’s essence best. I have chosen to err on the side of organizing my shape and connection type, instead of sorting by it’s traditional purpose.

      Why prioritize shape/connection over purpose? That’s easy—I value creative LEGO parts usage tremendously! Using vehicle parts as an example: I’ve placed “4×2.5×2 Mudguard (part 50745)” under the Curved category, because it’s literal shape is curved. While it’ may most frequently be used as a wheel wheel for a car or truck, it also looks great as an arched covering for a window in the Modular Building Series.

      Examples of creative parts usage are all over the internet, and increasingly common in official sets too. I’m simply trying to do my part to encourage this by sorting the LEGO Brick Labels collection by shape or connection type over expected function whenever possible.

      I hope this helps clarify my approach, and feel free to reply with further questions.

      Sincerely,
      —tom

      P.S. I don’t include printed parts in the LEGO Brick Labels collection. One clever trick I’ve seen is to attach your printed parts to a large baseplate so you can see them all at once.

      P.S.S. I should be honest, not every part is in the most logically perfect place in the collection… When I add a few labels to the collection, I quickly select a reasonable place to add the new label. Sometimes it is not logically ideal, and from time to time I will re-organize parts of the collection to make more sense.

  11. Sandra says:

    Hello,
    great job.. I have a DYMO labelwriter DYMO 320 … is there anyway how i could use your labeling files?
    Sandra

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I’m sorry, but I am not aware of a way to translate the labels from the brother format to the Dymo format—trust me, if there was an easy way, I would have done it already!

      By far the easiest solution is to buy (or borrow) a compatible Brother printer. Everyone I’ve talked to has been happy with the results.

      Good luck,
      —tom

    • Kezany says:

      Hy Sandra,

      Just download Brother’s software, open Tom’s labels and then simply copy/paste to DYMO Label editor.
      I’m doing the same 😉

      Regards,

      Kezany

      • John D. says:

        Kezany,
        Did it work? I’ve not yet bought a label maker. The other application I want it for, the Dymo is better. Dymo Tech Support said that Copy/Paste may not work. I cannot test without owning a label maker as their PC software will not load unless a printer is attached.

  12. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the beautiful labels! I have just begun the task of organizing my son’s LEGOs. I have only been able to print off the basic brick labels. Is there a way to get the rest (Technic, etc.). I have subscribed, but I can’t seem to figure out how to print the labels that are shown in the history. Thanks again!!
    This site is a lifesaver!!

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Lisa,
      When you “download” the latest version of the labels, you get a .zip file which contains several folder filled with files in the .lbx format. Each file represents one strip containing between one at 10 labels, and the labels are organized into logical groups. One of the groups is filled with over a hundred Technic labels. The “contact sheet” file is a PDF which helps you know which label is in which file.

      Good luck!
      —tom

  13. Sarah says:

    This is amazing. I am searching for storage ideas for my 6 yo son’s massive collection. He loves to build the set but then LOVES to take them apart and create his own creations more! We have so many buckets of legos that it’s becoming obscene so I’m tackling storing them.

    Thank you so much for all your hardworking of creating the labels and giving such precise details about the label maker, etc. Help me out a lot!
    This is going to take a while.

  14. Vickie Williams says:

    Hello Mr Alphin. I love Legos and have many more than I should. I was excited to see your printable labels for easier identification of drawers but can they just be printed on paper? I do it have a label maker and do have the time to cut and tape them. I did discover that I have a Lego book with your name on it. I enjoy looking through and look forward to being organized to build.
    Thank you,
    Vickie

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Vickie, it is possible to print the contact sheet, but the labels will be pretty small and it is time consuming to cut them out and tape them to the drawers. The label printer results in higher quality, glossy, waterproof labels which look great, and they are less time consuming to cut and apply.

      Good luck either way, and glad to hear you enjoy the book too!

      Sincerely,
      —tom

    • Cyno01 says:

      You can print the PDFs at 200% on 11×17 paper and theyll be the correct half inch height, then they can be cut out and attached with 3/4″ clear tape. I will be buying a label printer to make everything look nice now that its all organized, but paper and tape were good enough for a trial run. I wouldnt want to do it without a paper cutter though instead of just scissors.

  15. Guy says:

    Thanks for all the hard work you must have done, really useful for my family’s collection.

    RE step 7, I’m having trouble cutting and pasting from tab to tab within P-Touch Editor. Is there something I’m doing wrong? I can cut & paste within the same tab/window, but as soon as I leave go to the other tab the paste option is disabled. Ideas?

    Mac OS 10.13.4, Editor 5.1.109

    Thanks,
    Guy

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Guy, I’m glad you love the labels! I apologize that I can’t help with your copy/paste issue as I am not a Mac user. (It *should* just work.)

  16. Elvis says:

    Hi tom…
    Thanks for these labels, you did an amazing job with them. Im starting to sort and organize my collection and ill be putting them in some flat file drawers and these labels will help keep everything nice and tidy. But i do have a question im hoping you could help me out with…
    Can these labels be stored on the label maker itself or are they primarily printed from the computer?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      It is possible that you can store the labels on a higher-end version of the label printer which includes a screen, but this is definitely not possible with most of the compatible printers.

  17. John says:

    The label you made are just great. I use reallyusefulboxes.com for all my storage. They are perfect. I had labels on them, but not with a picture. So it is much easier for me to find items now. We need more of the older ones. :):)
    Thank you again

  18. Daniel Garcia Arguelles says:

    Congratulations for this great job!

    I have observed a possible couple of errors in the TECHNIC-plate section:

    – Parts 32529 and 32530 already appear in TECNIC-connector

    – Part 98285 I think I should put Bottom instead of Top

    Thank you
    regards
    Daniel

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