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…

221 Responses

  1. Seth says:

    Have you considered posting this to a collaborative site, like GitHub or something similar? I’d love to make a few labels for missing pieces and contribute them as “patches” that you could then accept or reject. Same for labels of drawers holding multiple related pieces for those with smaller collections.

  2. Seth says:

    Thank you for this and the drawer recommendations!
    I noticed 32529 and 32530 are listed twice in the PDF: page 17 and 18, in case that matters
    I know you can’t include every piece, but I was very sad to see no love for any of my old-school technic connectors. 3651, 3652 and 4273 all live together in an unlabeled drawer. 4261 are in timeout in their own drawer.

  3. Joe says:

    Hi Tom, thank you very much for all you have done with these labels.

    Are there any plans to update them with 2019 elements, such as the Chiron Selector Switches?

    Many thanks, Joe

    • Tom Alphin says:

      The upcoming version 3.2 update will include many new parts, including most of the new Technic elements from 2018. We will need to wait for some of the new 2019 elements as they are coming out in conjunction with new LEGO Education products which do not appear to be widely available.

  4. MikeF says:

    Well deserved kudos to Tom for providing these labels. I looked at creating labels a variety of ways. My initial reticence from using these labels was that they are a subset of Lego parts. But after trying to create my own labels using images from other sources as well as using Avery address labels, these labels clearly produce the best results.

    For the comments regarding cleanly removing paper labels, 3M makes a removable PostIt style address label. It works well and is easily removed without leaving any residue. While you can print on them in color, they are not as clear, sharp and crisp as Tom’s well designed labels.

    I know it has been previously mentioned as well but it really would be great if Tom could enable the Lego AFOL community to contribute towards additional elements. I realize there are scripts and other processes involved in creating the images but I would gladly contribute to image design if there is any way I could.

    In the meantime, I want to personally thank Tom for these great labels. They provide the finishing touch to my Lego storage using Papimax StackX storage drawers.

  5. Louise Mary Ivens says:

    Thank you so much for these labels. I really didn’t know quite where to start organising without them! The format is fantastic, enabling me to copy elements to a second instance of the application and edit as required – I think the drawers I have are much larger and I have been grouping certain element types e.g. brick clips vertical/horizontal and Food. Living in the UK, I went for a selection of Garland drawers on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01H2SOCVU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. I went through just over one reel of tape printing the labels I needed https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N00GUKG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (not Brother tape but worked perfectly). One quick question/request – have you created any labels for some of the Friends bricks? e.g. Kitchen Utensils (handmixer, knives, taps…) or Outdoor Equipment (brush, oars…) and the last big one seems to be Harry Potter (wands, cauldrons, exotic beasts…). You said that subscriptions had access to more labels so I was wondering if I had missed anything? Again , I can’t thank you enough. My daughter is not similarly impressed however as I now wish to use my new P-Touch P700 to label everything in the craft room and our baking cupboards : )

  6. Bill says:

    These labels look great and are exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for creating them.

    Notes from my experience:
    1) Brother P-Touch Editor and driver support for Mac is dreadful. These labels print off the top of the label, and the images are poor quality. Stick to Windows 10 to print.
    2) You need more label tape than you think. I used almost 4 rolls (8m each) with little waste. I have 20 storage cabinets, and I printed roughly two thirds of the label files once.
    3) P-Touch Editor is very slow, and I had a better time printing by right-clicking multiple LBX files in Windows Explorer. Use the PDF to quickly browse for the file you need. You can also preview the LBX files in the Open dialog in the editor.
    4) My initial reaction was to protest the lack of cuts between each label, but I was thankful for longer stickers after realizing how tedious removing the label backing can be; it is easy to separate labels with a scissors, and I used the lid from the LEGO Store Pick-a-Brick wall cup to stick my labels to until they were applied.

  7. Blaise St-Laurent says:

    I don’t suppose your generation scripts could spit out 1 LBX per piece by any chance? I’ve got a Brother QL-700 which of course doesn’t do 12mm continuous tape. If I could get one LBX per file, I could then write a quick script to swap the necessary XML to the right size label (in my case 17mm x 54mm.

    Alternately, if you’ve got any tips on taking the existing, and figuring out the XML structure enough that I can write a bit of script to split it myself, i might take a crack at that

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I have not tried to learn the LBX format, and I’m afraid the scripts I have create the images rather than complete strip of labels. Good luck customizing for a different Brother labeling product.

  8. John G says:

    Thank you again for all the time you’ve put in to these labels. I’m getting ready to reorganize (again) and am looking forward to the hopefully pending 2019 update!

    Meanwhile, here’s a list of additional items for consideration (most given the criteria you list in the txt file in the zip, some as they pair with labels that already exist) aka my requests 🙂

    53451/88513 – Barb / Claw / Horn (small)
    13564 – Cattle Horn (large)
    93788/87747 – Barb / Claw / Horn (large)
    24866 – 1×1 Round Plate / Flower
    6255 – Plant Flower Stem 1 x 1 x 2/3 with 3 Large Leaves
    60616 – 1x4x6 Door, Glass
    3755 – Brick 1x3x5
    6065 – Bush Extension
    3470 – Tree, Round (Fruit)

    Thanks for your consideration!

    • Tom Alphin says:

      John, Good suggestions… Most will be included in the upcoming version 3.2 release.

      (3755/6065/3470 are not included as they are fairly rare and discontinued parts.)

  9. Lindsey says:

    Thank you so very much for all of the work you have done to create these labels, they are fabulous!!! I was wondering if you could let me in oh how you get the outlined look for the pieces. I have some pieces that I would like to make labels for, and I’d like them all to match. Or can I request some from you?

    Thanks again, I had no idea what I was gonna do before I came across these!

  10. Andreas says:

    Hello, first of all thank you for putting this much effort into helping everybody sort their bricks!
    For everybody that is hesitating to buy one of the brother printers it might be nice to know the following:
    I just used the CONTACT_SHEET.pdf, opened up in Adobe, pressed print, scaled it to 110%. Its cutting of a few edges of the page then ofc, but it gives decent sized printouts of the parts with a normal printer!

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Andreas, People are welcome to use the contact sheet to see if the labels will work for their collection.

      I do strongly recommend using the correct printer for large LEGO collections as the labels are durable, waterproof, have a strong adhesive yet leave no residue if you need to remove labels later. Paper-based labels seem like a good idea, until you need to re-organize your collection in the future.

      Whatever you choose, best of luck and happy sorting!
      —tom

  11. Marta Lopez says:

    nice work TOM! Thanks

  12. Melinda Kowalski says:

    Hi! Wow I really love your idea. I always love organizer. I have old Brother P-Touch 1290 but it doesn’t have connect computer. I’m planning to buy new Brother but your model doesn’t sell anymore. I wonder if Brother® PTD600 Label Maker would work from your design. Also, I use mac computer, not PC. Look forward to hear from you.

  13. Nicolas says:

    Great job !!
    I got the P700 and Stanley boxes to organise my son’s Lego using your labels and it worked like a charm on my iMac. No more excuse for my boy for not knowing how to organise them again 🙂

  14. Phyllis says:

    Hi Tom, WOW! Love, love, love your labels!!!!
    We are in the process of sorting out the 9yo’s lego collections/pieces. Over this past holiday break, I handled and looked at over 10,000 pieces, probably more.
    I was wondering if there’s a way to make the labels to print on the Avery return address labels (it’s just the perfect size!). At $11 for 800 labels, I think it’s much more economical for anyone who can’t invest on the brother label printer. Just a thought 🙂
    Thank you!

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I do not have the time to re-create all 1000+ labels at multiple sizes. I also very deliberately picked the brother system as the plastic labels have a very strong adhesive, but you can easily remove them if you decide to store something different in each compartment/drawer. The paper avery-style labels are a nightmare to remove, since the paper falls apart if you try to peel them off.

      Yes, the Brother system is more expensive, but I think it is enough better to be worth it…

  15. Sergei says:

    Hey Tom! Such a massive amount of work you put in this! I got a really stupid question. But don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Is there a pattern you use to organize your legos? Models numbering vs technic separately, arch separately, etc? Or something like – hinges here, slopes there etc?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I organize my parts into the same categories which appear as folders in the downloadable label collection. Yes, the categories are by function; slopes, bricks, hinges, Technic, etc…

  16. 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?

    • Mat says:

      Hi Tom, can you tell me how to convert labels over to Dymo format?

      • Tom Alphin says:

        I’m afraid that the labels are not available in the Dymo format.

        The Brother format is proprietary, so I’m not aware of an easy way to convert them. Unfortunately, it is far too time consuming to offer the labels in multiple formats.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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. 🙁

      • Jeremy says:

        Oh thank you! I didn’t know peeron.com existed, but what a great resource!! To that end, I find that after collecting Legos for most of my childhood and into adulthood, I too have quite a few elements which Tom hasn’t included. No bother – but I was wondering if we might start branching Tom’s “parts list” as new elements are added and old ones are discontinued. May be tough to do since I don’t know if Lego publishes anything official to that end, but could be helpful when scrounging Ebay vs. Lego.com for replacements to broken pieces, old/yellowed pieces, etc.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.)

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. char says:

    I have a question what about the labels in color. It only hows the type of brick what about the type of color of the brick?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Most people I have talked with use clear drawers, so the color of the bricks is obvious. I stuck with simple black-and-white images for simplicity and clarity.

      • char says:

        You only show type of brick what about the color like 1×1 red, or 2×2 green brick, or do you just put all colors in like the 1×1 or 2×2 bin.

  35. Menno says:

    Super useful these labels, I am because of this everything again to sorting. I can find no labels of two components technic:

    * Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Toggle Joint Smooth Item No: 44 Alternate Item No: 32126 (bricklink)
    * Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Item No: 3651 (bricklink).

    Are these not there?

    Thanks Menno

  36. Katie says:

    We use the trofast storage, and I have taken your labels and made new ones with just the pictures grouped into categories so the kids can quickly find the bins with the parts. It has been so helpful, and they are bugging me to finish labeling the rest of the bins. Thanks for all your hard work!

  37. Fara Bottoms says:

    This is an amazing contribution to the Lego world for fans of all ages. As a mom of two, I constantly step on Legos around my house, and this will be such a wonderful asset to our ever growing collection. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity… I imagine it was a tireless job!

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I imagine it was a tireless job!

      Yes, it did take a lot of time, but it was spread out over several years. It’s about time for an update with some of the new 2018 parts!

  38. Robbie Harrison says:

    I’m loving these labels, but have run into one problem. The first label in each batch is getting truncated on the left. In the P-touch editor there is a dotted line that shows the exact borders of the tape, and the first label is always just a little too far to the left. I’m running version 5.1.100 of the P-Touch editor on Windows 10. Is there a way to adjust the print area, or do I need to manually move the first element to the right for each set of labels?

    Aside from the alignment issue, these are by far the best labels I have found. They work great in my ancient Brother PT-2610 printer.

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I have not seen this issue, perhaps a greater margin is required for your printer as it is an older model.

      Can you manually select all, and drag the label contents further to the right, then hit print?

      • Robbie Harrison says:

        Thanks for the quick reply and sorry for taking so long to post back. I was able to shift everything using “Select All” and then left-click on the first label to shift everything over. Previously I had been moving each label individually, which was tedious to say the least, still worth it for these great labels. One nice thing about the PT-2610 is it does not feed the extra inch of blank tape like the newer printers.

  39. bob says:

    hello. i’m trying to print the labels with my pt700. it prints the images but does not print the text. any ideas what might be wrong?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I have never heard of this issue. make sure you have the latest version of the Brother p-touch software. Are you on a Mac or PC?

  40. Eric Roche says:

    Is there any way to open the files with the part list if you don’t do it through the specific printer app?

  41. John says:

    I bought the PT-1230PC and it seems to be working great. but is there some setting I am just not seeing so it dont print out almost a inch of blank before it prints?

  42. Ivan Calvimonte says:

    You made an incredible job!

  43. James Cox says:

    The pictures on the labels. Can you give me an idea of how you format them to get them to look right. I’m needing a bunch of labels that you don’t have yet and I’m having trouble getting the pictures to look right. Especially when I’m printing white on clear.

    • Tom Alphin says:

      There aren’t easy directions to make images which match the ones on my labels – I use custom scripts to make these images.

  44. Thank you for these great resources Tom! I recently printed v.3 on a PT-P700! I got Filmax carts, and so far everything is amazingly easy!
    Set “Chain printing/Auto cut” and it’s a snap. I think the labels used 3.5 cassettes! What an inspiration! Thank you!!!

  45. Daniel says:

    Hi Tom. I’d like to rearrange the elements so they match the bricklink database. Do you have a link to the images you used?

    • tomalphin says:

      Daniel,
      The images are custom-created for the label collection, and I’m not sharing them for other purposes at this time.

      Your best source for brick images is probably brickset.

  46. Merete Storgaard says:

    hello Tom
    Your Brick list is very nice and it´s super good for us who isn´t an expert in bricks, many many thanks

  47. Michael says:

    Was wondering what size paper you use for your printer/labels the 9mm or the 12mm and also what company do you use or where do you get the replacement rolls of paper? Additionally how many labels do you print per replacement roll? Thanks!

    • tomalphin says:

      The labels are designed for the 12mm / 0.47″ TZe label tape – Brother P-touch printer system.

      I don’t know for sure, but I expect you get about 300 labels per roll.

  48. Matthew says:

    Have you considered or do you know if it’s possible to convert your labels for use with the DYMO label printers?

    • tomalphin says:

      I’m sorry, but I don’t know how to convert the labels to the Dymo format., and it is way too much work to maintain more than one format.

      Maybe you can borrow a Brother printer from someone, or find an used or inexpensive older model.

      —tom

  49. Brendan Thompson says:

    Hey Tom,

    I don’t suppose there is anyway to purchase pre-printed sets of all these labels is there?

    Excellent work by the way!!

    • tomalphin says:

      It’s not practical to sell printed labels, as it would be more expensive to print and ship them to you then to purchase the printer and labels and do it yourself.

      Good luck getting organized!

      —tom

  50. JT says:

    Hi there,
    Do you by any chance have an old copy of the 1.2 version of the labels, which the history page says “includes most of the labels for a large general-purpose LEGO collection”? I’m just starting out organizing my kids’ bricks, and want to focus on just the basics to keep my sanity (hopefully). Thanks so much for this wonderful resource!!!

    • tomalphin says:

      JT,
      I do not offer the older versions because they have errors which I have since fixed. There have also been some new parts over the years which are common now but were not then.

      My suggestion is to either:
      1) Copy-paste just those specific labels you want into a blank strip in the P-touch app, then print them.
      2) Print each strip that contains at least one label you need, and set aside the labels you don’t need for later. A good way to do this is to tape the unused labels to the printable PDF guide that’s also offered on my website. A tape with an easily removed adhesive like blue painter’s tape works best.

      Good luck, and happy sorting!
      —tom

  51. Ella says:

    Thank you for the labels! You just made my work a WHOLE lot easier! I’m trying to organize my 10 year old son’s large and growing collection.

    We already bought your book! We’re fans of Lego and you!

    • tomalphin says:

      Glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed organizing your collection using my labels, and thrilled to hear that you’ve enjoyed the book as well. Happy building!

  52. John says:

    Part request: minifigure walkie talkies (3962/19220)

    • tomalphin says:

      Thanks for using my label collection and showing your support! To keep the label collection focused, I’ve decided to not include minifig accessories in the label collection. The exception are minifig accessories that are extremely useful in other non-minifig scenarios (ex: telescope.) That’s why I don’t think that the Walkie Talkie is something I will add anytime soon.

  53. Marko Zorec says:

    Hello, thank you for your work… I have a Mac and I am considering to buy Brother PT-P700 model for my Lego collection… Does the software (P-Touch Editor) works well on Mac? Is it possible to make my own labels with my own pictures to insert? Thank you… Marko

    • tomalphin says:

      Marko, I do not have a Mac, but as far as I know the same Brother P-touch application that I use to design the labels on my PC is also available for the Mac. (I know that there are plenty of Mac users who have printed my labels to get organized.)

      As for designing your own labels, please give it a try, but I assure you that it’s really time consuming to make nice looking labels. The hardest part are the small images – you want them to have sufficient contrast that they look good printed using a simple black-and-white printer.

      Thanks for the support, and good luck!
      —tom

  54. James Cox says:

    I Love your labels. I purchased the PT-P700 label printer. I’ll send you a pic once I’m done setting them up. I’m sorting out right now. I was trying to find the script you use to create the images but could not find it. Is it still available. I saw mention of it on your old site.
    I typed my address wrong yesterday.

  55. Andrew says:

    This is great. In addition to the Stack-On I also use the small Sterilite 5 drawer units for some of the larger pieces or ones that I have a ton of.
    https://goo.gl/BtSzQH

    Thanks!!

    • tomalphin says:

      Andrew, I’ve seen a number of people who use those Sterilite drawers for parts which they have a lot of. Seems like a good and popular choice!

  56. James Cox says:

    Love your labels. I’ll send you pics once I’m finished sorting.
    I can’t find the scripts for creating pictures. Are they still listed somewhere?

    • tomalphin says:

      James, I have not updated the scripts in a long time, so they aren’t currently available. I am back from summer travels, and hope to update the collection with new labels soon, though.

  57. Laurie Morehouse says:

    Hi Tom, thank you so much for the free labels! Just what all AFOL’s want! I am curious to know if there is a complete Lego Color Palette chart that you can either print or download that has ALL colors of past and present? I would like to laminate it so I can better compare my brick colors to the chart. Keep making labels, I love them!
    Thanks, Laurie

    • tomalphin says:

      Laurie,
      There are some great color resources out there, but I don’t think anyone has tried to make a color palette including current and past colors. Unfortunately, what you ask for is really hard to do, as even high end printers and monitors are notoriously bad at printing exactly the right color. If the color on the printed swatch isn’t exactly right, it wouldn’t be helpful for sorting your LEGO bricks.

      What I do is maintain a collection of bricks of each color I have, including both current and legacy colors. I can use this brick-built color palette to compare against other bricks in my collection.

      —tom

  58. Petra huijs says:

    Hi. I am looking for lego friends labels. Can you help me with this? I looking for blooms skates lipstick etc. Hopefully you can help me. I have a lot of your items used en it looks very nice!

    • tomalphin says:

      Petra,
      Thank you for your support of the Brick Labels project.

      I am working on an update which may include a few of the parts you are looking for, but I am not likely to include all of the Minifig / friends accessories that you are looking for. My recommendation is to just do what I do – keep all of your LEGO Minifig accessories in a single drawer. I find it unnecessary to sort out each Minifig accessory into separate containers; I only do this for parts which I use to create larger models.

      If you do need to sort your minifig accessories, your best bet is to create your own simple labels using photos from Bricklink. It won’t look quite as good, but it should help you get organized.

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  59. sean says:

    Hi,
    Is the Brother PT-H500 handheld printer also compatible with these files – it can connect to the p-touch editor software, so I am assuming it will work
    Thanks

    • tomalphin says:

      I have no experience with the PT-H500 model, but I think it will work because 1) it uses the same label tape as the models I suggested, 2) it plugs in to a computer, and 3) because it says that it’s compatible with the same “Brother P-Touch” software application.

      Good luck, and be sure to report back with your findings!
      —tom

  60. robert says:

    Hi Tom. I got my labels printed and i am slowly starting to sort through my legos. I have a couple Drawer Organizers to start with. Looking at what i have so far and what yet to sort into drawers, it looks like i will probably run out of room for some of the different sized Bricks. any suggestions on this issue?

  61. pds says:

    Labels for clear/translucent bricks?

    • tomalphin says:

      I do not create separate labels for clear bricks. That said, the 1×2 clear brick is actually a different part than the standard 1×2 brick (which has a post), and I do plan to include a separate label for the clear 1×2 brick.

  62. Kayla says:

    Is it possible to get another filetype for the labels? the .lbx ones only work with the Brother software, and you can’t download it without the serial number from a Brother printer. I was trying to separate them all from the pdf, but the quality is abysmal even after upping the dpi from 150 to 300 and changing it from a PDF to a TIFF file. It’s really just the image files, as I could do the text through Photoshop quite easily. I’d pay for usage of the files if necessary! Your images are so much better than any other out there!

    • tomalphin says:

      Kayla,
      Unfortunately, it is too time consuming to create the labels in multiple formats, and I’m not aware of an app that can convert the labels to another format. It’s something I’ve gotten feedback about, but haven’t done because it would be really time consuming.

      If you know someone with a Brother printer, maybe you can borrow it for a week?

      Thanks,
      —tom

  63. Ray says:

    Is there some way to convert the file to one that works with a Dymo printer file format?

    • tomalphin says:

      Ray,
      I’m sorry but it is too time consuming to make these labels for multiple formats, and I don’t have a Dymo printer anyways. Ask around – maybe a friend has a Brother printer you can borrow for a week?

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  64. robert says:

    i am using your labels for first time. i am using a PT-P700 printer. can you print all the labels at once? or only one file at a time?

    • tomalphin says:

      You can only print one file at a time, but in my experience you can open a new file and hit “print” before the previous file finishes printing. Each file contains about 10 labels, so it shouldn’t take too long.

      —tom

      • robert says:

        ok. thanks for the reply and the great label idea. just picked up a akro-mils orgnaizer and a stackon one as well. right now working on getting labels printing first. any suggestions or tips to get me started in the process?

      • robert says:

        also does the latest version of labels cover all the previous plus the ones you added? i am assuming it does.

  65. PAco says:

    Hi , quick question is is possible to get them bigger? love the labels and tried to make them about 2-3 times bigger but they go all pixelated.

    • tomalphin says:

      I’m sorry but it isn’t that easy to make them bigger. For the best results, I would suggest purchasing the wider 1″ Label Tape, and manually resizing the image and text within the Brother p-touch application.

  66. Russ says:

    This may sound odd but I thought I was done playing with Lego’s several years ago. After my kids were grown I wanted and game console so I could play game again. Long story short, I got into playing Lego Dimensions. As you play the game you build your vehicles and things to play the game. That renewed the Lego bug. To think of all those years I’ve missed. I’ve started a albeit, modest collection and even decided to purchase a label printer to keep things organized. (I needed one for other projects anyway.) So thanks for the labels to help me keep things organized, some day my kids or grandkids will thank you too.

    • tomalphin says:

      Russ, that isn’t odd at all! The LEGO videogames are a lot of fun, and the modern LEGO sets have a lot to offer to adult builders. You should search and find out if there is a LEGO User’s Group, or LUG in your area. It’s a great way to connect with other LEGO builders, share tips and tricks, trade parts, and participate in events.

      I’m so glad to hear that my labels helped you get organized, and hopefully help you be more creative since you are no longer wasting time searching for a specific piece; like a needle in a haystack sometimes!

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  67. Wayne says:

    This is great! I’ve started using your labels to organize our collection. Many of my pieces are old (30 years or so) and not in your label set. Any tips on how you created the icons so I can do the same for those parts? Happy to share what I end up with.

    Thanks!

    • tomalphin says:

      Wayne,
      The labels combine text which is easy to edit with custom LEGO part images which I’ve created using custom scripts. Those scripts only work on my PC and are hard to use, so your best bet is to find images online such as bricklink website. It won’t be as high contrast as the official labels, though.

      Alternately, please feel free to let me know the most important missing parts, as I update the Label collection from time to time to include parts which other LEGO builders need most.

      Sincerely,
      —tom

      • Harm Jan says:

        Hi Tom, can you add the categories Doors and Wings (also technic wings)? There are more parts which I think are in most collections and not in your label database yet, but these are categories that I guess are most important to add in my opinion. Thanks!

        • tomalphin says:

          Harm, I am always looking to improve the collection, and I agree that Doors and Wings are a good place to expand the collection. If you join my mailing list, I will email you when there is an update to the collection.

          • Harm Jan says:

            Thanks for your reply. I already did. Is this the place to give you suggestions for labels or should I email you that directly? At the moment I am making labels for my Lego collections (~80,000 pieces), so I can tell you very specific which labels I need.

  68. Gabriel Alain Veg says:

    Hello from France, I have bought your book but can you tell me where I can buy 3023 and 3024 tranparent. Many thanks in advance

  69. I have downloaded the labels but was wondering how to import them to the label making program. Btw love your site and I am just beginning to wash and sort. Thank you for your tips they have helped me a great deal.

    • tomalphin says:

      You need to purchase one of the Brother label printers listed on my page. After that, make sure to install the “P-touch editor” application. Finally, you should be able to click on the .lbx files you downloaded from my website, and they will open in the Brother P-Touch Editor application.

      Good luck, and happy sorting!

  70. sydney peterson says:

    Thanks for your website. I thought maybe I was going through my second childhood, but I’m finding others who enjoy Lego also. I do these with my daughter and her children and we have a great time. I buy a lot from the Goodwill store in Washington because they don’t charge to ship and they don’t glean them. My son sent me a picture of this old lady having her 100th birthday, being sad because the Lego box said Fun from 9 to 99.

  71. Johannes says:

    Thank you SO much for keeping this updated. Currently re-organizing my collection, and so happy to see that all the new Nexo Knight parts are included. Keep up the great work, this is a real time saver and my whole organization system evolves around it 🙂

  72. Vincent says:

    Thank you so much !

  73. Lupita Escobar says:

    WOW! How great is that! I am new to this and this will be of such help… especially to learn the names!

  74. Lynne says:

    I definitely think I’ve fallen in love- with a website!! As someone who suffers from OCD and Lego hoarding tendencies, I resonate with your organizational and labeling ideas in ways I cannot explain. I’ve loved Legos since I was a toddler and 35 years later, I have a 7 year old son who *thinks* he loves them as much as me. I use him as an excuse to buy whatever I can and we now have over 80 sets in my house. I build, he takes apart… Needless to say, it’s time to organize better than what we currently have so I came across your site in my research. I’ve downloaded the labels and am lucky enough to have a mechanic for a father so we have several parts drawer cabinets we can use. Here’s my dilemma: Only in the last few years have I been saving the spare parts that come in the sets (previous sets’ have been mixed in with the masses) and the instruction books in gallon sized ziplock baggies and update an Excel database. Now that I have a 75 gallon (?) tote overloaded with baggies and a few special edition boxes, I ask: what is the best way to store the booklets? Should I allow the spare parts to go with the rest of the Legos and is it feasible to hole punch the baggies and store the books in a 3 ring binder? I appreciate your feedback, as I’m sure your organized mind is a lot more rational than my cluttered “must. keep. everything.” brain. Thanks for such a wonderful site, I look forward to visiting for the updated labels.

    • tomalphin says:

      Thanks for the kind words. It always brings me happiness to hear that someone has enjoyed the labels, as i put a ridiculous amount of time into designing and updating them!

      Q: What is the best way to store the booklets?

      My instinct and personal choice is to use a small file cabinet. They are cheap, and perfectly suited for storing flat paper objects. Pou can use one manila envelope per set, or per theme – personal choice, really.

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  75. Wilco van Vliet says:

    Try to print the labels but in 12mm tape the’re top high printed.
    Missing the top of the labels.
    Uwe A p750w with mac.

    • tomalphin says:

      The 12mm / .47″ tape is correct. The labels are carefully designed to make use of all of the available vertical height. I have not heard of any issues with cut-off text or images before. Is it possible you nudged the text in the editor before printing?

      I’d love to know what went wrong so we can remedy it for you and others who have the same issue in the future.

      thanks,
      —tom

  76. D. Terlinde says:

    I have downloaded the labels and want to start putting them on the cabinets. I was wondering if you could identify each cabinet in your Large Picture for each of the 15 cabinets. I am 70 and am doing this for my grandson for a Christmas present. Any help you can give will greatly be appreciated. Thanks! D.

    • tomalphin says:

      How you organize your cabinets is a personal decision. The taxonomy (groupings) need to make sense to your grandson as a LEGO builder. I don’t have anything I can share at this time, beyond a simple suggestion to order the cabinets in roughtly the same organization as the label collections themselves, with a cabinet for bricks, one for SNOT, a couple cabinets for Technic, etc… He is likely to reorganize them as he uses the system, which is perfectly expected.

      Good luck! It’s a time consuming task but pretty amazing when it’s all done.

  77. Vince Pale says:

    Hey Tom,
    Love the labels. Noticed on the contact sheet pdf, 11203 Tile, Inverted 2 x 2 shows part number 14719.

    Might be fixed in the actual label files, but I’ve just been extracting the lbx files (which seem to just be .zip) and nabbin’ your awesome images, and using them in my own labels in gLables on Linux for my p-touch ql-500.

  78. Loren says:

    Thank you for making these great labels available. I am using v2.7 and noticed a small error in wedge_plate2.lbx. Part 32059 is labeled as a 4×8 Wedge, but I believe it should be labeled as a 4×6 Wedge. Thanks again for the hard work and I hope you keep updating the labels. I am also enjoying The LEGO Architect book; bought 2 copies, one for myself and one for my nephew.

    • tomalphin says:

      Thanks @Loren,
      I have updated the label in my collection, and the correction will be included in the upcoming v2.8.

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  79. Travis says:

    Hi Tom-

    I have been looking for a way to store/sort my Lego’s and decided to take your advice and purchase the Akro-Mils storage systems and the P700 Brother label maker to start my adventure. I had a question regarding the Brother label maker and how you got the picture of the bricks on your labels. I have a few bricks that aren’t in your downloadable ones, and I would like to keep up the pictures to make it easy to find. Thanks for the suggestions and the help!

    • tomalphin says:

      @Travis,
      I created custom scripts that I use with LDraw and MLCad to create the crisp images. There isn’t a convenient source to get high quality, consistent, high contrast images. I also had to pick the preferred camera angle for each part.

      I suggest making your own labels with the best photos you can find. You can also request missing labels on this website, and we’ll see what I can do.

      —tom

  80. Mike S. says:

    Hi Tom,

    I am looking to get into sorting everything and was wondering if it would be possible to print these on the inch tape as opposed to the 1/2 inch? Will they be bigger or will it just print it the 1/2 inch size on inch tape?

    Thanks,

    • tomalphin says:

      My printer is not compatible with the 1″ tape, but from what I have heard you will need to manually re-design the labels to use larger fonts for best results on 1″ tape. That said, try the 1/2″ labels – They are big enough for most scenarios.

  81. Sam Erens says:

    Awesome! Now I can organize my extensive Lego collection. However, does anyone know if I can convert a .lbx file to a .label? I have a Dymo LabelManager 280 and the software cannot open a .lbx file. Does it only work with the P-Touch? I don’t want to have to buy another label printer just for these labels. I’m running OS X 10.11.6. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    • tomalphin says:

      I’m sorry, but I don’t think there is a way to print these with a Brother printer. It’s unfortunately not practical for me to maintain two label collections.

      Good luck!

      • Sam Erens says:

        It’s okay I was just wondering if anyone knew a way. I contacted Dymo and they said the best solution would be to screenshot each label, but that sounds tedious. I think I’ll look into buying a Brother but from what I’ve heard they don’t do so well with Macs. Thanks for the info.

  82. joeyuen says:

    cool stuff.. i just brought the container with 42 drawer. the label is useful.. before i print it out, i would like to ask 1.the label can print out with normal printer ? and when i print it in normal printer, the output is going to have same size with the label printer?

    • tomalphin says:

      Can I print the label with normal printer ?

      You can print the .pdf sample pages using a normal printer, but the results might not be very good.

      These labels are carefully designed to look great using the inexpensive Brother Label Printer and tape that I suggest on my website. The labels are on plastic, very durable, and high quality. I think you will be pleased with the results.

      Good luck,
      —tom

  83. Joe says:

    I am having trouble finding the script files? Did you remove them from the download? And thanks for all the hard work on the current labels, well done!

    • tomalphin says:

      I removed them from the latest versions because they were too difficult to use and therefore of limited value. Maybe I can clean up the scripts and share it in a future update. Thanks for the feedback, and I’m glad to hear that the labels are working well for you!

  84. Adrienne says:

    Thank you! I bought my son several containers and drawer sets to organize (well, contain) his LEGOs but haven’t gotten them labeled because it takes far too much time to find a clear image of each piece. I finally decided to just bite the bullet when I happened across your labels. Because I’ve tried several times already, I can appreciate how much time and effort you must have put into making them. Thank you for sharing and saving the rest of us the frustration!!!

  85. Mark Vroman says:

    Tom, Thx for al the effort you put in this. How do you the different colours?

    • tomalphin says:

      I don’t bother sorting my LEGO collection by color, but if I did, I would probably use the same generic labels since the color of the parts contained within are visible through the plastic drawers.

  86. Brian says:

    Tom – Thank you for sharing these labels. I had started creating my own labels, similar to yours, but it
    was difficult to find clean image graphic files until I came across your site. I’m definitely getting a copy of your book and may get a few copies for friends of mine. Thank you.

  87. John G says:

    Thank you for your continued work on this! It has made organizing much easier.

    Here’s another list of odds & ends for your consideration:
    * Brick 1x3x5 (3755)
    * Flower Stalk (3741)
    * Ladder 1x2x2 (4175)
    * Technic Steering Arm (4261)
    * Technic Catch (6553)
    * Facet Brick 3x3x1 (2462)
    * Walkie Talkie (3962)

    Thanks again!

  88. Tom, I can’t thank you enough! I already had my Brother 2700 for labeling and have made many attempts to keep up with my collection….
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/59068359@N04/5564785152/in/album-72157626238318289/
    (five years out of date but you get the idea).
    Words, however, fall short; some parts just defy a written description e.g. # 2464 – Modified facet 3x3x2 bottom!! That would mean nothing to me so I wrestled with trying to figure out how to do pictures. Unfortunately I am a bit computer technology challenged (even being an EE – designing microchips is WAY different from mining the depths of the internet and learning software apps!) and, basically, got nowhere!
    Anyway, I printed all your labels and haven’t stopped showing everyone I can! …I do still have to figure out a way to tackle the older parts… Nonetheless, I am so excited. Like Laura above, I would have gladly paid for this! And I make the same offer, if you ever need a few parts just ask!

  89. Laura says:

    Tom, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I JUST PRINTED OUT ALL THE LABELS AND JUST KEPT SMILING. TOOK ME UNDER AND HOUR TO INSTALL THE LABEL MAKER AND GET EVERYTHING PRINTED. I think putting the labels on the drawers will take longer. I truly would have paid for this and have purchased pre-made labels in the past but it was just a basic set and just pictures. Yours are so much better. If you ever need a few parts just ask. If I have them, they’re yours and no shipping charges.

  90. Kevin says:

    Hello Tom,
    What if I just wanted to print them out in sheets from my PC and apply them that way? Would it be possible to create a PDF for that way of doing it? I”ll await for your thoughts and thanks again Tom.

    Kevin

    • tomalphin says:

      Kevin, The label printer that I recommend is preferred as the labels are durable plastic, waterproof and good quality. I also provided a PDF, but it is intended for you to print it on normal paper and use as a guide to help you organize your collection. (It isn’t intended for you to use the PDF to create your labels, but you can try.)

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  91. Laura says:

    Tom, about 10 years ago my husband and I took over a small business and I was doing alot of data entry online. At our location, only dial-up service was available and it took a long time between pages so I started building Lego Star Wars sets while waiting. I quickly noticed I had many spare parts so got a couple of the Akro-Mils storage containers. Those have turned in to 5 containers (2 small drawer and 3 large drawer) and 9 small 3-drawer sterite containers. We are just completing the final sort after years of not doing so and grandkids playing with spare parts, and my Lego collection has grown as well. All the Star Wars sets along with the city buildings, Harry Potter, Atlantis, Minecraft and more. I was starting to take pictures of each piece to make new labels. I had purchased some color ones a few years ago but they did not include all the parts I have. I just found your labels and THANK YOU so much. You have saved me alot of time. I will be ordering the label maker you suggested using your link. Perhaps you could link to Amazon Smile as well so those of us using that could still make our donations.

    • tomalphin says:

      @Laura,
      Thank you for the kind words. I am always happy to hear that the labels are saving people a lot of time and hassle, since a well-organized LEGO collection is a very happy thing indeed. Hopefully the label collection is complete enough to meet your needs since some of your sets are older – I only included labels for extremely common discontinued LEGO elements.

      I thank you for using my referral links, the small portion of your purchase that I receive as a reward helps me cover the costs of my website. (Unfortunately, Amazon Smile is limited to registered non-profits, but you can always click one of my links before making purchases at Amazon.)

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  92. Tim says:

    Thanks for this; can finally organize our sprawling collection which dates back to 1980. Dumb question: how have you secured your Akro-Mils drawer units to each other and to the wall behind it? They easily fall over if pulled too hard by my sons and it is such a disaster! I start yelling like the Will Ferrell dad in the Lego Movie. Again, strong work!

    • tomalphin says:

      I screwed 1×2 pine strips to the wall, and used two 3/4″ screws with a large head to attach the cabinets to the pine boards on the notches. It is still possible to lift a cabinet off the screws, but they won’t fall off easily. Note that you would need two pine boards per row if you choose this option, since you need one on the bottom as well to keep the cabinets level. (Another option would be a piece of plywood, but I have not tried this.)

      Good luck Tim! I’m glad to hear you are happy with the cabinets and labels!

  93. John G says:

    Another request for the next release – 30136 Palisade Brick 1×2 and 30137 Palisade Brick 1×4

  94. Mike says:

    Tom, first off fantastic jobs and thanks for sharing with the community. The information and labels
    you have provided are fantastic! I was able to get most of this setup over the weekend and now on to sorting. A few items I wanted to add as I had not seen others address:

    – I was curious how many cabintes I’d need for a smaller collection. I have about 25k pieces. I started with (3) 64-piece small and (1) 24-piece large Akro but this appears to be not quite enough for me. I’m adding 1 more large, 1 more small and a few Sterilite’s. Think this will do the trick (but
    still sorting).
    – For Mac users I got the compatible Brothers PT-700, but have had little success installing the latest software, patches direct from the Brothers site. The only thing that has worked for me is using the
    ‘Lite’ Editor that is mounted directly from the Brother device. Using the installed full editor from Brothers causes me errors.

  95. MProoveIt says:

    I just ordered a Brother PT-D600 desktop & pc-connectible printer, which should allow me to use the device when not connected for non-LEGO labeling jobs. Seems to have more consistently positive reviews than the PT-P700, so we’ll see how it goes. I was thinking of sticking with the DYMO label system, but I’ll make the jump for this.

    • tomalphin says:

      @MProoveIt,
      I am curious to hear about your experiences with the PT-D600 model. I do not have it, but based on the descriptions on the website it seems like it will also work with the Brother P-touch software when plugged into a PC, as well as offering the ability to print labels without a computer. Would you be willing to share your experiences, so I can update the website with info on that printer as well?

      Sincerely,
      —tom

      • MProoveIt says:

        I’ve just completed printing a bunch of your labels on the PT-D600 and it worked without a hitch! I’m looking forward to the added flexibility of being able to use the printer without a PC when I’m not printing LEGO labels.

        Again, thanks for sharing your label files!

  96. Angela Corso says:

    Hello. I’m hoping someone can help me out. I’m trying to print these labels. I got a PT-1230PC printer. It automatically installs the driver software when it is hooked up to my PC (Windows XP). However, It won’t open these labels. We tried downloading the PT Touch editor software, and that will open the labels, but then the computer doesn’t recognize PT-1230PC as a printer. Help?!

    • tomalphin says:

      Angela, I have not had any problems installing the printer software (p-touch) from the brother website. Once installed, you should be able to click on the label files and they will open in the P-Touch application. The printer will only appear on the PC if plugged-in to the PC with the USB cable, and plug it into the wall or insert 6x AAA batteries. I personally use 6 rechargeable Eneloop branded batteries.

      • Justin says:

        Angela, I has similar problem, my P Touch had a DIP switch inside the case of the printer, which you had to change for the editor software to see the printer, if then changes from using the inbuilt software, to being seen in Windows

        • tomalphin says:

          Justin, can you share more information about the hidden DIP switch? I can’t find any small switches inside my PT-1230PC printer.

  97. Jeff Muhlecke says:

    Thanks for not only doing all this work, but posting it for others to do. I just ordered a bunch of the akro mills cabinets and these labels will be perfect. any idea how many packages of the labels i need to print out all of your labels?

    • tomalphin says:

      Jeff, I apologize but I do not know how many rolls of label tape it would take to print all of the labels released so far. I think the printer comes with one roll. My best guess is that you would need 2-3 additional rolls. You may as well have a little extra for new labels which I release periodically, or to use the label maker for other purposes.

    • Mike says:

      I bought 2 full rolls and ran out before completing. I would assume 3 should do the trick (although buying 4 for a backup is not a bad idea).

      • tomalphin says:

        @Mike, thanks for sharing your experiences and number of rolls required. It is tough for me to guess as I have re-printed a lot of the labels as I refined and improved the design. At this point, the collection is in pretty good shape, especially after a big technic update which is coming soon!

  98. John G says:

    Any plan to add doors? You have the similar-to-a-door-frame 1x4x6/3 Panes brick in the windows section, but don’t have similar items such as the 1x4x6 door frame, 1x4x6 window pane, etc. This section could also include vehicle doors.

    Thanks!

  99. Anthony says:

    Just found a mistake. Technics “angled #1 30213” should be 32013.

    I guess I should have led with..THANK YOU for one hell of a job!! *grin*

    But ya, that technic has a number jumbled. =)

  100. John Gant says:

    I realize I am slightly off topic, but my guess is if any one would have this answer it would be you. Would like to use my Brother P-Touch PT-1230PC using Clear tape and White lettering, or Black tape and White lettering to match the Lego Architecture nameplates for my own MOCs. Do we know the Font family and size that I should be using? Other Suggestions? Love The Lego Architect book.

    • tomalphin says:

      I looked into this in the past and don’t think I ever found the official font used by the LEGO Architecture sets. It is a light “weight” font, meaning that the stroke for each letter is pretty thin. Do note hat lower weight fonts do not print very well on a low resolution printer like the Brother label system. A thicker font is probably your best bet.

      P.S. We used Helvetica Neue as the primary font for my book, The LEGO Architect. We picked it in part due to similarity with the fonts used in official LEGO products.

  101. Coco says:

    Great stuff! I have three of the Akro organizers because of your and others’ recommendations on Amazon and I just ordered the recommended Brother label maker (it’s on sale right now at Amazon) and can’t wait to get these labels set up. We currently don’t have enough Lego to warrant more than three of those organizers but we’re well on our way and it’s good to get things organized so the kids can practice now.

  102. Simon says:

    Tom, thx for the quick reply, and I understand your reasoning, no problem. I realized I can get into each .lbx, extract the bmps, and use those as examples for my own labels. In any case, I felt I should ask first before using someone else’s work. -smile-
    Take care,
    Simon

  103. Simon says:

    Dear Tom,

    great work! I am going to print your contact sheets, as I need my labels to be viewed from above (using hundreds of self-made cardboard boxes organized into large cardboard trays), and I like to add labels for doors and windows, wheel and tyres, car-roofs and their hunges, and lots of other elements, from before 1980. I am pretty sure I can make images in the same style that you are using, and I figure, if I’d create them in the same size and format as you have, you might want to add them to your next update. So, here’s the question, what kind of format are you using for your images, and what size?

    Take care,
    Simon

    • tomalphin says:

      @Simon, You are welcome to try and use the contact pages as labels, but do understand that the best way to enjoy these labels is by printing them on a compatible Brother Label printer.

      The part images are created by custom scripts which I wrote. The scripts are difficult to write and don’t always work as expected. That’s why I have take it upon myself to slowly update the Label collection rather than take submissions from generous people like yourself.

      That said, I do encourage you to create your own labels for those parts which haven’t been made int he past 5-10 years or longer, since current LEGO elements is the focus of my collection for now…

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  104. Bruce says:

    Looks like a great set of labels. Will it work with the QL700’S?

    • tomalphin says:

      @Bruce, it should work with that printer, as it also uses the Brother P-touch software. You might have to modify the label designs slightly for larger or smaller stickers. Let me know how it goes!

  105. papaw says:

    Thank you for the update. I use pt2730 with the 24mm. Abit more trimming. Easier for my eyes to see.
    I do have a question.
    Do you place the bins in the order of printing? How do you decide placement?

  106. Cheri says:

    Love the labels, they work great – I’m organizing my kids legos – is there a way to get a clearer list like above – those print so small I can’t read them. I need a way to catalog what is where. Thanks!

  107. Mike Zang says:

    I want to use a regular inc printer to print them to label sheet, can you provide PDF version?

    • tomalphin says:

      @Mike, The collection now includes a contact sheet. It is meant as a guide to help you organize your LEGO collection, but you can print it on a regular printer and cut them out if you want. (The Brother label printer works really well and is highly recommended…)

  108. Bob says:

    Thanks so much for these labels. Is there an easy way to do a “contact sheet” of all the labels or see your sample images larger? I want to pick and choose what I need.

    Thanks in advance.

    • tomalphin says:

      @Bob, The collection now includes a contact sheet which is meant as a guide to help you organize your collection. I keep it handy when building models, because looking at a list of parts with photos sometimes gives me a better way to build my models.

  109. alan says:

    help got pt1230pc printer downloaded labels and now im stuck. cant open files or print

  110. Josh says:

    Awesome Tom! Thanks for keeping these updated! You Rock

  111. silvio de iaco says:

    salve Tom! complimenti per quelo che sta facendo. volevo chiederle se può pubblicare anche i file psd o altro formato, cosi anche chi non ha una stampante Brother può beneficiare del suo lavoro! la ringrazio. Silvio

    Translation: “Tom! compliments for what you are doing. I wanted to ask if you can also publish psd file or other format, so even those who have a Brother printer can benefit from your work! Thank you. Silvio”

    • tomalphin says:

      Silvio, I apologize but I am only offering the labels in the Brother format at this time. It is a lot of work to curate the label collection in a single format, maintaining multiple formats would require a lot of extra work!

      I do strongly recommend the Brother label printer and their special plastic label tape. The adhesive is very good and the labels are extremely durable. I did a lot of research before selecting this printer for my project.

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  112. Chris Eyerly says:

    Thanks Tom! I can’t wait to get the printer to use these labels. This is going to save me HOURS and HOURS of work.

  113. Katie says:

    I have a Mac and am having trouble opening the labels. Do you know what program I need to open a .lbx file?

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