Friday, 15 December 2017

Stikins ® Name Labels: On The 10th Day Before Christmas, Stikins ® Gave To Me…

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…Names For Father Christmas & The Last Posting Dates Of The Year!

Yes, there are only TEN DAYS left until Christmas Day and hopefully you’re managing to keep on top of the chaos that is Christmas!

NAMES FOR FATHER CHRISTMAS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

While taking a look at Christmas-inspired names, we were struck by how many different names are used to refer to those Christmas (and Winter) visitors who bring gifts to children each year. Here in the UK, we are extremely familiar with the jolly figure of “Father Christmas” but there are many other Christmas and winter gift-bringers who are celebrated around the world – each with their own names, traditions, histories, and helpers…

Christmas Brother

Christmas Elder Man

Christmas Grandpa

Christmas Man

Christmas Old Man

Father Christmas

Father Frost

Good Little Oldie

Grandfather Christmas

Grandfather Frost

Grandfather Santa

Grandpa Christmas

Grandpa Frost

Little
Star

Lord Of The Cold

New Year Boy

Old Man Christmas

Snow Grandfather

Star
Man

The Easter Oldman


While the majority of these figures follow “Old Man” traditions, there are some female gift-givers to be found, including:
  • Saint Lucia/Saint Lucy: most commonly celebrated in Scandinavia and Italy, Saint Lucy is associated with light and “festivals of light” are held in her honour on the 13th December. In Italy, she brings gifts to good children and coal to bad children – children leave out food to entice the donkey and make sure that Saint Lucy visits their house.
  • The Snow Girl/The Snow Maiden: Snegurochka is celebrated in Russia, where she is usually depicted as the granddaughter and helper of Ded Moroz (“Old Man Frost” or “Grandfather Frost”) – who delivers presents to children on New Year’s Eve.
  • Frau Holle/Old Mother Frost: also known as Holda, Huld, or Hulda, she is variously depicted as a Goddess of Winter, of the Sky, and of the Weather. In some traditions, she flies through the skies on 24th December (also known as “Mother’s Night”) to bring gifts to children. The Grimm Brothers used her in one of their fairy tales; snow falls to earth whenever she shakes out the blanket on her bed and she rewards a good child with gold and punishes a bad child with hot pitch.
  • Perchta: also known as Percht, Berchta, and Bertha, Perchta is a variation of the Frau Holle figure (or vice versa) and traditionally roams the countryside between Christmas and Epiphany, rewarding good children and punishing bad children.
  • Befana the Christmas Witch: celebrated throughout Italy, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts on Epiphany Eve (the night of 5th January); good children wake up to a stocking full of gifts and sweets, while naughty children find a lump of coal – traditionally, children find nice gifts AND a lump of coal (rock sugar darkened with caramel colouring) as a reminder that they haven’t always been on their best behaviour...

Last Posting Dates For Ordering Stikins ® Name Labels Before Christmas…

We’ll be printing our name labels for clothing & personal items all next week (Monday – Friday); any orders we receive before 3pm will be despatched on the same day, while those received after 3pm will be sent next day.

Orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard BUT we highly recommend upgrading to our special delivery service (Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service; shipping cost £5.75) to make absolutely sure that your name labels arrive before Christmas. This is because Royal Mail do NOT guarantee that first class items will arrive next day AND because first class mail does tend to see delays in the run up to Christmas.

How To Upgrade Your Name Label Order To A Special Delivery Service…

Currently, our special delivery service is only available to request by phone; this allows us to make absolutely sure that your stick on name labels will be made and despatched on the SAME DAY so you definitely get them NEXT DAY. Our Customer Service Team is available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm – simply give us a call on 01270 668076 and we’ll be happy to help.

THINGS TO NOTE:

1. Today is the LAST DAY to order Christmas name labels for delivery to the Republic of Ireland.
2. If you find yourself leaving things to the very last minute, the LAST DAY for any orders of school labels, equipment name tags, and general purpose name stickers will be FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER (UP TO 3PM).
To receive your order on Saturday, you will need to order by phone and request our Saturday delivery option (shipping cost: £8.75). 

Remember, you can order ANYTIME by visiting www.stikins.co.uk OR you can give us call (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) to order name labels by phone and to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery service.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Label Planet: Quick Tips For Last Minute Address Labels & Gift Tags

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If this is the year that you’re going to get truly creative for Christmas – but you’ve left it to the last minute – try our Quick Tips for Last Minute Christmas Labels!

Whether you’re making your own Christmas address labels, Christmas card labels, or Christmas gift tags, it’s really easy to create a set of seasonal address labels and gift tags with that extra special personal touch.
  • Personalise Christmas address labels with photographs, images, a Christmas-themed background, or a festive font!
  • Choose self-adhesive labels with a festive feel to give yourself a ready made seasonal background for your Christmas wishes or addresses.
  • Coloured labels are ideal Christmas labels and we offer pastel coloured labels (for a subtle touch of Christmas colour), fluorescent labels (for adhesive labels that are merry and bright), gold labels and silver labels (for a touch of seasonal shimmer), and brown Kraft labels (for a truly homemade feel).
  • Download label templates from our website; we have Word templates (for Word, Pages, LibreOffice etc) and PDF templates (for Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator etc).
  • Add your seasonal design to the first label in your label template and then use copy and paste to quickly AND accurately fill in the rest of the blank labels.
    Top tip: in Word, move your cursor to the bottom left corner of the first label and triple click your mouse (left button) to select the content AND the formatting options you have used.
  • Be careful with coloured backgrounds and borders; if your printer and/or label template aren’t quite accurate enough, you may end up with “white edging” where your label template is slightly misaligned with your labels. You can avoid this either by not using a coloured background or border OR by oversizing your background or border so that it overlaps the edges of each label – if possible.
    Top Tip:  centralise so your design so it always starts from the middle of each blank label and extends outwards, which helps to prevent your design getting cut off at the edges of your sheet labels.
  • In Word, use text boxes to control the positioning of text in your Christmas design (and add a festive border) and use the “Wrap Text” option in the “Picture Tools Format” tab to control the positioning of any images (use “Tight” or “In Front Of Text”).
  • Use Word’s built in Mail Merge tool to create personalised address labels. The Mail Merge Wizard (click on the “Mailings” tab, then click on the “Start Mail Merge” button, and select “Step-by-Step Mail Merge Wizard”) will guide you through the SIX steps:
  1. Select Document Type: create a set of address labels.
  2. Select Starting Document: select your label template; Mail Merge works best with a built in Avery template (click “Change document layout” then “Label options”) but you can use a label template you have downloaded (e.g. from the Label Planet website) and saved to your computer (“Start from existing document”) OR use the “New Label” option in the “Label options” box to create your own label template.
    Label templates AND measurements for all of our label sizes can be found on the template information page for each of our products; use the “Templates & Printing Information” link on the product page or navigate from our Template Home Page to find the templates and information you need.
  3. Select Recipients: connect your label template to your list of addresses using the “Use existing list” option. Once you have confirmed that you are happy with the information in your list, a <<Next Record>> rule is added to each blank label in your label template (except the first one).
    If you have downloaded a label template, you need to add this rule manually; click on the “Rules” button in the “Mailings” tab at the top of the page and select “Next Record” from the drop down list.
  4. Arrange Your Labels: add your Christmas label design; if you are using a built in template (or one you have made) you can add your design to the top left label and use the “Update All Labels” button to fill in the rest of your label template.
    Use placeholders to indicate where the information from your list should sit; add individual fields using the “More Items” option or use the “Address Block” to insert your addresses in a single placeholder.
  5. Preview Your Labels: check that your information fits into your design properly (and go back to make amends if it does not).
  6. Complete The Merge: merge your label template with your list of addresses to create one unique address label for each of the recipients on your Christmas list.
  • ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS test print your Christmas label template onto paper BEFORE loading your sheet labels proper; this allows you to check that your label template and printer are set up correctly to produce the print quality and alignment that you need to produce perfect Christmas labels.
  • Use the media bypass tray (if your printer has one) and go through your printer’s properties to make sure you are using a Page Size of A4, a Media Type/Weight of Labels (or Heavy Paper), and that no scaling options (e.g. less than 100% or “Fit to Page/Sheet”) are selected.

Remember, you can find label templates for ALL of our label sizes in our Template Section OR by clicking on the “Templates & Printing Information” link on the product page of the self adhesive labels you have bought from Label Planet.

View all of our material options on our “List Of All Materials” page, visit our Address Labels range page to find the perfect Christmas address labels, or take a look through our Help Pages for even more tips and advice (including our “Label Template Blog”).

If you need any further assistance ordering, designing, or printing your own Christmas address labels or gift tags, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Label Templates; Designing & Printing Labels – A Summary

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Over the last 31(!) weeks we’ve looked at the process of designing and printing your own self adhesive labels; from sourcing a label template, adding a design to your label template, and finally printing your label template onto your blank labels (including a few troubleshooting tips to help you out at each stage).

While printing your own A4 labels can be a quick, easy, and cost effective way to create a set of sticky labels that are just perfect for whatever project you’ve got in mind, there are plenty of small things that can make a big difference to how well (or otherwise) your blank labels turn out.

While some small things ruin the alignment of your label template, others can help to create the perfect print on your A4 labels – the trick is knowing how to avoid potential problems and how to use certain tools effectively, which isn’t always easy (or obvious) if you don’t have much experience designing and printing your own adhesive labels.

Our hope is that this label template blog will be a useful resource for anyone to use when they need to design and print their own A4 labels, so for our last post of the year we've created a summary of all the topics we’ve covered so far (before we return next year to examine even more template troubles, tricks, and troubleshooting tips!)…

The TEN Things You Need To Print Your Own Labels

A brief list of the things you’ll need when printing A4 labels.

The Different Types Of Templates (& How To Choose The Right One For You)

An explanation of the difference between standalone and built-in label templates, single design and multiple design label templates, and Word templates and PDF templates, along with definitions of Portrait, Landscape, Text Box, Mirrored, Bleed, and “Alternative” templates.

How To Find & Open A Label Template

Step by step instructions for how to find and open built-in templates and standalone templates.

How To Make Your Own Label Template

A guide to creating your own label template with step by step instructions for Word.

Label Templates – Avery Templates 101

A guide to Avery templates, including advice on finding a compatible Avery code for your Label Planet labels.

Troubleshooting Tips For Choosing The Right Label Template

If you’re having trouble (or have questions about) finding the right label template for your label size, our troubleshooting tips are a good place to start!

Always Start With A Plan

A brief bit of advice on how to start designing a label template.

Build From The Background Forward

Top tips for creating label designs that are made up of multiple layers.

Copy & Paste 101

A beginner’s guide to what “copy and paste” actually means and how to use these tools.

How To Select (Highlight) Content In Word

A beginner’s guide to selecting different items in Word (and how to this as effectively as possible).

Copy & Paste 102

A guide to using copy and paste when designing a label template.

Getting Things In Line With The Perfect Alignment

A brief definition of what the term “alignment” actually means with regards to label templates.

Choosing Suitable Shapes & Logical Layouts

Top tips for creating the perfect label design for the specific label shape and layout of your blank labels.

Tackling Text-Only Templates

Top tips for designing label templates that only contain text.

Getting Inventive With Image-Only Templates

Top tips for designing label templates that only contain images.

Tops Tips For Combining Text & Images In Word

Top tips for designing label templates that contain text and images.

Finding Word’s Design Tools & Features

A guide to the design tools available in Word, along with instructions on how to find and use them effectively.

Using Word’s Arrange Toolbar To Create A Perfectly Arranged Template

A more detailed guide to the “Arrange” set of design tools in Word and how they can help to create a perfect design in your label template.

Labels & Mail Merges 101

A guide to Mail Merge tools and a step by step guide to using Word’s “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard” to create address labels or product labels from a single label template and a data source.

How To Create Window Stickers Using A Mirrored Template In Word

A guide to using Mirrored templates in Word to create window stickers that can be applied onto one side of a window and read from the other side.

When & How To Use A Bleed Template

A guide to what Bleed templates are and how they can be used to create perfectly printed self adhesive labels.

Top Tips For…Rectangular Labels

Top tips for designing a label template for rectangular labels.

Top Tips For…Round Labels & Oval Labels

Top tips for designing a label template for round labels, circular labels, and oval labels.

Why The Kiss Principle Creates Perfectly Practical Labels

A brief bit of advice about how keeping things simple can help to create the perfect label template (without driving yourself crazy in the process).

Troubleshooting Tips For Trouble-Free Label Designs

If you’re having trouble (or have questions about) designing a label template, these troubleshooting tips should help you pull off your design with a minimal amount of fuss!

Printing Templates 101

A brief guide to what happens when you “press print”.

Choosing The Right Printer To Print Your Labels

Top tips for choosing the “right” printer to print your own A4 labels, including information about laser printers, inkjet printers, dedicated printers, all-in-one printers, photo printers, print media, media types and media weights, media bypass trays, printer resolution, and “extra” features that are ideal for printing adhesive labels.

Choosing The Right Print Settings To Print Your Labels

A guide to choosing the right print settings to get the best possible alignment and print quality on self adhesive labels.

Top Tips For Loading Your Labels To Align Your Design Perfectly

Top tips for loading your printer labels correctly to avoid alignment issues.

The First Rule Of Printing Labels: ALWAYS DO A TEST PRINT FIRST

THE ONE TIP THAT EVERYONE SHOULD ALWAYS FOLLOW!

Troubleshooting Tips For Trouble-Free Printing

If you’re having trouble (or have questions about) printing a label template accurately, these troubleshooting tips should help you to fix any alignment or print quality issues that you encounter when printing laser labels or inkjet labels.

And that’s all folks!


We’ll be back in January with more tips and tricks to designing and printing your own label templates; if you have any suggestions or questions that you’d like us to feature in the Label Planet Template Blog, simply send us an email and we’ll do our best to provide a suitable solution!

Remember, if you need any advice or tips you can always visit our Help Pages for Guides and Troubleshooting Tips - and you'll find label templates for all of our label sizes on our dedicated Label Templates pages.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Stikins ® Name Labels: Happy #PretendToBeATimeTravellerDay!

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Today is the 10th anniversary of Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day; a day to have a bit of fun by pretending to be a time traveller!

You could be a visitor from the future, who finds everything outdated and quaint, or a traveller from the past, who is amazed and astonished by all of our wonderous technologies, odd clothing, and amusing social customs.

Famous Time Travelling Names

If you’re looking for a name with a bit of a time travelling theme, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in fiction:
Aaron & Abe
Primer
Alba DeTamble
The Time Traveller’s Wife
Amy Pond
Doctor Who
Bill & Ted
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Bill Potts
Doctor Who
Cameron
Terminator
Claire Randall
Outlander
Clara Oswold
Doctor Who
Donna Noble
Doctor Who
Emmett Brown
Back To The Future
Gary Sparrow
Goodnight Sweetheart
Gil Pender
Midnight in Paris
Henry DeTamble
The Time Traveller’s Wife
Hiro Nakamura
Heroes
Holly Marshall
Land Of The Lost
Jack Harkness
Torchwood
Jake Epping
11.22.63
James Cole
12 Monkeys
John Connor
Terminator
Kevin
Time Bandits
Kiera Cameron
Continuum
Kyle Reese
Terminator
Lola
Run Lola Run
Lucy Preston
Timeless
Martha Jones
Doctor Who
Marty McFly
Back To The Future
Mickey Smith
Doctor Who
Phil Connors
Groundhog Day
Rick Marshall
Land Of The Lost
Rip Hunter
Legends of Tomorrow
River Song
Doctor Who
Rory Williams
Doctor Who
Rose Tyler
Doctor Who
Rufus Carlin
Timeless
Samuel Beckett
Quantum Leap
Sarah Connor
Terminator
Tim Lake
About Time
Tommy Clark
Heroes Reborn
Tru Davies
Tru Calling
Wyatt Logan
Timeless

Don’t Lose Your Stuff In Time OR Space – Use Stikins ® Name Labels; The Thoroughly Modern Alternative To Sew In Name Tapes & Iron On Name Tags.


Okay, so Stikins ® can't help you actually travel through time (or space) but they can help you and your family keep track of all your stuff on any adventure (even if that’s just getting them to school and back in one piece!). Our stick on name labels are made with a unique – and extremely advanced – adhesive that has been developed using the latest materials and manufacturing processes to ensure that your sticky name labels will live up to their name and simply stick on and stay on.

Each name sticker measures 30mm wide by 15mm high and is a white name label printed with a bold black font – so they’re really easy to read (when you need to) but also totally discrete (when you don’t). Stikins ® are a truly multipurpose name labelling solution; you can use one pack of stick on labels as school uniform labels, labels for school equipment, general purpose clothing labels, name tags for lunch boxes and water bottles, and name stickers for anything else that you want to keep safe.

Stikins ® can be applied in seconds; you simply peel each name label off its backing sheet and then stick it onto the wash-care label (of clothing and fabric items) or directly onto the item you want to label – use your thumb to apply pressure firmly and evenly across the surface of your name labels to ensure that the adhesive bonds fully with the surface and then allow 24 hours before washing for the first time to allow the adhesive time to set and fully strengthen.

Get all of your children’s belongings safely and securely labelled with Stikins ® name labels so that everything will always make it there and back again – even if your adventures get a bit timey-wimey! 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Label Planet: Get Crafty This Christmas With Christmas Labels From Label Planet

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From dazzling address labels to seasonal product labels, sticky labels are a REALLY easy way to add a festive finish (and that all important personal touch) to anything that you’re making and/or sending to someone this Christmas. Plus with label templates and A4 labels from Label Planet, you can create your own seasonal set of Christmas labels that even Father Christmas and his elves would be proud of!

Whether you’re looking for printer labels that can be printed with your laser printer or inkjet printer OR blank labels that you can decorate with a handwritten message or hand drawn design, we’ve got plenty of label sizes and materials to help you find the perfect self adhesive labels for any Christmas project.

Picking the Perfect Christmas Label For Your Project

If you want a particular label material or label size, use our “List Of Label Materials” and “Search By Width”/“Search By Height” pages to find the perfect adhesive labels for your project.

Alternatively, use our Label Finder to narrow down your options; simply select a few things that you want your blank labels to be and the Finder will show you all of the options that match your requirements.

All of our A4 labels are grouped into product ranges; each range has its own range page, which gives more information about that particular range and lists the label sizes available for that particular material and/or adhesive.

The Self Adhesive Labels On Everyone’s Christmas List

While you can take your pick from our full range of self adhesive labels, there are few firm old favourites that are just perfect for the Christmas season:

Coloured Labels: a quick and simple way to add decorative Christmas labels to any item; choose between our seven shades of Pastel Labels (for a subtle bloom of Christmas colour) or our five shades of Fluorescent Labels (for a burst of festive fun).

Brown Kraft Labels: our Kraft paper labels have a ribbed finish that adds a subtle touch of pattern and texture; these brown labels are the perfect finishing touch for any items that need a homemade touch.

Gold Labels & Silver Labels: for a luxurious and festive feel, these blank labels provide a stylish and decorative background for your season’s greetings.

Transparent Labels: perfect if you need to add product labels onto pre-printed packaging, address labels onto specially designed envelopes, or gift tags onto wrapping paper; transparent labels allow you to add a festive finish to items WITHOUT covering up the seasonal designs already printed on those items.

Gloss Labels: add a seasonal shimmer to items with gloss labels; choose between gloss laser labels / photo quality gloss laser and inkjet labels (for shiny labels that are both merry and bright) and semi-gloss labels (for a more subtle shine).  

Premium Quality Paper Labels: these white labels are made with a specially coated paper that is ideal for printing high resolution artwork on blank sticky labels.

Despatch Information For (Pre) Christmas Delivery Of Your Festive Labels

If you intend to stick your self adhesive labels onto items that you need to deliver to someone else BEFORE Christmas, you’ll need to order as early as possible to leave enough time for your blank labels to be delivered to you, for you to design and print a label template onto your printer labels, for you to apply your sticky labels onto your items, and to despatch your labelled items so that they arrive before the big day.

Orders of 200+ sheets are sent via next working day carrier service (where stock is available; delivery to Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via 2 day carrier service). Smaller orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard. First class items are NOT guaranteed to arrive the next day and so we strongly recommend upgrading your order (online or by phone) to a next day delivery service.

If you need to order 500 sheets or more, we recommend contacting our Customer Service Team to check stock availability; paper labels are generally kept in stock at our warehouse for same day despatch, while other items are made to order and have a lead time of at least 5 working days for despatch.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Printing A Label Template – Troubleshooting Tips For Trouble-Free Printing

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This week, we’ve put together a hit list of troubleshooting tips that you can use to work out what might be the cause of any issues that you encounter when you print label templates onto A4 labels.

THE TOP TWO LABEL TEMPLATE TROUBLES & TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS

Among the template trials and tribulations that our customers report to us, there are TWO that pop up again and again (and again), so we thought they’d be the best place to start with our hit list of troubleshooting tips…

PROBLEM ONE: your self adhesive labels are misaligned in the SAME direction by the SAME amount (e.g. all of your label designs have printed out 2mm too high and 5mm too far right). 

TROUBLESHOOTING TIP: printers start printing from slightly different points on A4 labels, which will misalign all of your label designs in the same way. To fix this, you simply need to adjust the page margins of your label template to manually force your printer to begin printing in a better position.

In Word, click on the “Layout” tab at the top of the page, select “Margins” and then “Custom Margins”; adjust the top and/or left margins as needed. In the example above, you would increase the top margin by 2mm and decrease the left margin by 5mm. 

Alternatively, there may be an issue with your label template OR a manufacturing flaw with your self adhesive labels.

PROBLEM TWO: the misalignment gets gradually worse as you look down or across your sheet labels OR moving out from the centre. 

TROUBLESHOOTING TIP: your print settings are causing your printer to “scale” your label template to the wrong size; go through your print settings to make sure that the page size is A4, no scaling options are applied (e.g. less than 100% or “Fit to Page/Sheet”), and that your printer is using current print settings (and not “Default” or “Driver” settings).

Again, this kind of issue can also be caused by issues with your label template OR with the sheet labels themselves.

LABEL PLANET’S TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS FOR TROUBLE-FREE PRINTING OF LABEL TEMPLATES

If you encounter a problem when test printing your label template, try working through this list of troubleshooting tips to see if you can locate the source of the problem (and apply the appropriate fix). These troubleshooting tips are NOT supplied in any particular order so you should read through the FULL LIST to find the solution to your particular label template troubles.

1. Are your A4 labels cut to the right label size?

Printer labels are manufactured to a tolerance (an allowable deviation from the stated measurements) BUT a manufacturing flaw with your sheet labels (or the wrong label size) will all of your blank labels to be misaligned. Use a ruler to double check your sticky labels (and any margins and/or gaps) are the right size.

2. Are your printer labels compatible with your printer?

Some self adhesive labels suit ONE type of printing method only; i.e. they are laser labels or they are inkjet labels. Laser labels printed with an inkjet printer won’t dry properly, while inkjet labels printed with a laser printer will have print that flakes away. Check the printer compatibility of your A4 labels – this should be listed on the packaging and/or supplier’s website.

3. Are you feeding your blank labels into your printer narrow edge leading?

Printer labels have layouts designed to prevent sticky labels separating from their backing sheet during printing – when fed narrow edging leading (for A4 labels, the 210mm wide edge should enter the printer first).

Paper labels also have a grain running top to bottom on a portrait sheet, which means if you feed your blank labels into a printer wide edge leading (so the direction of movement through the printer is against the grain) your sheet labels are likely to jam or separate.

4. Are you using your printer’s media bypass tray (correctly)?

The media bypass tray sits just above or below the standard paper tray; it is designed for thicker media (like self adhesive labels) and offers a straighter path through the printer by bypassing at least one set of rollers – reducing the chances of your sticky labels rotating as they are printed. Your sheet labels should be stacked neatly in the bypass tray with the guides positioned firmly against each side.

If your top left label and your bottom right label are misaligned in different directions (e.g. top left is 2mm too far left and bottom right is 2mm too far right), then your sheets are rotating. 

5. Have you fanned your A4 labels before loading them into your printer?

Fanning your printer labels to separate individual sheets removes any static that has built up during storage; static can prevent your sheet labels moving smoothly through your printer and may even result in some sheets “sticking” together or jamming inside your printer.

6. Are you using the correct page size?

You must set your printer to an A4 page size or you will encounter scaling issues (see Problem Two) as your printer tries to re-size your label template to a page size that is larger or smaller than A4. This is usually a “default” page size stored in the printer driver, such as “American Letter” or “Letter”. Go into “Printer Properties” // “Printing Preferences” and set the page size option to A4.

7. Are you using any scaling options?

Label templates designed for A4 labels will be set up with an A4 page size so if your printer has ANY scaling options applied, your label template will print out at the wrong size (see Problem Two). Check your “Printer Properties” // “Printing Preferences” to make sure options such as “Fit To Page/Sheet” or a percentage less than 100% are not selected. If you have an “Actual Size” option, use it to prevent scaling problems occurring.

8. Are you using default print settings?

All printers have a default set of print settings stored in the printer driver; while you can change these using “Printer Properties” // “Printing Preferences”, some printers also have a general option (usually called “Use Default/Driver Settings” or “Ignore Printer Settings”) that will overrule current settings in favour of the default set.

9. Are you using the correct media type/weight print settings?

Most printers offer print settings that alter the way the printer works to produce a higher quality of print on different types of print media (e.g. paper, adhesive labels, card etc); if your printer offers specific “Media Type” and “Media Weight” print settings (some combine the two), you must select an option that suits self adhesive labels. A specific “Labels” setting is best but you can use “Heavy Paper” as an alternative. If you don’t use the correct print settings, ink won’t dry correctly (on inkjet labels) and toner will crack and flake away (on laser labels).

10. Have you got a mismatch between your print settings and your sheet labels?

Some printers allow you to select the tray and feed direction that you intend to use, while others automatically detect these factors. If there is a mismatch between the tray and feed direction you are ACTUALLY using and those your printer THINKS you are using, you will get a “mismatch” error and your printer won’t accept your blank labels. Check your “Printer Properties” // “Printing Preferences” are set to the appropriate tray and feed direction. If your printer automatically detects these factors (and you can’t choose them yourself) you may need to load your sheets into another tray or contact the manufacturer for further advice.

11. Does your design fall into the unprintable area of your printer?

Most desktop printers cannot print the full area of an A4 sheet so, if your blank labels (and your design) sit very close to the edge of your sheets, your design may get cut off. Some printers have special “Borderless” or “Edge-To-Edge” functions that allow them to print the full area of A4 labels; if your printer doesn’t offer such functions, you will need to adapt your label template so your design doesn’t fall into the unprintable area.

The unprintable/printable area of your printer should be listed in the manual but you can also print a full page of a (very light) colour to quickly check the areas that your printer can (and cannot) print. 

12. What is your printer’s starting print position?

Printers start printing in slightly different positions, which can lead to a misalignment of label templates (see Problem One) where each label is misaligned in the same direction by the same amount. While some printers allow you to alter the starting print position using the built-in display and menu options, you can easily resolve this issue by increasing or decreasing the top and/or left page margins of your label template.

13. Is your printer driver up to date?

If you are having printing issues (especially if you’ve recently upgraded your software or installed a new printer), you should check if your printer driver is up to date; the driver allows your printer and computer to communicate, which means if it is out of date you may encounter printing problems of all kinds. Most operating systems allow device drivers to be updated through the main updating system (e.g. Windows Update, App Store etc); alternatively, you may be able to check for updates via the built in display and menu options or additional software supplied with your printer.

14. Is your printer clean?

Over time, a layer of dust and ink or toner residue can build up on the rollers in your printer. This can prevent the rollers processing your blank labels properly (leading to sheets jamming, rotating, or scrunching up) and can cause alignment problems. Clean the rollers with acetone (e.g. a non-oily nail varnish remover) and, if you also print self adhesive labels on a regular basis, use a label remover to get rid of any build-up of adhesive residue.

15. Are you using the right label template?

Printer labels (and their label templates) often have similar codes, which makes it all too easy to download and/or open the wrong label template. Double check that you have the correct label template for your label size by checking both the file name of the label template AND its measurements to make sure it is the right one for your printer labels.

16. Is your software causing alignment issues?

Some customers have found that their alignment is thrown out by the software they are using. For example, a PDF template may produce the wrong alignment when printed via complex design software and the right alignment when printed through a standalone PDF reader.

Similarly, Word templates opened in Pages may be converted to a slightly different size because of the differences between the software. For example, Word allows table rows to be as small as 0.4mm but Pages will only go down to 3.2mm. Templates for label sizes with smaller gaps will  be converted to the wrong size so you will need to use a “bleed” template, where the label template merges the gaps between rows with the blank labels themselves.

17. Has your (Word) label template adjusted during the design stage?

Word often tries to “help” by resizing your label template as you add content (especially when pasting items from an external source). Check that the measurements of your labels (and any margins and/or gaps) are still correct after you have finished adding your design to your label template.

Some alignment issues are caused by a combination of elements, which means that you will need to apply all of the relevant fixes to resolve your problem. It is also worth noting that some of the issues mentioned above will result in similar (if not identical) misalignment issues so you may need to use a bit of trial and error to work out exactly which issue is responsible for the problem you have encountered.

Always do a test print after applying a fix to see if you have resolved your problem (or not).

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Label Templates; Designing & Printing Labels – A Summary

Friday, 1 December 2017

Stikins ® Name Labels: Last Posting Dates For Christmas Name Labels

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It is finally December, which means that the Christmas Countdown is officially ON!

It also means that if you’ve been thinking about ordering some Christmas name labels to get yourself organised over the holidays, then NOW is the time to buy!

Christmas is a great time of year to take stock of how much stuff has made it to school and back again safely (and how much hasn’t) and to see what else needs labelling – just in case.

Maybe you need school uniform labels for someone who’s grown a bit (or a lot) over the last few months, name tags for equipment that’s needed for a new class or project starting in January, or perhaps you just need a few extra stick on name labels to help keep a few Christmas presents safe when they inevitably get taken into school for an (un)official show and tell.

If you’ve got a child (or any other family members) with a bit of a reputation for losing things, a pack of Stikins ® name labels might just be the perfect little extra something for their stocking this year.
It's also a great time to order school name labels on behalf of family and friends – especially those living abroad who will be visiting (or visited) over the holidays.

If you want to order a pack (or two or three or four – or more!) of sticky name labels for delivery BEFORE Christmas – don’t worry! – there’s still plenty of time to make sure that your stick on labels arrive before the big day.

SWIFT & SPEEDY DESPATCH

OF SEASONAL SCHOOL NAME LABELS

We print, pack, and post our name labels every day, Monday to Friday, up to 3pm – which means that ALL orders received before 3pm are sent out SAME day, while orders received after 3pm (or over the weekend) are sent out on the NEXT working day.

We send all of our orders via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard (free of charge) and you can also upgrade to a next day delivery service (shipping: £5.75) or a Saturday delivery service (shipping: £8.75) to make sure that your name stickers arrive safe and sound as soon as possible.

To upgrade to our special delivery options, please give us a call on 01270 668076; this allows us to ensure that your order will DEFINITELY be despatched same day for next day delivery. 

DELIVERY DEADLINES TO AVOID

A CHRISTMAS DISAPPOINTMENT

If you do want to order name labels for clothes and other items – and you need them to arrive BEFORE Christmas – then we strongly recommend upgrading to our next day delivery service.

We also recommend ordering as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – especially if you are relying on our standard delivery service; Royal Mail do NOT guarantee that first class items will be delivered next day and this service can experience delays as we get closer to Christmas.

If you find that ordering name labels has slipped your mind, these are the very last posting dates for orders of Stikins ® name labels:

Delivery to Europe: last posting dates vary by country with some being as early as the 6th December and others being as late as 13th-15th December; you can get in touch with us to find out the last posting date for your intended shipping destination BUT we strongly recommend ordering THIS WEEK to give your name labels plenty of time to arrive.

Delivery to the Republic Of Ireland: we despatch orders via Royal Mail’s International Standard service, which means the last posting date is Friday 15th December.  
This service may be delayed so we recommend ordering as early as possible for pre-Christmas delivery. 

Standard Delivery to the UK: Royal Mail’s First Class service has a last posting date of Wednesday 20th December.
This service may be delayed so we recommend ordering as early as possible for pre-Christmas delivery OR upgrading to a special delivery service. 

Special Delivery to the UK: special delivery is via Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service, which has a last posting date of Thursday 21st December.

If you find yourself leaving things to the VERY last minute this year, we can despatch name labels on Friday 22nd December for delivery before Christmas, providing you upgrade to the Royal Mail’s Saturday Delivery Guaranteed service.

Remember, if you want to upgrade to one of our special delivery options at ANY time during December, you will need to call our Customer Service Team to do so – this allows us to make sure that your sticky name labels are made and despatched on the same day you order.