Friday, 13 July 2018

Stikins ® Name Labels: Get Ready For A Weekend Of Sport With Stikins Name Labels

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While things may not have panned out exactly as hoped, for many people, this weekend is still all about sport. Whether you’re a football fanatic or a tennis devotee, there’s plenty of sporting action to celebrate (or avoid) this weekend.

Here at the Stikins name labels office, we thought we’d take a look at some of the top stats and fascinating facts about the World Cup and Wimbledon – both of which come to a close this weekend.

WIMBLEDON WORLD CUP
Title The Wimbledon Championships The Fifa World Cup
Established 1877 1930
Duration Fortnight Month
Participants Five Main Events include:
128 players in both the Men’s & Women’s Singles
64 pairs in both the Men’s & Women’s Doubles
48 pairs in the Mixed Doubles
32 Teams
Matches 127 matches for both singles tournaments
63 matches for both doubles tournaments
47 matches for mixed doubles
64 matches
Spectators Visitor numbers peaked at 493,928 in 2016.
In 2017, viewership for the final matches peaked at 6.4 million (Men’s) / 4.7 million (Women’s).
At the last World Cup, 3,429,873 fans attended matches, with around 3.2 billion people watching the tournament on TV. More than a billion fans tuned in to watch the final.
Most Successful
Participants
In the Open Era (from 1968), the most successful male players have been Roger Federer (8 Men’s Singles), Todd Woodbridge (9 Men’s Doubles), and Owen Davidson and Leander Paes (4 Mixed Doubles each).
Martina Navratilova is the most successful female player with 6 Women’s Singles, 7 Women’s Doubles, and 4 Mixed Doubles titles.
Since the tournament began, 8 teams have managed to win the final.
Brazil is the most successful team with 5 wins.
The other winning countries are Italy (4), Germany (3), Argentina (2), Uruguay (2), and France, Spain, and – of course – England (1).
Prizes In 2018, participants will be awarded prize money from a shared pot of £31.6 million with the Singles Champions getting £2.25 million each. In 2018, teams will be awarded prize money from a shared pot of $400 million (around £300 million), with the winning team getting an estimated $38 million (around £28 million).
Balls Around 54,250 yellow Slazenger tennis balls are used during the tournament. Between matches, they are carefully stored to keep them at a steady temperature of 20°C.
The Wimbledon Foundation sells tennis balls used during the tournament to raise money for charitable causes.
Around 3,240 Adidas footballs were used during the 2014 World Cup. This year, two designs have been used (so far) – one for the group stage and one for the knock outs. 
Footballs are usually given to teams, referees, the host country, FIFA’s partners (and museum) – although some are given away to fans.
Clothes Wimbledon famously has a strict set of rules that govern the clothing (and accessories) that players can wear. Players must dress “almost entirely in white” with no solid mass of colour(s), little or no dark/bold colours, no fluorescents, and a preference for any present colours to be pastel. The World Cup is similarly strict; teams must submit their kit designs a year in advance and both the home and away kits must conform to FIFA’s Equipment Regulation Guide – which this year was 104 pages long! Rules govern the use of colours, text, and logos.
Technology The Hawk-Eye system was introduced on Centre Court and No 1 Court in 2006 to act as an electronic line calling system. It has since been added to courts 2,3, 12, and 18. FIFA introduced similar goal-line technology in the 2014 World Cup. The 2018 tournament uses Hawk-Eye systems for goal-line technology and as part of the new VAR (video assistant referee) setup.
British Success 15 British players have won the Men’s Singles 37 times (most recently Andy Murray, 2016).
14 British women have won the Women’s Singles 36 times (most recently Virginia Wade, 1977).
British players have won the Men’s Doubles 33 times (most recently Jonathan Marray, 2012), the Women’s Doubles 10 times (most recently Angela Buxton, 1956), and the Mixed Doubles 17 times (most recently Jamie Murray, 2017).
England has entered every tournament since joining in 1950. We failed to qualify at all three times (1974, 1978, and 1994) and failed to make it past the group rounds three times (1950, 1958, and 2014)
So far our best results have been 1990 (placing fourth) and – of course – this year, when England will place third or fourth depending on the outcome of tomorrow’s match…

Keep Track Of All Your Family’s Sporting Gear With Sticky Name Labels From Stikins.

If this weekend gets you fired up to get active, why not use some of your Stikins to get all your family’s sporting gear safely and securely labelled. Our unique adhesive works wonderfully on kit and clothes, including assorted boots, trainers, bags, bats, balls, and rackets – as well as all the other bits and bobs you need.

Apply your sticky name labels onto the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items, including towels and swimming gear. Stick them directly onto all other items – in footwear, avoid applying your sticky name labels directly between the foot. The friction generated during activity will wear away the print. Instead, apply your Stikins onto the side wall or beneath the tongue.

You can also label water bottles and food containers to keep track of your supplies. If you have any health conditions or allergies, you can use your sticky name labels to add medical alerts to your kit.

Order Sticky Name Labels From Stikins Today

You can order Stikins online, by phone, or by post. Simply decide how many you want, what text you want printed, and then tell us where to send them! We print and post name labels every day (Monday to Friday) up to 5pm. All orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard, although you can upgrade to next day delivery if you’re in a hurry.

To find out more about Stikins, why not take a look through our information pages online. Alternatively, if you have any questions or queries, simply get in touch with our Customer Service Team and we’ll be happy to help!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Label Planet: Get Stuck Into The Great Outdoors With Waterproof Labels From Label Planet

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If you’re looking for self adhesive labels you can use in the great outdoors, why not try our waterproof labels. They’re ideal for traditional British summers (with plenty of rain) as well as not-so-traditional summers like this one!

Why Are Waterproof Labels Perfect For Outdoor Applications?

The main benefit of using waterproof labels for outdoor applications is because they offer protection against water and similar substances. This is especially useful in typical British summers, which tend to involve a lot of inconvenient rain.

Given that this year, we’ve experienced some of the hottest (and driest) weather on record, we thought it was time to acknowledge some of the other benefits of using waterproof labels.

Waterproof labels are made using synthetic materials such as plastics. These materials offer a wide range of characteristics and properties that make them highly versatile and well-suited to more challenging environments.

For example, they tend to be a lot more durable and long lasting than other materials, especially paper labels. They also tend to be stronger and more stable, which is particularly useful outside where environmental factors are likely to change and fluctuate over time. Other materials are more likely to deteriorate quickly in such conditions, making sticky labels illegible or causing their adhesive bond to fail (so they fall off).

Synthetic materials also tend to offer greater resistance to damage from environmental factors such as moisture, solvents, oils, chemicals, oxidation, ionising radiation, abrasion, extreme and/or fluctuating temperatures, and light (including UV light).

What Kinds Of Waterproof Labels Are Available From Label Planet?

We supply a range of waterproof labels to help you find the perfect finish for your project. We have options for laser labels, inkjet labels, matt labels, gloss labels, white labels, silver labels, transparent labels, permanent labels, and removable labels.

RANGEFINISHCOLOURMATERIALADHESIVEPRINTER
MTPMattTransparentPolyesterPermanentLaser
GTPGlossTransparentPolyesterPermanentLaser
GTRGlossTransparentPolyesterRemovableLaser
GCPGlossTransparentPolyesterPermanentInkjet *
SMPMattSilverPolyesterPermanentLaser
GWPGlossWhitePolyesterPermanentLaser
MWPMattWhitePolyesterMarine PermanentLaser
MWRMattWhitePolyesterRemovableLaser
MWPEMatt(Off) WhitePolyethyleneMarine PermanentLaser & Inkjet
MWPOMattWhitePolyolefinMarine PermanentLaser & Inkjet

Three of our waterproof labels have a marine permanent adhesive. This adhesive has met the requirements of the BS5609 part 2 standard for use in marine (outdoor conditions). This internationally recognised standard requires products to undergo a series of tests, including submersion in seawater for three months.

Designed for labelling chemical drums that are to be shipped overseas (where contents must be identifiable even if the drums fall overboard), these are some of our toughest self adhesive labels – making them perfect for outdoor applications.

* Please note that our GCP labels are waterproof. However, if you print them with standard water-based inkjet inks, your print will not be waterproof and will run or smudge when wet. 

How Do You Print Waterproof Labels So They Have Waterproof Print?

All of our waterproof labels are – surprisingly – waterproof labels. Or, in other words, all of the materials used to make these sticky labels are waterproof. If you want PRINTED waterproof labels, however, it’s not always so straightforward.

Our waterproof laser labels are perfect for creating printed waterproof labels. Laser printers use a dry printing process (involving heat and pressure) to bond a dry powder (called toner) onto your sticky labels, which results in waterproof print.

Waterproof inkjet labels are a little more tricky. Standard inkjet inks are water-based and will run or smudge when wet. To create waterproof inkjet labels you either have to:
  1. Purchase waterproof inks that are not water-based.
  2. Add a protective layer over your print. For example, you could apply a transparent label over your print OR by use a sealant spray.
This is why the majority of our waterproof labels are laser labels. HOWEVER…

NEW WATERPROOF LABELS COMING SOON

…We will soon be introducing a brand new range called MWPP. These are waterproof labels for use with inkjet printers. These inkjet labels are made from polypropylene and a special top coating, which allows your printing inks to dry quickly and efficiently onto your labels AND acts as a protective (and waterproof) barrier over your print.

We have some stock available to supply as samples. Simply get in touch with our Customer Service Team and request a sample of MWPP.

Stay tuned to the Label Planet website to find out more!

Buy Waterproof Labels From Label Planet Today!

To view all of the waterproof labels available from Label Planet, please visit our LIST OF WATERPROOF LABELS page. Use the “View Products” links to find out more or to order waterproof labels today.

Remember you can also Request A Sample of any of our self adhesive labels. If you need a template, simply visit our Label Template home page to download a Word or PDF template free of charge.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Template Tuesday: How To? – How (And Why) You Should Format Images In Word Label Templates

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Word is a word processor, which means that it will always be most efficient at handling words. It can be harder to work with images – especially in Word label templates. This post will talk you through some of the most important ways you can format (or edit) images to make it easier to create your required design – as well as explaining why it’s important to make use of these formatting options.

Formatting Images In Word Label Templates – WRAP TEXT

Among the most important tools (if not THE most important tool) for formatting images is the WRAP TEXT option. This tool allows you to choose how you want Word to position your image in relation to the text around it.

You may wonder why this is important – especially if your Word label template doesn’t contain any words.

The problem is that – as a word processor – Word assumes that you will add text at some point. It therefore uses a default Wrap Text format called “In Line With Text”. This positions your image “in line” with your text – regardless of whether or not you’ve actually added any text.

Essentially, Word divides your label template into (invisible) lines in preparation for the text it thinks you're going to add. If you add an image, Word will only let you align it in relation to one of these lines. This limits where you can position your image. If you need even a little bit of control over the positioning of your image, you’ll need to change this setting.

It also gives you access to some formatting tools that are NOT available under the “In Line With Text” wrap option. It’s always worth changing the wrap text format even if you can position your image just fine with the default option. 

How To Use Wrap Text In Word Label Templates.

Left click once on your image to select it. This will bring up the Picture Tools Format tab at the top of the page.

The Wrap Text tool is contained in the “Arrange” section of the ribbon.

You have a variety of options to choose from; we recommend choosing “Tight”. This means that Word will allow your image to sit very close to your text – giving you more flexibility over where you can position that image in your template.

If you have problems with your image disappearing behind your template or other text-based elements in your design, try using “In Front Of Text”. 


word label templates formatting images wrap text

Formatting Images In Word Label Templates – BRING FORWARD & SEND BACKWARD

If you are creating a design by layering multiple elements (e.g. text, text boxes, WordArt, shapes, images etc), you will need to use the Bring Forward and Send Backward tools to layer your elements correctly.

You may also need to use the Bring Forward option, even if you aren’t layering elements. As we mentioned above, Word is designed primarily to handle text. This causes Word to also prioritise text-based elements over images. The result being that images that you add to your template may end up sitting behind the template itself (because it is a table and Word assumes you will want to add text to it at some point.

How To Use Bring Forward & Send Backward In Word Label Templates.

Left click once on your image to select it. This will bring up the Picture Tools Format tab at the top of the page.

Both the Bring Forward and Send Backward tools are contained in the “Arrange” section of the ribbon and provide three options.
  1. “Bring Forward” / “Send Backward” will move your image forward or backward by one layer. I.e. it will move in front of or behind the adjacent layer/element.
  2. “Bring To Front” / “Send To Back” will make your image the topmost or bottommost element regardless of how many elements you have layered above or below your selected image.
  3. “Bring In Front Of Text” / “Send Behind Text” will move your image so that it sits in front of or behind of ALL of the elements that contain text.
Remember, this includes elements that Word assumes you may want to add text to in the future – including the table used to create the label template itself. 

If an image (or other element) is completely covered by another element, you may struggle to click on it to select it in order to layer it correctly. Click on the element that is covering it to bring up the Picture Tools Format (or Drawing Tools Format) tab. In the “Arrange” section, there is a tool called Selection Pane. This will bring up a pane on the right hand side, which shows ALL of the elements in your label template. Clicking on one of the elements in the selection pane will select that element for you. 



Formatting Images In Word Label Templates – (RE)SIZE IMAGES

Obviously, if your design includes images they need to be the right size to fit onto your blank labels.

While you can add images into a Word label template and THEN resize them, we recommend trying to ensure that your images are about the right size BEFORE adding them to your template. Making minor adjustments to the size within a template is easy enough but adding in images that are too big or too small can cause extra problems.

For example, adding very large images could cause Word to try to be helpful by automatically changing the size and layout of your template to accommodate your content. This effectively destroys the alignment produced when you print your template.

A more common issue is that resizing images can also lower the quality of the image – especially if your image has low resolution. Making sure your image is the right size BEFORE you add it to your template helps to preserve the image quality.

One of our top tips is to paste your image into a blank Word document so that you can check to make sure that the image is the right size and quality for your needs – before pasting it into your label template. 

How To Resize Images In Word Label Templates.

There are two ways to resize an image.
  1. Left click once on your image to select it. Selected images have sizing “handles” at the four corners and along each of the four edges of the image. Click on one of the handles and hold down the button as you drag your cursor outwards (to increase the size) or inwards (to decrease the size) – release the button to resize your image. The corner handles will alter the width AND height of the image; central handles only alter the width OR the height.
  2. Left click once on your image to select it. The far right section of the Picture Tools Format tab will indicate the width and height of your image. Enter the measurements that you want into these boxes to resize your image to a precise size.
With both options, you need to be aware that images may or may not have a “locked aspect ratio”. This refers to the relationship between the width and height of your image. A locked aspect ratio means that when you resize an image, Word preserves the proportions of your image.

For example, if you change the width of a 5cm by 5cm image to 3cm, the height will automatically change to 3cm to preserve the aspect ratio. Likewise, if you try to use a corner sizing handle to resize your image, you will only be able to create a larger or small square-shaped image.

If the aspect ratio is not locked, you can alter the width and the height independently of one another.
To change this setting, right click on your image and select “Size and Position”. On the Size tab, check or uncheck “Lock aspect ratio” as required.


word label templates - formatting images - resize image

Formatting Images In Word Label Templates – CROP IMAGES

Finally, you may need to crop your images to ensure they are a suitable shape for your label size.

For example, your original image may be rectangular in size but you need a square image for your square labels. Alternatively, you may have an image with a larger background area than you need, in which case you can use the Crop tool to reduce the original image to the area that you actually need/want to use.

Cropping images can also be a useful tool when you need your image to fill each blank label. You can crop your image down to the correct shape OR remove any unnecessary blank/background areas that prevent your image from fitting in your label template properly.

How To Crop Images In Word Label Templates.

Left click once on your image to select it. This will bring up the Picture Tools Format tab at the top of the page.

The Crop tool is contained in the “Size” section of the ribbon. You can crop your image in a number of ways:
  1. Clicking on the Crop button will add crop handles to your image. You use these in the same way as the sizing handles – only when you release the button, your image will be cropped to the area that you select rather than resized.
  2. Selecting Crop To Shape in the drop down list will create a shaped area into which you can crop your image (you can choose the size of this area using the crop handles). This is a quick way to, for example, crop a rectangular image down into a circular image.
  3. Selecting Aspect Ratio in the drop down list allows you to make sure that when you crop your image you can create a specific aspect ratio accurately (compared to trying to do this manually using the crop handles).

word label templates - formatting images - crop

Next Week On Template Tuesday: How To? – How (And Why) You Should Use Text Boxes In Word Label Templates

Monday, 9 July 2018

Stikins ® Name Labels: A Guide To What’s New About The New Stikins Website

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Here's Just Some Of The New Features We’ve Added To The Stikins Name Tags Website

Stikins name tags are designed to be a quick and simple name labelling solution. At Stikins HQ, we try to apply that motto to all of our services, including our website.

When we decided to update our website, we knew that there were lots of features that we wanted to keep. We also knew that this was the perfect opportunity to add new features to make our website better than ever. So, we put our heads together and read our (many!) customer reviews to create a hit list of “must have” features to make it even easier to order Stikins name tags!

Preview Your Name Tags When You Order

Our favourite addition is the print preview tool. This gives you a live preview of what your name tags will look like as you type in your text so you can make sure you are happy with the personalisation before you complete your order.

Please note: this tool is for illustration and guidance purposes only.

Up To The Minute Despatch Information & Special Delivery Options

You also get a live update to indicate when your order will be despatched. Our standard delivery option is Royal Mail’s First Class service. While Royal Mail aims to deliver items next day, this service can take up to five working days. If you need to receive your order urgently, you can now upgrade to next day delivery online. So, if you need your name tags urgently, you can see exactly when your order will be despatched AND delivered.

Tagged Reviews

We know how useful it is to read reviews written by people who have already tried a particular product. We also know that it can be frustrating trying to find reviews that are relevant to you. With our new review system, all of our reviews are tagged so you can filter them to find the ones that will be the most useful to you and your family.

Brand New Information Pages

Our website now features individual information pages for some of the different ways you can use your multipurpose name tags. For example, if you want clothing labels, you can visit our Clothing Labels page to find out more about how Stikins can be used to label clothing – including our top tips and tricks for getting the very best out of your name tags. We also have dedicated pages for shoe labels, lunchbox labels, school uniform labels, school name labels, care home labels, and name tags for kids' stuff.

A Brand New Look

Okay, so this one isn’t as practical as the other features but we love the new look of our website. We wanted a clean, modern, and fun design that makes our website a welcoming place to visit – and easy to navigate.

We've also used this design on our 2018 Parent Leaflets and our School Fundraising Posters, which our fundraising partners can request using our online form.

A Note On Discontinued Features & Products

In creating a fresh new website, we have also reviewed our existing products and services. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to supply silver name tags or Trons name transfers, which means that the only product available through our website is our multipurpose Stikins name tags. 

We have also discontinued selling the Stikins Name Label Kits and discontinued our non-UK delivery service. If you wish to order a kit OR request delivery to a non-UK address, you can order from our sister company Madebuy – who supply genuine Stikins name tags (and kits) via Amazon and Ebay. 

Visit www.stikins.co.uk now to take a look at our brand new website.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Label Planet: Label Planet’s Top Tips For Labelling Bottles & Jars

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Many of our customers use our sticky labels as bottle labels and jar labels for all sorts of products. From homemade treats to cosmetics products, all of these customers need to make sure that important information about their products is clearly displayed on each container. Whether they contain branding information, contact information, ingredient lists, instructions for use, or health and safety warnings, these product labels need to stay firmly stuck for as long as they are needed.

Some struggle to pick a label size so we've gathered together our top tips for labelling bottles and jars.

 bottle labels and jar labels - product labels

One label or two (or three)?

The first thing to consider is how many sticky labels to use on your bottles and jars.

A lot of people decide that they just want one product label. This saves time designing, printing, and applying your bottle labels and jar labels BUT it can create problems, such as...
  • Cramming all of your information onto one product label can look untidy and makes it harder to read the information. If you use large or wraparound labels, customers may end up missing information unless they rotate the container.
  • If your containers are quite small, the curved surface can make it harder for adhesives to form a successful bond. You may need to use a stronger adhesive or more flexible material to make sure your sticky labels stay stuck. Alternatively, you might try long, thin wraparound labels - so you can overlap the ends to help them stay stuck. While this can be an effective solution, it also makes the labels tricky to apply, harder to read, and they cover up more of your containers.
Instead, you may want to try splitting your information over two or more labels. Try creating “front” and “back” bottle labels or “lid”, “side”, and “bottom” labels for jars.

How much space is available for your bottle labels and jar labels?

Customers often ask us to recommend a label size for their bottles and jars – usually based on the volume that the containers hold. Unfortunately, this information is completely useless.

The way to choose a label size is to first look at the shaping of your bottles or jars. Product labels work best on flat surfaces OR on surfaces with regular shaping (like the curve of a bottle or jar). If you apply sticky labels over containers with irregular shaping (e.g. ridges or narrowing/widening shaping), they may start to peel away or won't stick down properly at all.

This is because adhesive bonds are stronger when they form over a larger (regular) surface area. If you apply product labels onto a flat surface, your adhesive creates a bond over a larger surface area. If your surface has irregularities that create gaps between your container and your sticky labels, you will end up with a weaker adhesive bond.

Once you have identified the areas on your bottles and jars that are suitable for applying product labels, you need to measure the width and height of the available surface area. This will give you an idea of the label size that you should use for your containers.

We also recommending typing out the information that you want to include on your product labels. This helps you to choose a size that allows your design to fit (without resorting to tiny font sizes).

There is no standard “bottle or jar label size” because bottles and jars come in all shapes and sizes. It’s up to you to decide how much information you want to include on your containers. Then you need to choose how many sticky labels to use. Finally, you need to work out where you can apply sticky labels and measure the available space.

Finding The Right Bottle Labels and Jar Labels From Label Planet

Use our Search By Width and Search By Height pages to see if we supply the label size you need. Alternatively, you can try our Label Finder. This tool creates a shortlist of options based on the requirements that you select. So, you can select the measurements you need (and any other requirements) to see all of the Label Planet products that would make suitable bottle labels and jar labels for your containers.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: How To? – How To Use Label Planet’s Bleed Label Templates

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So far, we’ve taken a closer look at what bleed label templates are and when to use one rather than a standard template. This week, we’ll look at how to use bleed label templates to create full colour labels.

What Sort Of Bleed Label Templates Do We Supply?

Our website features bleed label templates in Word and PDF formats. Word templates can be used with Microsoft Word or any word processing software that can edit .docx files (e.g. Pages). The PDF bleed label templates can be used with any graphics package that can edit .pdf files (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop etc).

As we explained in our previous post, our PDF bleed label templates will contain two outlines for each blank label. The solid black outline indicates the size and shape of each label. The dotted grey outline indicates the bleed area around each label.

The bleed area is a blank space around your sticky labels that you can use to overlap your design to prevent white edging when you print your sticky labels. Instead of finishing at the edges of each blank label, your design will end within the bleed area – meaning that it overlaps the edges of your blank labels. 

Our Word bleed label templates contain areas that represent the blank labels themselves AND the bleed area around them.

How Do You Use Bleed Label Templates?

Essentially, you use our bleed label templates in exactly the same way as you would our standard label templates.

The only thing you need to bear in mind is where the edges of your design fall. Your design should extend outside of the blank labels so that it ends somewhere within the bleed area. You can set up your design so it finishes partway into the bleed area or fills the bleed area entirely. The only thing that matters is that your design overlaps the edges of your blank labels.

Using Word Bleed Label Templates

In a standard Word label template, your design should fit inside the cells representing each blank label.

Word label templates are basically tables where the cells represent your blank labels and any gaps in the layout of each A4 sheet. This means that round labels are represented by a grid of squares and oval labels by a grid of rectangles. 

Standard desktop printers can only provide so much accuracy when aligning label templates onto sheet labels. This means that if your design includes a full colour background, logo, or image you may get white edging around some of your sticky labels where your design isn’t quite perfectly aligned. While you can adjust your template and printer settings to improve the alignment, it is very difficult to align a whole sheet perfectly. Instead, you can use a bleed label template to oversize your design to prevent white edging appearing at all.

In the image below, we have added a colour logo to a row from a STANDARD label template and a BLEED label template for our LP15/51R round label size.


Label Templates - Word Standard And Bleed Template

In the standard label template, the design touches the four sides of the cell. This means the design fits within the label itself. With this template, you would probably get some white edging around some of your labels.

In the bleed label template, however, the same logo has been resized slightly to fill the larger cell. In this template, each cell represents a blank label and its bleed area. By filling the cell, the blue background will overlap each label slightly, preventing white edging from happening when you print the completed template.

When working with images in Word, you will need to adjust the Wrap Text format option to give you greater control over the positioning of your images. Left click on your image once to select it. Click on the Picture Tools Format tab at the top of the page. Click on Wrap Text and choose Tight (or In Front Of Text). If you have multiple elements within your design, you will need to use the “Bring Forward”/“Send Backward” options to layer your elements as needed. Remember that the table used to create your label template is a layer in itself so you need to make sure that your design elements sit in front of it – or they may disappear from view!

Using PDF Bleed Label Templates

Likewise, you would use our PDF bleed label templates in much the same way as our standard PDF label templates.

Instead of making sure that your design sits within the solid black border outlining each label, however, you would simply need to make sure that your design finishes between the solid black border and the dotted grey border that outlines the bleed area.

In the image below, we have added our colour logo to a STANDARD label template and a BLEED label template.

Label Templates - PDF Standard And Bleed Template

In the standard label template, the design sits within the black border that indicates the shape of the blank label. As with the standard Word label template, it would be extremely tricky to perfectly align every single label.

In the bleed label template, we have resized the design slightly. It now extends beyond the black border (representing the label) to touch the grey border (representing the bleed area). This means that the blue background will overlap each label slightly and prevent any white edges appearing when you print the completed template.

Next week on Template Tuesday: How To? – How (And Why) You Should Format Images In Word Label Templates

Friday, 29 June 2018

Stikins ® Name Labels: Stikins Presents – OUR BRAND NEW WEBSITE!

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Stikins Name Labels Have A Brand New Online Home!

Yes, we’ve spent the last few months working on a brand new website for Stikins name labels and, this week, we’ve gone live!

The new website features an entirely new design and a whole host of features to make it even easier to order your favourite name labels online. We combined customer feedback with extensive research to create a website that keeps the very best parts of our old site but adds in a new digital platform to bring stikins.co.uk right up to date.

We also created a brand new mobile version of the site, so it’s easier to order your name labels even when you’re on the go!

Take A Look At The Brand New Stikins Name Labels Website Today!

We’re really excited about (finally) getting to share our new website with our customers and we hope that you’ll love it as much as we do. To take a look at our new website (and perhaps place an order while you’re there!), head on over to www.stikins.co.uk. If you have any questions or queries – or feedback – about our website, you can get in touch with us via our Twitter and Facebook pages or by contacting our Customer Service Team.