Friday, 20 April 2018

Stikins ® Name Labels: School Fundraising With Stikins Name Labels

School Fundraising with Stikins name labels

Introducing The Stikins School Fundraising Scheme

In addition to selling stick on name labels, we also run a school fundraising scheme. This scheme allows schools and PTAs to raise money by earning commission on sales of Stikins.

Our fundraising scheme is designed to be easy, useful, rewarding, and cost-effective.

EASY SCHOOL FUNDRAISING:

Once you've signed up to our scheme, we allocate your school or PTA a unique fundraising number. Any order we receive where that number is quoted will earn commission for your school or PTA.

All you need to do is make sure parents know about Stikins name labels and your school fundraising number.

We supply free fundraising materials (like parent leaflets) for you to hand out to parents and we deal with parents directly when they order name labels from us. We track your commission earnings and send out a commission cheque automatically in October each year.

REWARDING SCHOOL FUNDRAISING:

The Stikins school fundraising scheme has the highest name labels commission rate in the UK. While our basic rate for all our fundraising partners is 15%, you can double this to 30% by adding a link to Stikins on the school or PTA website.

There is no joining fee or costs required to participate in our scheme.

USEFUL SCHOOL FUNDRAISING:

Our scheme is a really simple and stress-free way for schools and PTAs to raise money. It also has the additional benefit of promoting the use of name labels. This can help to seriously reduce the amount of lost property in school.

School uniform labels make it easier for pupils to keep track of their belongings. They also prevent lost property going unclaimed because pupils refuse to take items that - possibly - aren't actually their belongings.

Joining The Stikins Name Labels Fundraising Scheme

To join our school fundraising scheme, you simply need to fill in our School Fundraising Requests Form. When signing up, you can request any of our free fundraising materials (including our School Fundraising Pack, Parent Leaflets, Posters, and Free Samples *).

We then allocate you with your unique school fundraising number and you let parents know about the scheme (and that all important number).

If you have any questions or queries - or ideas on how to improve the fundraising scheme - you can contact our Customer Service Team, who will be happy to help!

* Get Free Samples Of School Name Labels With The Stikins Fundraising Scheme

Every year, we give our fundraising partners the chance to request free personalised name labels for all of their new starters. These samples include five school labels for each new starter. Each set of stick on name labels is individually packed with instructions for use and a parent leaflet and then the samples are sent to the school for distribution.

If you have a link on the school or PTA website, you may request free samples for the ENTIRE school. This offer is available once per school but you can request samples for new starters every year. 

To print the samples, we will need a list of names. Some schools request first name and surname, while others prefer an initial and surname. It is best to send these in an Excel spreadsheet with the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column. If you are using initials, simply send the names in one column.

If you have requested a sample for the whole school, we will pack your name labels into class groups if you include these in your file.

We only use the file to print your sample school labels; once this has been done, the file is completely deleted from our systems.

We print free samples of school labels in May, June, and September. To request your free sample, simply fill in our School Requests Form and then email your list of names to us at info@labelplanet.co.uk.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Label Planet: Label Planet’s Guide To Choosing The Right Adhesive Labels


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A Handy Flowchart To Help You Choose The Perfect Adhesive Labels

We supply THIRTY ranges of self adhesive labels giving you a choice of TEN different types of adhesive. This many choices can be confusing – especially if you need sticky labels for very specific circumstances.

So, we’ve pooled our knowledge of self adhesive labels to create a simple flowchart. This chart will guide you towards the adhesive labels that are right for your label application.

You simply need to answer TWO basic questions to find out the type of adhesive that you should choose.

Label Planet Guide To Adhesives

The (Inevitable) Exception To The Rule Of Choosing The Perfect Adhesive

There is an exception to this rule and that is temporary labels to stick onto clothing or fabric items. For example, you might want product labels for clothing or fabric items that can be removed without damaging those items after they have been sold. Alternatively, you might be hosting a networking event and want to hand out temporary name badges or you could be hosting a charity event or open day and want to give people stickers to reward their participation. Either way, your sticky labels mustn't ruin people’s clothing at the end of the event.

In this case, we recommend a standard permanent adhesive instead of a removable adhesive. This is because fabrics have unusual and varied surfaces that can be difficult for removable adhesives to bond with properly. Permanent adhesives have the extra strength to ensure your adhesive labels remain in place BUT they won’t form a solid bond, which means they can be safely removed from clothing.

Next Steps: Request A Sample Or Place An Order For Your Adhesive Labels

Once you’ve found the right adhesive labels for your labelling application you can request a sample or place an order. Our free sample service means you can make sure that you've really got the right adhesive for your application before you go ahead and place an order.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Paste Options In Word Label Templates 101

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When pasting content within a Word document, you actually have the choice of several different paste options. Each option works in a slightly different way, especially when it comes to determining the formatting options applied to your pasted content. In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can use the different options when designing label templates.

Label Templates – Finding Paste Options In Word

When the “Home” tab is selected, the first section in the ribbon will be the “Clipboard”. This section contains all of the icons required for performing the “Cut”, “Copy”, and “Paste” functions. To view the different paste options, you need to click on the downward facing arrow below the main paste icon. This brings up a dropdown menu showing icons for all of the different paste options available.

The paste options available will vary depending on the type of content you have copied AND the location where you intended to paste your content.

Word Label Templates Clipboard Paste Options

The image above shows two of the different sets of paste options you might see when designing label templates. In the first, text is about to be pasted into a label in a Word label template. This provides FOUR options; Keep Source Formatting, Match Formatting, Picture, and Keep Text Only. In the second, a single label is about to be pasted into a column of the template. This provides SIX options; Cell Contents, Entire Cell, Merge Table, Insert As New Rows, Overwrite Cells, and Keep Text Only.

If you don't see the paste options button it has been turned off. You can turn it on by clicking on “File” and then “Options”. Select the “Advanced” tab and then scroll to the “Cut, copy, and paste” section. Tick the check box called “Show Paste Options button when content is pasted”. 

Label Templates – Using Paste Options To Add Content to A Word Template

When pasting text into your label template, you should see (some of) the following options:
  • Keep Source Formatting: this keeps the formatting options applied to your content in its original location.
    For example, if you copy text set to a font of Arial size 12, it will keep that font.
  • Match Formatting: this replaces the formatting options applied to your content with those applied to the new location. This option also keeps any emphasis (e.g. bold, italic, underlined text) where that formatting applies to PART of your content only.
    For example, if you copy text set to a font of Arial size 12 and paste it into a label template that has been set to a font of Calibri size 16, your text will be given the font format used in your label template.
  • Keep Text Only: this discards any content that is not text AND removes the formatting options from the remaining text.
    For example, if you copy a table containing text, this option removes the table and pastes just your text using the formatting options applied to your label template.
  • Picture: this converts your copied content into an image and adds it to your label template.
The option you choose depends on what you want to do with the content you have copied. To use content exactly as it is in its original location use "Keep Source Formatting". To match your content to your label template choose "Match Formatting" or "Keep Text Only". "Picture" is useful if you have various elements (e.g. text and images) and want them grouped into a single image.  This option isn't very precise, however, and it can be difficult to edit the resulting picture.

Label Templates – Using Paste Options To Complete A Label Template

Copy and paste is a simple way to complete a label template quickly and accurately.

After selecting and copying a cell, you will be able to choose from the following paste options:
  • Cell Contents: this pastes JUST the content and keeps any formatting options you have applied.
  • Entire Cell: this pastes your content AND the cell itself and keeps the formatting options applied to both (including, for example, a background you have applied to the cell etc).
  • Keep Text Only: this discards non-text elements and strips existing formatting options from your text (replacing them with the formatting applied to the new location).
When using copy and paste to complete a label template, the “Entire Cell” option will replicate the exact layout and formatting of your design. “Cell Content” and “Keep Text Only” can be used to create sticky labels that share the same content but have different background designs.

NB: there are other paste options for tables but these are the most useful options for designing label templates. 

If you are pasting into multiple blank labels, you must not select any cells that represent gaps on your sheets of sticky labels. Adding content to these areas can cause your label template to automatically resize itself or create misalignment issues when you print your label template.

Next Week On Template Tuesday – Selecting Content In Word Label Templates 101

Friday, 13 April 2018

Stikins ® Name Labels: Stikins Name Labels Presents Top-Scoring Names For #ScrabbleDay

Stikins Name Labels Scrabble Score

Yes, we know you can’t use proper nouns in a real game of Scrabble. Regardless, we thought we'd find out which names we’ve printed onto Stikins name labels comes out tops for Scrabble Day.

Stikins Name Labels – An Introduction To Scrabble

Scrabble has been around since 1938, which means that 2018 will see the game reach its 80th anniversary. Originally called “Criss-Crosswords”, there are now more than 50 language versions of Scrabble and more than 4,000 Scrabble clubs worldwide. There are a variety of national and international tournaments – including the World Scrabble Championships. National Scrabble Day is celebrated on the 13th April, which is the birthday of the game’s inventor Alfred Mosher Butts, an architect from New York City.

Over 150 million sets have been sold worldwide and more than half of all UK homes own a Scrabble set. If all of the Scrabble tiles ever produced were placed end to end they would reach around the earth nine times. It is estimated that more than a million Scrabble tiles have “gone missing”. There are official Scrabble dictionaries to help avoid any fights over particularly contentious word choices.

Stikins Name Labels – Finding The Top-Scoring Names On Our Name Labels

In Scrabble, each letter of the alphabet has a point value as follows:
  • 1 point: A E I O U L N S T R
  • 2 points: D G
  • 3 points: B C M P
  • 4 points: F H V W Y
  • 5 points: K
  • 8 points: J X
  • 10 points: Q Z
Using these values, we’ve worked out the Scrabble scores for all of the names we printed in 2017. Our top-scoring names are: Jack-James (31) and Zola-Jayne (28).

Obviously, they have the advantage of being hyphenated names so – in the name of fairness – our top scoring (non-hyphenated) names are: Jacqueline (28) and Zulaykha (27).

Unsurprisingly, names with high-scoring letters (especially Qs, Zs, Js, & Ks) fill out our top 10 (although Christopher gets an honourable mention for having no individual letters worth more than 4 points):

Lizzy (26), Mackenzie (26), Izzy (25), Jacquie (25), Zackery (25), Aziz (22), Johnathan (22), Christopher (21)

In honour of the fact that it is Harvey's birthday on Sunday (Harvey, of course, being the Stikins Name Labels Dog), we have to mention that Harvey's Scrabble Score is 15.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARVEY!

Stikins Name Labels – Top Tips For Choosing The Letters On Your Sticky Labels

It’s entirely up to you what you include on your name labels. Although we do have a few rules (and recommendations) for creating your own set of clothing labels or name stickers.
  1. We print alphanumerical characters, basic punctuation marks, and some standard European accented characters. (À Á Â Ä Ã Å Æ à á â ä â å æ È É Ê Ë è é ê ë Í Î Ï ì í î ï Ô Ö Õ ò ó ô ö õ Ù Ú Û Ü ù ú û ü Ç ç Ñ ñ Ý Ÿ ý ÿ Ø ø Ð ð ß ƒ) We cannot print emoji, pictures, icons, or extended accented character sets. If you need any advice on the characters that you can include, please contact our Customer Service Team.
  2. Our system automatically chooses the largest font size that will allow your text to fit on your sticky name labels. If you use a lot of characters you will get a smaller font size. You CAN include up to 35 characters per line but we recommend a maximum of 15-20 to get the best possible font size.
  3. We offer the choice of 1 line or 2 lines of text on your name labels. We recommend sticking with the default of 2 lines (unless you are using less than 15 characters altogether – e.g. “Harvey Bear”). We also recommend including no more than 2 pieces of information. For example, a name and a phone number, a name and a class or year group, or a name and a friendly message.
  4. We can’t split a pack between different names. You can, however, arrange your names carefully so you can either share the pack or (carefully) cut your name labels in half to create individual sets of personalised name labels.

Stikins Name Labels – Order A Set Of School Labels, Clothing Labels, or Name Stickers Today!

Whether you need school uniform labels, general clothes labels, or sticky name labels that can be used to label pretty much everything and anything, it is so quick and simple to order a pack of Stikins name labels. You can order anytime online by going to www.stikins.co.uk. Alternatively, give our Customer Service Team a call to order by phone OR fill in one of our order forms to order by post.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Label Planet: Post Easter Update – Label Planet Despatch & Delivery Information

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It’s Business As Usual For Despatch & Delivery For Self Adhesive Labels From Label Planet

We returned from our Easter Break on Monday and we've been working hard to despatch all of the orders that came in over the holidays.

We’re now all caught up! As a result, new orders are being processed according to normal despatch and delivery times. Futher information about our despatch and delivery times can be found on our Delivery Information page. In addition, we have also fulfilled all of the sample requests that came in over Easter and responded to email messages as well!

Despatch & Delivery Of Self Adhesive Labels

ORDERS OF 25-175 SHEETS
Small orders are despatched same day (up to 4:30pm) by Royal Mail’s first class service. Please note that this is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service because Royal Mail only AIM to deliver first class items next day. Items, therefore, may take up to five working days to arrive.

If you need to meet a deadline, you can choose to upgrade to a next delivery service online or by phone. Our standard next day option guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day and we have addditional options for earlier delivery times (e.g. pre-9am) and Saturday delivery. To request these options, you will need to contact our Customer Service Team to discuss your requirements.

ORDERS OF 200-475 SHEETS
Despatched same day (up to 3:45pm) by next working day carrier as standard *.

ORDERS OF 500+ SHEETS
Despatched same day (up to 3pm) by next working day carrier as standard * - where stock is available. Made to order items with a 500 sheet minimum order take up to five working days for despatch.

Orders of 500+ sheets of standard paper labels despatch sooner because these items are kept in stock at our warehouse.

* Delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via 2 day carrier service.

For despatch and delivery estimates for specific items or quantities you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team and we'll be happy to help.

Despatch & Delivery Of Samples Of Self Adhesive Labels

We despatch samples same or next working day where possible and delivery is via Royal Mail’s first class service.

Despatch & Delivery Of Answers To Queries About Self Adhesive Labels

You can get in touch with our Customer Service Team at any time by sending an email to info@labelplanet.co.uk. We aim to respond to all emails as quickly as possible. Alternatively, you can give us a call (on 01270 668076) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: How To? – How To Add Designs To Word Label Templates

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This week, we’re looking at tools in Word that you can use when designing label templates. If you are creating a simple text-based design, you simply type your text into your template. Alternatively, to create a design that contains other elements (like images), there are TWO basic ways to add your design. You can use Word’s design tools to create new content OR use copy and paste to add content that exists in an external source.

Designing Label Templates – Using Word’s Design Tools

To use Word’s design tools, you first need to insert an item into your label template. This could be a text box, WordArt, a shape, or an image that you have saved as a file on your computer. To add any of these items, click on the “Insert” tab at the top of the page and then select the item you want to add.

To edit your item or change the formatting applied to that item, you need to select it (by left clicking on it once) to bring up an additional formatting tab at the top of the page. For images this will be the Picture Tools Format tab and for text boxes, shapes, and WordArt this will be the Drawing Tools Format tab.

Label Templates Word Design Tools Picture Tools Tab
You can use these tabs to change the size, colour, and positioning of your items to build up your required design.

Designing Labels Templates – Using Copy & Paste

This option allows you to insert elements into your design that have been set up somewhere else. For example, if you are creating product labels, you may have content you want to include in your design set up in other documents – such as a spreadsheet containing product details, a Word document containing instructions for use or a list of ingredients, or a copy of your company logo. You can use copy and paste to insert all of these elements into your label template.

Copy & Paste A Saved Image File

There are a few ways to copy and paste an image that is saved as an individual file on your computer.
  • Use your file manager to locate your saved image file. For Windows this is the “File Explorer” and for MacOS this is the “Finder”. Right click on the image file and select “Copy” (for MacOS you can use a two-finger tap on your trackpad or hold down the Control key as you click to “right click”). Go back to your label template and select “Paste” from the Home tab.
    Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste. If you are using Windows, you should hold down the Control Key (Ctrl) on your keyboard and press C to copy or V to paste. If you are using MacOS, you hold down the Command Key (⌘) and press C or V.
  • Open your saved image file using an image viewer or editor. The menu should include tools to select your image and copy it. Go back to your label template and select “Paste” from the Home tab.
  • Use your file manager to locate your saved image file. Select your saved image by left clicking on it and hold down the button on your mouse as you move your cursor to your label template. Release the button to copy your image to your label template.
If you use copy and paste, you may experience conversion issues depending on the original file format of your image. To avoid this issue, we recommend opening a new blank Word document and pasting your image into that document. Then copy and paste that image into your label template.

Please note: you can also use the “Insert” tab to insert saved image files. Click on Insert, select Pictures, and browse to your saved file. Select that file to insert it into your label template. 

Copy & Paste Content From An Existing File Or External Source

Copy and paste can also transfer existing content from an external source into your label template. You can copy and paste in a number of ways:
  • POINT AND CLICK: most software will have a copy option in its menus. Select your item by left clicking on it once or highlight a section of text that you want to copy. Then click on the copy option in the menu. Alternatively, you should be able to right click on your item and select copy from a list of options. You then go back to your label template and select “Paste” under the Home tab at the top of the page.
  • KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS: follow the steps above but instead of clicking on copy and paste options use your keyboard to perform these actions. If you are using Windows, you should hold down the Control Key (Ctrl) on your keyboard and press C to copy or V to paste. If you are using MacOS, you hold down the Command Key (⌘) and press C or V.
  • DRAG AND DROP: select your item as described above, then hold down the left button on your mouse as your move your cursor to the location where you want to insert your item. Release the button to paste your item into your label template.
We recommend using copy and paste to create label templates where all of your sticky labels share the same design. Set up your design in the top left label and then use copy and paste to add this design into the remainder of the blank labels in your label template. This is much quicker and much more accurate than trying to create your design in each individual blank label.

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Paste Options In Word Label Templates 101

Friday, 6 April 2018

Stikins ® Name Labels: Happy #TartanDay From Stikins Name Tags!

Happy Tartan Day From Stikins Name Tags

 A Big Happy Tartan Day From Stikins Name Tags!

Here in the Stikins Name Tags office, we thought we’d celebrate Tartan Day with a list of some of our favourite names that have their origins in the language (and lands) of Scotland.

There are so many different names that can trace their roots to areas of Scotland and to Scottish languages. Some have retained a flavour of their Scottish heritage while others have adapted to different times (and different tongues) to create a whole range of brand new names for new generations all around the world.

Scottish Names From Stikins Name Tags

Stikins: Clothing Labels For All Kinds Of Items (Kilts Included!)

Stikins name tags are made with a brilliantly advanced adhesive. This adhesive creates a strong bond that allows your clothing labels to remain firmly fixed to items. Even after repeat visits to the washing machine and the tumble drier.

Our name tags have been independently tested to ensure that your clothing labels will simply stick on and stay on. During testing Stikins were applied to the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items. They were then washed using the BS EN ISO6330 wash test procedure for 40 washes at 40 degrees.

Of course, they’ve also been independently tested by thousands of families across the country over the last fourteen years. You'll find more than 7,000 reviews from existing customers on our Review Page.

Stikins name tags are really easy to use as clothing labels. Simply peel a name tag carefully from the backing sheet - taking care not to touch the adhesive too much. Apply your tag to the wash-care label of your item of clothing or fabric item. Firmly press down to ensure that the adhesive fully bonds with the label. Leave for 24 hours before washing your item for the first time.

Stikins are also multipurpose name tags that can be used to label pretty much anything and everything. The one exception is socks, which don't have a wash-care label. Their stretchy surface is difficult for sticky labels to bond with effectively and so they are likely to peel off.  

Order Clothing Labels For School Uniform, Day To Day Clothes, and Fabric Items Today.

To order your own set(s) of name tags, you can go online, give us a call, or pop an order form in the post.