Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Label Planet & Stikins & Trons: HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM LABEL PLANET!

Season’s Greetings to all of our customers!

Have a very happy holiday & we’ll see you all in the New Year!

From Label Planet!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Label Planet & Stikins & Trons: Christmas Holidays 2014

Please note that we will close for the Christmas holidays on Tuesday 23rd December, and will re-open on Friday 2nd January.

Any orders placed during this period will be processed upon our return.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Stikins & Trons: Storing Your Name Labels For Future Use


Our bigger packs of name labels offer better value for money per label so many of our customers prefer to buy these packs, use some of the labels when they receive them, and then put the rest away for the future.

So, how do you get the best out of your name labels?

It’s easy; simply keep them in their original packaging and store them in a dry place, out of direct sunlight, and (preferably) at room temperature.

When stored correctly, our Stikins have an approximate shelf life of two years, while our Trons have an approximate shelf life of five years – during this time both our name labels and our name transfers will maintain their quality and function to their original standard.

For answers to more Frequently Asked Questions, browse through our blog or glance through our FAQ page.

Label Planet: Get creative with your Christmas Cards!


Yes, it’s that time of year when we’re all busy writing Christmas Card lists; adding the names of new friends and acquaintances, and possibly even scribbling out a few unfortunates who have dropped out of favour this past year.

Here at Label Planet, we’ve got labels in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colours to help you add a perfect finishing touch to your cards.

Labels are a great way to take control of your Christmas Card list – particularly if you’ve got a lot of people to send cards to – and to add your own personal design to each and every card you send.
Whether you want a label that you can stick inside your cards with a personal design, image, or message for your friends and family, or you’re simply looking to create address labels in your own unique style, designing and printing your own labels is a fantastic way to get creative with your Christmas cards.

We have templates for all of our labels available to download for free from our website and we’re on hand to offer advice if you run into any problems. Printing your own labels means you can add your own text and images in the way that you want and it can save a lot of time when it comes to addressing each and every envelope.

The best part is it’s up to you what you do with your labels; you can be as creative as you like and design a set of labels that is uniquely yours. Whether you print a set of labels with your own message, design, or family photos; create a bespoke label for each and every person on your Christmas list; use Mail Merge to get your envelopes addressed as quickly and easily as possible; or even handwrite your labels so you can add a decorative label while maintaining the personal touch.

So, why not take a look through our list of label materials and see if we have something to add that perfect finishing touch to your Christmas Cards this year!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Stikins & Trons: To Use One Line Or Two Lines - That Is Your Question (And Here Is The Answer!)


When ordering name labels from Label Planet you can choose between labels that are printed with one line of text or two lines of text. It’s down to you which you choose, but here are a few things to think about…

The main consideration with this option is that of space; when you request one line of text, our system will calculate the number of characters you have requested and then print your text in the middle of the label at the largest font possible that allows all of the text to fit onto the label. This means that this layout CAN create a really large, bold, clear font BUT only if you request a little bit of text.

This layout works best if you are requesting any of the following:
  • A surname only
  • A first name, nickname, or initials only
  • A full name that is comprised of a short first name and a short surname
This layout gives you a bit more flexibility and is the option that most of our customers select – as such it’s also the default option that is selected when you begin your order. This option allows you to spread out your text over two lines, with the system adding up the number of characters on each line and printing both lines in the largest possible font size that will allow the line with the most characters in it to fit neatly on each label. The majority of our customers opt for printing a first name on the top line and a surname on the bottom line.

This layout works best if you are requesting any of the following:
  • Any full name that includes double barrelled first names and/or surnames
  • A name and additional contact information (e.g. a phone number or address)
  • A name and additional information (e.g. medical or allergy information, a class or form name/number, a school name etc)
  • Two names on a single label (one name on the top line and one name on the bottom line)
The order form is set to two lines as the default layout and as such will show two entry fields – one called “Enter Line 1” and the other called “Enter Line 2”. To change this, you need to check the circular box called “Name on one line” (this option is displayed to the left of the entry fields). If you select the one line option, the order form will remove the second entry field (“Enter Line 2”). Of course, if you change your mind, you can simply recheck the “Name on two lines” circular box on the left and this will bring back the second entry field for you to fill in.

For FAQs galore, please take a look through our blog and our FAQ page.

Label Planet: Alternative Christmas Uses for your Labels


Every year we see a rush of customers purchasing labels at Christmas for use as address labels, shipping labels, or product labels, so we thought we’d celebrate the alternative uses that our customers have found for our labels (along with a few “funny” suggestions from the office)…
  • Labels for a Family Tree that can be given to all your relatives as a Christmas present
  • Stick on Christmas hats that won’t fall off (even if you get a bit drunk and fall asleep in front of the fire…or anywhere else for that matter)
  • Gift tags for presents
  • Name labels and badges at parties or personalised place holders for Christmas dinner
  • Labels for use in Christmas games (you might want to create a homemade board game, use them for a round or two of “Who Am I?”, or maybe even set up a Christmas scavenger hunt to amuse (or distract) the children – and perhaps even one or two of the adults)
  • Homemade Christmas decorations
  • Christmas presents! (for the person who has everything…except labels)
We’ve a whole range of labels for you to get creative with so take a look and see if we’ve got something to inspire you this Christmas time.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Stikins & Trons: FAQ – Can Stikins & Trons Be Removed From Old Items Of Clothing?


While the biggest question on our customers’ minds is will their name labels stay on their items of clothing, we also get queries about what happens when the clothes are no longer needed. Many of our customers want to pass clothing on to other children or donate items to charity, and want to know if they can remove the name labels they have applied to these items before they do so.

In short: Stikins CAN be removed but Trons CANNOT be removed.

Our Stikins were designed to stick in and stay in – regardless of what environments they encounter, from the rough and tumble of everyday wear and tear to the journey through the washing machine and back again. The adhesive on these name labels sets into an extremely strong bond over the first 24 hours and it is designed to maintain this bond throughout the ensuing cycles of washing and drying.

However, they CAN be removed, if you absolutely want to. It will require a bit of effort and elbow grease – and you may find that there is some trace of adhesive residue left behind when you remove each label. Of course, you could also opt for the easier alternative of cutting off the wash care or garment label that you applied the labels to, if you don’t mind losing the care instructions for future reference.

With our Trons name transfers, however, the label is designed to be completely permanent and they cannot be removed. When you apply Trons, they fuse and bond into the material; effectively, they become a part of the garment. They work in the same way as T-Shirt transfers, which are used to add designs to T-Shirts – permanently. So, please bear in mind that when you apply your Trons, they are a completely permanent name label that cannot be removed.

For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our FAQ page!

Label Planet: Christmas Despatch & Delivery 2014: Reminder


The month of December brings many things; Christmas Celebrations, Winter Wonderlands, Warm Fires and Hot Water Bottles, Woolly Hats and Woolly Gloves, Blankets of Snow, and – unfortunately – delays in despatch and delivery times.

Yes, it is a truth that should be universally acknowledged; when it comes to the post, Christmas tends to mean chaos with delays to all forms of delivery services. So, we’d like to remind our customers that at this time of the year it is always best to order your items as early as you can and to take advantage of guaranteed next day delivery options wherever possible. The last posting date for First Class Mail is Saturday 20th December (meaning you need to order from us by 4:30pm on Friday 19th December) and the last posting date for Guaranteed Next Day Delivery is Tuesday 23rd December, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER: first class mail is NOT a guaranteed service and, as it is subject to delays at this time of the year, it WILL NOT necessarily reach the recipient the next day.

Of course, it’s not just the Royal Mail that sees an increase in demand at this time of the year. After all, the increase in the amount of mail that needs to be delivered is caused by the hundreds and thousands (and millions!) of additional products that are manufactured and ordered for Christmas. Therefore, we also recommend that any customers who need larger quantities of labels (500+ sheets) or made to order items (items with a minimum order quantity that is higher than 25 sheets) should order these items as early as possible to avoid disappointment. In particular, made to order items should be a priority as, while these items usually have a despatch estimate of 5 working days, the current despatch estimate is more like 5-7 working days and, of course, there is a limit to the number of orders that can be fulfilled in the time remaining before Christmas. If you are concerned about receiving an order in time for Christmas, please get in touch with us and we can check on the availability of the particular item(s) you need.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Stikins & Trons: Do You Need Your Name Labels For Christmas? Make Sure You Order Before The Last Posting Dates!


Yes, this is a blog post about ordering things in time for Christmas!

While name labels might not be at the top of – or even on – your list for Father Christmas, we do know that some customers want to make sure that their name labels arrive in time for Christmas (or at least the Christmas holidays). Some customers want to have a brand new set of name labels ready for the next school term, some might have a child or children who are switching to a new school, and others want to buy labels on behalf of friends or relatives who are visiting for the holidays (often from abroad).

In each case, these customers want to make sure their order arrives safely before or in time for the Christmas holidays, which means they need to contend with the chaos of Christmas post and the Royal Mail’s last posting dates.

At this time of the year more and more items are being posted and delays become ever more likely; therefore, we advise customers who want to receive their labels in plenty of time to place their orders as early as possible (and definitely well before the last posting dates) and, if they need them urgently, to consider placing their order by phone and requesting a guaranteed next working day delivery option.

So, here are the dates to remember:
Royal Mail’s International Standard & Signed For Services (non-UK orders)

Saturday 13th December: Orders must be placed by 3pm on Friday 12th December.
Royal Mail’s First Class Standard & Signed For Services (UK orders)
Saturday 20th December: Orders must be placed by 3pm on Friday 19th December.
Royal Mail’s Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery Service (UK orders)
Tuesday 23rd December: Orders must be placed by 3pm on Tuesday 23rd December.

To check our standard delivery information, please visit our website.

Label Planet: ‘Tis The Season For Festive Parties & That Means Name Badges!


Yes, Christmas is almost here, which means that there are festive events, gatherings, meetings, and parties to get organised for – and that means name badges!

We often get queries from customers who want to buy labels that they can use as name badges but they’re not sure what sort of adhesive they need. Whether your name badges are a bit of a necessity or just a bit of fun, you don’t want to use labels that will damage people’s clothing, particularly if you’re organising an event with a dress code.

While you may be tempted to go straight for our removable labels, you should bear in mind that the efficiency of an adhesive depends on the type of material it is applied to. In the case of name badges, this is a variety of fabrics; materials have very different, unusual surfaces, which often prove more challenging for adhesives than a regular, flat surface (such as a box or a sheet of paper). In fact, because of the unusual surface created by the fibres in fabrics, a permanent adhesive will only achieve the adhesion of a removable (or temporary) adhesive, and you may find that a removable label actually struggles to remain in place.

So, if you’re looking for labels to use as name badges, feel free to browse through our range of standard permanent adhesives (although you should steer clear of our high tack and marine adhesive options). We recommend using our standard matt white paper labels or – for a bit of fun – why not try something a bit more colourful and take a look at our coloured labels (for subtle pastel shades), fluorescent labels (for a splash of vivid colour), or our gold and silver labels (for a shimmer of luxury and festivity).

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Stikins & Trons: Schools - Get Organised For Christmas With Name Labels


It’s that time of the year when schools are busy planning and rehearsing all kinds of events to bring some Christmas cheer to their staff, students, and students’ families. The end of term involves an exciting list of events, such as carol services, Christmas concerts, winter trips, and performances of stories both traditional and non-traditional alike.

This means that, across the country, classrooms, halls, drama studios, dance studios, music rooms, and all the spaces in between will be quickly filling up with an abundance of scripts, sheet music, instruments, costumes and uniforms, props, music stands, and the obligatory bits of tinsel – not to mention the staff and students to go with them. Rehearsals and performances inevitably result in a lot of people and property sharing small spaces – with the result that it’s very easy for things to get mixed up or go missing.

So why not get organised this Christmas with our simple stick on name labels, Stikins. This multipurpose label can be used to label pretty much everything and anything, and it’s simple and quick to apply. Schools can purchase Stikins to mark up their own property (such as props and costumes or musical instruments and music stands) with the school name and the relevant department, or to provide the children involved in each production with a blank set of labels to write their name on and apply to the items that they need for a particular event. Parents can also purchase Stikins to label up their children’s belongings; whether it’s the items they need for a particular performance, school uniform, personal items, or everyday clothing worn for rehearsals.

Label Planet: Get Stuck In To The Christmas Spirit By Sticking On A Christmas Label (Or Two)!


Whether you’re a company sending out orders and information to customers (or potential customers), or an individual sending gifts and cards to those lucky enough to have made this year’s Christmas Card list, adding a touch of Christmas cheer is quick and easy if you’ve got labels to hand.

Many companies like to join in with the festive season by adding a touch of Christmas spirit to their postal items, products, and company documents, but some find that the costs of having bespoke materials printed up is something that they simply can’t afford. Labels are a quick and cost effective solution. You can print a festive message or design onto your labels and apply them to your postal items, products, and any marketing or information materials you have, without needing to pay for new items to be printed. It’s a fun and simple way to connect with your customers and to add a bespoke touch of festive flair, without taking up too much time and money.

Individuals who want to add a personal Christmas message can also create their very own labels for Christmas cards and family newsletters, or as gift tags for presents. The best part is you can print your very own design and personalise it for each individual recipient, instead of purchasing pre-printed designs that don’t have that extra special personal touch.

We’ve a whole range of labels that are perfect for adding a dash of Christmas magic but we’d have to say our favourites would be our Gold and Silver paper labels (for that luxury, decorative finish) and our Coloured and Fluorescent labels (which add a fun burst of colour that’s brilliant for kids – of all ages!).

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: FAQ – What Should I Put On My Name Labels?


Some of our customers make the decision to purchase name labels but aren’t quite sure what they want to include on the labels – so they ask us for our advice, which goes something like this!

You can request whatever text you like!
We don’t limit our customers in what they can have printed – it’s entirely down to you. Each customer has their own personal preferences about what information they would like to include and we’re happy to print whatever you need.
The only limit to consider is the size of these labels; our system automatically calculates the total number of characters that have been requested on each line and adjusts the font size to ensure that all of the text fits on the label. Obviously, the more characters you include on your labels, the smaller the font will end up so it’s best to choose the information that is most important to you.

But here’s some things to consider…
- The majority of our customers order labels with a first name on the top line and a surname on the bottom line.

- Customers who want to use a single pack for two or more family members will often request labels with the surname only.

- The most common bit of extra information that gets added is a contact phone number – either a home number or a mobile number. This way, if an item gets lost it is much easier to return to the original owner, especially if it is lost outside of school property.

- Some customers opt to add alternative contact information, such as an address or email address. As a tip, we find that it is best to add one bit of contact information (with the full name or family name on the top line and the contact information on the bottom line), as this maintains a good, legible font size. If you do want to add two pieces of contact information, this is up to you – but do bear in mind that the font will be smaller. We wouldn’t advise adding three or more pieces of contact information as this does reduce the font size substantially.

- We also have customers who use one of the lines for a full name or family name and then use the remaining line to add a message or important details to their labels. For example, you might want to encourage someone to return an item by adding a simple message such as “Property Of…”, “Please Return To…”, or “If Found, Please Return To…”. Some choose to add medical or allergy information to their name labels, so that this information is available in case of an emergency. Labels can be added to personal items (such as bags, lunch boxes, or medical supplies) as well as clothing to make this information clear and easy to find.

For more tips, take a read through our blog or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Label Planet: Add A Touch Of Seasonal Luxury With Our Gold & Silver Labels


We have a range of metallic gold and silver paper labels, suitable for use with laser printers. These labels have a gorgeous semi-gloss textured finish, which adds a shimmering finishing touch to any item you wish to label. They’re a great label to use for the festive season as bright, decorative labels that have that special Christmas holiday feel. They’re great for use as fun, festive gift tags for those all important Christmas gifts, name badges or place holders at Christmas parties, on invitations or envelopes for your Christmas Do, or simply to add a special finish to your Christmas cards.

Companies can use these labels for seasonal promotions or to add a touch of Christmas tradition that makes their company documents, products, and postal items look and feel more like special gifts for special customers at a special time of the year. As an added bonus, the finish on these labels has an opaque or blockout effect, which means that these labels can be added to existing packaging or materials where they will block out any existing print or design work – so there’s no need to have things re-printed!

And the best part is, we’ve just added a new size to our range of gold and silver labels. In addition to the existing eight sizes, we can now offer LP1/199 in both gold and silver. This label measures 199.6mm by 289.1mm, which means it is ideal for adding a large, decorative label to parcels, product boxes, or displays, or – if you’re feeling extra creative – for cutting into bespoke shapes and sizes for that extra special finish.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: FAQ – It’s All About The Money (aka How Much Do Your Name Labels Cost & Other Questions)


It’s another FAQ special from Label Planet and this week we’re all about the money!

Both our Stikins name labels and our Trons name transfers are available in four pack sizes, which are priced as follows:
30 Stikins OR 35 Trons: £6.00
60 Stikins OR 70 Trons: £8.50
90 Stikins OR 105 Trons: £10.50
120 Stikins OR 140 Trons: £12.50

We also offer four combination packs at the following prices:
30 Stikins AND 35 Trons: £8.50
60 Stikins AND 70 Trons: £12.50
90 Stikins AND 105 Trons: £16.00
120 Stikins AND 140 Trons: £19.00

All of the prices on our website include standard UK delivery, which is Royal Mail’s first class service.
We find that 93% of this does arrive the next working day, with the remainder taking a day or two extra as it is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service.
If customers need to receive their labels more urgently (for example, if they have a trip coming up or if the labels are for a relative or friend entering a residential care home) then we advise that they should place their order by phone and request a guaranteed next working day shipping option.
For non-UK orders, we charge £1.50 per item to cover the additional shipping costs. This is automatically calculated and added to these orders in the checkout. To check which countries we can ship to, you can get in touch or take a look at our Delivery Information page.

All of the prices on our website include VAT.

Our biggest packs (N120, T140, and NT260) are the best value packs to purchase.
The bigger packs have a lower cost per label than the smaller packs, which means they may be the better option if you’re looking for the best deal. If they are stored safely in their packaging in a cool, dry place our products retain their quality for the first two (Stikins) to five (Trons) years; this means you could buy a bigger pack, use as many labels as you need to, and then store the rest safely for the next time you need to get labelling.

Not at the moment.
When we do run discounts, they are advertised on our blog, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or we will email our customers directly to let them know what’s on offer.

Our system prints the same thing onto every label within a pack, so we cannot print half of the labels with one name and half with another. However, we are more than happy for parents to get creative with their text so that they can share a pack between two or more children (or even amongst the whole family).
For example, you may wish to have your labels printed with the family surname, include one name on the top line and another name on the bottom line, include all of the names on the top line, write first names onto the top line, or just use initials.

Label Planet: Yes, You Can Use Our Labels With Standard Inkjet & Laser Printers – But That Doesn’t Mean You Have To…


We spend a lot of our time advising customers on the best labels for their laser or inkjet printer, how to get the best print results, and a whole host of Frequently Asked Questions about labels and printers and printers and labels.

But, it just so happens that our labels can be extremely useful all on their own…

…Presenting Label Planet’s List Of Ways To Use Your Labels, Without A Printer!

Handwritten Labels
It’s an old tradition but it’s a good one; instead of using a printer, take the more personal route and handwrite your address labels. Obviously, this works best for smaller quantities (unless you’ve got some willing volunteers to help you out) but taking the time to handwrite your address labels adds a truly personal touch to your letters and parcels. All of our paper labels can be written on with ease and can be used to create a lovely bespoke finish for all kinds of items.

Colour Coding Labels
This one applies to our ranges of coloured and fluorescent labels, which can be used to organise pretty much anything. Whether you’re at home and you need to get the family calendar organised; you’ve got stock to rotate, count, or promote; you’ve got office schedules and deadlines to plan; or you’re moving to a new home or office, these labels are an easy visual tool for getting things planned and organised – and you’ve got the choice of cool pastel shades or funky fluorescent colours. They can be used blank or you can add notes to help keep track of what (or who!) goes where, when, and why.

Children’s Activity Labels
Blank paper labels can be used for all sorts of children’s activities, whether they’re intended for educational purposes, just a bit of fun, or something to keep them occupied when you need a few minutes of peace and quiet. Our labels can be stuck onto homework, reward charts, exercise books, clothing, or project and activity materials and they can be written on with just about any kind of writing implement, from pens and pencils to crayons and glitter sticks. The list of uses is endless and the only limit is what you and your children can imagine!

Gift Tags/Packaging Seals
Whether you’re wrapping up presents for friends and family or looking for a simple, decorative way to seal your product packaging, our labels are an excellent finishing touch. You can opt for one of our colourful labels to add a fun, bright finishing touch or select from one of our transparent labels for a professional, subtle finish.

Reminders & Post-Its
Our removable labels are ideal for adding reminders and temporary notes to your diary, planner, calendar, the office noticeboard, or the fridge. You can scribble a quick note, leave it up for yourself or someone else to see, and then remove it when the job has been done, without doing any damage or leaving any adhesive residue behind.

Revision & Study Aids
Removable labels are also a great way to mark important passages or pages in books, to add your own notes to revision guides and source materials, or to create study cards that can be used to revise for exams. You can stick these notes in books, onto revision notes, or even around the house to help you learn key points throughout the day. Then, once an exam or piece of coursework is over, they can be removed without doing any damage.

Transparent White Boards
Our gloss clear polyester labels (material code GCP) can be used as transparent white boards; simply use a whiteboard marker to write or draw on one of these labels, then wipe it clean and start all over again. These labels are a great tool for use in offices, schools, or at home.

Name Labels & Badges
Our labels can be used as simple name badges and name labels for both personal and professional occasions. At home, our labels can be used as name badges at parties (where guests can have some fun creating their own designs) or to add name labels to children’s belongings (so there’s no confusion – or arguments – about which items belong to which child). They can also be used to create personal name badges for meetings and events held by businesses and organisations, whether it’s a company gathering or a charity fundraiser.

Of course, these are just a few of our suggestions and we know our creative customers have come up with all sorts of ways to use their labels without going anywhere near a printer – so why not give it try and see if a blank label is just the thing you need.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Fight Back Against Lost Property - One Name Label At A Time!


While the majority of our conversations are with parents and guardians purchasing name labels for their children’s clothing, we also interact with a number of schools on a regular basis and the one comment that we get time and time again is:

We’re fed up with the problem of lost property in our school and your name labels are just the thing we need. 

Lost property is a common issue and it doesn’t just cause problems for parents; teachers and members of staff have to spend time sorting through lost property, finding places to store it until it’s collected (if it ever is), and organising endless reminders to send to parents and students in an attempt to reunite at least some items with their owners.

It’s a problem that can take up (and waste) a lot of valuable time; all for a problem that is easy to avoid in the first place.

Name labels and name transfers are an easy solution to the problem of lost property; particularly in organisations like schools that are able to put found items to one side and give the owner an opportunity to reclaim their things. If an item is labelled with an individual’s name or a family name then that item is much, much easier to reunite with its owner and it won’t end up languishing in an overflowing box of uncollected items.

Some schools have introduced name labels as a required part of the school uniform, for clothing and for personal items (such as books, bags, PE kits and equipment, and stationery). We run a commission scheme, which allows schools to promote our name label products to parents (and hopefully decrease the amount of lost property they have to deal with) and earn commission on the resulting sales (find out more on our website here).

Label Planet: FAQ – Common Issues & Questions When Printing Labels: Part 2 Templates


Welcome to the second part of our two part special about common problems that arise when printing labels; this blog is all about templates!

All I need to do is set up a template, add my design, and press print. Right?
Wrong. Unfortunately, while some people may find that everything works perfectly the first time, it is always best practice to get your template set up and do a test print first. Print your template onto a sheet of blank paper and hold this up against a sheet of your labels to check if the alignment is correct. This way, you have the chance to correct any misalignment and make suitable adjustments before you print on your actual labels.

All of my labels are printing too high / low / left / right.
While you could go back to your template and adjust your design for each of the labels on your sheet, it is far easier to force the labels into place by increasing or decreasing the page margins.

The alignment is getting progressively worse down or across the page. What do I do?
This usually happens when your template or printer uses a page setting that is something other than A4. You should check the page size that is set for BOTH your template AND your printer; you will likely find that one of these has shifted to a “default” setting that is US letter size rather than A4 size.

Some of my labels are printing okay, but the rest get worse and worse.
This tends to happen with the PDF templates and is caused by document/printer settings that involve scaling or magnification. The template should be printed at its actual size; if any scaling is applied to the design you will find that your printer attempts to print the design onto a paper size that is bigger or smaller than A4.
We have also found that certain graphics packages can cause issues with alignment if you try to print directly from within that program. To avoid these issues, try opening your PDF template with the program, adding your design, saving your design, shutting down the program, and then opening the PDF file and printing directly from the file itself.

This Word template doesn’t show circles / ovals?
Word is a word processor, which means it’s great with editing text, but less accomplished when it comes to graphic design. The best compromise is to use a grid of squares/rectangles that your circular/oval labels will fit inside (with the outermost points touching the four sides of the square/rectangle).

Why can’t I edit this PDF file?
Unless you open a PDF in a graphics package you will not be able to edit its contents. Most computers have a PDF reader that allows you to open PDF files to view and read them but, unless you also have a graphics package, you will not be able to edit them.

My Word template keeps jumping onto the next page when I add my design. What do I do?
This is usually the result of Word trying to be helpful by expanding the cells in a grid or table around the content that you add. Unfortunately, this will ruin the alignment of your template. You should ensure that your content (whether it’s text, images, or both) doesn’t exceed the size of your labels, and double check that you aren’t accidentally pasting text or images into the blank columns and rows that represent the spaces between the labels.

Do I have to set up my design once for each label on the sheet?
No! Get your design right in the top left label and then copy and paste this into the other labels. This way you know that every single label has been set up in the same way, which should help prevent variations in the alignment of your template.

I can’t see any gridlines on my Word template.
This is because you have gridlines turned off. (Not so) Helpfully, Word has two types of gridlines, which can be confusing. One applies gridlines to the entire page; this setting is usually found under the “View” tab. The second type (and the one you actually need) is under “Table Tools”. In recent versions of Word, you will need to click inside the grid to bring up the Table Tools tab at the top of the page, after which you need to select the “Layout” tab and “View Gridlines”.

I’m trying to move an image in Word but it keeps jumping about.
Try changing the format settings of the image. You can find these by left clicking on the image and selecting the “Picture Tools Format” tab from the top of the page or by right clicking on the image and selecting “Format Picture” from the list. You should try changing the “Wrap Text” settings; usually this defaults to “In Line With Text”, which means that Word will align the image with the font settings applied to a cell, instead of letting you position the image wherever you want to. Try choosing the “Tight” or “In Front Of Text” settings for greater control over image positioning.

Hopefully we’ve answered your questions but if you’ve got an issue that hasn’t been resolved by these tips, then please get in touch so we can offer bespoke advice.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Stikins - Do They Really*? (*Stick In & Stay In That Is)


Yep, this is one of our most frequently asked questions, although it arrives in a variety of forms and with a fair amount of incredulity. We’ve had several reviews and feedback from parents admitting that they heard about our labels (from schools, friends and other parents, and even their own relatives) and simply couldn’t believe that these labels would simply stick in and stay in.

But YES: Stikins do just stick in and stay in – absolutely no ironing or sewing needed!

These labels have a specially designed adhesive that will create an extra strong bond between each label and the item it is applied to; a bond that can survive the challenges of even the most aggressive environments such as those found in washing machines, tumble driers, dish washers, and microwaves – along with the natural wear and tear of being stuck onto clothing that is worn on a day to day basis or personal items that are handled regularly.

There’s really nothing to it. You simply stick them in and go!
To get the very best performance from your name labels we have a few tips and tricks to help you out:
  • Wash brand new items before applying your name labels.
  • Ensure each item is completely dry before applying your name labels.
  • Avoid touching the adhesive as much as possible as you apply each name label.
  • Smooth the label down with your thumb after applying it to ensure that the adhesive bonds fully with the material or surface.
  • Avoid washing your garments and items for 24 hours to allow the adhesive to fully bond and set.
  • Don’t iron over your name labels because they will melt.
  • Apply your name labels to the side wall or underneath the tongue of shoes so that the print isn’t worn away while the shoes are being worn.
  • Make sure you stick your name labels onto the wash care or garment label of clothing.
For more answers and tips, take a look through our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Label Planet: FAQ – Common Issues & Questions When Printing Labels: Part 1 Printers


We’re doing a two part special on the most common problems that arise when printing labels, starting with printer issues.

Can I print on ANY of your labels with my desktop laser / inkjet printer?
NO. Some of our ranges are designed to be used with laser or inkjet printers ONLY.
You CANNOT print onto inkjet labels with a laser printer or onto laser labels with an inkjet printer. The materials are designed to work with one of the two printing processes and you will find that they will not work well (or at all) with the other.

What’s the difference between laser and inkjet printers / printing processes?
Laser printers use heat and pressure to bond toner (a dry powder) onto the surface of the medium being printed, while inkjet printers disperse ink (a liquid) onto the medium being printed where it dries to form the final print with some or all of the ink being absorbed into the top layer of the labels.

I have a laser printer but I’m having problems with the print coming off my labels. What’s happening?
There are a couple of things that could be causing this. The most common reason for print scratching off is that not enough heat and/or pressure has been applied during the printing process. To correct this, you should check your printer’s settings and ensure that the media type or weight is set to either a “Labels” setting (if your printer has one) or a “Heavy Paper” setting. This causes the printer to slow down and increase the heat applied during printing. Alternatively, the problem may be with the material you are printing. As the laser printing process requires heat, many papers designed specifically for use in laser printers will contain moisture to help the toner bond in place; if your labels have been stored incorrectly they may have dried out, which causes the toner to rub off after printing. This can also occur if you try to feed the same sheet of labels through a laser printer twice; paper labels lose some of their moisture as they are printed, which means that there may not be enough moisture to print them properly if you attempt to put them through the printer for a second time.

I have an inkjet printer but I’m having problems with the print smearing. What’s happening?
As with laser printers, there are a few potential causes for this problem. Firstly, you should check if your sheet of labels has come into contact with water or other liquids. Inkjet inks are water based, which means that if they come into contact with liquids they will run or smudge. Secondly, your printer may be dispersing too much ink or the top coating of your labels may be oversaturated with ink; in either case, the ink isn’t dry properly, which leads to smearing. This can occur in designs that include a lot of different colours or large blocks of colour (you can work around this by reducing the amount of colour in your design or purchasing coloured labels). The best way to solve this issue is to alter two of your printer’s settings, “Print Quality” and “Paper Type”. The print quality settings allow you to prioritise either the print quality or the print speed. A “Best” or “Photo” print quality setting makes the printer operate more slowly but with the dispersal of more ink to create a higher quality of print, so you may wish to try the “Normal” or “Draft” settings. The paper type setting will also adjust how the printer runs in order to create the best possible print results for the type of paper being printed onto (such as coated, uncoated, photo paper, or gloss paper). You may also want to consider removing the labels from your printer as soon as they are printed so you can place them on a flat surface while the ink dries properly. A final possibility is that there is an incompatibility between the label material and the printer/inks you are using; inks have slightly different compositions, which can produce a large variety in the print quality. Try using a different printer/inks to see if you get better results.

I’m trying to print a coloured background but I’m getting a white border down one or more of the edges.
Unless you buy a printer with edge to edge printing, you’re probably running into an issue with printable and unprintable areas. Most printers cannot print to the very edge of an A4 sheet, which means there is an area that they can print (the printable area) and an area around the edge of the sheet that they cannot print (the unprintable area). Unfortunately, there is little you can do if your labels fall outside the printable area of the sheet. You may need to take your labels to a printer or get hold of a printer that is capable of edge to edge printing, choose a different size or layout of label (so that all of the labels fall within the printable area), remove your coloured background, or use coloured labels.

My printer isn’t accepting my labels / my labels are jamming in the printer.
The most common cause for this is unclean printers. Over time excess ink or toner builds up in your printer, along with dust and grime, which can cause printers to stop functioning properly. You should use an alcohol based cleaner on a regular basis to help avoid this problem; you may want to set a regular schedule for cleaning your printer or simply give it a quick clean each time you replace the ink or toner cartridges. The build-up can affect all parts of your printer, including the print head (in inkjet printers), the fuser unit and image drum (in laser printers), and the rollers. This can cause a multitude of problems including poor quality print, sheets jamming in the printer, or sheets not being accepted into the printer to begin with.
Other causes of sheets jamming include using the standard paper tray instead of the media bypass tray (which is designed specifically for thicker materials), using materials that are incompatible with your particular printer (some printers can only accept materials up to a certain thickness, while others may only be able to process paper), or feeding the labels into the printer in the wrong orientation (the fibres in paper lie in one common direction; this is the “grain” and if you feed labels into your printer against the grain they will jam or even start peeling off the backing sheet while they are in the printer). If you have a laser printer, you may also want to check for issues with your fuser unit; when fuser units start to fail they are more likely to overheat, which causes the adhesive in the labels to spread and the sheets will jam. If you find that the labels or your printer are unusually hot, or if standard paper feels hot to the touch after printing, then you may need to replace your fuser unit.

I want to produce waterproof labels, can I use my inkjet printer?
NO. Inkjet printers use water based inks, which means that if the print comes into contact with water or other liquids it will run or smudge. Laser printers, however, use heat and pressure to bond toner (a dry powder) into place, which means the print is fully waterproof.

My design is printing out skewed. What’s happening?
When your labels are printed, they are pulled through your printer by a set or sets of rollers. As each sheet passes through these rollers there is a slight chance that the sheet might rotate very slightly. To prevent the risk of this happening, you should use the media bypass tray; this tray is usually located just above or below the standard paper tray, which creates a straighter path through the printer (with fewer sets of rollers).

I’ve printed my template on two different printers; why is the alignment different for each one?
Simply put, all printers are slightly different, which means the accuracy of the alignment can vary by a few millimetres. If you are intending to use different printers, you will need to do a test print for BOTH printers, and you may need to make adjustments for each one.

I’m looking to buy a new printer, can you help?
While we don’t supply printers ourselves, we do have a few hints and tips to get you started:

Laser or Inkjet: inkjet printers used to be more popular because they were capable of cheaper, high quality print in vivid colour, but nowadays laser printers are available that can produce excellent quality colour print at similar prices. You should consider the types of documents and items you need to print and remember – if you want to create waterproof labels you will need a laser printer.

Costs: when working out your budget, you need to factor in both the cost of the printer AND the long term costs of replacing the consumables that go with it. While toner cartridges for laser printers are more expensive than inkjet cartridges, you need to remember that toner cartridges are bigger than inkjet cartridges, so you’ll need to replace your inkjet cartridges much more often. For either type of printer, you should also check if the printer will accept compatible (and often cheaper) cartridges from third party manufacturers/suppliers. If you are purchasing an inkjet printer, you also need to check if you will need to buy two cartridges (one black and one colour) or four cartridges (one black, one magenta, one cyan, and one yellow).

All in One versus Standard Printers: all in one printers (which do multiple functions such as faxing, copying, and scanning documents) often seem like a good, cheap alternative to a standard printer but it’s worth considering this choice carefully. While they may save you money and space, they are often designed to do a multitude of functions to a reasonable standard, rather than performing a specific function to a high standard – so if print quality is an important factor, you may wish to avoid the all in one models.

Printer Specifications: it is always worth checking through and comparing the specifications of the models you are looking at. You should ensure that the duty cycle of the printer (the number of pages a printer should be able to print in a certain time frame while maintaining a consistent quality of print and standard of operation) exceeds the amount of printing you will need to do, and – if labels are a definite requirement – you should ensure that the printer has a media bypass tray and check the manual to see what materials/thicknesses the printer is able to handle.

Printer Models: from our own experience, we’ve found that OKI printers have a high duty cycle, produce a high quality print on a range of label materials, and have short paths through the printer to improve accuracy of alignment. HP printers are also capable of printing labels to a high standard.

Part two of this special post will be available on our blog tomorrow.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: FAQ – What Items Can Be Labelled With Stikins & Trons?


There are so many different name label products out there, it can be hard for parents to know which products can be used on different items.

So, to help keep things simple, here’s a list of the things that Stikins and Trons can be used to label.

Stikins are a stick on name label, which simply needs to be stuck onto an item – no sewing or ironing required! These labels have a specially developed adhesive that will allow them to stick onto a whole range of materials, which makes them a highly adaptable label that can be used to label clothing AND personal items.

Use them for:
- Clothing
Stikins were designed with school uniform in mind but they can be applied to pretty much any garment. We advise that they should be applied to the wash care or garment label, as this is where they were positioned during testing. There are so many different materials used to make clothing that while our Stikins MIGHT stick to all of them, they haven’t all been tested and so we cannot guarantee that they will work on absolutely every type of fabric.

- Shoes
As one of the more expensive items on the school uniform list, it’s important to keep track of shoes – particularly when there’s two of them to keep an eye on. We advise that Stikins should be applied to the side wall of each shoe or underneath the tongue, to prevent the print being worn away over time.

- Personal items
This is where you can get creative! Stikins have such a strong adhesive that they will stick to pretty much any item you want to label; they’ll even survive a trip through the dishwasher or microwave.

Don’t use them for:
Sadly, Stikins do have one downfall and that is the humble sock. As socks are designed to stretch and flex around the foot, they provide a tricky (and ever changing) surface to add a label to. Adhesive labels need to be able to create a constant bond with a surface and, unfortunately, our name labels cannot stretch to the same degree as socks, which means that they will peel off easily as the material stretches out beneath them.

Trons are iron on name transfers that bond and fuse with materials to create permanent name labels that are, effectively, part of the garment.

Use them for:
- Clothing
Trons are made from the same type of material as t-shirt transfers, which are used to add designs to t-shirts. They can be applied to pretty much any garment, where they will bond with the fabric and remain firmly in place.

- Fabric items
Trons can also be applied to other fabric items, such as linens or towels. They can be used to label children’s items when they are needed for holidays or school activities and trips, or to add a label to personal bedding, towels, or blankets belonging to a relative or friend in a residential or care home facility.

Don’t use them for:
- Non-fabric items
Unlike Stikins, Trons are designed to transfer onto fabrics only and they will not work on any other material or surface.

You can take a look through more Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers) on our website.

Label Planet: Last Posting Dates For Christmas 2014 (!)


Yes, yes, we know – not another company harping on about ordering stuff in time for Christmas!
However, we hope you’ll forgive us when we point out that:
  1. We just want to make sure all of our lovely customers receive their labels safely and swiftly despite the chaos of Christmas!
  2. Christmas Day is just six weeks away!
If you haven’t already, many of our customers will soon be looking to purchase labels for items that absolutely HAVE to arrive in time for Christmas – whether you need them for letters, cards, or gifts for family and friends or you’re a company and want to provide a seasonal Santa-like service and ensure that all of your customers’ orders are delivered in time for Christmas.

Labels often become a bit of an after-thought that gets left to the last minute, but it’s important to remember that whenever you order labels you need to allow time for the labels to arrive, to design your template, to print your labels, and to apply your labels – all of which soon adds up. If you then need to send your labelled items to family, friends, or customers, you also have to leave time for the items themselves to arrive safely before Christmas.

Therefore, at this time of the year we strongly advise customers to take advantage of one of our next working day shipping options, just to make absolutely sure that your labels arrive securely and with plenty of time to spare. If you need to send your labels on for printing or if you have despatch and delivery schedules of your own to keep to, it’s vital that you make sure you order your labels as early as possible.

So, here are those all important dates:


Of course, we only process and despatch orders during the working week (Monday to Friday) so if you need to receive your labels in time for Christmas (i.e. – you DON’T need the labels for items that are to be despatched to someone else), your last ordering dates for labels from Label Planet are as follows:


BUT REMEMBER: if you need labels for items that you are sending out that MUST arrive before Christmas, you need to order your labels well BEFORE these last posting dates – and adding a guaranteed delivery service to your order is a very, very good idea!!!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Name Labels Despatch Information For November-January


As we are now in the “off-peak” season of name labels, we just wanted to keep our customers up to date with our current despatch and delivery information.

During November, December, and January, we will be printing name labels twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

This means that all orders will be printed and despatched within three working days of an order being placed. Standard delivery is Royal Mail’s first class service; we find that 93% of this arrives the next day, with the remainder taking a day or two extra as it is not a guaranteed next day delivery option.

We know that some customers may need their labels more urgently – for a school or family trip, or if they are for a relative or friend moving into a residential or care home facility. In these cases, we ask that you place your order over the phone and request either a next working day delivery option or an urgent despatch.

Label Planet: Be Dazzled By Our Expanded Range Of Fluorescent Labels


Yes, we love them so much, we’ve decided to expand our range of stocked fluorescent labels, so that more of these amazing colours are available to our customers in smaller quantities, ready for same day despatch.

Previously, only five of our fluorescent label sizes were available from stock in packs of 25 sheets, but now we can offer a choice of eight label sizes. We’ve also brought in more stock of our mesmerising magenta, so we can now offer seven sizes in a smaller box of 100 sheets in this brilliant colour.

We’ve revamped our fluorescent range page to make it easier to see exactly which products are available and the minimum order quantity for each product. All of our stocked fluorescents (25 sheet minimum) are listed in the top section, while the unstocked items that are available to order are listed in either our 100 sheet or 500 sheet minimum order sections.

[Please note that despatch times for orders of our 100 and 500 sheet minimum order products will vary according to available stock. Where an item is in stock, the order will be despatched the same day via a next day carrier service. Where an item is out of stock or a larger quantity is required, the product(s) will be made to order, which can take up to five working days for despatch. If you need to confirm a despatch estimate, please get in touch.]

Fluorescent labels are a great way to add a burst of colour to all sorts of applications. These labels are great for creative projects at home or in school (or even in the office!); they’re an excellent way to add a bright, decorative finish to products or marketing materials; and they’re an absolutely brilliant tool for getting organised, whether you’re labelling files, setting out important dates and deadlines on a calendar, or whether you’ve got stock taking to do – these fluorescent colours mean colour coding is a lot more fun and, more importantly, extremely effective when you have such bright, eye catching colours to use.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Schools - Looking For A New Way To Raise Funds? Try Fundraising With Stikins & Trons.


Over the last two weeks we've been preparing cheques for all of our lovely school partners who have signed up to our commission scheme.

If you aren't one of those schools, read on to find out exactly what you're missing out on - and how to make sure you're included next year!

Here at Label Planet we offer schools the opportunity to earn commission on sales of our name label products; Stikins & Trons. Whenever a parent or guardian of a child (or children) currently attending your school orders name labels from us, you have the opportunity to earn commission on that sale.

We assign a unique code to each school that signs up as a commission partner. Any order that is placed using that code will be allotted to your commission funds - and that includes orders placed online, by phone, and by post.

We operate on an annual payout system, with our commission year running from 1st October - 30th September. Each October, we take all of the orders that have been placed with your school's code, total up the value, and generate your commission from that total.

Our basic rate of commission is 15%.
[You can boost this to 25% by adding a link from your school/PTA website to our website]

Once you've signed up, you can pretty much leave things alone and simply wait to receive your cheque. As with any fundraising effort though, the more time you put in, the more you get out.
We've tried to make things as simple as possible, so we have a few things to help get you going and then it's up to you to decide how much time you want to spend promoting the scheme.

We offer all schools:
- Free leaflets to distribute to parents (pre-printed with your school's number)
- 25% commission if you add a link from your school/PTA website to our website
(we have a guide to adding this link on our website here)

Follow these easy steps:
1. Visit our Registration page
2. Fill in the form!

And that's pretty much it.

You can request free leaflets from us when you register or request them separately later on.

If you need any extra help or advice, you can always get in touch and we'll answer any questions that you might have.

If you're not sure about signing up and would like to know more, you can take a look through our website or request a School Information Pack.

Label Planet: A Guide To Minimum Order Quantities From Label Planet


At Label Planet we supply our labels in packs of 25 sheets or boxes of 500 sheets (with some items available in a "small box" of 100 sheets).

All of our stocked items have a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets, while our unstocked items have a minimum order quantity of 500 (or 100!) sheets.

So why the different minimum order quantities?
Well, as you may have guessed, it's all to do with costs.

Our minimum order quantities are determined by the quantities that allow us to supply our products in the most cost effective way, so that we can offer our customers the best possible prices.

The sizes and material combinations that we keep in stock are those that are most often requested and purchased by our customers. As these labels are requested so often, they are manufactured regularly in (very) large quantities. In comparison, our unstocked items tend to be products that are requested by far fewer customers, often as one-off or infrequent orders. These items are made either in smaller quantities on an infrequent basis or as "made to order" items whereby the labels are made in the exact quantities that are required as and when a particular product is requested. This means that unstocked items involve the production of a relatively small number of items while also incurring the set up costs involved in preparing the presses to produce that particular item. Therefore, in order to offer these label products to our customers at reasonable and affordable prices, they have to be ordered in larger quantities to justify the production costs involved.

Each of our products is labelled with the minimum order quantity that applies to that particular item. This is displayed both on the range page that a product appears on (as the top line of text underneath the image of the product) and on each individual product page (where the minimum order quantity is both the top and the default option that is selected in the list of quantities and their prices). If you have any questions about the quantities we supply or need any advice with regards to placing an order, please get in touch and we'll answer any queries that you may have.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Schools - Your Commission Is On It's Way!


We’ve finished up the last of our commission cheques and are delighted to announce that all of the cheques from this commission year have now been despatched to our partner schools.

If you haven’t received your cheque yet, please don’t worry as it’s in the post.

We’d like to say thank you and congratulations to all of our partners; from the newcomers who have joined us over the last twelve months to those who have been with us for years.

We know that the commission raised through sales of Stikins and Trons is going to many a good cause and a whole host of fundraising projects, and we wish you all the best with your fundraising efforts.

Hopefully, all of our schools will be getting a lovely surprise in the post BUT if your cheque is looking a little smaller than you would like, we do have a few tips to help boost your total for next year!

If you’re currently on our basic level of commission (15%), you can boost this to 25% by simply adding a link from your school or PTA website to our website.

Visit our “School Linking Information” page to find out how to add a link or to let us know that you’ve added a link and want to claim your 25% commission!

It could be a member of staff, a PTA representative, or simply a very enthusiastic parent; having someone proactively promoting the commission scheme to parents can generate much higher levels of interest and MUCH higher commission totals at the end of the commission year.

We can supply free information leaflets/order forms for schools to distribute to parents. All you need to do is get in touch to let us know how many you need and we’ll do the rest. Each leaflet is printed with your school’s unique code, so parents have all the information they need to hand.

Whether it’s a blog post, an article in your school’s newsletter, or a letter to parents, explaining what the commission scheme is all about is a great way to raise funds. You can write about the school’s ongoing fundraising projects, including details about the specific projects you will use your commission for.

Schools can find more information, help, and advice by visiting www.stikins.co.uk and clicking on the purple “Schools” button on the left hand side.

Label Planet: FAQ - Ordering Labels For Delivery To Ireland


We despatch and deliver labels to both Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, and this blog post contains all the important information you need to know if you’re ordering labels for delivery to either of these destinations.

Orders can be placed online or over the phone
Standard delivery (first class Royal Mail) is included in the prices on our website. 90% arrives the next day.
Next day delivery is offered in the checkout as you place your order or can be requested via phone.
Same day despatch for orders placed before 4:30pm (Mon to Fri).

2-3 day carrier delivery with additional shipping charges. Please call for price.
Same day despatch for orders of standard permanent matt white paper label products placed before 3:00pm (Mon to Fri).
Up to five working days for despatch of other materials and colours. Please call to check on your delivery estimate.

Orders must be placed by phone so that we can arrange the best possible shipping option for the products (and quantities) that you require. If you are VAT registered, please quote your VAT number so we can remove VAT from your order total.

Standard delivery is Royal Mail’s international signed for service. The shipping cost will be calculated according to the overall quantity of packs included in your order. Please call to request a price; alternatively, the shipping cost will be calculated and quoted to you when you place your order by phone.
Same day despatch for orders placed before 4:30pm (Mon to Fri).

2-3 day carrier delivery with additional shipping charges. Please call for price.
Same day despatch for orders of standard permanent matt white paper label products placed before 3:00pm (Mon to Fri).
Up to five working days for despatch of other materials and colours. Please call to check on your delivery estimate.

Full delivery information for ALL destinations can be found on our website.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Label Planet: When Is A Transparent Label Not A Transparent Label?


We have a number of different transparent labels and we often get questions from customers about these products so we thought we'd put together a quick rundown of the most common Frequently Asked Questions about transparent labels (and the answers!!!).

- How transparent are your transparent labels?
Our transparent adhesive labels (i.e. not our Static Cling labels) are all made with a transparent face material and a transparent adhesive; they are not "frosted" or "transluscent", nor are they "glass clear". This means that they look almost completely clear BUT they may have a very slight frosted look, particularly when applied to glass. This is because the adhesive may trap some air bubbles or small particles of dust during the application of the label, which prevents the label from having a completely transparent appearance.

- What are transparent labels made of?
All of our transparent labels are made of polyester, which means that they are long lasting, durable labels that are also waterproof.

- Are your transparent labels coloured?
No. Some transparent labels are available with a slight colour to them; these are called "transluscent" labels and are not a product that we offer.

- Why are there so many different options?
We have five transparent label options to help customers find the label that is just right for their particular needs; for example, a customer may have specific requirements such as they only have an inkjet printer and need a compatible label, they may prefer a matt to a gloss finish (or vice versa), or they may require a temporary label that they can easily remove when they need to.

- What's the difference between matt and gloss?
Our matt transparent labels have a dull, non shiny finish, while our gloss transparent labels have a bright, shiny finish.

Having both finishes means that you can choose to match your label to the surface it is applied to (or you can use the opposite finish to help your label stand out). The gloss finish is ideal for adding a professional, decorative touch to items or surfaces (particularly retail products), while the matt finish is great way to add extra print to an item or surface without distracting from the item or surface itself (such as decorative envelopes that have been chosen for special occasions like weddings and anniversary celebrations).

- What is Static Cling?
Our static cling labels are made from polyester - just like the rest of our transparent labels - but instead of using an adhesive to adhere to a surface they use static cling. These labels are supplied on a special anti-static release liner, which means the labels generate static cling when they are removed from the liner and this allows them to adhere to a surface. These labels are therefore completely removable, repositionable, and reusable. They are ideal for use as window stickers, although they can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces. They are used in all sorts of places including schools, museums and galleries, offices, shop windows, vehicles, and around the home.

- What is the difference between "transparent" labels and "clear" labels?
Absolutely nothing! We include both terms because we've found that some customers will only search for "transparent" or "clear" labels and by including both terms we can make sure that more people find the labels that they're looking for.

Stikins & Trons: FAQ Special - It's All In The Text


We thought it was time for a round up of the most common FAQs that we receive about the print options you have for your name labels.

Do I have to have just a name and a surname?
Nope. You can include whatever information you want on your name labels. Our customers have requested all sorts of information including telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, messages (such as "If Lost, Please Return To" or "Property Of"), room numbers, and even medical or allergy warnings.

Customers can include as much or as little information as they want. You can choose exactly how you want your name(s) printing; whether you prefer a full name, a surname only, initials, nicknames, or pretty much anything else you can think of!

How many characters can I request?
Our name labels are quite small (15mm high by either 30mm - Stikins - or 35mm - Trons - wide), which means that there is a limit to how much text you can include. If you do request too many characters, our system will put up a warning message when you try to add your order to the basket to advise you to reduce the number of characters you have added.

We find that, if you do want to include a lot of characters, it is best to use one line for each bit of information. For example, enter a name on the top line and contact information (such as a telephone number) on the bottom line. If you request fewer characters than the limit our system can accept but more than will fit comfortably on two lines, our system will automatically split the text over three lines to produce a better and clearer print.

Can I include pictures?
Unfortunately not. Our system can only print standard characters and text, which means you cannot include images in your order.

[Of course, if you have a creative side, you can always create your own pictures using standard characters!]

What colours do you offer?
We keep things simple; all of our name label products are printed with black text on a white label. We've found that this combination creates the clearest text, which means that whatever you have printed onto your labels is always easy to read (so it's easier for items to be returned or reclaimed).

What font size do you use?
The font size varies according to the amount of characters you request.

Our system automatically alters the font size to ensure that the text you have requested is printed in the largest font size that will allow all of the characters to fit neatly onto your labels.

If you request one line of text, the system will add up the characters on that line and adjust the font size accordingly.

If you request two lines of text, the system will add up the characters on each line and then adjust the font size according to whichever line has the larger number of characters and print BOTH lines in that font size.

Can I include special characters?
Yes and no.

Our system is able to print any character in the general ASCII range (up to 168), which allows you to request any letter in upper or lower case, any number, and most standard European characters.
If you need to request any special characters that fall outside the general ASCII range (i.e. that are part of the extended ASCII range), we advise that you get in touch with us so that we can let you know if we can print the particular characters that you require. Alternatively, you can add a note to your order in the checkout.

Our Stikins name labels are limited to the general ASCII range but we are able to print an extended range of characters on our Trons name transfers.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Label Planet: FAQ - How Do I Do A Mail Merge Without An Avery Code?


Mail merge is a brilliant way to merge the data from a database with your label design and it's generally a quick and easy tool to use.

The easiest way to complete a mail merge is to follow the Step by Step Wizard and use one of the Avery templates that are built in to Word. So what do you do if your labels don't have a compatible Avery code?

Here are our simple guides to TWO methods you can use to complete a mail merge without an Avery template.

1. Create Your Own Template
When you reach Step 2 of the Step By Step Wizard (Select Starting Document/Change Document Layout) click on "Label options" then choose "New Label".

Next, fill in the fields in the "Label Details" box that appears. You will need to measure the height and width of the labels, the top and left margins (from the top of the sheet to the top of the first label and from the left edge of the sheet to the left edge of the first label), the horizontal and vertical pitches (the horizontal pitch is the distance from the left edge of the first label in a row to the left edge of the second label in that row and the vertical pitch is the distance from the top of the first label in a column to the top of the second label in that column), and note the number of labels in each row and column.

When you click okay, you will be able to see a grid that represents your label template. You can then follow the rest of the steps in the Step By Step Wizard as usual.

2. Use A Label Planet Template Or An Existing Template You Have Created
If you don't feel confident setting up your own template, then you can use an existing template that someone else has set up for you or you can visit our website to download one of our free templates (NB: if you want to use a Label Planet template you will need to save it to your computer first).

When you reach Step 2, you should select "Start From Existing Document" and then select "Open" and navigate to the folder where your template is saved. Select the template and click "Open".

In Step 3, you should select your database as usual.

Step 4 is a little bit different than usual; as you are working with a template that hasn't automatically been generated by Word, it is unlikely to recognise your table or grid as being a table or grid that works with the mail merge system. This means that you need to add a "Next Record" rule to EACH CELL that represents a label on your sheet of labels - apart from the top left cell, which should be left blank.

To insert a rule, you should left click within a cell, select "Rules" from the top of the page and select "Next Record" from the drop down list. Unfortunately, you can only add a rule to one cell at a time so you may want to copy the first rule that you have inserted and then paste it into the other cells (this is most effective if your template doesn't have blank rows and columns to account for the gaps between labels - you can select entire rows or columns and paste into them in one go).

Now you can add the text that you want to use; usually this is done by using the "Address block" item. Click in the top left cell and then click "Address Block" - you will need to use the "Match Fields" button to match the columns in your database with the options in the Address Block and make sure your information is printed in the correct order.

Next you will need to copy this address block and paste it into the other cells; again this goes faster if you can copy and paste into entire rows and/or columns. Please note that the address block needs to go AFTER the next record rule.

Now you can continue with the Step By Step Wizard as usual.

For more tips and advice, please take a look through our Help pages.