Thursday, 27 August 2015

Label Planet: FAQ – What’s The Difference Between Rectangles With Rounded Corners & Rectangles With Square Cut Corners?

Eagle eyed customers may have noticed that our website features two categories of rectangular labels, which is confusing to some who – quite rightly – wonder how you can have labels that are the same shape but also a different shape.

The difference is in the corners; our two shapes are actually rectangles with rounded corners and rectangles with square cut corners.

Our rounded corner rectangles have radius corners, which are curved, while our square cut corners have the sharp, pointed corners that are the natural result of the two edges of the rectangle meeting at a 90° angle.

You might wonder why labels are made with two different kinds of corners. In actual fact, there are a variety of reasons that people choose one over the other – some more practical than others:
    If you opt for square cut corners, the number of sizes that are available as “standard” are more restricted because the sizes are determined by the size of the sheet and the number of labels being cut into that sheet. Additional sizes can be created by adding a selvedge (or blank strip) around the edges of the sheet and/or adding gaps between labels, but these are unlikely to be made as standard label products.
    Rectangles with rounded corners usually have gaps between the columns of labels and a selvedge all the way around the sheet, which means that there is generally a wider range of sizes available as standard products.
    Another difference is how easy it is to print onto the two kinds of rectangles; as mentioned above, most square cut rectangular labels will go all the way to the edge of a sheet BUT most printers are not able to print all the way to the edge of A4 sheets. Standard printers usually have a “printable area”, which is the section of the sheet that they are able to print onto, with the edges of the sheet falling into the unprintable area. It is possible to purchase printers with “edge to edge printing” settings, which will allow you to print the full area of an A4 sheet but these tend to be speciality models rather than standard printers.
    As rounded corner rectangular labels are made with a selvedge all the way around the edge of the sheet, standard printers should be able to print onto the full area of each label – which means that are no problems if you want to add borders or coloured backgrounds to your labels.
    Another benefit of rounded corners is that these labels tend to be easier to peel up off the backing sheet. Some people find that they struggle more with the sharp edges of square cut corners when they are trying to remove labels from their backing sheet, while the rounded curve of the radius corner helps them to peel each label off more easily.
    Of course, sometimes it’s all about how the finished label will actually look once it has been applied; for some people the square cut corners create a cleaner finish that suggests sharpness and precision, while others prefer the gentle arc of a curved corner as a way of providing a subtle, decorative finish.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Protect Your Pens & Pencils With Stikins ® Name Labels

Stationery is notoriously difficult to keep hold of; it’s small, easy to lose, is usually used (and left behind) in common shared spaces, and most of it looks pretty much exactly the same (even if your child insists otherwise).

Stikins ® name labels are a neat and easy way to keep stationery safe; whether your child is armed with just a few pens and pencils, has a full set of mandatory mathematical and scientific sets to keep track of, or even if they’ve simply been very insistent that they absolutely positively have to have a full set of highlighters and coloured pens for “colour coding” their notes this year – particularly if getting all of those items in the first place means spending hour after hour traipsing around the shops while your child tries to pick out the perfect pencil case for this school year (along with all those “essentials” to go in it).

Name labels can help make sure that, should those items go for a wander, there’s a better chance that they’ll make it back safe and sound. This is especially important in schools where stationery is often similar (if not identical), extremely easy to lose in busy classrooms, and quite expensive to replace – especially if your child is required to have specialist kits or craft materials.

Stikins ® simply stick on and stay on, so it’s very quick and easy to get stationery labelled; labels can be applied by children or adults and are suitable for use on items of all shapes and sizes.

With narrow tools, such as pens and pencils, you should apply your Stikins ® lengthwise so you can read the name down and around each item. It’s easiest to read a name label with the text printed on one line but you can quite easily rotate the item to read both lines if you need a longer name and/or contact information printed on your name labels.

Of course, they’ll also come in handy at home or at work to help avoid those inevitable situations when you need to write an important bit of information down and all the pens have disappeared, or you need to put together an important document or set of notes only to find that someone has wandered off with your stapler (or the box of staples) right at the crucial moment.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Label Planet: We’ve Got Seals! (AKA: The Seal Of Approval – Why A Label Can Be The Perfect Seal For All Kinds Of Documents & Packaging)

Labels are the perfect way to add a seal to all sorts of items for all sorts of purposes.

You might have a document that is very important and needs a professional, sturdy seal or you might be sending a special piece of correspondence or an invite to a special event. You might be creating a certificate or award to celebrate a special achievement or victory by an individual or team. Alternatively, you might have product packaging that absolutely needs to remain intact and sealed until it is delivered to the customer or perhaps you want to add a decorative finishing touch or a bit of extra branding to your product packaging. Either way, a label is a quick and easy solution that is very simple to get sorted – and we’ve got a variety of labels to help you find the perfect seal for you.

Labels for serious seals
If you’re sending important documents to a client or customer, you might want to add a seal to those documents or the envelope they are delivered in. Perhaps you want to add a mark as a kind of official sign off or approval, or you might simply want to make sure that your documents have a professional finish by adding a smart, branded seal to your correspondence.

We suggest: Gloss Labels, Premium Quality Paper Labels, Transparent Labels
Labels for celebration seals
If you’re sending out invitations to a very special occasion or sending a card or gift in celebration of a particularly special day, you might want to add a fun finishing touch to your invites and/or envelopes. We have many customers who want to add a little something extra, whether they want something fabulous and fun or something decorative and classy – and a seal for your invitations, cards, or envelopes is a brilliant way to add your own personal touch.

For example, you might be sending a gift or card for a special birthday or anniversary and want a seal to match, whether that’s a seal in the favourite colour of the birthday girl or boy, a seal with a personal message, or a seal that suits the occasion (e.g. a red label for a ruby wedding anniversary).

You might be sending out invitations for a special birthday party and want to add a personal message to each invite – you could print your message onto a label and use them to seal the envelopes or you might want a set of printed labels that will make finishing off your invites that much quicker.

We also get a lot of requests from soon to be brides and grooms who want to make sure that their invitations are every bit as special as their big day. Whether they want a label that matches their colour scheme or they’ve chosen the perfect paper and the perfect envelope for their invites and want a transparent seal that won’t cover up the design they’ve chosen, using a label as a seal is the perfect way to get that personal touch for those extra special invites.

We suggest: Coloured Labels, Fluorescent Labels, Gold & Silver Labels, Transparent Labels
Labels for successful seals
You might be designing your own certificates or awards or perhaps you want to add your own congratulations or “seal of approval” to existing documents. Whether you’re creating a certificate to reward progress and achievement in a school, rewarding success by individuals or teams in your company, creating a family reward system at home, running a competition for a social or activity group, or creating certificates for participants and winners in standalone events (such as sporting events, charity events, local events, or competitions in the arts, music, or horticulture), adding a “seal of approval” is a lovely finishing touch to help make your certificates or awards extra special.

You can use different colours to denote different levels of achievement, such as Gold for first place or for passing an exam with “Distinction” and Silver for second place or for passing an exam with “Merit”, or to distinguish between successes in different events, subjects, or classes.

We suggest: Coloured Labels, Fluorescent Labels, Gold & Silver Labels
Labels for security seals
Companies sending or supplying high value goods often want to make sure that company or product details remain with an item throughout storage and transport, or may want to add a seal to their products to secure the packaging, deter thieves, and provide evidence if any attempt is made to interfere with an item before it reaches a customer.

We supply two special “Tamper Evident” label products, which are designed specifically for use as security labels. These labels can be applied directly onto goods or onto product packaging. They improve the security of products by providing evidence if an item is opened or tampered with; our Silver Void labels leave the message “void” on the item and on the label if an attempt is made to remove them, while our Vinyl Tamper Evident labels will disintegrate into pieces (preventing the label from being removed) if someone attempts to remove them.

We suggest: Silver Void Labels, Vinyl Tamper Evident Labels
Labels for decorative seals
Finally, if you’re a company selling products, you might want to add a seal to your product packaging that includes your company branding, promotes a particular message about or from your company, shows off the details of a special offer, sends a personalised message to your customers, or gives your items a finishing touch that is both professional and decorative in appearance.

We find that our more decorative label options are popular for branding and personalising packaging, with many customers opting for one of our coloured labels (we have six pastel colours, five fluorescent colours, brown Kraft labels, and gold and silver labels), while our gloss labels prove popular for adding professional product labels to all kinds of items. Our transparent labels are a common choice for use when packaging needs a seal to provide a bit of extra security and sturdiness either during storage, display, or delivery.

We suggest: Coloured Labels, Fluorescent Labels, Gold & Silver Labels, Kraft Labels, Transparent Labels

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Need A Name Label For EVERYTHING On Your School Shopping List? Try Stikins ® - The Name Label That Simply Sticks On & Stays On!

These days, parents often find that the list of “Essential Items” provided by their children’s school extends far beyond the traditional school uniform list.

In additional to an extensive list of everyday uniform, parents will have to buy sets of P.E. kit and equipment along with specialist equipment for individual subjects, such as mathematical sets for maths, scientific sets and equipment, craft materials for art classes, and appropriate clothing for Dance and Drama. On top of all that, there’s additional “stuff” like lunch boxes, water bottles, bags, brand new stationery kits because the bits you bought last year have either “disappeared” or have gone out of style, and, of course, the other “essentials” that your child insists are absolute must haves.

This can provide a problem for traditional and non-traditional name labels alike; for example, those traditional woven labels that have been used by generation after generation aren’t much use unless you’re labelling fabric items, iron-on labels and clip-on tags have the same problems, while name label “stamps” may struggle to work across a range of surfaces and materials.

Stikins ® name labels, however, are designed to stick on and stay on; they are made with a soft, pliable vinyl and a highly advanced, specially developed adhesive that is designed to create a strong, permanent bond that will survive the rigours of daily life AND repeat trips through washing machines, tumble driers, dish washers, and microwaves. Stikins ® were developed with parents in mind and are designed to make labelling school uniform, equipment, AND personal items as quick and simple as possible. These labels simply peel off their backing sheet like any other label and can be applied onto the wash care label of any item of clothing or fabric item, or directly onto all kinds of personal items.

This makes Stikins ® the perfect partner for any school shopping list; if you need a name label that will keep all of your child’s things safe then this multipurpose name label is an ideal solution.

In fact, the only item on your list that might prove a problem is socks – but, if you really need to label your child’s socks, you can always buy a pack of our Trons ® name transfers, which create a fully permanent name label on any fabric item!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Label Planet: FAQ – Why Are US Labels & Templates Different From UK Labels & Templates?

Some of our customers come to us in a state of confusion and frustration because they’re struggling to find labels that work with existing software at work. Some of them are trying to find a better or cheaper supplier than the one they are currently using, while others are trying to find labels to suit brand new software that their company has just invested in.

While some of these customers will turn out to be looking for a label that simply isn’t a standard size, some will be having problems because the software they are using is American and they’re struggling to find UK products that will work with it.

So why does this happen?

The problem is that the UK uses the International Standard’s (ISO) standard for paper size, while the US uses the American National Standard Institute’s (ANSI) standard for paper size.

So, where labels on sheets in the UK are designed to fit on an A4 sheet (210 x 297mm), labels on sheets in the US are designed to fit on an American Letter sheet (8.5 inches x 11 inches – or 215.9mm x 279.4mm). This obviously has implications for the sizes of label that are manufactured as “standard sizes” and for the way these sizes are laid out – which in turn determines the templates that you need to use to print onto these different pages and layouts.

When companies import software from America, it is likely that the software will use American Letter and imperial measurements as default settings – and only some software will allow a user to change these settings and select A4 and metric measurements for their label templates (for example, the built-in templates in Word feature templates for both “Avery A4/A5” – using the UK standards of page size and measurements – and “Avery US Letter” – using the US standards).

If you’re using software imported from America and you’re struggling to find label sizes and template codes that are compatible with those for UK products, the first thing you should do is check the settings your software is using and – most importantly – if you are able to change them. If your software will allow you to use UK standards, then you simply need to change your settings and then purchase compatible UK products.

However, if your software won’t allow you to use the A4 page size and metric measurements, and you don’t have access to alternative software to print the labels you need, then you will need to source labels from an American distributor (e.g. World Label).

Of course, if you're struggling to find a template for one of our label products, you can always download one of the templates we have set up by visiting our Templates Page.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Name Labels - The Back To School Essential That Should Be On Every Parent’s List

Many parents may be looking in despair at the list of “essential” uniform and equipment that their child’s school has handed down to them and wondering why on earth they would choose to ADD anything to that list.

While we know we’re biased on the matter, we believe very strongly that name labels are an important resource for parents and for schools – particularly when few people have extra money and time to spare.

Lost property is a nightmare for parents and for members of staff; parents don’t want to spend time and money replacing items that are (usually) less than a year old and (often) quite expensive to buy, while teachers and members of staff have far more important things to do than collecting and storing lost property, contacting parents and pupils about the issue, and organising events in the hopes of reuniting even a handful of items with their owners.

The school environment brings hundreds of people and their possessions into one shared place and, as most of those items will be similar if not identical in appearance, it is inevitable that some items will get mixed up or go missing entirely. However, schools have the benefit of being an enclosed space, which means that lost items with a name label can be turned in to Lost Property and reunited easily with their owners, compared to the difficulties of losing things in public, open spaces.

Our name labels are quick and easy to use and, once applied, they provide a quick and easy way to identify the owner of an item. Stikins ® name labels simply stick onto the wash care label of clothing or directly onto the surface of school equipment or personal items; they take a moment to apply but will remain firmly in place, often outlasting the item they have been applied to. Our Trons ® name transfers are for use on clothing and fabric items, where they bond and fuse with the material to become a truly permanent name label.

You can find more information about our name label products here, including details about how they work, the materials they are made of, and the pack sizes available:
- Stikins ® Name Labels
- Trons ® Name Transfers

So, while it might seem that name labels are just another expense (and one that you can choose to avoid), in the long run they may prove to be the very thing that saves you money by making it easier for your child to bring all of their belongings home safe and sound.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Label Planet: FAQ – Why Are There So Many Avery Codes? (AKA – Which One Do I Use?!?!)

We often get queries from customers who have an Avery code or need an Avery code but aren’t quite sure how these codes match up with the codes we use at Label Planet for our products and templates (or those used by other suppliers for their products and templates).

In the world of labels, there are a LOT of different codes (such as printer codes, product codes, label codes etc), with different manufacturers and suppliers often using their own unique set of codes – even when they’re talking about label templates and/or products that are actually exactly the same. So it’s not surprising that some people (including us!) sometimes get confused.

Avery codes are often used as a standard in the label industry, with many manufacturers and suppliers listing products along with their own product code AND any compatible Avery codes. Most of the confusion with Avery labels occurs because of the way Avery has coded its products and templates.

Every single Avery product has its own unique code, which is used as both the product code and the template code for that product. However, some of these products will use the same label size and layout (how the labels are arranged on a page) – the only difference between them will be the materials and/or adhesives used to make those products. For example, if Avery has a label product that is a 40mm circular label and supplies that label in six colour options, each of those colours will have its own product and template code. The key thing is that all of those label products will use the same size and layout, so you could use any of those six template codes to print onto any one of those label products.

Here at Label Planet we do use our own set of product codes (each beginning with “LP” so you know it’s a product from Label Planet) but, like other manufacturers and suppliers, we also provide customers with any relevant Avery codes that are compatible with our products.

In fact, we’ve gone through Avery’s current and historical label products to put together an extensive list of all of the Avery codes that are compatible with our products.

You can use our “Avery Codes” page to look up an Avery code that you already have to see if there is a compatible Label Planet product. Alternatively, you can use our “Avery Compatible” page to look up a Label Planet product and see if there are any compatible Avery codes to use when you print your labels.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Use Your School’s Code To Raise Funds For Your Child’s School When You Buy Your Back To School Name Labels

If your child’s school is signed up to earn commission with us, they should have provided you with a School Code that will ensure that your order of name labels earns money for the school.

Schools can earn up to 30% commission on sales of name labels placed by parents and guardians, with the money raised being used for all sorts of exciting and creative projects and fundraising missions being undertaken by the school (or PTA).

Name labels are already extremely helpful to families AND schools because they are a quick and simple way to drastically reduce the amount of time and money that is wasted every year dealing with lost property in schools. Our commission scheme means that families and schools will have the additional benefit of earning commission funds for school fundraising projects from a purchase that is increasingly becoming an essential part of school life.

And all you need to do is make sure that you enter your school’s unique code when you place your order. 

Add a School Code to your order:
If you place an order online, you simply need to enter the school code in the “Enter School Commission Code” field just below the table where you select the pack size you want; if you order by phone, you should quote the school code as you order; and if you want to send a postal order using the order form on the back of our Information Leaflets, you should write the school code in the “School/Organisation Reference No.” box just above the address section.

Should you remember or find your school code AFTER you have placed an order, simply give us a call or send us an email and we can get the code added to your order.

Find out what your School Code is:
The school will have been given a code to distribute to parents but it’s up to them how they do this. They may hand out leaflets with the school code written on the front and/or back, include the code in a newsletter or email to parents, or simply list the school code (along with a link to our website) on the school or PTA website.

If you cannot find your school’s code, you can always send us an email or give us a call and we can confirm the code you need to use.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Label Planet: Recommendations From Label Planet - Label Types That We Don’t Supply (But Others Do)

Label Planet specialises in supplying blank labels on A4 sheets for use with standard desktop inkjet and laser printers (or for handwriting), which means that there is a wide variety of label types that we simply don’t do.

We get many inquiries from customers who are trying to source a particular kind of label but just don’t know where to start, so they come to us for advice. While we might not be able to help them directly, we do have a few tips and recommendations to help them narrow down their search.

With this in mind we’ve created a page of recommended manufacturers and suppliers, so if you are trying to find a kind of label that we don’t do, one of them should be able to help you out.

We haven’t received payment for these reviews and we are not associated with the companies in question; however, we do know they have helped many of our customers to find the labels that they need for non-A4 sheet label applications. 

Etiquette Labels
Etiquette supply both printed and blank labels on roles for use on thermal transfer printers. They are manufacturers of high quality, printed labels used by manufacturers of retail products and have the highest possible accreditation for labels that are to be used in food and drink applications. They also supply thermal transfer printers and label applicators.

Brady Labels
A specialist in synthetic labels for the electronics, processing, and general manufacturing industries; this company supplies blank labels for use on thermal transfer printers, pre-printed labels, label printers, software, and full printing systems. They produce label products that are used worldwide for applications involving labels for wiring and cables, panels, laboratory environments, floor and racking marking, electronic components and assembly lines, asset identification, warning signs, and pipe marking.

IML Labels
IML produce unique label products that are manufactured to have specific characteristics to suit very precise and demanding label applications, including labels for: the steel industry (high temperature applications), chemical and pharmaceutical companies, healthcare companies, waste management and recycling sites, timber processing plants, horticultural applications, and building and construction industries.

Custom Labels from a Local Manufacturer/Supplier
If you need custom labels (e.g. a bespoke size or shape, printed labels, or labels made with a specific material, finish, and/or adhesive) then the best thing to do is to find a local manufacturer or supplier.

If you’re looking to have a bespoke label made for you simply search for “Label Converters” or “Label Manufacturers” in your area. Alternatively, if you simply need to find someone who will print your labels for you, try a search for “Label Printers” or simply “Printers” in your local area.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – Can I Have Text On Three Lines?


Some of our customers want to include a variety of information on their labels and are concerned about whether or not the text they want will fit onto their labels AND remain at a decent sized font.

Our system is able to split information across three lines, which means that a lot of text can be included on a name label at a font size that remains neat and – most importantly – legible.

Perhaps you want to add a message and contact information to your labels, you want to include medical or allergy information along with an emergency contact, or you want to include two pieces of contact information – in any case you’ll want ALL of the information to be printed in a clear, legible font and the easiest way to do this is to split the information over three lines instead of two.

While our system will automatically split lengthy text across three lines, we would advise customers who want three lines to either get in touch with us before they place their order to discuss the text that they want or that they add a note to their order in the checkout noting that they would prefer text over three lines. This way we can ensure that the text is split across three lines and in the most efficient way possible.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Label Planet: Get Creative With Labels & Have Some Crafty Fun This Summer

With the summer holidays in full swing, you might be on a mission to get your kids to be more active and more creative. If you’re trying to inspire your children to try out their artistic skills, why not try getting crafty with labels from Label Planet.

We’ve got all kinds of labels and kids can have fun trying out their own designs, whether you’re looking for a project that’s just a bit of fun or you want something that’s fun but with a useful side.

Whether your children are interested in design of the digital kind or you’re looking for a more traditional paper-based arts and crafts deal, labels are a perfect tool for getting creative. Children can design their own labels or use them as part of a bigger project, whether it’s making their own stationery, putting together collages or photo albums, or simply getting together as many different bits and pieces (from paints and crayons to the good old glitter and glue combo) as they can and making a big old mess!

If you’re looking for a more practical project, you could get your children to come up with their own designs for labels to keep track of their stuff, such as personalised name labels for all their school books, labels that you can use around the home, or labels to help keep their bedrooms organised (or more organised than they might otherwise be).

So, why not take a look through some of the options we have and let your imagination run wild!

Coloured Labels
What’s a summer project without a bit of colour?! We’ve got all kinds of colours, including six pastel colours, five fluorescent colours, and a brilliant gold and silver, all of which can be printed or handwritten.

Kraft Labels
The craftiest craft label of them all! These labels are made of a brown craft paper with a ribbed pattern, which gives them a lovely natural, decorative appearance that is highly popular with crafty people of all kinds. If your child wants to make their own stationery, these labels are a perfect addition to their craft kits.

Transparent Labels
Why not let your children create their very own window stickers to put up in their room; our GTR labels are made with a removable adhesive so there’ll be no mess when your children (or you) decide it’s time to take them down.

You might also want to try our GCP labels, which can be used as transparent “white boards” – these labels can be used for endless games of noughts and crosses or hangman, or you can simply give your children white board markers and let them occupy themselves by scribbling away before wiping out what they’ve done and starting all over again!

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Sizing Guide FAQ – Just What Size Are Your Labels & Other Questions…

Yes, it’s another FAQ round up and this week it’s all a matter of size…

What size are your name labels?
Our Stikins ® name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and our Trons ® name transfers measure 35mm wide by 15mm high.

Name labels are supposed to be discrete until you need them – after all, you don’t want a massive label plastered all over your child’s clothing or personal items – and we find that this size fits neatly onto wash care labels and personal items and provides enough space to fit on the required information in a decent sized font.

Can I order name labels in a different size?
All of our name labels are made in the same size and we do not accept orders for bespoke sizes.

Do the labels get bigger/longer if I put more text on my labels?
Our system analyses the number of characters you have requested on each line and automatically adjusts the font size to select the largest possible font size that will allow all of your text to fit neatly onto your name labels.

Do you do really, really small name labels?
Our original name label product (the rather obviously named “Original Stikins ®”) included four name labels of different shapes and sizes, one of which was a really, really small label (the rather appropriately named “Micro Label”). Sadly, when we discontinued the line of Original Stikins ®, we also had to discontinue the Micro Labels.

Of course, our current Stikins ® product is made with a highly flexible vinyl, which means you can wrap these labels around smaller items, such as pens and pencils, in place of a really, really small label.

You can find more FAQs (and As) on our website here.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Need Some Advice On Which Name Labels To Choose? Read Our Reviews From Parents Just Like You…

As with just about anything else you might want to buy, there is huge variety in the types of name labels that you can purchase for labelling school uniform (and equipment) – so much so that it can get a bit overwhelming trying to choose the right product for you.

Our name labels were created with parents in mind and are designed to keep the process of labelling school uniform and equipment as simple as possible; our Stikins ® name labels simply stick on and stay on and that’s it!

Of course, we know that there are a lot of other companies saying similar things about their own products, which is why we invite all of our customers to leave us a review in which they can share their own experiences with us and with other parents.

So, if you want to know how our name labels work and what other parents think about them, simply take a look through the reviews on our website. We’ve received over 1300 reviews so far, including reviews from first time users to repeat customers who’ve been buying labels from us for years.

We read all of the reviews we get and – where we can – we act on all of the suggestions that we receive to improve our products and services. We know that while we can do our best to test our products and set up our services to be as easy as possible to use there’s nothing like the practical experiences of our customers when it comes to making sure our name labels are the best they can possibly be.

We also find that our customers are far more creative than we could ever be – they’ve come up with a whole heap of ways to use our labels and they’ve given honest feedback about what they like (and what they don’t like) about our products so both we and new customers can find out exactly what Stikins ® name labels are like at home.

Label Planet: I Need Waterproof Labels – What Labels Do You Recommend?

Many of our customers have label applications in mind that require waterproof labels; whether they need the labels to survive in outdoor conditions or they are for use indoors where they may come into contact with water (e.g. on cosmetics, cleaning, or food and drink products that may be used in the bathroom or kitchen).

The first thing we would say is: YOU NEED A LASER PRINTER.
  • This is down to the different printing methods used by inkjet and laser printers; laser printers use a dry printing process in which heat and pressure are used to fuse toner onto the surface being printed, while inkjet printers use inks that are dispersed onto the surface being printed where they dry in place – the problem here is that most inkjet inks are water based, which means that if the print should come into contact with water it will run and/or smudge.
  • So, while you can purchase labels for laser and inkjet printers that ARE waterproof, if you want PRINTED waterproof labels, you will need to use a laser printer.
The second thing you need to consider is: THE CONDITIONS THE LABEL WILL BE EXPOSED TO.
  • Some label applications need a waterproof label because there is a slight chance that the label might come into contact with water – in other words, a waterproof label is more of a “just in case” measure than an absolute necessity. In other applications, however, it may be absolutely vital that a label is waterproof because the labels are guaranteed to come into contact with water. In these cases, we would recommend choosing either our Matt White Polyester (MWP) or Matt White Polyethylene (MWPE) labels; both of these labels are made with a Marine Adhesive (BS5609), which has been tested for three months, submerged in marine conditions.
The third thing to think about is: THE SURFACE THE LABEL NEEDS TO ADHERE TO.
  • We often find that label applications that require a waterproof label will also involve an item that is made of an unusual material or has a curved or uneven surface. In these cases, you may need to consider choosing a bigger label, a stronger adhesive, or a more flexible material.
  • A larger label size means that the adhesive has a larger surface area over which it can work, which will improve the strength of the bond between the label and the item that it is applied to.
  • While all of our Waterproof Labels use strong, permanent adhesives, you may want to opt for the Marine Adhesive on our MWP and MWPE labels if the item is likely to be exposed to or submerged in water.
  • The polyethylene used to make our MWPE is soft and pliable, which means it is well suited to curved or unusual surfaces and materials.
Finally (and perhaps the most fun part), you should consider any requirements you have about: THE FINISH OF THE LABEL.
  • We have a variety of finishes for our Waterproof Labels, including White or Transparent Labels with a Gloss or a Matt Finish. Perhaps you have a transparent item and you want a transparent label to go with it, or maybe you want to match the finish of your label to that of the surface it will be applied to - simply pick the label option that creates the finish you want.
You can take a look through ALL of our Waterproof Labels products in this handy “Table of Waterproof Labels”.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – Can I Stick Stikins ® Onto… AKA Yes, They Really Do Stick Onto Almost Anything!

In a world where the idea of name labels still conjures the traditional scene of an endless pile of woven name labels that need to be endlessly stitched into an endless pile of school uniform, some of our customers find it hard to believe that Stikins ® simply stick on and stay there. We often get emails and calls from customers who want to make absolutely sure that their Stikins ® will definitely just stick on and to double check that they don’t need to do anything else (with “so I DON’T have to iron them?” being an oft repeated phrase). We’ve also received a handful of reviews beginning with a phrase that goes something along the lines of “so I didn’t think these labels would work but…”.

But YES! They really do just STICK ON and STAY ON!

And there’s really nothing more to it! You simply peel each label off the backing sheet and stick it down – as you would with any kind of label. Our Stikins ® will survive washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, AND microwaves so they can be used to label all kinds of clothing AND all kinds of personal items that you want to keep track of.

It’s all down to the advanced adhesive used on our labels, which has been developed specifically for the purpose of labelling school uniform and equipment. This adhesive has been tested and improved over the years (using the latest materials and manufacturing processes) to make sure that our name labels remain the best they can possibly be – and if our independent testing isn’t enough, these labels have also been thorough and rigorously tested by thousands of families across the country year after year.

So, can you really stick them onto anything?

Pretty much. We advise that if you are labelling clothing or similar items, you should always apply Stikins ® to the wash care or garment label. This is because these labels tend to be made of similar materials AND this is where the labels were applied during testing. While our labels can be stuck directly onto clothing and materials, there are so many different combinations of materials that we cannot possibly test them all and so we cannot guarantee that Stikins ® will definitely work if you stick them directly onto clothing.

The soft, pliable vinyl means you can also apply them onto a range of personal items, whether they have a flat or curved surface and the use of these labels is pretty much only limited by how many different things you can think of to label.

In fact, we often find ourselves being surprised as we read reviews from our customers who have come up with a whole heap of creative ways to use their labels! We’ve had customers use them for swimming costumes and equipment (including woggles, floats, and goggles), camping equipment for Guide and Scout groups, medical equipment and supplies, and a whole heap of cuddly toys.

Of course, you may have noticed that this blog post does make use of the word “almost" quite a bit. Alas, there is one item that our Stikins ® name labels have always struggled with – the dreaded pair of socks!

Unfortunately, socks don’t have wash care labels and they are designed to stretch and move around the foot as they are put on, worn, and taken off, which means they don’t have a consistent surface for the adhesive on our name labels to adhere to and form a permanent bond. If you do apply Stikins ® to socks, you may find that they seem to stick on okay at first but as soon as you stretch the sock, the label will begin to peel up and away from the sock.

[Of course, if you REALLY want to label your socks, you can always try our OTHER name label product; Trons ® name transfers, which can be applied directly onto the material of ANY item of clothing.]

Label Planet: FAQ – Do You Do A Label That Is (Xmm x Ymm)?

We often get queries from customers who need a label that measures exactly Xmm by Ymm – and they haven’t been able to find such a size on our website.

Unfortunately, we do not do custom label sizes. All of our labels are STANDARD sizes that fit neatly onto A4 sheets; by this we mean that the sizes we offer are determined by the dimensions of an A4 sheet (210mm wide by 297mm high) and by the size and layout combinations that produce as little waste material as possible (“waste” material is any strips around the edges of the sheet and gaps between the labels that will never get used).

So, what can you do if the size you need isn’t listed on our website?
In this case you have a few options:

1. Find a label supplier who DOES supply the label size you need.
The best way to do this is to search for labels and include the measurements you require in your search terms – bear in mind that if you include exact measurements, this will exclude products that are only fractionally bigger or smaller. If you can compromise by a millimetre or two, try searching for those sizes too.

2. Find a label manufacturer who can produce the size you need as a bespoke order.
Label manufacturers will be able to produce labels in any size you require – but you will most likely end up paying more to purchase bespoke labels instead of a standard size. Manufacturers will often have high minimum order quantities and set up fees may be a part of the cost.

3. Find a label size on our website that is the closest to the measurements you require.
If the exact size you require isn’t available and you don’t have the funds for a bespoke purchase, the best thing to do is to see if there is an alternative size on our website that will do the job.

You can find the full list of sizes we offer on our website on our “Search by Height” and “Search by Width” pages. Take a look and see if there is a size that will do the job just as well as the exact measurements you have in mind.

4. Buy a full sheet and cut your labels down to size.
An alternative option is to purchase labels that are A4 in size and cut them down to the exact measurements you require – bear in mind that you will need to account for the time it will take to cut your labels to size, and this option is best for label applications that require a smaller quantity of labels (unless, of course, you have an army of helpers to help you cut your labels to size).