Thursday, 28 July 2016
Label Planet: Get Your Family Crafting This Summer With Some Brilliantly Bright Labels From Label Planet
The summer holidays are the perfect time to get creative and encourage your children to try their hand at new things, including having a go at arts and crafts projects. Here at Label Planet, we have a whole range of colourful labels that can be put to use in all kinds of ways, whether you’re looking for extra craft materials to inspire your children with or you’ve got a particular project in mind.
For example, you might be looking at taking on a family project that’s fun but will also come in useful; whether you’re making collages or creating homemade photo albums, trying to get organised by encouraging your children to design their own labels to organise their stuff, having a go at making your own stationery for general use or for a special event happening over the summer (such as a birthday party), or maybe even having some fun designing homemade gifts for friends and family.
We’ve got all sorts of different labels but we have a few firm favourites that we think would be the perfect addition or starting point for any family crafts that you’re planning this summer:
Add a brilliant burst of colour to your summer projects with our range of coloured labels; we’ve got pastel shades for a more subtle finish, big and bold fluorescents to rival the summer sun (when it appears!), and shimmering gold and silver options for a delightfully bright finish. All of these labels can be written on or cut to shape and you can also put them through your standard desktop printer at home (please note: while our pastel coloured labels can be printed with laser or inkjet printers, our fluorescents and metallics can only be printed with a laser printer).
The clue is right in the name! These wonderfully decorative labels are made with brown Kraft paper (a common favourite in the world of arts and crafts), which has a ribbed finish to add a brilliantly light touch of pattern and texture. A great addition to any crafting kit, these labels are extremely popular for use as homemade stationery or as part of homemade gifts and cards.
These versatile labels can be used as a crafty addition to any project but are a particularly popular choice for creating homemade window stickers. Your children can create their very own unique designs to stick up in their room (and, if you’re not particularly keen on the idea of PERMANENT stickers, we would recommend taking a look at our Removable Transparent labels, which can be taken down without doing any damage to your windows and walls (and doors and floors) in the process).
You could also try out our Gloss Clear Labels, which can be used to make your own transparent “white boards”; simply stick these labels onto a background surface and your children can write (or draw) on them with white board markers before wiping them clean and starting again!
To find the perfect size of label for your summer projects in any of the options listed above, simply visit the range page for your chosen material to see what’s on offer (Coloured Labels, Kraft Labels, Transparent Labels); alternatively, if you’re looking for even more inspiration, head on over to our “List of All Labels” page to find out more about ALL of the different label materials available from Label Planet! If you want to print any of the labels you buy from us, visit our Template Section to download a template and start designing!
During the summer months, most parents will be busy trying to keep track of all their summer plans, which can make it easy to forget all about the task of ordering name labels before the back to school rush sets in.
As part of our aim to make our name labels as convenient as possible for busy parents, we try to ensure that ALL orders are made and despatched to our customers as swiftly and speedily as possible – so you can make your order, receive your name labels in plenty of time, and move on to the next thing on your list (while avoiding the unnecessary panic of trying to remember if you’ve ordered your labels or not).
All of our orders are made and despatched on the same working day (Monday to Friday), where orders are placed by 3pm. Any orders placed after 3pm or over the weekend will be made and despatched on the next working day.
The prices on our website are all-inclusive of VAT and delivery and we despatch our orders as standard by Royal Mail’s first class service; around 93% of items sent on this service are delivered on the next (working) day, with the rest taking a day or two extra. We also offer customers the opportunity to upgrade their delivery to a guaranteed next working day delivery service; this costs £5.75 and can be requested by phone.
If you have any concerns about how long it will take for your order to arrive, or you need to make sure your order arrives before a particular deadline, please contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to discuss your requirements and to assist you with your order.
We also offer shipping to a number of countries outside of the UK; these orders will be made and despatched on the same working day (Mon-Fri, up to 3pm), with our standard worldwide delivery service being Royal Mail’s International Standard delivery service. This service is charged at £1.50 per item and Royal Mail aim to deliver items on this service in 3-5 working days (Western Europe) or 5-7 working days (Rest of the World).
To discuss any despatch and delivery queries you have – or to place an order with upgraded next day delivery – simply get in touch with our Customer Service Team. Alternatively, visit our Stikins ® product page or our Trons ® product page to place your order today!
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Yes, if you have any questions (or queries) about our prices and pricing or payment methods and purchasing, this blog should have all the answers…
How do I find out what your products cost?
The best way to find a price is to visit our website (www.labelplanet.co.uk), which contains current price lists for all of our products; simply navigate to the product page of the item you are interested in to view the prices for that product. Alternatively, if you’re struggling to find a particular product (and its price), want to order a “shopping list” of different items, or want a price for a particular quantity you can always get in touch with our customer service team to discuss your requirements and/or request a quote.
What do the prices on your website include?
All of the prices on our website include VAT and standard UK delivery, so you will always pay what you see; the only time you will need to pay any additional amount is if you wish to request an upgraded delivery service or if you need your order to be delivered to the Republic of Ireland (see “What are your shipping costs?” below).
How does your pricing structure work?
We operate on a price break system, which means that the more you order, the better the cost per unit will be; we have chosen this pricing structure to allow trade customers (who usually need to order in larger quantities) to take advantage of the price breaks offered to customers ordering in bulk. If you only need smaller quantities, we would recommend considering if you will need to order on a regular basis; you may be able to save yourself some money by taking advantage of our price breaks and ordering slightly larger amounts less frequently than if you order small amounts as and when you need them.
Please note: we do not offer any discounts specifically for trade customers only nor do we have a separate trade price list.
Will you match prices from other companies?
We do not offer any price matching services; if you find a better price elsewhere, it is up to you to decide where you wish to purchase your labels from – but we would advise that you bear in mind that you will need to check if the materials used to make those products are suitable for your requirements and if the company you purchase from offers customer service levels that you are happy to use.
Do you have any discounts or offers available?
From time to time we run offers and discounts, which we advertise to customers by email (where they have opted to receive promotional emails from us) and on our blog and social media pages. We are currently running a mix and match pricing offer on our coloured and fluorescent coloured labels, which you can request by phone if you need to order a range of coloured labels in different sizes and/or colours.
Please note: we are happy to offer a discount to registered charities who would like to place an order with us; simply contact our customer service team to discuss your requirements and to get a quote.
Do I have to pay for samples and/or templates?
No. Our sample request service and templates are completely free of charge; we provide these resources to help our customers make sure that the labels they purchase are right for their application and to help them get the best possible print result, whether they have previous experience of printing labels or not.
What payment methods are available?
We accept payment in a variety of ways, although the options available will vary depending on how you choose to order:
ORDERS ONLINE: pay by credit/debit card or PayPal account
ORDERS BY PHONE: pay by credit/debit card (NB: we do not accept American Express)
ORDERS BY EMAIL/POST/FAX: we will issue you with a proforma invoice against which payment can be made by credit/debit card, BACS transfer, or cheque.
Can I open a credit account?
We operate on a “payment with order” system and so do not offer credit accounts.
If you are unable to make a payment yourself over the phone or online (for example, if you need to submit your orders via a Finance Department), you may contact our customer service team to request a proforma invoice, which you or your Finance Department can then pay via credit/debit card, BACS transfer, or cheque.
Please note: if you request a proforma invoice, you are responsible for making sure that the total amount is paid and we will not despatch your goods until we have received payment.
Our one exception is Local Education Authority Schools, who may request a 30 Day Invoice; simply send the details of your order to us in an official purchase order form OR in a document with the school’s letterhead and the signature of the individual responsible for making payment and we will process your order and send you a School Invoice for payment.
What are your shipping costs?
Standard delivery is included in our prices but if you want to upgrade to a special delivery option or request delivery to the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay an additional shipping fee, which is the amount that the Royal Mail or our carrier service charges us. The price of these shipping services depends on the total weight of your order; to find out what upgraded shipping options are available and/or to get a quote, get in touch with our customer service team.
Orders of less than 500 sheets can be upgraded to a guaranteed next day delivery option online or by phone, while larger quantities will need to be upgraded by phone so that we can select the best shipping option based on the items you are ordering and when you need to receive them. Orders of 250+ sheets (stocked items) and made to order items will be placed on a next working day carrier service as standard – however, if your order is particularly urgent you can call us to see if an upgraded service is available (e.g. AM Delivery).
Please note that made to order items (or stocked items that are temporarily out of stock) will only be despatched via next working day carrier once they have been made; manufacture can take up to five working days, although standard white paper products are often ready much sooner.
Customers who want to request delivery to the Republic of Ireland should contact our customer service team to place their order; this allows us to work out the best shipping option (and price) for the specific products and quantities that you require.
What should I do if I need to order from Ireland & I’m VAT Registered?
Simply give us a call and make sure you have your VAT number to hand; we’ll remove VAT from the cost of your order (and any shipping fees that apply).
You can find more useful information on our Frequently Asked Questions page and in our Blog; if you find that you have a question that you cannot find an answer to or you have any other questions and queries about prices and payments, please get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help.
Some of our customers want to be able to order blank labels (or to leave one of the lines blank) so that they can write in a particular name or additional information at a later date.
Requesting blank labels or a blank line on your labels is a simple way to create the exact labels you need; our system can only print one set of text per pack of name labels, so whatever is printed onto ONE of the labels in a pack is printed onto ALL of the labels in that pack – BUT if you want to be able to make name labels for a number of individuals, you want different amounts for each person, you want to put different information onto each label, or if you have information that you can only add at a later date, requesting blank labels means you can write out as many labels as you need for each name (or purpose).
We are more than happy for customers to request blank (or partially blank) labels; simply follow the guidelines below:
- Ordering By Post: leave the relevant fields blank on your order form
- Ordering By Phone: let us know that you want blank labels or a blank line
- Ordering Online: enter a blank space into the relevant text fields (“Enter Line 1” and/or “Enter Line 2”) using the space bar on your keyboard
[You can also add a note to your order to explain that you want a particular line or the whole label leaving blank, by leaving a note in the “Additional Information” box as you checkout.]
- If you do intend to write on your labels, you will need to use a laundry pen (or similar) to make sure that the ink won’t be washed away when you put your clothes in the washing machine or wash personal items (such as water bottles and lunch boxes).
- Our labels are made using specialist printers, software, and ink, which means you CANNOT print these labels yourself, using the printer you have at home.
- We do not offer any discount for requesting blank, rather than printed, labels.
Thursday, 21 July 2016
There are a lot of different label applications where it is very important that the labels you use are waterproof; you might be creating labels for items that will be stored or used in the great outdoors or making product labels for goods that will be used in indoor environments where they may be exposed to water – such as the kitchen, bathroom, or perhaps even a swimming pool.
Whatever the situation, there are a few top tips that you’ll need to keep in mind to make sure that your labels don’t end up being a total washout!
1. ALL Of Your Label Must Be Waterproof
You need to make sure that EVERY layer in your label is waterproof; including the face material, the adhesive, AND the print that you add. Generally speaking, labels that are made with a waterproof face material will have a waterproof adhesive to match so you don’t need a detailed knowledge of different materials to make sure your labels are waterproof. At Label Planet, we’ve made it even easier to choose labels that are waterproof by creating a specific “Waterproof Labels” page and by clearly labelling our Waterproof Labels as being “waterproof” across our website.
Although, if in doubt, the best advice to follow is: if you need waterproof labels, DON’T PICK PAPER!!
Our waterproof labels are made with polyester or polyethylene (although our vinyl security labels are also waterproof), while TWO of these products (MWP and MWPE) also feature a Marine Standard Adhesive, which is designed specifically for use in label applications that will involve exposure to or immersion in water.
2. Not All Printers (Or Printing Materials) Can Produce Waterproof Print
Our blank labels are designed to be printed with standard desktop printers, which are either laser printers or inkjet printers. If you want to create waterproof labels, you will HAVE to use a LASER printer. This is because laser printers use a dry printing process to bond toner (a dry powder) onto a surface using heat and pressure, which produces waterproof print – while inkjet printers tend to use inks that are water-based, meaning that these inks will run or smudge if they come into contact with water.
If you absolutely HAVE to use an inkjet printer you will need to either source inks that are NOT water-based (which tend to be more specialised, and therefore more expensive, products) OR you will need to find a way to create a protective layer over the top of your inkjet-printed labels (for example, by applying a transparent label over the top of your printed labels).
We have ONE waterproof label that can be printed with inkjet printers; Gloss Clear Polyester Labels.
3. Waterproof Means They Survive Exposure To Water (Not Everything Else)
Some people will assume that, because they have bought waterproof labels, their labels will survive ALL KINDS of environments that contain water AND other elements – which simply isn’t true. While our waterproof labels are strong and durable labels that can survive exposure to a wide variety of environments, there are limits to what they can endure before they begin to show damage.
For example, we have many customers who use our waterproof labels to create product labels for a range of cosmetics that they produce and/or sell. As these products are likely to be used in bathrooms, picking a waterproof label is a great way to make sure that the product labels (and all the vital information that they hold) remain firmly in place and completely legible even if they end up taking a dunk (or two) in the bath! However, it is always wise to take into consideration the ingredients that you use to make these products, particularly with products such as “essential oils”, which may cause the print or the adhesive on your labels to deteriorate over time.
We are also sometimes asked if our waterproof labels are suitable for use on items that will go into washing machines and dishwashers, which – obviously – involve exposure to water. However, NONE of our waterproof labels are suitable for such applications because of all of the OTHER elements involved (specifically the ingredients used in cleaning products), which will cause extensive damage.
If you need your labels to survive in more extreme conditions or you know that they may be exposed to a variety of ingredients and/or substances, then we would always recommend requesting a sample of the waterproof labels that you would like to use so you can give them a test run first.
To find out more or to buy waterproof labels today, simply visit our Waterproof Labels Information Page; to request a sample of any of our waterproof labels to test them for yourself, you can either contact our Customer Service Team OR fill in our online Sample Request Form.
Regardless of whether you’re getting organised for your summer holidays or getting ahead of the “Back To School” rush, it’s important that the name labels you buy are able to survive day in and day out – throughout the whole year.
Our name labels are made with brilliantly advanced materials that allow them to remain firmly in place for as long as possible BUT we’ve also taken steps to make sure that both our labels AND their print are summer-proof to make sure that your labels remain clear and legible all summer long.
The summer brings with it a whole heap of challenges for name label products; in addition to sweaty necks, sticky ice creams and sugary drinks (and the resulting sticky fingers that follow), name labels will (hopefully) also be exposed to sun creams and lotions, which can be a problem for the print used to create these products. Many sun creams and lotions use ingredients (such as titanium dioxide) that are incredibly helpful when it comes to protecting us from the sun BUT that will react with the print used on name labels and cause that print to fade or to disintegrate entirely.
Back in 2013, we sourced brand new inks for our Stikins ® name labels to ensure that the print we use would remain completely resistant to the ingredients commonly used in sun creams and lotions – allowing our products to survive all summer long. We also tested our Trons ® name transfers, when we introduced them in 2014, to ensure that they were also fully resistant to these sun creams and lotions.
We have continued to test our name labels against a variety of these sun care products to ensure that your name labels will be as summer-proof as possible, even when manufacturers make a change to the ingredients they use. Our latest tests have shown that both of our name label products remain resistant to the majority of market leading sun creams and lotions (including those designed specifically for both children and individuals with sensitive skin).
We would add that the one exception is sun creams and lotions that are alcohol based; alcohol is a solvent and, as such, will cause the print on name labels to disintegrate rapidly. While these products are more likely to be targeted at adults (rather than families or children), you might find that the sun care products you end up using this summer contain some alcohol based ingredients. If this is the case, you simply need to allow plenty of time for the alcohol in these products to evaporate away before putting on clothing or handling items that have had one of our name labels applied (this can take anything from a few seconds to a few minutes).
You can find out more about how sun care products affect name labels on our “Sun Cream Resistant Name Labels” information page; alternatively, you can find out more about our Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers on our information pages, or you can go ahead and place an order for your very own name labels that will last throughout the summer and on into the school year ahead.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
If you’re designing circular labels, you might be thinking that you want your text or design to make the most of the space available, which means that you might be wondering exactly how you go about getting your text to go around in a circle – especially if you’re trying to use a Word template.
Word is, essentially, a word processor; it is software that is designed specifically for inserting and editing text, with some limited function for page layout design. This means that it has a limited number of tools geared towards graphic design, which can make it a little trickier to use when it comes to designing templates.
HOWEVER, there is a simple way to create circular text to match the circular outline of your labels – through the magic of good, old fashioned WordArt! The steps you need to follow will vary slightly, depending on the version of Word you are using – and more recent versions of Word will give you access to editing tools that are more advanced than those in earlier versions.
CREATE CIRCULAR TEXT WITH WORDART (Word 2007 onwards)
- Click “Insert”, “WordArt”, and select a style to begin.
If you aren’t sure which style to pick, we recommend choosing the first (most basic) option as you can always alter the style of your WordArt later on.
- Enter the text you want into the text box/placeholder provided and select OK.
change the shape of your WordArt, left click on it once to select it –
this will cause a “Format” tab to appear at the top of your page,
beneath the words “Drawing Tools”.
The ribbon will now contain a section called “WordArt Styles”, which will include a larger box showing examples of different styles along with three small icons to the right of this box. The bottom icon in this set of three is the tool you need to use and will either be called “Change Shape” (Word 2007-2010) or “Text Effects” (Word 2013-16). Click on this icon (choose “Transform” from the dropdown list, Word 2013-2016) and select one of the options listed under “Follow Path” to get your text to go in a circular (or even semi-circular) shape.
- Resize and/or
reposition your WordArt to get it in the correct position within your
label design – you may need to use trial printing onto paper and a bit
of trial and error to get the best possible alignment.
If you want all of your labels to be the same (or to use the same basic design), we highly recommend setting up one piece of WordArt in the first label in your template and then using copy and paste to fill in the rest of the labels.
- Click “Insert”, “Picture”, and then “WordArt”.
- Select a style, enter the text you want into the box provided, and click OK.
If you aren’t sure which style to select or the font you want to use, we recommend selecting the first style option and using the default font settings, as you can always alter the style of your WordArt later on.
- Left click on your WordArt to bring up the Drawing Toolbar; there should be an icon in the toolbar made up of the letters “Abc” – this tool allows you to change the shape of your WordArt, simply by clicking on one of the shapes that appear when you click on this icon (choose one of the thin circular or semi-circular shapes to get your text to follow a circular or semi-circular path).
- Resize and/or reposition your
WordArt to get it in the correct position within your label design – you
may need to use trial printing onto paper and a bit of trial and error
to get the best possible alignment.
If you want all of your labels to be the same (or to use the same basic design), we highly recommend setting up one piece of WordArt in the first label in your template and then using copy and paste to fill in the rest of the labels.
You can order in a number of ways, so it’s completely up to you to choose the option that is most convenient for you; we can accept orders via our website, over the phone, by post, or even by email.
To Place An Order Online:
- Visit our website at stikins.co.uk and click on “Buy Stikins ®” to start your order with a pack of Stikins ® name labels or click on “Buy Trons ®” to start with a pack of Trons ® iron-on name transfers.
- Select the pack you want to buy and enter the text you require as follows:
Select if you want your text on one line or on two lines
(We recommend using two lines unless you are entering a single name (e.g. just a surname) or a very short full name. Our name labels are made to one size only and will not expand to incorporate a larger number of characters; instead, our system will count up the number of characters you have requested and will reduce the font size until it reaches a size that will allow all of those characters to fit on your labels).
Enter the text you want into the boxes provided (“Enter Line 1” and/or “Enter Line 2”)
(To request blank labels or to leave one line blank, simply enter a blank space in the relevant box using the space bar on your keyboard).
Select the pack size you want
Enter your school fundraising number
(Registered schools and groups earn up to 30% commission on orders where their fundraising number is quoted; this number may already be filled in if you have followed a link from the school or group website. If you do not know the code for your child’s school or group (or if they are even registered), enter the name of the school or group in the “Additional Information” box as you checkout and we will check/add this for you).
Click “Add to basket” to add that pack to your basket!
the shopping basket, you can add another pack (click on “Enter More
Names”, or on the “Buy Stikins ®” or “Buy Trons ®” buttons), request
multiple packs with the details you have already entered (type the
number you require into the “Quantity” box and click “Update Totals”),
or remove a pack you have already entered (check the “Select” box and
Once you are happy with the packs you have added to your basket (and you’ve taken a moment to double check the details), click on the “Checkout” button to enter your billing/shipping information and to pay for your order.
your address and contact information. If you wish to enter a separate
delivery address, enter your billing address first and then check the
“shipping address” box to add your different delivery address.
We will only use your contact information for the purpose of processing your order and keeping you up to date with its progress; from time to time we do send promotional emails to let our customers know about any new products and/or offers that are available – to request that we do NOT send you any promotional emails, simply uncheck the “Allow Promotional Emails” box.
If you have any extra queries or requirements, you can use the “Additional Information” box to add a note to your order, which our customer service team will do their best to assist with.
- Payment for online orders can be made with either a credit or debit card or with a PayPal account.
- Contact our customer service team on 01270 668076 (opening hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).
- Let us know the packs you would like to order and the text you want on each.
- Let us know your delivery address and give us your child’s school or group fundraising number (if you have one).
- Payment for phone orders can be made with either a credit card or debit card.
Please note, we do not accept payment by American Express.
orders can be made using the Order Form on the back of our Parent
Leaflets; you may have one of these if you have ordered from us in the
past or if you have been given one by a school or group – if you haven’t
got one (or if the one you did have has gone missing), you can download
a copy to print off from our website here: Parent Leaflets.
Of course, you can also simply send us a letter, providing the details of what you want to order along with your delivery details!
- Enter the text you want in the boxes provided (“Line 1” and “Line 2”), enter the quantity you need, and the code for the pack size you want to order, then add your delivery information in the two boxes provided (“Name” and “Address & Postcode”). You can also use the “Price” boxes to work out the total for your order.
- Payment for postal orders must be made by cheque; please make your cheque payable to “Label Planet Ltd”.
We do allow some customers to order by email if they are bulk ordering on behalf of a group or organisation (for example, if you are ordering on behalf of a school or a residential care or nursing home).
- Send us an email with the details of the items you would like to order, along with your delivery details.
- Please send the names to be printed in an Excel spreadsheet, with the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column (or, for care facilities, you may wish to enter the names in the first column and each resident’s room number in the second column).
- We will issue you with a Pro-Forma Invoice, against which payment can be made by cheque, debit or credit card, or BACS transfer.
Please note that we operate on a “payment with order” system and do not offer any credit accounts.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Label Planet: Back Up Your Digital Files & Conquer Your Pile Of Paperwork With Our Media & Data Storage Labels!
While you might prefer to think of your summer as being a time reserved for a break from working hard, you might have a few less fun jobs that you REALLY need to get around to over the summer months, whether you’ve got to have a good old sort out or simply need to get your filing system back under control – but don’t panic because, here at Label Planet, we’ve got a whole range of labels to help you get these jobs done and dusted (hopefully with plenty of spare time for doing something a bit more fun!).
Our Media Labels range is made up of an assortment of sizes that have been developed with a particular storage medium in mind, but that also offer a variety of options for any filing or storage system that you need to keep in check.
Labels for your Files & Folders
If you’re looking to get your paperwork under control then we have a great range of labels that you can print quickly and easily to get all of your files and folders neatly and clearly labelled up.
Lever Arch File & Box File Labels: we have three different sizes available for labelling up folders and box files of all shapes and sizes; simply add the contents of each folder or box to your labels to make it extremely easy to find the one that you’re looking for.
Ring Binder and Eurofolio Labels: for slightly slimmer folders and organisational files like Eurofolios, we have two narrower options that are a great way to keep track of which papers are filed where, and can also be used to label up other storage containers, such as in (and out) trays and pigeon holes.
Labels for your Digital (or Analogue) Archive
With more and more of our lives taking place in the digital world, it has become increasingly important to maintain a backup of all your digital files and we’ve got a range of sizes to suit all kinds of digital back up devices (and some analogue ones as well!):
CD & DVD Labels: we have four options for CD labels / DVD labels, each of which provides you with two CD/DVD labels per sheet along with a selection of case labels that can be used to keep track of the files that you’ve got on each CD or DVD.
Diskette & Data Cartridge Labels: while it’s unlikely that many people will be keeping current digital archives on these particular forms of storage device, these sizes remain very popular for labelling up newer devices – providing a smallish label that will nevertheless give enough space for you to add your all-important reminder about what you’ve got backed up.
Video Labels: you might have a few old tapes lying around (which would make these the perfect purchase for making sure you don’t forget what special memories or favourite films they contain) but these two labels are also popular sizes for labelling up both digital and paper-based storage systems; the spine labels are long and narrow, which makes them ideal for adding onto shelving and storage devices or onto files and folders, while the face labels provide a compromise between other “standard” paper sizes that are simply too big or too small.
Slide Labels: these labels were initially designed for use on individual photographic slides but their small size makes them a really useful label to have on hand if you need a small – but clear – reminder of what goes in a particular file, folder, tray, drawer, or box. These labels are also popular for labelling up photo albums with a brief description of the contents or date of each photograph.
Audio Cassette Labels: you might think that audio cassettes have disappeared from the world BUT there are a number of organisations and groups who continue to use tapes, which provide a valuable resource that other media and devices simply don’t offer. If you’re amongst them, these labels will provide the perfect fit for labelling up your all-important tapes!
You can find all of our Media & Data Labels on our conveniently named “Media Labels” range page, which provides more information about the dimensions of each label; you can also download a Word or PDF template for these brilliant versatile sizes by visiting our “Templates For Special Use Labels” page!
Stikins ® & Trons ®: Enjoy Peace Of Mind This Summer With Fantastically Flexible Name Labels From Label Planet
While you might be thinking that name labels are a “Back To School” purchase to be made at some point later in the summer holidays, we like to think that our name labels can be quite the little helper when it comes to making the most of your summer break.
Whatever you’ve got planned, it’s more than likely that a large part of your summer will be spent herding your children and various belongings around a variety of locations in the hopes of ending the break with as many items as you started (or, at the very least, without finding that you’ve ended up with fewer items than you started out with).
Name labels are a quick and easy way to bring some extra peace of mind to your trips, by making it a whole lot easier for items to be returned should the worst happen. Our Trons ® name transfers fuse and bond with fabric items to create a completely permanent name label, while our Stikins ® name labels will simply stick in and stay in, whether you apply them to clothing and towels (where you should apply your labels onto the wash-care label) or onto all those extras that you simply have to take with you, from buckets and spades, camping gear and swimming stuff, and, of course, all of those assorted “tools of distraction” that you might need to earn a few moments of peace and quiet.
If you’re ordering labels to help keep things safe on a family trip, you might want to order a pack (or packs) that you can share among family members; we have many customers who choose to enter “Family Surname” or simply “Surname” on one line along with a piece of contact information (such as a phone number) to help keep their possessions safe.
You can find out more about our name labels by visiting our Stikins ® Information and Trons ® Information pages, take a read through the reviews left by existing customers on our Stikins ® and Trons ® product pages for more ideas on how you can use your name labels, or simply go ahead and take the plunge by placing an order for your very own set of summer labels to keep your stuff safe through to September (and beyond!).
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Here at Label Planet, we only supply A4 sheets of blank labels; while we are more than happy to talk to customers to give them advice on how to go about designing a template and printing their labels themselves, we do not offer any design or printing services.
However, we know that some customers will not have access to a suitable printer OR may not be confident in their own abilities to design a template and to print their labels themselves. In this case, we would recommend trying the following:
- Ask a family member, friend, or colleague if they can help
If you’re only looking to have a few labels printed, it’s always worth asking around to see if someone you know would be happy to give you a helping hand – especially if you happen to have anyone within your social circle who has a bit of a knack for design or has some experience of printing labels.
- Check to see if there is a printing company in your area
Most towns will have a local printer on their high street; there are a number of different chains of small, local printers and a whole host of independent businesses who should be able to handle all sorts of printing jobs – including labels.
Remember: you may want to get a few quotes before committing to this option as you will have to make sure your budget includes the cost of your blank labels and the printing service.
- Take a look into a more bespoke option
If your labelling requirements are a bit more substantial, you may wish to take a look into larger printing companies who will be able to undertake bigger bespoke printing jobs that involve large quantities and very detailed specifications. These companies will usually offer a larger range of services, such as the opportunity to have them design your labels, as well as print them.
Remember: if you want to go for a more bespoke option, you will need to bear in mind that this will be the most expensive option and larger businesses may have minimum requirements for the amount of labels that they will accept in a single order.
While you might think that name labels are just for making sure that your children’s belongings make it safely back home from school, our versatile stick on name labels are perfect for EVERY member of your family – from the youngest to the eldest – and can be used to make sure that almost any item is safely and securely labelled.
Name Labels For Children
Stikins ® were designed to withstand the rough and tumble of the school year and to be as simple as possible to apply and use; the bold black font means it is really easy to read the name (or information) on each label so your child can easily find (and keep hold of) their belongings in the chaos of the school classroom (and changing room and playground).
These multipurpose name labels can be used to label all kinds of things, from clothing and fabric items (where they should be applied onto the wash-care label), bags and shoes (apply them beneath the tongue or onto the side wall of shoes), and onto personal belongings, such as lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery, or even phones and tablets. The labels are discrete enough that they won’t be plastered all over their belongings and smooth enough that they won’t cause any irritation against their skin when applied into clothing – which means your children are free to get on with their day!
Name labels are an easy way to make your children’s belongings that extra bit secure and can also help to teach your children about being responsible for their possessions, help younger children recognise and identify their own name, and can also be used as extra medical alerts if your children have any medical conditions or allergies.
They’re also a pretty useful tool if your children have a lot of similar (if not identical) belongings; sticking a name label onto these items is an instant way to put an end to arguments and tantrums about which item belongs to which child.
Name Labels For Parents
Our name labels were designed with busy parents in mind, which means that we’ve tried to make them as quick and easy to use as possible. These multipurpose name labels simply peel off their backing sheet and can be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items or directly onto all sorts of personal belongings – this means that these name labels take only a moment of your time to apply and will safely and securely label pretty much all of your children’s belongings so you don’t end up having to buy replacements time and time again.
BUT they’re also a pretty useful tool if you want to get organised yourself or if you’re trying to keep your stuff safe at work or on trips away. For example, if you work in a busy shared environment and share equipment with colleagues – or if you use equipment that is identical to that used by your colleagues – name labels are an easy way to get your tools labelled to avoid problems with items getting mixed up or misplaced (or, indeed, to avoid issues with colleagues helping themselves to anything in the communal fridge).
They’re also useful for labelling up personal belongings and any specialist equipment that you have for holidays or hobbies; you can add your name and phone number to help make sure that any items you take with you on trips or holidays is easily returned to you should anything go missing.
Name Labels For Grandparents
Stikins ® are a great helping hand if you have a relative who is moving or has moved into residential care or a nursing home. Moving into a care home can be a stressful event for both the individual being moved and for the relatives and friends around them, and the process can often be an abrupt one. Name labels can help to ease this process by removing the worry of making sure that your relative’s belongings stay safe.
For example, care homes tend to use shared laundry facilities and it can be difficult and/or time consuming for staff to ensure that items are returned to the correct owner; labelling your relative’s clothing (and other fabric items) makes it quick and simple for members of staff for sort and return these items and so prevent the unnecessary stress caused by mix ups or items going missing. They’re also useful for bringing some extra piece of mind (and security) if your relative is taking certain items with them that are of significant emotional value, such as photo albums, books, trinkets, and ornaments.
To find out more about these brilliantly useful labels, you can take a look at our Stikins ® Information Page or read independent reviews from customers who are already using these labels; alternatively you can simply place an order and find out for yourself how useful these labels can be!
Thursday, 7 July 2016
If you’re looking to introduce a bit of colour this summer, then our coloured labels might just be the finishing touch you need!
We have a grand total of FIFTEEN different colours for you to choose from including seven pretty pastels, five fantastic fluorescents, metallic gold and silver, and a brilliant brown Kraft paper.
Whether you’re looking for a coloured background to really make your labels stand out or you’re getting ready for a summer inspired arts and crafts project, these labels are a wonderful way to instantly add a burst of colour – whether you want a shade that’s subtle and serene or you want something that’ll really stand out and shout!
PASTEL COLOURED LABELS
Our pastel coloured labels come in sixty three different sizes across a range of seven different colours:
Crimson Red, Orange Red, Yellow (canary yellow), Blue (sky blue), Green (apple green), Pink (pastel pink), or Cream
These blank paper labels can be printed using an inkjet printer or a laser printer OR you can really get creative and produce your own unique designs by hand. You can choose between a permanent adhesive (for a permanent touch of colour) or a removable adhesive (if you want to be able to remove your labels at a later date, without doing any damage to the surface of the item you need to label). These pastel shades offer a subtle coloured background that will add a pleasant bloom of colour without obscuring the text or design work that you’re adding to your labels.
Our fluorescent labels range is available in fifty nine sizes across a range of five fabulous fluorescent colours:
Red, Orange, Green, Yellow, or Magenta
These brilliantly bright labels are supplied on A4 sheets of labels with a permanent adhesive and can be printed using a laser printer or you can write or draw your designs by hand. All five of these fluorescent colours will instantly grab the attention of any passer-by and are the perfect label to choose if you want to draw attention to something in a big way or if the information on your labels is extremely important (and absolutely HAS to be noticed). These fluorescent labels the perfect way to add a bold and bright finishing touch that is both extremely attractive and fun in appearance.
Our gold labels and silver labels are both available in a range of twenty four sizes and are paper labels with a permanent adhesive. Like our fluorescent labels, these metallic labels can only be printed with a laser printer or you can choose to personalise your labels with a handwritten message or design. These labels have a delightful semi-gloss textured finish, which adds a professional and decorative touch that is both luxurious and festive in appearance.
Our Kraft labels are available in forty four different sizes and can be handwritten or printed with either an inkjet printer or a laser printer. Made with brown Kraft paper, these labels have a ribbed finish that offers a wonderfully decorative touch of pattern and texture that makes these labels the ideal addition for any project that needs to have that natural, homemade, crafty finish.
You can find more information about all of our coloured labels (or place an order to get your colourful summer projects underway) by visiting the range pages for these products or by taking a look through our “List Of Coloured Labels” information page.
While many parents know about the benefits of buying name labels for their children’s belongings, they may not have room in their budget to buy as many as they would like. At Label Planet, we developed our name labels with busy parents in mind and we’ve tried to make our products as simple and easy to buy as they are to use, which is why we’ve put together a few top tips to help you make your order of name labels as cost effective as possible:
Buy a larger pack size than you need
So, this one might not seem like a fair suggestion but our larger packs ARE more cost effective than our smaller packs (with a lower price per label) and you only have to use as many labels as you need now before storing the rest away for when you next need them.
We recommend that you keep your name labels in their original packaging and store them in a dry place, out of direct sunlight, at room temperature; our Stikins ® will retain their original quality for up to two years and our Trons ® for up to five years providing you store them correctly.
Make the most of our multipurpose name labels
Unlike traditional sew in or iron on name labels (and some other stick on name labels), our Stikins ® are a truly versatile stick on name label product that can be used to label pretty much EVERYTHING. Where other name label companies might ask you to buy multiple sets of name label products for use on different KINDS of belongings, if you choose Stikins ® you can buy one pack and use those labels on ALL of your children’s belongings (including shoes and bags, lunch boxes and water bottles, and personal items). The ONLY thing that they aren’t really suitable for is socks (which don’t have a wash-care label and have an unstable, stretchy surface that is extremely difficult to stick a label onto).
To get the best possible results from your Stikins ® you should make sure that you only apply them onto the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items and onto the side wall or beneath the tongue of shoes.
Purchase a pack that you can share between family members
It’s completely up to you what text you request on your labels and we are more than happy to allow customers to request text that allows them to share a pack of name labels between two or more family members. You may wish to include just a surname (or an initial and a surname if your children have names beginning with the same letter), to include two or more names on the same label (e.g. by putting “Name 1 & Name 2” or “Name 1 Or Name 2” or “Name 1/Name 2” on the top line and the surname on the bottom line), or to use text that allows you to cut your labels up to create individual labels for two children (e.g. by adding “Name 1 Surname Name 2” and cutting off one of the names or by adding the first full name on the top line and the second full name on the bottom line and cutting the labels in two).
Take up our multipack discount offer
We are currently running an offer that means if you order four or more packs, you will receive a 10% discount on your order. You don’t need to enter any codes or do anything differently – as long as you have four packs in your basket as you checkout, the 10% discount will be automatically applied – and it doesn’t matter if you order four completely different packs (for different names, different pack sizes, or even different products) or if you order four of the same. If you don’t need four packs yourself, you may want to get in touch with friends and/or family and place a joint order that will allow you to qualify for the discount together.
For more tips and advice you can visit our Parent FAQs page or take a look through our Blog posts; to go ahead and place an order simply visit either our Stikins ® product page or our Trons ® product page to get started.
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Label Planet: Join In With This Year’s Summer Of Sport With Super Labels For All Your Sporting Needs
With summer (sort of) underway, there are plenty of sporting events taking place across the country and around the world, which means that plenty of people will be finding their own way to participate in this year’s “summer of sport”, from fun runs to football tournaments, triathlons to tiddlywinks competitions (with the occasional food throwing or “chasing-down-a-hill” event thrown in along the way)!
If you’re organising or participating in an event this summer, we might just have a few labels that can help you get things set up!
If you’re organising tournaments or team events, we’ve got a range of coloured labels to help you get everything (and everyone) colour coded; whether you’re giving people team colours or setting up a board to keep track of which team is playing which team or which teams are still in your tournament if you’re running a knockout style event.
These labels are also a great way to create awards for winners or participation badges for everyone who steps up and takes part. You could use our Gold and Silver Metallic Labels to create certificates or badges for first and second place, or use our coloured and fluorescent coloured round labels to create badges for teams or individuals who have joined in.
If you’re heading up an event with a lot of different teams or individuals taking part, you could use our Removable Labels to keep track of what is happening when, who is taking on whom, and to update your score board or tournament board as each match or event is completed (without doing any damage as you remove the old labels).
Outdoor “Weatherproof” Labels
Many sporting events will be aiming to make the most of the summer by getting out and about in the great outdoors, which means you might be looking for labels that will withstand ALL of the types of weather that go hand in hand with a “Great British Summer”. Here at Label Planet, we have a great range of waterproof labels that are perfect for taking on the challenges of being outdoors. These labels are made with polyester or polyethylene, which are tough, durable materials that are brilliant for use outside – especially as they’re all waterproof! Our Matt White Polyester and Matt White Polyethylene labels also feature a Marine Standard adhesive, which was developed specifically for use in conditions that will involve exposure to or immersion in water.
So, if you’re looking for labels to use as signage at an event or around a course, name or number badges for participants, or simply getting your equipment labelled up, why not take a look through our waterproof labels to see if there’s one that will be just right for your particular event.
To view ALL of the label products available from Label Planet (or to place an order!), take a look at our List Of All Label Materials page to get an idea of what different options are available. You can also view all of the labels we’ve mentioned in this blog post by visiting our lists of Coloured Labels, Removable Labels, and Waterproof Labels.
It’s entirely up to you what text you request on your labels and there are only two conditions that you have to meet:
- You can ONLY request standard alphanumerical characters (including a limited number of accented characters)
- You can ONLY request a limited number of characters to ensure that all of your text will fit onto each name label
We are also able to offer a limited number of accented characters as follows;
À Á Â Ä Ã Å à á â ä â å Æ æ Ç ç Ð ð À Á Â Ä Ã Å à á â ä â å Æ æ Ç ç Ð ð Ñ ñ Ô Ö Õ Ø ò ó ô ö õ ø ß Ù Ú Û Ü ù ú û ü Ý Ÿ ý ÿ
The name labels we supply are made in one of two sizes only (Stikins ® measure 30mm x 15mm and Trons ® measure 35mm x 15mm) and our system automatically selects a font size that will allow all of the characters you have entered to fit within those dimensions – which means the more text you add, the smaller your font size will be.
For example, while our system CAN process orders with 30-35 characters on a line, it will use a VERY small font to allow all of those characters to sit on a single line. We recommend trying to keep your character count to no more than 20 characters per line.
This means that, as long as you keep things short and sweet (and sensible), you can request pretty much any text you like!
Here are some suggestions of things you might want to include, based on requests made by existing Stikins ® and Trons ® customers:
- “Family Surname” – ideal if you want to be able to share a pack of name labels between everyone in your family.
- Nicknames – perfect if your child (or, indeed, any relative) is ONLY known by a nickname, rather than a given name.
- Messages – some customers like to add a personal message to their name labels, such as “This Belongs To”, “Please Return To”, or “If Lost, Return To”.
- Contact Information – if you know that you want to label items that will be taken outside the relative safety of the school environment, adding a piece of contact information is an easy way to make it easier for someone to return something that has gone astray. We recommend using a phone number, which will fit neatly and clearly onto both of our name label products – you can opt to include an email address or a partial/shortened version of your home address but these do tend to be much longer than phone numbers, which will significantly reduce the font size that is produced.
- School Name / Year Group – a little bit of extra information that can make it much quicker and easier for your child’s school uniform or equipment to be returned to them while in the school environment.
- Medical / Allergy Information – adding this information allows you to use your name labels as extra medical alerts to either let other people know that your child (or relative or, indeed, yourself) has a particular condition in the event of an emergency AND can be used to make sure that medical supplies or specially prepared meals are very clearly labelled to keep them safe and secure for when they are needed.