Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Label Planet: Make Sure Your Stickers Stick By Choosing A Permanent Adhesive

At Label Planet, we supply a wide range of labels, which can broadly be divided into two categories: Permanent Labels and Removable Labels – which, you will undoubtedly not be surprised to learn, are made with permanent adhesives and removable adhesives respectively. This post takes a closer look at the labels that fall into the first category (Permanent Labels) and the adhesives used to make them stick.

Generally speaking, a permanent adhesive is any adhesive that is designed to create a strong adhesive bond that is difficult to break. This does NOT mean that permanent adhesives are 100% permanent; any label held in place with a permanent adhesive can be removed if an individual is determined enough to do so – permanent adhesives are simply designed to make the removal of a label as difficult as possible (which means that they will usually leave behind adhesive residue and may damage the surface that they were applied to when they are removed).

Permanent adhesives typically offer good initial tack (this is the strength of the adhesive bond that is created at the moment an adhesive is applied to a surface) and good ultimate tack (this is the strength of the adhesive bond that is formed once the adhesive has completely strengthened and set).

At Label Planet, all of our labels are “self-adhesive”/“pressure sensitive” labels (made with self-adhesive or pressure sensitive adhesives); this simply means that these labels require only the pressure of a finger or hand to adhere to a surface. Other adhesives may require the presence of another substance or specific conditions to form an adhesive bond (e.g. water sensitive adhesives require the presence of water to initiate a chemical reaction that leads to the formation of an adhesive bond, while holt melt adhesives must be melted and allowed to cool back into a solid to create an adhesive bond). Pressure sensitive adhesives, however, are tacky (sticky) in their dry form at room temperature and are applied using only the pressure of a finger or hand.

Permanent adhesives are available in a range of adhesive strengths; standard permanent adhesives, for example, will be able to form a good adhesive bond between a general range of surface types and materials, while stronger permanent adhesives (sometimes called High Tack Adhesives) will be able to form a strong adhesive bond between a wide range of surface types and materials – including curved surfaces and unusual materials such as wood, plastics, and metals.

Permanent adhesives may also be designed to provide better adhesive strength under more challenging or unusual environmental conditions, such as Marine Adhesives (designed to create a permanent adhesive bond that can survive exposure to or immersion in water) and Freezer Adhesives (designed to create a permanent adhesive bond that can survive in freezing conditions).

At Label Planet, we try to offer our customers a range of permanent adhesive options so that they can find a label that is suitable for the particular requirements of their individual label application. Our range of permanent adhesives includes:

Standard Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a good adhesive bond on a general range of surfaces and materials

Marine Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a strong adhesive bond that can survive exposure to or immersion in water
Available On: MWP, MWPE, MWPO

Freezer Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a strong adhesive bond that can survive exposure to freezing temperatures
Available On: DF

Opaque Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a good adhesive bond while also blocking out any existing print work beneath the label
Available On: OPQ

Wash Off Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a good adhesive bond that can be broken down by exposing the adhesive to water (in order to allow these permanent labels to be removed without damaging the item that they were used to label)
Available On: WW

High Tack Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a strong adhesive bond on a wide variety of surfaces and materials
Available On: HT

Super Tack Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create an extremely strong adhesive bond on a wide variety of surfaces and materials
Available On: ST

To find out more about any of our permanent labels – or to place an order today – visit our List Of Labels With Permanent Adhesives page.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: How To Make Your Own Label Template

This Template Tuesday, we’re all about making your own label template; if you can’t find a suitable built in or standalone template for your labels, you can always make your own.

As a general rule, if your software contains design tools or template tools you should be able to create your own template; you can either go freeform and use the design tools available to recreate the layout of your labels OR you can use a built in template tool to set up a new template document that matches the layout of your labels.

To create a freeform template, you simply need to make use of any design tools in your software to recreate the layout of your labels; for example, in Word, you can use Table Tools to recreate the shape and layout of your labels, while in a graphics package (e.g. InDesign, Photoshop etc) you can set up a single label design and then replicate it to create the layout of your labels.

The problem with creating a freeform template is that you may find that your software is limited in how accurate it can be when positioning the elements you are using to accurately create the layout of your labels. You need to make sure that every single element representing one of your labels is correctly positioned, which can be a difficult and time consuming task.

Some software has built in tools to allow you to create a new document that meets a specific set of requirements, which you can use to create your own label template.

For example, in Word you can use the “Create Labels” tool to create a new document that contains a template for your labels – simply by filling in the measurements of the labels you need to print.

When creating a template for a sheet of labels, you need to know the following:
  • Number of labels across – the number of labels in each row.
  • Number of labels down – the number of labels in each column.
  • Label width – the width of each label.
  • Label height – the height of each label.
  • Horizontal pitch – the measurement from the left hand edge of the top left label to the left hand edge of the label next to it (i.e. the width of the label plus the width of the gap between the columns). If there is no gap, the horizontal pitch is the width of each label.
  • Vertical pitch – the measurement from the top edge of the top left label to the top edge of the label below it (i.e. the height of the label plus the height of the gap between the rows). If there is no gap, the vertical pitch is the height of each label.
  • Top margin – the gap from the top edge of the sheet to the top edge of the top row of labels.
  • Side margin – the gap from the left edge of the sheet to the left edge of the first column of labels (you may also need to provide the right margin, which is the gap from the right edge of the sheet to the right edge of the last column of labels).
If you need to print labels you have bought from Label Planet and you want (or need) to make your own template you can measure your labels yourself or you can visit the template information page for your labels – each template information page contains detailed measurements for you to use as a guide when creating your own template.

To find the template information page for your Label Planet labels:
  1. Visit our Template Section and select the label shape and size you need to print
  2. OR visit the product page for your labels and click on the “Label Templates & Printing Information” link below the product image.
To create your own template in Word (for example) you then need to follow these steps:

1. Open Word, create a new blank document, and click on the MAILINGS tab
2. Click on create LABELS
3. Click on the OPTIONS... button
4. Click on the NEW LABEL... button

5. Fill in the Label Details as required (make sure that the page size is set to A4)
6. Click on OK, click on OK again, and then click on NEW DOCUMENT to create a new document that contains your label template.

Remember, if you can’t see the layout of your template you probably have Table Gridlines turned off; visit our Troubleshooting Guide to find out how to turn them on. 

Next week on Template Tuesday: Avery Templates 101

Friday, 26 May 2017

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Blooming Great Names Freshly Picked From The Garden

In honour of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is heading into its last couple days of glorious gardens and perfectly planted – well – plants, we’ve taken a look at the names favoured by our customers that share a distinctly botanical theme.

As you might have guessed, there are plenty of female names that have a floral feel – among our customers, the most popular are LILY, DAISY, and POPPY. An honorary mention goes to ROSE, which is the sixth favourite flower-inspired name for girls BUT is by far and away the most popular choice when it comes to picking a floral middle name (or as half of a double barrelled first name).

Other botanically inspired favourites include WILLOW, VIOLET, IVY, HEATHER, HAZEL, BLOSSOM, BLUEBELL, LAUREL, and PEONY.

For boys, the theme tends to lean more towards trees and more general nature-inspired names, such as ROWAN, ASH, HEATH, and WOODY.

While the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an excellent place to pick up all kinds of wonderful ideas for the garden, we think it’s also a pretty good place to discover a name with a touch of flower power.

Did you know: our Stikins ® name labels can be used to label all kinds of items, including personal possessions so – if you’re a bit of a gardening fan, why not use some of your name labels to get your gardening gadgets labelled up. You could also try our Stikins ® Name Label Kit, which contains blank labels and a pen so you can write whatever you want onto each individual label – perfect for adding permanent labels onto pots or storage containers for all of your gardening supplies.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Label Planet: Keep Valuable Items Safe & Secure With Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels

This week we’re taking a closer look at our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels, which are one of the two kinds of security labels that we supply. Tamper evident labels are designed to improve the security of the item they are applied to by providing visual evidence that an item has been tampered with – which allows them to act as a visual deterrent against such tampering.

Our tamper evident vinyl labels combine a strong permanent adhesive with an extremely fragile vinyl face material; this means that, once a label has been applied onto a surface, any attempt to remove the label will result in the vinyl fragmenting into tiny pieces. This makes it almost impossible to remove the label in its entirety (and extremely time consuming to remove even a small amount of the label) and produces visual evidence that an attempt has been made to tamper with an item.

These labels are ideal for use as security labels – or security seals – on high value products, product packaging, and important documents. The label can be added as an additional seal to packaging, envelopes, or parcels to ensure that an item cannot be opened without leaving behind evidence that the item has indeed been opened. They can also be applied directly onto items (if appropriate) or packaging to clearly indicate the original owner, manufacturer, or supplier of that item (preventing that item from being resold without permission).

You can leave these labels blank, handwrite a message, or you can print a design (e.g. a company logo) or message using a laser printer.

We supply 11 label sizes of tamper evident vinyl labels in packs of 25 sheets, which are available for same day despatch from stock; we also supply a further 33 label sizes as made to order items, which have a 500 sheet minimum order quantity and take up to five working days for despatch.

To find out more about these brilliantly simply security labels or to place an order today, simply visit our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels range page and select the size and quantity you need.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: How To Find & Open A Label Template

This week, we’re looking at finding and opening a label template. As we mentioned in last week’s post, you can use an existing template that is built into your software or you can download a standalone template file and open it in your software.

Depending on the type of software you are using, you may first need to select the type of document you need a template for – in this case, you are looking for LABEL templates. Next you may need to select the manufacturer of the label size and layout you wish to print and then you will need to select the code of the label template you wish to use.

Unfortunately, Label Planet is not one of the manufacturers who feature in the list of built in templates that will be available to you BUT we do supply a range of labels that are made using the same label size and layout as those made by Avery – in other words, they are compatible with Avery labels (and therefore Avery templates). Where one of our labels is compatible with an Avery size, we will list the Avery template code(s) that can be used to print our labels on the product page, product packaging, and template information page for that label size.

Opening A Built In Template in Word
  • Open Word and create a new blank document.
  • Click on the MAILINGS tab at the top of the ribbon and then click on LABELS, which is on the left hand side of the ribbon.

  • Click on OPTIONS and make sure that “Page Printers” is selected and that the “Label Vendor” is set to AVERY A4/A5.
  • Next scroll to the Avery template you want to use; there are a LOT of Avery templates included in Word, so you may find it quicker to left click once on one of the codes in the list (it doesn’t matter which) and then start typing the code for the template you want – this should cause Word to jump down the list either directly to that code or closer to the code so you don’t have to scroll as far.
    NB: Avery uses the same code for a product and the template that can be used to print that product – as Avery supplies some label sizes in a range of different materials, each material will have its own code, meaning that there may be a number of Avery templates that can be used to print a particular label size.
    For example, our product LP18/100 features 18 labels per sheet each measuring 100mm wide by 30mm high and we list TWO compatible Avery codes: J8172 refers to inkjet paper labels and L7172 refers to laser paper labels but both are made with exactly the same label size and layout (meaning that templates J8172 and L7172 are exactly the same).

  • Once you have selected your code, click OK, then click “New Document”; this opens a copy of the template in a new document and you should be able to see the layout of your labels (if you can’t, table gridlines are turned off; see our Troubleshooting Guide to learn how to turn table gridlines on).

Some label manufacturers and suppliers will have created templates for their customers to use and these are usually available to download from the company’s website. If the company you have bought your labels from does not supply templates (and there isn’t a compatible built in template available) you will need to source a suitable template from another company (or create your own – see next week’s post for more information on how to do this).

At Label Planet, we have created Word templates and PDF templates for our customers to download and use completely free of charge. All of these templates are available in our TEMPLATE SECTION; simply select your label shape and locate your label size in the options available. This will take you to the template information page for that size, which contains detailed measurements, any compatible Avery codes, our Word templates and PDF templates, tips about printing that particular label size, and a list of the label products we supply in that label size.

You need to make sure that you choose a template that is in a file format that your software can read AND edit; some software may be able to read a particular file format but not edit it – which would mean that you could open a file but not make changes to it. You should be able to find out what file formats your software can edit by using any in built help tools that are available or by visiting the website of the manufacturer/supplier.

Our Word templates can be edited by Word 2007 and onwards or by any Word Processing software that can edit the .docx file format (e.g. Pages, LibreOffice etc), while our PDF templates can be edited by any graphics package that can edit the .pdf file format (e.g. Indesign, Photoshop etc).

To download a template you will usually need to click on a download link (on our site, these are the purple links in the centre of each template information page). Depending on the browser you are using (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Windows Edge, or Internet Explorer), you may be given the choice of saving or opening the template or the file will simply be saved to your Downloads folder.

If you are given the option to save or open a template, we recommend choosing save and then using your software to open the saved file – this allows your software to check that it can actually read and edit the template correctly (or convert it if necessary) before you start adding your design.

You can simply double click on the saved template to open it automatically in the default software that your device uses to open that kind of file but we feel that using your software to open your template is a better way to go. 

To open a saved template, you simply open your software, click on “File” > “Open” to locate your downloaded template (you may also need to select “Computer” > “Browse”). Most devices list the Downloads folder as a “Favourite” location in your device's file manager, although you can also use the search bar to locate the Downloads folder or your downloaded template (provided that you first tell the file manager to search your Computer (Windows) or All My Files (macOS) and not just the Downloads folder).

If you are using Windows, the file manager is referred to as "File Explorer" and looks like this:

If you are using macOS, the file manager is the"Finder" and looks like this: 

It should be noted that almost any file you download from the internet will automatically be put into a protective locked state; when you open a file in your software it is likely that you will be presented with some sort of notice identifying that the file has been downloaded from the internet and asking if you want to proceed.

For example, if you download and open a template in Word, there will be a yellow banner across the top of the page entitled “PROTECTED VIEW” with a button labelled “Enable Editing” – you will need to click on the “Enable Editing” button to be able to work with the template (instead of just viewing it). 


Next week on Template Tuesday: How To Make Your Own Label Template

Friday, 19 May 2017

Stikins ® & Trons ®: More Reasons To Save Time & Smile With Stikins ® Name Labels

Stikins ® name labels were designed with busy families in mind and offer a quick and simple solution to the problem of labelling children’s school uniform and equipment safely and securely – AND with the minimal amount of time (and fuss) required!

We’ve developed our products and our website to make it as easy as possible to order and use your name labels, so when you order Stikins ® from Label Planet you can save time and smile knowing that:
  • You can order your labels quickly and easily online, by phone, or by post. Simply let us know what name or information you want printing, select the pack size you prefer, and make payment.
  • We despatch all orders on the SAME working day (up to 3pm) with orders placed after 3pm or over the weekend being despatched on the next working day.
  • All orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard; if you need your labels urgently (for example, if your child is going on a residential trip), you can give us a call and upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option (upgraded shipping is £5.75).
  • We offer a 10% discount on any order that contains four or more packs - whether you order four packs for yourself or you club together to order with friends and family.
  • You simply peel each name label off its backing sheet, stick it onto an item, and the job is done.
  • There’s absolutely, positively NO sewing and NO ironing involved.
  • Your name labels will stick in and stay in thanks to our unique Stikins ® adhesive.
  • You can use one pack of name labels to label clothing and personal items, including shoes and bags, lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, and tablets and phones.
  • Help is at hand if you need any advice or assistance with an order; simply contact our Customer Service Team and they'll be happy to help!
We also offer schools and PTAs the opportunity to raise money by earning commission on sales of name labels; so if your child’s school or PTA is registered with us, you can quote their fundraising number when you order to raise money for your child’s school.

You can also use Stikins ® name labels to label items belonging to relatives who are moving into a residential care or nursing facility to give them (and you) extra piece of mind that their possessions can be returned to them quickly and easily.

We also offer a 15% discount to residential care homes or nursing homes who wish to order name labels on behalf of their residents – contact our Customer Service Team to find out more or to order. 

Visit our website to find out more about our name labels (and to read independent reviews from parents who have already tried Stikins ® for themselves) or to place an online order today.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Label Planet: Make Your Mail Magnificent With Address Labels From Label Planet

While address labels might not be something that you spend a lot of time thinking about (or indeed spend any time thinking about!), they’re a really brilliant way to personalise your mail in a few simple steps.

Whether you’re a professional looking to smarten up your business mail, a company wanting to brand your envelopes and/or packages, or an individual who wants to make their post that extra bit special, designing and printing your own address labels is a really easy way to make your mail stand out.

You can personalise address labels in all kinds of ways, including:
  • Fonts – simply taking some time to choose the right font can be a really easy way to improve the look of your address labels. If you’re creating labels for a special event you could match the colour and style to the theme of the event, or you could replicate your company’s brand colours for a subtle way to boost brand awareness for your business or organisation.
  • Images – for an eye-catching and unique finishing touch on any postal item, you could add a photograph, company logo, picture, or even a design of your own creation.
  • Colour – adding colour to your address labels is the perfect way to brighten up any envelope or parcel and you can use colour to tailor your labels to a particular event, promote brand awareness by using company colours, or just throw in every colour of the rainbow for a bit of fun!
  • Materials – you can also enhance the appearance of your envelopes or parcels simply by choosing a different kind of label material. For example, we supply pastel coloured labels (for a subtle bloom of colour), fluorescent coloured labels (for an eye-catching burst of colour), Kraft paper labels (for a natural, home-made feel), gloss address labels (for a decorative shine), and transparent labels (for envelopes or parcels that already have a decorative finish of their own).
While you CAN simply type your addresses into a template (or perhaps copy and paste them from an existing list), it’s always worth considering using a Mail Merge tool, like the one available in Word, especially if you need to print a LOT of labels.

Mail merge tools are designed to create multiple documents or items based on a single template document and a data source – for example, a Word template and an Excel spreadsheet. Most mail merge tools include an option to create address labels in this way (although the tool can also be utilised to create other sorts of labels, such as product labels).

You add your design to the template and insert placeholders for the information that will be drawn from your data source (for address labels, this would be the name of the recipient and their address); your software will then merge your template and your data source to create a set of labels containing one personalised label for every recipient in your data source.

We recommend using the Mail Merge Wizard in Word – while you can complete the various steps in a mail merge yourself, we find that it is always easier to use the Wizard, which will guide you through the process step by step.

To start the Mail Merge Wizard:
  • Click on Mailings > Start Mail Merge > Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard (Word 2007 onwards + Word For Mac 2016)
At Label Planet, we have a huge range of address labels available for same day despatch from stock. Our labels are available in packs of 25 sheets (or boxes of 500 sheets) and our website features straightforward all-inclusive pricing so you simply select the address labels you want and pay the price you see. We also offer next day delivery options if you want to make sure that your labels arrive in plenty of time – especially if you’ve got a big deadline to meet.

We also supply free label templates for all of our label sizes (in Word and PDF formats) and provide compatible Avery codes where applicable (so you can use built in Avery templates if you need to do so). You can also visit our Help Section for tips and advice on designing and printing your own labels and our Customer Service Team is on hand Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) to provide one-to-one advice if you need us!

Visit our Address Labels page to take a look at the different material options we recommend for address labels or to buy your own address labels today!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: The Different Types Of Templates (& How To Choose The Right One For You)

There are a number of different types of templates, which can make it tricky to make sure that you’ve got the right one for your requirements. This post will give you a brief guide to each type of template you could use and advice about which type of template you should use.

Standalone Versus Built In
As mentioned in our previous post, templates can be either standalone (an individual file that you open using the software of your choice, e.g. Word, InDesign etc) or built in (they exist as a part of the software you are using, e.g. Avery templates in Word).

If you are printing a common label size you should be able to choose whether you want to use a standalone or a built in template. One of the most popular sets of built in templates is those designed for Avery labels and many label suppliers sell labels that are compatible with Avery labels – i.e. they use the same label size and layout – which means you can print those labels using a built in Avery template.

Many of our labels are compatible with Avery sizes; we list any compatible Avery codes on the product page and template information page for each label size we supply so you can print your labels using a built in Avery template or download a standalone template from our website. 

There shouldn’t be any great difference between using a built in template or a standalone template so it’s up to you to decide which you prefer. Built in templates may work more smoothly with your software (because they are part of the software itself) but you will need to double check that they are definitely using the same label size and layout as the labels you need to print.

Obviously, if your software doesn’t contain a built in template that is compatible with your labels you will need to download a standalone template or create your own. Some software will include template design tools that you can use to create your own template – we’ll talk about this in a later blog post.

Single Design Versus Multiple Design
You may also come across “single design” and “multiple design” templates; a single design template will create a set of labels that are all exactly the same, while a multiple design template can be used to create labels that are all the same, all different, or that feature sets of multiple designs or variations upon one design. Single design templates tend to be built in templates – your software will provide you with a blank space to enter your design and it will automatically replicate that design onto all of your labels.

Label Planet Templates – Word Templates Versus PDF Templates
We have created a set of templates for each label size that we supply; each set includes Word templates and PDF templates. We chose these two types of files because the majority of our customers will have access to software that can read (display) and edit (change) these files.

Word templates replicate the layout of a sheet of labels in the form of a table, which you then “fill in” with your design. This means that Word templates are quite basic and they cannot accurately reproduce the layout of shaped labels, such as round labels and oval labels (or even rectangular or square labels with rounded corners); most Word templates compromise by creating a grid of squares or rectangles so that each round or oval label will sit inside one of the squares or rectangles with its outermost points touching each of the four sides.

Our Word templates use the .docx file format and can be used in Word 2007 and later or in any Word Processing software that can edit this file format (e.g. Pages, LibreOffice etc).

(Earlier versions of Word will open these templates in “Compatibility Mode”; this mode converts files into a form that can be used by the earlier version of the software. While you should be able to use our templates in this way, there may be some features that are not supported so you should always take extra care to confirm that your template will produce the correct alignment before printing onto your labels.)

PDF templates replicate the layout of a sheet of labels in the form of a background layer that shows the outline of each label on the sheet. You then add your design onto another layer (using the background layer as a guide) to create your finished label design. This means that PDF templates offer a much more detailed and accurate guide than Word templates, although not everyone will have access to (and knowledge of) the graphics packages that can be used to edit these files.
Our PDF templates have a file format of .pdf and can be used with any graphics package that is capable of reading and editing these files (e.g. InDesign, Photoshop etc).

Label Planet Templates – Template Options: Orientation / Text Box / Mirror / Bleed / Alternative
If you use our templates, you will find a number of options are available for each label size. We created these options so that we could provide our customers with templates that not only suit the label size and layout that they wish to print but also suit the label design they wish to create:
  • Portrait/Landscape: we offer portrait and landscape options (where possible) so you can create your label design in the orientation of your choice.
    Best For: any kind of label design
  • Text Box: these Word templates have a text box in each label so you can simply type in the text you want.
    Best For: text only label designs
  • Mirrored: these are Word templates designed to create mirrored labels, which can be applied onto one side of a glass object (e.g. a window) and read from the other side. Each label contains a mirrored text box; click inside a box, type in your text, and click out of the box and your text will be automatically reversed.
    Best For: mirrored label designs (e.g. for window stickers)
  • Bleed: these templates contain oversized labels (Word) or a “bleed” area (PDF) so that your label design will be larger than your actual labels - this prevents white edges appearing on your labels when you print your template.
    Best For: label designs with coloured backgrounds or borders
  • Alternative: as with all products, labels are made to a tolerance (an allowable deviation from the stated measurements), which can lead to variations in the size and layout of a sheet of labels. We provide “Alternative” and “Extra” templates for label sizes that are most likely to see small variations.
    Best For: use these templates if the standard templates aren’t quite producing the best alignment for your label sheets (AND you have already ruled out other causes for the misalignment – such as incorrect printer settings).
Next week on Template Tuesday: How To Find & Open A Label Template

Friday, 12 May 2017

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Happy Limerick Day (There Once Was A Label Called Stikins…)

Today is National Limerick Day; a day for encouraging people to read (and write their own) limericks.

Limericks are short five-line poems that are generally designed to be funny (although many are also rude). They’ve been around since the early 18th century but were popularised in the 19th century by the English artist, illustrator, musician, author, AND poet Edward Lear – known best as the author of the nonsense poem “The Owl and the Pussycat”.

The Owl and The Pussycat - illustration by Edward Lear (via Wikimedia Commons)

In fact, the 12th May was chosen as Limerick Day because it is Lear’s birthday (which means today is also The Owl & The Pussycat Day!); Lear wrote over 200 limericks, which tended to be more nonsensical than humorous (or rude) but nevertheless played an important role in popularising the limerick form.

So, why not celebrate Limerick Day by writing your own limerick? Here at Label Planet, we’ve had a go and came up with the following (we apologise wholeheartedly in advance…):

The Stikins ® Limerick
All parents know this to be true;
Their kids will lose anything new
But use a name label
And they will be able
To keep their stuff safe all year through!
(As we said – we’re really, really sorry!)

For something that we're much, much better at, why not visit to take a look at our superb stick on name labels; these easy to use, multipurpose name labels are designed to simply stick on and stay on - with no ironing and no sewing required - leaving busy parents time to get on with the more important things in life!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Label Planet: Make Things Clearer With Transparent Labels From Label Planet

We supply FOUR ranges of self-adhesive transparent labels, each of which is made with a transparent polyester and a transparent adhesive, which allows all of these labels to be seen through quite clearly.

Transparent labels are useful for a number of different applications and are most commonly used when there is a need to create decorative and/or professional looking labels that avoid any potential issues with surface-matching or colour-matching.

In other words, transparent labels are generally chosen for their ability to “blend in” – so you can add a label without covering up the surface of the item you are labelling, for example:
  • Products and product packaging often feature specially created designs that are an important part of the product or company brand and shouldn't be hidden beneath any product labels that are subsequently applied. Transparent labels are also a simple solution to the issue of colour-matching; if you are using specific brand colours but can't find labels to match, you can use a transparent label to avoid the problem altogether.
  • Items connected with special events (such as wedding invitations or extra special birthday gifts) are often sent in decorative envelopes or wrapping that are specially chosen to suit the big event – and it would be a pity to cover up these items with a plain label. Transparent labels allow an address to be added without taking away from the look of envelopes or wrapping – and are, again, an easy way to avoid the problem of colour matching items that have been made to a specific colour theme.
  • Labels are an ideal way to add information to displays and exhibitions – from the creations of school children through to works of art being displayed in galleries. Transparent labels are a really easy way to add professional signage to such displays and allow identifying information (such as the creator or history of a specific item) to be displayed without distracting from the item itself.
  • Finally, transparent labels are a brilliant way to create window stickers for decorative or professional purposes and can be used to display information or designs without blocking out a larger section of a window than is necessary.
Our transparent labels are made with polyester, which is a tough, durable, and waterproof material that is perfect for a wide range of applications, including indoor and outdoor uses that involve exposure to water (e.g. product labels on items that are used outdoors or in kitchens/bathrooms). They can also be used to create indoor and outdoor signage, as protective covering for non-waterproof labels, or as seals on important documentation or packaging.

These labels are not “frosted” or “translucent”, nor are they “glass clear” – while they will appear almost completely see through when applied to a white or coloured surface, when they are applied to glass they may have a slightly frosted look. This is because tiny air bubbles may be trapped by the adhesive as the labels are applied, which prevents them from having a truly 100% transparent appearance when applied onto glass.
To achieve this, you would need to source an alternative type of label that do not rely on the presence of an adhesive to remain in place; for example, static cling labels use static in place of an adhesive and are capable of creating a 100% transparent adhesive.

It should also be noted that the terms “transparent” and “clear” generally mean the same thing – i.e. transparent labels may also be called clear labels. At Label Planet, we tend to use “transparent” but you will also see that our laser transparent labels have “transparent” in their product name (e.g. Gloss Transparent Labels), while our inkjet transparent labels have “clear” in their product name (e.g. Gloss Clear Labels).

The four kinds of transparent labels supplied by Label Planet are:

Gloss Clear Polyester Labels
These transparent labels have a gloss finish (a shiny finish) and are suitable for use with INKJET printers only; they can also be used to create your own mini dry wipe boards.

Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels
These transparent labels also have a gloss finish but are suitable for use with LASER printers only; this makes them ideal for use as permanent labels on items that also have a gloss surface.

Removable Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels
These transparent labels have a removable adhesive (they can be removed from a surface with damaging that surface in the process); they also have a gloss finish and are suitable for use with LASER printers only.

Matt Transparent Polyester Labels
These transparent labels have a permanent adhesive and a matt finish (a non-shiny finish) and are suitable for use with LASER printers only; these labels are ideal for use as permanent labels on non-glossy surfaces and are particularly well-suited to use as professional labels on important documentation or product packaging.

To find out more or to buy any of our transparent labels, simply visit our TRANSPARENT LABELS page today.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: The TEN Things You Need To Print Your Own Labels

We’re kicking off the first ever TEMPLATE TUESDAY with our list of TEN things that you need to print your own labels, starting with:


Whether your project is underway or you’re creating a few samples on a trial basis, you’ll need labels (or a sample) that you can print.
You can request a sample of our labels by contacting our Customer Service Team or filling in our online Sample Request Form.

You must make sure that your labels are compatible with the printer you intend to use – i.e. you need A4 sheets of laser labels if you have a laser printer and A4 sheets of inkjet labels if you have an inkjet printer.
We identify the printer compatibility of our self-adhesive labels on the relevant range and product pages and on the product packaging. 


You should always test print your completed template onto blank paper BEFORE you print onto your labels proper, so you can correct any issues with your template or printer without wasting any of your label sheets.


You’ll need a computer/laptop/tablet that is connected to a …


All of our self-adhesive labels are supplied on A4 sheets so you can print your own labels using a standard desktop printer, whether that’s an inkjet printer, laser printer, or even a photocopier.

We’ll visit the topic of printers in more detail later on but for now we recommend using a printer with a media bypass tray and checking the printer’s manual to make sure it is suitable for printing labels and to see if the manufacturer has provided any specific guidelines for printing labels to ensure you get the best possible print alignment and quality. 


You can use a wide range of software to design labels, from specialised label design packages to general design packages, or even non-design software that contains tools that can be used to design labels. Most people use whatever software is already installed on their device but you may want to invest in a package that is better suited to the task of designing labels.

We don’t recommend any particular software for designing labels; it is up to you to decide what software you are comfortable with and if you want to make the choice of sourcing (and learning to use) a more specialised design package. 

If you are using non-design software, you need to be aware of its limitations – design tools included in non-design software tend to be less sophisticated than those contained in design software so you should tailor your label design to the tools available in your software and don’t expect it to perform beyond its capabilities.

Common examples of software used to design labels include: Microsoft Word (a word processor that contains some tools suitable for designing labels), Adobe InDesign (a graphics package that can be used to design labels), and Avery’s “Design and Print” (a label design package available as an online service, a download for desktop computers and laptops, and an app for tablet devices).


A template is simply a file that contains a representation of the labels you wish to print, so that you can “fill in” the template with your design and it will then be printed onto your labels in the correct position and layout. When printing labels you can use either a “built-in” or a “standalone” template; a built-in template is a template that is available as part of your software (such as the Avery templates that are available in Word) and a standalone template is a template that is available as an individual file that you open (and edit) using your software (such as the Word templates that you can download from our website).

If you want to use a standalone template you must make sure that it is compatible with your software – i.e. that your software can open and edit that file – see next week’s post for more information about the different types of templates available.


It always helps to have an idea of what you want to include on your labels. If you’re creating simple text-only labels, then you basically need to make sure your text fits and choose a suitable font BUT if you’re creating something more complicated (e.g. product labels) you’ll need to know what content you want to include on your labels (e.g. logo, company details, product details etc) and how it will all fit together.

If you are creating labels with a more complicated design, we recommend getting your content together (e.g. typing out your text and selecting your images) and/or creating a basic sketch of what you want so that you can see how well (or not) your design will fit onto your labels.


While you CAN set up a template and print your own labels in a matter of minutes, we always recommend setting aside plenty of time to design and print your labels – just in case something goes wrong. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, it’s always possible that your template or your printer simply won’t play ball and you’ll end up needing a bit of time to sort things out – which, if you’ve left your labels to the last minute, can become a bit of a stressful nightmare!


Taking on the challenge of DIY labels means that you are totally responsible for setting up your template, your software, and your printer. It is extremely easy for one small setting to cause big problems BUT it's also really easy to correct these issues - as long as you have a bit of patience and check things over carefully at each step of the process when designing and printing (and correcting) your own label template.


We’ve been working with labels and label templates for years and years (and years) and we’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience along the way –  we've used this information to create our help pages so our customers have all the help and advice they might need to hand in one useful (and completely free) resource.

The Label Planet help section includes step-by-step guides, FAQs, hints and tips, a handy troubleshooting guide (just in case), and our template section, which includes Word templates and PDF templates for all of the label sizes we supply.

Next week on Template Tuesday: The Different Types Of Templates (& How To Choose The Right One For You)

Friday, 5 May 2017

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Check Out What’s New This Summer From Stikins ® Name Labels

Here at Label Planet, we want our products and services to be the best they can possibly be – which is why we work hard each and every year to find NEW ways to help our customers AND to improve our OLD ways to make them even better than they were before!

Take our Stikins ® name labels; we’ve been selling Stikins ® since 2003 and we really believe that these labels are a brilliant solution to the problem of labelling items safely and securely (you don’t have to take our word for it though – we've received over 5,000 independent reviews from parents and families who have already tried our name labels for themselves).

However, we also know that there’s always room for improvement and we've launched several new and/or improved versions of our name labels (in 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2017). This year, we've actually gone one step further by improving the OLD version of our Stikins ® (by developing a new unique Stikins ® adhesive) AND introducing a NEW version of our Stikins ® (in the form of the Stikins ® Name Label Kit).

The unique Stikins ® adhesive is even better than our previous adhesive and has been developed using the latest materials and manufacturing processes; this adhesive is ONLY available on Stikins ® name labels and is designed to make absolutely sure that our multipurpose name labels will simply stick on and stay on!

The Stikins ® Name Label Kit contains sixty blank Stikins ® name labels and a pen so you can personalise each and every label exactly as you wish – so you can share the pack between as many different people and purposes as you like. These name labels are made with the same material and Stikins ® adhesive as our printed name labels but have a special “write-on” matt finish. 

We’ve also been working on our website to make it an even more detailed and useful resource for our customers and fundraising partners.

STIKINS ® NAME LABELS: we’ve updated our information pages to provide customers with everything they need to know about our name labels, including a completely updated Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer questions and queries that parents may have about how to order and/or use Stikins ® name labels. We also offer customer service through our Customer Service Team who are available to help via email and phone – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Find out more about Stikins ® on our Stikins ® Information Page or get the answers to your questions on our new look FAQs Page

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING WITH STIKINS ®: we run a fundraising scheme that allows schools and PTAs (and other groups) to earn up to 30% commission on sales of name labels. The scheme is completely free to join and provides year round fundraising with only the minimal input required; we allocate each school or PTA with a fundraising number (which parents quote when they order from us) and supply free resources (such as leaflets and samples) to help our partners promote the scheme to parents.

Visit the Fundraising Home Page to find out more. 

Please note: we are no longer selling mixed packs of Stikins ® name labels and silver name labels (product codes: M240 and M120); however, both items are still available to buy as individual product packs.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Introducing Template Tuesdays With Label Planet!

Yes, we know today is Thursday but this post is simply here to announce the arrival of a brand new blog from Label Planet, which we’ve craftily named “Template Tuesdays”!

Each Tuesday, we’ll be adding a new post all about label templates – including posts about what label templates actually are and how they work, how to find the right template for your labels, how to add and edit a label design, how to print a template, and a few helpful hints (and troubleshooting tips) to help you out when things aren’t quite going to plan.

Here at Label Planet, we’ve spent years working with labels and label templates, which means that we’ve picked up plenty of tricks and shortcuts to make the whole process of designing and printing your labels that much easier – and we’re always looking for new ways to share our knowledge with our customers.

While our existing blog will continue to provide information about our self-adhesive labels and answer customer questions about ordering labels from Label Planet, this new blog will be focused solely on templates – so if you’ve got any questions or queries about templates, hopefully you’ll find the answer here!

Remember, if you do have any problems finding or using a template to print your own labels you can always visit our Help & Advice Pages or contact our Customer Service Team, who will be happy to offer one-to-one advice for the particular issue that you’ve encountered!

Our first Template Tuesday blog will be posted next Tuesday (9th May) and will feature the TEN things you need to print your own labels.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Label Planet: Ester, Ethylene, Or Olefin - Which Poly Will Make You Jolly (Happy With Your Label Purchase)?

If you’ve taken a look at our range of waterproof labels, you may have noticed that we offer THREE different types of Marine Labels; MWP, MWPE, and MWPO.

You may also have noticed that all of these labels are waterproof labels that are extremely tough and durable, and suitable for a whole range of label applications – including both indoor and outdoor uses.

All of which may have left you confused as to which of these waterproof labels would be the best for you – this post aims to give you a quick fire guide to the differences between these three materials to help you make up your mind.

The principle difference between these three label products is the face material used to make the labels; MWP is made with polyester, MWPE is made with polyethylene, and MWPO is made with polyolefin. All three are similar synthetic materials but have slightly different properties that give each label certain advantages (or disadvantages) over the others depending on the application you have in mind.

The key differences are as follows:

MWP: this material is white in colour, is less flexible, and is thinner than the other two materials (it also offers slightly better chemical resistance than MWPE and MWPO, although all three offer excellent resistance to most common chemicals).

MWPE: this material is slightly off-white in colour, is the most flexible, and the thickest of the three materials.

MWPO: this material is white in colour, is more flexible than MWP but less flexible than MWPE, and is thicker than MWP but thinner than MWPE.

All three of these labels are made with a marine adhesive, which conforms to the BS5609 part 2 standard for marine immersion – this standard is awarded to adhesives that are suitable for use in marine conditions and is also considered a marker for high quality adhesives that are tough, durable, and suitable for a variety of applications and environments.

Due to the flexibility of each material type, however, under certain circumstances the adhesive strength of these labels does differ slightly – making MWPE the stickiest of the three, followed by MWPO, and then MWP. This is because MWPE and MWPO have the flexibility to allow these labels to conform better to different surface types – including rough, curved, or unusual surfaces – while the rigidity of the MWP can cause it to struggle slightly on certain surfaces. Therefore, while you would see very little difference between the three if you were to apply them all to a clean, flat metal surface, you may get different results on a curved metal surface.

While MWPE and MWPO can both be printed on inkjet printers or laser printers, MWP can only be printed using a laser printer. The MWP labels are the easiest to print, however, because the thickness of MWPE and MWPO requires a little more care when printing (with some smaller printers being unable to process materials of this thickness at all).

If you are looking at smaller quantities (i.e. less than 500 sheets), there is absolutely no difference between these three product ranges so the label you choose will entirely depend on the characteristics and properties you want your labels to possess. Once you move into bulk boxes of 500 sheets, there is some slight variation in price with MWPO being the most cost-effective choice and MWP being the most expensive choice.

If you’re still confused, we’ve put together a simple table to show the differences between our marine labels (with 1 being the best option for each particular feature).


MWP  (Polyester)

MWPE  (Polyethylene)

MWPO (Polyolefin)

How Well Do They Stick?


How Thin Is The Material?


How Flexible Is The Material?


How Well Do They Resist Exposure To Chemicals?


How Easy Are They To Print?


How Much Do They Cost?


You can find all of our Marine Labels on the Waterproof Labels page or you can take a look at our List of All Labels page to find out more about all of the different self adhesive labels available from Label Planet. If you're still not sure which marine label is the best one for you, remember, you can always request a sample to give each one a try before you buy!