Friday, 18 August 2017

Stikins ® Name Labels: Going Places With Geographically Inspired Names

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You might not know it but it was on this date in 1587 that Virginia Dare was born – becoming the first English child to be born in the “New World” of America. She was named for the territory of Virginia where she was born, which got us thinking about all of the different names we see that are taken from place names around the world.

We’ve printed names inspired by countries and states, counties and capitals, and cities and towns and, following a quick look through the archives, we’ve found that the following have been the most popular place-based names amongst our customers over the last year:

Georgia ~ SebastianLoganFlorenceAustinHarleyLydiaEden
BrandonIonaAshtonIndiaHudsonIsraelRioJordanSydney
DevonChelseaChesterOrlandoBrooklynMilanParisPhoenix
TroyAdelaideCamdenDelphiElwoodIndianaOakleyAlbaAvalon
DakotaHenleyPrestonVirginiaDakotaDenverHarlowAlabama
AlaskaAlbanAlexandriaAtticusBentleyBrittanyCairoCrewe
DallasDudleyOlympiaRosslynSaharaTexasTuscanyYork

With the new school term underway in Scotland and the summer holidays fast drawing to a close across the UK, we’re busy printing and packing name labels all day and every day. We despatch all orders on the same working day (up to 3pm) with all other orders being despatched on the next working day. We supply name labels to delivery addresses across the UK and Ireland (along with some European countries); UK shipping is via Royal Mail’s First Class service (shipping is included in the prices on our website) and shipping to Ireland is via Royal Mail’s International Standard service (shipping is £1.50 per pack).

You can order by phone during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or you can order online at anytime. If you need your name labels more urgently, you can give us a call to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery service (UK only, shipping cost £5.75).

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Label Planet: Label Planet’s Top Tips For Choosing The Right Label Size

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When it comes to producing the perfect label, size is (sometimes) everything – getting the right label size can go a long way towards making it much easier to create a clean cut label design that enhances the item that you need to label, whether you’re looking for a practical and professional finish or something that simply looks the part.

There are a few practical considerations to bear in mind when it comes to picking the perfect label size:

WHAT SIZE (& SHAPE) IS THE SURFACE YOU ARE LABELLING?
Obviously, you cannot choose a label size that is BIGGER than the item or surface that you want to label – so first you need to measure the surface of your item to determine the largest size that you could use within the available space.

Next you need to consider if there are any other limitations that would reduce the label size that you could use, including any aesthetic or practical reasons why a larger label size might not be the way to go. For example, if you are labelling products, you may have invested in specially designed or branded packaging, which would be needlessly covered up if you use too large a label. In this case, you want to make sure that the label size is a neat and compact one that won’t detract from the overall appearance of your products. Likewise, if you are labelling a surface that is in any way shaped or curved (e.g. bottles and jars), you may find that you cannot apply a label to a shaped portion of the surface, which will limit the space you have available to you for adding a label.

HOW MUCH SPACE DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR INFORMATION/DESIGN?
You also need to consider how much stuff you want to add to your label(s); if you’ve got a lot of important information to add OR you’ve got a large and intricate design to recreate, then you need to make sure that the label size you choose is large enough to accommodate that design – without forcing you to reduce your content to a smaller size just so it will fit (which will most likely either make your text illegible or make your design look cramped and badly planned.

We highly recommend taking a moment to type up the information that you’re planning to add to your labels or creating a quick rough sketch of the design you want to create to give yourself a better idea of how much room you need on your labels. If you find that your information is too cramped or busy looking, you can always play around with using multiple labels instead of a single label so that you can arrange your text neatly and legibly across different areas on your item.

WHAT LABEL SIZES ARE AVAILABLE (& WITHIN YOUR BUDGET)?
Unless you are planning to have bespoke labels made for you, the label size you choose may end up being determined for you by the label sizes that are available. Many companies who supply labels but do not manufacture labels will offer a limited number of label sizes to their customers; these “standard sizes” are created by dividing an A4 sheet into the required number of labels with as little waste around and between the labels as possible. These sizes are highly cost-effective and tend to be manufactured in high volume batches on a frequent basis.

At Label Planet, we supply standard sizes because they offer our customers a good choice of label sizes, are suitable for a wide range of label applications, are generally easy to print accurately and efficiently, allow us to provide high quality labels to our customers at good value, and are readily available allowing us to store a wide range of label products for same day despatch from stock.

While we aim to stock the best possible range of label products, some options are not carried as stocked items, which means that they will only be available to order in bulk boxes of 500 sheets. If this quantity exceeds your needs (and/or your budget), it may be worth compromising slightly on the label size you choose to find an alternative that is available in the material or adhesive you want as a stocked item.

So, when it comes to picking the perfect label size, our top tip has to be "a little preparation goes a long way"; take a bit of time to measure up how much space you have and how much space you need to give you a general idea of what label size(s) will work for you. Then, you can head on over to our website to see if we supply that particular label size or if we have a size that is close enough to fit your requirements.

We list all of our label sizes on our “Search By Width” and “Search By Height” pages; if you find a size that you think will work, you can then use our Label Finder or visit the template information page for that size (via our Template Home page or by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on each product page) to view all of the different material and adhesive options.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Designing A Label Template – Getting Inventive With Image-Only Templates

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This week’s Template Tuesday is all about image-only label designs. If you are creating an image-only template, it’s more than likely that you will be adding a “full size” image to your labels – in other words, your label design is a single image (e.g. a logo) that fills each label. Usually, these templates are pretty easy to construct; either you have an image already set up and you simply copy and paste this image into your template OR you are using design software to create your design within the label template from scratch.

The main consideration when it comes to using full size images is how the image fits around the edges of your labels – especially if your image has a coloured background. Generally speaking, most software and hardware is limited in the accuracy that it can produce (to within a few mm), which means that you may need to provide some “wiggle-room” in your label design to get the best possible result when printing your own labels.

One of the most common issues is “white edging”; this occurs when your design doesn’t quite fit perfectly onto your labels, which leaves a small area around the edge(s) of your labels unprinted. This can be accounted for by oversizing your image very slightly, so that it overlaps the edges of your labels – the area that the label design occupies around the edge of each label is known as the “bleed” area.

This technique is easy to use on label sizes that have gaps between and around the labels because the bleed area simply fits into these gaps; however, if your labels are “butt cut” (i.e. there is no gap between them so they “butt up” against one another) you may find that your image overlaps onto another label. This won't matter if the edge of your image is a consistent colour – in fact, this actually helps to prevent white edges appearing – but if your image features any change in colour around its edges, you may end up with a mismatch at the edge of your labels. For example, if you are printing a landscape photograph (with blue sky at the top and a green field at the bottom) you may end up with some of the green field at the bottom of one label overlapping onto the label below it. Without access to pinpoint accurate software and hardware, there is no way to guarantee that your printer will be able to line up each full size image perfectly on each label, so the best thing to do is to either amend your image if you can so that it has a consistent colour around the edges OR to create a border around your image (either by adding a border or by reducing the size of your image to leave a blank area that will serve as a border in itself).

If you do need to use a border to prevent white edging around your labels, we recommend making it quite thick; if you try to create a thin border, you may end up emphasising any slight misalignment in the positioning of your design on each label. 

Image-Only Templates In Word
Word can be quite cumbersome when it comes to working with images because it is designed to prioritise text over anything else that you add. It does, however, feature a few design tools that you can use to get better control over the positional accuracy of any images you add. To find the design tools for images, you will first need to select your image by left clicking on it once. This will bring up a new tab at the top of the page called “Picture Tools Format” – as seen below.

Given that Word isn’t great with images, it’s more than likely that the only tools you’ll really need are those located towards the right hand side of this tab – especially those in the “Arrange” section. These tools can help you to exert greater control over where your images are positioned within your template and to create more complicated designs by layering multiple images.

Perhaps the most important tool is the “Wrap Text” option; this tool determines how your image is positioned with regards to any text that you add (or don’t add). While you might be wondering why you would need to know about this option – given that we’re talking about IMAGE-only label designs – the fact is that Word not only prioritises text over any other kind of item that you might add to a Word document, it also assumes that you will – at some point – want to add text and will assign room within your document that would allow you to do so. This often results in images refusing to move to the precise location you want them to occupy – with the result that they either go back to their original location or “snap” into another position entirely. This is caused by the default wrap text option known as “In Line With Text”; like the name suggests, this option causes your image to automatically position itself accordingly so that it is aligned with (and out of the way of) the (non-existent) text that Word assumes you will want to add.

To give yourself better control over images in Word, you should select the “Tight” wrap option or the “In Front Of Text” wrap option, which will give you much finer control over the positioning of your images than the default “In Line With Text”.

Next week on Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Tops Tips For Combining Text & Images In Word

Friday, 11 August 2017

Stikins ® Name Labels: FAQs – Ordering Stikins ® Name Labels From Label Planet

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Here at Label Planet, we designed our stick on name labels with busy families in mind, which means we’ve tried to make our products AND our services as useful and simple as possible – so you have more time (and money) to get on with the important things in life.

Ordering name labels and labelling school uniform and equipment is never going to be the most fun task that parents have to deal with over the summer holidays BUT name labels are an incredibly simple way to avoid the hassle of a child returning from school missing an all-important item of their school uniform (or one of those essential “extras” that they simply can’t do without). So, to avoid the tears and tantrums (and the subsequent lightening of your purse or wallet) that go hand in hand with lost property, here’s a quickfire FAQ to guide you through the process of ordering Stikins ® name labels from Label Planet.

HOW DO I ORDER NAME LABELS FROM LABEL PLANET?
You can order Stikins ® name labels online, by phone, or by post.

Online
Visit stikins.co.uk and click on the “Buy Stikins ®” button; enter the text you want printed on your name labels and select a pack size (if you are ordering the Stikins ® Name Label Kit, leave the text fields blank). Add your pack of name labels to your basket and then choose whether you want to add another pack (“Enter More Names”) or to checkout. Fill in your delivery details and make payment by debit/credit card or by Paypal.
Double check the confirmation page and/or confirmation email to make sure that all of the details you have provided for your order are correct. 

By Phone
Call us on 01270 668076; our Customer Service Team is available Monday to Friday (9am-5pm). Let us know what packs you would like to order (and the text you would like printed on each one), your delivery information, and make payment by debit card or credit card.

By Post
Fill in the order form on the back of our Parent Leaflet; we send out a leaflet with every order and you can download a digital copy from our website – leaflets are also handed out by schools who have joined our Fundraising Scheme. Let us know what packs you would like to order and the text you would like printed on each one, along with your delivery information. Post your order form to us along with a cheque for payment to Wilbraham House, Unit 2 Alvaston Business Park, Middlewich Road, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6PF.

WHAT TEXT SHOULD I PUT ON MY NAME LABELS?
It’s up to you to decide what you want printing on your name labels but we do have a few tips to help you decide:
  • Most customers request a first name (top line) and a surname (bottom line) OR a full name (top line) and a phone number (bottom line).
  • We recommend that you request no more than two pieces of information - you could choose a piece of contact information, a class/form/year name, a medical/allergy alert (e.g. Nut Allergy), or a friendly message (e.g. “Please Return To” // “This Belongs To”).
  • Our name labels are one size only and the font size will be reduced to allow your text to fit neatly within those dimensions (30mm wide by 15mm high), so you should try to keep things short and sweet. We recommend adding no more than 15-20 characters per line; while you can enter more characters than this, you will find that the font size is significantly smaller.
  • We can only print alphanumerical characters and basic punctuation marks; we cannot print images or emoji.
  • We cannot split packs between different names or text; every label within a particular pack is printed with the same text. You can, however, be a bit creative with the text you request so that you can share the labels (e.g. adding a surname only or including all of the names) OR you can opt for our Stikins ® Name Label Kit, which contains 60 blank labels and a pen so you can personalise each label as you wish.
  • If you want to leave one line blank, please use the space bar on your keyboard to add a single blank space to the text box for that line.
WHAT IS A SCHOOL FUNDRAISING NUMBER?
We run a Fundraising Scheme for schools and PTAs (and other groups), which allows them to raise money by earning commission on sales of name labels. They are assigned a unique fundraising number and any order we receive where that number is quoted will earn commission for the school, which they can then use for any ongoing projects or fundraising targets that they are working towards.

If your school has given you a fundraising number to quote, simply enter the number into the Fundraising Number box at the bottom of the product page (just above the “Add to basket” button), quote the number when you order by phone, or fill in the Fundraising Number box on the order form. If you forget to add your school’s fundraising number you can get in touch with us by phone or email and we can add the number to your order retroactively.

Please note that the Fundraising Number is NOT a discount code; quoting the number means that your order will help to raise money for your child’s school and does not apply a discount to your order when you checkout. 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY LABELS TO ARRIVE?
We print name labels every day so any order we receive by 3pm will be printed and despatched same day – orders placed after 3pm, over the weekend, or on a bank holiday will be printed and despatched on the next working day.

All of our UK orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard; around 93% of these items are delivered on the next (working) day, with the rest taking a day or two extra depending on the service level in your area.

I NEED MY LABELS URGENTLY - CAN YOU HELP?
We know that it’s all too easy to forget to order name labels or to find that you’ve not ordered enough to get EVERYTHING labelled, which may mean that you end up needing your labels in a hurry. In addition to despatching orders same or next working day, we also offer a guaranteed next day delivery service; this guarantees that your order will be delivered next day by 1pm and costs £5.75. We must receive your order before 4pm so we have time to make and despatch your name labels same day and so you can only request this service by phone.

I'VE MADE A MISTAKE ON MY ORDER - WHAT SHOULD I DO?
When you complete an order online, you will be directed to a confirmation page showing the details of your order AND you will receive a copy of that page in a confirmation email (along with an email from Sagepay, our payment gateway provider, confirming that your payment has gone through successfully). We STRONGLY recommend that you read through the confirmation page or email to make sure that all of the details in your order are correct because, as we state on our product pages, “WE WILL PRINT EXACTLY WHAT YOU ENTER”.

If you find a mistake, simply get in touch with us as soon as possible to let us know – you can give us a call or simply send us an email with the corrections that you need making and we’ll get your order updated on your behalf.

Remember, our Customer Service Team is always on hand if you need any help or advice when it comes to ordering your own set(s) of Stikins ® name labels; simply give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to help.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Label Planet: FAQ – How Do I Find Out More About Your Label Materials?

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When it comes to picking the perfect labels for your labelling project, you might need to know a bit more about the materials used to make your labels. For example, you might want to know more about the type of adhesive used, you might want to check the thickness of a particular label (to make sure that your printer is capable of processing your label sheets), or you might want to know if a particular material is suitable for your label application.

If this is the case, there are TWO really easy ways to find out more about the Label Planet labels you are interested in.

Firstly, you can visit our website. Each label product that we supply has its own dedicated range page, which provides the following information:
  • Key Facts: this lists the label material, printer compatibility, label adhesive, and waterproof status of the labels in question.
  • Product Information: this gives a brief description about the labels, including information about the material and adhesive along with some of the most popular uses for that particular type of label.
  • Common Uses: a short list of applications for which the label range is commonly used or particularly well-suited.
  • Material Specification Sheet: this sheet contains more detailed information about the material and adhesive used to make each label range – along with information about the weight and thickness of each material.
Secondly, if you don’t find the answer to your particular question or query on the range page of the labels you are interested in, you can always in get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be more than happy to help. You can give us a call or send us an email – or you can even pop a note in the post – and no question is too big or too small (or too silly!).

Visit our LIST OF ALL MATERIALS page to find links to all of the range pages for our labels or visit our CONTACT US page to find out all of the ways you can get in touch with.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Designing A Label Template – Tackling Text-Only Templates

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This week on Template Tuesday, we’re looking at ways to create text-only templates more efficiently. While text-only templates are perhaps the simplest kind of label design, there are still plenty of ways that you can create highly decorative and imaginative label designs.

It all comes down to “TYPOGRAPHY”; the art and technique of arranging type to make written language more legible, readable, and attractive in appearance.

The most drastic change you can make to text is to select a different font or “typeface” (e.g. Calibri, Tahoma, Arial, Times New Roman etc); alternatively, you can make smaller formatting changes to that typeface, such as changing the size, colour, or style (e.g. bold, italic etc). You can also emphasise particular sections of text by using upper and/or lower case letters, using contrasting colours for the text and its background, or playing around with how the characters are distributed in a line of text and how that line is aligned. Some software will also offer design tools such as preset “text effects” that you can use to further enhance the appearance of your text.

CREATING TEXT-ONLY TEMPLATES IN WORD
Word is an example of Word Processing software; it is specifically designed for creating and editing text, which means that it offers plenty of design options when it comes to getting creative with a text-only template. Most of the design options relating to text and fonts are listed under the “Home” tab at the top of the page within the sections “Font”, “Paragraph”, and “Styles”.

The font section contains design options relating to the typeface and font settings, the paragraph section contains options relating to the alignment of text (also known as “justification”), line spacing, and options for adding a border and coloured background to a section of text. Finally, the styles section contains a number of preset style options that you can use to assign a particular appearance and layout to a section of text.

To change any of the font settings for a section of text, you simply need to select the text you want to change and then left click on the option for the font setting you want to change. As a top tip, you can left click on the small diagonal arrow in the bottom right corner of a section to bring up a pop up box that contains all of the font options available(see above); this is particularly useful for the “Font” section as the pop up box contains a small preview section that allows you to see what the font options you are choosing will look like before you make your selection.

Obviously, we can’t discuss Word and text without mentioning WordArt – beloved by pupils and students across the country for the endless hours you can spend perfecting the title of your latest piece of homework (while conveniently putting off working on any actual content).

While WordArt still exists, you can use pretty much all of the same design tools for standard text as you can for text that you add via the WordArt tool. The key benefits of using WordArt (or a text box) are that you have a few more design choices for the text and the border around/background behind that text AND that it places your text within one object that you can move around, reposition, and resize as you wish (making it easier to position different bits of text relative to one another and any other items that you want to include in your design).

To add WordArt or a text box, you simply need to click on the “Insert” tab at the top of the page and select “WordArt” or “Text Box”; to add one of these items, you need to select from one of the preset options – don’t worry if you aren’t sure which one to pick or if you don’t like any of the options available as you can change the formatting of the item after you have added it to your template.

The design tools for WordArt and Text Boxes are the same and are called “Drawing Tools ”; to view these tools you need to select the item by left clicking on it once – this will bring up a “Drawing Tools Format” tab at the top of the page that contains all of the tools that you can use to change the appearance of your WordArt or Text Box. The design tools that change the appearance of the border and background of the WordArt/Text Box are listed in the “Shape Styles” section and those that change the appearance of the text itself are listed in the “WordArt Styles” section.


TOP TIP
It might sound obvious but to change the font settings for a particular bit of text you must first SELECT the text you want to change. This could mean highlighting a particular section of text (position your cursor at the start of the text, then click and hold down your left button as you move your cursor to the end of the text, and release the button) or selecting a piece of WordArt or a text box (left click on the item once).

When working with label templates you can save yourself some time by selecting an entire label (position your cursor in the bottom left corner of the cell and quickly triple click the left button on your mouse) or the entire template (left click once on the four headed arrow that appears at the top left corner of the template) before changing your font settings; this will apply any settings you choose to any text that you add to that label or the entire template.

If you want to use different font settings for different sections of text within your label design, you should set up your label design in the top left label and then use copy and paste to transfer your design into the rest of the template – remember to select the entire label and not just the content within the label, so that when you press copy you will copy both the content AND the formatting settings you have selected (position your cursor in the bottom left corner of the cell and quickly triple click the left button on your mouse).

Next week on Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Getting Inventive With Image-Only Templates

Friday, 4 August 2017

Stikins ® Name Labels: Lyrical Names That Hit A Musical Note

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Today is the birth date of musician Louis Armstrong, who became one of the most influential people in the genre of jazz music. His career spanned over five decades and he remained popular even as the genre shifted numerous times to encompass all kinds of different musical styles, tones, and characteristics.

He was a pivotal figure in the world of jazz as a trumpet player, a vocalist, and a composer, and his gift for improvisation won him fame and success across America and the rest of the world. Armstrong began as a cornet player, switching to the trumpet in the mid-1920s, and worked as a bandleader, accompanist, soloist, composer, singer, actor, and comedian throughout his career.

So, in honour of Louis Armstrong, we thought we’d take a look through a few of the musical names that our customers have requested.

Allegra
Derived from the Italian musical term “allegro”, which indicates that a particular section of music should be played at a quick and lively tempo (speed).

Aria
An expressive melody, typically a self-contained piece for a single voice (usually a singer performing with or without orchestral accompaniment) that is part of a larger work (generally an opera, although vocal arias also feature in oratorios and cantatas).

Cadence
A sequence of musical elements (notes, chords, or rhythmic patterns etc) that creates a strong sense of resolution, finality, or pause and is used to indicate the momentary or final conclusion of a phrase, section, or piece of music.

Calliope
A musical instrument (also known as a steam organ or steam piano) that makes a sound by sending a gas (originally steam although compressed air became the norm) through large whistles; they were popular forms of entertainment on riverboats and in travelling fairs and circuses.

Calypso
A style of music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago and is often associated with Carnival; it is a type of folk song and usually features witty and satirical lyrics that target topical political and social themes and events (with lyrics often improvised on the spot). It has a syncopated (off beat) rhythm and often makes use of call and response.

Caprice
Another name for “capriccio”, which is a piece of instrumental music that is composed in free form (i.e. doesn’t conform to the rules set out for any particular musical form) and is lively in tempo and style.

Carol
Derived from the Old French word “carole” (which was a medieval circle dance accompanied by singers), the carol began as a dance song and was later used as a processional song for festivals and an accompaniment for religious mystery plays. Over time, the form has gained a strong connection with religious contexts (although carols are not necessarily “religious songs”); carols are joyful and festive songs (or hymns) that are usually centred around a particular subject, season, or celebration (e.g. Christmas, Advent, Easter, harvest etc).

Celeste
Another name for a “celesta”, which is a musical instrument made up of a set of graduated metal plates or bars (usually steel) that are hit by key-operated hammers; it produces a delicate bell-like sound and so was named for the French word “celeste” meaning “heavenly”.

Condoleezza
The name of former US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, whose parents created the name based on the Italian musical term “con dolcezza”, which means “with sweetness”.

Harmony
A simultaneous combination of musical notes (to produce a pleasing sound); also the structure of music in terms of the arrangement and progression of chords.

Harper
A musician (particularly a folk musician) who plays a harp.

Jazz
A genre of music that originated in New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century, which is characterised by strong and intricate rhythms, improvisation, and syncopation (off beat rhythms).

Lyra
Derived from “lyre”, a stringed instrument that was extremely popular in ancient Greece; the constellation “Lyra” is said to represent the lyre of Orpheus (from Greek mythology).

Lyric
A Greek word referring to a song that is suitable to sing with the accompaniment of a lyre (lyric), the words that make up a song (lyrics), having the form and musical quality of a song (lyrical), a form of poetry that expresses personal emotions or feelings (lyric poetry), and the classification used to refer to a singing voice that has a light, clear quality and is melodic in style.

Mele
A Hawaiian word for chants, songs, or poems.

Melody
A sequence of single notes that are arranged into a musically satisfying phrase or whole; also the principal part in a harmonic composition.

Piper
A musician who plays a pipe (any wind instrument that consists of a single tube) or the bagpipes.

Reed
Used in woodwind instruments to produce a sound via vibration; reeds are thin strips of material and may be made from Arundo Donax (“giant cane”), synthetical materials, or metals. Instruments have single reeds (as in the mouthpieces of clarinets and saxophones), double reeds (used in oboes, bassoons, and bagpipes, usually without a mouthpiece, where the two reeds vibrate against one another), or quadruple reeds (with two reeds on top and two on the bottom).

Sonata/Sonatina
A musical composition for an instrumental soloist (with or without a piano accompaniment) that usually includes three or four movements of contrasting forms and keys. A short or simplified sonata is called a “sonatina”.

Symphony
A musical composition for a full orchestra (between 50-120 musicians) made up of several movements, generally four, at least one of which is traditionally a sonata.

Viola
An instrument from the violin family (made up of the violin, viola, cello, and double bass); the viola is slightly larger in size than the violin, has four strings, and is tuned a perfect fifth below the violin, which gives it a lower and deeper sound.

For a harmonious start to the new school year, why not try our Stikins ® name labels – the multipurpose name labels that simply stick on and stay on so you can get your children’s belongings safely and securely labelled while saving yourself a little extra time and money to spend on much more interesting things. 

Stikins ® can be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing or directly onto other personal items including shoes and bags, lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, and all those “essential” extras that your children simply refuse to do without. 

You can order printed Stikins ® in four pack sizes (containing 30, 60, 90, or 120 name labels) OR you can order our Stikins ® Name Label Kit (containing 60 blank name labels and a pen) so you can personalise each individual label exactly as and when you need another name label. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Label Planet: Label Planet’s Guide To Avery Labels

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You may have noticed that we describe some of our products as being “Avery Compatible” and list “compatible Avery codes” for customers to use when printing the labels they have bought from us. This blog aims to provide a quickfire guide to what Avery labels are and why we mention them in connection with our products.
  1. We don’t sell Avery labels.
    The first thing to point out is that we DON’T supply Avery labels; none of our products are made or endorsed by the Avery Dennison Group and we have no affiliation whatsoever with the Avery Dennison Group.
  1. We do sell some label sizes that are compatible with Avery label sizes.
    Some of our label sizes are made using the exact same label size and layout as those used by Avery. We call our products “compatible” with those of Avery because they are the same (in terms of the size and layout) – however, the materials used to make our products may differ from those made by Avery.
  1. We supply Avery compatible labels because they are STANDARD label sizes that are suitable for a variety of label applications and they are cost-effective.
    While the name “Avery” has become synonymous with labels, it is important to remember that there is a whole labelling industry apart from Avery who all make their own label sizes and layouts. The reason that many of these companies use the same label sizes and layouts as Avery is that these sizes are the most economical sizes that can be produced on A4 sheets (making them more cost-effective) and they are useful for a range of applications. Standard sizes of labels supplied on A4 sheets have their dimensions determined by the sizes that are naturally created by dividing an A4 sheet into the required number of equal sized rows and columns to create the required number of labels per sheet. When label layouts are created with blank edges around the sheet – known as selvedges – or gaps between the rows and/or columns (to ensure the label sheets can be printed accurately), the spaces are generally kept as small as possible to reduce the amount of waste material that is created on each sheet.
    These sizes are manufactured regularly and in large volumes, which means that they incur lower manufacturing costs than more unusual sizes or bespoke labels that are made as and when they are requested.
    We therefore sell a number of the same label sizes and layouts as Avery (and other manufacturers and suppliers do) because these products are easier to print accurately, are readily available, and allow us to pass on better prices to our customers.
  1. We list compatible Avery codes so that customers can choose to use our label templates or a built-in Avery template to print the labels they have bought from Label Planet.
    Where one of our sizes is compatible with an Avery size you can print our labels using a template you have downloaded from our website OR using an Avery template that is built into the software you want (or need) to use to design and print your labels.We list any compatible Avery codes for our label products on the product packaging, product page, and template information page for that particular item.
  1. We list multiple Avery codes (where applicable) because of the way Avery named their products (and templates).
    Every Avery product has its own unique product code that is also used for the template that can be used to print that product. This creates multiple compatible template codes because Avery supplies many of its label sizes in different materials; each material has its own code BUT the templates used to print these products will be exactly the same because they share the same label size and layout. For example, many of Avery’s label sizes are available as both a paper product for inkjet printers (with a unique Avery code, for example J8654) and as a paper product for laser printers (also with its own unique Avery code, for example L7654) – however, you can print either of these products with either template (J8654 or L7654) because they are exactly the same. You could also use either of these templates to print onto any of our label products that have a code beginning with LP40/45 – which use the same label size and layout as the Avery products.
  1. We do not supply any labels that are compatible with American Avery label sizes.
    Avery supply DIFFERENT product ranges for the UK and US markets; this is because the US uses a page size of American Letter (8.5 inches x 11 inches or 215.9mm x 279.4mm) and label sizes that are measured in inches, while the UK uses a page size of A4 (210mm x 297mm) and label sizes that are measured in millimetres. You may have noticed that when you use built in Avery templates, the label vendor is given as “Avery A4/A5” – with another option for “Avery US Letter”. If you are using software that was developed by (and for) an American company, you will need to find an American label supplier that can ship to the UK. Alternatively, if you are able to shift away from American label sizes, you can convert your label measurements from inches to mm and you should be able to find a suitable UK label size that either matches or is close enough to the dimensions you want to use.
  1. We do not match Avery’s product list.
    We have selected a range of label sizes that we feel offers our customers the best possible choice for a range of label applications but we do not aim to match Avery’s complete product list. This means that there may be some label sizes that Avery supply but that we do not. We do not offer a bespoke label service and the only label sizes we can supply are those listed on our website.
  1. We sell label sizes that Avery do not supply.
    Of course, you may also be aware that Avery’s range of label sizes is smaller than those offered by other label manufacturers and suppliers (including Label Planet). Therefore, you will see that a number of our label products do not have any compatible Avery codes listed along with their product descriptions; this is because Avery simply do not supply labels in this size. We supply label templates (in both Word and PDF formats) for all of our label sizes so you don’t need to rely on a built in Avery template to get your labels designed and printed.
To find out if your Label Planet labels have a compatible Avery code you can check the product packaging, product page, or template information page (you can find this by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page OR by visiting our Template Section). You could also visit our cross-index pages, which list all of the Label Planet label sizes that have compatible Avery codes and all of the Avery label sizes that have compatible Label Planet codes.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Designing A Label Template – Choosing Suitable Shapes & Logical Layouts

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This week’s Template Tuesday gives a few tips about how to choose the right shape and layout for your label design to help make the process of designing (and printing) your own labels a lot easier, quicker, and a lot more accurate.

Obviously, labels come in all shapes and sizes; here at Label Planet, we supply rectangular labels, circular labels, oval labels, and square labels. When creating a label design, you need to make sure that your design accounts for ANY shaping on your labels as well as how accurate your software and/or printer is when it comes to aligning the shape of your label design with the shape of your labels.

If you want to create a label design that follows the shape of your labels (for example, if you have chosen circular labels and your design features a circular border), you need to consider the fact that this kind of design makes even the slightest misalignment all the more obvious. While you should be able to create a decent set of labels using standard software and hardware, most software and printers are limited in the accuracy they can produce (to around 1-2mm), which means that you won’t be able to print your label template with pinpoint accuracy and so you may need to utilise a few design tricks to help mitigate any slight difference in alignment.

Centralise Your Label Design (If Possible)
As we discussed in last week’s Template Tuesday, centralising your design is a quick and simple way to help improve the accuracy of your alignment when you print. By instructing your template to position your design in the centre of each label, you are far less likely to encounter problems with parts of your design being cut off around the edges of your labels.

It may also be useful to divide your label up into sections and to allocate specific parts of your design to a specific space within your label – this can help to prevent problems with layered designs that can end up looking cluttered and can be tricky to set up accurately in your software. For example, if you want to add a logo, a company name, and an address, you could determine that the address should occupy the bottom half of each label, with the logo in the top left corner, and the company name in the top right corner.

Take Care With Label Designs That Occupy The Edges Of Your Labels
If you are creating a label design that uses the outer edges of your labels (for example, by adding a coloured background, border, or full size image) you will need to put some thought into how you arrange your label design to avoid problems with white edging. White edging occurs when your software and/or hardware isn’t quite accurate enough to position your design perfectly on every single label, which leads to small areas around the edges of your labels being left blank (this problem is called “white” edging because most labels are made with white materials – making “blank edging” a more accurate description if your labels are another colour or transparent).

You can easily overcome this issue by oversizing your design so that it very slightly overlaps each label (e.g. by slightly increasing the size of your image/coloured background/border).

This solution, however, does depend on the layout of your labels; if your labels “butt up” against one another (for example, if there is no gap between the rows and/or columns on a sheet of labels), you may not be able to simply oversize your design – especially if the colouring isn’t consistent all the way around the label. For example, if your label design features a coloured background that starts out red at the top of the label but changes to purple at the bottom of the label and your labels don’t have gaps between the rows of labels, if you try to oversize this background you may end up with the purple at the bottom of one label running over onto the top of the label below it. In this case, you would need to amend your design to give the edges of your labels a consistent colour to avoid white edging AND overlapping colours.

You may also need to put some thought into adapting your design to suit the software and/or hardware you are using. For example, our square labels and our rounded corner rectangle labels have radius corners (the corners are curved rather than forming sharp points); while our PDF templates show the radius corners (allowing you to make sure your design conforms to this extra shaping), Word templates are basically tables made up of straight lines only. While there are some tools in Word that allow you to create shapes with radius corners, you will not have the accuracy offered by graphics software, and so you will have to consider how your design prints out at the corners of each label.

Additionally, if you are printing sheets of labels that use a layout where the labels themselves go right up to the edge of the sheet, you will need to adapt your label design to account for the printable and unprintable areas on the sheet (created by your printer). Standard desktop printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet; the area around the edges of the sheet that a printer cannot print is described as the “unprintable” area. If you try to print a label design that uses the full area of each label, you will end up with a blank strip along the edges of the labels that sit at the edges of the sheet. This means that you will need to either reduce the size of your label design in those particular labels OR (perhaps more simply) amend your label design to make it small enough to be printed in full on every single label.

TOP TIPS
Essentially, there are FOUR tops tips that can help to make sure that your label design is suitably shaped and logically laid out.
  1. If you are creating a design that extends all the way to the edges of your labels (i.e. if it contains a full sized image, a coloured background, or a border), you will need to overlap your design slightly to avoid problems with white edging.
  2. Use a centralised design if possible; this helps to avoid parts of your design getting cut off when you print your labels.
  3. Make the most of the shape AND size of your labels; give the different elements in your design their own space so that your design doesn’t rely on multiple elements being layered one on top of another and your labels don’t end up looking cluttered and messy.
  4. If your labels go all the way to the edge of your A4 sheets, make sure your label design doesn't fall into the unprintable area created by your printer.
Next week on Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Tackling Text-Only Templates