Why Try Before You Buy? Request A Sample To Make Sure You Can Apply And Rely On The Labels We Supply!

April 26th, 2017

Here at Label Planet, we firmly believe in doing all we can to help our customers find the perfect label for their particular needs and a big part of this is our sample request service.

Allowing our customers to request a sample means they can buy labels from us knowing that they are the right labels for the job.

Whether you need to check if a material or adhesive is the right one for your application, you want to look at a few different colours or finishes to pick the best one for your project, or you want to practice printing your own labels, requesting a sample is a quick and easy (and free) way to make sure you pick the perfect label.

To request a sample you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team OR you can use our online Sample Request Form.

We ask that you give as much detail as you can about your application and preferences so that we can send the best options for your requirements. We also recommend that when you print and/or test your labels you replicate the actual application as closely possible to make sure that those labels will work for you.

All of our samples are sent out in C4 envelopes with your samples packed into plastic bags printed with a few of our top tips for trouble free label printing. We recommend that you read these tips to make sure that you get the most out of your sample labels.

You can find free templates for all of our label sizes (in Word and PDF formats) on our website, along with a Help Section that contains Step By Step Guides To Designing & Printing Labels, more Top Tips, and a Troubleshooting Guide – just in case you run into any issues.

Remember, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team if you need any help and advice on choosing, ordering, and printing your perfect labels; alternatively, you can simply visit our website now to request your free sample or to access our help and advice pages (including our Template Section).

A Quick Post Easter Update From Label Planet

April 25th, 2017

We’re open again after taking an extended Easter break last week.

We’ve been working through all of the orders, emails, and sample requests that we received over the break and we’re delighted (and relieved) to announce that we’re – almost – all caught up.

Orders placed over the Easter Break (14th-23rd April) have now been despatched (stocked items) or have been processed for production (made to order items). We’re working our way through emails and sample requests so don’t panic if you haven’t heard back from us – we’re getting there!

If you do have any urgent concerns or queries about placing an order or about an order you’ve already placed, please do get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Wishing You All A Hoppy-Happy Easter Weekend From Label Planet!

April 12th, 2017

Yes, this weekend is the Easter Weekend and, whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful time!

Whether you’re taking the family on a hunt for chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies or you’re simply looking forward to a long weekend, we hope you enjoy the break.

Here at Label Planet, we will be closing for a short Easter holiday; our office will close at 5pm tomorrow and we will re-open on Monday 24th April at 9am.

Orders of 500+ sheets will be processed up to 3pm tomorrow but may not despatch until after Easter depending on stock availability. Orders of stocked items (25 sheet packs) will be processed and despatched up to 4:30pm tomorrow.

Any orders placed over the break will be processed and despatched upon our return. If you have any questions or queries during this time, please send us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can once we’re back.

Wish You Could Wash Away Your Labels When You Want? – Now You Can With Water Wash Off Labels!

April 5th, 2017

This week, we’re taking a closer look at one of our newest products – Water Wash Off Labels.

Water wash off labels are a pretty ingenious solution to the problem of labelling re-usable containers that need to be emptied, cleaned, and re-labelled on a regular basis – such as ingredient containers in a professional kitchen or bottles and jars used to store homemade condiments and drinks. In any case, it is important that each container is clearly (and securely) labelled AND that those containers aren’t damaged when you remove and replace the labels.

In these applications, using a permanent adhesive would hold your labels firmly in place BUT would damage your containers each time you remove the old labels, while using a removable adhesive would prevent your containers from being damaged BUT would also run the risk of your labels coming off earlier than you’d like.

Water wash off labels offer a perfect alternative; they are permanent labels made with a special wash off adhesive, which creates a permanent adhesive bond that breaks down when exposed to water. This means that these labels will be completely permanent (provided the containers are stored in dry conditions) until you decide you no longer need them, at which point you can simply wash the labels away.

In the office, we like to call these labels “Wish Wash Labels”- because when you wish they would wash off, they will! These labels are perfect for all kinds of food and drink applications, because they allow vital information to be securely added to containers AND will wash cleanly away without damaging the containers in the process.

Our water wash off labels are made with paper and are supplied on A4 sheets; they can be printed using inkjet printers and laser printer or they can be handwritten. They are best suited to solid surfaces (such as plastic and glass) and should be stored carefully to preserve the effectiveness of the adhesive.

We have 8 label sizes available to order for same day despatch from stock, along with a further 36 label sizes available to order.

To find out more about our wonderful Water Wash Off Labels or to place an order today, simply head on over to our Water Wash Off range page.


We’d also like to mention that we will be shutting down for an Easter break again this year. We will be closing at 5pm on Thursday 13th April and re-opening on Monday 24th April. Any orders placed online during this period will be processed and despatched upon our return. If you have any questions or queries, please send us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can once we’re back.

Get Ready For #WorldBackUpDay On 31st March With #labelplanet Media Labels

March 29th, 2017

The 31st March is WORLD BACK UP DAY – a day designed to promote awareness of the importance of having a backup plan for all of your digital data. While some of you may already have a backup (or three!) of your important data, many people either don’t know what a backup is or keep putting it off as something to do when they have the time to get around to doing it…probably.

Unfortunately, many people have also found themselves learning about the importance of backing up when it’s already too late – whether they’ve been suddenly confronted with the ever alarming “blue screen of death”, a device that simply refuses to turn on, or have been the unfortunate victim of a phishing scam or malware attack.

While backing up isn’t the most thrilling thing to do, it can save a lot of time, money, and heartache – especially if the data you lose is of significant emotional or financial value to you or to your business.

And This Is Where Label Planet Comes In!

While we aren’t suppliers of backup software or experts on how to create the perfect backup plan, we do have a few label products that can help you get your digital data organised.

We supply a range of self-adhesive labels that are specifically designed for labelling all kinds of media devices, from the small to the even smaller. These labels are supplied on A4 sheets and can be printed with laser printers and inkjet printers or handwritten as needed. They are all label sizes that have been specifically selected with storage devices in mind and can be used to add a subtle reminder of the contents of a device (OR a GIANT reminder to keep that particular device safe and sound so you know exactly what stuff you’ve got stored and where).

We supply Word templates & PDF templates for all of these labels (Visit “Templates For Special Use Labels”) so you can download the template you need immediately and get on with backing up your all-important data.

Visit our MEDIA LABELS page now to order brilliantly useful labels for backing up lots of important data.

Spring Is Here (& So Is The Rain) So Why Not Try Some Colour (ed Labels) To Make Your Things A Little Less Duller?!

March 22nd, 2017

Monday brought the Spring Equinox and with it weather that feels anything but spring-like so we thought it was a good time to take a closer look at our coloured labels – perfect for adding a burst of colour to brighten up even the gloomiest of “spring” days.

Here at Label Planet, our coloured labels remain some of our firm favourites because they’re a really simple way to add a bit of decoration (and fun) to any labelling application – and we’ve got colours to suit all sorts of projects, whether you’re looking for a luxurious finish, a natural homemade feel, a gentle bloom of colour, or an eye catching display that won’t go unnoticed.

All of our coloured labels are supplied on A4 sheets and are suitable for printing or for handwriting.

Our colours include:

SEVEN PASTEL SHADES

Crimson-Red, Orange-Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Cream, Pink

Our pastel coloured labels are made with a coloured paper with either a permanent adhesive or a removable adhesive. Both are suitable for use with inkjet printers and laser printers or for handwriting. We have 20 label sizes available for same day despatch from stock (in 25 sheet packs) and a further 43 label sizes available to order. These labels are ideal for adding a gentle burst of colour that adds a subtle touch of decoration to any labelled item.

FIVE NEON FLUORESCENTS

Red, Orange, Lemon (Yellow), Green, Magenta

Our fluorescent labels are made with a fluorescent coloured paper and a permanent adhesive; these labels are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting. We have 8 label sizes available for same day despatch from stock and a further 51 label sizes available to order. These labels are perfect if you want to create eye-catching, attention-grabbing labels that are impossible to miss.

TWO SEMI-GLOSS METALLICS

Gold, Silver

Our metallic labels are made with a metallic colour paper with a textured, semi-gloss finish and a permanent adhesive; these labels are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting. We have 9 label sizes available for same day despatch from stock and a further 15 label sizes available to order. These labels are a lovely way to create high quality, luxury labels or to add a glimmer of a shimmer to extra special items.

PATTERNED KRAFT

Brown Ribbed Kraft Paper

Our Kraft labels are made with a brown kraft paper with a ribbed finish and a permanent adhesive; these labels can be printed with inkjet printers and laser printers or can be handwritten. These labels are a brilliant way to add natural colouring with a subtle touch of pattern and texture; our Kraft labels are especially popular for labelling homemade or gift items.

You can find ALL of our coloured labels on our COLOURED LABELS page. Remember, you can also request a sample of our labels so you can make sure that you’ve found the perfect colour for you!

High Tack Vs Super Tack: Which Sticky Label Has The Stickiest Stick For Sticky Situations?

March 15th, 2017

One of our newest label products is our range of SUPER TACK labels, which form one half of our “Very Sticky” group of labels (along with our HIGH TACK labels). Both of these ranges feature paper labels (suitable for printing with inkjet and laser printers or for handwriting) with very strong permanent adhesives that are designed to stay firmly in place on a variety of surfaces.

Our High Tack labels and Super Tack labels were designed to be suitable for applications that require labels that are extremely difficult to remove, that can sustain an adhesive bond over a long period of time, that can adhere to materials and/or surfaces that standard permanent adhesives fail to bond with properly, or for applications that may involve (temporary) exposure to lower temperatures.

So what’s the difference between High Tack and Super Tack?
The only difference between our High Tack and Super Tack labels is the adhesive; both are made with very strong permanent adhesives but the adhesive on our super tack labels has been specially formulated and manufactured to maximise its initial tack and ultimate tack.

What’s “initial tack” and “ultimate tack”?
Our labels are all made with “pressure sensitive adhesives” – i.e. adhesives that only require the pressure of a finger or hand to create an adhesive bond. Pressure sensitive adhesives have two stages of adhesion – the initial tack and the ultimate tack. The initial tack describes the strength of the adhesive bond that is created at the moment of contact between the adhesive and a surface, while the ultimate tack describes the strength of the adhesive bond once it has fully strengthened and set.

Therefore, if a standard permanent adhesive has “good” initial tack and “good” ultimate tack, our high tack labels offer “very good” initial tack and “very good” ultimate tack, while our super tack labels offer “excellent” initial tack and “excellent” ultimate tack.

So why choose High Tack Labels or Super Tack Labels?
The strength of the adhesives used to make these labels makes them an ideal choice if you want your labels to remain firmly in place for a long time – even if the label application will involve exposure to lower temperatures. They’re also perfect if you find that standard permanent adhesives struggle to bond with the surface or material that you are trying to label; for example, standard labels may struggle to adhere to curved containers (such as bottles and jars) and fabric or plastic items (such as material swatches and samples or plastic bags and boxes).

Our HIGH TACK LABELS are available in fourteen stocked sizes (available for same day despatch in packs of 25 sheets) and thirty made to order sizes (available to order in boxes of 500 sheets), while our SUPER TACK LABELS are available in eleven stocked sizes and thirty-three made to order sizes.

Remember, you can always use our free sample request service to request a sample of our high tack labels and/or super tack labels to find out which of our sticky labels have enough stick for your sticky situation!

Have You Tried The Label Planet Label Finder Yet? – Find The Perfect Label For The Job With A Few Simple Clicks!

March 8th, 2017

Whether you have absolutely no idea what sort of labels you need to buy or you know exactly what you want but not if they’re available from Label Planet, the Label Finder is your one stop shop to find the perfect label for you!

We’ve loaded all of our label products (and their most important features) into the Label Finder so that all you need to do is tell the Label Finder what your labels need to be like and it will give you a shortlist of any labels that fit the bill. You can then use the filters to narrow down your options even further, take a look at some alternatives that you hadn’t thought of before, or simply click on the product that you want to buy!

You can narrow your search in all sorts of ways, including searching by:

Our “Label Use” category provides a (not at all complete) list of some of the most popular label applications that our customers purchase labels for – and each category has been matched with the label products that we feel are best suited to those particular uses.

We highly recommend selecting your printer type (e.g. laser printer, inkjet printer etc) because some of our labels are suitable for ONE printing method only (i.e. they are laser labels or they are inkjet labels), while others can be used with EITHER printing method (i.e. they are laser AND inkjet labels) – this means you can instantly get rid of any products that your printer cannot print in the first place.

You can also use the smaller filters to identify the properties that your labels absolutely HAVE TO HAVE if they are to be suitable for your unique application. For example, you may need a specific size of label (so that the labels will fit on the item you are labelling), or you may need waterproof labels (so that they can be used or stored outside), or you may simply have a strong preference for what your labels should look like (for example, you may want a particular colour to match an existing scheme or you may want transparent labels with no colour at all).

Remember, you can also use our free Sample Request Service to request a sample of the options that you like the look of, or – if you’re having any problems choosing the right labels for the job – you can contact our Customer Service Team, who will be more than happy to answer any questions and queries that you may have.

It’s The First Day Of (Meteorological) Spring, So Here’s A Blog About Waterproof Labels (Ideal For All Those Spring Showers)

March 1st, 2017

Yes, today is both Saint David’s Day and the first day of Meteorological Spring, so we thought it was the perfect time to take a closer look at our range of WATERPROOF LABELS, which are ideal for any labelling application that might involve exposure to water.

All of the labels in our Waterproof Labels range are made with a waterproof adhesive and a waterproof synthetic face material; our range includes polyester labels, polyethylene labels, and polyolefin labels.

All of our waterproof labels will survive being exposed to or submerged in water – AND they’re all extremely tough and durable, which means that they’ll remain firmly in place and perfectly legible, even if you’re looking for long lasting tracking labels that need to survive in both indoor and outdoor conditions.

If you need to create waterproof PRINTED labels, you will need to use a laser printer. This is because laser printers use a dry printing process to bond a dry powder (toner) into place using heat and/or pressure – this produces waterproof print.

Inkjet printers, meanwhile, disperse inks onto a surface where they dry in place to form a printed image – the problem with this printing method is that the inks used in inkjet printers tend to be water-based, which means that the print will smudge and/or run if it get wets. It IS possible to buy inks that are not water-based (and/or have been specially treated to make them waterproof) but these tend to be highly specialised inks that are more expensive and less commonly available.

So, what labels do we supply in our Waterproof Labels range?
We currently supply ELEVEN label products within our Waterproof Labels range (plus our GCP labels, which are waterproof in themselves BUT would need to be printed with specialist inkjet materials to produce waterproof printed labels).

These products provide our customers with a variety of options so that they can choose a label that best suits their particular application and the overall look that they want to achieve.

WHITE, SILVER, OR TRANSPARENT
One choice is that of “colour”; our waterproof labels are available in white labels, silver labels, or transparent labels. The white waterproof labels are ideal if you want a blank, clear background for your labels, our silver waterproof labels are popular for use on high value goods as long lasting asset ID labels, and our transparent waterproof labels are perfect for use on transparent surfaces or to avoid issues with colour matching.

GLOSS OR MATT
Another choice is between a gloss finish and a matt finish; the gloss finish reflects light more efficiently to produce a bright and shiny appearance – while the matt finish is less efficient at reflecting light, which produces a dull, non-shiny appearance. A gloss finish is popular for use on product labels (due to its decorative appearance), while the matt finish is ideal for labelling surfaces that also have a matt finish so that the label neatly blends in as a subtle addition to an item or surface.

PERMANENT OR REMOVABLE
While the majority of our waterproof labels use a permanent adhesive, we do have two options (MWR and GTR) with removable adhesives. While a permanent adhesive is ideal if you want your labels to remain firmly in place (and to be difficult to remove), the removable adhesive is ideal if you want to add a durable and professional looking label to an item or surface on a temporary basis only – so that you can remove the label when it is no longer needed without damaging the item or surface in the process.

MARINE QUALITY ADHESIVE
Three of our waterproof labels also feature a special marine adhesive that has been designed specifically for use in outdoor (marine) conditions. The adhesive has been extensively tested and conforms to the BS5609 Part 2 standard for marine immersion, which is an internationally recognised standard and indicates that a particular label product is of extremely high quality and is a strong and durable product that is suitable for use in challenging marine conditions.

The three products that feature this adhesive are our Matt White Polyester Labels (MWP), Matt White Polyethylene Labels (MWPE), and Matt White Polyolefin Labels (MWPO). These three labels are our strongest and most durable waterproof labels and are ideal for any label application – indoor or outdoor – that needs a long lasting label that will remain firmly in place, even if it gets wet.

You can view ALL of our Waterproof Label products on our aptly named Waterproof Labels page. You can find out more about each product by visiting its dedicated range page OR you can use our free sample request service to give them a try before you buy!

FAQs – What’s The Difference Between “LASER LABELS” & “INKJET LABELS”

February 22nd, 2017

You may have noticed that our label products are categorised with one of THREE printer compatibility types; laser labels, inkjet labels, or laser and inkjet labels.

All this means is that the labels have been made using materials that are either well-suited to the laser printing process, the inkjet printing process, or that are suitable for use with either printing process.

So why do different printing methods need labels made of different materials?
Laser printers and inkjet printers work in two very different ways, which means that – to get the best possible print results – you need to print onto materials that suit the particular printing method in use.

LASER PRINTERS bond toner (a dry powder) onto a surface using heat and pressure; this means that laser labels are made with materials that have a consistently smooth surface and that are heat resistant (paper laser labels, for example, often have a higher moisture content to ensure they survive the heat used during laser printing).

INKJET PRINTERS disperse inks (usually water-based) onto a surface where they dry and form the final printed image; this means that inkjet labels are made with materials that are slightly porous – allowing them to absorb some of the ink, which means that the ink dries in place much more efficiently and accurately.

At Label Planet, our label products are made with materials that naturally possess properties that make them well-suited to a particular printing method or that have been treated in a particular way (for example, having a special coating or finish applied) to make them better suited to a particular printing method.

So what label products do you supply for laser printers and for inkjet printers (and for both)?

Matt White Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Freezer Paper Labels Laser Printers
Wash Off Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Gloss White Paper Labels Laser Printers
Removable Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Semi-Gloss Paper Labels Laser Printers
Super Removable Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Gloss Transparent Labels Laser Printers
High Tack Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Removable Gloss Transparent Labels Laser Printers
Super Tack Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Matt Transparent Labels Laser Printers
Gloss Photo Quality Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Gloss White Waterproof Labels Laser Printers
Premium Quality Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Matt White Waterproof Labels Laser Printers
Opaque Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Removable Matt White Waterproof Labels Laser Printers
Matt White Polyethylene Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Silver Metallic Waterproof Labels Laser Printers
Coloured Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Matt White Polyolefin Labels Laser Printers
Removable Coloured Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Silver Void Labels Laser Printers
Kraft Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels Laser Printers
Fluorescent Paper Labels Laser Printers
Gloss Clear Labels Inkjet Printers Gold & Silver Paper Labels Laser Printers

And what happens if I use the wrong labels with the wrong printer?
At best, you’ll end up with a batch of very poor quality printed labels – at worse, you could end up damaging your printer. Whether you print laser labels with an inkjet printer or print inkjet labels with a laser printer, the print you apply to your labels won’t be able to fix or set in place properly, which will result in your print flaking away or smudging and smearing. You may also damage the labels themselves, which could result in those labels (and your toner/inks) doing damage to the internal components of your printer.

This is why you should ALWAYS make sure that your labels are compatible with your printer BEFORE you start printing. To help you out, all of our label products will have their printer compatibility type listed on the range page, product page, and packaging for that particular item.

For more hints and tips you can take a look at our HELP section or have a browse through our FAQ blog posts.