Archive for January, 2014

How To Get Your Whites Really White

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

And no, we’re not referring to your dirty washing!

We have a whole range of white labels in gloss (including GW, GWPQ, GWP) and matt (including STA, MPQ, MWP), which are varying degrees of “white” in themselves.

However, it is also worth pointing out that not all of our labels are opaque – in fact, none of our labels are truly opaque, apart from our opaque labels of course. An opaque label cannot be seen through, which means that our non-opaque labels CAN be seen through (to varying degrees). This means that whatever is underneath these labels (whether it’s the backing sheet or the surface they have been applied to) will be slightly visible through the label – which can influence how “white” the label looks.

If you want to see how white your white labels can be, you should peel one off the backing sheet (backing sheets are usually made of a different material to the label itself and may be off-white in colour) and stick it onto a white surface.

You can always improve the whiteness of a label by making sure that you stick it onto a white background OR you could try layering two white labels (one of top of the other) to create a white background for the top label (just make sure you have a steady hand and a lot of patience!).

Checklist For Choosing Labels

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Here at Label Planet, we have a LOT of labels – and a lot of DIFFERENT labels at that. If you’re starting a new project and you need to choose your labels, it can be quite difficult to narrow down your choices when you’re starting from scratch.

So here’s a handy list of a few things to consider when choosing your labels.

The Label Planet Choosing Labels Checklist

– Budget
Do you have a budget that you need to stick to? Remember that our synthetic materials (polyester and polyethylene) are our most expensive labels; our special adhesives, coloured labels, and special finishes sit in the middle of our price range; and our plain matt white paper labels are our least expensive option. It is also worth noting that we offer price break points – so it might just be worth buying more labels at once, in order to save money in the long run.

– Quantity
Do you require a particular number of labels? To work out how many sheets you need, simply divide the number of labels you need by the number of labels per sheet. Remember that if you need less than 500 sheets, you will need to choose from our range of stocked items (minimum order quantity of 25 sheets). We pack our stocked labels into packs of 25 sheets and our unstocked labels are packed into boxes of 500 sheets. This means orders of over 500 sheets must be made in multiples of 500, while smaller orders can be made in increments of 25. Again, it may be worth looking at our price break points, to make sure you get the quantity you need at the best possible price.

– Size
Do you require a particular size of label? Here at Label Planet, all of our labels are on A4 sheets, meaning that the sizes we offer are standard sizes that fit economically onto an A4 sheet. We do not do any bespoke sizes. However, if you do require a specific size that we supply, please note that while our full range of sizes are available in matt white paper labels, we only offer some of these sizes in our special adhesives, special materials, and coloured or special finishes. Remember to check if the size you want is available in other formats, otherwise you will need to choose from our standard matt white paper range only. If you have specific dimensions that you need to work to, why not try searching through our “Search By Height” and “Search By Width” lists of label sizes.

– Inkjet or Laser
Do you have an inkjet or a laser printer? Some of our special materials and finishes are compatible with just one type of printer – if you try to use laser labels with an inkjet printer or inkjet labels with a laser printer, the print will not adhere or dry properly, meaning it will smudge or crack. Remember, if you want to print waterproof labels, you will need to use a laser printer.

– Transparent or Waterproof
Do you need transparent or waterproof labels? If you do, you will need to pick from one of our synthetic materials (polyester or polyethylene).

– Special Adhesive Requirements
Do you need a special adhesive? We have a range of different adhesives, depending on whether you need a label that is very difficult to peel off or that will stick to an unusual surface (High Tack), that is easily removed (Removable, Super Removable, Removable Coloured, Removable Transparent, Removable Waterproof), or that can be used in freezer conditions (Freezer). We only have the particular combinations of adhesive and materials shown on our website. So, for example, we do not have a freezer adhesive on a polyester material.

– Gloss or Matt
Is the finish of your labels important? Our labels have either a gloss or a matt finish. If you require a gloss finish, you must choose from our range of gloss labels (LG, LS, GW, GWPQ, GCP, GTP, GTR, GWP), and if you require a matt finish, you must choose from our range of matt labels (STA, MPQ, DF, Coloured and Fluorescent, REM, GREM, HT, Opaque, MWP, MTP, MWR, MWPE, SMP).

– Shapes
Are you happy with a rectangular label or do you want a particular shape? We have circular, oval, and square labels. Remember, SOME of our circular and oval sizes are available in our ranges of coloured, fluorescent, and metallic labels, special adhesives, and special materials, while our squares are available in plain matt white paper or our coloured and fluorescent ranges.

– Colour
Do you want a coloured label? We have three ranges; (pastel) coloured labels, fluorescent labels, and metallic gold and silver.

FAQ – Do You Do Size X In Material Y?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

We have over 100 label sizes and 30 different materials, which allows us to provide a wide range of labels for our customers to choose from.

However, we don’t sell all of those 100 sizes in all of the 30 different materials. So how do you find out if we have a particular size in a particular material?

1. Do You Need A Particular Material Or Standard Matt White Paper Labels?
All of the label sizes we have are available in standard matt white paper with a permanent adhesive. So if you simply need paper labels you can choose from ANY of the sizes we have available.

2. Find The Range Page For The Material You Want
Each of our materials has its own range page (apart from colours and fluorescents, which are grouped together). All of the sizes available in that particular material will be displayed on the range page for that particular material.

Our range pages for non-standard materials are:

DF: Freezer Labels
REM: Removable Paper Labels
GREM: Super Removable Paper Labels
HT: High Tack Labels
GW: Gloss White Paper Labels for Laser Printers
GWPQ: Gloss White Paper Labels for Inkjet Printers
MPQ: Matt Premium Quality Paper
C: Coloured Paper Labels
FC: Fluorescent Paper Labels
REMC: Removable Coloured Paper Labels
LG: Gold Paper Labels
LS: Silver Paper Labels
GCP: Gloss Clear Polyester Labels
GTP: Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels
GTR: Removable Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels
MTP: Matt Transparent Polyester Labels
GWP: Gloss White Polyester Labels
MWP: Matt White Polyester Labels
MWR: Removable Matt White Polyester Labels
SMP: Silver Matt Metallic Polyester Labels
MWPE: Matt White Polyethylene Labels

3. Do you need a large or small quantity of labels?
The label products we supply are either stocked or unstocked. Stocked labels are available in packs of 25 sheets from stock. Unstocked labels are available to order – they have a minimum order quantity of 100 or 500 sheets.
All of our range pages are divided into sections to reflect this. The top section always contains our stocked labels, while the bottom section contains ALL of the label sizes that are available in a particular material (including stocked and unstocked items).
If you only want a small quantity of labels in a material other than our standard matt white paper, you will need to pick from one of our commonly stocked sizes, which are available in some, if not all, of our materials:

LP1/210 LP2/199 LP4/99 LP8/99 LP10/99 LP12/63 LP14/99 LP16/145 LP21/63
LP40/45 LP65/38 LP84/46 LP70/25R LP35/37R LP15/51R LP12/64R LP6/88R

Of course, if you do get stuck, you can always send us an email or give us a call and we’ll confirm if we have a particular size in a particular material available.

Schools: We Need You (To Tell Us How You Use Your Labels)

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

We have a number of schools who buy labels from us.

While a large number of these buy our LP18/63 for their marking systems, we also get orders for a variety of other products – and it’s made us curious.

We want to help schools in any way we can and, if we know the sorts of labels that come in useful, we will be able to offer better products and better advice to schools who order from us in the future.

So, do you need circles for feedback stickers? Labels for organising the classroom? Stickers that you can use as tools for teaching and revision?

Whatever it is, we want to hear from you.

Leave us a comment below or send us an email at info@labelplanet.co.uk.

Alternative Ways To Use Mail Merge

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

We’ve mentioned Mail Merge a couple of times on this blog and it really is a useful way to print address labels.

BUT we thought that it was about time we pointed out that Mail Merge can come in handy in a few other ways as well:

– Name Labels
– Got a lot of people coming to a big event? Whether you’re planning a fun birthday bash, a celebratory get together, a fancy wedding, or a corporate event, you’re probably going to need name labels. Perhaps you want place cards and place mats, identification tags, “Hi, My Name Is…” badges, personalised gift tags for party favours, or personalised handouts. In any case, you can design your labels using mail merge and then slot in all those names at once.

– Product Labels
– If you have a lot of specific product information and particularly information that is unique to a particular item, you are likely to have a database of information that you need to get onto your products. Mail merge is an easy way to create one product label that holds all of that information in one place, without having to copy or type it all in.

– Personalised Product Labels
– These are a great addition, particularly if you are producing gifts or bespoke items. You could add a thank you message to your customers or allow your customers to request their own personal message on gift items.

– Direct Marketing
– These days we are inundated with marketing materials, from postcards to full size brochures, and a little bit of personalisation can go a long way. With Mail Merge, you can tailor your messages to suit the recipient and even create bespoke messages for every single person you send items out to.

– Basically any labels you print that involve taking information from a database!
– Whether you’ve got lists of people, places, or products, you can transfer all of that information onto a handy label to quickly add information or to add that perfect personal touch.

So remember, Mail Merge isn’t just for address labels, it’s for all labels!

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, Who Has Got Mirrored Templates To Share With All?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

[Hint: it’s us!]

Yes, our mirrored templates have gone live on our website for you to download for free.

These mirrored templates are designed to get you started when you need to print a transparent label that will be stuck to the inside of a window and read from the outside. As you can only print on the surface of a label (and not the adhesive), the print must be printed in reverse (or “mirrored”) so that it appears the right way round when read through the label.

We have set up thirteen mirrored templates – one for each size of transparent static cling (TSC) label that we keep in stock. We recommend using TSC as window stickers because it uses static cling instead of adhesive, meaning the labels are 100% transparent (perfect for windows!), and are also fully removable, repositionable, and reusable – without causing any damage to the label or the surface it is applied to.

The templates are set up with example text in each cell and the text is already mirrored – so you can see how it works. You can edit the example text and replace it with your own, or you can delete it and insert your own text from scratch.

We’ve put together a short guide to designing and printing mirrored templates, which can be found on our website here. We’ve also included a mirrored template guide in each of the templates – this is in the form of a purple and white image that sits in front of the grid when you open one of our templates. You can print a copy of the document (CTRL + P) so you have the guide to hand and then delete it to get started (right click and select “cut” or left click and press “delete” on your keyboard). The guide explains how to insert mirrored text, images, and objects and is tailored to suit the version of Word you are working with.

It is important to check which version of Word you have and to then select the appropriate template to download. Each version of Word will allow you to set up a mirrored template BUT will do so in a slightly different way.

– Word 2007 and earlier
Use the Flip tool
NB: you must use WordArt to create mirrored text
– Word 2010 and later
Use the 3D-Rotation tool
NB: you must use WordArt or a text box to create mirrored text

You can find all of our mirrored templates on our website here.

FAQ Special – Label Planet and Avery* Queries

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

It’s time for another FAQ Special and this week we’re focusing on your questions about Avery* Labels and Codes.

– DO YOU SELL AVERY PRODUCTS?
No. None of our products are manufactured by Avery and we have no affiliation with Avery.

– WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “COMPATIBLE WITH AVERY”?
While we don’t sell Avery products, some of our products have the same dimensions and layout as some Avery products. The labels have the same size and layout but come from different manufacturers. This means you could use an Avery template to print on labels from Label Planet OR that you could use a Label Planet template to print on labels from Avery.

– ARE YOUR AVERY COMPATIBLE LABELS THE SAME AS AVERY LABELS?
Yes and no. As mentioned above our Avery compatible labels are just that – compatible – rather than the same as Avery labels. Our labels are manufactured using the same dimensions and layout, but they are not manufactured using the exact same materials and tools as Avery use.

– THERE ARE SO MANY CODES INVOLVED. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AVERY CODES AND LABEL PLANET CODES AND WHICH ONES SHOULD I USE?
Both Avery and Label Planet use codes to refer to products and templates but it can get a bit confusing, so here’s how it works.

Avery creates a unique alphanumerical code for each unique product based on the size, material, and intended type of use for those labels. That code is used to refer to one particular product and the template for that product. This means that labels that are the same size but made of different materials can be printed on using the same basic template, but both the labels and their templates will be referred to using two unique codes.
For example: Avery product L7169 is a standard product with 4 labels per sheet, each measuring 99.1 x 139mm. Avery product J8169 is also a standard product with 4 labels per sheet, each measuring 99.1 x 139mm. The templates for these two products are exactly the same, but because L7169 are “BlockOut Shipping Labels” and J8169 are “Inkjet Addressing Labels” they have their own unique codes.

At Label Planet, instead of applying one unique alphanumeric code per product, we use a coding system in which product codes are determined by the specifications of a label.
To use the example above: our standard product (paper suitable for laser and inkjet printers) with 4 labels per sheet, each measuring 99.1 x 139mm is given the code LP4/99. LP stands for Label Planet to indicate that this is our code, 4 stands for 4 per page, and 99 refers to the width of the labels (99.1). If a label is made of a material other than our standard matt white paper then additional sections will be added to the basic size code. Therefore our version of BlockOut labels – which we call Opaque Labels – have the code LP4/99 OPQ.
This means that we have one template per size (not per product) and we use the basic size code (LP4/99) to refer to this template.

So, which code should you use?
Generally speaking, we try to stick to our own codes where possible to make things simpler for our customers.
We include Avery codes on our site for two key purposes:
1. If a customer doesn’t want to buy Avery products but wants a label that is compatible with an existing Avery product, they can check to see if we have any products that are compatible with that code.
Use our “Search By Avery Code” table here.
2. Finding the right template for printing labels. Again, if a customer has an Avery code and they want to find out if we have a template that is compatible, they can search by Avery code and download one of our templates. Alternatively, they may be using software that has Avery templates built in, in which case they need to know which Avery code is compatible with the product they have bought from us.
Use our “Search By Avery Compatible” table here.


*Avery and Avery product references are the trade marks of the Avery Dennison Group. Label Planet Ltd products are not made or endorsed by the Avery Dennison Group.

A Label Never Forgets

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

All labels have a “memory”; meaning that if they are stretched or distorted in any way from their original dimensions, they will try to return to their original shape.

Different materials have different strengths of memory; for example, our polyester labels all have stronger memory strengths than our paper labels.

Label memory can cause problems if you need to apply a label to an uneven surface – particularly cylindrical objects (such as tubes and bottles) or around a tight corner. The label will try to return to a flat state and so fights against the adhesive; if a label’s memory is stronger than the adhesive, the label will begin to return to its original state and its edges will curl up or the whole label will peel off entirely.

So how can you avoid problems with label memory?
1. If you have to label an unusual surface, make sure you choose a label material with a low memory strength, such as paper labels.
2. Alternatively, make sure you choose a label with a high strength adhesive, such as high tack labels.
3. You could even try to combine the two and choose a label such as our polyethylene labels, which are more flexible than our polyester labels (giving them a lower memory strength) and have a high quality marine standard adhesive.
4. You could also try to improve the bond formed by the adhesive on a label. All adhesives have an initial tack and an ultimate adhesion; the initial tack describes how well the adhesive sticks to a surface on initial contact. Once a label has been applied, the adhesive continues to cure and strengthen until it reaches ultimate adhesion (the strongest bond that a particular adhesive can achieve). In order to speed up the curing process you could try applying extra pressure when sticking the label onto an object or make sure that the label is applied and/or stored at a higher temperature. This will allow the adhesive to strengthen faster than usual, meaning it is more likely to have formed a strong bond by the time the memory of the label starts to work against the adhesive.
5. Finally, if you are applying a label to a cylindrical object, you could try choosing a larger size of label that will overlap itself when wrapped around the object. Labels will usually start to curl at the edges and so sticking one edge of a label over another will help to prevent the label peeling off. If there isn’t a large enough label to wrap around a particular object, you can always try using two labels and overlapping them over each other.

The Return of Label Planet: 2014 Edition

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Yes, we’re back!

We hope you all had a lovely time over the holidays and that you had a spectacular time celebrating the arrival of the New Year!

We’ve been working away to get caught up with orders placed over the holiday period, and we’re pleased to announce that we are up to date.

Any new orders placed before 4pm will be processed same day, with those placed after 4pm being processed on the next working day. You can find all of our despatch and delivery information on our website here.

Here’s to a wonderful year ahead from all of us at Label Planet.