Archive for August, 2015

FAQ – What’s The Difference Between Rectangles With Rounded Corners & Rectangles With Square Cut Corners?

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Eagle eyed customers may have noticed that our website features two categories of rectangular labels, which is confusing to some who – quite rightly – wonder how you can have labels that are the same shape but also a different shape.

The difference is in the corners; our two shapes are actually rectangles with rounded corners and rectangles with square cut corners.

Our rounded corner rectangles have radius corners, which are curved, while our square cut corners have the sharp, pointed corners that are the natural result of the two edges of the rectangle meeting at a 90° angle.

You might wonder why labels are made with two different kinds of corners. In actual fact, there are a variety of reasons that people choose one over the other – some more practical than others:

  • SIZE OPTIONS
    If you opt for square cut corners, the number of sizes that are available as “standard” are more restricted because the sizes are determined by the size of the sheet and the number of labels being cut into that sheet. Additional sizes can be created by adding a selvedge (or blank strip) around the edges of the sheet and/or adding gaps between labels, but these are unlikely to be made as standard label products.
    Rectangles with rounded corners usually have gaps between the columns of labels and a selvedge all the way around the sheet, which means that there is generally a wider range of sizes available as standard products.
  • PRINTABILITY
    Another difference is how easy it is to print onto the two kinds of rectangles; as mentioned above, most square cut rectangular labels will go all the way to the edge of a sheet BUT most printers are not able to print all the way to the edge of A4 sheets. Standard printers usually have a “printable area”, which is the section of the sheet that they are able to print onto, with the edges of the sheet falling into the unprintable area. It is possible to purchase printers with “edge to edge printing” settings, which will allow you to print the full area of an A4 sheet but these tend to be speciality models rather than standard printers.
    As rounded corner rectangular labels are made with a selvedge all the way around the edge of the sheet, standard printers should be able to print onto the full area of each label – which means that are no problems if you want to add borders or coloured backgrounds to your labels.
  • PEELABILITY
    Another benefit of rounded corners is that these labels tend to be easier to peel up off the backing sheet. Some people find that they struggle more with the sharp edges of square cut corners when they are trying to remove labels from their backing sheet, while the rounded curve of the radius corner helps them to peel each label off more easily.
  • APPEARANCE
    Of course, sometimes it’s all about how the finished label will actually look once it has been applied; for some people the square cut corners create a cleaner finish that suggests sharpness and precision, while others prefer the gentle arc of a curved corner as a way of providing a subtle, decorative finish.

We’ve Got Seals! (AKA: The Seal Of Approval – Why A Label Can Be The Perfect Seal For All Kinds Of Documents & Packaging)

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Labels are the perfect way to add a seal to all sorts of items for all sorts of purposes.

You might have a document that is very important and needs a professional, sturdy seal or you might be sending a special piece of correspondence or an invite to a special event. You might be creating a certificate or award to celebrate a special achievement or victory by an individual or team. Alternatively, you might have product packaging that absolutely needs to remain intact and sealed until it is delivered to the customer or perhaps you want to add a decorative finishing touch or a bit of extra branding to your product packaging. Either way, a label is a quick and easy solution that is very simple to get sorted – and we’ve got a variety of labels to help you find the perfect seal for you.

Labels for serious seals
If you’re sending important documents to a client or customer, you might want to add a seal to those documents or the envelope they are delivered in. Perhaps you want to add a mark as a kind of official sign off or approval, or you might simply want to make sure that your documents have a professional finish by adding a smart, branded seal to your correspondence.

We suggest: Gloss Labels, Premium Quality Paper Labels, Transparent Labels

Labels for celebration seals
If you’re sending out invitations to a very special occasion or sending a card or gift in celebration of a particularly special day, you might want to add a fun finishing touch to your invites and/or envelopes. We have many customers who want to add a little something extra, whether they want something fabulous and fun or something decorative and classy – and a seal for your invitations, cards, or envelopes is a brilliant way to add your own personal touch.

For example, you might be sending a gift or card for a special birthday or anniversary and want a seal to match, whether that’s a seal in the favourite colour of the birthday girl or boy, a seal with a personal message, or a seal that suits the occasion (e.g. a red label for a ruby wedding anniversary).

You might be sending out invitations for a special birthday party and want to add a personal message to each invite – you could print your message onto a label and use them to seal the envelopes or you might want a set of printed labels that will make finishing off your invites that much quicker.

We also get a lot of requests from soon to be brides and grooms who want to make sure that their invitations are every bit as special as their big day. Whether they want a label that matches their colour scheme or they’ve chosen the perfect paper and the perfect envelope for their invites and want a transparent seal that won’t cover up the design they’ve chosen, using a label as a seal is the perfect way to get that personal touch for those extra special invites.

We suggest: Coloured Labels, Fluorescent Labels, Gold & Silver Labels, Transparent Labels

Labels for successful seals
You might be designing your own certificates or awards or perhaps you want to add your own congratulations or “seal of approval” to existing documents. Whether you’re creating a certificate to reward progress and achievement in a school, rewarding success by individuals or teams in your company, creating a family reward system at home, running a competition for a social or activity group, or creating certificates for participants and winners in standalone events (such as sporting events, charity events, local events, or competitions in the arts, music, or horticulture), adding a “seal of approval” is a lovely finishing touch to help make your certificates or awards extra special.

You can use different colours to denote different levels of achievement, such as Gold for first place or for passing an exam with “Distinction” and Silver for second place or for passing an exam with “Merit”, or to distinguish between successes in different events, subjects, or classes.

We suggest: Coloured Labels, Fluorescent Labels, Gold & Silver Labels

Labels for security seals
Companies sending or supplying high value goods often want to make sure that company or product details remain with an item throughout storage and transport, or may want to add a seal to their products to secure the packaging, deter thieves, and provide evidence if any attempt is made to interfere with an item before it reaches a customer.

We supply two special “Tamper Evident” label products, which are designed specifically for use as security labels. These labels can be applied directly onto goods or onto product packaging. They improve the security of products by providing evidence if an item is opened or tampered with; our Silver Void labels leave the message “void” on the item and on the label if an attempt is made to remove them, while our Vinyl Tamper Evident labels will disintegrate into pieces (preventing the label from being removed) if someone attempts to remove them.

We suggest: Silver Void Labels, Vinyl Tamper Evident Labels

Labels for decorative seals
Finally, if you’re a company selling products, you might want to add a seal to your product packaging that includes your company branding, promotes a particular message about or from your company, shows off the details of a special offer, sends a personalised message to your customers, or gives your items a finishing touch that is both professional and decorative in appearance.

We find that our more decorative label options are popular for branding and personalising packaging, with many customers opting for one of our coloured labels (we have six pastel colours, five fluorescent colours, brown Kraft labels, and gold and silver labels), while our gloss labels prove popular for adding professional product labels to all kinds of items. Our transparent labels are a common choice for use when packaging needs a seal to provide a bit of extra security and sturdiness either during storage, display, or delivery.

We suggest: Coloured Labels, Fluorescent Labels, Gold & Silver Labels, Kraft Labels, Transparent Labels

FAQ – Why Are US Labels & Templates Different From UK Labels & Templates?

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Some of our customers come to us in a state of confusion and frustration because they’re struggling to find labels that work with existing software at work. Some of them are trying to find a better or cheaper supplier than the one they are currently using, while others are trying to find labels to suit brand new software that their company has just invested in.

While some of these customers will turn out to be looking for a label that simply isn’t a standard size, some will be having problems because the software they are using is American and they’re struggling to find UK products that will work with it.

So why does this happen?

The problem is that the UK uses the International Standard’s (ISO) standard for paper size, while the US uses the American National Standard Institute’s (ANSI) standard for paper size.

So, where labels on sheets in the UK are designed to fit on an A4 sheet (210 x 297mm), labels on sheets in the US are designed to fit on an American Letter sheet (8.5 inches x 11 inches – or 215.9mm x 279.4mm). This obviously has implications for the sizes of label that are manufactured as “standard sizes” and for the way these sizes are laid out – which in turn determines the templates that you need to use to print onto these different pages and layouts.

When companies import software from America, it is likely that the software will use American Letter and imperial measurements as default settings – and only some software will allow a user to change these settings and select A4 and metric measurements for their label templates (for example, the built-in templates in Word feature templates for both “Avery A4/A5” – using the UK standards of page size and measurements – and “Avery US Letter” – using the US standards).

If you’re using software imported from America and you’re struggling to find label sizes and template codes that are compatible with those for UK products, the first thing you should do is check the settings your software is using and – most importantly – if you are able to change them. If your software will allow you to use UK standards, then you simply need to change your settings and then purchase compatible UK products.

However, if your software won’t allow you to use the A4 page size and metric measurements, and you don’t have access to alternative software to print the labels you need, then you will need to source labels from an American distributor (e.g. World Label).

Of course, if you’re struggling to find a template for one of our label products, you can always download one of the templates we have set up by visiting our Templates Page.

FAQ – Why Are There So Many Avery Codes? (AKA – Which One Do I Use?!?!)

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

We often get queries from customers who have an Avery code or need an Avery code but aren’t quite sure how these codes match up with the codes we use at Label Planet for our products and templates (or those used by other suppliers for their products and templates).

In the world of labels, there are a LOT of different codes (such as printer codes, product codes, label codes etc), with different manufacturers and suppliers often using their own unique set of codes – even when they’re talking about label templates and/or products that are actually exactly the same. So it’s not surprising that some people (including us!) sometimes get confused.

Avery codes are often used as a standard in the label industry, with many manufacturers and suppliers listing products along with their own product code AND any compatible Avery codes. Most of the confusion with Avery labels occurs because of the way Avery has coded its products and templates.

Every single Avery product has its own unique code, which is used as both the product code and the template code for that product. However, some of these products will use the same label size and layout (how the labels are arranged on a page) – the only difference between them will be the materials and/or adhesives used to make those products. For example, if Avery has a label product that is a 40mm circular label and supplies that label in six colour options, each of those colours will have its own product and template code. The key thing is that all of those label products will use the same size and layout, so you could use any of those six template codes to print onto any one of those label products.

Here at Label Planet we do use our own set of product codes (each beginning with “LP” so you know it’s a product from Label Planet) but, like other manufacturers and suppliers, we also provide customers with any relevant Avery codes that are compatible with our products.

In fact, we’ve gone through Avery’s current and historical label products to put together an extensive list of all of the Avery codes that are compatible with our products.

You can use our “Avery Codes” page to look up an Avery code that you already have to see if there is a compatible Label Planet product. Alternatively, you can use our “Avery Compatible” page to look up a Label Planet product and see if there are any compatible Avery codes to use when you print your labels.

Recommendations From Label Planet: Label Types That We Don’t Supply (But Others Do)

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Label Planet specialises in supplying blank labels on A4 sheets for use with standard desktop inkjet and laser printers (or for handwriting), which means that there is a wide variety of label types that we simply don’t do.

We get many inquiries from customers who are trying to source a particular kind of label but just don’t know where to start, so they come to us for advice. While we might not be able to help them directly, we do have a few tips and recommendations to help them narrow down their search.

With this in mind we’ve created a page of recommended manufacturers and suppliers, so if you are trying to find a kind of label that we don’t do, one of them should be able to help you out.

We haven’t received payment for these reviews and we are not associated with the companies in question; however, we do know they have helped many of our customers to find the labels that they need for non-A4 sheet label applications.

Etiquette Labels
Etiquette supply both printed and blank labels on roles for use on thermal transfer printers. They are manufacturers of high quality, printed labels used by manufacturers of retail products and have the highest possible accreditation for labels that are to be used in food and drink applications. They also supply thermal transfer printers and label applicators.

Brady Labels
A specialist in synthetic labels for the electronics, processing, and general manufacturing industries; this company supplies blank labels for use on thermal transfer printers, pre-printed labels, label printers, software, and full printing systems. They produce label products that are used worldwide for applications involving labels for wiring and cables, panels, laboratory environments, floor and racking marking, electronic components and assembly lines, asset identification, warning signs, and pipe marking.

IML Labels
IML produce unique label products that are manufactured to have specific characteristics to suit very precise and demanding label applications, including labels for: the steel industry (high temperature applications), chemical and pharmaceutical companies, healthcare companies, waste management and recycling sites, timber processing plants, horticultural applications, and building and construction industries.

Custom Labels from a Local Manufacturer/Supplier
If you need custom labels (e.g. a bespoke size or shape, printed labels, or labels made with a specific material, finish, and/or adhesive) then the best thing to do is to find a local manufacturer or supplier.

If you’re looking to have a bespoke label made for you simply search for “Label Converters” or “Label Manufacturers” in your area. Alternatively, if you simply need to find someone who will print your labels for you, try a search for “Label Printers” or simply “Printers” in your local area.

Get Creative With Labels & Have Some Crafty Fun This Summer

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

With the summer holidays in full swing, you might be on a mission to get your kids to be more active and more creative. If you’re trying to inspire your children to try out their artistic skills, why not try getting crafty with labels from Label Planet.

We’ve got all kinds of labels and kids can have fun trying out their own designs, whether you’re looking for a project that’s just a bit of fun or you want something that’s fun but with a useful side.

Whether your children are interested in design of the digital kind or you’re looking for a more traditional paper-based arts and crafts deal, labels are a perfect tool for getting creative. Children can design their own labels or use them as part of a bigger project, whether it’s making their own stationery, putting together collages or photo albums, or simply getting together as many different bits and pieces (from paints and crayons to the good old glitter and glue combo) as they can and making a big old mess!

If you’re looking for a more practical project, you could get your children to come up with their own designs for labels to keep track of their stuff, such as personalised name labels for all their school books, labels that you can use around the home, or labels to help keep their bedrooms organised (or more organised than they might otherwise be).

So, why not take a look through some of the options we have and let your imagination run wild!

Coloured Labels
What’s a summer project without a bit of colour?! We’ve got all kinds of colours, including six pastel colours, five fluorescent colours, and a brilliant gold and silver, all of which can be printed or handwritten.

Kraft Labels
The craftiest craft label of them all! These labels are made of a brown craft paper with a ribbed pattern, which gives them a lovely natural, decorative appearance that is highly popular with crafty people of all kinds. If your child wants to make their own stationery, these labels are a perfect addition to their craft kits.

Transparent Labels
Why not let your children create their very own window stickers to put up in their room; our GTR labels are made with a removable adhesive so there’ll be no mess when your children (or you) decide it’s time to take them down.

You might also want to try our GCP labels, which can be used as transparent “white boards” – these labels can be used for endless games of noughts and crosses or hangman, or you can simply give your children white board markers and let them occupy themselves by scribbling away before wiping out what they’ve done and starting all over again!

I Need Waterproof Labels – What Labels Do You Recommend?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Many of our customers have label applications in mind that require waterproof labels; whether they need the labels to survive in outdoor conditions or they are for use indoors where they may come into contact with water (e.g. on cosmetics, cleaning, or food and drink products that may be used in the bathroom or kitchen).

The first thing we would say is: YOU NEED A LASER PRINTER.

  • This is down to the different printing methods used by inkjet and laser printers; laser printers use a dry printing process in which heat and pressure are used to fuse toner onto the surface being printed, while inkjet printers use inks that are dispersed onto the surface being printed where they dry in place – the problem here is that most inkjet inks are water based, which means that if the print should come into contact with water it will run and/or smudge.
  • So, while you can purchase labels for laser and inkjet printers that ARE waterproof, if you want PRINTED waterproof labels, you will need to use a laser printer.

The second thing you need to consider is: THE CONDITIONS THE LABEL WILL BE EXPOSED TO.

  • Some label applications need a waterproof label because there is a slight chance that the label might come into contact with water – in other words, a waterproof label is more of a “just in case” measure than an absolute necessity. In other applications, however, it may be absolutely vital that a label is waterproof because the labels are guaranteed to come into contact with water. In these cases, we would recommend choosing either our Matt White Polyester (MWP) or Matt White Polyethylene (MWPE) labels; both of these labels are made with a Marine Adhesive (BS5609), which has been tested for three months, submerged in marine conditions.

The third thing to think about is: THE SURFACE THE LABEL NEEDS TO ADHERE TO.

  • We often find that label applications that require a waterproof label will also involve an item that is made of an unusual material or has a curved or uneven surface. In these cases, you may need to consider choosing a bigger label, a stronger adhesive, or a more flexible material.
  • A larger label size means that the adhesive has a larger surface area over which it can work, which will improve the strength of the bond between the label and the item that it is applied to.
  • While all of our Waterproof Labels use strong, permanent adhesives, you may want to opt for the Marine Adhesive on our MWP and MWPE labels if the item is likely to be exposed to or submerged in water.
  • The polyethylene used to make our MWPE is soft and pliable, which means it is well suited to curved or unusual surfaces and materials.

Finally (and perhaps the most fun part), you should consider any requirements you have about: THE FINISH OF THE LABEL.

  • We have a variety of finishes for our Waterproof Labels, including White or Transparent Labels with a Gloss or a Matt Finish. Perhaps you have a transparent item and you want a transparent label to go with it, or maybe you want to match the finish of your label to that of the surface it will be applied to – simply pick the label option that creates the finish you want.

You can take a look through ALL of our Waterproof Labels products in this handy “Table of Waterproof Labels”.

FAQ – Do You Do A Label That Is (Xmm x Ymm)?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

We often get queries from customers who need a label that measures exactly Xmm by Ymm – and they haven’t been able to find such a size on our website.

Unfortunately, we do not do custom label sizes. All of our labels are STANDARD sizes that fit neatly onto A4 sheets; by this we mean that the sizes we offer are determined by the dimensions of an A4 sheet (210mm wide by 297mm high) and by the size and layout combinations that produce as little waste material as possible (“waste” material is any strips around the edges of the sheet and gaps between the labels that will never get used).

So, what can you do if the size you need isn’t listed on our website?

In this case you have a few options:

1. Find a label supplier who DOES supply the label size you need.
The best way to do this is to search for labels and include the measurements you require in your search terms – bear in mind that if you include exact measurements, this will exclude products that are only fractionally bigger or smaller. If you can compromise by a millimetre or two, try searching for those sizes too.

2. Find a label manufacturer who can produce the size you need as a bespoke order.
Label manufacturers will be able to produce labels in any size you require – but you will most likely end up paying more to purchase bespoke labels instead of a standard size. Manufacturers will often have high minimum order quantities and set up fees may be a part of the cost.

3. Find a label size on our website that is the closest to the measurements you require.
If the exact size you require isn’t available and you don’t have the funds for a bespoke purchase, the best thing to do is to see if there is an alternative size on our website that will do the job.

You can find the full list of sizes we offer on our website on our “Search by Height” and “Search by Width” pages. Take a look and see if there is a size that will do the job just as well as the exact measurements you have in mind.

4. Buy a full sheet and cut your labels down to size.
An alternative option is to purchase labels that are A4 in size and cut them down to the exact measurements you require – bear in mind that you will need to account for the time it will take to cut your labels to size, and this option is best for label applications that require a smaller quantity of labels (unless, of course, you have an army of helpers to help you cut your labels to size).