Archive for November, 2015

Try Adding A Touch Of Texture To Make Your Labels Truly Terrific

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Labels are a brilliant way to add a bit of decoration to all kinds of items and there are plenty of different options when it comes to getting the best possible finish from your labels. You can play around with different colours to add a burst of brightness to your items, pick a glossy finish to add a touch of shine, use the tricks of transparency to create a visually stunning addition to your items, or simply go all out with your design work.

Another way to add an extra bit of decoration is to choose a label that has a textured finish to bring a subtle touch of decoration to your items that will both look and feel that extra bit special. Here at Label Planet, the majority of our labels have a smooth, untextured finish, but we thought it was high time we celebrated the subtle sensation of textured (and semi-textured) labels in the form of our Kraft Labels & Metallic Labels.

KRAFT LABELS: these labels are made with a brown Kraft paper that has a ribbed finish, which creates a wonderfully subtle touch of both pattern and texture. These labels are ideal for all kinds of items, but are especially well suited to items that are intended for special events, whether you’re producing homemade or handcrafted gift products, invitations or notes for special events and occasions, or simply looking to bring that perfect finishing touch to your items.

GOLD & SILVER METALLIC LABELS: these labels are made with gold or silver paper that has a semi-gloss, semi-textured finish, which creates a brilliantly decorative appearance. While they don’t have the same degree of physical texture that our Kraft labels offer, they nevertheless have a lovely shimmer appearance that’s just gorgeous, whether you’re creating a festive finish for your seasonal goods, adding a touch of luxury to your packaging, marketing, promotional materials, or correspondence, or you simply want to add an extra special label to your items.

Christmas Is Only A Month (& A Day) Away! (Have You Left Time To Get Your Labels Purchased, Posted, Printed & Put On Your Stuff?)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Yes, it’s true! Christmas is now only a month and a day away!

While you’ve probably got more fun things to plan (decorating the tree, gifts you want to give (and receive), time with family and friends, a good old knees up for the Christmas do (or an excuse to get out of it), or even a trip away), we’d like to remind our customers that labels tend to take more time than you think.

Most people are guilty of leaving labels to the last minute – and we can understand why. Perhaps you’ve had months of product planning and marketing meetings to get through, or you’ve been busy planning your Christmas card list, presents, and party invites down to the last detail – in either case, you might have been so busy planning the details and design of your actual items, that getting hold of the labels to put on said items has become something of an afterthought – a bridge, as it were, to cross when you get to it.

However, we’d point out that there are a number of steps involved in getting stuff labelled – most of which take significantly longer at Christmas – which can mean that it will take significantly longer to cross the “Bridge Of Labelling Stuff” than you might think:

DESPATCH: only stocked items are available for same day despatch – made to order items have to be put on a waiting list for manufacture and in the run up to Christmas that list gets longer and longer, which means that it can be at least five working days before your items are despatched (and not “up to”).

DELIVERY (PART 1): while orders of 250+ sheets are sent on a next working day carrier service, smaller orders are sent via Royal Mail’s first class service, which is subject to delays as the Christmas period gets closer and more items are being processed.

DESIGN: if you haven’t already got a template ready and raring to go, you’ll need to put aside some time to get your labels designed. If you’re planning a very simple label then this might be a straightforward task, but if you’re looking to put together a special seasonal design to add that special finishing touch to your items, it might just take longer than you think.

PRINT: if you’re printing a few labels (for a personal Christmas card list or for gift tags and decorations) then this isn’t as much of an issue, but if you’re a company trying to print thousands of seasonal labels for your Christmas stock and promotional materials then you need to account for the actual time that it will take to print your labels.

LABELLING: you also need to account for the time that you’ll need to actually get all of those labels stuck on – especially if presentation is an important factor and they all need to be perfectly positioned on your items.

DELIVERY (PART 2): whether this is putting your Christmas cards in the post before the last posting date or making sure that your customers receive their products in plenty of time, you also need to make sure that you have time to get your labelled items to where they need to get to – especially if you’re sending items to stores or to customers directly.

As you can see, there are at least six stages involved – and that’s if you’re based in one location. Some of our customers will also need to despatch their labels to a printers to be printed and to a warehouse for labelling, before their labelled items are sent off to a warehouse for storage, to a store for display and sale, or simply directly to their customers.

In any case, you need to build in enough time for everything to get done, so here are our key things to think about:

– Made to order items take longer than usual to be despatched (our “up to five working days” despatch estimate is now more likely to be “five working days” (if not more) for despatch).

– Royal Mail’s first class service is likely to encounter delays as Christmas gets nearer, so we strongly recommend upgrading small orders to a next working day delivery option (available online and by phone).

– Don’t assume that designing a template and printing your labels is going to be a straightforward and easy task – whether you prefer Murphy’s Law, Sod’s Law, or Finagle’s Law, we all know how the old saying goes: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and always at the worst possible moment.

– If you know that your labelled items are likely to be gift items that customers will want to receive in plenty of time for Christmas, it is better to order your labels now, so your stock is ready and raring to go for when those Christmas orders are flowing in.

– If you are concerned that your labels won’t arrive in time, get in touch so we can give you the most current despatch/delivery estimates and advise of the best possible shipping options to make sure your order arrives in plenty of time.

Leave Them Blank Or Break Out Your Calligraphy Kit: Ways To Use Labels Without A Printer…

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Our website is chockful of advice and tips for printing labels BUT we know that labels can also come in handy even if you never let them near a printer. Whether you leave them blank or get creative with calligraphy, there are loads of ways to use labels without needing a printer at all.

Get Personal
Handwritten labels provide the perfect personal touch, whether you’re writing to friends, sending gifts for special occasions, or creating a personal connection with customers. Simply knowing that someone has taken the time to sit down and write out an address or a friendly message makes an item all the more special to receive. Of course, there’s also the benefit that if you don’t particularly like to use computers then handwriting your labels is a simpler and easier way to go.

Handwritten labels do take longer than printed ones, so it’s probably best to only commit to handwriting labels if you know you’ve got the time (or a team of helpers!) to get them done. All of our labels can be handwritten; if you select one of our non-paper products, please note that you may need to use a more permanent writing implement (such as a permanent marker pen) to make sure that your print stays perfectly in place.

Get Colour Coding
If you need to get things organised, coloured labels are the perfect way to get your stuff colour coded. We have a range of colours including six pastel colours (permanent or removable adhesive), five fluorescents, gold and silver, brown Kraft, and, of course, standard white (permanent or removable adhesive).

Colour coding comes in handy in all sorts of situations, whether you’re organising and keeping track of stock at work, organising and keeping track of your family at home, organising and keeping track of students in a school or employees in a company, organising and keeping track of stuff that needs to be moved from one premises or home to another, or organising and keeping track of schedules and deadlines.

You can leave your labels blank or add notes to help keep track of what is what, where, when, why, who, and (possibly even) how. Some of our coloured labels are available with a permanent adhesive or a removable adhesive, so you should be able to find the perfect label, whether you need to make sure that something is labelled permanently or you’re after a temporary label that you can remove when you no longer need it.

Get Creative With Kid’s Activities
Labels can come in handy for all sorts of arts and crafts projects, whether you’re looking to engage your children in an educational project or simply looking for a way to keep them distracted when it’s cold and rainy outside.

Our labels can be stuck onto homework, reward charts, exercise books, clothing, or project and activity materials, and they can be written on with just about any kind of writing implement, from pens and pencils to crayons and glitter sticks. In fact, the only limit to their uses is your own (and your children’s) imagination!

Get Packing
Whether you’re wrapping up presents for friends and family or looking for a simple, decorative way to seal your product packaging, our labels are an excellent finishing touch. You can opt for one of our colourful labels to add a fun, bright finishing touch or select from one of our transparent labels for a professional, subtle addition to your items.

Get Organised
Our removable labels are ideal for adding reminders and temporary notes to your diary, planner, calendar, the office noticeboard, or the fridge at home (or at work!). You can scribble a quick note, leave it up for yourself or someone else to see, and then remove it when the job is done, without doing any damage or leaving any adhesive residue behind.

Gloss clear polyester labels (GCP) can be used as transparent white boards; simply use a whiteboard marker to write or draw on one of these labels, then wipe it clean and start all over again.

Finally, permanent labels are a great away to get your cupboards, drawers, boxes, or whatever particular filing system you prefer under control. At work you can get to grips with your various in-trays and out-trays, get your desk organised to within an inch of its life, and, of course, get your paper work under control. Labels are also ideal for use at home, especially if you’ve got a family or a busy home office to get organised. Labels are also a great way to organise your kitchen, especially if someone you live with has got food allergies or medication to keep track of, or you’ve simply got cupboard after cupboard full of cutlery, crockery, and assorted utensils whose purpose you may or may not have forgotten.

Get Studying
Removable labels are perfect study companions; you can mark important passages or pages in books, add notes to revision guides and source materials, or create study cards to revise for exams. You can stick these notes into books, onto revision notes, or even around the house to help you learn key points throughout the day. Once an exam is over or a piece of coursework has been submitted, your labels can be removed without doing any damage.

Get Greeted & Seated
Our labels can be used as simple name badges and name labels for both personal and professional occasions. You can make name badges for parties where guests can decorate their own badges, design badges to match the theme of your event, create personalised badges for each guest, add place cards to your tables to make sure everyone has a place to sit (and knows where to go!), or label up gift or party bags to ensure that there’ll be no tears and tantrums when it’s time to go home. They can also be used to create name badges and table place or seating cards for meetings and events held by businesses and organisations, whether it’s a company gathering, fundraising event, networking event, a conference, or even just the Christmas do!

Brighten Up Your Winter Blues With Our Assorted Colour Packs

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

We’re fighting back against the cold, dark winter nights by adding a brand new option to our Coloured Labels range: Assorted Colour Packs!

Each pack contains an assortment of red, yellow, green, and blue labels so you can mix and match to your heart’s delight! Our coloured labels can be printed with inkjet and laser printers OR you can grab your stationery box and create a personalised set of handwritten labels with your own unique handmade designs.

Our assorted colour packs are perfect for all kinds of creative projects designed to bring a bit of colour and joy to these winter months – from small arts and craft projects at home to companies and organisations busy labelling hundreds and thousands of products and promotional materials for all their winter stock and events.

These labels are brilliant for starting creative projects with your children, organising your files and folders, making your own stationery, or maybe even creating your own set of gift tags and address labels for the upcoming festive period. They’re also fantastic for use in businesses and organisations, from colour coding the office diary and scheduling in those pre-Christmas deadlines, getting stock colour coded and organised, getting your filing system (and desk) under control, or giving your packaging and promotional materials a dash of decorative cheer.

We’ve got EIGHTEEN label sizes available, so whether you’re looking for big bold labels to bring a big burst of colour or you’re getting organised with colour coded labels, we should have a size that suits you. All of our assorted packs are available to order from stock for same day despatch – simply visit our Coloured Labels page and select one of the stocked sizes (25 sheet minimum) from the top section of the page, then click on the “4 Colour Assortment” option.

Wall Displays – Tips For Choosing Labels For Galleries & Exhibitions

Friday, November 13th, 2015

We have a number of customers who purchase labels for use as title cards or information boards in galleries and exhibitions to provide details about each item on display. Some of these customers require labels that they can simply (and easily) apply directly onto walls before removing each label when the exhibition or event comes to a close.

While it might seem a simple enough task to find a label suitable for this purpose, you must take into careful consideration the properties of the wall’s surface – and the potential problems that these might cause.

When a customer requires a removable label that won’t do any damage, we recommend choosing one of our label products with a removable adhesive; these adhesives are designed to provide a bond that will hold the label in place while it is needed before removing cleanly from the surface without leaving behind any adhesive residue or doing any damage to the surface. Using a permanent adhesive will usually result in some adhesive residue being left behind and can do minor damage to the surface when a label is removed – which rules out permanent adhesives for direct applications onto walls in galleries & exhibitions.

However, some walls have surfaces that make it more difficult for an adhesive bond to form; for example, some paints, coatings, and finishes on walls will create a porous surface that adhesives may struggle to bond with, while walls made from natural materials (e.g. exposed brickwork or wood) have uneven, rough surfaces that can prove challenging for removable adhesives that are designed to create light, temporary bonds. Usually, when a customer needs a label that is capable of bonding with an uneven or unusual surface, we recommend stronger permanent adhesives but these would damage the walls and so are unsuitable for this type of application.

So what can you do if you need to create labels for an exhibition or event?

  • Use placeholders:
    Add a small placeholder next to each display space and apply your labels to the placeholder rather than the walls. This way you can choose a material for your placeholder that provides a flat, smooth surface that removable labels can both adhere to and be removed from easily. Alternatively, you could use a permanent adhesive that might do some damage upon removal but isn’t as much of an issue because the damage is done to the (replaceable) placeholder and not the wall itself.
  • Request a sample first:
    Request a sample of our removable labels so you can test for yourself if our labels will work on the surface you need to label. This will also allow you to see if there are alternative places/surfaces where you could apply your labels; for example, while the wall behind your display may prove to be an unsuitable surface, you might find that your items are being put into glass or plastic cases or frames whereby the smooth surface of the case or frame allows the adhesive to bond firmly enough to hold each label in place during your exhibition or event, before removing cleanly from the surface once the label is no longer needed.

You can find a full list of our removable adhesive products by visiting our Removable Adhesives page.

Do You Feel The Need For Speed(y Delivery Of Your Labels)?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

If you’ve got a deadline looming and you need to make sure that your labels will arrive in plenty of time for you to get them all printed and applied then this is the blog post for you!

Our standard UK delivery options are as follows:
Small Orders (less than 250 sheets): same day despatch via Royal Mail’s first class service.
(orders placed by 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)

Large Orders (250+ sheets): same day despatch via next working day carrier.
(orders of stocked items placed by 3pm, Monday to Friday; made to order items are subject to up to five working days for despatch, although standard paper products will be available much sooner)

However, if you’re worried that this might not be quick enough, we also offer the following special delivery options:

SMALL ORDERS:
Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery (by 1pm) – available online and by phone
Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery (by 9am) – available by phone only
Guaranteed Saturday Delivery (by 1pm) – available by phone only

LARGE ORDERS:
Guaranteed AM Delivery – available by phone only
The level of AM delivery available will depend on the items/quantities you are ordering and the delivery address. Some items are available on pre-noon delivery only, while others may be available on earlier timeslot services. If you require delivery to so-called “Extended Postcodes”, Islands with UK Postcodes, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland, our carrier options are limited to 2-3 working day services.

Remember, if you absolutely positively have to have your labels in time for a specific date, then the very best thing to do is to make sure you have chosen a guaranteed delivery option. If you’re not sure what options are available, please get in touch so we can advise you of the best possible shipping services for the specific items you are ordering.

Standard UK delivery is included in the prices you see on our website; we do charge an additional shipping charge if you upgrade to a special delivery option but this is only the amount that Royal Mail or the carrier company charges us.

We would also remind customers (once again) that Royal Mail’s first class service is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service. While 93% of these items are delivered the next (working) day, the rest can take a day or two extra (particularly if you live in remote areas or, indeed, London) and – in our experience – if you absolutely have to have your labels in time for a deadline, it is more than likely that (this time round) you will fall into that 7%. If you choose to “risk it”, please remember that we allow five working days for Royal Mail to deliver such items before declaring them to be lost.

Visit our website to view all of our Despatch & Delivery Information.

Remember, Remember (It’s) The 5th November (& That Means Christmas Is On The Way)

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

While you might be more concerned about your plans for Bonfire Night (Have you got enough food and drink? What will you wear? Where did you put your woolliest hat/gloves/scarf/wellington boots? Are the pets going to be okay? Where did you put the fireworks/matches/sparklers/emergency bucket of water or – if you’re particularly well organised/adventurous –fire extinguisher?), we hope you’ve got a spare minute or two to think about Christmas(!).

The dark nights have drawn in, Halloween has come and gone, and thoughts are inevitably turning to Christmas – which means that the rush to get everything done on time is also underway.

As the days go by, despatch and delivery estimates will only get longer and longer, which is why we’d like to encourage our customers to get their labels bought nice and early. Many people consider labelling their items to be the last job to do (apart from actually delivering them to where they need to go, of course!), which means that many will leave it to the last moment to order the labels they need – only to find that it’s going to take longer than they thought for the labels to be despatched and delivered (and that’s before you take into account the time you need to get your labels designed, printed, and applied – not to mention any time you need to then send your items on to a store, warehouse, customer, or even the recipient of an extra special gift).

Whether you’re an individual who’s got some creative Christmas projects in mind or a business or organisation with a whole heap of Christmas stock and promotional materials to get sorted, it’s always best to get things done early at this time of the year.

So, if you know that you’re going to need labels in plenty of time for Christmas (especially if you need a lot of labels, made to order items, or simply need to make sure your items have time to get to where they need to go), ordering now will go a long way to making sure that this Christmas is a peaceful one.

If you’re at all concerned about how long it could take for the items you require to be despatched/delivered, please get in touch with us for the most up to date estimates and to discuss the shipping options available.

[And, of course, we hope that – once you’ve got your Christmas label planning sorted or, at the very least, underway – you have a wonderfully spectacular Bonfire Night with plenty of fireworks, food, and fabulous bonfires aflame!]

Visit Our Help & Advice Pages For Tips, Templates, & (Samples To) Test!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

While we strive to make it as easy as possible to buy the labels you need, we also like to go the extra mile and offer as much help as possible when it comes to printing those labels (unless, of course, you’re after blank labels and/or you’ve got some creative calligraphy in mind!).

We’ve created a section on our website devoted to help and advice on designing and printing labels, which we’ve rather straightforwardly named “Help & Advice”. In this section, you’ll find all sorts of helpful extras including:

– Request Label Samples: if you’re not sure which label is right for the application you have in mind, we recommend requesting a sample and testing the labels first (in the exact conditions you need them for) so you’re certain they’re suitable before you buy.

– Dos and Don’ts: EIGHT basic tips that prevent the most common problems that occur when printing labels.

– Designing & Printing Labels: our basic guide to designing and printing labels, including advice on setting up a template, design tips, printing advice, and some troubleshooting assistance.

– FAQs: our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our customers, including questions about Printing, Delivery, Choosing The Right Label, Label Types, and Payment and Refunds.

– Printing Circles Info: a basic guide to printing circular (and oval) labels, which generally prove to be a bit trickier than the more straightforward rectangular shape, along with more information about the round (and oval) label sizes that we supply.

– Printing Mirrored Text and Images: information about how to create “Mirrored” labels in Word; if you want to apply your labels to one side of a transparent surface but need them to be readable from the OTHER side, you will need to ensure that your text and/or images are printed in reverse (or “mirrored”).

– Smartstamp Info: information about the Royal Mail’s Smartstamp Service, which allows individuals and business to print their own stamps directly onto their mail items.

– Glossary of Label Terms: terms commonly used in the Label Industry along with a (hopefully) helpful definition for each term.

– Cross-index of Avery Codes / List of Avery Codes: whether you’ve got an Avery product and want to know if we supply a compatible product OR you’re trying to find a compatible Avery template code for the Label Planet product you’ve bought, these pages provide an easy way to cross reference between Label Planet product codes and Avery product/template codes.

– Material Specification Sheets: a collection of material specification sheets for the label product ranges supplied by Label Planet; these pages contain more detailed information about our labels and the materials that are used to make our products.

Label Printing Templates: we provide templates in Word and PDF formats for all of our label sizes, so if you haven’t got a template to hand or you can’t find the template you need (and you aren’t quite confident enough to set up your own), you can download the template you need from our website – completely free of charge!

We’re currently setting up brand new Information Pages for all of the label sizes we supply; each Information Page will contain information about that particular label size, advice and tips about working with that label size, templates for that label size, and a complete list of the material options available for that label size. These pages are an ongoing project, and we’ll add new pages as they are ready; in the meantime you can continue to download templates from our Label Templates Page.