Archive for December, 2016

A Very Merry Christmas from Label Planet!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Merry Christmas from all of us at Label Planet!

On this Eve of Christmas Eve, we would like to take a moment to say a big thank you to all of our wonderful customers who have ordered labels from us in 2016. We’ve had a brilliant year and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support over the last twelve months. Hopefully 2017 will be just as good, if not even better!

Whatever plans you’ve got for the rest of the year, we wish you and your family all the very best for this Christmastime and we hope you have a fabulously festive time celebrating in style!

See you in 2017!

Last Orders (Of Labels) Please!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Christmas is undoubtedly here and while we hope that all of our customers have had a couple of busy yet brilliantly successful weeks (or months) getting things done in time for Christmas, we know that, unfortunately, things don’t always go to plan – so if you find that you need a last minute order of labels, read on for our (Last Minute) Despatch & Delivery information.

We will be processing and despatching orders Monday to Thursday this week, as follows:

STOCKED ITEMS:
Small Orders (25-200 sheets):
Orders accepted up to: 4:30pm on Thursday (22nd December)
Despatched via: Royal Mail’s first class service
LAST ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: the last recommended posting date is WEDNESDAY 21ST DECEMBER.

You MUST bear in mind that the reliability of this service will be lower than usual due to the amount of items being despatched at this time of year. We STRONGLY recommending upgrading your order to guaranteed next day delivery (available online or by phone) if you must receive your labels before Christmas. The last posting date for Royal Mail’s guaranteed next day delivery is THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER.

Medium Orders (250-475 sheets):
Orders accepted up to: 3pm on Thursday (22nd December)
Despatched via: next day carrier service
LAST ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: we must receive your order by 3pm on THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER.

Large Orders (500+ sheets):
Orders accepted up to: 3pm on Thursday (22nd December)
Despatched via: next day carrier service
LAST ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: we must receive your order by 3pm on THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER.
Please note: we will only be able to despatch large orders where stock is available and so we would recommend that if you need to order a large quantity of labels AND receive them before Christmas you should contact us BEFORE placing your order so that we can confirm if the items are in stock and available to fulfil your order.

NON-STOCKED & MADE TO ORDER ITEMS:
These items have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets listed on our website and are usually made to order items; due to the extension in manufacturing times at this time of year, we will NOT be able to despatch any non-stocked or made to order items before 2017.

If you aren’t sure whether or not the labels you want to order are available for despatch AND delivery before Christmas then you should get in touch with us BEFORE placing your order so we can discuss your requirements and confirm the despatch/delivery estimate for those specific items.

If you don’t mind when your labels arrive, you can order at any time before 4:30pm on Thursday OR you can place an order over the Christmas break – when things are a little bit “quieter”! Any orders we receive after 4:30pm on Thursday will be processed and despatched when we return from our Christmas break on January 3rd 2017.

If you have any questions or queries about ordering labels BEFORE Christmas, please contact our Customer Service Team as soon as possible; alternatively, you can simply send us an email over the Christmas break and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can once we return in the new year.

December Design Tips & Tricks To Create Wonderful Winter Labels

Monday, December 12th, 2016

If you’ve decided to ward off the winter blues with a Christmas project and have settled on some DIY label designing and printing, you might have found that things are turning out to be a little bit more complicated than you first thought. There are plenty of things that can trip you up when it comes to designing a label template and making sure it prints out properly, which means a small project to create some Christmas address labels or gift tags can quickly turn into a frosty nightmare!

BUT DON’T PANIC! We’ve got plenty of tips and tricks to help turn your Christmas Crisis into a Winter Wonderland!

Avoiding Template Troubles

  • Make Sure You Have The Right Template: you must use a template that matches the size and layout of your labels AND pick a template with a file format that your software is capable of editing. For example, we supply Word Templates and PDF Templates; the Word templates can be edited by word processing software such as Word, Pages, LibreOffice etc, while the PDF templates can be edited by graphics packages such as Photoshop or InDesign.
  • Keep Things Simple: if you try to create a really complicated design you may find that you waste HOURS setting up your template, that it never quite looks exactly how you want it to because your software simply isn’t capable of doing what you want it to do, or that your labels end up looking cluttered and messy. If you are creating a design that is made up of multiple layers or elements, we advise working from the background to the foreground to help you keep your design under control.
  • Don’t Expect Your Software To Do More Than It Is Capable Of Doing: while some people will have access to design packages that offer many more design tools and a much higher level of detail and accuracy, others will need to make do with software that is actually designed for other tasks (but has a few design tools that you can commandeer).
    For example: many people use Word to design labels; as a word processor, Word is designed for adding, editing, and arranging text on a page, so it has limited design tools (and accuracy). It will always prioritise text over anything else and you may need to go through a variety of format settings to get your design elements to follow the layout you want BUT it is perfectly possible to create a decent design for your labels (usually by keeping things simple!) and it does offer a number of tools and templates for labels, such as built in Avery templates and a Mail Merge tool for creating address or product labels from a database.
  • Use Copy & Paste (Carefully) To Save Time: the easiest way to design a full template is to create the top left label first and then copy and paste this into the rest of the labels. You do need to take care when pasting to make sure that your document doesn’t automatically adjust itself to accommodate the content you are adding (for example, by increasing the size of your labels, which will destroy the alignment of your template) and you need to avoid accidentally copying content into the gaps between your labels (where applicable).
  • Take Care With Borders, Backgrounds, & “Full Size” Images: these elements can make any slight misalignment in your printed template much more obvious and can lead to areas of white edging around the outside of your labels. We advise that you avoid adding borders if you can or, if you can’t, use a thick or oversized border where possible. If you want to print a full colour background or a full size image (where a single image takes up the full area of each label) but get white edges when you print, you may want to try oversizing your background/image (if possible) to avoid this issue.

Perfecting Your Print

  • ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS Test Print Your Template Onto Paper BEFORE You Print Onto Your Labels: this will allow you to confirm if your template and printer are set up correctly AND to make adjustments if they are not – without wasting your labels.
  • Check Through Your Printer’s Properties BEFORE You Print ANYTHING: set your printer to an A4 page size, select a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” print setting, make sure no scaling options (e.g. Fit To Page) are applied, and that no options such as “Ignore Printer Settings” or “Use Driver Settings” are selected.
    If possible, you should also consult your printer’s manual to double check if there are any restrictions as to the types of materials it can print and to see if the manufacturer has included any recommended guidelines to follow when printing labels.
  • Print PDF Templates Directly From The PDF Itself: we have had a number of customers reporting that they have seen alignment problems when printing their PDF template through their design software, which has promptly disappeared when they have tried printing the PDF as a standalone file (e.g. through a document viewer such as Adobe Reader).
  • Always Use Your Printer’s Media Bypass Tray & Load Your Labels Correctly: if your printer has a media bypass tray you SHOULD USE IT to print labels – it is designed specifically for thicker media (such as labels) and offers a straighter path through the printer, which improves the accuracy of alignment that you can achieve. You must also make sure that you load your labels into your printer narrow edge leading (portrait); all of our sheet labels are made with layouts that are designed for this feed direction, with our paper labels also having a grain (like wood) that runs in this direction – if you try to feed your labels wide edge leading (and therefore against the grain) you may find that your labels start to separate from their backing sheet, causing your sheets to jam inside your printer.

If you have never designed a template or printed your own labels before, remember you can always visit our Help Section to find tips and advice on how to get started. We’ve written a simple Guide to Designing & Printing Labels that provides basic advice on how to design and print a label template, which is a great place to start if you’d like a general introduction. Alternatively, if you’re having a particular problem, you can take a look at our Troubleshooting Guide to find fixes for the most common issues that arise when designing and printing labels, or you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help resolve any specific issues that you’re having.

Printing labels involves a lot of moving parts and it is incredibly easy to get frustrated and give up. DON’T! Most template troubles and printing problems are caused by something in your hardware or software being set to the wrong setting or using the wrong format – and all it takes is a few small adjustments to get things sorted; a few changes to default settings, formats and sizes, or page margins can make a BIG difference. Take your time and check things through and if you can’t find a solution – just ask!

Templates for all of our label sizes can be found in our TEMPLATE SECTION, while all of our help and advice articles are gathered in our HELP SECTION; to get in touch with us if you need advice for a specific problem or enquiry, simply visit our Contact Us page.

‘Tis The Season For Christmas Parties & That Means Christmas Name Badges & Table Place Cards!

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Whether you simply want to add a temporary touch of Christmas magic to badges already worn by your employees or you’re in charge of planning a Christmas event and need name badges and/or table place cards for everyone, we’ve got the perfect labels for you!

You might be looking for a professional finish to suit a Christmas networking event or an exhibition. Alternatively, you might be planning a massive Christmas party and need suitably seasonal badges and place cards to get everyone organised!

If you are selecting labels to be used as name badges for people to wear (i.e. that will be stuck directly onto people’s clothing), you need to bear in mind that adhesives don’t tend to work as effectively on fabrics as they do on other surfaces. So, while you might be tempted to go for a removable adhesive (because you obviously want the labels to come off without damaging people’s clothing once the event is over), you may actually find that this type of adhesive isn’t strong enough to keep the labels on during your event. Most people use one of our standard permanent adhesives for this particular purpose to ensure that the labels will remain in place for the event but then peel off easily when they are no longer needed.

All of our labels can be printed with standard desktop printers BUT you can also write on our products – so you can print a Christmas design onto your labels along with a blank space for guests to write in their own name.

We’ve put together a shortlist of our most popular labels used for making name badges and place cards, to give you a bit of inspiration and/or a starting point for your own event:

Matt White Paper Labels
Our most basic (and budget friendly) option on the list, these labels are a good choice if you want a simple, clean background for your badges or place cards. You can add just the name of each guest or you can overprint the plain white background with the full colour Christmas design of your choosing.

Premium Quality Paper Labels
For a slightly more professional and decorative finish, these labels are made with a high quality paper with a special coating that produces a smooth finish and excellent print resolution – ideal for a professional look or for printing high quality images/designs (for example, if you wish to include photographs as part of your design).

Coloured Labels / Fluorescent Labels
If you’re after something that’s a bit more FUN or suits the colouring of your Christmas theme, why not try our seven pastel colours (for a subtle touch of colour) or our five fluorescents (for a not-so-subtle burst of colour).

Gold Labels / Silver Labels
Highly popular for the Christmas season, these two labels are perfect additions for any seasonal project. The labels have a semi-gloss textured finish that gives them a subtle shine that is both luxurious and a perfect fit for glittering Christmas events.

Gloss Paper Labels
If you’re after a touch of seasonal shimmer, using one of our paper labels with a gloss finish is a brilliant way to create decorative and/or professional labels with that special finishing touch. You can choose between gloss labels for laser printers, photo gloss labels for laser printers and inkjet printers (perfect if you want to include high resolution images or photographs in your design), or semi-gloss labels for laser printers (for a more subtle finish).

Kraft Labels
Perfect for use on your table place cards, these labels are made with brown Kraft paper with a ribbed finish, which creates a wonderfully natural appearance with just a touch of pattern and texture. Ideal if you want to create labels that have that warm homemade finish to create a personal welcome for each and every guest at your event.

Visit our website to take a look at the product ranges mentioned above and to buy labels to create your own Christmas name badges and/or table place cards. Alternatively, visit our list of ALL LABEL MATERIALS for even more inspiration this Christmas!

December Is Here & So Are Our 2016 Last Posting Dates!

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

We know, we know – it’s ONLY JUST December – but if you need to order labels AND receive them before Christmas then NOW is the time to order!

Over the years, we’ve found that people tend to underestimate just how early they should order their Christmas labels because they don’t realise how many steps are involved, while a lucky few find themselves in need of a last minute re-order because their products or services are in such high demand that their initial order of labels simply wasn’t enough!

Most of the labels we sell at this time of year will be used as Christmas product labels or for Christmas events, which means that you have to leave enough time for ALL of the following steps to be completed:

1) You order your labels

2) We (make and) despatch your labels to you

3) Your labels are delivered to you

4) You (design a template and) print your labels

5) You apply your labels

6) You despatch your labels to wherever they need to be by Christmas (or by your Christmas-based event) – whether that’s at the location of your Christmas event or to the delivery address of a customer.

You need to remember that, at this time of year, manufacturing times and delivery times get longer and longer (even for delivery services that are SUPPOSED to be guaranteed) AND that designing a template and printing your labels can turn into quite a lengthy process AND that applying your labels (neatly) can take a lot longer than you think.

While we will always do our best to make sure that all of our customers receive the labels that they need in plenty of time for their Christmas deadlines, you MUST make sure that you have left enough time to get everything done. Our current despatch and delivery estimates for orders that you need to receive BEFORE Christmas are as follows:

NON-STOCKED/MADE TO ORDER ITEMS (500+ SHEETS):
At this time of year, production estimates are longer than usual with most made to order items being placed on a waiting list for manufacture. Our current lead times are 5 working days for manufacture/despatch via next working day carrier BUT we would warn customers that this lead time will eventually expand into 2017, which means that we would highly recommend that you get in touch with us BEFORE placing an order so we can confirm the despatch/delivery estimate for the exact items and quantities that you would like to order.

LARGE ORDERS OF STOCKED ITEMS (500+ SHEETS):
Where items are in stock they will be despatched on the same working day via next working day carrier (Mon-Fri, up to 3pm). If the items you wish to order are temporarily out of stock, they will need to be made, which could take several working days. Again, if you need to order a large number of boxes or wish to confirm that the labels you want are available, the best thing to do is to contact us to get an exact despatch/delivery estimate.
Last Posting Date For Christmas Delivery: Friday 23rd December (subject to stock availability)

MEDIUM ORDERS OF STOCKED ITEMS (250-475 SHEETS)
These orders will be despatched same day via next working day carrier (Mon-Fri, up to 3pm).
Last Posting Date For Christmas Delivery: Friday 23rd December

SMALL ORDERS OF STOCKED ITEMS (LESS THAN 250 SHEETS)
These orders are despatched same working day (Mon-Fri, up to 4:30pm) via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard. Usually, around 93% of first class mail arrives the next day BUT at this time of year the service does suffer delays and we would strongly recommend upgrading your order to Royal Mail’s guaranteed next (working) day delivery option (available online or by phone) – please note that this service does require a signature upon delivery.
Last Posting Date For Christmas Delivery: Wednesday 21st December (first class) or Thursday 22nd December (guaranteed next day)

ORDERS TO NORTHERN IRELAND & REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Delivery to these locations can take longer at this time of year so we strongly recommend ordering as soon as you can:

NORTHERN IRELAND:
Small Orders: sent via Royal Mail’s first class service; we strongly recommend ordering early and upgrading to the Royal Mail’s guaranteed next (working) day delivery service – bearing in mind that even this service may be delayed at this time of year. You should order by 4:30pm on Wednesday 21st December (first class) or Thursday 22nd December (guaranteed next day) to receive your labels before Christmas.
Medium/Large Orders: sent via a 2-3 working day carrier service (large orders: subject to stock availability); our last despatch day will be Wednesday 21st December (by 3pm) for delivery before Christmas.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:
Small Orders: sent via Royal Mail’s International standard service; the last recommended posting date for this service is Friday 16th December (order by 4:30pm) but we would strongly advise that you order sooner as the service is likely to experience delays.
Medium/Large Orders: sent via a 2-3 working day carrier service (large orders: subject to stock availability); our last despatch day will be Wednesday 21st December (by 3pm) for delivery before Christmas.

Please note that deliveries to Islands With UK Postcodes & “Extended” Postcode regions are also sent via 2-3 working day carrier service and so share the last despatch date of Wednesday 21st December.

If you have any questions or queries, doubts or deliberations about ordering labels in time for Christmas we strongly recommend contacting our Customer Service Team who will be able to give you the most up to date stock levels, despatch and delivery estimates, and delivery options available for the specific items you want to order.