Archive for December, 2017

We Wish You All A Very Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

It’s our last day here in the Label Planet office and we’d like to start by saying THANK YOU to all of the customers who have bought self adhesive labels from us over the last twelve months.

We’ve had a simply brilliant year and a large part of that is down to our equally brilliant customers! So thank you – we hope you’ll be back to visit in 2018!

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and we hope that your (winter holi)days are both merry and bright.

Merry Christmas To All & To All A Good Night!

FAQs For Last Minute Orders Of Self Adhesive Labels

Monday, December 18th, 2017

There are only FIVE days left before we shut down the Label Planet office for Christmas, which means you have FIVE days left to place a last minute order for Christmas labels.

This post contains all of the answers to the FAQs that we receive every year around Christmas as a guide to placing a last minute order of self adhesive labels from Label Planet.

When are you open this week?

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Can I still order blank labels for delivery BEFORE Christmas?

Yes, depending on:

  • The product and quantity of blank labels you are ordering
  • The delivery address for your order of self adhesive labels
  • The shipping options available for your order of sticky labels

Why does it matter what product and quantity I need?

ORDERS OF 500+ SHEETS: these items are despatched same day via carrier (up to 3pm) where stock is available; standard paper labels are kept in stock, while other materials and adhesives are made to order – at this time of year, the demand for self adhesive labels means that our lead times increase to 7+ working days, which means we cannot manufacture and despatch these items for delivery before Christmas.

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM TO CHECK STOCK AVAILABILITY

ORDERS OF 200-475 SHEETS: orders are despatched same day (up to 4pm) via carrier (next day service for UK mainland and 2 day service for Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, and Islands With UK Postcodes).

ORDERS OF LESS THAN 200 SHEETS: orders are despatched same day (up to 4:30pm) via Royal Mail’s first class post as standard. Royal Mail do NOT guarantee first class items will be delivered next day and this service is likely to see delays at this time of year, which is why we recommend upgrading to a special delivery service.

What special delivery options are available?

Medium and large orders are despatched via next working day carrier service as standard (2 day for non-UK mainland), although we do have timed delivery services available (e.g. pre-10:30 delivery, pre-12 delivery etc) – contact our Customer Service Team by phone to find out more.

Small orders are despatched by Royal Mail’s first class service as standard; we STRONGLY recommend upgrading to Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service (next day delivery by 1pm). The shipping fee depends on the quantity of blank labels being ordered and you can upgrade online (after you have entered your delivery details) or by phone.

We also have a pre-9am delivery service and a Saturday delivery service for small orders; please phone our Customer Service Team to request either of these options.

Why does my delivery address matter?

Deliveries to Northern Ireland (large orders only), Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands tend to take (at least) a day extra compared to delivery to the UK mainland. Medium and large orders (200+ sheets) are sent via 2 day carrier service, while small orders being delivered to Ireland are sent via Royal Mail’s International Standard service.

So what are your last despatch dates?

WEDNESDAY – Last orders for:

  • Delivery to Northern Ireland (200+ sheets), Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands – UP TO 3PM.
  • Small orders being delivered to UK mainland & Northern Ireland via STANDARD delivery (Royal Mail’s first class service) – we cannot guarantee that these items will definitely arrive before Christmas – UP TO 4:30PM.

THURSDAY – Last orders for:

  • Large and medium orders (200+ sheets) being delivered to UK mainland via carrier service – UP TO 3PM (large orders) / 4PM (medium orders).
  • Small orders being delivered to UK mainland and Northern Ireland via SPECIAL delivery (Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service) – UP TO 4:30PM.

FRIDAY – Last orders for:

  • Small orders (less than 200 sheets) being delivered to UK mainland via SPECIAL SATURDAY delivery (Royal Mail’s Saturday Delivery Guaranteed service) – UP TO 4:30PM.

This service can ONLY be requested by phone; we CAN place orders of 200-250 sheets on this service if you wish but this does have a much higher shipping cost due to the weight of the items being delivered.

Will you stop accepting orders before Christmas?

NO; but if your items are out of stock OR you order after our last despatch dates your self adhesive labels will NOT arrive before Christmas.

Orders despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service that don’t arrive before Christmas will usually be delivered in the days after Christmas when service in your area resumes. Medium and large orders will be despatched via carrier when we re-open in the new year.

How do I get in touch with you?

Email us at info@labelplanet.co.uk or give us a call on 01270 668076.

What happens if I place an order after you close for Christmas?

Nothing – until we reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Please note: we are more than happy for customers to email us with questions and queries over the Christmas Holidays but we will NOT answer any enquiries until the office reopens in January – when we will do our best to answer as quickly as we possibly can.

Quick Tips For Last Minute Address Labels & Gift Tags

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

If this is the year that you’re going to get truly creative for Christmas – but you’ve left it to the last minute – try our Quick Tips for Last Minute Christmas Labels!

Whether you’re making your own Christmas address labels, Christmas card labels, or Christmas gift tags, it’s really easy to create a set of seasonal address labels and gift tags with that extra special personal touch.

  • Personalise Christmas address labels with photographs, images, a Christmas-themed background, or a festive font!
  • Choose self-adhesive labels with a festive feel to give yourself a ready made seasonal background for your Christmas wishes or addresses.
  • Coloured labels are ideal Christmas labels and we offer pastel coloured labels (for a subtle touch of Christmas colour), fluorescent labels (for adhesive labels that are merry and bright), gold labels and silver labels (for a touch of seasonal shimmer), and brown Kraft labels (for a truly homemade feel).
  • Download label templates from our website; we have Word templates (for Word, Pages, LibreOffice etc) and PDF templates (for Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator etc).
  • Add your seasonal design to the first label in your label template and then use copy and paste to quickly AND accurately fill in the rest of the blank labels.
    Top tip: in Word, move your cursor to the bottom left corner of the first label and triple click your mouse (left button) to select the content AND the formatting options you have used.
  • Be careful with coloured backgrounds and borders; if your printer and/or label template aren’t quite accurate enough, you may end up with “white edging” where your label template is slightly misaligned with your labels. You can avoid this either by not using a coloured background or border OR by oversizing your background or border so that it overlaps the edges of each label – if possible.
    Top Tip:  centralise so your design so it always starts from the middle of each blank label and extends outwards, which helps to prevent your design getting cut off at the edges of your sheet labels.
  • In Word, use text boxes to control the positioning of text in your Christmas design (and add a festive border) and use the “Wrap Text” option in the “Picture Tools Format” tab to control the positioning of any images (use “Tight” or “In Front Of Text”).
  • Use Word’s built in Mail Merge tool to create personalised address labels. The Mail Merge Wizard (click on the “Mailings” tab, then click on the “Start Mail Merge” button, and select “Step-by-Step Mail Merge Wizard”) will guide you through the SIX steps:
  1. Select Document Type: create a set of address labels.
  2. Select Starting Document: select your label template; Mail Merge works best with a built in Avery template (click “Change document layout” then “Label options”) but you can use a label template you have downloaded (e.g. from the Label Planet website) and saved to your computer (“Start from existing document”) OR use the “New Label” option in the “Label options” box to create your own label template.
    Label templates AND measurements for all of our label sizes can be found on the template information page for each of our products; use the “Templates & Printing Information” link on the product page or navigate from our Template Home Page to find the templates and information you need.
  3. Select Recipients: connect your label template to your list of addresses using the “Use existing list” option. Once you have confirmed that you are happy with the information in your list, a <<Next Record>> rule is added to each blank label in your label template (except the first one).
    If you have downloaded a label template, you need to add this rule manually; click on the “Rules” button in the “Mailings” tab at the top of the page and select “Next Record” from the drop down list.
  4. Arrange Your Labels: add your Christmas label design; if you are using a built in template (or one you have made) you can add your design to the top left label and use the “Update All Labels” button to fill in the rest of your label template.
    Use placeholders to indicate where the information from your list should sit; add individual fields using the “More Items” option or use the “Address Block” to insert your addresses in a single placeholder.
  5. Preview Your Labels: check that your information fits into your design properly (and go back to make amends if it does not).
  6. Complete The Merge: merge your label template with your list of addresses to create one unique address label for each of the recipients on your Christmas list.
  • ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS test print your Christmas label template onto paper BEFORE loading your sheet labels proper; this allows you to check that your label template and printer are set up correctly to produce the print quality and alignment that you need to produce perfect Christmas labels.
  • Use the media bypass tray (if your printer has one) and go through your printer’s properties to make sure you are using a Page Size of A4, a Media Type/Weight of Labels (or Heavy Paper), and that no scaling options (e.g. less than 100% or “Fit to Page/Sheet”) are selected.

Remember, you can find label templates for ALL of our label sizes in our Template Section OR by clicking on the “Templates & Printing Information” link on the product page of the self adhesive labels you have bought from Label Planet.

View all of our material options on our “List Of All Materials” page, visit our Address Labels range page to find the perfect Christmas address labels, or take a look through our Help Pages for even more tips and advice (including our “Label Template Blog”).


If you need any further assistance ordering, designing, or printing your own Christmas address labels or gift tags, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help!

Get Crafty This Christmas With Christmas Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

From dazzling address labels to seasonal product labels, sticky labels are a REALLY easy way to add a festive finish (and that all important personal touch) to anything that you’re making and/or sending to someone this Christmas. Plus with label templates and A4 labels from Label Planet, you can create your own seasonal set of Christmas labels that even Father Christmas and his elves would be proud of!

Whether you’re looking for printer labels that can be printed with your laser printer or inkjet printer OR blank labels that you can decorate with a handwritten message or hand drawn design, we’ve got plenty of label sizes and materials to help you find the perfect self adhesive labels for any Christmas project.

Picking the Perfect Christmas Label For Your Project

If you want a particular label material or label size, use our “List Of Label Materials” and “Search By Width”/“Search By Height” pages to find the perfect adhesive labels for your project.

Alternatively, use our Label Finder to narrow down your options; simply select a few things that you want your blank labels to be and the Finder will show you all of the options that match your requirements.

All of our A4 labels are grouped into product ranges; each range has its own range page, which gives more information about that particular range and lists the label sizes available for that particular material and/or adhesive.

The Self Adhesive Labels On Everyone’s Christmas List

While you can take your pick from our full range of self adhesive labels, there are few firm old favourites that are just perfect for the Christmas season:

Coloured Labels: a quick and simple way to add decorative Christmas labels to any item; choose between our seven shades of Pastel Labels (for a subtle bloom of Christmas colour) or our five shades of Fluorescent Labels (for a burst of festive fun).

Brown Kraft Labels: our Kraft paper labels have a ribbed finish that adds a subtle touch of pattern and texture; these brown labels are the perfect finishing touch for any items that need a homemade touch.

Gold Labels & Silver Labels: for a luxurious and festive feel, these blank labels provide a stylish and decorative background for your season’s greetings.

Transparent Labels: perfect if you need to add product labels onto pre-printed packaging, address labels onto specially designed envelopes, or gift tags onto wrapping paper; transparent labels allow you to add a festive finish to items WITHOUT covering up the seasonal designs already printed on those items.

Gloss Labels: add a seasonal shimmer to items with gloss labels; choose between gloss laser labels / photo quality gloss laser and inkjet labels (for shiny labels that are both merry and bright) and semi-gloss labels (for a more subtle shine).  

Premium Quality Paper Labels: these white labels are made with a specially coated paper that is ideal for printing high resolution artwork on blank sticky labels.

Despatch Information For (Pre) Christmas Delivery Of Your Festive Labels

If you intend to stick your self adhesive labels onto items that you need to deliver to someone else BEFORE Christmas, you’ll need to order as early as possible to leave enough time for your blank labels to be delivered to you, for you to design and print a label template onto your printer labels, for you to apply your sticky labels onto your items, and to despatch your labelled items so that they arrive before the big day.

Orders of 200+ sheets are sent via next working day carrier service (where stock is available; delivery to Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via 2 day carrier service). Smaller orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard. First class items are NOT guaranteed to arrive the next day and so we strongly recommend upgrading your order (online or by phone) to a next day delivery service.

If you need to order 500 sheets or more, we recommend contacting our Customer Service Team to check stock availability; paper labels are generally kept in stock at our warehouse for same day despatch, while other items are made to order and have a lead time of at least 5 working days for despatch.