Archive for July, 2018

Create Your Own Super Sticker Sets With Round Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

This week, we’re celebrating circles and taking a look at all the fun things you can do with round labels – like making your own badges, stickers, rewards, and gift tags.

What Sort Of Super Stickers Can I Make With Round Labels and Circular Labels?

You can use round labels and circular labels to make:

Name Badges: perfect for networking events or kids’ birthday parties.

Buttons & Badges: make buttons / badges to hand out to people when they visit a particular place or participate in an event. Create branded gifts for corporate or charity events OR mementoes for special days – like birthdays and weddings.

Reward Stickers: round labels are the perfect way to make reward badges or stickers for children. Stick onto progress charts, into workbooks, or hand them out as badges to reward good behaviour and special achievements.

Gift Tags: add a personalised message or finishing touch to gifts and gift items.

What Sort Of Round Labels and Circular Labels Should I Choose?

Round labels and circular labels are available in all sorts of different label materials and adhesives. It depends what you want your stickers to look like, where they will be stuck, and how long they need to stay stuck for.

If you want to create a colourful design, you have two options:

  1. Select white labels that you can print with the background colour of your choice.
  2. Select coloured labels to give yourself a colourful background onto which you can add your design.

Our range of coloured materials includes pastel coloured labels, fluorescent labels, brown Kraft labels, and metallic gold and silver labels.

Alternatively, you can choose between our transparent labels or our white labels. We have options for matt or gloss finishes. A matt finish creates a dull, flat surface, while a gloss finish creates a bright, shiny surface.

How Do I Add A Design To My Round Labels and Circular Labels?

Round labels and circular labels can be trickier to design (and print) compared with rectangular or square labels. You have to align your design with the constantly curving edge of your blank labels.

Most software and printers have limited accuracy, so you’ll need to take extra care (and maybe use a bit of trial and error) to get your design just right.

At Label Planet, we supply Word label templates and PDF labels templates for all of our label sizes.

label planet round labels sizes

Three of our round label sizes (72mm, 63.5mm, and 40mm) also have compatible Avery codes. You can use built-in Avery label templates to design and print these label sizes. The other sizes are not supplied by Avery and so there aren’t any Avery label templates available.

If you are creating a sheet of stickers with the same design (or groups of designs), we recommend adding your design to the top left label and then using copy and paste to complete your template. We strongly recommend performing a test print onto blank paper before printing onto your sheet labels. This allows you to check for any misalignment and correct your label template (or printer settings) to resolve the issue – without wasting any of your sticky labels.

Top Tips For Designing Round Labels and Circular Labels

Pick Your Software Carefully

Graphics software is perfect for designing your own stickers. The label template will show the exact shape and layout of your round labels / circular labels. You simply need to add your design in the right place.

Not everyone has access to or knowledge of graphics packages, however, and they may need to use more basic software. This is usually word processing software like Microsoft Word.

You can create a perfectly good label template for round labels and circular labels using word processors. The design tools will be limited because the software is designed to handle text.

Word is not sophisticated enough to replicate the shape of round labels and circular labels. Instead, a grid of squares represents each blank label. Each round label fits inside a square so the circular label touches each of the four sides of the square.

You have to estimate where the edges of your round labels are when adding your design. This makes it especially important to do a test print of your label template.

When adding images in Word, you also need to change the Wrap Text format to Tight. The default setting (In Line With Text) limits where you can position your image. Changing the Wrap Text format gives you much more control (and accuracy). Click on your image and select the Picture Tools Format tab at the top of the page to change the Wrap Text.

Keep Your Label Shape In Mind When Creating Your Design

Many people who are creating round stickers instinctively want to use round elements in their design and add borders or design elements around the edges of their sticky labels. Unfortunately, it is difficult to align these elements perfectly. They can also end up emphasising any slight misalignment on your printed sheet labels. We recommend centralising your design so it starts from the centre of each label and expands outwards.

Be Aware Of White Edging

White edging is a bit of a misnomer because it actually refers to blank or unprinted areas around the edges of your sticky labels. This can happen if your label template and printer settings haven’t been set up properly. You simply need to adjust your template or print settings to fix the issue.

It can also happen because your software and printer don’t offer the precision required to print each label perfectly. Most printers are accurate to within a millimetre or two. This can mean that you end up with areas around the edges of your round labels that are unprinted.

While you can spend hours tinkering with your template and printer trying to correct this issue, it’s far simpler to oversize your design. This way it will overlap the edges of your sticky labels – making it impossible for white edging to appear.

This is a common issue when adding a coloured background or border. Coloured backgrounds are easily fixed by resizing your design. Borders are more difficult because you have a smaller area to overlap across the edges of your round labels. We recommend avoiding a border if possible. If you absolutely have to have a border, make it as thick as possible so it is easier to overlap.

Set Up Your Printer Properly

If your printer has a media bypass tray – use it! This is a secondary tray designed for thicker materials (like self adhesive labels) and offers a straighter path through the printer. This reduces the risk of misalignment caused by your sheets rotating as they are pulled through the printer. Load your sheet labels carefully so that they are sitting in a straight stack with the guides placed levelly along each side.

You also need to go into your Printer’s Properties or Printing Preferences before you print to ensure:

  • The page size is set to A4.
  • No scaling options are applied. For example, a percentage less than 100% or any “Fit To…” options.

Ordering Round Labels and Circular Labels From Label Planet

We supply 19 round label sizes in our standard matt white paper labels. These round labels can be found on our Round Labels and Circular Labels page. They are available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock.

A selection of these label sizes are also available across our other self adhesive label ranges, including coloured labels, fluorescent labels, gold labels, silver labels, transparent labels, gloss labels, and matt labels.

Our most popular round label sizes (63.5mm, 51mm, 37mm, and 25mm) are available to buy in almost all of our label materials with same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets. The rest are available to order in boxes of 500 sheets.

Visit our list of ALL LABELS page to view our different material options. Click on the View Product link to find out more, view the sizes (and minimum order quantities) available, and to place an order.

You can find all of our label templates for round labels and circular labels on our website. You can also Request A Sample or take a look at our Help page for more advice – including our Guide To Designing And Printing Round Labels.

How To Make Window Stickers With Transparent Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Our transparent labels are the perfect way to make your own window stickers. Read on to find out how to create window stickers using transparent labels and (mirrored) label templates.

Which Transparent Labels Should I Use?

At Label Planet, we supply FOUR different kinds of transparent labels. The one you choose depends on the adhesive type, finish, and level of permanency that you want for your window stickers.

transparent labels from label planet

Transparent Labels – Laser Versus Inkjet

Your first choice depends on what type of printer you have available to print your transparent labels. Three of our ranges are laser labels that must be printed with a laser printer (GTP, GTR, and MTP). The other – GCP – is a range of inkjet labels that must be printed with an inkjet printer.

As an interesting sidenote – if you opt for our GCP material, you can also create transparent “white” boards. Write or draw on our GCP with whiteboard markers and you can wipe it away and start again.

Transparent Labels – Permanent Versus Removable

Next you need to decide if you want your window stickers to be permanent or removable. Again, three of our ranges are made with a permanent adhesive (GCP, GTP, and MTP). The fourth – GTR – is made with a removable adhesive, which means that you can remove your window stickers easily and cleanly (i.e. with no sticky mess).

You would be able to remove the permanent labels eventually with a bit of effort. This is likely to leave behind adhesive residue, however, which you would need to remove with a solvent or adhesive remover.

Transparent Labels – Gloss Versus Matt

Three of our transparent label ranges have a gloss finish (GCP, GTP, and GTR). This means that they reflect light very efficiently and have a bright and shiny surface. The other (MTP) has a matt finish; this is less efficient at reflecting light, which creates a duller surface finish.

If you need your window stickers to be easy to read at a glance, you may wish to opt for a matt finish. The matt surface is less likely to create glare that could potentially obscure your printed message.

What Label Templates Should I Use?

You can use standard label templates to create window stickers – unless your stickers are to be stuck onto the “inside” of a window and viewed from the “outside”. This is because “normal” designs will only read correctly when viewed from the inside. You could have bespoke transparent labels made with your required print added to the underside of the transparent face material (so they read correctly from the opposite side). Alternatively, you can use a mirrored label template, which mirrors or reverses your design so it reads correctly when viewed from the opposite side.

You only need to do this if your design contains directional elements, such as text or directional arrows.

At Label Planet, we provide mirrored Word label templates for all of our label sizes. Navigate to the template information page for your label size. The mirrored labels templates are listed under the Word Templates column. You can choose a portrait or landscape orientation (where applicable).

If you wish to create your own mirrored label template, you can do so by filling in a standard label template and reversing the elements in your design. In Word, you can do this by clicking on your item and then clicking on the Picture Tools or Drawing Tools Format tab at the top of the page. Use the Flip tool to reverse images and shapes. To reverse a text box or WordArt, you will need to click on Shape Effects, select 3-D Rotation and 3-D Rotation options, and then set the X Rotation value to 180°. This will usually add a grey background to text boxes. You can remove this by selecting the text box, clicking on the Drawing Tools Format tab, and changing “Shape Fill” to No Fill (or a colour of your choice!).

Order Transparent Labels From Label Planet Today And Start Making Your Own Window Stickers

To view all of our transparent labels, visit our List of Transparent Labels page. Click on the View Products links to find out more or to place an order. Visit our Template Home page to download a label template or to view our help and advice pages. Remember, you can also request a sample if you would like to have a trial run before placing an order.

Get Stuck Into The Great Outdoors With Waterproof Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Label Planet Labels Logo

If you’re looking for self adhesive labels you can use in the great outdoors, why not try our waterproof labels. They’re ideal for traditional British summers (with plenty of rain) as well as not-so-traditional summers like this one!

Why Are Waterproof Labels Perfect For Outdoor Applications?

The main benefit of using waterproof labels for outdoor applications is because they offer protection against water and similar substances. This is especially useful in typical British summers, which tend to involve a lot of inconvenient rain.

Given that this year, we’ve experienced some of the hottest (and driest) weather on record, we thought it was time to acknowledge some of the other benefits of using waterproof labels.

Waterproof labels are made using synthetic materials such as plastics. These materials offer a wide range of characteristics and properties that make them highly versatile and well-suited to more challenging environments.

For example, they tend to be a lot more durable and long lasting than other materials, especially paper labels. They also tend to be stronger and more stable, which is particularly useful outside where environmental factors are likely to change and fluctuate over time. Other materials are more likely to deteriorate quickly in such conditions, making sticky labels illegible or causing their adhesive bond to fail (so they fall off).

Synthetic materials also tend to offer greater resistance to damage from environmental factors such as moisture, solvents, oils, chemicals, oxidation, ionising radiation, abrasion, extreme and/or fluctuating temperatures, and light (including UV light).

What Kinds Of Waterproof Labels Are Available From Label Planet?

We supply a range of waterproof labels to help you find the perfect finish for your project. We have options for laser labels, inkjet labels, matt labels, gloss labels, white labels, silver labels, transparent labels, permanent labels, and removable labels.

RANGE FINISH COLOUR MATERIAL ADHESIVE PRINTER
MTP Matt Transparent Polyester Permanent Laser
GTP Gloss Transparent Polyester Permanent Laser
GTR Gloss Transparent Polyester Removable Laser
GCP Gloss Transparent Polyester Permanent Inkjet *
SMP Matt Silver Polyester Permanent Laser
GWP Gloss White Polyester Permanent Laser
MWP Matt White Polyester Marine Permanent Laser
MWR Matt White Polyester Removable Laser
MWPE Matt (Off) White Polyethylene Marine Permanent Laser & Inkjet
MWPO Matt White Polyolefin Marine Permanent Laser & Inkjet

Three of our waterproof labels have a marine permanent adhesive. This adhesive has met the requirements of the BS5609 part 2 standard for use in marine (outdoor conditions). This internationally recognised standard requires products to undergo a series of tests, including submersion in seawater for three months.

Designed for labelling chemical drums that are to be shipped overseas (where contents must be identifiable even if the drums fall overboard), these are some of our toughest self adhesive labels – making them perfect for outdoor applications.

* Please note that our GCP labels are waterproof. However, if you print them with standard water-based inkjet inks, your print will not be waterproof and will run or smudge when wet.

How Do You Print Waterproof Labels So They Have Waterproof Print?

All of our waterproof labels are – surprisingly – waterproof labels. Or, in other words, all of the materials used to make these sticky labels are waterproof. If you want PRINTED waterproof labels, however, it’s not always so straightforward.

Our waterproof laser labels are perfect for creating printed waterproof labels. Laser printers use a dry printing process (involving heat and pressure) to bond a dry powder (called toner) onto your sticky labels, which results in waterproof print.

Waterproof inkjet labels are a little more tricky. Standard inkjet inks are water-based and will run or smudge when wet. To create waterproof inkjet labels you either have to:

  1. Purchase waterproof inks that are not water-based.
  2. Add a protective layer over your print. For example, you could apply a transparent label over your print OR by use a sealant spray.

This is why the majority of our waterproof labels are laser labels. HOWEVER…

NEW WATERPROOF LABELS COMING SOON

…We will soon be introducing a brand new range called MWPP. These are waterproof labels for use with inkjet printers. These inkjet labels are made from polypropylene and a special top coating, which allows your printing inks to dry quickly and efficiently onto your labels AND acts as a protective (and waterproof) barrier over your print.

We have some stock available to supply as samples. Simply get in touch with our Customer Service Team and request a sample of MWPP.

Stay tuned to the Label Planet website to find out more!

Buy Waterproof Labels From Label Planet Today!

To view all of the waterproof labels available from Label Planet, please visit our LIST OF WATERPROOF LABELS page. Use the “View Products” links to find out more or to order waterproof labels today.

Remember you can also Request A Sample of any of our self adhesive labels. If you need a template, simply visit our Label Template home page to download a Word or PDF template free of charge.

Label Planet’s Top Tips For Labelling Bottles & Jars

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Many of our customers use our sticky labels as bottle labels and jar labels for all sorts of products. From homemade treats to cosmetics products, all of these customers need to make sure that important information about their products is clearly displayed on each container. Whether they contain branding information, contact information, ingredient lists, instructions for use, or health and safety warnings, these product labels need to stay firmly stuck for as long as they are needed.

Some struggle to pick a label size so we’ve gathered together our top tips for labelling bottles and jars.

bottle labels and jar labels - product labels

One label or two (or three)?

The first thing to consider is how many sticky labels to use on your bottles and jars.

A lot of people decide that they just want one product label. This saves time designing, printing, and applying your bottle labels and jar labels BUT it can create problems, such as…

  • Cramming all of your information onto one product label can look untidy and makes it harder to read the information. If you use large or wraparound labels, customers may end up missing information unless they rotate the container.
  • If your containers are quite small, the curved surface can make it harder for adhesives to form a successful bond. You may need to use a stronger adhesive or more flexible material to make sure your sticky labels stay stuck. Alternatively, you might try long, thin wraparound labels – so you can overlap the ends to help them stay stuck. While this can be an effective solution, it also makes the labels tricky to apply, harder to read, and they cover up more of your containers.

Instead, you may want to try splitting your information over two or more labels. Try creating “front” and “back” bottle labels or “lid”, “side”, and “bottom” labels for jars.

How much space is available for your bottle labels and jar labels?

Customers often ask us to recommend a label size for their bottles and jars – usually based on the volume that the containers hold. Unfortunately, this information is completely useless.

The way to choose a label size is to first look at the shaping of your bottles or jars. Product labels work best on flat surfaces OR on surfaces with regular shaping (like the curve of a bottle or jar). If you apply sticky labels over containers with irregular shaping (e.g. ridges or narrowing/widening shaping), they may start to peel away or won’t stick down properly at all.

This is because adhesive bonds are stronger when they form over a larger (regular) surface area. If you apply product labels onto a flat surface, your adhesive creates a bond over a larger surface area. If your surface has irregularities that create gaps between your container and your sticky labels, you will end up with a weaker adhesive bond.

Once you have identified the areas on your bottles and jars that are suitable for applying product labels, you need to measure the width and height of the available surface area. This will give you an idea of the label size that you should use for your containers.

We also recommending typing out the information that you want to include on your product labels. This helps you to choose a size that allows your design to fit (without resorting to tiny font sizes).

There is no standard “bottle or jar label size” because bottles and jars come in all shapes and sizes. It’s up to you to decide how much information you want to include on your containers. Then you need to choose how many sticky labels to use. Finally, you need to work out where you can apply sticky labels and measure the available space.

Finding The Right Bottle Labels and Jar Labels From Label Planet

Use our Search By Width and Search By Height pages to see if we supply the label size you need. Alternatively, you can try our Label Finder. This tool creates a shortlist of options based on the requirements that you select. So, you can select the measurements you need (and any other requirements) to see all of the Label Planet products that would make suitable bottle labels and jar labels for your containers.