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Label Planet’s Checklist For Choosing Self Adhesive Labels

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Our checklist for choosing self adhesive labels includes the key factors you need to keep in mind when selecting the most suitable stickers.

You don’t need to use all of these factors to choose the right self adhesive labels for your application. Nor do you have to follow this exact order when picking your perfect stickers. Instead, take a look through the list and see which factors apply to your situation. You can then place them in an order based on how important they are to your label application.

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Do You Need To Print Or Handwrite Your Self Adhesive Labels (Or Will They Be Left Blank)?

If you intend to leave your sticky labels blank (for example, to use them as seals on documents or packaging), you can select ANY of the self adhesive labels supplied by Label Planet. The same applies if you’d prefer to handwrite your sticky labels. Paper labels are the easiest to handwrite. Gloss labels and synthetic (plastic) labels may require the use of more specialised pens (compared to a simple biro).

Most of our customers want to print their own sticky labels. Our self adhesive labels are designed for desktop printers. Some can only be printed with a laser printer or only with an inkjet printer. You can find printer compatibility for all of our products on our website and packaging.

Do You Need A Particular Label Size Or Shape For Your Self Adhesive Labels?

You may need self adhesive labels to fit onto items or into a space that requires the use of a particular label size and/or shape. At Label Planet, we supply rectangular labels (with round or square cut corners), round labels / circular labels, oval labels, square labels, media labels, and CD labels / DVD labels. We also supply a range of more than 100 label sizes.

Self adhesive labels supplied on A4 sheets tend to be available in “standard” label sizes. These sizes are created by splitting an A4 sheet into (usually) equally sized label shapes with as little waste around and between the blank labels. You can view all of our label sizes on our Search By Width and Search By Height pages or by using our Label Finder.

Do You Need Your Self Adhesive Labels To Stay Stuck Permanently Or Temporarily?

We supply a variety of adhesives, which means there are two questions that you need to answer.

First, you need to decide if you want permanent labels or removable labels.

Removable labels are designed to remove cleanly without leaving behind adhesive residue. If you need removable labels, your next question is: are you labelling delicate items, reusable containers, or something else.

  • Label delicate items (e.g. those made of paper or glass) using our super removable adhesive.
  • For reusable containers (e.g. to label foodstuffs), we recommend our water wash off adhesive. This permanent adhesive breaks down in water, so you can remove your sticky labels by washing your items.
  • For any other items, use any of our sticky labels with a removable adhesive.

Permanent labels are designed to stay in place permanently and to be difficult to remove. We offer options for:

  • Super/high tack adhesives; designed for applications where your sticky labels have to stay in place OR for more unsual surfaces/materials (e.g. fabrics, plastics, building materials etc).
  • Freezer adhesive; designed for labelling items that are to be stored and/or used in deep freeze conditions, such as food stuffs or medical/research samples and equipment.
  • Marine adhesive; designed for outdoor applications. Also suitable for general applications that require tough, durable, and long-lasting tracking labels.
  • Water wash off adhesive; creates a permanent adhesive bond that breaks down when exposed to water.
  • Opaque adhesive; designed for applications where you need to cover up existing print (usually because it is wrong or out of date).
  • Security adhesives; designed to provide visual evidence of tampering.
  • Standard permanent adhesives; create good adhesive bonds with a range of surfaces.

Do You Need Self Adhesive Labels That Are Waterproof / Transparent?

If you need to use waterproof labels or transparent labels, you will need to choose from our range of synthetic materials. You can then choose between laser labels or inkjet labels, permanent labels or removable labels, and gloss labels or matt labels.

NB: if you want to print waterproof labels, you will generally need to use a laser printer. Standard inkjet inks are water-based and so run or smudge when wet. Laser printers use heat and pressure to bond a dry powder (toner) into place creating waterproof print. The one exception is our MWPP material, which uses a special top coating to seal inkjet print in place to create waterproof inkjet labels.

We also have two laser paper labels, which we call “splashproof”. Paper labels will be damaged by water because they are made using paper. Our GW and SG paper labels have top coatings that provide limited protection against water, which means they can be wiped clean and dry if lightly splashed with water.

Do You Want To Use Coloured Labels Or A Particular Finish On Your Self Adhesive Labels?

Our range of coloured labels includes pastel coloured labels, fluorescent labels, gold labels and silver labels, and brown ribbed Kraft paper labels.

You can also choose between gloss labels or matt labels. Gloss labels have a bright and shiny finish that is perfect for adding a subtle decorative touch. Our gloss range includes various “full” gloss labels as well as our semi-gloss labels.

Do You Have A Particular Budget For Your Self Adhesive Labels?

For some people, a defining factor in their final decision is their budget. Standard paper labels will always be the most budget friendly option. Any special characteristics (e.g. colour, transparency/opacity, gloss coatings, special adhesives etc) will push the prices up.

At Label Planet, we use a price break system, which creates a better price per unit for larger quantities.

You also need to bear in mind that we cannot stock all of the material and adhesive combinations that we supply. Stocked items come in 25 sheet packs or 500 sheet boxes. Non-stocked items are made to order and come in 500 sheet boxes. Made to order options, therefore, tend to be more expensive. Sometimes it is worth being flexible with your label size, material, or adhesive to find a suitable stocked option that can do the job in hand without wrecking your budget.

How To Find Your Selected Self Adhesive Labels & Place An Order With Label Planet

There are a variety of search tools on the Label Planet website to help you find the perfect self adhesive labels.

  • Search By Pages: on our home page you will find a number of search by pages, which group our products by specific characteristics (e.g. waterproof labels, coloured labels, gloss labels, adhesive etc), or list our products according to specific characteristics (e.g. search by width, height, Avery code etc).
  • Product Search Bar: use this to search for a specific Label Planet product code. All of our codes begin with an LP – so you know they’re from us!
  • Alphabetical List: this list includes links to our range pages and our most popular search by pages.
  • Label Finder: enter the specifications that you need your self adhesive labels to meet and the Finder returns a list of Label Planet products that fit your requirements.
  • Our Customer Service Team: you can also get in touch with us for help and advice choosing the correct self adhesive labels for whatever project you’ve got in mind. You can send us an email or give us a call during office hours (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Head on over to www.labelplanet.co.uk to get started in your search for suitable stickers. Remember that you can also use our Sample Request Service to try your self adhesive labels before you buy – to make sure that you really have picked the perfect sticky labels.

Stock Up Your Storeroom With Back To School Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

As schools across the UK prepare to re-open, now is the time to order your back to school labels! With Label Planet, you can rest assured that your sticky labels will soon be on their way – ready to help you get off to a well-organised start of term (even if it doesn’t end the same way!).

School Labels To Suit All Your School Applications

There are so many ways to use self adhesive labels in schools. Whether you’re creating fun stickers to help guide and reward students’ progress, planning classroom displays and ongoing projects, or getting all of your lesson plans, files and folders, and assorted paperwork under control – there’s no shortage to the ways sticky labels can come in useful. Here at Label Planet, we’ve got all sorts of school labels for…

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Our self adhesive labels come on A4 sheets. They are suitable for printing with desktop printers and many are also suitable for handwriting. The printer compatibility of each product range is indicated on our website; laser labels can only be printed with a laser printer, inkjet labels can only be printed with an inkjet printer, and the rest can be printed with laser or inkjet printers.

We supply free Word label templates and PDF labels templates, which can be downloaded from our online Template Section. You will also find a variety of guides to designing and printing labels in our Help Section – including top tips and a troubleshooting guide.

If you need any help or advice, you can also contact our Customer Service Team. Email us at any time or call us during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) and we’ll be happy to help!

School Labels With Swift Despatch & Delivery

We aim to keep as many of our most popular label sizes and products in stock, in order to make them available for same day despatch. Many of our school labels are stocked items, which means you can place an order with us and your sticky labels will be despatched on the very same day.

All products on our website with a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets are available to order from stock. Made to order items have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets. Despatch on made to order items takes up to five working days. Standard paper labels despatch within 1-2 working days.

Small orders despatch via Royal Mail’s first class service. If you need your school labels urgently, you can upgrade to a special delivery option. This guarantees your order will be delivered by 1pm on the next working day.

We despatch larger orders of 250+ sheets via carrier; these items are all placed on a next working day delivery option * as standard (for free).

* Delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via 2 day carrier service.

How To Order Back To School Labels From Label Planet

Schools can order online, by phone, by email, or by fax – you can even pop an order in the post if you wish!

You must pay for online orders as you checkout. You can pay using a credit/debit card or PayPal account. If you order over the phone, you can pay using a credit/debit card or request a proforma invoice to pay by BACS transfer.

We are able to offer Local Education Authority schools the option to request a School Invoice. This gives you 30 days for payment. Before we can issue a School Invoice, we will need to receive an official purchase order OR the order details on official letterhead along with the signature of the individual responsible for payment.

Order Back To School Labels Today

You can take a look through the School Labels section of our website to find out more about how self adhesive labels can be used in the school environment – as well as how to order from Label Planet. Alternatively, visit our home page to start searching for your perfect back to school labels.

Get Your Designs Into Shape With Label Shapes From Label Planet

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Sometimes a really simple way to get creative with labelling projects is to make the most of the label shapes available. Here at Label Planet, we supply rectangular labels, round labels / circular labels, oval labels, and square labels to help you get your labelling project into shape.

How Can Different Label Shapes Make A Difference To Your Design?

Being selective with your label shapes is a brilliant way to add an extra dimension to your label design. They give a creative boost to any design and each label shape has its own set of benefits. label shapes from label planet

Rectangular Labels

You might think rectangles are a bit boring but they have plenty of benefits if you choose to use them. They are the easiest shape to work with and are available with rounded or square cut corners. Rectangles tend to offer the largest area to work within, which is great if you need to fit a lot onto your sticky labels. They also fit well onto items of all shapes and sizes.

Square Labels

If you’re looking for a subtle alternative to a standard rectangular shape, square labels are an ideal choice. They offer a slightly different shape that can help to draw the eye. Like rectangular labels, they offer a good space in which to add your design and are easy to work with. Our square labels have rounded corners.

Round Labels / Circular Labels

Round labels are a perfect way to add a decorative flourish to any labelling project. They naturally draw the eye and fit well on items of all shapes and sizes. They can be more difficult to design and trickier to print accurately – but if you’re willing to put in a bit of effort and have plenty of patience, they can produce extremely rewarding results.

Oval Labels

Perhaps the trickiest of the lot to design and print, oval labels offer an especially decorative shape. They are a great way to add a personalised touch and tend to create a home-made feel. You’ll need to make sure that your design suits the continuous curve of your blank labels to get the most out of this particular shape.

Media Labels

We also supply a few special shapes. These are label shapes designed for a particular purpose. For example, CD labels or DVD labels and box file labels or folder labels. If you need self adhesive labels for these particular applications, choosing media labels that match the shape of your items helps to make sure your sticky labels look professional – and ensures that their shape is fit for purpose.

Top Tips For Keeping Your Label Shapes In Line

Here are a couple of top tips that will help you to always keep your label designs in shape.

  • KEEP THINGS CENTRAL: where possible, always centralise your design. Your design will start from the centre of your sticky labels and expand outwards. This helps to create balanced designs that look professional, as well as making sure that you don’t end up accidentally cutting bits of your design cut off around the edges of your sticky labels.
  • WATCH OUT FOR THE EDGE(S): take extra care if your design extends all the way to the edge of your sticky labels. Your design must account for the shape of your sticky labels especially if you are adding design elements to their edges (see backgrounds and borders). You also need to account for the capabilities of your printer. Most standard printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet. If your printer doesn’t have an “edge-to-edge” printing capability, it may not be able to print the full area of all of your blank labels. You may need to adapt your design if this is an issue.
  • BIG BACKGROUNDS AND BOLD BORDERS: it is very tricky to get every single design to align perfectly with every single blank label on an A4 sheet. If you are using coloured backgrounds and/or borders, this can lead to white edging. This means that some of the edges of your sticky labels are left unprinted because your design hasn’t quite aligned perfectly. To avoid this problem, we recommend oversizing coloured backgrounds and borders. This allows them to overlap all of the edges of your sticky labels making it impossible for white edges to appear.

Buy Different Label Shapes From Label Planet Today

If you’re looking for basic matt white paper labels, you can find our different shapes here:

Rectangular Labels (Rounded Corners) / Rectangular Labels (Square Cut Corners)

Round Labels & Circular Labels / Oval Labels / Square Labels / Media Labels

Alternatively, you can use our Label Finder to select the label shape(s) you are interested in – and find out all of the different sizes, materials, adhesives, colours, and finishes available in that particular shape. You can find label templates for all of our label shapes (and sizes) by visiting our Label Templates home page. We provide Word label templates and PDF label templates for all of our label shapes and sizes.

Use Gloss Labels To Add Some Shimmer And Shine

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Gloss labels are a great way to add a decorative touch of shimmer and shine to any labelling application. Find out how gloss labels can add a touch of glitz and glamour.

What Are Gloss Labels?

The term “gloss labels” applies to sticky labels with a gloss finish. The term is usually refers to a “full” gloss finish, although it may also include a range of “partial” gloss finishes, including semi-gloss and silk/satin finishes.

What Is A Gloss Finish?

Finish refers to the surface properties of a paper or film as determined by its appearance and texture. A gloss finish refers to a surface that has a bright and shiny finish. Gloss surfaces are bright and shiny because they are very efficient at reflecting light. The level of gloss, therefore, depends on how efficiently the surface reflects light (i.e. whether the light is reflected in a concentrated pattern or if it is diffused/scattered). A “full gloss” finish is very bright and shiny because it reflects light very efficiently. A “semi-gloss” finish is less bright and shiny because it is less efficient at reflecting light and more likely to diffuse (scatter) light.

What Are The Benefits Of Gloss Labels?

The primary benefit of gloss labels is their decorative appearance. Gloss labels are often chosen for marketing and promotional purposes because they add a subtle touch of decoration while also creating a professional and high quality finish. Usually they are chosen because they provide a subtle contrast to standard matt labels – providing a decorative finish without resorting to the use of coloured labels or elements of pattern and texture.

The shimmer and shine of gloss labels can also be beneficial because it tends to draw the eye more than the dull, flat finish of a matt label. This can be used to draw attention to a particular item or to the specific information carried on the gloss label.

Gloss labels are usually made by adding a special coating to a face material (such as paper or polyester). In addition to creating a gloss finish, these coatings also tend to have additional benefits. For example, they often create a protective layer, making your sticky labels tougher and more durable. In some cases, particularly with paper labels, they can provide (limited) protection against exposure to water. Our two splashproof paper labels are not fully waterproof because they are paper labels. However, their coatings provide some protection, which means they can be wiped clean and dry if lightly splashed with water. Another benefit is that coatings can help to improve the receptivity of your sticky labels, improving the quality of print you can achieve. This is especially important if you are trying to reproduce high resolution artwork on your sticky labels.

What Gloss Labels Are Available From Label Planet?

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We supply seven ranges of gloss labels. Six have “full” gloss finishes, while one offers a “semi-gloss” finish.

Three of these ranges are gloss paper labels: GW, GWPQ, and SG.

GW: Gloss paper labels suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. They are one of two splashproof products.

GWPQ: Gloss paper labels for use with inkjet or laser printers or for handwriting. Ideal for creating high resolution print.

SG: Semi-gloss labels suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. They are the second splashproof product.

The remaining four ranges are gloss polyester labels: GCP, GTP, GTR, and GWP.

GCP: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with inkjet printers. They can also be used to make transparent white boards.

GTP: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with laser printers. This product range has a permanent adhesive (see GTR).

GTR: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with laser printers. This product range has a removable adhesive (see GTP).

GWP: Gloss white labels suitable for use with laser printers. Ideal for creating decorative and professional sticky labels that are also waterproof – suitable for indoor and outdoor applications that may involve exposure to water.

Order Your Own Gloss Labels Today

We’ve created a List Of Gloss Labels page, which you can visit to find out more about gloss labels in general, to find out more about each range of gloss labels, or to place an order for your own gloss labels today.

This page includes a brief description of each product range, including the material, finish, adhesive, and printer compatibility. Click on View Products for more information or to view the sizes available (and to order). Our most popular sizes are available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock. Other sizes are available as made to order items in bulk boxes of 500 sheets.

How Removable Labels Help You Avoid A Big Sticky Mess

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Removable labels are this week’s sticky issue. Find out how they work and why they help you remove sticky labels without getting in a sticky mess.

What Are Removable Labels & Removable Adhesives?

The name is a bit confusing because pretty much any self adhesive label can be removed – if you try hard enough. Removable labels, however, are designed specifically to be removed. They form adhesive bonds that hold your sticky labels in place but don’t leave behind adhesive residue when you remove your sticky labels.

Removable labels create temporary self adhesive labels. You may only need to label items for a specific length of time. Alternatively, if the information displayed on your labels needs to be updated, you may need sticky labels that are easy to replace.

How Do Removable Adhesives Work?

Like permanent adhesives, removable adhesives create an adhesive bond with a surface. Where they differ is how they behave when removing a sticky label.

To remove a permanent label by physical force alone, you have to apply enough force to break apart the adhesive layer. This often makes it difficult to remove the label in one piece (especially paper labels, which tend to tear apart) and leaves behind adhesive residue.

This is because permanent adhesives have excellent adhesion and cohesion. Adhesion is the strength of the adhesive bond with another surface, while cohesion is the internal strength of the adhesive bond itself.

Removable adhesives, therefore, tend to have high cohesion but lower adhesion. This means the internal strength of the adhesive bond is stronger than the external bond with a surface. When you remove a label, the adhesive layer remains in one piece (leaving no residue behind).

Most pressure sensitive (self-adhesive) removable adhesives work this way. Alternative methods rely on applying an external agent to permanent adhesives in order to break down the adhesive bond. One example is our Water Wash Off Labels, which have a permanent adhesive that breaks down when exposed to water. You can remove your permanent labels from labelled items simply by  giving them a good wash.

What Kinds Of Removable Labels Are Available From Label Planet?

We supply a range of different removable labels to help our customers find an option that best suits their application.

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REM: Paper labels with a standard removable adhesive. Ideal for general label applications where you need temporary sticky labels.

GREM: Paper labels with a super removable adhesive. This adhesive is designed specifically for delicate items (e.g. glass and paper items), which are more easily marked or damaged.

REMC: Coloured paper labels with a standard removable adhesive. Ideal if you need to temporarily colour code items.

GTR: Gloss transparent labels with a standard removable adhesive. They are for use with laser printers only. Perfect if you need to temporarily label glass items or create removable window stickers.

MWR: Matt white waterproof labels with a standard removable adhesive. Ideal if you need temporary labels that are also tough and durable, waterproof, and/or suitable for indoor and outdoor applications that involve exposure to water.

Order Removable Labels From Label Planet

You can view all of our removable labels on our List of All Removable Labels page. Use the View Products links to find out more or to buy removable labels from a particular range. Each range contains a variety of label sizes; some are available in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock, while the rest are available as made to order items (in boxes of 500 sheets).

We supply label templates for all of our label sizes, which can be downloaded from our website. If you would like to request a sample, so you can test the suitability of our removable labels for your application, simply fill in our online Request Form or contact our Customer Service Team.