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Seasonal Tips & Tricks To Get Your Christmas Labels Sorted

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

There are all sorts of ways that sticky labels can help you to get organised at Christmas, including address labels and gift tags for all your Christmas presents and post. To help you keep the chaos of Christmas under wraps, here are Label Planet’s top tips to get your seasonal sticky labels in shape.

Use Coloured Labels For Instant Decoration And Use Transparent Labels For Decorative Packaging

Before you start thinking about incredibly complex designs, why not consider a simpler way to make your Christmas labels merry and bright – by using coloured labels to create an instant decorative background for your designs.

We supply a variety of coloured labels, from seven subtle pastels to five fierce fluorescents, by way of two luxurious metallics (gold and silver – perfectly suited to the season), and a ribbed brown Kraft paper, which instantly adds a natural colouring along with a touch of pattern and texture.

If, on the other hand, you’re sticking Christmas labels onto decorative packaging (for example, product labels on gift items or address labels on decorative envelopes), you may want to avoid covering up your festive designs. In this case, try using transparent labels. These allow you to add your text and/or designs without covering up the designs beneath.

Personalise Your Sticky Labels But Keep Your Design Simple

Sticky labels are a brilliant (and quick) way to personalise all kinds of items. There are so many ways to create festive designs, including festive fonts, images, photographs, borders, and backgrounds. But remember, it’s best to keep things simple.

Using every single possible design element just because you can is never a good idea. You’ll end up with a messy, cluttered design, which might prevent your sticky labels from actually doing their job (for example, displaying delivery information on address labels or product information on product labels). Instead, a clean, simple design is best – and it’ll be much quicker to design and print.

Make sure you keep your design to within the capabilities of your software AND your own design experience. That way, you’ll be able to design and print a label template in no time at all – leaving you free to get on with other Christmas preparations.

Get Your Christmas List Under Control & Use A Mail Merge To Print A Perfect Set Of Address Labels

Many people decide to print their own address labels because it’s a brilliant and quick way to create a decorative and professional-looking set of labels that are truly unique.

A mail merge combines a template with an address list to create one address label for each recipient. All you have to do is add your design, connect your address list, and the mail merge does the work for you.

Word includes a Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard to guide you through the SIX (yes just six) steps involved to help you create a perfect set of address labels. You’ll also find plenty of tips and tricks to help you out on our Labels Blog and our Label Templates Blog.

Keep Your Design In Shape To Make It Simple To Design & Print Your Own Christmas Labels

When creating Christmas designs, it’s easy to go overboard and make things overly complicated. Customers often choose more unusual designs and label shapes – round labels and oval labels are popular choices for seasonal stickers.  These factors can make it harder to design and print your Christmas labels accurately.

Most difficulties, however, can be avoided by a) keeping things simple and b) following these top tips:

  • Centralise your design so it expands from the centre of each label. This helps improve the accuracy of alignment when you print your template.
  • Take care with backgrounds and borders; if your design reaches the edges of your sticky labels, any misalignment becomes much more obvious. Most printers have limited accuracy (within a few millimetres), which makes it difficult to align every design perfectly. This often results in white edging; when a design doesn’t quite line up, portions of a label edge may be left unprinted.If there are gaps all the way around your labels you can oversize your background and/or border. This allows your design to bleed over (overlap) the edges of your labels. We supply Bleed Label Templates, where possible, which show the bleed area available around each label.

    If you don’t have gaps to use as a bleed area, you can only oversize monochrome backgrounds and/or borders. Any inconsistency in colour will clearly indicate that your design has bled over onto an adjacent label.

    The alternative is to amend your design; removing or restricting your background and/or border so it doesn’t reach the edges of your sticky labels.

  • Add your design to the top left label and use copy and paste to complete your label template. This is much faster AND more accurate – because every design is the same.

Order Your Christmas Labels From Label Planet Today

You can order online or by phone; check out our List Of All Materials to see all of the different options we supply. Visit our Help Pages for tips and advice on designing and printing your own labels; this section includes a link to our Templates Home Page, where you can download Word and PDF templates free of charge.

As Christmas approaches, despatch and delivery times get longer, so it’s best to order as soon as you can.

Small orders (fewer than 250 sheets) will be despatched same day from stock (up to 4pm) – where stock is available. Choose between free standard delivery (Royal Mail’s first class service) and special delivery. There is an additional fee for special delivery but this is the only way to guarantee next day delivery.

Large orders will be despatched via next working day carrier (two-day carrier for Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands) – once stock is available. Made to order items currently take 5-7 working days for despatch.

Get Your Christmas List Organised With Address Labels & Mail Merge

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Yup, it’s Label Planet’s annual Christmas mail merge post; whether you’re a pro or a beginner, here’s how to use a mail merge to print a perfect set of Christmas address labels.

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Christmas Address Labels – The Items You Need To Get Started

To perform a Mail Merge you will need:

  • A4 sheets of sticky labels.
  • A saved label template, compatible Avery template code, or layout and measurement information.
  • A saved list of addresses.

A compatible Avery template is one that has the same label size and layout as your A4 labels. If a label size has any compatible Avery codes, we will list them on the relevant product pages, product packaging, and template information pages.

Using a built-in template is simplest; if you can’t find a compatible code because Avery don’t supply your label size, you will need to save a suitable template to your device OR have detailed layout and measurement information for your label size to hand. We supply label templates AND measurements for all of our label sizes; visit our Label Templates home page and select your label shape and label size.

Your list of addresses should be saved in an Excel Spreadsheet, Outlook Contact List, Office Address List, Word Data File, Access Database, or Text File.

Christmas Address Labels – The Mail Merge Process

We recommend using the Mail Merge Wizard. Select the Mailing tab, click on Start Mail Merge, and select Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard. This opens a Mail Merge Panel on the right hand side of your screen, which guides you through these SIX STEPS:

ONE: Select Document Type – select labels.

TWO: Select Starting Document – select your template.

You have three options: select “Change Document Layout” and “Label Options” to use a built in Avery template (set Label Vendor to Avery A4/A5 and select your code) OR create your own label template (click on New Label and fill in the measurements). Alternatively, select “Start From Existing Document” to open a saved label template.

THREE: Select Recipients – select your list of addresses.

This adds the Next Record rule placeholder to all of your blank labels (except the first one). If you are using a saved label template, you must add these placeholders yourself using the “Rules” tool in the Mailings tab. 

FOUR: Arrange Your Labels – add your design (including placeholders for information from your address list).

You can add placeholders individually (use the “More items” option) or use preformatted options, such as Address Block. Add your design (and placeholders) in the first label before using the “Update all labels” button to complete your template. This button is not available if you are using a saved template so you will need to copy and paste your design into the remaining labels.

FIVE: Preview Your Labels – check that your information and design fit together on each label.

SIX: Complete The Merge – finish the merge and print your address labels.

ALWAYS TEST PRINT ONE SHEET FIRST BEFORE PRINTING YOUR WHOLE LIST OF ADDRESSES.

You must use the media bypass tray (if your printer has one) and check your printer is using the correct settings.

Christmas Address Labels – Top Tips

For a chaos-free Christmas mail merge, we recommend following these top tips:

  • Use a built-in label template or create a label template if you can because this allows you to take advantage of several automated tools that are not available if you use a saved copy of a label template.
  • Keep your design simple and try to avoid elements that will complicate the printing process (such as multicoloured backgrounds and/or coloured borders around the edges of each label).
  • Remember that your address information will take up a lot more space on your address labels that the placeholders used to represent them.
  • Remember that some addresses are longer than others; make a note of the longest address in your list and make sure that you check how this address appears when you preview your address labels in step five.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY TEST PRINT THE FIRST SHEET BEFORE PRINTING ALL YOUR ADDRESS LABELS.

Use the “From” option under Print to select enough addresses to fill one sheet of blank labels.

Christmas Address Labels – Troubleshooting Tips

If things start to go wrong, try these troubleshooting tips to avoid a label template nightmare before Christmas:

  • Can’t Find Your Avery Code: “Printer information” must be set to Page printers and “Label Vendor” to Avery A4/A5. If your Avery code is a Zweckform code, set Vendor to Avery Zweckform. If your code isn’t listed, it may refer to a discontinued product. Check for an alternative compatible Avery code.
  • Two (Or More) Labels Show The SAME Address Information: the Next Record rule must be in EVERY label EXCEPT the first one. It must come BEFORE any other placeholder in your design. Remember, if you use a saved template you need to add this rule yourself.
  • Address Block Doesn’t Show Full Addresses: Word might not have matched sections from your address list to the address block properly. The Match Fields tool allows you to indicate where each part of the address block is stored in your address list.
  • Some Addresses Don’t Fit: some addresses are longer than others. You can either adjust your deign to accommodate the longest address in your list OR edit the longer addresses to make them fit.
  • Your Address Labels Are Misaligned: there are TWO common patterns of misalignment, which you can fix as follows:

Misaligned in the SAME direction by the SAME amount: adjust the page margins of your template to correct the alignment. Click on the Layout tab, select Margins, and choose “Custom Margins”. Increase/decrease the top page margin to move your designs down/up and increase/decrease the left page margin to move them right/left.

Misalignment gets worse down/across/out from the centre: usually caused by printer settings. Check that the page size is A4, no scaling options are applied (i.e. less than 100% or “Fit to…” options), and that no options such as “Ignore Printer Settings” or “Use Default/Driver Settings” are applied. Run your device’s main software update tool to check you have the latest printer driver installed. You should also use your printer’s media bypass tray (if it has one).

If this doesn’t help, there may be a problem with your template; check that the size and layout measurements are correct.

Order Christmas Address Labels From Label Planet NOW For Pre-Christmas Despatch & Delivery

You should order Christmas address labels early because you need to leave enough time for:

  • Despatch and delivery of your order.
  • Designing and printing your address labels.
  • Sticking your address labels onto your post.
  • Posting items for delivery before Christmas.

Stocked items (those with a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets) are available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets. Quantities of 500+ sheets of stocked items are made to order, although some paper items are stocked for same day despatch. Items with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets are unstocked and made to order. Despatch is likely to take five working days because of the increasing demand for Christmas labels.

Small orders (fewer than 250 sheets) despatch by Royal Mail’s first class service; we recommend upgrading to our special delivery service (delivery by 1pm on the next working day) if you have a deadline to meet.

Large orders (250+ sheets) despatch by next working day carrier (once stock is available). Delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via 2-working day carrier.

Halloween Tricks & Treats From Label Planet To Stop Your Sticky Labels Giving You A Scare!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

This Halloween, Label Planet has got plenty of tricks and treats to help you avoid the nightmare of sticky labels that are determined to give you a fright.

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Petrified About Picking The Wrong Product? Try The Label Finder & Our Free Sample Request Service!

There are a terrifying amount of choices when it comes to picking the perfect sticky labels. If you’ve never waded through the weird and wonderful world of label adhesives and materials before it can be a nightmare trying to find the one that’s right for your application.

Our Label Finder is designed to narrow down your choices based on the requirements that you need your sticky labels to meet. All you have to do is select the things your sticky labels must be or do. The Finder then then gives you a list of the products that meet your specifications. You can select various factors including size, shape, colour, finish, printer compatibility, and application-specific requirements such as waterproof labels.

If you’re struggling to pick between a couple of options or need to make sure that a particular material/adhesive suits the circumstances of your application, then why not use our free sample request service. Tell us which products you want to try and we’ll send out a sample pack. Provide as much detail as you can about your application and we’ll make sure you get the most suitable samples.

Terrified About Tackling Troublesome Label Templates? Visit Our Label Templates Section today!

We have spent YEARS working with label templates and we’ve come across some truly terrifying template troubles. To help our customers fight back against the nightmare that is tricky templates, we’ve created a dedicated Label Templates section. This section includes individual label template information pages for ALL of our label sizes. Each page includes Word & PDF templates, detailed measurement and layout information, compatible Avery codes, and top tips.

You’ll also find links to our advice pages, including top tips and guides to designing and printing label templates. We’ve also written a Troubleshooting Guide to help customers escape from pretty much every template nightmare they might encounter.

To edit Word label templates , you can use any word processing software / application that can edit the .docx file format. Examples include Word, Word For Mac, and Pages. PDF label templates can be edited using any graphics package or application that can edit the .pdf file.

Not A Scooby Doo What To Do To Design And Print Your Own Sticky Labels? Take A Look At Our Help Pages Or Get In Touch!

Like our Label Templates Section, we’ve spent years adding to and refining our Help Section to make sure that we provide our customers with the help and advice they may need when designing and printing their own sticky labels.

Our Help Section includes links to ALL of our information pages and resources. This includes our Sample Request Service, Label Templates, Top Tips, Guides To Designing & Printing Sticky Labels, Troubleshooting Guides, FAQs, Material Specification Sheets, A Glossary, and links to our two blogs – this, our Sticky Labels Blog, and our Label Templates Blog.

If you can’t find the answer to your particular question in these pages, get in touch with our Customer Service Team. We have plenty of clues as to what you should do to solve the mysteries of designing and printing sticky labels.

You can send us an email at any time or give us a call during office hours; we’re available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM LABEL PLANET!

Whatever your plans are tonight, we hope you have a terrifying good time!

To banish the terrifying troubles of label templates and the shocking scares of sticky labels, here are the links you’ll need to get your hands on Label Planet’s tricks and treats…

Label Finder // Request A Sample // Label Templates // Help Section

Using Sticky Labels As Seals – Tips &Tricks and Recommended Products From Label Planet

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Today, we’re taking a look at all of the different ways you can make seals – for products, packaging, and documents – using sticky labels from Label Planet.

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Sticky Labels As Seals: Printed Vs Unprinted Seals

Seals are really versatile tools that can help promote your brand or personalise products, packaging, documents, envelopes, and gifts. You can use printed, unprinted, or handwritten sticky labels to create your perfect seals.

Print your company name or logo to add extra branding to products, packaging, and correspondence. Add a personal message, photo, or design to postal items or gifts, especially those for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, or Christmas.

Alternatively, you may simply need sticky labels to keep your products, packaging, and documents safely and securely sealed. For a subtle finish use white labels or transparent labels. If you prefer a touch of decoration, try coloured labels or gloss labels (see Recommended Materials For Seals).

Sticky Labels As Seals: Permanent Vs Removable Adhesives For Seals

You must choose the right adhesive to ensure your seals will actually seal things. First you need to choose a permanent or removable adhesive.

PERMANENT ADHESIVES: these adhesives create strong adhesive bonds that are difficult to break. Ideal if items need to be securely sealed during storage and/or transit before being opened.

We supply a range of permanent adhesives; generally speaking, our standard permanent adhesives will form perfectly good seals.

If you are applying seals onto unusual materials (e.g. plastics, fabrics etc), curved surfaces, or over edges, you may wish to choose a super tack, high tack, or marine adhesive.

Our freezer adhesive is best for sealing items stored and/or used in freezer conditions. This adhesive was designed specifically to create and sustain adhesive bonds in deep freeze conditions.

Finally, if you are looking for security seals, we would recommend our tamper evident labels – SVP and TEV (see Top Tips For Security Seals).

REMOVABLE ADHESIVES: these adhesives create temporary bonds and won’t damage items when sticky labels are removed. Perfect if opening or removing a seal must not damage previously sealed items. For example, if you are sealing important documents or gift items – especially those made of glass or paper – removing a seal made with a permanent adhesive could damage those items either by tearing the surface or leaving behind adhesive residue.

Our standard removable adhesive is ideal for most temporary applications. If you are labelling items made of glass or paper, or gift items, we recommend our super removable adhesive.

Removable adhesives are best suited for use as seals that are to be applied directly onto items (rather than packaging), where those items are also to be retained by the recipient (meaning those items must not be damaged).

Sticky Labels As Seals: Top Tips For Label Sizes & Shapes

Most people choose a non-rectangular shape for seals as this offers a more decorative appearance. Round labels / circular labels are the most popular – although square labels and oval labels are also commonly used. Any shape can create suitable seals. The most important factor is the surface area available to create an adhesive bond.

If you are applying your seals onto a perfectly flat surface, you can use any material/adhesive/shape/size combination. Problems may arise with curved surfaces or edges (e.g. when sealing a box or holding a gift bag closed).

All materials have “memory”; this property causes materials to try to return to their original shape after deformation. For example, after folding seals over the edge(s) of a box or gift bag they may try to “ping” back up. To prevent your seals pinging back into their flat state (thereby unsealing your items), the adhesive bond must be strong enough to overcome the memory of the material.

You can do this by selecting a stronger adhesive (e.g. a high tack, super tack, or marine adhesive), a more flexible material (e.g. paper labels instead of polyester labels), or a larger label size (providing a larger surface area over which the adhesive can bond with your item leading to a stronger adhesive bond).

Sticky Labels As Seals: Recommended Materials For Seals

Most of our customers want decorative seals – although some materials are subtler than others. Here’s our guide to the most suitable materials for creating sticky seals:

  • Paper Labels: a budget friendly option, which can be printed with a colourful design for a more decorative finish.
  • Premium Quality Paper Labels: ideal for printing high resolution photographs or digital artwork. These sticky labels have a subtle matt finish and a super smooth surface for a high quality professional finish.
  • High Tack / Super Tack Paper Labels: suitable for unusual materials, curved surfaces, or sealing edges.
  • Gloss Paper Labels: we supply semi-gloss labels, gloss labels for laser printers, and photo quality gloss labels (for high resolution photos/artwork). The bright, shiny finish offers a subtle decorative finish in an instant.
  • Coloured Labels: a quick and simple way to create decorative seals; choose from seven pastel shades for a subtle bloom of colour, five fluorescents for a burst of colour, gold and silver for a touch of luxury or seasonal flair, or a brown ribbed Kraft paper for a subtle touch of pattern and texture and a natural, homemade finish.
  • Transparent Labels: a professional and decorative way to seal all sorts of items, transparent labels are a popular option.
  • Tamper Evident Labels: provide visual proof of a broken seal (see Top Tips For Security Seals).

Sticky Labels As Seals: Top Tips For Security Seals

Customers often ask for security seals to use on their products and/or packaging. These seals provide visual evidence when tampering has occured. We supply two types of tamper evident labels:

  • Silver Void Labels: silver labels with a special “VOID” adhesive. The adhesive layer splits on removal, leaving the word “VOID” on the previously labelled item.
  • Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels: these sticky labels have a strong permanent adhesive and a fragile vinyl face material; when you try to remove these sticky labels, the vinyl fragments into tiny pieces making it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to remove the label in its entirety.

NB: the purpose of tamper evident labels is to protect high value goods. If you simply need to keep products sealed until a customer opens them, use a standard paper label with a permanent adhesive. Paper labels tend to rip and/or leave behind adhesive residue when removed. The damage clearly indicates an item has been opened (and is far more cost effective).

Order Sticky Labels From Label Planet To Start Sealing Your Stuff!

To order sticky labels from Label Planet, simply head on over to www.labelplanet.co.uk. You can find all of our different materials and adhesives on our List Of All Materials page.

Remember that you can always Request A Sample free of charge to make sure our products will work for your application. We also supply label templates for all of our label sizes, so if you’d like to add a design or message to your seals, simply download a label template from our website and get printing.

Products with a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets are available for same day despatch from stock. A 500 sheet minimum order quantity indicates a made to order item. As we are nearing Christmas, these items are taking five working days for despatch so order early to avoid disappointment.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Top Tips & Tricks For Printing Your Own Barcode Labels

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

While it’s really easy to print your own barcode labels, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your barcode labels are the best that they can possibly be. In this post, we’ll talk about the little things you can do to make sure that your barcode labels simply work.

Barcode Labels – What Are Barcodes?

A barcode represents data in machine-readable form. There are two types – linear barcodes and matrix barcodes. Matrix barcodes are square or rectangular patterns of (usually) black and white cells/modules. The most common example is QR codes. Linear barcodes are patterns of parallel lines (black bars) and spaces (white intercharacter gaps). They also contain characters (representing the data encoded in the barcode) and a check character/digit (for validation). A blank space or “quiet zone” around the barcode marks the beginning and end of the barcode.

Matrix barcodes are scanned by image sensors and analysed by processors. To read a QR code, a processor uses the corner squares to determine the size, orientation, and angle of view. The remaining pattern of dots is converted into binary numbers and validated using an error-correcting algorithm.

An optical scanner is usually used to scan linear barcodes. The scanner directs light at the barcode. The black bars absorb light and the white gaps reflect light. The scanner converts the reflected light into an electrical signal. The fluctuations in the intensity of the reflected light cause the signal to oscillate and form a pattern, which is converted into digital information.

Barcodes can encode all sorts of data. The most common usage is storing manufacturer or product information so products can be tracked through manufacturing, shipping, storage, and sale. Barcodes are also extremely useful in the retail industry. They look up product information at point of sale, track stock, track shopping habits, and redeem coupons or vouchers. They can also track people and items in specific environments. For example, tracking employees and equipment onsite, tracking tickets and admissions, tracking parcels and mail, and directing airline luggage. In medical facilities they track patients, medication, surgical kits, equipment, supplies, and medical samples.

Barcode Labels – What Sticky Labels Should I Use To Print Barcode Labels?

While you can use a wide range of sticky labels as barcode labels, some work better than others. We recommend matt white labels – solid white in colour with a non-shiny surface.

Barcode readers and scanners rely on their ability to detect the difference between white and black areas. It is vital that the reader or scanner can detect exactly where each area begins and ends, in addition to detecting the beginning and ending of the barcode itself (via the quiet zone).

If you use sticky labels with a coloured or patterned background (or transparent labels that you stick over a coloured surface), you may reduce the contrast between the elements in your barcode and prevent readers/scanners from reading your barcodes accurately. Likewise, a gloss finish (i.e. a shiny surface) may influence the light reflected back into a reader/scanner, preventing an accurate result.

When it comes to picking the perfect label size, you need to make sure your barcode labels are slightly larger (and in particular longer) than your barcodes to keep a clear quiet zone. You also need to remember that smaller barcodes are harder to read accurately. The quality of your barcode image will also influence how well your barcode labels work.

Barcode Labels – What Print Settings Should I Use To Print Barcode Labels?

You should adjust your printer’s print settings because this results in crisp, clear print that ensures your barcodes will scan correctly. In addition to selecting a “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” print settings, we recommend increasing the print quality setting. Both options slow your printer down and as a result print your barcodes at the highest possible quality.

Order Barcode Labels From Label Planet Today!

We have a wide range of white labels that are perfect for use as barcode labels. You can use self adhesive labels to quickly and easily add barcodes onto products, packaging, envelopes, and packages.

We recommend choosing white labels with a matt finish and a permanent adhesive. This ensures that any barcode scanner can read your barcodes accurately AND that your barcode labels remain firmly in place.

  • White Paper Labels. Standard matt white paper labels with a permanent adhesive.
  • Premium Quality White Paper Labels. Premium quality matt white paper labels with a permanent adhesive.
  • Freezer Labels. Matt white paper labels with a freezer adhesive, which is useful for labelling frozen food products or medical/research samples stored in deep freeze conditions.
  • Wash Off Labels. Matt white paper labels with a wash off adhesive, which is ideal for reusable containers such as jars and bottles.
  • High Tack Paper Labels. Matt white paper labels with a strong permanent adhesive, which is suitable for unusual materials or curved surfaces.
  • Super Tack Paper Labels. Matt white paper labels with a super strong permanentadhesive, which is suitable for unusual materials or curved surfaces.
  • Opaque Labels. Matt white paper labels with an opaque backing and an opaque adhesive, which is ideal for covering existing print work or replacing out of date barcodes.
  • Transparent Labels. Matt transparent labels with a permanent adhesive, which is suitable for adding barcodes onto items that are already white in colour.

If you need temporary barcode labels, you could try our Removable Labels or Super Removable Labels.

Get Top Tips, Tricks, And A Template Fix With Label Planet’s Help And Advice Pages

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

If you’ve never printed your own self adhesive labels before, you may be surprised to find that there are an alarming number of ways that things can go wrong. Here at Label Planet, we’ve spent years working with A4 labels and label templates, which makes us all too familiar with the struggle to produce perfectly printed sticky labels. This is why we’ve put together a dedicated help and advice section on our website to help you design and print your own self adhesive labels – with plenty of tips and tricks to help you out if things don’t go according to plan.

Things To Think About When Designing & Printing Self Adhesive Labels

There are a lot of different elements involved in printing self adhesive labels – which means there are plenty of ways for things to go wrong. This can make it difficult to work out exactly why things are going wrong (and how to fix it). Our help and advice pages include tips about:

LABEL TEMPLATES

  • Your label template must be compatible with (the same as) your A4 labels.
  • Your label template must be in a file format that your software can read and edit.

DESIGNING LABEL TEMPLATES

  • Your design must align perfectly in ALL of the blank labels on your A4 sheet.
  • Your design must fit the shaping of your blank labels (and you may need to adapt your design to suit).
  • You need to work within the limitations of your design software (and your own experience of that software).

PRINTING LABEL TEMPLATES

  • You need to use a suitable printer (i.e. with a media bypass tray and specified for thicker materials).
  • You need to choose suitable print settings to get the best possible print quality and alignment.
  • Your A4 labels must be loaded into your printer correctly.

Help And Advice From Label Planet

We’ve taken all of our knowledge and experience working with A4 labels and label templates to produce our help and advice resources. These include:

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: a quickfire guide to the most often asked questions about designing and printing label templates.
  • FREE SAMPLES: make sure you’ve chosen the right self adhesive labels for your project (and have a test run at printing a label template).
  • MATERIAL SPECIFICATION SHEETS: detailed information about the materials used to make our self adhesive labels.
  • LABEL TEMPLATES: Word templates and PDF templates for all of our label sizes, including options for portrait and landscape orientations.
  • TOP TIPS: a hit list of quick tips to help you avoid the most common problems that arise when printing self adhesive labels.
  • GUIDES: a series of step-by-step guides to designing and printing self adhesive labels.
  • TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE: this guide helps you to work out what is causing your design or print problem – and resolve it.
  • LABEL GLOSSARY: a glossary of labelling terms that you might come across when designing and printing your own label templates.
  • And last but not least…

LABEL PLANET’S LABEL TEMPLATES BLOG

In this weekly blog, we delve deeper into the process of designing and printing your own label templates. This includes definitions, how-tos, and step by step guides to designing and printing self adhesive labels. If you’ve encountered a particular issue or you need a starter’s guide to some of the individual steps involved in designing and printing label templates (for example, how to use copy and paste effectively), we recommend taking a look through our blog posts for more detailed help and advice.

How To Get Help And Advice With Label Templates & Self Adhesive Labels

To find our help and advice pages or to download label templates, simply visit our HELP HOME PAGE.

This page has links to all of our free resources to guide you through designing and printing self adhesive labels. This includes our free sample request service, our label templates, material specifications for all of our self adhesive labels, top tips, FAQs, guides, and troubleshooting tips.

If you can’t find an answer to a particular question or problem, get in touch with us for one-to-one advice. Email at any time or call during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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!