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FAQs For Last Minute Orders Of Self Adhesive Labels

Monday, December 18th, 2017

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

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

When are you open this week?

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Can I still order blank labels for delivery BEFORE Christmas?

Yes, depending on:

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

Why does it matter what product and quantity I need?

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

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

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

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

What special delivery options are available?

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

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

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

Why does my delivery address matter?

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

So what are your last despatch dates?

WEDNESDAY – Last orders for:

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

THURSDAY – Last orders for:

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

FRIDAY – Last orders for:

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

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

Will you stop accepting orders before Christmas?

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

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

How do I get in touch with you?

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

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

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

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

Quick Tips For Last Minute Address Labels & Gift Tags

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

Get Crafty This Christmas With Christmas Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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

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

Picking the Perfect Christmas Label For Your Project

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

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

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

The Self Adhesive Labels On Everyone’s Christmas List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despatch & Delivery Update – Last Posting Dates For 2017

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

There are only a few weeks left before Christmas, which means that those all-important despatch and delivery deadlines are creeping closer and closer.

If you’re planning to buy self-adhesive labels in December, our advice – as ever – is to order AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (if not RIGHT NOW!) and to put small orders (under 250 sheets) on our guaranteed next day delivery service.

While we do everything we can to get orders despatched as quickly as possible, our despatch AND delivery estimates are increasing:

  • More orders are being placed (usually for larger quantities), which means there are more sticky labels in the queue for manufacturing – increasing DESPATCH estimates for made to order items and bulk boxes (up to 5-7 working days).
  • More items are being delivered; we always despatch orders as quickly as possible but have no control over delays within the Royal Mail’s network or our carrier’s network – possibly increasing DELIVERY estimates for all orders.

Generally speaking, GUARANTEED delivery services tend to maintain expected levels of service – it is only the Royal Mail’s first class service (used for small orders) that experiences delays, which is why we strongly recommend upgrading to a guaranteed delivery service.


We will be despatching self adhesive labels up to (and including) Friday 22nd December; our last posting dates depend on the QUANTITY of printer labels you wish to buy, the DELIVERY SERVICE you select, and your DELIVERY ADDRESS.

No. of Sheets Delivery Address Delivery Service Last Posting Date
250-475 sheets & 500+* sheets Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isles Of Scilly, Isle of Man, and the Scottish Highlands & Islands 2 Day Carrier Service  

Wednesday 20TH DECEMBER

(up to 3pm)

 

250-475 sheets & 500+* sheets UK Mainland

(excluding “Extended Postcode Regions”
– see above)

Next Day Carrier Service  

Thursday 21ST DECEMBER

(up to 3pm)

 

25-225 sheets Republic of Ireland
Royal Mail’s International Standard service
(delays possible)
 

Friday 15TH DECEMBER

(up to 4:30pm)

 

25-225 sheets UK

(UK Mainland,
Islands with UK Postcodes,
and Northern Ireland)

Royal Mail’s First Class service

(NOT a guaranteed next day service – delays possible)

 

Wednesday 20TH DECEMBER

(up to 4:30pm)

 

25-225 sheets UK

(UK Mainland,
Islands with UK Postcodes,
and Northern Ireland)

Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service (by 1pm)

(Additional shipping applies; can be requested online or by phone)

 

Thursday 21ST DECEMBER

(up to 4:30pm)

 

25-225 sheets UK

(UK Mainland,
Islands with UK Postcodes,
and Northern Ireland)

Royal Mail’s Saturday Delivery Guaranteed service

(Additional shipping applies; must be requested by phone)

 

 

Friday 22ND DECEMBER

(up to 4:30pm)

 


* Large orders of STOCKED items ONLY; made to order items have a 5-7 working day lead-time, which means you will need to order as early as possible (i.e. in the first/second week of December).


If you need to order ANY label size or label material in bulk boxes any later than the second week of December, we strongly recommend contacting our Customer Service Team first so we can confirm if stock is available for despatch & delivery before Christmas.

If you need any help and advice placing an order for Christmas labels, or if you have ANY questions or queries about the despatch & delivery of an order, remember that our Customer Service Team is on hand Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm!

Whether you need address labels for Christmas cards, product labels for seasonal stock, or sticky labels for a Christmas project – NOW is the time to order your self adhesive labels from Label Planet.

FAQ – How Do I Create (Christmas) Address Labels In Word?

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

With only a month and a bit to go until Christmas, plenty of people will be turning their thoughts towards creating seasonal address labels to add a festive touch to their mail, from individuals who want to make Christmas labels for sending cards and gifts to family and friends to businesses who want the perfect finishing touch for their Christmas correspondence and seasonal packaging.

Address labels are a really easy way to add a festive flavour to anything that you need to send in the post at this time of year and the easiest way to print Christmas address labels (especially if you have a LOT of people on your “nice” list) is to use Word’s “Mail Merge” tool; this allows you to combine a single document (your label template) with a data source (e.g. a spreadsheet of addresses) to create a personalised address label for every person on your list.

The quickest (and easiest) way to complete a mail merge is to use the Mail Merge Wizard, which guides you through the six steps of a mail merge (and lets you go back and forth if you need to correct a mistake).

Label Planet’s Quickfire Guide To Using The Mail Merge Wizard

  1. Find a compatible Avery code OR download a label template OR note the measurements for your label size.
    The Wizard works best if you use a built-in Avery template; visit the template information page of your Label Planet labels to see if there is an Avery code you can use (click on the “Templates & Printing Information” link on the product page or start from our “Label Templates” home page). If your labels DON’T have a compatible Avery code, download and save a Word template from the template information page OR make a note of the measurements for your label size to create your own label template.
  1. Start the Mail Merge Wizard!
    Open Word and create a blank document. Click on the “Mailings” tab at the top of the page, select “Start Mail Merge”, and click on “Step-By-Step-Mail-Merge-Wizard”.
  1. SELECT DOCUMENT TYPE – tell Word that you want to create a set of address labels.
    In the Mail Merge panel on the right-hand side, click on “Labels” and then “Next”.
  1. SELECT STARTING DOCUMENT – select the label template you want to use for your address labels.
    If you are using a built-in Avery template: click on “Change document layout” and “Label options”; set “Avery A4/A5” as the label vendor, locate your code in the list, and select OK.
    If you are making your own label template: in the “Label options” box, click on “New Label”, and enter the measurements for your label size.
    If you are using a Label Planet template: click on “Start from existing document” and then “Open” to locate your saved label template. Delete the “LP…” text to start with a blank label template.
  1. SELECT RECIPIENTS – select the data source you want to use to personalise your address labels.
    You can enter your list manually at this point but it’s much easier to use a list that you’ve already saved. Click on “Use an existing list” and then “Browse” to locate your list; this can be an Excel spreadsheet, an Access database, an Office address list, your Outlook contact list, a Word data file, or a text file – most people use an Excel spreadsheet so we’ll talk you through the process using this type of data source.
    You will now be presented with two boxes; the first asks you to select the sheet in your spreadsheet that contains your addresses and to indicate if the top row contains column headings (e.g. Name, Address Line 1, Postcode etc). The second box asks you to indicate which addresses in your spreadsheet you want to use; by default, they are all selected but you can filter out a specific group, remove individual addresses, or check for duplicate addresses.
    If you are using a built-in Avery template or a label template you have made, a placeholder («Next Record») will appear in all of the labels in your label template except for the first one.
    If you downloaded a template you will need to enter this rule manually; click on the “Rules” button in the “Mailings” tab and select “Next Record” from the dropdown list. You can repeat this process for each label OR you can copy this first rule and paste it into the remaining labels (ideal if you have a LOT of labels on each sheet). It’s best to do this during the next step so that you don’t accidentally delete these rules while you add your design.
  1. ARRANGE YOUR LABELS – add your seasonal design to your address labels!
    To create a set of address labels with the SAME design, add your design to the top left label and use the “Update All Labels” button to copy it into the rest of your labels.
    NB: this option is NOT available if you are using a label template downloaded from an external source – you will need to use copy and paste to fill in your label template as usual.
    When creating address labels, you can use the “Address Block” tool to create a single placeholder for your addresses OR you can add individual placeholders for each of the fields in your database (a “field” is one of the columns in your spreadsheet – e.g. the “Name” field is the column that contains the name of each recipient):
    ADDRESS BLOCK: click on the “Address block” button and choose the format you want to use. If information from a particular column DOESN’T appear in the preview window you can use the “Match Field” button to tell Word to use that particular column for a specific section of each address.
    For example, Word refers to the first line of an address as “Address 1”; if your spreadsheet uses a different column heading, Word may not connect your column with that part of the address block – i.e. it won’t know where to get that bit of information from and so will leave it out of each address.
    INDIVIDUAL PLACEHOLDERS: click on the “More items” option to add a placeholder for a particular field (column).
    NB: the Next Record rule MUST come BEFORE the first placeholder in each label; this rule tells Word to move onto the next row in your spreadsheet and if it is in the wrong place you will end up with duplicate address labels or mismatched information. It is also important to note that you cannot put rules into a text box, which means that you cannot put placeholders into a text box either – they must be in the main body of the label template to allow Word to execute the Next Record rule when it completes your finished mail merge.
  1. PREVIEW YOUR LABELS – take a peek at what your address labels will look like after you complete the mail merge.
    The preview completes the mail merge for the first page of your address labels, giving you the chance to check that your addresses fit neatly into your label design (and to go back and make adjustments if they don’t). We STRONGLY recommend using the “Preview another label” and/or “Find a recipient” options to check through a selection of your addresses – especially if you know that one address is particularly long (and so might not fit even though the other, shorter, addresses do fit).
  1. COMPLETE THE MERGE – merge your label template and your data source together.
    This brings together your Christmas label template and your list of addresses to create one personalised address label for each of the recipients on your list. You can now choose to make minor adjustments to individual labels (using the “Edit individual labels” tool), to save your merged label template, or to print your address labels…
  1. Test Print Your Merged Label Template
    While you might be tempted to print all of your Christmas address labels at once, we recommend doing a TEST PRINT first; click on “Print” and then select the “From…To” option (enter a range that is smaller than the number of labels on your label sheets) OR set the “Page range” option to “Pages: 1”. This will allow you to check that your label template aligns correctly with your label sheets BEFORE you print all of your address labels at once.
  1. Print Your Address Labels
    Once you are happy that your label template will produce the correct alignment, you can print your finished set of address labels. As a final tip, we would recommend keeping an eye on your labels as they print out – just in case there are any “surprises” in some of the later addresses in your spreadsheet!

Label Planet’s Range Of Christmas Address Labels
We have massive range of address labels that are just PERFECT for Christmas – whether you want plain white labels (for a subtle background OR as the perfect starting point for a truly dazzling design), gloss labels and semi-gloss labels (for a subtle seasonal shimmer), gold labels and silver labels (for a touch of seasonal luxury), pastel coloured labels and fluorescent labels (for a background that is both merry and bright), Kraft labels (for that homemade feel), and transparent labels (choose between matt labels and gloss laser labels or gloss inkjet labels; ideal for envelopes or packages that have already been printed with a Christmas pattern or design!).

Visit Our Address Labels Section To View All Of Our Address Label Sizes & Materials
We have FIVE label sizes in our address labels range so you should be able to find one that’s a perfect fit for your envelopes and/or packages; whether you’re looking for large shipping labels for Christmas goods (LP4/99 and LP8/99), medium address labels for standard envelopes (LP14/99 and LP21/63), or small return address labels for adding company details or a short seasonal message of good cheer!

Last Orders (Of Labels) Please!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 5th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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

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

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

1) You order your labels

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

3) Your labels are delivered to you

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

5) You apply your labels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Need Some Suitably Seasonal Labels? Try This Selection To Add Shimmer & Sparkle To Your Christmas Goodies!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Whether you’re looking for Christmas product labels, labels to finish off your Christmas themed event or marketing materials, or just want the perfect labels for your Christmas cards, invites, and presents, this post lists our absolute favourites to add that finishing touch of Christmas magic!

GOLD LABELS & SILVER LABELS
Gold and silver are our most popular colours at this time of year and for good reason; these paper labels have a wonderfully decorative semi-gloss textured finish that is about as Christmassy as it gets! These labels create a subtle shimmer that is luxurious and classic, which makes them a perfect choice for any project that needs that little bit of Christmas joy.

KRAFT LABELS
Perhaps a less obvious choice, the natural warm finish of these kraft paper labels makes them another popular choice for this time of year. They’re especially popular for homemade arts and crafts projects and for companies who want to promote their goods and/or services as having the friendly personalised feel of homemade or handcrafted items.

COLOURED LABELS
If you just want to add a bit of fun to your Christmas items, our coloured labels are a brilliantly quick and easy way to add a subtle bloom or sharp burst of colour. You can choose between seven gentle pastel shades or go all out with our five fabulous fluorescent colours.

GLOSS TRANSPARENT LABELS
Another less obvious choice, our gloss transparent labels are a wonderfully decorative option that adds a bright shine to all of your labelled items. You can use these labels to add information or a personalised message to any item without covering up the surface of the item (or its packaging) – so if you’re trying to add a label to items that have been especially printed with a Christmas design, you can add your extra information without covering up your seasonal theme. They’re also a really easy way to avoid colour matching issues and are the perfect label to choose if you want to add a personalised seasonal seal to envelopes or packaging. We have two options available; gloss transparent labels (for laser printers) and gloss clear labels (for inkjet printers).

Labels are a brilliant way to add a completely unique finishing touch to any Christmas item; you can print your labels with a unique design to personalise each and every item, add a handwritten message, or even use your labels as materials for craft-inspired projects, such as making your own Christmas stationery and decorations.

To add your own personal spark of Christmas magic to your products, cards, invitations, or gifts this year, visit our website and take a look through our wonderful range of label materials to see if we’ve got something that will give your project(s) that perfect festive finish!

How To Print Christmas Labels Using Word’s Mail Merge Tool

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Yes, it is that time of year once again, where we revisit Word’s Mail Merge Tool to help guide you through the process of creating Christmas labels using a Word template and a database (e.g. an Excel Spreadsheet). If you’ve got a list of addresses or a product database that you’d like to turn into Christmas Address Labels or Christmas Product Labels but aren’t sure how to go about setting up a mail merge, this is the blog post for you!

We recommend using the built in “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard” and so this blog will describe how to complete a mail merge using the Wizard; if you wish, you can choose to do the steps manually.

Things you will need before you start:

  • A saved database, such as an Excel spreadsheet, that contains the information you want to include on your labels (e.g. addresses or product details)
  • The Avery template code that matches your labels, the measurements of your labels, OR a saved copy of a Word template that matches your labels (e.g. one that you have downloaded from our template section!)

GETTING STARTED – Enter the “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard”
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Open Word and create a blank document. Click on the “Mailings” tab at the top of the page, then click on “Start Mail Merge”, and select “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard”. This adds a Mail Merge pane to the right hand side of your screen, which will guide you through the SIX steps involved in completing a mail merge. Simply follow the instructions at the top of the pane before clicking on the “Next” link at the bottom of the pane to move on to the next step.

STEP ONE: Select document type.
Easy peasy! Select “Labels” and then click “Next: Starting document”.

STEP TWO: Select starting document.
If you are printing labels that are the same as Avery labels, you should use the built in Avery template.
For example, our LP21/63 label size is the same as Avery’s L7160 label size – as shown below.
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Leave the top option as “Change document layout” and click on “Label options”. Make sure that the Label Vendor is set to Avery A4/A5 (or Avery Zweckform) and then click OK. This will bring up the template that you will use to design your labels.
If you cannot see the outline of the template, you have Table Gridlines turned off; click on the Table Tools “Layout” tab at the top of the page, and click “View Gridlines”.

If you do NOT have a compatible Avery code then you will either need to use the “New Label” button in the “Label Options” box to enter the measurements of your label sheets to create your own template OR you will need to use the “Start from existing document” option in the Mail Merge pane. Click “Open” to find and select your saved template file. Then click “Next: Select Recipients” in the Mail Merge pane.

STEP THREE: Select Recipients
Leave the top option as “Use existing list” and click on “Browse” to find and select your database. If your database is made up of multiple sets of data – for example, if you have an Excel spreadsheet with multiple sheets – you may be presented with a “Select Table” box; simply select the sheet that contains the information that you want to print and select OK.

If you need to make adjustments to your list, you can use the “Mail Merge Recipients” box to sort, filter, remove, or validate addresses in your list. Once you are happy with your list, or if you don’t need to make any amends, click on the OK button.
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You should now see a <<Next Record>> rule in each of your labels APART from the top left label. If you aren’t using an Avery template (or a template you set up using the “New Label” button in “Label Options”) your template will be blank. You need to manually add the <<Next Record>> rule to your labels by left clicking once inside one of your labels (NOT the top left one), clicking on “Rules” in the Mailings tab, and selecting the Next Record option from the list. You don’t have to repeat this for each label; you can simply copy the first <<Next Record>> and paste it into the rest of the labels (NOT the top left one).
Then click on “Next: Arrange Your Labels” in the Mail Merge pane.

STEP FOUR: Arrange your labels
This is the part where you design your labels! You CAN just add your information as a block of text OR you can put in some extra design features, such as a company logo or a friendly picture to personalise your labels.

The easiest way to add information from your database is to use the built in options in the Mail Merge pane (Address block or Greeting line), but you can also use the “More items…” option in the Mail Merge pane or the “Insert Merge Field” option in the Mailings tab to add a placeholder for any bit of information from your database anywhere within your label design. A placeholder takes the form of <<Information Name>> where “Information Name” is the column header from your database; once you complete your merge, each placeholder will be replaced with the relevant piece of information from your database.

You must make sure that the <<Next Record>> rule always comes BEFORE the first bit of information that is pulled from your database in each label.

Mail merge is really designed to create a set of labels that share the same basic design but are each printed with information from a different record in your database (e.g. address labels with the same design but a different address on each label); to design your labels, set up your design in the top left label and then use “Update all labels” in the Mail Merge pane to instantly add your design to the rest of your labels. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can ignore the “Update all labels” option and add different designs to your labels manually.

If you are not using an Avery template or a template you have set up using the “New Label” button in “Label Options”, the “Update all labels” option is NOT available and you will need to set up each label individually – although you can still add your design to the top left label and then use copy and paste to transfer it into the other labels.

If you are using the Address block or Greeting line options, you may need to use the “Match Fields” function to tell Word which column in your database correlates to each element of the built in option. For example, if your spreadsheet doesn’t use the exact same column headings as the different elements in Word’s built in Address block, you can use the “Match Fields” function to tell Word that you want it to use the information from your column “Customer Surname” to fill in the “Last Name” element in the Address block (and so on). This also means you can use the Address block function even if you aren’t creating address labels. Use the “Preview” box to check through a few records to make sure you’re happy with how the information will be displayed.

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When you are happy with your design, click on “Next: Preview Your Labels” in the Mail Merge pane.

STEP FIVE: Preview your labels
This step shows you what your labels look like once the placeholders have been replaced with the information from your database. We recommend using the “Preview another label” or “Find a recipient” options to check through a few different records to make sure that your design and layout works for each one. For example, you have may have one or two entries that are much longer than others, which could throw out the positioning of your design (perhaps even pushing some of your design off the edges of your label). If you need to, use the “Previous: Arrange your labels” option at the bottom of the Mail Merge pane to go back and correct any problems that you’ve found.

STEP SIX: Complete the merge
At this stage you can save your mail merged template, print your completed labels, or make some final amends/add personalised finishing touches using the “Edit individual labels” option. When you come to print your labels, we STRONGLY recommend that you do a test print FIRST either by selecting the “From…To” option and selecting the first few records from your database to print ONE page of labels or by setting the Page range option in the “Print” box to “Pages: 1” (see below). You should also click on the “Properties” button to check that all of your printer settings are correct; for example, make sure that the page size is set to A4, select a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting, make sure that no scaling options (e.g. Fit To Page) are selected, and that no options such as Ignore Printer Settings or Use Driver Settings are selected.

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Test print the first page of your mail merged template onto blank paper so that you can confirm that the alignment of your template is correct (and amend it if it isn’t) BEFORE you print your labels. For example, if your labels are all printing too high, you can go back and increase the top page margin to move all of your designs into the correct position.

The “Edit individual labels” option creates a new document which contains enough pages to display each of your merged labels (where the original mail merge document shows only one page with the first few entries from your database added).

We hope this guide has helped to demystify the process of completing a mail merge a little, so you can get busy creating your own seasonal labels this Christmas. If you have any queries or encounter a particular problem that isn’t explained by this guide, please take a look through our Printing Advice pages or get in touch with our Customer Service Team and we’ll do our best to help!