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Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Mementoes With Photo Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Create Your Own Self-Adhesive Photos That You Can Turn Into Gifts & Decorations Or Simply Stick Up On Your Wall!

Valentine’s Day is a brilliant opportunity to take some extra special photos and, with the help of some sticky labels from Label Planet, you can turn your photos into gifts, decorations, or mementoes in an instant – simply by printing them onto A4 labels using a standard desktop printer.

Our GWPQ paper labels are made with a special gloss coating, which is PERFECT for printing high resolution images (including photographs), and a high quality permanent adhesive, which means you can stick your adhesive photos onto a whole range of surfaces to create personalised gifts and decorations – or to create your own homemade photo album.

The coating is a special finishing layer designed to improve a few key properties of the paper used to make our GWPQ paper labels; these include the brightness and whiteness of the surface (so you can print your photos onto a clean background that is a bright white in colour) as well as its ink receptivity and smoothness (so your printing inks or toners can be applied onto the surface really efficiently to produce sharp, crisp print). In other words, the coating is specifically designed to help make sure that your print comes out at the highest possible quality – even when printing high resolution digital photographs that contain a lot of detail – so your photographs look picture perfect every time.

The Perfect Printer Labels For Printing Digital Photographs

These gloss labels can be printed using an inkjet printer or a laser printer; to make sure that you get the best possible print quality, we recommend going through your printer’s settings to select a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” print setting and to select the highest possible print resolution – this will cause your printer to slow down (and laser printers will apply more heat) allowing it to reproduce all of the details in your photographs as accurately as possible. As these gloss labels are also thicker than standard paper (due to that special coating), you should also make sure you use your printer’s media bypass tray (if it has one) to ensure that your photos all print out in the perfect position!

Photo Labels That Will Last & Last…

Our photo quality gloss labels are made with a high quality permanent adhesive, which has extremely good tack (adhesion) – allowing you to apply your photo labels to a variety of materials and surface types while creating an adhesive bond that will remain firmly in place in a wide range of temperatures (including colder temperatures that often cause standard permanent adhesives to fail).

Photo labels are a brilliant way to create homemade mementoes and they’re a quick and simple way to personalise all kinds of items with photos – such as address labels for wedding invitations or birthday cards and gift tags for party favours or thank you notes.

Ordering Photo Labels From Label Planet

Our GWPQ paper labels range contains 57 label sizes with 15 stocked sizes (available in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch) and a further 42 made to order sizes.

You can find out more about these gloss white labels or place an order for your very own photo labels today by visiting our Photo Gloss Labels page – or by getting in touch with our Customer Service Team. Visit our Template Home page to download label templates for your gloss labels in a Word or PDF format.

If a gloss finish isn’t what you need, you might find that our Premium Quality Matt Labels (MPQ) are the perfect alternative.

The Label Planet Guide To Opaque Labels

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

How Do Opaque Labels Work?

The term “opaque” refers to a property of materials that do not transmit light – in other words, they don’t allow light to pass through them and so the human eye cannot see through these materials. This means that anything beyond these materials is “blocked” from view – which is why opaque labels are also known as blockout labels.

Opaque labels are made from at least one material that is opaque; this could be the face material, adhesive, or additional coatings that have been applied deliberately to create self adhesive labels with the particular property of being opaque.

At Label Planet, our opaque paper labels are made with a matt white paper that has a black opaque coating on the reverse side and a black permanent adhesive that is also opaque.

What Are Opaque Labels Used For?

Opaque labels are used to cover up existing print that – for one reason or another – you don’t want anyone to see when they look at an item. They can be used to:

  1. COVER UP MISTAKES: whether you’ve accidentally printed the wrong date on event flyers, the wrong contact information on company brochures, or even the wrong product information on your packaging, it’s generally quicker (and cheaper) to stick an opaque label (printed with the correct information) over the mistake than to have your items reprinted.
  2. UPDATE INFORMATION: replacing out of date information using an opaque label means that you don’t have to throw away printed materials that are otherwise completely fine. If, for example, you’ve changed address, phone number, or email you can simply print a set of opaque labels with your new contact information and stick these onto pre-printed materials such as packaging and envelopes or brochures and leaflets.
  3. RECYCLE PACKAGING: opaque labels are a really easy way to replace existing sticky labels (e.g. address labels, shipping labels, tracking labels etc) that would be difficult to remove without damaging the labelled item in the process. They can be used to recycle packaging for a variety of purposes including shipping or storing items in their original packaging – with a new set of sticky labels printed by you applied over the top of those printed by the original supplier.
  4. CREATE A SOLID BACKGROUND FOR NEW PRINT: if you need to add extra information or an additional bit of design work to pre-printed materials, opaque labels create a solid blank background for your extra print so it won’t be spoiled by the existing print showing through the additional layer.

Ordering Opaque Labels & Blockout Labels From Label Planet

You can find out more about opaque labels or place an order for your own blockout labels by visiting our OPQ paper labels range page. We supply opaque labels in 54 label sizes; 12 sizes are available in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock, while the remaining 42 label sizes are made to order items available in boxes of 500 sheets (with up to five working days for despatch).

Our OPQ paper labels can be printed using an inkjet printer or a laser printer (or handwritten) and you can find label templates for all of our opaque label sizes by visiting our Template Home Page.

Looking For Luxury Labels? Try Our Gold Labels & Silver Labels With A Sumptuous Satin Finish

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

If you’re looking for self adhesive labels with a high quality, luxurious finish then you should definitely take a look at our gold labels and silver labels. Last year, we upgraded our metallic labels, which now have a beautifully smooth satin finish and are the perfect decorative choice for any labelling project.

A Shimmering Shine In 54 Label Sizes

Our metallic labels are made with clay coated paper that has a decorative gold or silver coating; the clay produces a wonderfully smooth and reflective surface, which creates a rich and glossy satin finish that is just perfect for any label application that requires that extra special finishing touch.

Our gold labels and silver labels can be printed with desktop laser printers or handwritten; they have a standard permanent adhesive and are available in NINE stocked sizes (available in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock) and a further FORTY-FIVE made to order sizes (available in boxes of 500 sheets with up to five working days for despatch).

The Perfect Finishing Touch

Gold labels and silver labels are ideal when you need sticky labels with a fabulously festive finish; from address labels and gift tags on cards and gifts for special occasions (especially birthdays and Christmas) to product labels for items that are intended to be sold as gifts or are part of a high quality range or special (seasonal) offers.

Metallic labels are a brilliant way to add a festive, decorative touch to items that are part of special events, such as Christmas celebrations, birthdays, christenings, anniversaries, and weddings. Gold labels and silver labels are perfect for use as address labels on invitations or cards, gift tags on presents, or as name badges and place holders at tables or on wedding and party favours. They’re also a simple but effective way to draw attention to important information (such as company information or offers and promotional details) on high quality products, gifts, and packaging.

Buy Gold Labels & Silver Labels From Label Planet

To find out more about our gold labels / silver labels or to place an order today, simply visit our GOLD LABELS range page or our SILVER LABELS range page; click on the label size you would like to order, select the quantity you need, and add your luxurious labels to your basket!

Try Self-Adhesive Labels From Label Planet – They’re Out Of This World!

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Here at Label Planet, we made a deliberate decision to specialise in A4 sheets of self-adhesive labels designed specifically for use with standard desktop printers. Choosing to focus on just one specific kind of sticky labels means that we can pass on all sorts of astronomically awesome benefits to all of our customers.

Self-Adhesive Labels

These sticky labels are named after their adhesives; “self adhesive” or pressure sensitive adhesives are tacky (sticky) at room temperature and only require the light pressure of a hand or finger to be applied.

Self adhesive labels are really useful because they can be made in so many different variations – to suit different applications, conditions, and environments. For example, you can get gloss labels, matt labels, semi-gloss labels, coloured labels, fluorescent labels, Kraft labels, gold labels, silver labels, white labels, transparent labels, paper labels, plastic labels, waterproof labels, permanent labels, removable labels, freezer labels, wash off labels, opaque labels, security labels, and so on (and so forth!).

Laser Labels And Inkjet Labels

We sell directly to customers who want to print their own printer labels using the standard desktop printer they have available to them at home or at work. By choosing to supply A4 labels that are designed specifically for desktop machines, we are able to offer our customers a range of label sizes and material options that are specifically designed to allow them to create high quality sticky labels quickly and easily using the software and hardware available to them.

Our laser labels are made using materials and adhesives that are well-suited to the laser printing process – which uses heat and pressure to bond toner into place. This means that we use materials that are able to withstand (short term) exposure to high temperatures, such as paper labels with high moisture content.

Likewise, our inkjet labels are made using slightly porous materials that allow printing inks to dry quickly and effectively in the correct position to allow customers to produce high resolution designs using their own desktop inkjet printer.

Perfect Label Sizes And Layouts (And Label Templates To Match!)

All of our label sizes are made with layouts that are designed to make designing and printing your own A4 labels as simple and trouble-free as possible. We’ve also created Word templates and PDF templates for all of our label sizes, which can be downloaded completely free of charge from our Label Template Pages.

If you need any advice or guidance on how to print your own blank labels, you can take a look through the Guides in our Help Section or get in touch with our Customer Service Team for one-to-one advice.

An Astronomical Range Of Choices (With Warp Speed Despatch & Delivery!)

As we specialise in blank A4 labels, we are able to offer a wide range of self adhesive labels – with over 100 label sizes available across a range of more than 30 material and adhesive options – so you can find the label size, material, adhesive, and finish that is just right for your label application.

We aim to stock as many of the most popular combinations as possible, so your sticky labels are available for same day despatch in stock – with options available for guaranteed next day delivery.

High Quality Blank Labels At Great Value Prices

All of our self adhesive labels are manufactured independently in the UK using high quality materials and manufacturing processes. Plus, as a specialty supplier of A4 labels, we are able to offer our customers great value prices, as well as price breaks for trade customers who need to order in bulk.

You can find out more about SELF-ADHESIVE LABELS on our website; to place an order, simply visit www.labelplanet.co.uk or get in touch with our Customer Service Team.

Super Useful Reasons To Choose Splendid Synthetic Labels

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

If you’ve ever printed your own blank labels (or simply used sticky labels before), you probably used paper labels – which are extremely versatile sticky labels in their own right.

However, this week we’re celebrating synthetic labels – which have a huge range of advantages, especially when you need self adhesive labels that can offer just a little bit extra…

SYNTHETIC LABELS

These are self-adhesive labels made with a synthetic (man-made) face material; the most popular synthetics for use as adhesive labels are polyester, polyethylene, polyolefin, and vinyl. Each of these materials has a broad range of useful properties, including durability and flexibility, and they are all relatively easy and cost effective to manufacture.

WATERPROOF LABELS

Synthetic labels are waterproof, which is ideal if you need self adhesive labels that will survive outdoors OR indoors where they might come into contact with water (or other liquids). To create waterproof labels, you need a laser printer; this is because laser printers use a dry printing process (applying heat and pressure) to bond toner onto a surface – creating waterproof print.

Inkjet printers CAN produce waterproof print BUT ONLY if you use a specialist inkjet printer and specialist inkjet inks. Standard desktop inkjet printers cannot process specialist inks and tend to use water-based inks, which run and/or smudge if they get wet – or get handled a lot.

All of our synthetic labels are waterproof and THREE of our waterproof labels (MWP, MWPE, and MWPO) also qualify as marine labels – i.e. they can be used in marine conditions – because they are made with synthetic face materials AND a marine standard adhesive. These self adhesive labels have to pass extremely strenuous tests (including submersion in sea water at mid-tide for three months) to achieve the marine standard – which is generally accepted to also be a marker of sticky labels that are extremely tough and durable.

TRANSPARENT LABELS

Synthetic materials are also used to make transparent labels; ideal if you want to create window stickers or need to add extra information or design work onto a pre-printed surface.

They’re perfect product labels or retail labels when you need to add extra information onto pre-printed product packaging AND perfect address labels for envelopes or packaging that have been chosen for a special event (such as wedding invitations or parcels being sent as gift items with special wrappings).

We supply options for transparent matt labels, transparent gloss labels, transparent permanent labels, transparent removable labels, transparent laser labels, and transparent inkjet labels. While all of our transparent labels are not “frosted” or “translucent”, neither are they “glass clear” – tair bubbles and dust may be trapped by the adhesive during the application of a label, which prevents them having a truly 100% transparent finish. You can improve the overall finish by taking extra care during the application; start with one edge and then smooth the label down from that side to the other, applying firm pressure to help avoid the formation of bubbles.

LONG LIFE TRACKING LABELS

While paper labels are easily torn or marked over time, synthetic labels are tough and durable, which makes them ideal for use as long life tracking labels – especially on items that need to be shipped long distance or that will spend long periods of time moving in and out of storage facilities. Synthetic labels are difficult to tear and, while they may get marked over time, they can be wiped clean and dry because they are waterproof.

If you need long lasting address or shipping labels OR asset I.D. labels to keep track of high value stock or company equipment, synthetic labels are a quick and easy way to safely and securely label these items with self adhesive labels that will last for the life time of those items.

SECURITY LABELS

Finally, synthetic labels can be used to create security labels; these are self adhesive labels that are designed to provide visual evidence of tampering, which improves the security of high value items by providing a visual deterrent against theft or tampering.

At Label Planet, we supply two different kinds of security labels; our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels fragment into tiny pieces (preventing the whole label from being removed), while our Silver Void Labels have an adhesive layer that splits to leave behind the message “VOID” when a label is removed from an item.

Buy SYNTHETIC LABELS from Label Planet

Synthetic labels are always going to be a more expensive option because of the specialised materials involved BUT they can offer properties that paper labels simply cannot provide AND they’re ideal if you need self adhesive labels that can survive in more extreme conditions and environments.

To view all of the different synthetic labels available from Label Planet, visit our LIST OF ALL MATERIALS page and scroll down to the middle section – entitled “Waterproof Labels in Polyester, Polyethylene, and Polyolefin”. This table shows basic information about each product range (including a material description, adhesive type, waterproof status, and printer compatibility); to find out more about any of our synthetic labels, simply click on the “View Products” link to read detailed product information and view the label sizes available – to buy, click on the label size you want to order and select the quantity you need.

Put Our Self Adhesive Labels To The Test With Our Label Sample Request Service

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

At Label Planet, we believe in doing everything we can to help our customers choose the perfect self adhesive labels for their projects. From address labels to product labels (and everything inbetween), we offer the widest possible range of options to ensure that you can find the sticky labels you need in the Label Planet range.

We know, however, that it can be difficult to choose just one label size / shape / material / adhesive from all of the options on offer – especially if you’ve never printed your own A4 labels before now.

This is why we offer a completely free LABEL SAMPLE service whereby you can request a few label sizes, shapes, materials, and adhesives to help you to find “the one” that’s perfect for your project.

To request a free sample of any of our blank labels, give us a call or fill in our online request form.

If you aren’t sure which sticky labels to choose, simply let us know as much information about your label application as possible (i.e. what you need self adhesive labels for and what you’d like them to look like) and we’ll put together a selection of the blank labels that best fit your requirements.

For example, let us know if you need laser labels (for a laser printer) or inkjet labels (for an inkjet printer), if you have any preference for coloured labels / kraft labels / fluorescent labels / white labels / gloss labels / transparent labels, if you need waterproof labels / security labels / freezer labels / bottle labels and jar labels, or if you have any preferences for a particular label size.

This helps us to make sure that the sample labels we send are suitable for your particular label application.

You can then use your sample to choose the right colour or finish, the right type and strength of label adhesive, and the right label size for your application. You can also use your sample to replicate your label application as closely as possible – to make sure that the self adhesive labels you choose will actually work under the conditions of your label application – and to give yourself a test run at printing a label template accurately.

We try to fulfil sample requests same or next working day; samples are posted out via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard.

Visit our website to view all of the label sizes and materials available and then head over to our sample request page (or give us a call) to request a label sample today!

Wishing You All A Happy New Year From The Label Planet Team!

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

 

Hello!

We are back in the Label Planet offices (just about!) and we’d like to start by wishing all of our customers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We hope you had a wonderful time celebrating the New Year with friends and family (and doesn’t it all seem like it was just yesterday…)!

Our computers have been fired up and we’re working our way through all of the orders we received over the Christmas holidays – as well as our emails. We’ll do our best to process as many orders and respond to as many emails as possible; we hope to have everything back up to speed by tomorrow.

If you’ve got any questions or queries about an order that you’ve already placed or an order that you want to place, hopefully these FAQs should answer your enquiry.

Why haven’t I received the self-adhesive labels that I ordered before Christmas?

If you received an email confirmation indicating that your printer labels were despatched before Christmas, then it depends on the quantity of blank labels you ordered (and the shipping service you requested).

Small orders (less than 200 sheets) are despatched by Royal Mail’s first class service as standard; this is NOT a guaranteed service and is liable to experience delays over the Christmas period (and so may still be on the way to you). If your self adhesive labels do not arrive by the end of the week, please get in touch to let us know.

Medium orders (200-475 sheets) are despatched via next working day carrier service as standard and so SHOULD have been delivered and signed for at your chosen delivery address. Please contact our Customer Service Team so that we can check the tracking information for your order.

Large orders (200+ sheets) are despatched via next working day carrier service as standard – where stock is available or once your items have been made. If your A4 labels haven’t arrived then they are most likely scheduled for manufacture and despatch from our warehouse this week. We will do our best to work through these orders as quickly as possible; if you need a firm despatch date then please get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be able to confirm the status of your order with our warehouse.

If you did NOT receive an email confirming that your A4 labels were being despatched, then it is more than likely that your order is sitting in our “To Do” pile and will be processed today or tomorrow.

If you haven’t received ANY confirmation emails from us (including an initial payment confirmation and order confirmation) then you have either provided us with an incorrect email address, our emails have landed in your spam folder, or there was a problem with your payment. Please contact our Customer Service Team for further assistance.

Why haven’t I received a response to the email/sample request I sent to you over Christmas?

Our office was closed for Christmas so we were not available to respond to any messages sent to us over the holidays (whether via email / Facebook / Twitter / fax / post / voicemail / messenger pigeon etc). We will do our best to work through any and all messages received over Christmas – we prioritise orders before catching up with Christmas correspondence and sample requests, so please bear with us.

If I order A4 labels from you today, when will they be despatched (and delivered)?

SMALL ORDERS (less than 200 sheets): we are aiming to despatch all small orders today or tomorrow via Royal Mail’s first class service (up to 4:30pm). If you upgrade your order to a next day delivery option, we will prioritise your order to ensure it is despatched same day.

MEDIUM ORDERS (200-475 sheets): we are aiming to despatch all medium orders today or tomorrow via next working day carrier service (up to 3pm). Orders for delivery to Northern Ireland (large orders only), Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands are sent via 2 day carrier service.

LARGE ORDERS (500+ sheets): we are currently working through a backlog of orders so our despatch estimates depend on the items you are ordering. Standard paper labels are kept in stock (and have shorter lead times) so these items are likely to be despatched early this week, while other made to order self adhesive labels will be subject to (at least) five working days for despatch. You can contact our Customer Service Team to check on stock availability and/or lead times for the blank labels you wish to buy.

If we haven’t answered your particular question or query here, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team who are available 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri).

We Wish You All A Very Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

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

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

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

Merry Christmas To All & To All A Good Night!

FAQs For Last Minute Orders Of Self Adhesive Labels

Monday, December 18th, 2017

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

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

When are you open this week?

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Can I still order blank labels for delivery BEFORE Christmas?

Yes, depending on:

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

Why does it matter what product and quantity I need?

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

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

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

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

What special delivery options are available?

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

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

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

Why does my delivery address matter?

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

So what are your last despatch dates?

WEDNESDAY – Last orders for:

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

THURSDAY – Last orders for:

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

FRIDAY – Last orders for:

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

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

Will you stop accepting orders before Christmas?

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

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

How do I get in touch with you?

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

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

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

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

Quick Tips For Last Minute Address Labels & Gift Tags

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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