Posts Tagged ‘Tips’

Label Planet’s Top Tips For Choosing The Right Label Size

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

When it comes to producing the perfect label, size is (sometimes) everything – getting the right label size can go a long way towards making it much easier to create a clean cut label design that enhances the item that you need to label, whether you’re looking for a practical and professional finish or something that simply looks the part.

There are a few practical considerations to bear in mind when it comes to picking the perfect label size:

WHAT SIZE (& SHAPE) IS THE SURFACE YOU ARE LABELLING?
Obviously, you cannot choose a label size that is BIGGER than the item or surface that you want to label – so first you need to measure the surface of your item to determine the largest size that you could use within the available space.

Next you need to consider if there are any other limitations that would reduce the label size that you could use, including any aesthetic or practical reasons why a larger label size might not be the way to go. For example, if you are labelling products, you may have invested in specially designed or branded packaging, which would be needlessly covered up if you use too large a label. In this case, you want to make sure that the label size is a neat and compact one that won’t detract from the overall appearance of your products. Likewise, if you are labelling a surface that is in any way shaped or curved (e.g. bottles and jars), you may find that you cannot apply a label to a shaped portion of the surface, which will limit the space you have available to you for adding a label.

HOW MUCH SPACE DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR INFORMATION/DESIGN?
You also need to consider how much stuff you want to add to your label(s); if you’ve got a lot of important information to add OR you’ve got a large and intricate design to recreate, then you need to make sure that the label size you choose is large enough to accommodate that design – without forcing you to reduce your content to a smaller size just so it will fit (which will most likely either make your text illegible or make your design look cramped and badly planned.

We highly recommend taking a moment to type up the information that you’re planning to add to your labels or creating a quick rough sketch of the design you want to create to give yourself a better idea of how much room you need on your labels. If you find that your information is too cramped or busy looking, you can always play around with using multiple labels instead of a single label so that you can arrange your text neatly and legibly across different areas on your item.

WHAT LABEL SIZES ARE AVAILABLE (& WITHIN YOUR BUDGET)?
Unless you are planning to have bespoke labels made for you, the label size you choose may end up being determined for you by the label sizes that are available. Many companies who supply labels but do not manufacture labels will offer a limited number of label sizes to their customers; these “standard sizes” are created by dividing an A4 sheet into the required number of labels with as little waste around and between the labels as possible. These sizes are highly cost-effective and tend to be manufactured in high volume batches on a frequent basis.

At Label Planet, we supply standard sizes because they offer our customers a good choice of label sizes, are suitable for a wide range of label applications, are generally easy to print accurately and efficiently, allow us to provide high quality labels to our customers at good value, and are readily available allowing us to store a wide range of label products for same day despatch from stock.

While we aim to stock the best possible range of label products, some options are not carried as stocked items, which means that they will only be available to order in bulk boxes of 500 sheets. If this quantity exceeds your needs (and/or your budget), it may be worth compromising slightly on the label size you choose to find an alternative that is available in the material or adhesive you want as a stocked item.

So, when it comes to picking the perfect label size, our top tip has to be “a little preparation goes a long way”; take a bit of time to measure up how much space you have and how much space you need to give you a general idea of what label size(s) will work for you. Then, you can head on over to our website to see if we supply that particular label size or if we have a size that is close enough to fit your requirements.

We list all of our label sizes on our “Search By Width” and “Search By Height” pages; if you find a size that you think will work, you can then use our Label Finder or visit the template information page for that size (via our Template Home page or by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on each product page) to view all of the different material and adhesive options.

FAQ – How Do I Find Out More About Your Label Materials?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

When it comes to picking the perfect labels for your labelling project, you might need to know a bit more about the materials used to make your labels. For example, you might want to know more about the type of adhesive used, you might want to check the thickness of a particular label (to make sure that your printer is capable of processing your label sheets), or you might want to know if a particular material is suitable for your label application.

If this is the case, there are TWO really easy ways to find out more about the Label Planet labels you are interested in.

Firstly, you can visit our website. Each label product that we supply has its own dedicated range page, which provides the following information:

  • Key Facts: this lists the label material, printer compatibility, label adhesive, and waterproof status of the labels in question.
  • Product Information: this gives a brief description about the labels, including information about the material and adhesive along with some of the most popular uses for that particular type of label.
  • Common Uses: a short list of applications for which the label range is commonly used or particularly well-suited.
  • Material Specification Sheet: this sheet contains more detailed information about the material and adhesive used to make each label range – along with information about the weight and thickness of each material.

Secondly, if you don’t find the answer to your particular question or query on the range page of the labels you are interested in, you can always in get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be more than happy to help. You can give us a call or send us an email – or you can even pop a note in the post – and no question is too big or too small (or too silly!).

Visit our LIST OF ALL MATERIALS page to find links to all of the range pages for our labels or visit our CONTACT US page to find out all of the ways you can get in touch with.

Label Planet’s Guide To Avery Labels

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

You may have noticed that we describe some of our products as being “Avery Compatible” and list “compatible Avery codes” for customers to use when printing the labels they have bought from us. This blog aims to provide a quickfire guide to what Avery labels are and why we mention them in connection with our products.

  1. We don’t sell Avery labels.
    The first thing to point out is that we DON’T supply Avery labels; none of our products are made or endorsed by the Avery Dennison Group and we have no affiliation whatsoever with the Avery Dennison Group.
  1. We do sell some label sizes that are compatible with Avery label sizes.
    Some of our label sizes are made using the exact same label size and layout as those used by Avery. We call our products “compatible” with those of Avery because they are the same (in terms of the size and layout) – however, the materials used to make our products may differ from those made by Avery.
  1. We supply Avery compatible labels because they are STANDARD label sizes that are suitable for a variety of label applications and they are cost-effective.
    While the name “Avery” has become synonymous with labels, it is important to remember that there is a whole labelling industry apart from Avery who all make their own label sizes and layouts. The reason that many of these companies use the same label sizes and layouts as Avery is that these sizes are the most economical sizes that can be produced on A4 sheets (making them more cost-effective) and they are useful for a range of applications. Standard sizes of labels supplied on A4 sheets have their dimensions determined by the sizes that are naturally created by dividing an A4 sheet into the required number of equal sized rows and columns to create the required number of labels per sheet. When label layouts are created with blank edges around the sheet – known as selvedges – or gaps between the rows and/or columns (to ensure the label sheets can be printed accurately), the spaces are generally kept as small as possible to reduce the amount of waste material that is created on each sheet.
    These sizes are manufactured regularly and in large volumes, which means that they incur lower manufacturing costs than more unusual sizes or bespoke labels that are made as and when they are requested.
    We therefore sell a number of the same label sizes and layouts as Avery (and other manufacturers and suppliers do) because these products are easier to print accurately, are readily available, and allow us to pass on better prices to our customers.
  1. We list compatible Avery codes so that customers can choose to use our label templates or a built-in Avery template to print the labels they have bought from Label Planet.
    Where one of our sizes is compatible with an Avery size you can print our labels using a template you have downloaded from our website OR using an Avery template that is built into the software you want (or need) to use to design and print your labels.We list any compatible Avery codes for our label products on the product packaging, product page, and template information page for that particular item.
  1. We list multiple Avery codes (where applicable) because of the way Avery named their products (and templates).
    Every Avery product has its own unique product code that is also used for the template that can be used to print that product. This creates multiple compatible template codes because Avery supplies many of its label sizes in different materials; each material has its own code BUT the templates used to print these products will be exactly the same because they share the same label size and layout. For example, many of Avery’s label sizes are available as both a paper product for inkjet printers (with a unique Avery code, for example J8654) and as a paper product for laser printers (also with its own unique Avery code, for example L7654) – however, you can print either of these products with either template (J8654 or L7654) because they are exactly the same. You could also use either of these templates to print onto any of our label products that have a code beginning with LP40/45 – which use the same label size and layout as the Avery products.
  1. We do not supply any labels that are compatible with American Avery label sizes.
    Avery supply DIFFERENT product ranges for the UK and US markets; this is because the US uses a page size of American Letter (8.5 inches x 11 inches or 215.9mm x 279.4mm) and label sizes that are measured in inches, while the UK uses a page size of A4 (210mm x 297mm) and label sizes that are measured in millimetres. You may have noticed that when you use built in Avery templates, the label vendor is given as “Avery A4/A5” – with another option for “Avery US Letter”. If you are using software that was developed by (and for) an American company, you will need to find an American label supplier that can ship to the UK. Alternatively, if you are able to shift away from American label sizes, you can convert your label measurements from inches to mm and you should be able to find a suitable UK label size that either matches or is close enough to the dimensions you want to use.
  1. We do not match Avery’s product list.
    We have selected a range of label sizes that we feel offers our customers the best possible choice for a range of label applications but we do not aim to match Avery’s complete product list. This means that there may be some label sizes that Avery supply but that we do not. We do not offer a bespoke label service and the only label sizes we can supply are those listed on our website.
  1. We sell label sizes that Avery do not supply.
    Of course, you may also be aware that Avery’s range of label sizes is smaller than those offered by other label manufacturers and suppliers (including Label Planet). Therefore, you will see that a number of our label products do not have any compatible Avery codes listed along with their product descriptions; this is because Avery simply do not supply labels in this size. We supply label templates (in both Word and PDF formats) for all of our label sizes so you don’t need to rely on a built in Avery template to get your labels designed and printed.

To find out if your Label Planet labels have a compatible Avery code you can check the product packaging, product page, or template information page (you can find this by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page OR by visiting our Template Section). You could also visit our cross-index pages, which list all of the Label Planet label sizes that have compatible Avery codes and all of the Avery label sizes that have compatible Label Planet codes.

Picking The Perfect Labels For Your Summer Foodie Projects

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Summer is the perfect time for making all sorts of sweet and savoury goodies to enjoy while you (try to) enjoy a bit of summer sun. Whether you’re a home-baker or home-brewer making a few seasonal delights for friends and family or you’re a restaurant or café looking to create a selection of succulent snacks to satisfy summer shoppers, you’ll probably need a few extra labels to get all of your ingredients and products labelled up before they’re handed out.

This blog takes a closer look at the Label Planet labels that are just perfect for labelling food and drink products.

Freezer Labels
Best For: Frozen Foods
If you’re making ice creams or desserts that need to be stored in freezer conditions then our freezer labels are the ideal choice. These paper labels are made with a special freezer adhesive that is suitable for use in temperatures ranging between -40°C to +60°C and was specifically developed for deep freeze label applications (in which other standard adhesives tend to fail).

These white labels can be handwritten or printed using a laser printer; we don’t recommend using an inkjet printer, as the water-based inks will be likely to run and smudge when they are exposed to condensation.

We have eight label sizes available to order for same day despatch from stock, with a further thirty-six label sizes available as made to order bulk boxes.

Water Wash Off Labels
Best For: Labelling Ingredients / Reusable Containers
Water wash off labels are a brilliant solution to the problem of needing to securely label a container (so that the contents can be identified at all times) before removing the label without damaging the container (so that the container can be cleaned and reused).

Our wash off labels are paper labels with a special “wash off” adhesive; this is permanent adhesive creates a strong bond with a surface BUT also breaks down when it is exposed to water (so it doesn’t leave behind any adhesive residue or damage the surface). This means that you can safely and securely label food and drink containers so that their contents are clearly identified and then wash the labels off before reusing and relabelling the containers as required.

Again, we have eight label sizes available for same day despatch from stock, with thirty-six additional made to order label sizes.

Waterproof Labels
Best For: Labelling Drink Bottles
If you need labels for drink bottles that are likely to be exposed to condensation or ice, you may want to consider using waterproof labels; these labels will not be damaged by exposure to water or other liquids, which will allow your labels to remain firmly in place and completely legible for the entire length of the application.

These labels need to be printed with a laser printer in order to produce waterproof print and we have a variety of materials options to help you find the perfect label for your products. You can choose between white labels or transparent labels and we also offer options for a gloss finish (a shiny finish) or a matt finish (a dull, non-shiny finish).

We supply seventeen label sizes of waterproof labels as stocked items (packs of 25 sheets available for same day despatch), with a further twenty-seven label sizes available as made to order items (boxes of 500 sheets).

You can view ALL of our label materials on our All Materials page, download a label template from our Label Templates home page, and you can also Request A Sample of any of our label materials to make sure that you pick the perfect stickers for your summery snacks.

Top Tips For Storing Labels In Hot Weather

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

With summer underway and some good weather – hopefully – on hand, we thought we’d put together a few top tips for storing your labels safely during the summer months (or whenever the Great British Weather decides to behave itself).

All of our labels are self-adhesive labels, which means they are tacky (sticky) at “normal” room temperatures – and so only require light pressure from a finger or hand to create a strong adhesive bond upon contact with a surface.

This does mean that the quality of the adhesive bond can be influenced by the temperature – during storage, application, and the duration of the label application. High temperatures tend to speed up the process of adhesion (causing the adhesive to set more quickly) and low temperatures tend to slow down or even prevent the adhesive process altogether. This means that if your labels get too hot or too cold, the quality of the adhesive bond that they can maintain will deteriorate.

High temperatures can also cause adhesive bleed; this is when the adhesive starts to spread out from the adhesive layer, where it can penetrate into the other layers of the labels themselves (and possibly damage these labels, for example by causing discolouration of the face material) or emerge from around the edges of the labels. This can cause problems when you try to print your label sheets as they may not feed correctly, which can cause print misalignment or may lead to your sheets getting jammed in your printer.

Therefore we recommend following these simple steps to store your self-adhesive labels safely so they retain their original quality for when you need to use them next:

  • Keep your labels in their original plastic packaging
  • Store your labels away from direct sunlight
  • Make sure the room temperature doesn’t exceed 25 degrees (and avoid spaces with fluctuating temperatures if possible)
  • Never store unused labels in the printer tray or next to the printer (or any other electrical devices) as the printer may get hot during usage.

Hopefully there is still some good weather to come over the summer months (and maybe even beyond) but – with these top tips – you can rest assured that your labels will be ready and waiting for you the next time you need to print some labels.

You can find more of our TOP TIPS in our Help Section, along with advice on how to design and print your own self-adhesive labels.

FAQs – Which Label Adhesive Should I Choose?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Visitors to our website may have noticed that we offer a range of label adhesives to suit a range of label applications; while this should provide our customers with the perfect label for their unique requirements, it can be a bit tricky to make sure you’ve chosen the right one – particularly if you don’t really know very much about adhesives.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a flowchart to help guide you in the right direction when it comes to choosing the right adhesive for you. Simply follow the arrows and answer TWO easy questions to find out what kind of label adhesive is best suited to your needs.

The one exception to the first question is short term label applications that involve temporarily applying labels onto clothing (e.g. name badges worn for a networking event). In this case, we would recommend using a standard permanent adhesive; fabrics have very unusual surfaces that removable adhesives will struggle to bond with properly, while permanent adhesives will have enough strength to hold your labels in place but won’t form a solid and even bond – allowing them to be safely removed from clothing.

Remember, if you’re still not sure, you can always Request A Sample to try a few different products for yourself to make absolutely sure that they’ll do the job that you need them to do. Simply fill in our online Sample Request Form or get in touch with our Customer Service Team.

You can find out more about all of our label adhesives (and place an order for the ones you need) by visiting our LIST OF LABEL ADHESIVES page.

Keep Valuable Items Safe & Secure With Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

This week we’re taking a closer look at our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels, which are one of the two kinds of security labels that we supply. Tamper evident labels are designed to improve the security of the item they are applied to by providing visual evidence that an item has been tampered with – which allows them to act as a visual deterrent against such tampering.

Our tamper evident vinyl labels combine a strong permanent adhesive with an extremely fragile vinyl face material; this means that, once a label has been applied onto a surface, any attempt to remove the label will result in the vinyl fragmenting into tiny pieces. This makes it almost impossible to remove the label in its entirety (and extremely time consuming to remove even a small amount of the label) and produces visual evidence that an attempt has been made to tamper with an item.

These labels are ideal for use as security labels – or security seals – on high value products, product packaging, and important documents. The label can be added as an additional seal to packaging, envelopes, or parcels to ensure that an item cannot be opened without leaving behind evidence that the item has indeed been opened. They can also be applied directly onto items (if appropriate) or packaging to clearly indicate the original owner, manufacturer, or supplier of that item (preventing that item from being resold without permission).

You can leave these labels blank, handwrite a message, or you can print a design (e.g. a company logo) or message using a laser printer.

We supply 11 label sizes of tamper evident vinyl labels in packs of 25 sheets, which are available for same day despatch from stock; we also supply a further 33 label sizes as made to order items, which have a 500 sheet minimum order quantity and take up to five working days for despatch.

To find out more about these brilliantly simply security labels or to place an order today, simply visit our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels range page and select the size and quantity you need.

Make Your Mail Magnificent With Address Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

While address labels might not be something that you spend a lot of time thinking about (or indeed spend any time thinking about!), they’re a really brilliant way to personalise your mail in a few simple steps.

Whether you’re a professional looking to smarten up your business mail, a company wanting to brand your envelopes and/or packages, or an individual who wants to make their post that extra bit special, designing and printing your own address labels is a really easy way to make your mail stand out.

HOW CAN I PERSONALISE MY ADDRESS LABELS?
You can personalise address labels in all kinds of ways, including:

  • Fonts – simply taking some time to choose the right font can be a really easy way to improve the look of your address labels. If you’re creating labels for a special event you could match the colour and style to the theme of the event, or you could replicate your company’s brand colours for a subtle way to boost brand awareness for your business or organisation.
  • Images – for an eye-catching and unique finishing touch on any postal item, you could add a photograph, company logo, picture, or even a design of your own creation.
  • Colour – adding colour to your address labels is the perfect way to brighten up any envelope or parcel and you can use colour to tailor your labels to a particular event, promote brand awareness by using company colours, or just throw in every colour of the rainbow for a bit of fun!
  • Materials – you can also enhance the appearance of your envelopes or parcels simply by choosing a different kind of label material. For example, we supply pastel coloured labels (for a subtle bloom of colour), fluorescent coloured labels (for an eye-catching burst of colour), Kraft paper labels (for a natural, home-made feel), gloss address labels (for a decorative shine), and transparent labels (for envelopes or parcels that already have a decorative finish of their own).

HOW DO I CREATE ADDRESS LABELS?
While you CAN simply type your addresses into a template (or perhaps copy and paste them from an existing list), it’s always worth considering using a Mail Merge tool, like the one available in Word, especially if you need to print a LOT of labels.

Mail merge tools are designed to create multiple documents or items based on a single template document and a data source – for example, a Word template and an Excel spreadsheet. Most mail merge tools include an option to create address labels in this way (although the tool can also be utilised to create other sorts of labels, such as product labels).

You add your design to the template and insert placeholders for the information that will be drawn from your data source (for address labels, this would be the name of the recipient and their address); your software will then merge your template and your data source to create a set of labels containing one personalised label for every recipient in your data source.

We recommend using the Mail Merge Wizard in Word – while you can complete the various steps in a mail merge yourself, we find that it is always easier to use the Wizard, which will guide you through the process step by step.

To start the Mail Merge Wizard:

  • Click on Mailings > Start Mail Merge > Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard (Word 2007 onwards + Word For Mac 2016)

WHY SHOULD I BUY ADDRESS LABELS FROM LABEL PLANET?
At Label Planet, we have a huge range of address labels available for same day despatch from stock. Our labels are available in packs of 25 sheets (or boxes of 500 sheets) and our website features straightforward all-inclusive pricing so you simply select the address labels you want and pay the price you see. We also offer next day delivery options if you want to make sure that your labels arrive in plenty of time – especially if you’ve got a big deadline to meet.

We also supply free label templates for all of our label sizes (in Word and PDF formats) and provide compatible Avery codes where applicable (so you can use built in Avery templates if you need to do so). You can also visit our Help Section for tips and advice on designing and printing your own labels and our Customer Service Team is on hand Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) to provide one-to-one advice if you need us!

Visit our Address Labels page to take a look at the different material options we recommend for address labels or to buy your own address labels today!

Why Try Before You Buy? Request A Sample To Make Sure You Can Apply And Rely On The Labels We Supply!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Here at Label Planet, we firmly believe in doing all we can to help our customers find the perfect label for their particular needs and a big part of this is our sample request service.

Allowing our customers to request a sample means they can buy labels from us knowing that they are the right labels for the job.

Whether you need to check if a material or adhesive is the right one for your application, you want to look at a few different colours or finishes to pick the best one for your project, or you want to practice printing your own labels, requesting a sample is a quick and easy (and free) way to make sure you pick the perfect label.

To request a sample you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team OR you can use our online Sample Request Form.

We ask that you give as much detail as you can about your application and preferences so that we can send the best options for your requirements. We also recommend that when you print and/or test your labels you replicate the actual application as closely possible to make sure that those labels will work for you.

All of our samples are sent out in C4 envelopes with your samples packed into plastic bags printed with a few of our top tips for trouble free label printing. We recommend that you read these tips to make sure that you get the most out of your sample labels.

You can find free templates for all of our label sizes (in Word and PDF formats) on our website, along with a Help Section that contains Step By Step Guides To Designing & Printing Labels, more Top Tips, and a Troubleshooting Guide – just in case you run into any issues.

Remember, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team if you need any help and advice on choosing, ordering, and printing your perfect labels; alternatively, you can simply visit our website now to request your free sample or to access our help and advice pages (including our Template Section).

Get Ready For #WorldBackUpDay On 31st March With #labelplanet Media Labels

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The 31st March is WORLD BACK UP DAY – a day designed to promote awareness of the importance of having a backup plan for all of your digital data. While some of you may already have a backup (or three!) of your important data, many people either don’t know what a backup is or keep putting it off as something to do when they have the time to get around to doing it…probably.

Unfortunately, many people have also found themselves learning about the importance of backing up when it’s already too late – whether they’ve been suddenly confronted with the ever alarming “blue screen of death”, a device that simply refuses to turn on, or have been the unfortunate victim of a phishing scam or malware attack.

While backing up isn’t the most thrilling thing to do, it can save a lot of time, money, and heartache – especially if the data you lose is of significant emotional or financial value to you or to your business.

And This Is Where Label Planet Comes In!

While we aren’t suppliers of backup software or experts on how to create the perfect backup plan, we do have a few label products that can help you get your digital data organised.

We supply a range of self-adhesive labels that are specifically designed for labelling all kinds of media devices, from the small to the even smaller. These labels are supplied on A4 sheets and can be printed with laser printers and inkjet printers or handwritten as needed. They are all label sizes that have been specifically selected with storage devices in mind and can be used to add a subtle reminder of the contents of a device (OR a GIANT reminder to keep that particular device safe and sound so you know exactly what stuff you’ve got stored and where).

We supply Word templates & PDF templates for all of these labels (Visit “Templates For Special Use Labels”) so you can download the template you need immediately and get on with backing up your all-important data.

Visit our MEDIA LABELS page now to order brilliantly useful labels for backing up lots of important data.