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Seasonal Tips & Tricks To Get Your Christmas Labels Sorted

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Personalise Your Sticky Labels But Keep Your Design Simple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Order Your Christmas Labels From Label Planet Today

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

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

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

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

Get Your Christmas List Organised With Address Labels & Mail Merge

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

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

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Christmas Address Labels – The Items You Need To Get Started

To perform a Mail Merge you will need:

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

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

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

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

Christmas Address Labels – The Mail Merge Process

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

ONE: Select Document Type – select labels.

TWO: Select Starting Document – select your template.

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

THREE: Select Recipients – select your list of addresses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Address Labels – Top Tips

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

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

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

Christmas Address Labels – Troubleshooting Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Label Planet Answers Frequently Asked Questions About … Avery Labels

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

For many, the name “Avery” is synonymous with self adhesive labels. So we’ve put together a list of answers to the most FAQs we get about Avery labels.

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Do You Supply Avery Labels?

No – we do not sell any Avery products.

Our self adhesive labels are produced independently in the UK using high quality materials and manufacturing processes. However, some of our products are “Avery compatible”.

What Do You Mean By Compatible With Avery Labels?

When we say our products are compatible with Avery labels, we mean that they use the same label size and layout (although the materials we use to make our labels will differ from those used by Avery).

This means that you can use an Avery template to print labels you have bought from us; you could even use a Label Planet template to print labels you have bought from Avery.

Some Avery labels use a very similar size and/or layout to our products, where the difference is 1mm or less; in these cases, we list the relevant Avery code along with the ^ symbol to indicate that there is a VERY slight difference between our labels and those of Avery.

How Do I Know If Your Labels Are Compatible With Avery Labels?

If one of our products is compatible with Avery labels, we list the relevant Avery codes on the product page, template information page, and product packaging * for that label size.

* Stocked items sold in 25 sheet packs only. Bulk and made to order items are despatched from our warehouse using different packaging.

Our product pages and packaging show only the most common Avery code. The template information pages show ALL current Avery codes that are compatible with our products.

You can view the relevant template information page by clicking on the purple “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page OR by visiting our Template Home Page and selecting your label shape and then your label size.

We have also put together two cross reference pages:

Avery Codes With Compatible Label Planet Sizes – use this page if you have an Avery code and want to find out if we supply labels in that size.

Label Planet Codes With Compatible Avery Sizes – use this page if you have a Label Planet code and want to find out if it is compatible with Avery products.

Why Do Some Of Your Labels Have More Than One Compatible Avery Code?

Some of our Avery compatible products have more than one compatible Avery code. This is because of the way Avery creates product (and template) codes.

Label Planet and Avery supply a range of label sizes, many of which are available in different materials/adhesives. This means you can use one template to print multiple products that share the same label size and layout.

At Label Planet, our product codes have two parts; the first is the size code and the second is the material code. Our templates are named using the relevant size code. We supply one set of templates for each size (not for each product).

For example, our label size 99.1 x 139mm is available in a range of materials. The product code for our standard paper labels in this size is LP4/99. For our gloss paper laser labels in the same size, we use the code LP4/99 GW. The template code for both of these products is LP4/99.

Avery use unique codes for their products – and use the same codes for their templates. This means that they have templates for each product (not each size).

To continue our example, Avery supplies the 99.1 x 139mm label size as two paper products; L7169 is paper labels for laser printers and J8169 is paper labels for inkjet printers. Their gloss paper laser labels in the same size have the product code L7769.

Avery have templates for each of these codes, which means Avery templates L7169, J8169, and L7769 are actually identical.

This also means that our LP4/99 (and LP4/99 GW etc) labels are compatible with Avery codes L7169, J8169, AND L7769.

In fact, we’ve found SIXTEEN compatible Avery codes for our LP4/99 label size – they’re all listed on the LP4/99 template information page.  

Why Can’t I Find An Avery Code In My Software?

Given that Avery labels are such an established part of the labelling industry, software with built-in label templates will often include a set of Avery templates.

If you’ve got an Avery code but you’re struggling to find it in your software, this could be because…

  • You haven’t selected Avery A4/A5 as the label vendor. There may be three sets of Avery templates; Avery A4/A5 (label sizes supplied on A4 or A5 sheets), Avery Zweckform (label sizes supplied on A4 sheets, more commonly used in Europe), and Avery US Letter (label sizes supplied on Letter sheets, used in the US). Each range has its own set of product codes so you won’t be able to find your code if you aren’t looking at the right set of Avery products.
  • You are using an Avery code that has been discontinued by Avery and has therefore been dropped from your software.
  • Your software doesn’t include that particular code in its list of built-in templates. The set of built-in templates available may be revised when software is updated. The most popular and common templates available at the time the software is created or updated is usually included BUT these sets tend to offer a selection of templates rather than every template currently in existence. This can mean that older codes or less popular sizes may be removed or left out of template sets.

It may be worth trying to find another Avery code that uses the same label size and layout. For example, if you are printing Label Planet labels with multiple compatible Avery codes, and the first code you try isn’t available in your software, work through the list of codes to see if another one is available.

Why Can’t I Find An Avery Code For Label Planet Product Code LP…/…?

If we haven’t listed any Avery codes for one of our products, this is because Avery simply don’t supply labels in that particular size. We have, however, created Word and PDF label templates for all of our label sizes for customers to use free of charge. These templates can be downloaded from our Template Home page (select your label shape and size) or by clicking on the “Label Templates and Printing Information” link on the relevant product page.

Got Any More Questions & Queries? Check Out Our Help Pages Or Get In Touch!

We’ve put together a range of guides, tips, and resources to create a Help Section that aims provide help and advice on designing and printing your own self adhesive labels – whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro! This section includes guides on designing and printing labels, top tips and a troubleshooting guide, along with our template section.

If you find that your particular question or query isn’t answered on these pages, get in touch with our Customer Service Team. You can give us a call during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or email info@labelplanet.co.uk at any time.

Label Planet’s Brief Guide To Self Adhesive Labels

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

If you’re buying self adhesive labels and find yourself overwhelmed at the sheer amount of options available, this is the post for you! We’ve put together a brief guide to what self adhesive labels are – and why there are so many options available.

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What Are Self Adhesive Labels?

Self adhesive labels are labels made with a particular type of adhesive known as a “self adhesive” or “pressure sensitive adhesive”. A pressure sensitive adhesive is an adhesive that is tacky (sticky) at room temperature and requires only the pressure of a finger/thumb to form a successful application.

How Many Different Forms Of Self Adhesive Labels Are There?

Self adhesive labels come in many different forms; common examples include sheet labels (like our A4 labels), roll labels (where the labels are on a continuous backing sheet that is wound around a central core), and fan-fold labels (also carried on a continuous backing sheet but one that is perforated and then folded back and forth along these perforations). Some are intended for use with printers, while others are intended to be left blank or handwritten only.

Generally speaking, self adhesive labels are three-tier constructions; they have a top layer (the Face Material), a middle layer (the Adhesive), and a bottom layer (the Backing Sheet). The face material and adhesive separate from the backing sheet to form the “label” proper. Self adhesive labels may have additional layers to help produce a particular appearance or fulfil a particular function.

At Label Planet, we have chosen to specialise in A4 sheets of self adhesive labels, which are designed for use with standard desktop laser and inkjet printers.

Why Are There So Many Different Options?

You can use A4 labels for thousands of different label applications. Different applications require particular sizes, materials, and/or adhesives to ensure that the labels can create and sustain an adhesive bond under the unique circumstances and requirements of that particular application.

Therefore, while we “specialise” in one particular type of self adhesive labels, we still have a LOT of options. Our product range includes over 100 label sizes in over 30 material/adhesive combinations because we want all of our customers to be able to find an option that suits their application.

Label Sizes:

We supply “standard” label sizes. These sizes determined by the proportions of an A4 sheet; they are the result of dividing an A4 sheet into a specific number of labels, while leaving as little waste material around and between the labels as possible. We do not supply bespoke sizes; you would need to contact a label manufacturer to request bespoke label sizes.

Label Materials:

Our sizes are then available in various material/adhesive combinations. Each combination provides a range of properties suitable for different applications. For example, we provide…

  • Paper or Synthetic Materials.
    Paper labels are a basic (and budget friendly) option suitable for general applications. Synthetic labels offer specialised properties for more demanding applications; for example, those requiring transparent labels, waterproof labels, or asset / security labels.
  • Inkjet Labels or Laser Labels.
    Different printers use VERY different printing methods. Inkjet printers disperse inks onto a surface, where they are partially absorbed before drying in place. Laser printers use heat (and pressure) to bond a dry powder (toner) onto a surface.Some materials suit one particular printing method (others suit both). We therefore supply laser labels and inkjet labels to allow our customers to get the best possible print quality.
  • Coloured Labels, Transparent Labels, and Gloss Labels / Matt Labels.
    For many customers, appearance is key. We therefore provide options for coloured labels, transparent labels, along with gloss finishes (bright and shiny) and matt finishes (dull and flat).
  • Permanent, Removable, and Special Adhesives.
    Pressure sensitive adhesives are either permanent or removable. The former create strong adhesive bonds that make labels difficult to remove. The latter create adhesive bonds that hold labels in place while needed before removing easily and cleanly (without damaging the surface or leaving behind adhesive residue).We supply permanent labels and removable labels along with specialised adhesives designed for specific applications. Examples include our high / super tack adhesives (create strong adhesive bonds even on unusual materials and/or curved surfaces), marine adhesive (for outdoor applications), VOID adhesive (for security labels), deep freeze adhesive (for items used/stored in freezer conditions), water wash off adhesive (for reusable containers), and super removable adhesive (for temporarily labelling delicate items).

Choosing The Right Self Adhesive Labels From Label Planet

There are a variety of ways to find the perfect self adhesive labels for your application.

Our alphabetical list and home page links let you visit our different product range pages. Use our All Labels page to view all of our range pages at once. Alternatively, use the Label Finder to create a shortlist of suitable options based on your requirements. Enter the things your labels MUST be and the Finder will list of all of our products that suit.

We offer a free sample request service, so you can try a few different sizes and/or materials to find the perfect option for your application. We also provide free label template for you to use to design and print your own labels.

If you need any help and advice, our Customer Service Team is on hand 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, to help you find the perfect sticky labels.

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

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM LABEL PLANET!

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

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

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

Find A Fitting Finish With Label Planet’s Guide To Matt Labels And Gloss Labels

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Self adhesive labels come in many different finishes; in this post, we’ll take a look at the two most popular options – matt labels and gloss labels.

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Matt Labels And Gloss Labels – First Things First: Just What Is A “Finish”?

“Finish” refers to the surface properties of materials as determined by their appearance and texture. This may include the level of gloss and the smoothness of their surface. The finish of self adhesive labels tends to refer to the level of gloss.

A gloss finish is extremely efficient at reflecting light; it reflects light in a concentrated pattern over a smaller area, which results in a bright and shiny appearance. Matt surfaces diffuse (scatter) light causing it to spread out over a wide area, creating a flat and dull appearance.

Other finishes (such as semi-gloss, silk, and satin) are less efficient at reflecting light than a full gloss finish but more efficient than a matt finish.

Matt Labels And Gloss Labels – What Are The Benefits & Drawbacks Of Each Finish?

As with any property of materials, there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of finish. Some are practical considerations that will determine which finish is more suitable for your application. Others are more of a subjective factor, related to the look of your self adhesive labels.

Gloss Labels

This decorative finish is often popular because it offers more subtle decoration compared to, say, coloured labels. The bright and shiny surface creates an attractive and professional finish, which can draw attention to important information. Gloss labels have special coatings, which add extra beneficial properties. For example, coatings tend to create a smoother finish and can offer protective properties, resulting in tougher and more durable sticky labels. They may also offer limited protection from environmental elements such as moisture. While paper labels can never be fully waterproof, our gloss and semi-gloss paper labels are “splashproof” and can be wiped clean and dry if lightly splashed with water.

Matt Labels

Matt labels may not be as decorative as gloss labels but this can be a benefit. Their subtle flat finish allows additional print to be added onto matt surfaces without drawing attention to the fact that this has been done. Some matt labels (especially matt transparent labels) become almost invisible after application, making it seem as though your additional print is actually part of the labelled item. Matt labels tend to be uncoated (with a rougher surface), although additional coatings can improve the finish. They can also be made with waterproof materials to create waterproof matt labels suitable for outdoor (or indoor) use. A less reflective surface can also be beneficial when the print must be easy to read – by humans or by machines. Gloss labels may be harder to read when light sources reflect off the surface. Matt labels are a better option for barcode labels and QR code labels. While some readers do not rely on detecting fluctuating levels of reflected light, traditional optical scanners do. The reflective surface of gloss labels may prevent barcodes and QR codes scanning correctly. The (usually) rougher surface of matt labels is often more receptive to handwritten or drawn designs along with craft materials, such as foils and stamps.

So Which Finish Should I Choose?

Ultimately, the choice between matt labels and gloss labels is up to you. Generally, it depends on the appearance you want for your self adhesive labels (and your labelled items). If you don’t have any practical considerations to bear in mind (which might rule out one or other of the finishes), it really does just depend on the finish that you prefer.

Order Matt Labels AND Gloss Labels From Label Planet

Visit our List Of All Materials page to view all of our materials; the description includes the finish of each product. Our product pages also list the finish of each product.

As well as gloss and matt finishes, we also supply semi-gloss labels, our gold labels and silver labels have a satin finish, and our Kraft labels have a ribbed matt finish, which adds a subtle touch of pattern and texture.

We offer a free Sample Request service so you can take a look at our materials and decide which finish fits your labelling project best. Label templates are available to download from our Label Templates Home Page and our Help Section includes a variety of guides and tips on designing and printing self adhesive labels.

Void Security Labels From Label Planet Keep All Items Safe & Secure

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Security labels and tamper evident labels increase the security of items. This week, we’re taking a closer look at our silver void security labels.

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VOID Security Labels – What Are Security Labels?

The term security labels may be applied to any label designed to improve the security of labelled items. Security labels can improve the security of items in a number of different ways. They may act as a visual deterrent against tampering or theft, provide a means of tracking an object, and/or contain special features that prevent the production of counterfeit items.

Security labels known as Tamper Evident Labels provide visual proof of tampering. This can also act as a visual deterrent against such tampering occurring in the first place.

Tamper evident labels provide visual proof of tampering in different ways; removing a label usually leaves a section of that label behind.

VOID Security Labels – How Do Void Labels Work As Security Labels?

VOID security labels leave behind a message (usually the word “VOID”) on the label itself, the previously labelled item, or both. This method involves adding an extra layer to the label construction. There are three types of VOID security labels…

  • Total Transfer: the extra layer carries a printed void message. It separates from the face material (top layer) to leave the extra layer (and the void message) on the previously labelled item.
  • Non-Transfer: the extra layer carries a printed void message. It remains attached to the face material. The absence of the label and the void message on the back of the label serves as proof of tampering.
  • Partial Transfer: the extra layer is connected to the face material using a pattern release coating OR is connected to a pattern release adhesive. The extra layer divides in two – half remaining on the back of the face material and half on the adhesive. This leaves the void message on the reverse of the label itself and on the previously labelled item.

Our void security labels use a partial transfer, leaving a void message on the label and the previously labelled item. Any attempt to re-stick the label back down will not be able to disguise the split in the extra layer created during the first removal.

VOID Security Labels – What Are The Benefits Of Void Security Labels?

Our void security labels are made with silver polyester and a partial transfer VOID adhesive. They are tough, durable, and waterproof labels, which makes them ideal long life tracking labels. They will remain firmly in place for the lifetime of a labelled item or for the duration of storage and/or transportation. The material also suits applications with fluctuating or extreme temperatures (hot or cold), which is often an issue for appliances and electronics.

The colour draws attention to your information. This could include a company logo and/or contact information, health and safety warnings, instructions for use, or general security information.

Our silver polyester has a high quality matt finish. This produces a decorative and professional appearance, which is perfect for high value goods.

The adhesive bonds well with a range of materials and surfaces types. They can be used on (slightly) curved surfaces but flat surfaces are better. The polyester has a strong “memory” and is likely to “ping” up if applied over an edge or around a tightly curved surface. To label edges and curves, use a larger label size to provide a larger surface area for your adhesive to bond.

VOID Security Labels – What Kind Of Security Applications Do Void Security Labels Suit?

Security Labels On High Or Added Value Goods

Void labels act as a visual deterrent against tampering and theft. They also provide visual evidence of tampering. This improves the security of labelled items and can help to prevent unauthorised reselling.

Security Seals On Product & Document Packaging

Seal packaging used to store and/or transport high value goods or important documents. Opening the packaging marks both the seal and the packaging itself. Sticking the label back down cannot disguise a broken seal because of the divide in the extra layer.

Warranty Labels On High Or Added Value Goods

Goods sold with a warranty may have security labels applied. If products are tampered with in a certain way, the damage to or removal of warranty labels proves that the warranty has been voided by an individual’s actions or treatment of the product. They can display details about the warranty supplied with a particular product or contact information for the relevant manufacturer, distributor, or servicing company. They can also detail the servicing history of an item, including servicing dates and results. Warranty labels are especially popular for use on high value appliances and electronic devices.

VOID Security Labels – How Do I Print Void Security Labels & Tamper Evident Labels?

Our SVP material does require a little extra care to get the perfect print.

This is because the polyester material is metallised – coated with a thin layer of metal. Laser printers use heat (and pressure) to bond toner in place. The layer of metal reflects heat from the fuser unit, which increases the overall temperature applied during printing. You therefore need to use a print setting that applies less heat to get the correct print temperature.

The wrong settings may prevent your toner bonding properly and/or may cause your sheets to curl up and jam inside your printer.

We highly recommend test printing a few sheets to determine which print setting works best. Check your printer’s manual and/or the manufacturer’s website in case they have provided recommended guidelines for self adhesive labels and more specialised materials.

Order VOID Security Labels From Label Planet

Visit our SVP range page to find out more, see what label sizes are available, or to place an order.

Products with a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets are available for same day despatch from stock. A minimum order quantity of 500 sheets indicates made to order items. Despatch is currently take five working days because of the increase in production in preparation for Christmas.

Remember, you can also request a sample if you would like to give these products a trial run. We supply label templates free of charge, which can be downloaded by heading to our Label Templates Home page and selecting your label shape and label size.

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

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

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

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Sticky Labels As Seals: Printed Vs Unprinted Seals

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

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

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

Sticky Labels As Seals: Permanent Vs Removable Adhesives For Seals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sticky Labels As Seals: Recommended Materials For Seals

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

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

Sticky Labels As Seals: Top Tips For Security Seals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Label Planet’s Checklist For Choosing Self Adhesive Labels

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Your Designs Into Shape With Label Shapes From Label Planet

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

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

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

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

Rectangular Labels

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

Square Labels

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

Round Labels / Circular Labels

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

Oval Labels

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

Media Labels

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

Top Tips For Keeping Your Label Shapes In Line

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

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

Buy Different Label Shapes From Label Planet Today

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

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

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

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