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Label Planet’s Guide To Choosing The Right Adhesive Labels

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

A Handy Flowchart To Help You Choose The Perfect Adhesive Labels

We supply THIRTY ranges of self adhesive labels giving you a choice of TEN different types of adhesive. This many choices can be confusing – especially if you need sticky labels for very specific circumstances.

So, we’ve pooled our knowledge of self adhesive labels to create a simple flowchart. This chart will guide you towards the adhesive labels that are right for your label application.

You simply need to answer TWO basic questions to find out the type of adhesive that you should choose.

Label Planet Guide To Adhesives

The (Inevitable) Exception To The Rule Of Choosing The Perfect Adhesive

There is an exception to this rule and that is temporary labels to stick onto clothing or fabric items. For example, you might want product labels for clothing or fabric items that can be removed without damaging those items after they have been sold. Alternatively, you might be hosting a networking event and want to hand out temporary name badges or you could be hosting a charity event or open day and want to give people stickers to reward their participation. Either way, your sticky labels mustn’t ruin people’s clothing at the end of the event.

In this case, we recommend a standard permanent adhesive instead of a removable adhesive. This is because fabrics have unusual and varied surfaces that can be difficult for removable adhesives to bond with properly. Permanent adhesives have the extra strength to ensure your adhesive labels remain in place BUT they won’t form a solid bond, which means they can be safely removed from clothing.

Next Steps: Request A Sample Or Place An Order For Your Adhesive Labels

Once you’ve found the right adhesive labels for your labelling application you can request a sample or place an order. Our free sample service means you can make sure that you’ve really got the right adhesive for your application before you go ahead and place an order.

Perfect Your Party Invitations With Pitch Perfect Address Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Make Sure Your Invitations Get To Where They Need To Go With Address Labels That Rise To The Occasion

Whether you’re sending out invitations to friends and family to celebrate a big day or inviting customers and clients to a big event, it’s important to make sure that your invitations look the part – right down to the address labels you stick onto your envelopes.

There are thousands of different design and material choices to make when you choose your invitations. So you might not think about your address labels until it’s a bit too late.

If you’ve chosen a specific colour scheme or material for your invitations and your envelopes, you really won’t want to plaster a plain white label over the top – you’ll want address labels that fit your theme. This is where Label Planet comes in.

Address Labels To Add A Burst Of Colour, Some Shimmer & Shine, Or Text That Is Crisp & Clear

While you COULD use any self adhesive labels, some options are better suited to this particular purpose. Whether you need wedding labels, birthday labels, party labels, or event labels, there are plenty of ways to make sure that your address labels play their part in your big event.

Coloured Address Labels

The easiest way to create decorative address labels is to use coloured labels. We supply a range of colourful options including SEVEN pastel shades, FIVE fluorescent colours, TWO brilliant metallics, and ONE patterned Kraft paper. The pastel coloured labels and our Kraft labels can be printed with an inkjet printer or a laser printer (or handwritten!), while our fluorescent labels, gold labels, and silver labels can only be printed with a laser printer (or handwritten!).

Gloss Labels

Another way to add a decorative finish is to introduce a touch of shimmer and shine with gloss labels. Gloss labels are extremely effective at reflecting light, which gives them a bright and shiny finish. We supply two full gloss labels (one for laser printers only and one for inkjet printers and laser printers) as well as semi-gloss labels (for a more subtle shine).

High Resolution Matt Labels

Our premium quality paper labels have a high quality finish and are an excellent choice if you want to include high resolution artwork on your address labels (for example, if you want to include digital photographs in your design). These paper labels can be printed with laser printers or inkjet printers (or handwritten). They have a special coating that helps to produce perfectly crisp and clear designs.

Address Labels To Suit Any Colour Scheme

If you’ve got a very specific colour scheme, you might be struggling to find self adhesive labels to match. While you CAN have bespoke coloured labels made for you, this tends to be quite a costly option. Instead, we recommend avoid the problem altogether by using transparent address labels. Transparent labels allow your carefully chosen colours to show through. So you can address your invitations without covering up your design in the process.

At Label Planet, we supply three ranges of transparent address labels. If you are using an inkjet printer, you will need to choose our gloss clear labels, which are transparent labels with a bright and shiny finish. If you have a laser printer, you can choose transparent labels with a gloss finish OR a matt finish.

Superbly Swift Despatch & Delivery To Suit Any Schedule

Another problem that some people encounter when sourcing address labels for special events is time. Big events need a lot of organisation and it’s all too easy to forget about self adhesive labels. At Label Planet, however, we have a huge range of address labels available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets – and options to upgrade to next day delivery.

Order Address Labels From Label Planet Today

We’ve created a specific section for all of our address labels to make it really quick and simple to see all of the options available and to pick the perfect self adhesive labels for your party invitations!

Find Your Perfect Match* With The Label Planet Label Finder

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

* Okay, we can’t find you your perfect match but we CAN help you find the perfect self adhesive labels for your label application.

Choosing the right self adhesive labels can turn out to be a bit more complicated than you’d like – especially if your label application involves some particularly tricky requirements.

If you’ve never wandered through the world of self adhesive labels before, it can be a bit bewildering when you realise exactly how many different choices you have to make. However, you DON’T need to be an expert in sticky labels to pick the perfect label! We’ve put together all of our experience of working in the labelling industry (and helping customers to find the self adhesive labels that are “just right”) and used it to create our LABEL FINDER.

The Label Planet Label Finder is designed to make the process of picking the perfect label as easy as possible so anyone can find the right sticky labels for their project in a few short clicks.

Using The Label Finder To Find Your Perfect Self Adhesive Labels

Instead of having to pick out the perfect label from ALL of the self adhesive labels available from Label Planet, the Label Finder creates a short list of options based on the sticky labels that are actually suitable for your application.

All you have to do is select a few key requirements for your self adhesive labels and the Label Finder will return a list of the sticky labels that match those requirements. For example, if you need removable labels you can enter this as a requirement and the Label Finder will ONLY show you self adhesive labels with a removable adhesive. If you need waterproof labels you can set this as a requirement and the Label Finder will show you all of our sticky labels that are also waterproof.

Label Planet Label Finder

What Information Can I Use To Find The Perfect Self Adhesive Labels For My Project?

The Label Finder allows you to narrow down your choices using the following requirements:

  • LABEL USE: we’ve created sets of “recommended labels” for a variety of applications, so you can use this option to give you an idea of what sort of self adhesive labels you should be looking at for a specific kind of application.
  • PRINTER TYPE: use this option if you’ve only got a laser printer OR an inkjet printer. Some of our products can only be printed with one type of printer and are grouped as laser labels (print with a laser printer) or inkjet labels (print with an inkjet printer).
  • LABEL SHAPE: use this option if you know you definitely want rectangular labels, round labels, square labels, oval labels, or CD labels / DVD labels.
  • COLOUR: use this option to show a list of the label sizes available in a particular colour.
  • NUMBER PER SHEET: use this option if you’re looking for a particular label size but you can only remember how many sticky labels were on each sheet.
  • AVERY TEMPLATE CODE: use this option to see if we supply any self adhesive labels that are compatible with (use the same label size and layout as) Avery labels / label templates that you currently use.
  • MATERIAL: use this option to narrow down your choice to paper labels OR one of our synthetic waterproof materials.
  • ADHESIVE: use this option to narrow down your choices based on whether you need permanent labels, removable labels, or a label adhesive suitable for a particular application / environment (e.g. high tack labels, opaque labels, void labels, wash off labels, marine labels, or freezer labels).
  • FINISH: use this option to show a list of sticky labels with the type of finish that you prefer (choose from gloss labels, semi-gloss labels, and matt labels).
  • WATERPROOF: use this option to create a list that only contains waterproof labels.
  • LABEL WIDTH: use this option if your self adhesive labels MUST have a specific label width.
  • LABEL HEIGHT: use this option if your self adhesive labels MUST have a specific label height.
  • LABEL CODE: use this option to view a particular product that you’ve ordered from Label Planet before.
  • LABEL PLANET SIZE CODE: use this option to view all of the material options available for a particular label size.
  • LABEL PLANET MATERIAL CODE: use this option to view all of the label sizes available for a particular label material.

How Do I Get To The Label Planet Label Finder?

To use the Label Finder, you simply need to click on the big red and white “Label Finder” button near the top of our website; this button appears on every page so you can always get to the Label Finder no matter where you are on our website!

FAQ – What Are Label Planet’s Popular Label Sizes?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

A Guide To Label Planet’s “Popular” Label Sizes For Self Adhesive Labels

If you’ve taken a look through the home page of our website, you may have noticed an option called “Popular Sizes” and wondered what makes a particular label size “popular”. We’ve written this blog post to explain what our popular label sizes are and why they can be extremely useful…

What Is A “Popular” Label Size?

As you might imagine, our range of popular label sizes is made up of the sizes that are requested most often; they’re also the most popular sizes requested across the whole of the labelling industry.

What Are The Benefits Of Choosing “Popular” Self Adhesive Label Sizes?

There are a number of benefits to choosing a popular label size – most of which are the result of the fact that “popular” sizes tend to become “standard” sizes.

The labelling industry wants to manufacture label sizes that customers actually want to buy, which has led to certain sizes becoming a set of “standard” label sizes that are manufactured in extremely large volumes on a regular basis. This has a number of benefits for customers:

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Readily Available

    Manufacturers make self adhesive labels in these sizes ALL THE TIME, which means that they are often in stock and available for same day despatch. Bespoke label sizes are made to order, which means they have longer lead times during which the self adhesive labels will actually be made for a specific customer.

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Available In Smaller Quantities

    Smaller packs of self adhesive labels tend to be available when there is a ready supply of stock that can be broken down into smaller quantities. Bespoke label sizes are only produced in specific and requested quantities.

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Cheaper

    These sizes are produced in bulk, which makes them less expensive to produce compared to bespoke label sizes (that have additional manufacturing set up costs) – making them much cheaper to buy.

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Better Supported

    These label sizes are much more likely to be supplied with label templates and printing advice. It is also more likely that a compatible label template will be available in the software a customer wants to use to design and print their own self adhesive labels (such as the Avery Label Templates built in to Word).

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Available In More Material & Adhesive Options

    Popular sizes are used to create ranges of self adhesive labels in alternative label materials and label adhesives. While standard paper labels are available in a wider range of label sizes, if you want a different material or adhesive (used to make waterproof labels, transparent labels, coloured labels, removable labels, security labels, freezer labels, gloss labels, opaque labels, or high tack permanent labels) you will probably find that they are available in a limited range of label sizes (made up of “popular” / standard sizes).

What Label Sizes Are Included In Your “Popular” Group Of Self Adhesive Labels?

Our range of popular label sizes includes nine rectangular labels and four round labels as follows:

  • LP1/210: A4 labels measuring 210mm by 297mm
  • LP4/99: 4 sticky labels measuring 99.1mm by 139mm
  • LP8/99: 8 sticky labels measuring 99.1mm by 67.7mm
  • LP12/63: 12 sticky labels measuring 63.5mm by 72mm
  • LP14/99: 14 address labels measuring 99.1mm by 38.1mm
  • LP21/63: 21 address labels measuring 63.5mm by 38.1mm
  • LP40/45: 40 sticky labels measuring 45.7mm by 38.1mm
  • LP65/38: 65 mini labels measuring 38.1mm by 21.2mm
  • LP84/46: 84 mini labels measuring 46mm by 11.1mm
  • LP12/64R: 12 round labels with a 63.5mm diameter
  • LP15/51R: 15 round labels with a 51mm diameter
  • LP35/37R: 35 round labels with a 37mm diameter
  • LP70/25R: 70 round labels with a 25mm diameter

All of these label sizes are available in all 30 of our self adhesive label ranges – and most are also available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets.

Ordering Popular Label Sizes From Label Planet

To view our popular label sizes and all of the material / adhesive options for each, simply click on the Search By Popular Sizes link on the home page of our website and select the size you want to buy.

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

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Tips For Last Minute Address Labels & Gift Tags

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

What’s In A (Product) Name? Quite A Lot Really!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Our product codes are designed to be as simple and useful as possible, which means that (if you look closely enough) you can find out all sorts of information about our self-adhesive labels just by looking their product codes.

While a lot of label products have (random) alphanumerical codes that are easily confused and hold no meaningful reference to their products, we wanted our product codes to be as useful as the sticky labels themselves.

This is why we’ve created a system for labelling our printer labels, to incorporate the main features of each product (e.g. label size and shape, labels per sheet, label adhesive and material, colours and finishes etc) into the product code – so you know exactly what you’re getting from the start!

All of our blank label products (except for our CD & DVD labels and franking labels) have a code based on the following formula:

LP + No. of Labels Per Sheet + / + Label Width + Label Shape* + Label Adhesive/Material*


1. LP

We start with “LP” to make it absolutely clear that a code belongs to self adhesive labels from Label Planet. Some companies use the SAME product codes as other companies, which can make it impossible to know where you bought a particular set of blank labels.

2. Self Adhesive Labels Per Sheet

Next we list the number of adhesive labels per sheet, followed by a forward slash.

3. Width

Then we list the width of the label size (rounded to the nearest round number); for round labels this is the diameter of the circular labels and for  oval labels this is the widest part of each oval label.

This is where the product codes for (most of) our rectangular standard matt white permanent labels end – for example:

  • LP65/38: 65 rectangular labels per sheet with a label width of 38.1mm
  • LP4/99: 4 labels per sheet with a label width of 99.1mm
  • LP21/70: 21 labels per sheet with a label width of 70mm

The rest of our sticky labels have additional elements to indicate their shape, adhesive, material, finish, and colour.

4. Blank Label Shape

First, we add a label shape; square cut rectangular labels with a selvedge (blank strips at the top and bottom of each sheet) will have “S”, round labels have “R”, oval labels have “OV”, and square labels have “SQ” – for example:

  • LP24/70S: 24 rectangular labels per sheet with a label width of 70mm and a selvedge of 8.7mm at the top and bottom of each sheet
  • LP4/100R: 4 round labels per sheet with a diameter of 100mm
  • LP8/90OV: 8 oval labels per sheet measuring 90mm at their widest point
  • LP35/37SQ: 35 square labels per sheet with a label width of 37mm

The only exceptions are our CD labels & DVD labels, which begin with “LPCD” followed by the diameter of the round labels (e.g. LPCD117).

5. Material / Adhesive

Next we add the label adhesive and/or material; each product range has its own “range code”, which is taken from the initials of the material(s) used to make that particular product – for example:

  • DF: Paper Labels with a Deep Freeze Adhesive
  • WW: Paper Labels with a Water Wash-Off Adhesive
  • GREM: Paper Labels with a Glass REMovable Adhesive
  • GWPQ: Gloss White Photo Quality Paper Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • MPQ: Matt Premium Quality Paper Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • OPQ: Paper Labels with an OPaQue Adhesive
  • MWPO: Matt White PolyOlefin Labels with a Marine Adhesive
  • SVP: Silver Void Polyester Labels with a Void Adhesive
  • CRD: Crimson ReD Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • REMCRD: Crimson ReD Labels with a Standard REMovable Adhesive
  • LG: Laser Gold Paper Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • BRK: Brown Ribbed Kraft Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive

For a full list of the range codes that we use for all of our self-adhesive labels, simply visit our List Of A4 Label Materials page.

So, whether you want laser labels or inkjet labels, white labels or coloured labels, transparent labels or waterproof labels, permanent labels or removable labels, you can always take a quick look at the product code to make sure that you’ve got the sticky labels you need!

Picking The Perfect Printer Can Help Perfect Your Print & Produce Perfectly Printed Self Adhesive Labels

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

DID YOU KNOW? The printer you use can heavily influence the print quality and accuracy of alignment created when printing self adhesive labels.

PRINTERS, PRINTER LABELS, & PRINT QUALITY
Print quality on self adhesive labels is determined by three key factors:

1. Label & Printer Compatibility
Some A4 labels are suitable for ONE printing method; they are called INKJET LABELS and LASER LABELS and are made with materials that are extremely well-suited to a particular printing method.

For example, laser printing uses heat and pressure to bond toner onto a surface and so laser labels are made with materials that cope well with high temperatures (e.g. paper with high moisture content). Inkjet printing relies on inks drying quickly in the correct position and so inkjet labels are made with slightly absorbent materials (e.g. porous papers) to reducing the risk of smudging.

2. Printer Resolution
Printer resolution is expressed as “dots per inch” – the number of “dots” of ink or toner that a printer can produce within an inch. More dots allow more detail to be added, which means that a higher printer resolution produces better print quality – up to a point.

A DPI of 300 x 300 is “Normal/Good Resolution” (for general documents), a DPI of 600 x 600 is “High Resolution” (for documents with some images or design features), and a DPI of 1200 x 1200 is “Photo Resolution” (for reproducing digital photographs).

Some printers offer higher printer resolutions but there is little benefit as the human eye struggles to discern the difference in quality after this point.

Your printer’s manual will list its maximum printer resolution; many printers will give you a choice of printer resolutions when printing so you can choose a less intensive resolution for everyday printing tasks and a higher resolution when you need more detail.

3. Print Settings
Most desktop printers offer specific print settings that adjust how your printer works in order to produce the best possible print quality on different print media, including self adhesive labels – which are thicker and made with a variety of different materials or coatings. These settings tend to fall into the following three categories:

  • Type: this refers broadly to the print medium that you are using (e.g. Plain Paper, Recycled Paper, Gloss Paper, Photo Paper, Card, Labels, Envelopes etc).
  • Weight: this refers to the weight of the print medium, which is expressed as grammage – the mass per unit area (g/m²). Options are usually a general description followed by a range of weights (e.g “Light (60-64 gsm)” or “Heavy (105-120 gsm)”).
  • Quality: this refers to the printer resolution (i.e. the level of detail) that is used to print your label template. This setting will usually allow you to choose a printer resolution AND the speed at which your printer runs (higher printer resolutions require a slower print speed).

While “dedicated” desktop printers should be able to print most media types and weights, “all-in-one” printers and application printers (e.g. “photo printers”) are limited in the print media they can process; this is because they are not designed for the specific task of printing self adhesive labels, which means they are not built with the features and specifications that would allow them to do so. Your printer’s manual will list all of the types and weights that it can print successfully.

Some printers will also have advanced features to further refine the print quality on your laser labels or inkjet labels. You can consult the printer manual and/or support section of the manufacturer’s website to see what options are available and if there are any recommended guidelines you need to follow. 

PRINTERS, PRINTER LABELS, & PRINT ACCURACY
Some printers have features that improve how accurately your label template is aligned with your sheet labels when you press print:

  • Media Bypass Tray: usually located just above or below the standard paper tray, this tray is designed specifically for handling thicker materials and offers a straighter path through the printer (“bypassing” at least one set of rollers) – this reduces the risk of your sheet labels rotating as they are fed through the printer.
  • Narrow Edge Feed: some printers allow you to feed sheet labels into your printer narrow edge leading (the 210mm edge goes in first) or wide edge leading (the 297mm edge goes in first). You should ALWAYS use narrow edge feed to print self adhesive labels because they have layouts designed to reduce the chances of labels separating from their backing sheet. Paper labels also have a grain that runs the length of each sheet; they must be fed narrow edge leading to ensure that they travel through the printer in a direction that is parallel with the grain to ensure they feed smoothly and with less chance of rotation.
  • Starting Print Position: all printers have a slightly difference starting print position, which can determine whether or not your label template aligns with your sheet labels. Some printers allow you to adjust this starting print position (usually through the menu panel that is physically part of the printer) but it is often much simpler to adjust the page margins of your label template.
  • Printable Area: most desktop printers cannot print the full area of an A4 sheet; if your labels fall into the “unprintable area” of your particular printer, you will have to adjust your label template (so your design doesn’t use this area) OR source a printer that offers “Edge-To-Edge” or “Borderless” printing (allowing your printer to print the full surface area of A4 labels).

BUY PRINTER LABELS FROM LABEL PLANET
We specialise in A4 sheets of laser labels and inkjet labels, which are designed specifically for use with laser printers and inkjet printers. Our self-adhesive labels use label sizes, layouts, materials, and adhesives that suit the laser printing or inkjet printing process so our customers can print sticky labels at home or at work using their own standard desktop printers!

You can find a full list of our laser labels and inkjet labels (along with their printer compatibility) on our List Of All Materials page.

While we don’t recommend specific printer models because customers need to choose one that suits their overall printing needs, we do recommend two brands: OKI and HP. Both supply dedicated printers that are extremely capable of processing self-adhesive labels and produce high quality and accurate print. Look through printer specifications to make sure that your printer offers a high printer resolution, is capable of processing labels, has a media bypass tray, and has a duty cycle higher than your expected requirements (this is the number of sheets a printer can print to a consistent standard within a given time frame – usually a month).

You should also read your printer’s manual to check a) that it has the necessary specification to process labels successfully and b) whether the manufacturer has provided specific guidelines and recommendations for printing self adhesive labels using a particular model – which you should then, obviously, follow.

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

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let The Christmas Countdown…Commence!

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

It is officially TWO MONTHS until Christmas Day, which means that it is time once again to launch our countdown to Christmas by reminding our customers of all the reasons why it’s really important to get your labels ordered EARLY!!

At Label Planet, we highly recommend that ALL of our customers should try to place their label orders as early as possible to help avoid headaches and heartaches as the Christmas season edges closer and closer.

Whether you’re an individual who just needs a few address labels for your Christmas cards, a business with Christmas stock to get packed and/or posted, or you’re hosting a Christmas event – it’s always a good idea to get your labels ordered in plenty of time.

Many people consider ordering labels to be the LAST job on their (Christmas) to-do list, which is fine if you’re really organised and you’ve been planning your Christmas jobs since – well – summer BUT at this time of year it’s worth bearing in mind that it is almost INEVITABLE that pretty much EVERYTHING will take longer than you’d expect.

For example, when you order labels you need to remember that you have to leave enough time for:

  1. Your labels to be despatched from our office or warehouse
  2. Your labels to be delivered to you by Royal Mail or our carrier
  3. You to design your label template
  4. You to PRINT your label template (including time to correct any mishaps that occur along the way)
  5. You to stick your labels onto your items
  6. You to post your items AND for them to be delivered (if you’re trying to send products, cards, or gifts out to arrive at their intended destination BEFORE Christmas).

At this time of year, there are hundreds and thousands of additional items being manufactured and delivered all across the country – meaning it can take longer for items to be made (if you are ordering made to order items) AND for items to be delivered.

So, here at Label Planet we have TWO top tips for ordering your Christmas labels:

  1. ORDER AS EARLY AS YOU CAN
  2. REQUEST AN UPGRADED DELIVERY SERVICE (IF ONE IS AVAILABLE)

While our despatch estimate for made to order items (i.e. labels only available in bulk boxes of 500 sheets) is USUALLY up to five working days, the volume of orders in the lead up to Christmas will push this despatch estimate upwards (usually we see despatch go up to 5-7 working days and possibly even 7-10 working days in December). While we aim to keep our despatch times as low as possible for as long as possible, we do recommend ordering early to avoid disappointment.

If you are ordering smaller quantities (e.g. 25-200 sheets), we highly recommend upgrading to our next working day delivery service – especially once we get into November and December when the Royal Mail experience a much higher volume of items, which can lead to delays with their first class service (our standard delivery service for small orders).

We do also have some timed delivery services available for items that are sent via next working day carrier service (this applies to orders of stocked items of 250+ sheets and orders of bulk boxes of 500 sheets) – to find out what services are available and to request a special delivery option, please contact our Customer Service Team.

As we get closer to Christmas, we’ll be posting those all-important LAST POSTING DATES along with updates about our despatch service level. You can find out more about our Despatch and Delivery Times by visiting our DELIVERY pages and, if you have any questions or queries, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team by phone or by email.