Top tips to get your seasonal sticky labels in shape and to help keep the chaos of Christmas under wraps.
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.
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.
Update 2023: we've just added our Mirrored Silver stickers. These labels are made with a standard permanent adhesive and are suitable for laser printers. They have an attractive, fun (and interactive) appearance that will instantly draw attention to your labels (or labelled items).
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 Template How Tos.
View our How To video for a step by step guide to using Mail Merge to make labels.
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 Product List 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, 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.