Friday, 23 June 2017

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Happy #takeyourdogtoworkday From Label Planet (& Harvey The Stikins ® Dog)

Today is officially Take Your Dog To Work Day – although we would argue that EVERY day should be take your dog to work day – so we thought we’d dedicate today’s post to our very own office dog, Harvey!

Harvey has been the Label Planet office dog for years and received an early promotion in 2010 when he was made the official mascot for Stikins ® name labels. His biggest (and perhaps only) challenge to date was to – very patiently – sit through an extra rigorous grooming session in preparation for a photo shoot to promote a new version of our flagship product (as seen in this truly professional portrait):

He has his own “desk” in the office in the form of a big brown rug, although he is invariably more likely to be found lying anywhere else (in particular, anywhere else that just so happens to be in the way) and has a particular fondness for spending his afternoons sunbathing by the front door.

Facts About Harvey:
Harvey Bear, Harvey Dog, Harvey Zebedee Worgan
Best Feature:
Chief Chewer Of Boxes, Head Greeter of (New) Persons, Overseer Of Tennis Balls and Biscuits, and Team Leader For The Department Of Long Sighs, Snoring Loudly, and Squeaking Squeaky Toys At Inopportune Moments (Especially If Someone Is On the Phone)
Office Snack Of Choice:
Office Snack Of Choice While On A Diet:
Exercise Of Choice:
Long Walks
Favourite Hobbies:
Sleeping, Eating, Lying Down, Walking, Resting, Soliciting Fuss, Snoozing

Did You Know: our multipurpose Stikins ® name labels can be used to label pretty much anything and everything, so why not use some of your Stikins ® to get your pets just as organised as your kids! You can label food tins, storage containers, water bowls, and leads – although please note that we wouldn’t recommend labelling anything that your dog will (try to) put in its mouth (e.g. toys).

Our easy to use name labels simply peel off their backing sheet and can be applied onto clothing (where they should be applied onto the wash-care label) or onto personal items that you want to keep securely labelled. You can order printed Stikins ® or – if you want a more flexible approach – you can order our Stikins ® Name Label Kit, which contains sixty blank name labels and a pen so you can personalise each label however you like!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Label Planet: Summer Is Here But Never Fear We’ve Got Labels For All Your Gear!

Today saw the arrival of the summer solstice, which means that today is officially the longest day of the year with a whopping 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight available for whatever plans you’ve got to hand.

Obviously, here at Label Planet, we think it’d be really amazing if you used some of your extra daylight to buy some summer labels for whatever projects you’re working on – but don’t worry, we’ve made it quick and simple to order labels from us, so you’ll be done in a jiffy with plenty of time to fit as much into your day as possible.

At Label Planet, we have over 100 label sizes available in over 30 material options and we aim to stock as many of the most popular combinations as possible so your labels can be despatched same day. Our website features all-inclusive prices so you simply pay the price you see – you can also opt to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option if you need to receive your labels in plenty of time for looming deadline.

Our website provides information about all of the label materials and label adhesives that we supply, contains free Word templates and PDF templates for you to download and use to print your labels, and plenty of help and advice to guide you through the process of designing and printing your own labels.

Suitably Summery Labels From Label Planet

Coloured Labels: we supply self-adhesive labels in FIFTEEN different colours so we’re sure to have an option that will add a touch of summer fun to your project, from pastels that add a subtle bloom of colour to fluorescents that add a vibrant burst of colour, along with luxurious gold labels and silver labels, and a crafty brown ribbed Kraft paper that has a subtle touch of pattern and texture.

Gloss Labels: gloss labels are a brilliant way to add a subtle summery shimmer to your labelled items and we have both a full gloss and a semi-gloss finish available – you can also choose between gloss paper labels and gloss polyester labels (which are ideal if you want waterproof labels that can survive the occasional summer shower).

Transparent Labels: transparent labels are a wonderfully decorative way to label any item or even to make your own window stickers and you can choose between a gloss finish or a matt finish to make sure your labels stand out or blend in, depending on the effect you want to create.

Waterproof Labels: perfectly suited to the summer months, we supply a range of waterproof labels, which can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications that may involve exposure to water. We particularly recommend our Marine Labels (MWP, MWPE, and MWPO), which are all made with super tough synthetic materials and a marine adhesive, which means they’ll survive in all kinds of conditions – perfect for the ever-changeable British summer.

Freezer Labels: if you’re looking to perfect some homemade delicacies or you’re a supplier of delicious summer delights, our freezer labels are designed specifically for use on items that need to be stored in deep freeze conditions.

Water Wash Off: another recommended product for customers making food and drink products over the summer months; these labels can be used to safely and securely label containers that hold food stuffs and ingredients BUT can also be removed simply by washing the containers so that you can clean and re-label them time and time again.

Visit our full List Of Label Materials to find out more or to buy any of the label materials available from Label Planet OR visit our full List of Label Adhesives for more information about the adhesives used to make our self-adhesive labels. 

You'll find plenty of tips and advice on our Help Pages and you can head on over the our Template Home Page to download a template and get printing! 

Remember, you can also Request A Sample of any of our label materials and adhesives to make sure that the labels you buy from us won't give you the summertime blues!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Designing A Label Template – Always Start With A Plan

Here at Label Planet, we always recommend taking a few moments to plan your label design before you actually start work on your template. While you might think that this is an entirely unnecessary step (and in some cases it is), sometimes taking a moment to plan ahead can help save you plenty of time (and stress) when it comes to getting your labels just right.

Obviously if you are creating a set of VERY simple address labels or logo labels (that contain JUST an address or JUST a logo) then designing your labels simply involves adding your one element to your labels – job done.

However, if you’re creating something a bit more complicated, it’s always worth taking the time to plan ahead – especially if your labels contain vital information or need to have a strong visual impact.

By “plan”, we don’t mean a detailed diagram measured down to the nth degree – simply having a list of what you want to include on your labels might be enough to help you keep your label design under control.

We recommend trying these simple tips for a trouble free template design:
  • If your label design includes text – TYPE IT UP. This will allow you to see exactly how much room you need to make sure that all of your text fits onto your label AND at a font size that is legible to the human eye.
  • Make a quick sketch showing where each element will sit in your finished label design; this doesn’t need to be detailed or measured – just sketch a set of outlines showing where each bit goes to make sure that you’ve definitely got enough room to fit everything in.
As with everything, sometimes less is more and if you’re trying to fit a lot of elements onto a single label it can soon become cluttered, messy, and possibly even completely illegible.

Making a plan or outline of what you want to include in your design will allow you to make sure your design will do the job you need it to – whether that’s clearly displaying your company brand or product information, outlining important health and safety warnings or instructions for use, or simply creating a strong visual message with a professional, high quality finish.

If you find that you’ve simply got too much text or too much going on in your label design, you can scribble a few bits out or quickly sketch out an alternative – without wasting your time and getting frustrated trying to force your template into shape.

In fact, we actually recommend planning your design while you’re in the process of choosing your labels – this way you can make sure that the labels you purchase are the right size for your requirements, so you don’t end up squeezing everything onto labels that are too small, buying extra labels so that you can split your design across multiple labels, or having massive labels plastered across your items that contain a design that would look far more effective and clean cut on a smaller label size.

You can find full measurements for all of our label sizes by visiting our Template Home Page and selecting the relevant label shape and size. 

Next week on Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Build From The Background Forward

Friday, 16 June 2017

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Fun Facts & Truly Scrumptious Names For National Picnic Week

Today marks the beginning of National Picnic Week, which aims to get us all out and about in the great outdoors with family, friends, and a good old pic-a-nic basket!

Picnics are a really easy way to organise a fun day out that won’t cost you the earth – all you need is food, fun extras to keep you and the kids amused, friends and family, and a picnic-friendly venue to set up camp. There are plenty of ways to keep everyone entertained from taking along a football or Frisbee, arming yourself with a good book or puzzle book, or even downloading a few apps full of fun games to keep you all amused.

Picnics – FUN FACTS
The concept of a “picnic” has varied hugely over time and has previously referred to medieval hunting feasts, country banquets, Victorian garden parties, and even indoor social gatherings or dinner parties at which every guest brought their own contribution to the meal.

According to the National Picnic Week website, each of us will attend at least three picnics a year (which means that the UK sees around 94 million picnics per year) and the average family will spend £26 on a picnic (meaning that we collectively spend around £2,479,720,000 on picnics each year).

While picnics can be arranged in all sorts of shapes and sizes from intimate meals for two to large family gatherings, there have been some truly impressively picnics that have managed to pick up World Records along the way, including:

The Longest Picnic Table – 322.42 metres long (2nd April 2017 / Réunion)
The Longest Picnic Line – 2,277 metres long (15th July 2012 / Canada)
The Largest Picnic – 22,232 people (20th June 2009 / Portugal)
The Largest Picnic Blanket – 1,760 square metres (April 2008 / Woven In Wales & Laid Out In South Africa)

We’ve had a quick rummage around in our basket of previous orders to see if we could find any suitably sweet names to match our picnic theme and found Téa, Clementine, Honey, Cherry, Berry, and Candy.

Admittedly, this probably isn’t the healthiest selection for a real life picnic but we also found a whole selection of names meaning “sweet” that provide a subtler addition to our picnic theme: Anush, Dulcie, Esti, Madhu (Madhur/Madhuri), Miela, Pamela, Pollux, and Shirin.

Hopefully, you’ll have time this summer to indulge in a relaxing picnic (or two) and remember, if you need to get any food containers or drinks bottles labelled, you can always use Stikins ® name labels to make sure that everybody’s stuff is clearly and securely labelled (so at least you know there won't be any arguments about which water bottle belongs to whom when you’re trying to pull off a peaceful family picnic).

Stikins ® name labels can be used to label all kinds of personal items; simply make sure that your item is clean and dry, then peel one of your name labels off its backing sheet and apply it directly onto the item. Use your thumb to smooth the label down to make sure that the adhesive fully bonds with the surface.

If you are labelling clothing or fabric items, you should apply your name labels to the wash-care label. In shoes, we recommend that you stick your name labels onto the side wall or beneath the tongue – if you apply Stikins ® to the floor of the shoe, the print will disintegrate over time due to the friction generated between it and the heel. 

Visit our website today to Find Out More about Stikins ® name labels or to Place An Order.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Label Planet: Get Creative With Gloss Clear Labels From Label Planet

This week, we’re taking an in-depth look at one of our synthetic self-adhesive labels, GLOSS CLEAR POLYESTER INKJET LABELS, which have a few useful features that make them perfect for all kinds of creative purposes.

These labels have a high gloss finish, which means that they are very efficient at reflecting light and so have an attractive bright and shiny appearance. This makes these labels extremely popular for any label application that requires the use of a decorative and/or professional looking label – but one that avoids being too overpowering or colourful.

Our GCP labels are made with a transparent polyester and a transparent adhesive, which means that – once applied onto a solid white or coloured background – they can be seen through quite clearly. While our transparent labels are not frosted or translucent, they are not “glass clear”; in other words, when a label is applied onto glass, the adhesive will cause some bubbles of air or dust to be trapped beneath the label which prevents it from having a truly 100% transparent appearance.

These labels are a brilliant way to add branding or additional information onto all kinds of items because they won’t obscure or detract from any existing designs on the surface being labelled. They’re also ideal if you are having trouble colour matching labels to your existing print or design.

Polyester is a synthetic material that is extremely tough and durable, which means these labels can be used in a wide range of environments and for all kinds of applications. The labels themselves are waterproof and long lasting, which makes them ideal for both short term or long term applications.

Polyester does have a strong memory (i.e. when the material is distorted in some way – for example, by bending it around a narrow curve – it will try to return to its original flat state), which means that these labels may not be suitable for labelling extremely curved surfaces such as very narrow cylinders. 

GCP labels are designed specifically for use with inkjet printers, which means that they can be used to produce extremely high quality label designs – including reproductions of photographs and high resolution artwork.

It should be noted that, while the labels themselves are waterproof, most inkjet inks are water-based and this means that the print will run or smudge if it gets wet or is handled a lot. To create waterproof printed labels using GCP you would need to either purchase a protective spray to cover the print or you would need to apply a second label over a printed label in order to protect the print from exposure to water. 

Our range of GCP labels is extremely popular for a variety of label applications including decorative address labels, product labels and packaging labels, promotional and marketing labels, and decorative window stickers.

They can also be used to create mini dry-wipe boards that can be written on using a dry-wipe marker pen before wiping clean so you can use them again and again (and again and again!).

To find out more or to buy your own marvellous GLOSS CLEAR POLYESTER INKJET LABELS simply visit the GCP range page or fill in our online SAMPLE REQUEST FORM to try before you buy.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Troubleshooting Tips For Choosing The Right Label Template

Over the last five weeks, we’ve been looking at defining what label templates are, how to find the right template for you, and how to open a template so that you can get busy designing your own labels.

This week, we’re looking at a few troubleshooting hints and tips for finding the right label template based on some of the most frequently asked questions we get from our own customers.

Where Do I Get A Template To Print The Labels I’ve Bought From You?
All of our label sizes have their own template information page, which contains free Word templates and PDF templates for you to download and use. To get to the template information page for your labels you need to:
  • Go to our TEMPLATE HOME PAGE; select your label shape and label size
  • OR go to the product page for your labels and click on “Label Templates And Printing Information For this Label”
The template download links are listed in the middle of the template page and are purple in colour; we offer a range of different template formats to suit a variety of label designs, including options for Portrait or Landscape templates, Text Box and Mirrored Word templates, and Bleed templates. Simply click on the link for the template you want to download!

Alternatively, if your labels have a compatible Avery code (these are listed on the product page, product packaging, and template information pages for each product), you can use an Avery template that is built in to your software.

What Software Should I Use To Design My Labels?
It’s up to you. Most people use whatever software they already have installed on their computer but you may want to source new software that is designed for designing and printing labels if you don’t have anything suitable already on your computer.

We don’t recommend any particular software because it’s up to you to decide what you are comfortable with (particularly if you would need to purchase and learn how to use your new software).

Should I Download A Word Template Or A PDF Template?
You should download a template that is compatible with the software that you intend to use to design and print your labels (i.e. that is in a file format that your software can edit). Our Word templates use the .docx file format and can be edited by a variety of word processing software including Word, Pages, LibreOffice etc. Our PDF templates can be used with any graphics package that is capable of editing the .pdf file format (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop etc).

When I Download A Template, I Am Asked If I Want To Open Or Save The File – What Should I Do?
We recommend choosing save – you can then use your software to open the saved file so that it can check that it can read and edit the file correctly (and convert the file if necessary) before you start adding your design.

How Do I Open A Word Template On My Mac?
Word templates can be used in Pages, the word processor included with Apple devices. You simply download and save the Word template you need onto your device. You then open Pages, click on File and then Open and browse to the folder where your template is saved (when downloading files from the internet, they are usually saved to the Downloads folder).

Why Can’t I See The Outlines Of My Word Template?
If you open a Word template and you cannot see the outline of the labels, Table Gridlines are turned off. To turn them on, you should left click somewhere in the middle of the page to bring up the Table Tools “Layout” tab at the top of the page. Click on this tab and then click on the “View Gridlines” button on the left hand side of the ribbon at the top of the page.

Please note, Word also contains a tool called Page Gridlines (which adds a grid to your page to help you accurately line up different elements), which is listed under the “View” tab at the top of the page.

Why Don’t Your Word Templates Show Circles/Ovals For Round Labels/Oval Labels?
Word templates are basically a table that represents the layout of a sheet of labels; each cell in the table represents either a label or a blank gap between two labels. This means that Word templates can only represent square or rectangular areas and so – to create Word templates for round labels or ovals labels – a compromise is used. Each label will be represented by a square or rectangular cell in the table whereby the outermost points of the label touches the four sides of the cell.

Why Can’t I Make Changes To My Template?
There are two main reasons why you might not be able to make changes to your template:
  • You have downloaded a template from the internet and your software has temporarily put it into a locked protective state for security reasons. Usually there will be a message on your screen to warn you that the file might not be safe (such as the yellow “PROTECTED VIEW” banner that appears at the top of Word documents) and a button for you to press to acknowledge that you want to open and use the file (e.g. “Enable Editing”).
  • You may have opened a template in software that can READ the file but not EDIT it – in other words, your software can display what the file looks like but cannot make any changes to it. For example, the free PDF viewer Adobe Reader can display PDF files but you cannot make changes to those files.
Why Has My Word Template Split Onto 2 Pages?
There are a few reasons why a Word template might split across two pages:
  • You have accidentally added content above the template. Move your cursor to the top of the page and left click once – if this creates a flashing text cursor, you can use the “Delete” key on your keyboard to move your template back up into place.
  • If you have added content to your template, Word may have “helpfully” resized your template to allow your content to fit; double check the size of each label (and gap) in your template to make sure they are still correct.
    [Left click once inside a label (or gap), select the Table Tools “Layout” tab at the top of the page, and look for the width and height boxes to see the size of that label (or gap).]
  • Your software has automatically adjusted the template to suit its own rules and requirements, which may differ from those of Word. For example, Apple’s Pages has a minimum table row height of 3.2mm, which means that any template that uses a smaller row height will automatically be resized to suit the default minimum. You will need to delete the rows that represent the gaps between your labels and increase the height of the labels to accommodate for the gaps.
Why Can’t I Find My Avery Code On Your Website/In My Software?
There are a couple of reasons why you might not be able to find an Avery template on our website or in your software:
  • We may not supply that particular size; while we supply a lot of label sizes that are the same as those supplied by Avery, we do not match Avery’s list of products.
  • We may not supply that particular size – because it is an American size. America uses a different page size to the UK, which is known as “Letter” (or American Letter), and labels designed for use in the US are supplied on Letter sheets and in measurements of inches – in contrast to UK labels, which are supplied on A4 sheets and in measurements of cm/mm.
  • The Avery template code may be for a product that Avery has discontinued or that wasn’t considered “popular” enough for inclusion in the set of built in Avery templates supplied with your software.
You can find complete lists of all of the Avery template codes that are compatible with our label sizes in our LIST OF AVERY CODES (with compatible Label Planet sizes) and our LIST OF LABEL PLANET CODES (with compatible Avery sizes).

Can You Send Me A Template?
If you are struggling to find, download, or open a template, you can always get in touch with us to let us know and we will email you a copy of the template you need as an attachment.

Next week on Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Always Start With A Plan

Friday, 9 June 2017

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Schools – Have You Requested Your Free Samples Yet?

Once again, we’re offering schools and PTAs the chance to boost their fundraising totals by requesting free printed samples of our Stikins ® name labels to hand out to parents. In the past, we’ve found that these samples are a really effective way to get more parents to actually buy and use name labels on their children’s school uniform and equipment – which will both reduce the amount of lost property that your school has to deal with and boost the amount of commission that you earn through the Stikins ® fundraising scheme.

This year, we’re offering free samples to schools in May, June, and September – which means that there are only a few weeks left to request your samples before the summer break.

All you need to do is to request your samples (by emailing us or by filling in our online Request Form) and send us an Excel spreadsheet containing the names you need printing (with the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column).

If your school has data protection guidelines in place that prevent you from sending full names you can also request samples printed with class names, initials, or just first names or initials and surnames. We only use the spreadsheet of names for the purpose of printing your samples; once your samples have been printed, the spreadsheet is completely deleted from our system. 

We pack each sample individually with its own set of instructions and information leaflet. You can request samples for your new intake (who will be starting in September) OR – if you have added a link to your school or PTA website – you can request free samples for the whole school (this offer is available once per school but you can request samples for new intake each year).

Many schools like to send out welcome packs to new starters with information about the school and school uniform requirements, which provides an excellent way to introduce Stikins ® name labels to parents.

Visit our website to Find Out More about our fundraising scheme or to request your Free Samples (and to register if you haven't already!).