Archive for January, 2015

What do STIKINS ® & TRONS ® Look Like?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Our name labels have been designed to be two different things at once: obvious and subtle.

A name label should be easy to find and clear to read; after all, the whole purpose of a name label is to make it extremely simple to return an item to its original owner. To achieve this, both our STIKINS ® name labels and TRONS ® name transfers are made with white materials and printed with black text.

When they’re not being used, however, name labels should be inconspicuous in both look and feel. When labelling clothing or personal items, you don’t want a gigantic label plastered across your belongings; instead, name labels should be as invisible as possible, until you (or someone else) needs to read them. With this in mind, we’ve kept things small and neat; our STIKINS ® measure just 30mm wide by 15mm high, while our TRONS ® are 35mm wide by 15mm high.

When name labels are applied to clothing they also need to be smooth to the touch, so that they won’t cause any irritation when the items are worn – particularly if the labels are applied in a position where they are likely to come into direct contact with the wearer’s skin (for example, STIKINS ® should be applied onto the wash care label of clothing and wash care labels are often found at the neck of garments where they will be in constant contact with the wearer’s skin).

We use materials that are designed to avoid causing any irritation to the skin whatsoever; STIKINS ® are made of highly flexible vinyl, which has a smooth glossy finish that is incredibly soft to the touch, while our TRONS ® are made from a transfer material used to apply designs to T-Shirts – these name transfers have a smooth matt finish and will bond and fuse into the fabric of the item they are applied to, which creates a completely permanent, unobtrusive name label.

You can find out more about our STIKINS ® & TRONS ® on our Frequently Asked Questions page or by taking a look through our blog.

For Example; Take A Look At Our Gallery Of Example Text Printed Onto STIKINS ® Name Labels

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

We’ve created an example sheet of STIKINS ® name labels printed with various lengths of text to give you an idea of what your labels will look like, depending on the amount of text you request in your order.

Our system adds up the number of characters you have requested on each line (including any spaces) and then selects a font size that will allow the longest line to still fit neatly onto your labels. This means the more text you include the smaller the font will be.

The examples page gives you an idea of the different bits of information you can include on your labels, along with the size of font that this text creates. The examples include name labels printed with:

– A message and a contact number
– A full name and allergy information
– A first name (with a space between each letter)
– A message over two lines
– A name and an email address
– A name and a phone number (on one line)
– Two names on one label (to be split vertically)
– Two names on one label (to be split horizontally)
– A full name and medical information
– A full name and a contact number
– A full name (on one line)
– A full name (on two lines)
– A first name (with no spaces between each letter)

Of course, the decision as to what information and how much information you include on your name labels is entirely up to you. Our examples page simply gives a few suggestions to get you started. If you have any doubts about whether or not the text you want will produce a big enough font size, you can always get in touch with us to discuss your particular requirements.

FAQ – How Much Information Can I Put On My Name Labels?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

We often get customers asking questions about how much information will fit onto their name labels and the simple answer is that it’s all a matter of size.

Name labels are naturally quite small in size; while they need to be big enough to allow someone to locate and read them easily, you don’t want them to be noticeable or to take up any more space than they really need to.

Our STIKINS ® name labels are 15mm high by 30mm wide, while our TRONS ® name transfers are 15mm high by 35mm wide, which means they’ll fit discretely onto any clothing or personal items. This also means that the amount of information you can fit onto the labels is determined by their size.

Our system is designed to adapt your text to the size of the labels; it adds up the number of characters in each line and then selects a font size that allows all of the text to fit onto the label.

In other words, the label size is fixed but the font size changes, depending on the text you include in your order. This means that you CAN request a lot of information on your name labels, but you’ll find that the font size will be smaller if you do so.

Which brings us back to the question of “how much information can I put on my name labels?”.

Simply put, it’s really a matter of personal opinion; if you prefer having more information on your labels and don’t mind a smaller font, then you can go ahead and add the extra information. However, if you really want a larger font, then it’s best to keep it short and sweet!

To help our customers decide what to include on their name labels, we’ve put together an example page of STIKINS ® name labels printed with varying amounts of information, along with a shortlist of suggestions to get you started:

PRINTING A NAME ONLY

  • Produces the biggest font size.
  • For very short names (i.e. a short first name AND a short surname) you can enter the whole name on one line only.
  • For very long names (especially names with double-barrelled first names and/or surnames) you should always split the name over the two lines.
  • If in doubt, remember that for the majority of names, the best font size is gained by balancing the name over two lines (usually with the first name on the top line and the surname on the bottom line).
  • If you really want a large, bold font, consider selecting the one line option and then entering one of the following; a first name or nickname only, a surname only, or the child’s initial and the surname.

PRINTING A NAME + CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Produces a medium font size.
  • This works best if you request a name and one piece of contact information only; most customers request the name on the top line and the contact information (usually a phone number) on the bottom line.
  • You can also use this method to include alternative information; for example, we have customers who request a name (top line) and a school/form/class name (bottom line), customers who use one of the lines to include a message (such as “Property Of” or “Please Return To”), and customers who include important allergy or medical information on the bottom line.

PRINTING MULTIPLE NAMES PER LABEL

  • We are happy for customers to split packs between children by requesting more than one name per label. HOWEVER, we would remind these customers that this can result in a smaller font size being produced.
  • To keep the font size as large as possible you could try:
    – Entering one child’s name on the top line and one child’s name on the bottom line (and then cutting the label in two).
    – Entering the first names on the top line and the surname on the bottom line.
    – Using one line and entering the first child’s initial, followed by the surname, and then the second child’s initial (and cutting off one of the initials as required).
  • Remember that our system centralises the text and selects a font size based on the number of characters in whichever line contains the most text. To get the best results, you should try to balance the number of characters on each line and avoid using spaces to force the text to align on your screen; the order form is merely a field for you to enter your information and is aligned to the left (rather than the centre), which means that by entering extra spaces you will actually force the font size to decrease further and you won’t get your names aligned.

 [If you aren’t sure what information to include on your labels or if you want to double check that the information you want to include will fit neatly onto your labels, please get in touch and we’ll make sure that you get name labels that are just right for you.]

Never Fear, Help Is Here AKA How To Get In Touch With Us

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We do our best to make sure that our products and website are simple and easy to use, so that our customers can get their things labelled with as little trouble and fuss as possible. However, we also know that sometimes it’s nice to have a little help at hand.

Which is where we come in!

We’ve been selling name label products for over ten years (!) and we’ve got plenty of hints and tips to share with our customers to help them get the very best out of their STIKINS ® and TRONS ®. We’re here to answer any questions that you might have (before or after you’ve ordered), to help you order your labels so that they’re exactly as you want them, and to help out if you experience any trouble using your name labels.

So how can you get in touch with us?

The best way to get in touch is to send us an email (info@labelplanet.co.uk) or to give us a call (01270 668076) – particularly if you’ve got an urgent query or issue with your order. Alternatively, you can always get in touch via social media or even send us a letter in the post – for all of the ways you can contact us, take a look through our rather obviously named Contact page. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a quick question or if you need to take some time to talk to someone about all things name label; we’re here to help out with problems of all sizes.

Please note that our office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Commission Scheme – For Schools, Nurseries, Children’s Groups, and Nursing and Residential Care Homes

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Here at Label Planet, we run a free commission scheme, which allows participating organisations to earn money from sales of our name label products that are purchased by customers who are affiliated with that particular group.

Our scheme is open to all sorts of groups – for example, nurseries and schools can earn commission on name labels bought by parents or guardians of children enrolled in their classes; children’s groups such as Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts, or activity and sporting groups can earn commission when the parents or guardians of children who are members of the group purchase their name labels from us; and any nursing or residential care home can earn commission when a resident or a relative, friend, or care worker acting on behalf of a resident places an order with us.

So how does it work?

Once an organisation signs up with us, we assign them a unique code/ID; any order placed where that number is quoted will earn commission for the organisation. Commission is paid out once a year in October and is set to either a basic rate of 15% or a boosted rate of 25% (where the organisation places a link on their website to our website).

Our commission scheme means these groups can earn funds for any ongoing projects they are running while also promoting name labels as a means to avoiding issues with lost or mixed up property.

To find out more about our commission scheme you can:

To get signed up and start earning commission, simply do one of the following:

FAQ – Are STIKINS ® & TRONS ® Really Easy To Use?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Our name labels were created with parents in mind; everything we do is designed to make the entire process as easy as possible, from placing your order to applying your name labels. We take every care to make sure our website and the instructions we supply are clear and simple to use, so that our products make it quick and easy to get your items labelled.

As part of our mission to keep things simple, we’ve written Instructions for Use for both of our name label products. We review these instructions periodically to make sure they’re as good as they can possibly be – and, as part of these reviews, we take into account any and all feedback that we’ve received from our customers, to ensure that our instructions match the real life experiences of the people who are using our products on a day to day basis.

So, how easy is it to apply our STIKINS ® & TRONS ®?
Both of our name label products require just SIX simple steps to get the best possible results from your labels. These instructions are supplied with each set of name labels and/or name transfers you order AND you can download a copy from our website:
STIKINS ® NAME LABELS INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
TRONS ® NAME TRANSFERS INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

Alternatively, simply read on!

 HOW TO APPLY STIKINS ®:

  1. Ensure the item you are labelling is completely dry.
  2. Carefully peel one of your STIKINS ® from the backing paper, taking care not to touch the adhesive too much.
  3. Apply the label to your item – if you are labelling clothing, you should apply the label to the wash care or garment label of the item.
  4. Use your thumb to smooth down the label for a few seconds to make sure the adhesive will bond fully with the item.
  5. Do not wash the item for at least 24 hours, while the adhesive continues to strengthen.
  6. After washing your item for the first time, avoid the temptation to test the adhesion by peeling up a corner of the label.

 HOW TO APPLY TRONS ®:

  1. Find a hard, flat surface to work on (do NOT use an ironing board). Turn the items you are labelling inside out. Set your iron to the maximum heat setting.
  2. Cut or tear one of your silicon sheets into pieces; each piece should be bigger than a single transfer and should only be used once.
  3. Place the garment on the edge of the surface; place one of your name transfers face up over the area that you want to apply it to, and ensure the transfer (and the garment) are on the very edge of the surface you are working on.
  4. Put one of your pieces of silicon paper on top of the label, making sure that the sheet is shiny side DOWN.
  5. Iron the silicon paper with the tip of the iron; press down firmly and move the iron from side to side for 25 seconds. Do NOT use steam.
  6. Remove the silicon paper while it is still hot. Allow the label to cool and then check that it has fully bonded with the garment. If the label isn’t completely bonded, repeat step 5.

Brand New TRONS ® Name Transfers Instructions Now Available

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Following an incredible response to the launch of our newest name label product and a whole heap of fantastic feedback from our marvellous customers, we’ve given the Instructions For Use for our TRONS ® Name Transfers a bit of an update – as well as bit of a makeover. All orders that include TRONS ® name transfers (either as a standalone product or in one of our combination packs) will now include our brand new instructions sheet, which is also available to view or download from our website.

For our new set of Instructions For Use, we’ve put together a set of SIX easy to follow steps, each of which comes with a simple outline of what to do at each step and a helpful image to make it even easier to follow.

Hopefully, the new instructions will come in handy for all of our customers, from those who jumped on board with our TRONS ® from the very beginning to those who are giving name transfers a go for the very first time.

A Happy New Year From Label Planet

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Yes, we’re back and we hope all of our customers and their families have had a wonderful Christmas and a spectacular start to the new year! Hopefully 2015 will be filled with all sorts of brilliant and exciting things (and perhaps even a name label or two…).

We’re up and running as usual; all orders placed over the Christmas holidays were printed and despatched on Friday 2nd January via Royal Mail’s first class service. All new orders are being processed according to our current despatch and delivery service level; for January, all orders are made and despatched within three working days of an order being received, with production running on Tuesdays and Fridays.