Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Pinch Punch, It’s The First Of The Month (So Here’s Some “Monthly” Names)!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Yes, September is here and the summer is fast falling away into autumn but we’re still busy printing and packing name labels for those emergency back-to-school orders. So don’t worry if you’ve run out of labels or you’ve forgotten to buy any name labels at all in the rush of getting ready for the new school term – all orders we receive by 3pm will be despatched same day, while orders received after 3pm or over the weekend will be despatched on the next working day. If you need your order urgently, simply give us a call and you can upgrade your order to a guaranteed next day delivery option (this service costs £5.75 and our Customer Service Team is available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Seeing as it’s the first day of a brand new month, we thought we’d take a look at a few names that are associated with the months of the year…

  • While “JANUARY” itself is a great name, you could also opt for JANUS (the Roman God of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings) or JUNO (the Roman Goddess of marriage, women, and Rome, as well as queen of the gods).
  • Like January, “APRIL” is a lovely “monthly” name and is, in fact, the most popular month-inspired name amongst Stikins ® customers.
  • MAY” is another popular name, as is MAIA – the Greek Goddess for whom the month of May was named.
  • JUNEtakes second place amongst our customers, while JUNO (the Roman Goddess from January) also has strong associations with the month of June.
  • While we didn’t have any name labels for AUGUSTUS (the Roman emperor for whom the month is named), we did print labels with the name “AUGUST” itself.

Sadly, so far, we haven’t printed any name labels for a February, March, July, September, October, November, OR December – but there’s plenty of time yet!

Visit our website at www.stikins.co.uk to place a last minute back to school order of Stikins ® name labels today!

Last Minute Orders For #backtoschool Name Labels With Stikins ® Name Labels From Label Planet

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Yes, the summer holidays are all but over, which means there’s just enough time for a last-minute-back-to-school order of name labels to safely and securely label all of the uniform, equipment, and other “essentials” that you’ve spent (what feels like) weeks choosing, trying on, arguing about, and (finally) buying.

No one wants to spend time ordering (and applying) name labels BUT they’re a quick and easy way to make sure that your child doesn’t come home mere weeks (or days) into the new school year with a tragic story of how a piece of their brand new school uniform or equipment has mysteriously and inexplicably disappeared.

At Label Planet, we’ve tried to make the process of buying and applying your name labels as simple as possible, so you can receive your labels with plenty of time to spare and get EVERYTHING labelled in minutes – leaving you free to enjoy those precious last days of summer.

You can order online at any time or give us a call during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm); your order will be despatched on the SAME working day (up to 3pm) or NEXT working day, with all orders delivered via Royal Mail’s First Class service as standard (orders to non-UK addresses are sent via Royal Mail’s International Standard service). We also offer the choice of a guaranteed next day delivery service – this service costs £5.75 and can be requested by phone.

Our multipurpose Stikins ® name labels are a brilliant way to label school uniform and equipment; these labels simply stick on and stay on – with absolutely NO sewing and NO ironing required – and one pack of labels can be used to label clothing (where they should be applied onto the wash-care label), bags and shoes (where they should be applied onto the side wall or beneath the tongue), and personal items including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, and any other essential extras that your children insist on taking to school.

So, whether you’ve already ordered name labels (but they’ve disappeared or run out) or you haven’t made an order yet (because you forgot or you’ve been putting it off for “another day”), head on over to our website now to place an order for some (more) Stikins ® name labels – and then sit back and relax and make the most of what’s left of the summer!

Going Places With Geographically Inspired Names

Friday, August 18th, 2017

You might not know it but it was on this date in 1587 that Virginia Dare was born – becoming the first English child to be born in the “New World” of America. She was named for the territory of Virginia where she was born, which got us thinking about all of the different names we see that are taken from place names around the world.

We’ve printed names inspired by countries and states, counties and capitals, and cities and towns and, following a quick look through the archives, we’ve found that the following have been the most popular place-based names amongst our customers over the last year:

Georgia ~ SebastianLoganFlorenceAustinHarleyLydiaEden
BrandonIonaAshtonIndiaHudsonIsraelRioJordanSydney
DevonChelseaChesterOrlandoBrooklynMilanParisPhoenix
TroyAdelaideCamdenDelphiElwoodIndianaOakleyAlbaAvalon
DakotaHenleyPrestonVirginiaDakotaDenverHarlowAlabama
AlaskaAlbanAlexandriaAtticusBentleyBrittanyCairoCrewe
DallasDudleyOlympiaRosslynSaharaTexasTuscanyYork


With the new school term underway in Scotland and the summer holidays fast drawing to a close across the UK, we’re busy printing and packing name labels all day and every day. We despatch all orders on the same working day (up to 3pm) with all other orders being despatched on the next working day. We supply name labels to delivery addresses across the UK and Ireland (along with some European countries); UK shipping is via Royal Mail’s First Class service (shipping is included in the prices on our website) and shipping to Ireland is via Royal Mail’s International Standard service (shipping is £1.50 per pack).

You can order by phone during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or you can order online at anytime. If you need your name labels more urgently, you can give us a call to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery service (UK only, shipping cost £5.75).

Lyrical Names That Hit A Musical Note

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Today is the birth date of musician Louis Armstrong, who became one of the most influential people in the genre of jazz music. His career spanned over five decades and he remained popular even as the genre shifted numerous times to encompass all kinds of different musical styles, tones, and characteristics.

He was a pivotal figure in the world of jazz as a trumpet player, a vocalist, and a composer, and his gift for improvisation won him fame and success across America and the rest of the world. Armstrong began as a cornet player, switching to the trumpet in the mid-1920s, and worked as a bandleader, accompanist, soloist, composer, singer, actor, and comedian throughout his career.

So, in honour of Louis Armstrong, we thought we’d take a look through a few of the musical names that our customers have requested.

Allegra
Derived from the Italian musical term “allegro”, which indicates that a particular section of music should be played at a quick and lively tempo (speed).

Aria
An expressive melody, typically a self-contained piece for a single voice (usually a singer performing with or without orchestral accompaniment) that is part of a larger work (generally an opera, although vocal arias also feature in oratorios and cantatas).

Cadence
A sequence of musical elements (notes, chords, or rhythmic patterns etc) that creates a strong sense of resolution, finality, or pause and is used to indicate the momentary or final conclusion of a phrase, section, or piece of music.

Calliope
A musical instrument (also known as a steam organ or steam piano) that makes a sound by sending a gas (originally steam although compressed air became the norm) through large whistles; they were popular forms of entertainment on riverboats and in travelling fairs and circuses.

Calypso
A style of music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago and is often associated with Carnival; it is a type of folk song and usually features witty and satirical lyrics that target topical political and social themes and events (with lyrics often improvised on the spot). It has a syncopated (off beat) rhythm and often makes use of call and response.

Caprice
Another name for “capriccio”, which is a piece of instrumental music that is composed in free form (i.e. doesn’t conform to the rules set out for any particular musical form) and is lively in tempo and style.

Carol
Derived from the Old French word “carole” (which was a medieval circle dance accompanied by singers), the carol began as a dance song and was later used as a processional song for festivals and an accompaniment for religious mystery plays. Over time, the form has gained a strong connection with religious contexts (although carols are not necessarily “religious songs”); carols are joyful and festive songs (or hymns) that are usually centred around a particular subject, season, or celebration (e.g. Christmas, Advent, Easter, harvest etc).

Celeste
Another name for a “celesta”, which is a musical instrument made up of a set of graduated metal plates or bars (usually steel) that are hit by key-operated hammers; it produces a delicate bell-like sound and so was named for the French word “celeste” meaning “heavenly”.

Condoleezza
The name of former US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, whose parents created the name based on the Italian musical term “con dolcezza”, which means “with sweetness”.

Harmony
A simultaneous combination of musical notes (to produce a pleasing sound); also the structure of music in terms of the arrangement and progression of chords.

Harper
A musician (particularly a folk musician) who plays a harp.

Jazz
A genre of music that originated in New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century, which is characterised by strong and intricate rhythms, improvisation, and syncopation (off beat rhythms).

Lyra
Derived from “lyre”, a stringed instrument that was extremely popular in ancient Greece; the constellation “Lyra” is said to represent the lyre of Orpheus (from Greek mythology).

Lyric
A Greek word referring to a song that is suitable to sing with the accompaniment of a lyre (lyric), the words that make up a song (lyrics), having the form and musical quality of a song (lyrical), a form of poetry that expresses personal emotions or feelings (lyric poetry), and the classification used to refer to a singing voice that has a light, clear quality and is melodic in style.

Mele
A Hawaiian word for chants, songs, or poems.

Melody
A sequence of single notes that are arranged into a musically satisfying phrase or whole; also the principal part in a harmonic composition.

Piper
A musician who plays a pipe (any wind instrument that consists of a single tube) or the bagpipes.

Reed
Used in woodwind instruments to produce a sound via vibration; reeds are thin strips of material and may be made from Arundo Donax (“giant cane”), synthetical materials, or metals. Instruments have single reeds (as in the mouthpieces of clarinets and saxophones), double reeds (used in oboes, bassoons, and bagpipes, usually without a mouthpiece, where the two reeds vibrate against one another), or quadruple reeds (with two reeds on top and two on the bottom).

Sonata/Sonatina
A musical composition for an instrumental soloist (with or without a piano accompaniment) that usually includes three or four movements of contrasting forms and keys. A short or simplified sonata is called a “sonatina”.

Symphony
A musical composition for a full orchestra (between 50-120 musicians) made up of several movements, generally four, at least one of which is traditionally a sonata.

Viola
An instrument from the violin family (made up of the violin, viola, cello, and double bass); the viola is slightly larger in size than the violin, has four strings, and is tuned a perfect fifth below the violin, which gives it a lower and deeper sound.


For a harmonious start to the new school year, why not try our Stikins ® name labels – the multipurpose name labels that simply stick on and stay on so you can get your children’s belongings safely and securely labelled while saving yourself a little extra time and money to spend on much more interesting things.

Stikins ® can be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing or directly onto other personal items including shoes and bags, lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, and all those “essential” extras that your children simply refuse to do without.

You can order printed Stikins ® in four pack sizes (containing 30, 60, 90, or 120 name labels) OR you can order our Stikins ® Name Label Kit (containing 60 blank name labels and a pen) so you can personalise each individual label exactly as and when you need another name label.  

Name Labels Vs Sun Creams – How To Make Your Labels Last All Summer Long

Friday, July 7th, 2017

You may have noticed that we describe our Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers as being “resistant to children’s alcohol-free sun creams and lotions” and perhaps wondered why we mention sun creams as being a particular problem for name label products.

Name labels are often applied into clothing where they come into contact with skin OR onto personal items (especially lunch boxes and water bottles) that are handled a lot, which may result in sun cream being transferred from the skin onto a name label. Modern sun creams are made with increasingly advanced ingredients designed to boost the protection offered by these products (for example by increasing the level of protection, improving water resistance or durability, or simply making a product easier to apply) and, while these ingredients do make sun creams and lotions extremely effective, they can also be quite damaging to the surfaces that they come into contact with over time – including name labels.

While name labels themselves are unlikely to be damaged (they are, after all, designed to withstand repeat cycles through washing machines and/or dishwashers), the printing inks used to personalise these labels may not be resistant to some of the ingredients used in sun creams and lotions – which can result in the print disintegrating or smearing away completely.

Beating The “Blockers”
Sun creams and lotions often contain “blockers”, which are ingredients that protect us from sunlight by preventing (or blocking) ultraviolet light from reaching our skin (by reflecting, scattering, or absorbing UV rays). A common example is titanium dioxide, which is a particularly popular ingredient because it is believed to be less irritating than other chemicals – making it ideal for use in products that are intended to be used by children or individuals with sensitive skin.

While titanium dioxide is brilliant at providing protection against harmful UV light, it is also extremely damaging to some printing inks – which is why we have sourced an advanced ink for our name label products that is fully resistant to titanium dioxide (as well as other similar ingredients used to produce sun creams and lotions).

The Problem With “Alcohol”
Unfortunately, there is one ingredient used in SOME sun creams and lotions that our ink is NOT currently resistant to – and that is alcohol. Alcohols are used in sun creams and lotions for a variety of reasons; some make sun creams more opaque (less transparent) or thicker or less greasy, some act as emollients (moisturisers), some help to preserve sun creams (so they last longer “on the shelf”), and some are used as carriers – particularly in sun sprays, where the alcohol helps to propel the spray more efficiently.

The problem is that alcohols are solvents; solvents are capable of dissolving other substances and this includes some printing inks used to personalise name labels. While our printing ink is not fully resistant to alcohol (or other solvents), this doesn’t mean that your name labels won’t survive the summer.

Firstly, alcohol is only used in SOME sun cream products and many manufacturers offer alcohol-free alternatives. Sun creams and lotions designed for children and individuals with sensitive skin are – as a general rule – among these alcohol-free product ranges.

Secondly, the risk of damage tends to exist immediately after a product has been applied (i.e. while the sun cream is drying or being absorbed into the skin); as long as you allow plenty of time for your sun cream product to dry or absorb in place, there won’t be any danger of the alcohol coming into contact with, and therefore damaging, the print on your name labels.

You can find out much more about our name labels by visiting our Stikins ® Information Page or our Trons ® Information Page – alternatively, you can visit our Stikins ® and Trons ® product pages to place an order for your very own name labels that will remain firmly in place all summer – and all year – long.

Summer Names For The Summer Season

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Last week saw the arrival of the summer solstice and today is the last day of June, which means it must officially and definitely be summer! So we thought we’d take a look at some suitably sunny names that are perfect for the summer season.

NAMES MEANING SUMMER:
BEHAR HEFIN  HAF  SUMMER  SUVI  VERA

NAMES MEANING SUN/SUNSHINE:
AARUSH  AELIUS  AFTAB  ELIO  HAUL  HELIOS  HEULWEN  IDALIA  KALINDA  KIRAN  RASHMI  RAVI  SAMSON SOL SOLANA SOLEIL SOLVEIG  SUMA  SUNDAY  SUNNIVA  SUNNY  SUNSHINE  SURAJ  SURYA  SYLVI  THEROS

NAMES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUMMER MONTHS:
All of the summer months are used as names but they also have symbols associated with them that offer a variety of subtly summery names:

JUNE
JUNO – the Roman Goddess for whom the month was (possibly) named
PEARL – a birthstone associated with June
ROSE – a flower associated with June
HONEY(SUCKLE) – a flower associated with June
CASTOR / POLLUX – the twins associated with Gemini, a zodiac sign linked to June
HERCULES – the Greek hero who defeated Karkinos (the crab of the zodiac sign Cancer)

JULY
JULIUS – the Roman general for whom the month was named
RUBY – a birthstone associated with July
LARKSPUR – a flower associated with July
(WATER)LILY – a flower associated with July
LEO – one of the zodiac signs linked to July

AUGUST
AUGUSTUS – the Roman Emperor for whom the month was named
PERIDOT – a birthstone associated with August
POPPY – a flower associated with August
(SWORD)LILY – a nickname for Gladiolus, a flower associated with August
ASTRAEA – the Greek Goddess associated with the zodiac sign Virgo


Visit our website to order Stikins ® name labels this summer – we’ll be printing and despatching name labels all summer long in preparation for the new school year. We print name labels every day (Monday to Friday), which means that all orders we receive by 3pm will be made and despatched same day. Orders received after 3pm or over the weekend will be made on the next working day.

All of our orders are sent out via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard and shipping is included in our prices. We also offer the option to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option (by phone only, shipping cost £5.75) if you need to receive your labels in a hurry.

Fun Facts & Truly Scrumptious Names For National Picnic Week

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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)


Picnics – TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS NAMES
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.

Thank You All For Making This Summer Our Most Successful Summer EVER!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The dust is finally beginning to settle after the Back To School rush and we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our customers who have helped us have our most successful summer ever (so far!). You’ve been busy buying name labels and name transfers all summer long and we’re delighted to see that as well as welcoming new customers, we’ve had plenty of existing customers returning to buy their second (or third or fourth or tenth!) order from us.

We’ve also had some wonderful feedback, reviews, tweets, and comments on our site and via social media, so we’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been in touch with us over the summer.

While we do our best to make sure that our products are as good as they can be, no amount of independent testing is as brilliant or as useful as hearing back from customers who have well and truly put our name labels to the test.

We invite all of our customers to review both our products and our customer service and we read each and every one of your reviews to see if there are ways that we can improve our products and our services to make them even better. If you do get a spare moment, we would love to hear what you think about our labels; you can respond to our review request email, leave a message on our Facebook page, send us a tweet, get in touch with us via email, or even pop a note in the post!

THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US HERE AT LABEL PLANET!!

If you would like to get in touch with us – whether you’d like to leave us some feedback or need help with a query or problem – simply visit our Contact Us page for all of our contact information.

If you’d like to place an order (or re-order), please visit our Stikins ® product page or Trons ® product page to get started!

Need Last Minute Name Labels OR A Quick & Easy Top-Up? Order Stikins ® For Name Labels That Arrive & Apply In A Flash!

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

For many, this weekend means the final days of the summer holidays have arrived, leaving only a few hours left to get all those Back To School tasks done and dusted.

Whether you’ve completely forgotten to order name labels for your children’s belongings or you’ve already ordered but keep finding more things to label, we’ve got you covered!

Every order placed with us before 3pm (Monday to Friday) is made and despatched on the same day (with orders placed after 3pm or over the weekend being despatched on the next working day). All orders are sent out via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard – with around 93% of these items arriving on the next (working) day.

If you’re in a bit of a panic, you can also choose to give us a call and upgrade your order to a guaranteed next working day delivery service (shipping fee: £5.75).

Our Stikins ® name labels can be used to safely and securely label all kinds of school uniform and equipment (including shoes and bags, P.E. kit and equipment, water bottles and lunch boxes, stationery and books, and so on) – these multipurpose labels simply peel off their backing sheet and stick onto your children’s belongings, which means you can get dozens of items labelled in minutes!

Apply Stikins ® onto the wash-care label of clothing & fabric items or directly onto personal items; in shoes, they should be applied onto the side wall or beneath the tongue to avoid the print being worn away.

We recommend washing brand new items first (especially school uniform) and leaving your labels for 24 hours before you wash them for the first time to allow the adhesive to completely and fully set.

To place an order, simply visit our Stikins ® name labels product page or give our Customer Service Team a call; remember, if you are in a rush and you’re ordering online you should ALWAYS take a moment to confirm that the details of your order are correct (including the spelling, spacing, and inclusion of upper/lower case letters in the text you have requested).

Need To Place A Last Minute Order For Name Labels? Contact Us Now For Next Day Delivery!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Whether you’ve lost the name labels you bought at the start of the summer holidays, have forgotten to order any name labels at all, or you’ve ploughed your way through the ones that you’ve already ordered only to find yourself with a lot more things still to label – take a deep breath and DON’T PANIC!

Here at Label Planet, we’ll be making name labels every day throughout September, so that every order we receive before 3pm (Monday – Friday) will be despatched SAME DAY. Orders placed after 3pm or over the weekend will be made and despatched on the next working day.

All of our orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard (with delivery included in the prices on our website). This service has a 93% success rate of items being delivered on the next (working) day, so if you really need to make sure your labels arrive quickly (or if you live in an area with less reliable delivery times) we would highly recommend giving us a call to upgrade your order to a guaranteed next (working) day delivery service.

This service costs £5.75 and will guarantee that your name labels arrive by 1pm on the next (working) day.

Please note that this service does require a signature as proof of delivery; if you are going to be out in the morning, you will need to nominate a delivery address where you (or someone else) can sign for your order OR you will need to collect your order from your local Royal Mail/Post Office collection point.

To contact our Customer Service Team, please call 01270 668076; alternatively, visit our website to place an order online.