Printing Labels and conserving ink

October 5, 2010

If you have an Inkjet printer you know how expensive ink cartridges are. The printers can be very cheap. They can come with a high quality color scanner, and can double as a copy machine. It’s pretty incredible the kind of printer you can get for the money…but we all know where the real money is. It’s in the ink. Liquid gold some call it. The first place to start to try to save money is in the print quality settings. In many instances when printing address labels, conserving ink will go a long way in saving money. As a default on your printer, change the printer properties to a print quality setting of Fast/Economical. Printing labels does not often require that you have a high quality print setting.
Of course just getting a black and white laser printer will greatly reduce the cost of printing supplies. 🙂 And of course our home page items are all inkjet and laser compatible, so either way, you’re good.

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Quarter Sheet Label landscape

September 23, 2010

Printing a Quarter sheet label landscape ain’t no thang. Did I just say that? My kids would be embarrassed to hear me say that. I try to be cool, but I’m just not. Nerd. Yeah, well, printing a Quarter sheet label landscape really is no big deal. However, you have to remember a few things to be successfull landscaper. You don’t need a weed wacker or a lawnmower, or shovels or spades, that’s for real landscapers. You, my friend are a master printer, master of the landscape format. Show us what you’ve got. OK, first off, we’ll assume you’re using Microsoft Word. Open the ML-0400 template. Then click on Page Layout, and under Orientation click Landscape. You’ll notice that the Table cells representing the Labels, are now formatted incorrectly. To fix that, you can select the table, and right click, and choose Table Properties Dialog box, click on the Row tab, and set it to 4.25. Then click on the Column tab and set it to 5.5. Voila, you have a landscape ML-0400. Here is the end result:

ML-0400 Landscape Template

Just remember to choose Landscape as the orientation in the printer properties when you go to print!

Wanna play tag?

September 20, 2010

Ok, I’m not gonna play tag, I just need a title to today’s post. Brings back memories doesn’t it? Remember when you were a kid and playing tag was really fun? Well, maybe not for the fat kids. Sorry, that was kind of politically incorrect. True though.
We don’t do just address labels. We do tags. What kind of tags? We have tags with strings, tags with wires, and plain tags with no wires or tags. We have tiny tags, shipping tags and larger merchandise tags. All kinds of companies use our tags to keep track of their products in their warehouses. So join the game and play some tag!

Address Label Mail Merge

September 17, 2010

Some lady just called. She said she needed help printing labels on our ML-3000 address labels. She said she had about 600 customers names to do a mailing with, and all she had was the blank ML-3000 template that we supplied. I told her I was sorry, but I could not spend the time on the phone to teach her how to do a mail merge…..on the phone. Teaching a person to do a mail merge in person is hard enough, but doing over the phone is fun. By fun I mean not fun. I have experience in this department. In leaner days, when I had time to help folks in this area, I would spend some time to show people what to do. But different people have very different learning curves. The process could take some time varying from about 20 minutes to .. well, forever. So, folks, learn to use the Google machine and put in the phrase Microsoft Word Mail Merge into the search box in google, and start clicking, because we sell labels. While we would love to teach you how to do a mail merge, it just does not make economic sense.

Address Label, OpenOffice Document Properties

August 31, 2010

OpenOffice is similar to Microsoft Word. Both have the ability to edit the Document Properties. This can be important. We like to edit the document properties on all our address label templates. There you will find so much more information about the label. We’ve got all of our vital information in there like email, website, telephone, and even a url. You can add your own customized information.

It’s important especially when putting your document on the internet. Folks will download it, and use it now and then. Then they’ll forget where they got it, but the properties will remind them where it came from. Nice.

Whoa, double Maco, All the Way

August 30, 2010

I saw the double rainbow video for the first time this weekend on youtube. It’s a video that some guy took of a really beautiful rainbow, in fact, a double rainbow. His commentary seems pretty normal at first, but the he goes off the tracks. You have to be patient, the payoff comes late in the video, but it’s worth it. Very entertaining. Just take a look, you’ll see. After you look at that one, check out the Autotune song version of that video.
So when I found out one of our customers was using two of our products which both happen to have two labes on each page I had to write about this double Maco…..all the way. They use the CD/DVD label, the ML-7560, and they also use the half sheet ML-0200.

Double Rainbow, All the Way

Messy Envelope, messy Address Label

August 27, 2010

Maybe you’ve spilled some coffee on the envelope you were just about to mail. Well, don’t throw that messy envelope out, make it look like you meant to do it. Show the world you are an Artiste! Give it a messy address label to go with it. The Gimp has just the right function. It’s actually a filter. It’s called Coffee Stain. It’s under Filters, and Decor. I’ve made up a little messy address label with some stains for the ML-3000, and here it is, Bam!:

ML-3000 with a coffee stain, same as Avery 5160 labels layout

Return Address Labels made with Recycled Paper

August 26, 2010

It takes commitment to be environmentally friendly. If you’re concerned about saving trees, and would like to live a little greener, here’s your chance. All of our front page items, like the ML-3000 , ML-2000, and such are available in recycled material. Just replace the ML prefix with RL, so the ML-3000 becomes the RL-3000, and the ML-8100 becomes the RL-8100.

return address labels made of recycled material

Printing Shipping Labels

August 25, 2010

Shipping labels are applied to all different kinds of packages. These packages go to all sorts of environments. They go to nice dry places like out west in Arizona, and California, and New Mexico, and they go to other places like the northern states and southern states like Florida and Louisiana. At some point your label might get wet. When printing your shipping labels, it makes sense to use a laser printer. You can use an inkjet printer, but a quick little rainstorm and a bit of inattention to a package can ruin things for everybody involved. Then when your package gets lost or is not delivered, you’ll look like this:

Princess Sparkle Pony

Address Label Mail merge issues

August 23, 2010

Doing a mail merge on address labels successfully can be a real project sometimes. Some mailing lists are nice and clean. You know, the kind that are residential addresses like:
John Smith
1 Space Way
Akron, OH 42808

Don’t try getting in touch with John, he’s a fig newton of my imagination, and is used strictly as an example to show what a nice clean simple address is. Oops, there I go again ending my sentence in a preposition. I like to live dangerously. Then, you come across lists which are not so neat, with names like:

Quentin Farrington Popoudoupoulous, III
Popoudoupoulous, Popoudoupoulous, & Popoudoupoulous
2547 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Highway
Hastings on the Hudson, NY 11082

Quentin is also a fig newton. These kinds of names need a little “massaging” to get the aches and pains out. If you’re printing on a 30 up label like the ML-3000 in Microsoft Word, depending on the font and font size you’re using, you’ll need to go through the list and find out if there are “Soft Returns” in your finished merged document. Soft returns occur when a line is too long to fit on a line, and the point at which the line wraps to the next line is a “Soft Return”. You can find these Soft Returns by doing a cntrl-f. Then once the Find and Replace dialog box pops up, select the “More” button if it isn’t already selected. If it’s already selected, then you should only see the “Less” button. Then hit the “Special” button.
Fail.
There’s no soft return that you can search for in Microsoft Word or OpenOffice, but you can search for the soft return character in WordPerfect. Why has WordPerfect fallen off the face of the earth as a word processor. I attribute it to propaganda. WordPerfect is a great word processing program that has features that Microsoft Word doesn’t, and if you’re in the market for a word processor, give serious consideration to WordPerfect.