Posts Tagged ‘Address Labels’

MS Excel Address Labels

November 18, 2010

If you want to make a template for an address label in Microsoft Excel, you can. It’s really using the wrong tool. You should be using Microsoft Excel as a pseudo database to merge with a Microsoft Word Primary document to create a printable secondary merge document. It’s kind of odd that someone would want to print labels directly from Excel. I mean really, who has Excel, and doesn’t have a copy of Word? Well, it’s definitely doable.
Microsoft makes a template for the Avery 5160 which is the same as the ML-3000.

ML-3000 MS Excel template

Microsoft has their own version here:

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ML-3000 Address Labels

November 15, 2010

There are lots of great things about the ML-3000 labels. They are high quality, lignin free, and acid free. They really stick well to envelopes and paper, and are perfect for printing a lot of address on. One thing you might not have noticed are the perforations between each of the columns. If you’re printing and peeling a ton of labels, you’ve got to find things to cut down on time spent messing with getting the labels off of the sheet. I know there are many mail houses out there that have their own little methods to make things speed along. Well, these perforations really help. Just fold along the perforations, and tear the columns away from each other. Having the columns of label being separated is a huge help. Rather than handling a full sheet and trying to get the labels off the big sheet, taking labels off the individual columns is so much easier. So take advantage of the perfs, and get our ML-3000 labels.

ML-3000 with perforations

Procrastination of Address Label Purchases

November 5, 2010

Don’t procrastinate, order your address or shipping labels before 2pm on Fridays. If you wait til after that time, there won’t be enough time to get your labels to the shipping bay, and they’ll be sitting there the whole weekend with nothing to do. Like a college student abandoned in a dorm room for the weekend because all of his friends have gone home, and his parents were too far away to bring him home.
Our labels are high quality and low cost, and we ship our labels with reliable but low cost shippers including Fedex Ground, to save you cash. When Fedex gets to us, they’re usually moving like gangbusters. These guys work hard to get things in and out as fast, and for as little dough as possible. Don’t make your labels wait the whole weekend in the shipping bay, order now.

ML-0100, or ML-1000?

October 5, 2010

We just had a customer order ML-1000’s, the address labels. The problem is that they wanted ML-0100’s, the full sheet label. It’s not an uncommon mistake. Just transpose the 1 and you’ve got you’re mistake. It’s not that one can’t tell the difference between the numbers, it’s just a mistake that’s all. It’s happened now and then over the years. In our job, we have to be mind readers. We always have to look at the order, then look at what the customer has ordered and see if the customer has ever ordered that product. If it does happen, it’s a lose lose situation. We lose out on shipping, and the customer loses out on time, and perhaps an important deadline.
So please be careful when ordering products and double check your part numbers, and we’ll do some quality control on our side and ask more questions. 🙂

CD Labels with OpenOffice

July 30, 2010

One of the many things that OpenOffice is just great for is making layouts for CD Labels. Of course it’s great for address and shipping labels and many other things, but it’s also easy to set up a CD or DVD label in OpenOffice Draw. Keep in mind, you can’t open this document in Microsoft Word. But if you’re in OpenOffice, you can open a Microsoft Word Document. Huh. Eh, what does Microsoft care about OpenOffice. Microsoft Word is a monster. It used to be that WordPerfect had a big market share. It was actually a better program in DOS. Remember DOS? Sweet and simple. And a lot of people hated it. Remember WordPerfect 5.1? At least the WordPerfect 6 screen was a little bit more helpful:

DOS 6.0 Bluescreen

Now that was a good program. Fast sleek feature rich. Those were the days.

These day’s there are so many formats in which you can create a CD or DVD. You can create a regular audio CD, or you can create a Jukebox CD. With the Jukebox CD, you can fit a lot more songs on the CD. Just select a bunch of mp3’s and try it, it’s great.

So I put a bunch of songs on the CD, and made up a nice CD template for our ML-7850 CD label.

ML-7850 Template, CD DVD Template

Address Label Templates

July 29, 2010

We’re on a mission. A mission to create a large collection of address templates and we’ve got a long way to go. We already have blank address label and shipping label templates located here. But maybe you need more than blank templates.
I think labels that have a watermark, or at least have a background that is a different from the font color are the only kind you can print on. If you have solid colors on a label, you’re going to use a lot of ink, and you’re not going to be able to see the address when it prints. So check out some of our ML-3000 templates:
ML-3000 Templates

Address Labels – Treat them right

July 27, 2010

Things can go fugazi if you don’t treat your address labels right. I don’t mean you should talk sweetly to them and buy them candy and jewelry and take them out on expensive dates. You need to keep them out of the sun. Really, many times you don’t realize it, but labels can come in contact with direct sunlight sometimes when you leave them out on your desk, and your desk happens to be near a window. If you wouldn’t leave your beer in direct sunlight, why would you do that to your labels. Even worse, don’t forget to close your windows (if you’re fortunate enough to have opening windows at work), when you go home for the day. One winter, our building got a little too warm, so we opened up some windows. Somebody, ahem, forgot to close a few windows. That night there was a big snow storm. When we came in that morning, there was a snow drift on a couple of desks. You don’t know how weird it is to see a snow drift in the office. Needless to say, snow is not good for labels. Any kind of moisture will affect label performance adversely. So keep your address labels, shipping labels and really, any kind of labels in a nice dark storage closet, not to humid, not to dry. Your labels will last longer, look better, and you’ll be happier.

Here’s a neat address label design

July 16, 2010

One of my favorite sites is John Lemasney’s 365sketches.org website. He shows what’s possible in the wonderful world of Inkscape. While Inkscape is not Illustrator, it still is very powerful, and free.
So I’m thinking, what address label would have space for an address and also possibly need some nice borders to make it look nicer. I picked the ML-1000. It’s a 4″ X 2″ label that’s got the space that begs for som artwork. It’s actually a pretty popular address label. Some folks try to save money by packing their address information onto a smaller label like the ML-3000, because you get 30 labels on the page for the ML-3000. I guess when you get 3 times the number of labels, that’s nothing to sneeze at cost-wise. Still sometimes there is a need for artsiness. (I don’t think that’s a word).

Here’s a little sumpn sumpn I whipped up in Inkscape, and plopped in to Microsoft Word 2007.

ML-1000 with flourishes, same layout as Avery 5163

Return Address Labels and artwork

July 14, 2010

Return Address labels are usually a necessity. That is unless you’re the unabomber, or someone like that who really would prefer not to have fingerprints, or any other identifying marks , and would generally like to remain anonymous. If you’re printing out a whole page it can be tedious to create a whole page of labels. So you need to have a little patience and learn how graphics can be inserted into Microsoft Word. I use Microsoft Word 2007, because it seems to be pretty popular. I also use OpenOffice, but it’s not as popular even though it’s popularity is growing.

To get started, you want to download our ML-8100 template here:

ML-8100 template, same as avery 5167
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Then you need to get some graphics. Here are some Family Icons that are pretty popular these days. It’s the Stick Family. We’ve got Mr Stick, Mrs Stick, Brother Stick, Sister Stick, Little Sticks, Dog Stick, Cat Stick and the most delicious of all, Fish Stick! They’re in SVG format, so download Inkscape for free so you can manipulate them and export them to different graphics formats.

Stick Family
You can mix and match which members of the Sticks family represent your family. Lighten the image up and make it like a watermark, or change the colors or whatever. Here’s my family:


ML-8100 retrun address with stick family background