Sticker Labels

Discussion in 'Labels and Packaging' started by Jerliesa, Mar 7, 2019.

Help Support Soapmaking Forum by donating:

  1. Mar 7, 2019 #1

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I am having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, y'all. I'm all out of can, my even is non existent. Online labels is killing me. I can't seem to get these labels to print right for anything. Everything is always off center and if I don't buy weatherproof paper they smudge and the ink rubs off like crazy. I'm finally at a point where printing at home is just more headache than it's worth. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good printing company? Some place that will print small quantities of labels.
     
  2. Mar 7, 2019 #2

    maya

    maya

    maya

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Messages:
    760
    Likes Received:
    278
    Location:
    northland
    By any chance did you order or receive inkjet instead of laser or vice versa?

    Also, I've had that day and it sucks. <3
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2019
    Jerliesa likes this.
  3. Mar 8, 2019 #3

    shunt2011

    shunt2011

    shunt2011

    Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2012
    Messages:
    12,257
    Likes Received:
    6,888
    Location:
    Michigan
    Are you using their program or something else? I use their waterproof paper and don’t have an issue. I use it with Avery However I so have problems with Avery labels lining up.
     
    artemis and Jerliesa like this.
  4. Mar 8, 2019 #4

    cmzaha

    cmzaha

    cmzaha

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2011
    Messages:
    9,001
    Likes Received:
    7,291
    Location:
    Southern California
    Jerliesa likes this.
  5. Mar 8, 2019 #5

    SideDoorSoaps

    SideDoorSoaps

    SideDoorSoaps

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2010
    Messages:
    273
    Likes Received:
    146
    Location:
    Central PA
    At home printers can be finicky with their settings if you don’t get the right thickness and alignment. I know I have to feed one sheet at a time and put them in flush to the tray holder. My laser HP can adjust for paper thickness and when I don’t print on the right setting, the toner will smudge. My inkjet doesn’t have that much of an issue but I still feed in one at a time.

    You can check out Lightning labels, Printplace, Moo, Uprinting and Sticker Mule. I’ve used them all and each have their up and downsides but do small run printing.
     
    Donee' and Jerliesa like this.
  6. Mar 8, 2019 #6

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I double checked to see if I order the right labels and it seems like I did according to my packing slips and invoice. I was using their program because I figured it would help solve the alignment issues. Spoiler alert: it did not! I also liked the labels I designed on canvas way more but didn't want to chance messing up, so I used maestro. I would have been better off printing the labels myself, on a full page sticker sheet and cutting them out myself. I have an inkjet and it got one sheet right with the color but it was not aligned and then refused to get the color right thereafter AND kept misaligning the labels. I would print one sheet aligned and then all the others after would be messed up. I'm going to just try uprinting.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2019 #7

    amd

    amd

    amd

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    2,235
    Likes Received:
    2,753
    Location:
    South Dakota
    Which labels are you using? I have that problem with the labels that go all the way to the page edge, so I had to switch to labels that have a page margin. Customer service is super helpful, if you give them a call they will get you sorted out! In my case there was no fixing the printer margin, so I had to adjust the label I used.
     
  8. Mar 8, 2019 #8

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I've tried using several. The 1x5 bands, the 1.5 circles, the 2.5 circles, the 2x5 bands. Maybe I will give customer service a call. The first ones I printed the color came out so beautiful and I was so excited--and then I noticed the misalignment. These all have page margins.
     
  9. Mar 8, 2019 #9

    amd

    amd

    amd

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    2,235
    Likes Received:
    2,753
    Location:
    South Dakota
    Did you run the alignment test? (Sorry... I don't mean to ask the obvious questions. I didn't know there was an alignment test in the maestro program until Customer Service asked me, so maybe you're smarter than me!)
     
  10. Mar 8, 2019 #10

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Yup! I ran the alignment tests and it would work for one print but I would have to do it all over again every new print. Maybe I should have done multiple copies of the same page (1 print job) just to see if they'd stay aligned.
     
  11. Mar 8, 2019 #11

    amd

    amd

    amd

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    2,235
    Likes Received:
    2,753
    Location:
    South Dakota
    Next obvious question... do you have the print setting for the pdf clicked for "fit to page"? I did that one on Monday... forehead smack.
     
  12. Mar 8, 2019 #12

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I did and I tried to print with it checked and unchecked. It worked with it checked, twice. I really appreciate your help:)
     
  13. Mar 8, 2019 #13

    Donee'

    Donee'

    Donee'

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2019
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    130
    Location:
    Johannesburg South Africa
    I had the same issue

    Print your labels and turn them into a pdf - its "sets" them on the paper
     
    SoaperForLife likes this.
  14. Mar 8, 2019 #14

    Donee'

    Donee'

    Donee'

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2019
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    130
    Location:
    Johannesburg South Africa
    Its your printer - take a flash stick down to a printer (or to work) and try there - lots of printers dont have enough tension on the feeder runner thingies and the paper goes squew
     
    Jerliesa likes this.
  15. Mar 8, 2019 #15

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Yeah, it could be, in which case it's just not worth the headache. I'd rather design them and then send them off for someone else to print lol. Designing them is fun, at least.
     
  16. Mar 8, 2019 #16

    Donee'

    Donee'

    Donee'

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2019
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    130
    Location:
    Johannesburg South Africa
    I agree
     
    Jerliesa likes this.
  17. Mar 12, 2019 #17

    SideDoorSoaps

    SideDoorSoaps

    SideDoorSoaps

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2010
    Messages:
    273
    Likes Received:
    146
    Location:
    Central PA
    What printer do you have?
     
  18. Mar 13, 2019 #18

    SoaperForLife

    SoaperForLife

    SoaperForLife

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2016
    Messages:
    423
    Likes Received:
    163
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic
    I have that problem if I use my Brother digital printer to print my labels. If I use the cheapo inkjet, they line up the way that they should. Go figure! For my deo labels I ended up having Avery print my labels - more $$ but well worth the wasted labels and aggravation.
     
  19. Mar 14, 2019 #19

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Jerliesa

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I have an HP deskjet 4500

    Yeah, at this point I just want less stress so I'm paying someone else to worry about perfect alignment LOL.
     
    SideDoorSoaps and SoaperForLife like this.
  20. Mar 15, 2019 #20

    SideDoorSoaps

    SideDoorSoaps

    SideDoorSoaps

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2010
    Messages:
    273
    Likes Received:
    146
    Location:
    Central PA
    If you are spending too much time on printing and eating material and time, it’s well worth sending labels to someone else. I print my own on full sheet labels and cut down by hand. I have more trouble with my laser aligning than my inkjet surprisingly but I usually print test pages before I put my real labels in as well. Good luck!
     

Share This Page