Simple tips for using a lamination machine that will help you organize, create or preserve! Reasons why I love it and I think you will too..
When I was younger I wanted to be a teacher. Now I think that maybe the idea of being a teacher came from loving crayons, paper, handwriting and any kind of office supply available. Several years ago I got a laminating machine- the pinnacle of office supplies. I’ve been love ever since. Here’s why…
The HOW: Each machine looks a tad different but they function the same. All you need to do is turn on the power button, wait for the light to turn on that it’s ready to go, slide whatever you want into a laminating pouch and feed it through the machine. Some machines you feed through the bottom, but most are fed through the top.
The WHAT: I have made LOTS of projects using my laminator. I have used both regular paper and cardstock as well as scrapbook paper.
WHY?: Because you want to preserve something, make it last, turn it into a dry erase, for gifts.
Basic laminating supplies:
To laminate, you really only need a laminator. But here are some things that I use all of the time:
- Laminator – this is the one I have but there are a ton of options
- Pouches – paper size, badge size, 5×7 size
- I use my 3 hole punch a lot for my binders & organizational projects
- You can also get the laminator and pouches pack.
- Dry erase markers
How to use a laminating machine
There are several brands and lots of places you can find a laminator. I bought mine and one for a teacher gift on Amazon. To laminate you’ll also need laminating sheets. There are also several sizes. I’ve bought most of the sizes but use the standard letter size the most. You can buy them in bulk. People mentioned on Facebook that they found them at Sam’s Club for a good deal. I’ve bought mine at Target and Walmart in addition to Amazon.
So why I am I really obsessed with my laminator? Besides the obvious that I love any excuse to play with office supplies? There are lots of reasons but the main thing is that it makes me feel more on top of my life. I feel like I’m organized and have gone the one extra step to make sure that I’ve finished it off. I also love that I can turn regular lists/charts/bookmarks (insert cool project here) into things that will last- no more ripped up backpack tags, chore charts, printed games. I have made several “books” too – for the car, social stories for my oldest who is on the autism spectrum, to preserve old school papers, etc.
A good place to start with a laminator is with my printables section. Here are some specific ones that I loved using my laminating machine:
- Declutter Your Home
- Weekly Meal Planner
- Chore Chart
- Weekly Cleaning Schedule
- How to Clean the Bathroom Checklist
- Goal Tracker
- How to Clean My Room
- After School Rules
- Summer Reading Challenge
- Kids Door Hanger
- How to Do the Laundry
- Summer Rules
- Job Cards
What do you think? Did I convince you too?