I’m not sure if my product pick for this month is based on the fact that it has been below zero in Ohio lately and my pick functions based on heat, or if it is because I am totally imursed in the whole planner craze. It is very likely that both contributed to my pick, which is the Amazon Basics Thermal Laminator.
I had thought about getting a laminator because I saw a cool foiling technique that Julie Fei-Fan Balzer had done, which you can view here:
Then I purchased a planner and had seen how others made their own planner dividers using scrapbook paper, a laminator and a hole punch. That sealed the deal and I decided to purchase my laminator from Amazon. I mainly chose Amazon Basics Thermal Laminator because someone had recommended it; however, I didn’t shop around much at all (I’m a little impatient). It was also inexpensive, costing approximately $20.00.
The laminator is very easy to use. You just plug it in and flip the power switch to the desired laminator pouch thickness, either 3ml or 5ml. 5ml is thicker than 3ml.
Once you flip the switch, the red light on the top of the laminator will light up. This shows that it is heating up. Once it is heated up and ready to use, the green light will light up. Now you are ready to place your paper to be laminated in the pouch like a sandwich, and insert it in to the end of the laminator that has the different pouch sizes marked (letter, 4×6 and card).
Be sure to insert it into the laminator evenly, with space at both sides of the pouch,, and with the closed end of the pouch first. The laminator will grab the pouch and pull it through the machine. It heats the pouch and seals your paper inside by fusing the sides of the pouch around your paper together.
Once it feeds your laminated paper through the to other side and releases it, be sure to remove it with caution as common sense would tell you, it will be hot.
After it cools, you can trim around your paper and I usually run it through the laminator again after I have trimmed it, just to be sure that it is sealed. Sometimes the pouch wants to separate after you have trimmed it. I even leave close to 1/4″ around my paper to be sure that it is sealed well. And here are my planner dividers that I created using this laminator. I will post a step by step tutorial on how I made them in another post next month, so stay tuned 🙂
I think that it would be a great idea to make study guides for children, such as writing letters and numbers, laminate them, and then allow them to write on the laminated guide with an erasable marker. I haven’t done it yet but it is definitely something that I want to try.
Do you have any great techniques or ideas that can be used with a laminator? If so, I would love to hear them!