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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Laminating Tips. . . (Just in case you do it differently)

I know many of you have the laminating pouches and the home laminators. So you probably do things differently than I do. 

I use the laminator at our school and I would like to share with you a tip that has helped save a lot of laminating film. 

Since I started following blogs and TPT, I have used a ton of laminating film. I feel that if our school is going to let us use unlimited amounts of film the least I can do is to be resourceful with it. 

I've seen some people laminate using two pieces of paper at a time. Set this way only two pieces of paper can fit at a time. (even if you turn them the other direction, there isn't enough room to put more than two in at a time.)
This is fine if you can't trim the paper.

These two photos show how putting two pieces of paper at one time in the laminator looks.

But if you trim off the extra paper on the sides and tops first, you'll be able to put three pieces of paper in the laminator at one time. 

It's not real clear, but you can see that there are three sheets of trimmed paper at the same time in the laminator.

And when it comes out the back, this is what it looks like.

 You can see the difference in laminating two 
pieces at a time versus three. 

I understand that there are times when you don't need to trim the papers. But in the cases where you do, you can save a lot of film by doing it this way. 

If you are wondering why I laminate first and then cut apart the individual pieces. . . I use just regular paper instead of card stock. So there isn't a chance that the film will pull apart from the paper. It saves a step from cutting them up into little pieces, laminating, and cutting all over again. 
If you're like me, 
I look for all the time savers that I can find. 

So that's my tip for the day. 
I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you do it. 

P.S. Shown in these pictures are activities from Fern Smith's Froggy Goes To School Syllables

Story Problem Task Cards for August by Casey Turner from Second Grade Math Maniac


  1. LOL, I was reading blogs last night, and saw pics of someone home laminating...and the amount of wasted laminate almost killed me. I don't have a home laminator (yet), so mine all gets done at school...but we only get so much laminate for the school year (for the whole school), so I haven't done a lot in the past few years...but our media coordinator (my mom) does our laminating (the machine is old and grumpy, and she and one other para are the only people allowed to use it), and she really works to squeeze as many items into a pass with the laminator as she can! That stuff is plastic gold! LOL! Thanks for the tips---I will certainly be trimming my stuff down now, even more than in the past!

    Kindergarten A to Z

  2. I do the same thing! Regular paper all the way!

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*


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