When I was teaching in an elementary classroom, the laminator was one of my favorite tools. I used it to laminate just about everything – kids’ work, name tags, decorations, worksheets, you name it! I loved how lamination made things so much sturdier and extended their usefulness and life. Both schools that I taught in had huge, industrial sized laminators that cost a bundle.
Once I had LJ, I kind of forgot about the wonders of lamination. Every once in while I would think that having something laminted would be helpful, but was certainly not going to invest in a several-thousand-dollar machine for my home. Luckily, Fellowes created a completely affordable and easy to use laminator that is perfect for home use. I received a laminator to review (and one to share with you guys too!).
Before I tell you all about what we used the laminator for, let me tell you about some of the features I absolutely love about it!
- First is the HeatGuard™ Technology – this keeps the laminator cool enough on the outside to be safe around kids, pets, and even my kitchen table.
- The next feature I love (that even the big fancy school one did not have) is the ability to do both hot and cool lamination. Some materials cannot be heated without damage and the cool setting is perfect for those.
- Lastly, should your project get jammed, an easy release level allows you to free up the jammed item without causing any damage to it. I should add that I have never had an item get jammed in this laminator, but it is good to know about the lever should it ever happen.
So what project did we do with our laminator? We actually cheated and did two!
First, school mornings can be a bit hectic and we sometimes find ourselves running out the door and forgetting to do or bring something. Even with lists, we have forgotten a step because we didn’t physically check off steps as we went. I decided we needed a check off list that we could review before leaving for school. I couldn’t find a printable or premade list that matched what we needed so I made my own on picmonkey.com. By laminating the list, LJ can check off items as he completes them and the list can be wiped clean to be reused over and over.
To complete this project yourself, you will need:
- a list of actions that need to be completed
- decorative paper (optional)
- Fellowes laminator
- Fellowes 3 mil letter pouch
- Dry erase or Vis-a-vis pen
Trim down the list and/or decorative paper so that it will fit within the laminating pouch.
Place paper(s) into the laminating pouch and feed through the Fellowes Saturn laminator with the sealed end of the pocket going in first.
Allow the laminator to easily pull the pouch through.
Trim off excess if needed.
Enjoy your stress-free (well, almost) mornings.
Since the math program at LJ’s school includes timed math fact tests, we created a sample subtraction sheet to practice on before school starts. We simply printed a practice sheet we found online, plopped it into a 3 mil letter pouch (no trimming was needed on this one), and sent it through the laminator. Within seconds, it was cool enough to practice on.
There are tons of ways to use a laminator during these back-to-school weeks. For some more great ideas, check out my Back to School Ideas Pinterest board!
Had a great teacher in your life? Nominate them for Fellowes’ Teacher Appreciation Award! Not only might they win a laminator for themselves, I can personally tell you it will mean the WORLD to them just to be recognized with a nomination!!
Want a Fellowes laminator for yourself?? (You know you do!!) Here’s how to win one: