laminator recommendation???

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LMCH's picture
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laminator recommendation???

Hi all! I wanted to make DS and possibly my niece a busy book/activity book for Christmas, but I don't want the hassle of sewing. So I wanted to use my cricut and laminate. Any recommendations for good laminators?

I have looked around online at the xyron one that is no heat (the refills seem pricey though) and the scotch one that can do 8.5x11 size... I would never need bigger than that, and the scotch one is available on sale on amazon.com. Any experience with these or others?

sewgirly's picture
Joined: 01/01/06
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Scotch makes sheets to that you don't need a laminator for. Do you have a teacher friend? IF you only need it for one project I would check with a teacher. Most schools have them. Our district has a teacher center at the central office and anyone can pay a few dollars and come in and use the laminator. I think the personal laminators are pretty reasonable for the machine itself, its the laminate thats so expensive.

HTH!

LMCH's picture
Joined: 02/05/07
Posts: 2031

thanks for the tips kelly...i will have to look around for the sheets since i only need it for this project (now if i bought a laminator, i am sure i could find tons of stuff that "needs" laminating Lol but i probably won't need one a lot)

AshnBill's picture
Joined: 11/06/06
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I have the Xyron no-heat one and it works great! ( http://www.officemax.com/office-supplies/laminating-binding/laminating-machines/product-ARS24760 ) It came with a huge roll of laminating stuff, I don't think I've ever had to buy a refill. And I've used it quite a bit (used to work at a daycare and I laminate some of Miles' hand and feet art projects).

However, if your project is something that they can write on/wash off with a dry erase type marker, that won't work. For some reason the marker doesn't stay on these. I always was laminating things to make name tags at the daycare and the marker just wouldn't stay on. But if it's just to protect something this will be perfect. Not sure it's worth the investment for one project, though, maybe look into the sheets or find a store that does it (there are office stores that do that for a small fee).

zoe08's picture
Joined: 09/09/08
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I have the scotch laminator that does 8.5 x 11 sheets. I buy the generic or off-brand laminating pouches, much cheaper.

I have done a ton of laminating, of course I am printing a ton of stuff to do pre-school at home, and planning to homeschool.

If you don't need one for home use, you can also check teacher/education stores like Mardel's and you can pay to laminate. Not sure how much it costs, but probably cheaper than buying a laminator if you are only going to use it for one project.

AshnBill's picture
Joined: 11/06/06
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I think places like Kinko's offer laminating service, too.

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