When I knew I was going to be doing preschool activities with my daughter at home I decided that a laminator would be a good investment.  I wanted to make my own educational materials and games from all the free printables I discovered online (people are SO generous to share those!) and laminating them seems to be the best way to keep them in good shape despite the rough toddler handling they receive.

Plus I want to use them again with Isaac when he’s old enough.  What fun!

So I bought this Scotch Thermal Laminator and Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches and it has made laminating SO fast and easy!  I love it!

Not only does it help keep our materials sturdy when printed out on cardstock, it also works well as a dry erase surface!

I bought those dry erase markers at the Dollar Store and they have a lid with a built-in eraser.  They are the best things for homeschooling ever.  :)  (I love the Dollar Store for supplies!)

The laminator is great for making your own photo gifts, too!  I plan on printing out some photos on cardstock and making my dad a keychain with some pictures of us laminated on it (using a hole punch in the corner of the photos).

Does anyone else use or wish they had a laminator? I got mine for $35.00 on Amazon but it’s an even better price at $29.24 right now!  It retails for $80 so it’s a GREAT deal.  :)


5 Responses to I’m LOVING My Laminator!

  • I want a laminator too! I remember one of my teachers used to laminate our artwork so our parents could save it. I think I’ll be ordering one, are there any sites you recommend for educational printables?

  • That is the same one that I have on my Amazon wish list right now. For the exact same reasons too!

  • Do you do a lot of laminating with the Scotch machine? I need a laminator, but will be doing a ton of laminating. Talking with the sales guy at laminatingmachinestore.com, he recommended a commercial laminator (made by Tamerica). They start at about $139. I wonder if the Scotch machine would suffice? Any recommendations?

    • I’ve used it quite a bit and it works very well even with extended use. It was recommended to me by a homeschooling mom who does a LOT of laminating (much more than I ever will probably) so I think it’s safe to recommend it. :)

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