I bought this laminator:

Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System (TL901)

Amazon.com had a one-day sale for $16.99 + free shipping.

It comes with 2 pouches- which means two tries.
The pouches are like 2 pieces of paper attached at one end. You place you item between the layers, making sure you have a 1/8″ edge all the way around. Be careful of dust and hair that can get caught in between as well. It won’t damage anything but it’ll always be there.

1. You plug in the machine. Let it heat up about 5 minutes or so. You’ll know it’s ready when the ready light comes on. The first time I used mine there was a smell form the heating element- not horrible but you could smell it heating up.

2. Once ready begin feeding your pouch closed end first! Don’t force it in the machine will start moving the pouch through.
If it gets jammed or it’s crooked – use the release lever and pull through. I have not had this happen yet.

3. The pouch will come out all sealed and pretty.

4. If you did multiple items in your pouch like I did- you can cut them out individually. BE SURE TO LEAVE AN EDGE AROUND THE ITEMS! If you cut directly next to you item then the laminating will peel off.

Overall this is a great addition to any craftroom and I’m sure I will come up with plenty of ideas for using it!

Here’s a link to the Scotch brand laminating pouches

Scotch(TM) Thermal Laminating Pouches, 9 Inches x 11.4 Inches, 20 Pouches (TP3854-20)

Here’s a link to a cheaper brand that a commenter said worked just as well- I have yet to try them.

Universal® Clear Laminating Pouches, 3mm, 9 x 11-1/2, 100/box

 

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