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Laminating project – Playdough mat

Y’all ready for a laminator project? How about a Playdough mat for your little ones?

I was on Pinterest one day and found a girl’s blog, who is much more creative than me. She had some cute pictures to print out to make a Playdough book. All of the pages are already scaled to an 8×11 size and print perfectly from your home printer. I chose about 20 different pictures from her collection and printed them out.

Next, I ran them through my awesome new laminator that I bought off Amazon. (It is such a fun little thing to have, and borderline addicting to use!)

Warm up takes just a few minutes…

While I was waiting for the green light, I opened up my new package of laminating pouches.

The sleeve has two parts, and they are stuck together on one end. Be careful not to separate them.

I got the green light, we are ready to go! (Sorry the camera made it hard to see the green light, but trust me, it was ready.)

Just lay the paper in between the sleeve and gently put down on the top, so it’s nice and smooth.

Then insert the page into the laminator, seam side first. **To save on laminator sheets, I WISH I had been smart enough to put two pieces of paper in each pouch, back-to-back. Live and learn!**

Just gently guide it in, and you will feel the laminator grab it. Then wait for it to come out the bottom, and remove from the machine. I was quite impressed, actually, like that time when saw the Magicard ID card printers producing cards in my neph’s school (don’t ask me why I’d be watching that).

My last step was to punch holes in the sheets and put them in an old binder I had lying around. That was it! An easy project that will give our daughter hours of entertainment when using her Playdough, or even dry/erase markers.


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  • Erin August 7, 2012, 10:30 am

    I love it! I’m definitely going to do this! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  • Erika Joanne August 8, 2012, 11:23 am

    Hi Janna,
    I have a laminator from Costco that works pretty good. I’ve found though that sometimes it laminates too hot which causes warping and creases. I’ve thought about getting a new one since I love being able to laminate things here at home. How do you like your laminator and what brand is it?

  • Tom Slaiter January 7, 2013, 10:59 am

    Great little post, laminating things are actually so much easier than I expected!

    Thanks for the post 🙂

    • Janna January 8, 2013, 8:28 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Tom. Yes it is much easier than expected and even fun! Keep it up! 🙂

  • Holly Kolvig January 19, 2013, 3:10 am

    I didn’t even KNOW you had a blog! How CUTE! My mom told me about it. So I wanted to give you my savings tip on laminating sheets. Go on-line to Sam’s Club and look at the Royal Sovereign brand sheets they have many sizes and you buy in BULK so they come out CHEAP!!! Great for addiction to the heat, LOL. Anyway, I have a machine from Royal Sovereign too, that I bought at Sam’s I LOVE IT! I used my mom’s years ago liked it I knew I had to have my own. It had MULTI- heat, MULTI mm thickness settings to include COLD setting and REVERSE. It is amazing and does ALL sizes which is a BIG perk for me, I have 12×12 sheets, 11×17, 8.5 x11, 3×4, and wallet and id card size. I found the sheets on-line with Sam’s as they do not sale in store, I used to split the BIG bulk packs with my BFF, Amy, so it wasn’t a huge purchase at once. Now I use them enough and have been blessed with more income that I buy all for my use. But splitting the pack with someone makes it really affordable

    • Janna January 19, 2013, 10:04 pm

      Oh nice, thank you for that great tip Holly!!!

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