Laminating Just Got Cheaper….

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You all might be aware that I have a laminating…umm…problem. The fact that I have TWO Scotch Thermal laminators should be setting off warning bells for all to hear.

Really, I do. It truly has been a wonderful laminator and the second is just as a ‘back-up’, although I’ve never had a problem with the initial one I purchased {just can’t imagine NOT having it handy!}.

But I have a confession. Until recently, I was a laminating pouch snob. Maybe not so much a snob as a big ol’ chicken to try something different unless someone else convinces me. So I let a friend try out another brand first and then she convinced me that not only do they work great, these laminating pouches are WAY cheaper.


I ordered a pack of 100 {the Universal Clear brand laminating pouches are just under $10 for 100, compared to the Scotch brand laminating pouches that are a little over $12 for 50}.

Meaning I can laminate even more.

Not that I will {ahem}. But I CAN if I want to.

And I probably will.

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  1. Is it totally redneck that I “laminate” with clear packing tape? 

  2. Tracy Ehlert says:

    I’m so glad to here that I’m not the only one that is obssessed with laminating….I’ve been going through about 100-200 pouches a month (I run a in-home daycare, so now I’ve been laminating all the learning packets I send home with the kids….once you start it’s hard to stop)

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I can now laminate a lot more too! 

  4. Jennifer says:

    Just recently discovered your site and I am in love!!  You have some AMAZING stuff on here!!  I was reading the above post and am curious about the laminating machine.  I looked on Amazon and read the info.  Is this a hard style laminating or the soft style?  I teach in a public school and do many games at home with my kiddos and would love to be able to laminate more often.  Thank you for the info!!
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    • Hmm..not sure what you mean about soft vs. hard? The sheets that I use and run through the laminator are soft and flexible, but when heated they get stiff. Does that help?

  5. You can also buy the pouches that are meant to go through a laminator and seal them with your iron. I buy a pack of 200 at Sam’s for around $20. I place the items inside and then cover the pouch with a cloth (old t-shirt w/o design works well) and iron with my iron set on the highest setting and DRY. I have had one or two things come apart, but simply re-iron them and they are fine.

  6. we use clear shelving paper!!!

  7. Thanks for Sharing! I have been very unsure for a long time about what laminator to buy. I’m going to buy a laminator today!

  8. ok… just showed the hubs how cheap this would be for us… hoping he gives me the thumbs up.

  9. Most of my laminating is done with the cheap sheets, but I also put whole printables back to back, laminate, and cut off the edges, then cut out what I printed. Still sturdy, but half the laminating sheets used.

  10. i have a Xyron (sp) it was cheap from office Depot, my old office bought it for me when in property management and since they closed down I got to keep it,place paper in, line it up, hand turn and out comes your laminated sheets, cut as you need to as close as you need to. I even put smaller things in side by side, run them through a bit, add more and run through, sometimes have 3 feet of laminated stuff to just cut up as I need. works great.

  11. Stephanie says:

    OMG!!! By chance I came across your site today, and I absolutely LOVE it! You’re so organized and have so many fun ideas that I can’t wait to try! I’m so excited I can’t hardly contain it!!!

  12. What is the model of your laminator? Just curious.

    • I have the Scotch Thermal brand – the one that is mentioned in this post. You can also find it at Walmart/Target, but sometimes Amazon has it super cheap too!

      • Thanks for your reply :)
        Amazon has Scotch Thermal in several models. The one I see at this moment is

        Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System (TL901) which is on SALE right now at the Amazon – yoohoo!!! but I’m not sure if that is the one you were talking about.


  13. I love my laminator too. Last fall I found laminating sheets at Aldi for 4.99 for 50 8-1/2×11 and a multi pack of 5×7 and 4×6 for 4.99. I figured that it is melted plastic no matter what. I think the actual machine makes all these sheets work.

  14. Lindsey Whitney says:

    I just bought that laminator too and I laminate EVERYTHING. I’m glad to hear about some new stuff. Thanks!!

  15. MissFaye2U says:

    Thank you so much for the laminating pouch savings info. I operate a
    home daycare (18 years) and not only do I make most of my own learning
    activities and purchase laminating pouches to protect them, all costs
    are on me, so this info is very much appreciated!!!

  16. Dominica says:

    Thanks for this tip. I ordered these pouches and they work great for our homeschool stuff, and now I can LAMINATE ALL THE THINGS! without feeling guilty :)


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