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I have a confession to make, I had my laminator for quite a few years before becoming obsessed with it recently. It took up space (not a lot because it isn’t very big) until I pulled it out and started using it again and remembered how much I adore it. You know how paper and cardstock rip and get dirty if you use it too much, well laminating it solves this problem. I love using it to make activity mats, chore charts and most recently, for this project, green cleaning recipe cards. This summer my daughter wants to use it to make homemade bookmarkers. The projects are really limitless. Here is my easy tutorial on how to laminate recipe cards.
HOW TO LAMINATE RECIPE CARDS
Before we begin, make sure you have downloaded my freebie, Green Cleaning Recipe Cards.
- Gather the following supplies:
paper/cardstock/ Avery printable postcard paper
scissors/ paper cutter
- Print the pdf file onto your choice of paper, cardstock, Avery printable postcard paper.
- Separate or cut the cards to size using either scissors or a paper cutter.
- Plug in and turn on the laminator by pushing the top button. If using cardstock, push the 5 mil button. If using regular weight paper, push the 3 mil button.
- Wait for it to heat (the ready button will light up). It can take up to 6 minutes depending on the model.
- While waiting, place your trimmed cards inside the laminating pouch with at least a half an inch of space between them. I chose to do two cards per 8 1/2 x 11 pouch.
- After making sure your pouch is closed, carefully place the pouch into the laminator with the sealed edge first. Hold onto the pouch until the machine starts pulling it forward.
- After the green cleaning recipe cards have fully exited the laminator, allow them to cool on a flat surface.
- Once cooled, you can trim laminate to a smaller size.
- Punch a hole in the top corner of each card and attach a book ring to hold them together.
(If you have any problems or questions laminating your green cleaning recipe cards, it is best to refer to your specific laminator’s instruction manual.)
Now you have learned how to laminate recipe cards. Laminating them makes the cards more durable and able to withstand DIY spills. I like to hang mine on my cleaning caddy so I can quickly find them everytime I need to make a refill or refer to them.
How will you use your newly laminate recipe cards? Can’t wait to hear from you!
Until next time,