Saturday, June 21, 2014

Staying Organized, Part 5 - Laminators

Since I have no lesson plan to prepare this week, I thought I'd pass along some information about the type of equipment & supplies I always keep on hand in order to prepare my weekly lessons.  You can assume the obvious - computer, printer, paper, Internet, etc.  But I get the occasional question about what other types of items I use that have really helped make my calling a lot simpler!

First up is my Xyron EZlaminator:
The hubby bought this for me a few years ago for Christmas found on Amazon here:



It's not really laminating as there's no heat, but a machine that applies contact paper.  I like it as I can laminate really long items, but honestly, I don't love it (shh...please don't tell him!).  What I mostly don't like about it is that I can't get anything to permanently adhere to the plastic (like magnets, popsicle sticks, etc.).  I've used all types of glue (hot, tacky, etc.) and all types of tape (duct, packaging, etc.) and everything peels right off.  Suggestions?  What I really want to buy is this:



It can be found on Amazon here:



I just can't justify purchasing another machine so what I have will suffice for now!  This occasionally goes on sale on Amazon!

I use lots of card stock that I buy from Wal-Mart.  I always keep the plain white and multi-colored packs on hand.


Or from Amazon here (great to add ot the shopping cart to help get you to a free shipping amount!):


I also have my eye on the new Cricut Explore or Silhouette (not sure which one I want!)...ONE day!!

So I've got both on my Amazon wishlist for now:



As far as reimbursement goes, I don't ever turn in receipts for things I buy that I will be keeping.  If I purchase treats for the kiddos (which I really only do occasionally) or something I will be giving them (CD's, for instance), then I get reimbursed for it.  I want to keep the things I make (I can't tell you how many times I have used my singing time visuals for Family Home Evening!) and if I got reimbursed for it all, I'd feel like it should stay with the primary.  I also feel that each chorister has their own style so stuff I make may be of no use to the next person in the calling.

So I ask you, what items have you found really useful for this calling?  Leave a comment with any suggestions!!

Find all my posts in my "Staying Organized" series HERE.

10 comments:

Laura Henckel said...

I didn't click the link to find out how much the laminator you want lists for, but I will tell you to always check Amazon's deal of the day (or week or whatever it is) because I bought a swingline laminator for $15 shipped! (because I do have Amazon prime) I also got 100 pouches for about $12 at the same time. Good luck and thanks so much for sharing

Lori R said...

Do you know the one you want is less than $30 and free shipping right now today? I just checked your link.

Nicole said...

Thanks so much for always sharing your info. You really help me stay on top of my calling and stay organized.
Just wondering if you have looked into the Silhouette Cameo instead of the Cricut Explore. I would highly recommend it instead of the Cricut.

Camille said...

Thanks for the tip! I really haven't looked into either so I appreciate this!

simplystampinfun said...

Camille, I have the laminator by scotch and I LOVE it!. I buy my laminating sheets at Sam's Club. They are really cheap, but good quality. Thanks for always having such awesome ideas!!

Darcy Adams said...

I have now owned two laminators including the scotch brand. My favorite one is actually a little cheaper (Around $22.00) It's called AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator. I like it better because the laminating pages enter flat instead of at an angle. This keeps little pieces form slidding around and getting ruined while in the machine.
http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-PL9-US-Thermal-Laminator/dp/B00BUI5QWS/ref=sr_1_16?s=office-electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1405538893&sr=1-16&keywords=laminating+machine

Mike and Laura said...

I have the same laminator as you and hate that nothing will stick to it. It's because it's not heat-based. I've found that sticking a tiny piece of duct-tape on the back of the laminated piece and then adding my adhesive, hot glue or Velcro dots orange tic tape works like a charm. Hope that helps! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas. I just called to this calling and am feeling kind of lost with the program coming up. Your blog is a perfect find!

AlexzRoss said...

Thank you so much for the list. I just wanna know if what's the best laminator for you?

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Camille Hill said...

Honestly, I wish I had the 2nd one I have posted - the Scotch Thermal Laminator :).

~Camille

Emily said...

Walmart carries the Scotch laminator for less than $20 and a box of 50 inserts is $10. I love mine!