MyBinding Knowledge Base
How to Make Your Laminated Documents Stand Out
Laminating your documents and photographs is an excellent way to make them last longer. But have you ever thought about ways you can make them stand out? If so, you’ll be glad to know there are several things you can try. Here are a few of them:
Use matte film. Most of the laminating film and pouches on the market are glossy. However, using matte laminate is a great way to make your work stand out. It will look more sophisticated and people might not even be able to tell it’s laminated.
Trim excess film. While there are plenty of laminating pouches that are the right size for various documents, sometimes your item may end up being surrounded by excess laminate. If this happens, you should take a couple of minutes and trim away the extra film. You can do this with pair of scissors, a craft knife, or even a rotary trimmer.
Adjust the machine’s settings. If your laminated documents are marred by heat bubbles, wrinkles, or other blemishes, you may need to tweak your machine’s settings. If there is too much heat or not enough, there is a chance your documents won’t look the way they should. Adjust the settings when necessary to ensure great results.
Experiment with foil lamination. Finally, you can make your documents stand out by experimenting with foil lamination. Just place a bit of laminating foil on your document, run it through your machine, and then peel the foil back. (Watch the video to see this process in action.) Your document will definitely be eye-catching.
Making your laminated documents stand out is easy. Be sure to give matte film a try, trim your excess film, and adjust your laminator’s settings if necessary. And give foil lamination a try if you want to make your work shine. Good luck and happy laminating!
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire? Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose. What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them. One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter. If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)