What are my options on Trimming my Laminated Documents?

posted this on May 24, 2016

If you want to make your laminated documents and photos look their best, you should consider trimming excess laminating film. This is easy to do and you probably already have the necessary equipment.  Here are three ways you can trim your laminated items:

  • Use a rotary trimmer.  Using a rotary trimmer is a great choice because it will give you perfectly straight lines. Just align your document using the trimmer’s ruler and/or grid, and then slide the blade through it. Repeat on each side, if necessary.
  • Use a craft knife and straight edge.  You can get similar results with a craft or Exacto knife and a straight edge or ruler. If you choose to use these tools, make sure you exercise caution as it’s easy to injure yourself with the craft knife.
  • Use a Zippy knife.  Finally, using Zippy knives is helpful if your documents are circular or otherwise irregularly shaped. These knives work just like a letter opener. Just hold it in your hand and push to trim away excess film. You can also use scissors, but make sure you hold your hand steady to get a clean cut.

Trimming your laminated documents and photographs isn’t hard at all, plus it can be the final step you need to take to make your work look great. Just use whatever tools to have at your disposal to complete this final step in the laminating process.

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