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Can I laminate documents without a laminator?
Yes, you can laminate documents without a laminator. In fact, there are three easy DIY methods with no machine needed!
Did you know? Lamination is one of the best ways to protect your important documents and favorite photographs. While high quality laminators are expensive, there are other laminating options that don’t require a laminator. Here are a few ways to laminate documents without having to buy a laminator.
1. Use self-sealing pouches.
Lots of companies realize that not everyone has access to a laminator, so that’s why some of them produce self-sealing laminating pouches, which are also known as cold laminating pouches. These supplies don’t require a machine but they can make your documents look great and give them the protection you need.
If you’re interested in using these supplies, you’ll find that some of the best are made by GBC. This company’s self-sealing pouches are available in a number of sizes so you can laminate the smallest business cards and the largest photographs. You can choose between pouches that have permanent and repositionable adhesive depending on your needs. GBC produces self-sealing pouches that can frame your item to make it look terrific. Self-sealing pouches are easy to use, so they’re your best bet if you need to laminate without a laminator.
2. Use synthetic paper.
This type of paper is made out of plastic but it looks and feels like regular paper. Also known as waterproof paper, using synthetic paper eliminates the need for laminating because your documents will be sturdy enough for frequent handling.
In fact, your documents will be waterproof and protected from being torn. Synthetic paper works with color copiers and laser printers so it’s easy to use. There are even several sizes of synthetic paper available including letter size (8.5” x 11”) and tabloid size (11” x 17”). Your documents will be waterproof and immune to tearing.
3. Use clear packing tape.
When dealing with small items such as labels, bookmarks, name tags or business cards, clear packing tape will provide extra protection. Unlike the other alternatives, tape is easy to find, cheap and most likely already in your home. Tape can be hard to position right but you can master placement with practice.
Here is a transcript of the self-sealing pouch video: Welcome to MyBinding video. This video looks at GBC’s SelfSeal Permanent and Repositional Laminating Gloss Pouches. We know that many projects are very small – ID badges, name badges, wallet card size and business card size. Here at MyBinding.com, you can get any size you need. These SelfSealing laminating pouches need to machine or heat whatsoever. Simply peel it back like a sticker and press it flat. Voila. We also have repositional ones that within 24 hour period you can peel off your back and start again. As demonstrated here on an 8 ½ by 11 sheet, you simply peel it back. There’s no residue left on your product and press it flat again. To be sure the repositional isn’t quite as strong, sturdy, waterproof as the regular but you have added flexibility. There it is, on the small, wallet, and ID badge size – the permanent and repositional SelfSeal Laminating Pouches by GBC. For more demos, reviews and how to’s, check out MyBinding.com.
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