Can I laminate my photographs without a laminator?

posted this on Jul 8, 2015

When you’re scrapbooking, preserving memories is often foremost on your mind.  So when it comes to saving photos, you want to use a product that will last.  Laminating your pictures is a great way to keep them safe and intact.  With today’s lamination materials, your photos won’t yellow with age.  A fun way to laminate them is to use printed photo pouches.  Here is a look at a few photo pouches that are currently on the market.

  • An easy way to secure your photo and add a themed border at the same time is to use GBC PhotoPop SelfSeal Framed Pouches.  These are ideal for scrapbooking but can also be  
    turned into a card or magnet as well.  They are super easy to use; simply open the pouch, center your photo, and press down firmly to seal closed.  The frames measure 5″ by 9″ and are designed to accommodate standard 4″ by 6″ photos.  The design shown is the Scrapbook theme; other themes available include Baby, Springtime Bees, Sports, Birthday, and Vacation.  The main advantage to these is that you don’t need a laminator to use them.
  • If you have access to a laminator, check out Pizzazz Laminating Pouches.  These come in two sizes, allowing them to frame standard size pictures as well as larger 8″ by 10″ photos, certificates, and other letter size documents.  They are 3 mil thick and work with just about any pouch laminator.  The Fun Frames assortment includes Birthday, Smiley, Stars, Rainbow, Road Signs, and Flower themes.  Each offers a colorful border with fun images relating to its theme.  You can also choose from the Classics theme, which features a straight edge border that mimics an actual picture frame.  The choices for these include Black Sheen, Cherry Wood, Chrome, Purple Stone, Multicolored, and Metal Grid.  All twelve selections are available in individual or assorted packages.
  • For plain lamination without any colors or images, several manufacturers make photo pouches.  GBC and Fellowes both design self adhesive photo pouches in a variety of sizes.  GBC offers a choice between permanent and repositionable adhesives.  Fellowes also makes a larger adhesive backed laminating pouch that you can use to stick items directly to your scrapbook pages.  Photo size laminating pouches are available in a variety of thicknesses to accommodate the protection you need.
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