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Can I Use My Pouch Laminator to Make Mouse Pads?"
Mouse pads are important computer accessories. They make computing much easier since they provide a smooth surface for the mouse to move across. They can also help you express yourself and there are a lot of pads on the market that have images of kittens, puppies, popular paintings, and so on printed on them. If you’ve ever want to make your own for either yourself or to use in a professional context, now’s your chance. This article will walk you through the surprisingly easy process so you can learn how to create mouse pads that you can take pride in.
1.) First, you’ll need to get a pouch laminator. Technically, just about any laminator will work although you’ll get better results with one that can work with materials of varying thicknesses. It also helps to choose a machine that can work well with photos so you can get beautiful, flawless results. A device with heated rollers is also helpful so be sure to look for one.
2.) Next, you’ll need to get a kit that has everything you need to make your mouse pads. These kits usually contain 10 mouse pads along with a supply of laminating pouches. If you want to make more than 10 items at a time, make sure to get multiple kits so you don’t run out of supplies halfway through the process.
3.) Now comes the fun part: you get to decide what to put on the surface of the pad. You can use photographs (either ones printed on actual photographic film or those printed out on your laser or ink-jet printer). Feel free to make pads that show off pictures of your pets, kids, favorite vacation spots, and so on. You can also make pads for promotional purposes and more. (Note: the item you want to put on the pad should be trimmed down to fit on it.)
4.) At this point, you’re ready to begin making your mouse pads. This is pretty easy to do. First, make sure you laminate your photograph or document with the pouches included in the kit. Once they’ve been laminated, just remove the pouch backing to reveal the adhesive. Then stick the item on top of the pad. If there’s any overhang, you can trim away the excess. You can either use a craft knife or a guillotine paper trimmer depending on what feels the most comfortable for you.
5.) Admire your work. You created your very own mouse pads that you can use for a variety of purposes! Congratulations!
Making your own mouse pads – for either personal or professional use – is incredibly easy. The key is getting the right supplies (i.e. mouse pad kits) and making sure your laminator can handle items that are both thick and thin. As long as you have those things taken care of, you’ll find that making your own mouse pads is one of the easiest office tasks around. Trying making your own mouse pads today to learn firsthand how easy it is.
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