Uses for the personal laminator

Amazon: Scotch Thermal Laminator A laminator? The idea of "needing" one seemed silly until I bought one (also on deep Amazon discount) as a tool for home schooling. I LOVE IT. I laminate chore and task lists, printed schedules, I make personalized trading cards, I preserve special bits of kid art, I make little reminder signs to hang all over the house.

If you've been thinking about getting a laminator, today would be a great day to do it. At Amazon today only, this Scotch Thermal Laminator is $17.99 (usually listed at over $80).

Current laminator enthusiasts: how does your laminator earn its keep?

Price good through 9/26/10.


  1. Janice says

    I’ve been thinking about getting one to make my own reusable coloring pictures (ala Crayola Recoloritz). Color with washable markers and then wash with water. This may be too tempting…

  2. says

    Oh, I LOVE my laminator… I have this one, and it ROCKS! If I didn’t have one, I’d snatch this up… I use it for everything – I homeschool, and I’ve saved several books from extinction by laminating the pages, and I’ve also made chore cards for my kids and coloring pages, and even faux-capiz shells for a lampshade. LOVE it!

  3. Janice says

    Heads up that the Amazon price may be off to the side in the “More Buying Choices” box. It’s not in stock, but they still have the sale price if you can wait 2 weeks. I find frequently the out of stock stuff ships sooner.

  4. says

    Awesome! I just ordered this for my husband actually, we homebrew and he designs beer labels and is always trying to figure out ways to hang the labels on our corny kegs without them getting waterlogged (beerlogged?). I am sure I’ll get a lot of use out of laminating kid stuff too, but the beer thing made it a great gift!

  5. Lisa says

    ThanK you. This was on my christmas list for someone.

    It is backOrdered 2-5 weeks.for shipping. Too good a deal I guess, but it should still b here well before Christmas.

  6. liv says

    i use my laminator for everything! i’ve made our own luggage tags, i laminate my recipes so they’re easy to wipe clean, i’ve made bookmarks with photos and die cuts… but the best task i’ve use my laminator for? hands down, the kumon tracing books that i ripped apart, laminated and had spiral bound at kinkos. my now 5 year old started using (and reusing) the pages with a dry erase marker when she was just shy of 3. the pages wipe clean without a problem. now her little sister gets to use them all. overhead projector markers work well, too.

  7. says

    I have this same one. I got it at W*lM*rt and I thought I paid WAY less than $80, although more than $17. I wanted one for a long time and finally got one. It has been awesome.
    I made a book for my son’s class (The Colors of Our Room) and laminated it because his class is Early Head Start (6 weeks – 3 years). I have also made several sets of luggage tags for us, cute ones for my son’s bags and lists of things for bags for the different places he might go. I laminated signs for my sister’s wedding reception. I am also going to use it for chore cards. I love it!

  8. Lindsay says

    Thank you SO MUCH for this tip. My husband was sitting next to me while I was buying it and asked why — my response: “at this price – how can I not?” He actually agreed! How often does that happen? (Answer: Never in this house!) Thank you!!!

  9. says

    Amazon displays a list price which is how they calculate the “percentage off” discount. In this case I see it’s much higher than the market price in the real world.

    Always good when folks provide a reality check in the comments!

  10. says

    Can’t believe I mistyped the expiration date. So sorry to have wasted your time. This was a one-day deal, and the note should have read “price good through 9/26″ not 9/29. Corrected now, not that it helps.

  11. Patti says

    Oh hay, in this vein, dry erase crayons are the best. They wipe off, (it’s easier the first day, but they do wipe off days later too) and no gnarly smell!

  12. Rebecca says

    I used our laminator to cool-atize our mailbox’s numbers – the lamination makes them waterproof!