Yesterday I shared the basic functions of the Purple Cow Laminator and threw out some ideas as to why you might want to have a hot/cold laminator in your craft area. Today I’m going to show you how I used mine to create a quick, durable memory book for my daughter to have and keep, all for herself!
- 2 5X7 pieces of cardstock for the covers (I love Core’Dinations brand)
- Pictures of your vacation
- Glue Stick
- Purple Cow Laminator and laminating pouches
- 2 Snap Rings
- Hole Punch
- Scrap paper
- Decorations for the cover (optional)
To start, print out your photos. Since this book is for a kindergardener, I decided to save some cash and print them out at home in a 4 X 6 format. To make them super-durable for little hands, laminate them!
Get your machine ready by turning the unit on (you’ll see a red light glowing) and then set the switch to “3mil.” You’ll know you are ready to laminate when the green light goes on. While you are waiting, get your photos organized. Use the glue stick to glue your pictures wrong-sides together so your pages will be 2-sided. Then place your pictures in a laminating pouch, making sure you’ve got at least a 1/2 an inch between photos.
When the green light goes on, feed your pouch into the sleeve. Then just let go! The Purple Cow laminator will automatically pull the pouch in at just the right speed, and roll it out the back!
It should be cool enough to handle in less then a minute. Cut the photos apart, leaving 1/4 inch of laminating plastic around the edges.
Now let’s punch the holes! I realized after the fact that I could have used my Cinch, but for this I made a quickie template using scrap cardstock. I used this template and a permanent marker to mark where I wanted my holes to be- so the placement is the same on every photo page.
Once all my pages & covers were marked, I just cut out the holes using my hand-held punch. Then I got my book pages in the order I wanted, and used the snap rings to hold it together.
Really, it’s very easy and goes pretty quick!
So, I think you could make these books in a number of themes- “ABC” or “123” books for infants, learn-to-read books for toddlers, menu books for your picky eaters, and of course, brag books! What kind of book could YOU make today?
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