by Anthony Clark
Lamination protects documents from some elements like moisture and wear and tear. Laminated documents always look new and professional. However, most people wonder whether you must have a laminator to laminate your documents. The good news is that it is not a must to have a laminator to laminate document.
Don’t worry if you urgently need to laminate a document and you don’t have a laminating machine with you. This article has compiled some of the best and easiest ways to laminate documents at home.
1. First, measure your document and cut out the laminated paper, adding an extra inch all around. You can make marks around it to show the correct size.
2. Peel off the paper to show the adhesive side and place the document you want to laminate at the center, do the same for the second piece of the paper, allowing one inch to run around the paper.
3. You can now laminate using the machine or your hands. If you are using your hands, ensure you move from left to right to remove air bubbles and prevent wrinkles.
Depending on the ways you will use to laminate the documents determines the materials needed. The common materials include the document to be laminated and the laminating paper. Other materials include a pair of scissors or trimmer, ruler, self-adhesive sheets, and clear packing tape.
Here are some of the benefits of laminating your documents. They include:
Laminated documents look better compared to ordinary ones. Lamination brings out the colors in the document and makes it more vibrant. The laminated document always looks new, unlike an unlaminated sheet that can tear and curl easily, giving a messy look to your documents.
You can clean your laminated documents easily. Because the laminate is waterproof, you can wipe the document as they need to look neat at all times. The waterproof feature makes documents also last longer.
Lamination makes your documents to be more durable. Ordinary documents can tear easily unlike laminated documents, which will last longer. You will be able to preserve the documents for future use hence saving you both time and money.
These ways include clear packing tape, self-adhesive sheets, a synthetic paper pouch, and an iron.
It is also known as self-laminating sheets. You don’t need to purchase a personal laminator since these sheets are readily available. They laminate the documents without using any heat. When buying the sheets, ensure you go for those with a grid on the rear side; the grid will help you position the paper correctly.
Steps you need to follow:
Suppose you don’t have the cash to take your document to a cyber café for lamination; you can opt for clear packing tape. It is excellent when laminating small items such as decals because they are narrower than the tape’s width. Fold more tape over the document and press it down to remove any air bubbles. Interestingly, the packing tape can be found in the stationery shop or hardware stores.
Steps to follow:
Synthetic paper is a unique plastic paper that looks like ordinary paper. You can purchase these pouches from a stationery shop.
Follow these steps to laminate your document:
You can invest in a laminator for your home use. When you have a laminator, you will be able to laminate your documents whenever. Purchase a laminator that will suit your needs and preferences. The standard one can work with documents that are A4 letter size.
Steps to Follow
Yes. A laminator only makes the laminating process efficient and comfortable but is expensive. You can also use an iron. Make sure to cover the document uniformly for great results especially, at the corners.
No. there other ways you can use to laminate your documents. For example, you can use clear wrapping tape or synthetic iron paper with the laminates’ papers.
Of course, yes. The sheet will be useful as long there is a border of at least ¼ inch all around the paper to prevent dust, water, and other unwanted elements from getting in.
Unlaminated documents are prone to the elements of wear and tear, especially moisture and pressure. The purpose of lamination is to give the paper the strength it lacks and to protect it from wear and tear..
First, lay a thin towel on top of the pouch to avoid burning and damaging the plastic.Iron it at a medium heat setting for around half a minute as you apply moderate pressure with your hands.
Laminating is an easy task if you have the instructions with you. You don’t have to spend your cash or time going to a cyber café to have your documents laminated. These ways will work for you if you follow the instructions carefully.
For the experiment, you can use regular paper, not your document, to practice. In the end, you will get great results. You only need an iron box, a ruler and enjoy the DIY methods of laminating from home.
About Anthony Clark
Anthony Clark always had a passion for digital drawing and printing ever since he was young. He would wander around his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona drawing various things with his older digital tablet. Be it just a memory collection or a portrayal of anything: objects, parents, school, events, etc. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State University - the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is excited to present his experience coupled with some colorful dips to help shape the future of printing.