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Smart Ideas Laminator Challenge

I am sentimental there’s no two ways about it. I have kept a stone from a holiday, my ticket to the Olympics, birthday cards and hundreds of photographs. I keep things that mean something to me or that hold a memory. Occasionally I have encountered problems with keeping items for sentimental reasons, space is one issue another is items getting damaged over time, especially paper and card items such as letters, drawings and photographs.

We were recently sent a Callisto Laminator to use as part of the Fellowes Idea challenge, I was over the moon as it meant I could laminate items that I want to protect and keep safe.

I hadn’t used a laminator before so I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to use, thankfully the laminator is really easy to operate. It’s just a case of switching the laminator on, selecting the correct pouch thickness, letting the laminator heat up then inserting the pouch and content into the laminator! The whole process is very quick and simple. The laminator is 100% jam proof when using Fellowes pouches. The Callisto laminator uses HotSwap technology which means you can instantly change between different pouch thickness’s without having to wait for the laminator to heat up or cool down. There is also a reverse button which allows you to retrieve or realign if necessary.

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The first item I wanted to laminate was a blank piece of paper. Yes I know that sounds odd but there’s method to the madness. Maxx started school in September and loves it, he is picking things up quickly and loves learning to read and write which is just as well as he has homework every night! I thought I could laminate a piece of paper and let Maxx practice his letters and numbers on it and when he needs a break from that he can draw pictures on it. It’s perfect for taking on car journeys too as it is small and lightweight. As you can see from the photos Maxx loves writing and drawing on his wipe clean board.  It is a simple yet fun idea!

The next item I laminated was Maxx’s nursery graduation certificate. This was upstairs in his memories box but wasn’t in the best shape as it had been folded a couple of times and had a small tear. The certificate looked a lot better after I laminated it, you can barely see the tear and it will be protected from any further damage.


After laminating the paper and certificate we decided to have some fun. We had lots of Maxx’s painted foot prints from last year so decided to laminate them and use them to play a game. After the footprints were laminated I cut them out and placed them on the floor so Maxx could follow the steps. I kept making different routes and then hiding things at the end for Maxx to find. It was a lot of fun and it’s great that Maxx’s foot prints are protected and can be put back in the box to look at years down the line.

If you are looking for ideas of useful things you can laminate you can find hundreds of fantastic ideas and templates on the Fellowes Idea Centre. There are ideas for work, home and school. I’m planning on downloading and laminating the shopping list and meal planner to put in the kitchen, I think it’s a fantastic idea and it will be a great help when it comes to remembering what we need to buy and what meals everyone would like for the week. I will also be downloading and laminating the awards certificate for Maxx and the alphabet postcards.

If you have your own fantastic idea why not submit it to the Ideas Centre and be in with a chance of winning the ultimate craft pack which includes: A Fellowes Callisto A3 Laminator, 500 Laminating Pouches, Neutron Plus A4 Craft Trimmer (with 4 blade types) and a 12 month Teacher’s Pet Subscription. You can enter the competition here.

*We were sent a Fellowes laminator for the purpose of taking part in this challenge.

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  • Reply
    Nyree Brunton
    December 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I printed off the Numberjacks printables from CBeebies website for my children to colour, laminate them, hide them and we play hide and seek then once we have them all we put them in order. Sometimes we re-enact the stories from TV with the laminated “baddies”.

    • Reply
      Lindy Hamilton
      December 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      That’s a great idea and sounds like a lot of fun!

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