As a mom, there have been so many times that I have wished I had a laminator. My kids love to rip, bend, and even chew on their flashcards, and I end up needing to buy new ones more often than I'd like to admit. Hey, I have 2 toddlers, and toddlers can be fairly destructive little creatures! Laminated flash cards are much more durable and save a ton of money and headaches in the longrun.
Other times I wished I had a laminator involve my 12 year old, Kyle. You see, Kyle is an amazing artist. He always has been, ever since he was in preschool. He always loved drawing me pictures, often of the Titanic or some other historic monument, and while I have been able to keep most of them safe, a few have sadly become damaged. A laminator would have come in very handy to help preserve more of his earlier artwork. He's moved on top sculpting and canvas now, so not as much needs protection in the way that sketches and coloring pages would.
Now that Kyle is in middle school, one thing he enjoys doing is forming little "clubs" with his friends. Whether it be an art club or a music club, it seems he always has something going on. He recently expressed interest in making photo ID badges for all of his members. Lucky for him, I had just the product to get the job done!
The awesome folks at MyBinding.com sent me a GBC BadgeMates Badge Laminator Kit for review, so I eagerly went to work making my son's very own photo badge using one of his school portraits! Before I get into that, I would love to tell you more about MyBinding.com. They have a lot more to offer than just badge laminators, and they're true experts in their industry.
About MyBinding.com (from their website):
"MyBinding is one of the largest binding and laminating dealers in the United States with over 30 years experience in the binding industry. With a local sales force based in both Hillsboro Oregon and Eugene Oregon, we are one of only a handful of GBC full line dealers in the entire United States. This allows us to sell GBC and IBICO equipment that many other dealers do not have access to. In order to support our substantial base of both local and internet customers we have over 20,000 feet of warehouse space filled with binding supplies, laminating supplies and equipment. We also have a full time service technician that is dedicated to fixing customers equipment and helping customers find the correct parts for their machines. These things allow us to provide a superior level of service to all of our customers.
We currently have more than 24,000 binding and laminating related products on our web site with more being added every day. If you don't see what you need on the site chances are we can get it for you. Just give us a call and give us the opportunity to exceed your expectations. Additionally, we are fully authorized dealers for all of the products that we carry on our web site. This means that all of the manufacturer's warranties will be valid on the products that we sell.
Best of all, at MyBinding.com we actually know about the products that we sell. No matter how difficult, we have someone on our staff that can answer your questions about the equipment and supplies that we carry. We have written and published hundreds of articles on binding and laminating and are continuing to write new articles every day. If you have a question or need help figuring out what binding system or laminator is the best fit for your needs we are always glad to help. "
Now that you know a little more about what this family owned, Oregon based company has to offer, we'll get to the fun part: Making a photo badge for my 12 year old!
The GBC BadgeMates Badge Laminator Kit comes with everything you need to make 5 badges. If you need more, supplies can be found on the MyBinding.com website and are extremely affordable.
Here are some specifications regarding this product:
This product is very compact, so it doesn't take up much space at all. It also heats up and is ready to use very quickly. No need to wait around for ages to make your badges!
To make a badge, you simply insert the item to be laminated into the badge-pouch, slide that into the carrier, and make sure it's properly lined-up. Then all you need to do is sit back and let the machine do all of the work!
Once your badge is ready, (which will be in mere seconds) simply remove the badge from the carrier, lay it on a flat surface to cool, and Viola! You've got a heavy-duty, professional badge that can be attached to any standard lanyard or clip. How cool is that?! Yes, it really is that simple! Here's Kyle's badge. All he wanted was a photo, and the GBC BadgeMates laminator handled that job perfectly!
And here is a very bashful Kyle modeling the finished product!
So as you can see, making your own laminated badges is a breeze with the help of MyBinding.com. I love the compact size of this product is as well as how user-friendly it is. Literally anyone can learn to use this in less time than it takes to fry an egg. Yes, really! If a badge-laminator isn't what you're looking for, MyBinding.com offers thousands upon thousands of other products that are sure to suit your needs. Whether you're a crafty person or a business owner, you're sure to find exactly what you need to make your life easier. Oh, I should also mention that MyBinding.com offers FREE shipping on all orders $75 or more! How cool is that?!
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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