Laminate and then cut, or cut and then laminate?

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  1. yellowdaisies

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    This is such a silly thread, but I really need to ask this!

    I recently got a personal laminator. I have been cutting all my cardstock things out and then laminating them and then cutting them out again. But I've seen SO many pictures on instagram, blogs, etc, of teachers laminating whole pages and then cutting them out afterwards. Does that actually work? I thought it would peel! It would save SO much time...

    Also, with the personal laminators (or any lamination), how much do you leave around the edge, if any? I had a lot of things peel last year (although that was with a regular laminator and not a personal one), so I'm trying to leave a seal to avoid that...
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    It peels if you cut later.:unsure:
     
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    I've always laminated whole sheets and then cut out individual things. I've never had anything peel and I've been doing this for 3 years. That's how my parents do theirs also and they literally have things that they have kept for 20 years that still look good. Perhaps it depends on the quality of the machine or something.
     
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    It'll peel if the machine wasn't quite hot enough or if you live in a humid place. I always cut, then laminate, the cut again.
     
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    I laminate whole sheet then cut. I almost always leave a little bit around the edges of the small pieces.
     
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    I always laminate and then cut using my personal laminator. It doesn't peel for me the way the large roll laminators do.
     
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    I cut then laminate. It's what our librarian suggests. She does our laminating for us.
     
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    With the big roll laminators, it would depend on if it was something the kids would use or something that would simply be taped to a wall. If the kids use it, cut, laminate, cut. If it was display, laminate, cut.
    I haven't had my personal laminator long, so I haven't experimented with laminating then cutting yet.
     
  10. Tasha

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    I laminate and then cut and have no problems. You do have to wait until it is very hot and slow it down (for the roll laminators). I also wait and let it hear up in the middle if I am laminating a lot of stuff at once.
     
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    I cut then laminate at school when I use the big laminator. I have recently bought a personal laminator and I think I may still cut first in order to not waste any of my laminating film.
     
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    I always cut and then laminate. It takes more time, but it seals better.
     
  13. yellowdaisies

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    Thanks for the input! :D I think I will continue to cut and then laminate. I don't want to have to keep remaking this stuff!
     

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