receive a lot of emails asking me about various methods for printing, laminating,
and overall usage of printables. I thought I would put some of the information
down here so that others can benefit from it.
Text to Printables:
I add blank templates into a series of printables that I am creating. You need
a graphic program such as Paint Shop Pro, or Photoshop to be able to add text.
It doesn't work to insert into Word or another program like that. A little hint,
you can usually pick up versions of the graphic programs from Ebay rather inexpensively.
I recently purchased the current version of Paint Shop Pro for $20.00 and it retails
for over $100.
printing materials, I use a lightweight cardstock from Walmart. It runs usually
a dollar or so more than regular paper and comes in different colors. The cardstock
can be laminated, and the pieces tend to last longer.
have used a variety of materials for lamination. I still like the ol' standby
of using clear contact paper. It's cheap, one roll laminates quite a bit, and
it's something that can be picked up at the local store. I have also used some
lamination pouches, but I generally don't use too many of those because the cost
is a little more than I want to pay for individual pieces. Since I do not have
a classroom of my own, I don't really need to invest in the lamintation.
my next life, I'd like to buy one of those really big heat laminators like they
use in schools. I used to spend a lot of time and money at Lakeshore Learning.
I would buy up materials and have them laminated before I went home. :) Those
were the days!
I will add more to this as time goes on... I need to go back thru my files and
see what questions I have answered