What Should Be Laminated? A Quick Guide to Laminating Documents


Are you looking to preserve and protect your documents? Or enhance their overall colour and shine? Well, it sounds like lamination is a perfect solution for you!  A laminated document provides a professional finish while protecting the document from fingerprints, scratches, liquid and damage. Lamination securely seals your document on four sides creating a professional, high-quality appearance that makes a lasting impression (or should I say document)!

Need an idea of what to laminate? Swingline GBC has categorized what you can laminate by industry to provide a quick guide on laminating documents!

Business

• Awards
• Banners 
• Blueprints
• Brochures
• Business cards
• Catalogue covers
• Certifications
• Charts/graphs
• Displays
• Flip charts
• ID Badges
• List of vendors
• Maps
• Marketing pieces
• Phone lists
• Photos
• Point-of-purchase displays
• Policies and procedures
• Posters
• Pre-printed labels and signs
• Presentation cover sheets
• Price lists
• Sell sheets
• Signs
• Store hours

Education

• Artwork
• Banners
• Bookmarks
• Bulletin aids
• Class schedules
• Classroom aids
• Emergency lists
• Final projects
• Flashcards
• Game boards
• Handouts
• ID Badges
• Maps
• Multiplication tables
• Periodic table
• Photos
• Reading lists
• Safety signs
• Science projects
• Special event posters
• Syllabus
• Wall calendars

Restaurant

•Door signs
• Featured specials
• Help Wanted signs
• Instruction sheets
• Menus
• Drinks instructions
• Featured entrees
• Event posters
• Special offer signs
• Store hour signs
• Table number cards
• Training information

Manufacturing

•Equipment instruction labels
• Fire routes
• Protocols 
• Industrial labels
• Operating instructions
• Health and safety posters
• Storage shelf identification
• Warning and caution labels

Crafts

• Artwork
• Babysitter instructions
• Birth certificates
• Bookmarks
• Certificates of achievement
• Craft projects
• Delivery menus
• Diplomas
• Drawings
• Driving maps
• Emergency numbers
• Greeting cards
• Household chore lists
• Household rules
• Luggage Tags
• Magazine articles
• Marriage certificates
• Name tags
• Neighbourhood phone lists
• Newspaper articles
• Photos
• Placemats
• Recipe cards
• Report cards
• Sports schedules

 

Happy Inspire Your Heart With Art Day!


Did you know that January 31st of each year is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day? Regardless if you’re an art connoisseur, hobby painter or just a doodler, art has had some influence in all of our lives. Since ancient time art has been regarded as a significant influence in reflection upon inner selves:

We hope you take some time on this day to appreciate art and what it truly means to us as a creative outlet. Here are some ways we encourage you to fill up your heart with art:

We hope you get your fill this national #InspireYourHeartWithArtDay! Feel free to share this day with colleagues, friends and family!

Tips for Using Watercolour Paints


No matter how busy you are, artistic expression would do you good. Creating art relieves stress, improves cognitive function and has the same effect on the brain as meditation. So whether you’ve got five minutes a week or twenty minutes a day, consider putting it toward an art project.

Watercolour Techniques

This fall, we’re learning to use watercolours. And the best thing we’ve learned about the process so far? You don’t have to be a master to love it. Here are a few ways we’re getting creative with colour.

Creative uses for watercolour paints

  • Add salt. Create texture, like snow or leaves, by sprinkling salt onto freshly painted watercolour. Don’t be too heavy-handed; the goal is not for the salt to stick, but to sit on top of your paint. When the paint dries, simply wipe the salt away.

  • Dye flowers. This is a fun experiment to undertake with the kids. Add a dime-sized amount of watercolour paint to a vase of white flowers. You can even divide the flowers into several vases, using a different watercolour base for each one. Over several days, watch the flowers take on colour.
  • Spray it out. Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few dollops of watercolour paint. (More paint will result in strong colour, and less paint will give you subtle hues.) Create different patterns by spraying from varied distances.