As a mom, especially a first time mom, I have tons of little treasures and pieces I want to keep forever. From my daughters first finger painting experience to her first time coloring. They are all masterpieces to me.
As her first year flew by, I kept trying to find a way of keeping them intact and presentable. I ended up shoving them into a drawer in my buffet table.
Luckily my mother in law had the answer! She gifted me a laminator!
Little did I know how much I would use and abuse this thing. Yes, I busted out the social security cards, marriage license and birth certificates to laminate. I also discovered I could laminate the items I had from my daughter as well.
Not only did I laminate those masterpieces, but I also took a look around and discovered the limitless potential this laminator had.
One of the fears I had as a parent, is that my daughter would not be familiar with her relatives that lived out of state. I am lucky enough to have my mother nearby, however my father, step mother and two siblings live in another state.
My daughter’s genius mommy and me class instructor had a brilliant idea. Take photos of each person, add their name, laminate it, hole punch it and add a ring!
It sounds like a lot, but it truly takes minutes. The final result has been a go to “toy” for my daughter for months. I’ve even caught her flipping through the pages and giving people kisses. Â It is the sweetest thing ever.
She quickly became familiar with the names and the faces.
Next, I looked around the house and wanted to laminate everything, however I just came up with another idea. Not that I can really take credit for the first idea, but you get my drift.
I previously bought a set of flash cards at Target (love me some Tar-Jay!) and they lasted all of 24 hours before they were bent, missing or even chewed on. If you have a child still teething you feel me on that one.
I decided to never spend money on flash cards again. That is until, while at the Dollar Store, I came acrossed some super cute Mickey Mouse Clubhouse flashcards. They were only $1, so if they ended up chewed, missing or under the couch, then no big deal.
This is where my handy dandy lamintor came in…I realized I could laminate the $1 cards and they would last FOR-EV-ERRRRR! (Sandlot reference there)
I used the 8.5×11′ pouch and added in 5 cards at a time. I used a paper cutter to slice them into seperateÂ cards and cleaned up the edges with scissors so there were no sharp corners.
I can now either leave them as is, which is perfect, or I can add a ring to these as well.
I have also thought about placing a piece of felt onto the wall in the playroom and adding a small piece of velcro to the back. That way she can place them and take them down whenever she wishes to use them.