It's CURRENTLY August!

I am linking up with my first CURRENTLY!
{Completed this morning}
Okay, so let's jut TALK about the #1 item on my B2S Must-Haves list.  I finally took my Scotch Personal Laminator out of the box and REALLY used it this week. OH - MY - GOODNESS!!  It is my new BEST FRIEND!!  It is soooo much better than the laminator at school.  The lamination is soooo thick!  And to think it only cost me $27??? SERIOUSLY?  This is my 15th year of teaching and I'm JUST discovering this greatness!!  If I ever need to buy a teacher a present...this is going to be it!  I have been laminating everything I can get my hands on!  I picked up some extra laminating sleeves at Costco, too....150 sleeves for $19.99!  I'm IN LOVE!  I will definitely be picking up another one of these so I can have one at home and at school.

My Silhouette Cameo finally arrived Friday morning - that's two full days and I still haven't even used it.  I'm pretty sure it's because of one of two reasons:

1. I'm afraid I'm not going to love it as much as my $27 Scotch Laminator...seriously, I'm not sure how it gets much better than that thing!


2.  I'm afraid I'm going to love it even more than my Scotch Laminator which will mean that it will occupy every second of my last full-week of summer!  

{Sigh} Tomorrow, I'll take the plunge and pull it out of the box, but for tonight I've got tons of laminated games to cut apart and a couple of other crafts to finish up for Monday! :)

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  1. I bought the same laminator but I have not opened it :) Does it take any laminating pouches (from any other brand)?
    My Second Sense

  2. I love my little laminator! I wish we had a costco! great price! And love my cordless glue gun since I've been going up ladders!

  3. Oh my gosh! I could not live without those two things, Rachel!

    Tania, the laminating pouches I got from Costco were an "off" brand I didn't recognize but they work just fine in it and are just as thick, too! :)

  4. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Silhouette. I really want one (and my birthday is just around the corner)!! Please let me know what you think!!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  5. I have the scotch laminator too.... LOVE IT. They have great customer service too. I was not paying attention (opps) and put a sleeve in backwards once. It jammed :( I e-mailed them and they were SUPER NICE. They sent me shipping labels and offered to fix it. In the end... they ended up sending me a brand new one for free! [I guess I messed up really bad haha]

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  6. Ohhh man, everyone keeps posting about their laminator and it's making me want one!! I always thought that the laminating pouches would be expensive, but that's a great deal from Costco! I am going to have to consider this... :)

    EduKate and Inspire

  7. I picked up a Scotch laminator at Joann Fabrics this morning; on sale for 29.99 and I used a 25% off coupon so just $22.50. Haven't taken it out of the box yet, but that baby is getting used on Monday!

    Math is Elementary

  8. Running 6 miles...go girl1 That's my weekly mileage these days. :) I'm gonna have to break down and buy a Silhouette.
    Funky First Grade Fun

  9. I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!! I'm so jealous. I may just have to break down and order one. I don't have the money right now though :(

    Can you only laminate one thing per pouch or what? How does that work? I just want to see one in action before I buy it!

    Mommy, Teacher, & So Much More

  10. Andi, yes, the pouch just holds one sheet. I'll try to post some "action" pics of it tomorrow to give you an idea (or maybe a video). Not as fast as the one at school since it's one sheet at a time, but it's pretty quick.

  11. That laiminator truly is a teacher's best friend!! FOR REALS! Happy for you because I know what a life changer that guy is :)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  12. I just bought the same laminator a few weeks ago & it's my new BFF for back to school time. Where has it been all of my life?!?! lol
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  13. My laminator has been a great friend for some time now. One of my best investments.

    Nice to meet you.

  14. I just found your blog, love it! I'm getting back into running right now... I've never been good at distances over 4-5 miles. Did you just work up to it or use a program?
    I love, love, love my Silhouette Cameo! I wasn't sure at first how to use it, but once you get used to the software you'll be cutting out everything you can think of and more! haha
    I just bought some chalkboard contact paper from Amazon that I want to try out next! Have fun!!!

    First with Franklin

  15. I love your blog! And I have already been thinking about looking into the Silhouette and the laminator!!!! Right now though, I'll just have to keep borrowing them from friends and family :)


    Math with Ms. McCown

  16. I am thinking about buying a laminator tomorrow...did you get it at Target?

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  17. thanks so much for linking up and I LOVE BB after dark... only reason I have showtime LOL...
    i am going to head to costco manana to get me some pouches... that price is awesome

  18. First I love your blog! Some days I wish I was still teaching second...we had an awesome team, loved the content, and the kids. But Kindergarten is fun too. The children bring me such joy.

    Second, where did you get the personal laminator? That seems like such a great price!

    Terri Izatt

  19. I absolutely love my Scotch laminator! It is the best purchase ever! Got mine at BJ's (warehouse store like Costco) for $22 and can get the name brand laminating pouches 50 per box for around $6. I laminate everything! Love it!

  20. I too have a personal laminator that I got from Costco. However, I've never even used it. After all this talk about it I'm going to get that thing out and use it. :) I found you through the blog hop and would love to have you check out my blog . Big Brother After Dark is fun to watch, but I watched it the other night and I already knew before it aired that Danielle was HOH! Oh well Spoilers don't bug me! Anyways Good luck with the new school year and happy blogging!


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