Lamination

I have had an idea that might save all of us GTD'ers wasting so much paper when we scribble things into next actions, waiting for, someday/maybe and the inbox. Why not combine the power of hPDA with laminated index cards? Write Inbox on an Index card and laminate it. Do the same with Waiting For, Projects, Next Actions, and Someday/Maybe. Punch a hole in one of the top corners depending on whether you are right or left handed. Attach them with a karibiner or filing ring after putting a front and back cover on them. Carry a non-permant marker and a small piece of cloth. Use the hPDA as normal and wipe the actions off when they are completed.

I have seen pleanty of posts on using lamination for covers, but I don't think has suggested this. Please accept my apologies fi I am wrong!

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Wow, I forgot about them. Great idea.

A few years back, I picked up an inexpensive heat laminator at Target for about $20. A "Google" at Staples says I can get 25 index-card-sized pouches for $9.

FWIW, I'd trim about 1/2 inch from two adjacent edges of the card so I could cut down the laminated card to 3x5 -- or -- leave it bigger (3-1/2" x 5-1/2") to act as a divider/cover.

For those who do not have such a gadget and do not care to buy one, they also make self-stick lamination material (also found at Staples). The only downside is that the available sizes jump from business card/wallet size (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") to 4" x 6" photo size, so doing index cards might be a bit of a fuss. But this community is innovative and adaptable. I have faith in your ability. Go for it.
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Anyone want to buy a small laminator ?

It only does up to 4 by 6, but it is perfect for Hipster lamination.

I recently moved up to a larger laminator that has a 9 inch wide feed -- it can do Classic and Full-page Letter, so I would be willing to part with my little laminator. I paid $20 for it. How about $10 plus cheap shipping ? I can toss in a few Hipster-size pockets.

For laminating pouches, check on eBay for item 330028523094
You can get 100 pouches for a bit over $10 (with shipping)
The good news is that if you buy multiple packs, the shipping per pack goes down.

I have settled on my preferred planner style(s), so I will be putting up my "extra" stuff for cheap.

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Dumb question

Had to run out and buy a laminator. Bought the standard size (full page) pouches. So here's the dumb question - can you cut them up? I haven't opened any of the stuff yet, maybe it will be self evident... but I"m wondering, can I cut the big sheets into 4x6 or whatever or do I actually need to buy the various sizes?

Laminate, then cut, if you can

If you have a machine that handles that size, just line things up and laminate them all together and then chop up the resulting page. That does work. I have my doubts about cutting up the pouch first as I have never tried it.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Shopping List

This would be a great idea for a shopping list too. You could type out things you normally buy and also leave some blanks, then laminate. Whatever you need to buy you just checkmark it or circle it or something. Thanks for spurring some new ideas Andy!

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I'm tyring this idea too

I'm still experimenting with structures and page sizes, but I've always planned to test laser printed transparency pages and a wet erase marker. I'm very particular about writing surfaces and pens, but can probably live with fine pint overhead markers for planner use. Transparent pages also make it easy to change the look of the planner with inserts.

Untried lamination hack

This is something I have not tried yet, but it might work. Rather than getting a laminator for the occasional job, using a clothes iron on low setting and on a firm surface may work. The laminator does nothing other than heat the glue on the pouches and presses the plastic on to the paper. But you may have to do it from both sides. You could also start with letter size pouches, and cut to size, laminating several smaller sheets with one letter size pouch.
My experience with clear plastic sheets (non lamination pouches) is that there are different types of plastic. I found some A3 (double letter) sheets of overhead projector sheets, which I wanted to use as a dry-wipe surface on a metal backing. The dry or moist wipe markers left a permanent mark. I think the plastic is acetate, which is soluable with the alcohol based inks. When I used clear binder covers, the marks could be wiped off. Those covers are probably PVC. The printable clear sheets may also be acetate.
I love the idea of laminated dry-wipe lists, and will definately try it.

I've seen people use clear

I've seen people use clear contact paper to laminate. Just use a straight edge to get out bubbles and wrinkles.

I commonly use clear packing

I commonly use clear packing tape! Of course it doesn't add the strength proper lamination would, and of course it has to be done in stripes (though for a 3x5 card, I'm thinking the super-wide stuff might work, though that's a bit more difficult to find than the 2" wide stuff), but it works for light protection.

Have you tried the GBC? It

Have you tried the GBC? It cost me $20 its great!

Proud owner of a Newton 2100
-Leicamaster