Food covers

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Originally conceived to cover the dog bowl but now I have realised these food protectors are as efficient as the umbrella type food domes I have been using and much more space efficient.

Cut a circle of paper or card slightly larger than the intended bowl, laminate and trim the excess plastic to fit the circle ( both cuts can be done on a cutting machine or by hand). If you re laminate the trimmed circle the heat softens any rough edges you may have left.

I used some of my stash of letters to decorate the circle before laminating but these function without decoration.

The laminate may warp if used on hot bowls or over steaming hot foods but otherwise these easy wipe covers do a useful job.

The next batch will have new wording, after all – there are no flies on me!

Laminated, snap-close folders

Thank you Sam Clayton, Mixed up crafts channel. I have been following your laminating projects and now made a bundle of folders and file envelopes, this time secured with the snaps you motivated me to buy.

This is such an easy make and uses up papers that would otherwise be gathering dust in the ‘one day I will get around to liking these’ pile.

Now I have durable, fastening envelopes for keeping stamps, receipts, presenting gift cards and tickets or holding assorted papers.

I now plan to print some photos to make some personalised wallets as gifts…

Method

Just sandwich paper in a laminating sleeve then, when sealed, gently slice along the inside sealed edge between the paper layers to create a pocket. Trim any excess laminating plastic and send the folder back through the laminator to tidy rough edges. Follow one of her tutorials for clear demonstrations.

For the pink wallet I glued on a strip of paper as a tab, to mimic a wallet closure. This worked surprisingly well.

The size of the folders and combination of pockets is only limited by the size of your laminating pouches.

Fixing the snaps is easy. Again lots of you tube tutorials but my kit came ready set up to use and was logical. The only hurdle is positioning the snap near to the edge of a sheet as there isn’t much of an ‘elbow’ on the crimper.