I don't laminate my tags...never thought about it...
I do think they might (my unlaminated ones, I mean) get worn looking as the bear gets old...but that's about par for the course for any hang tag...I have sewn in tags too.....
I quite like those little pockets that fancy stores use for posh tags..they'd be expensive though.
I laminate..... I look at the tags on my first bears that I didn't laminate and they are mangled.
I use a hot laminating method. I think that over time this might hold together better than the cold laminating. But I'm honestly not sure. I know that after 5 years the tags I've laminated look great. I find it handy at shows as I can put a sticker on with the price and easily peel it off when a bear is bought. Trying to peel a sticker off of paper or erase pencil from the tag isn't always easy, it's time consuming and one can make a mess in the process!
My two cents anyway!
Jenny... love your idea! Those pouches are neat!
I had a laminated part of a handmade shower invitation on my desk, & condensation from a
cold glass made the lamination & the printing underneath dissolve, so it was just plain
paper. Hey it was laminated, I thought it would work as a coaster! I'm not sure what
method was used to laminate it if that happened - it looked pretty strong before it got wet! But I
had the crazy notion that lamination was supposed to protect from stuff like water.
So uh...whatever the shower invitation maker used....don't use that
Aerianna, I know what caused the problem your friend spoke of. If the paper to be laminated is foled in half and when cut after laminating the middle of the paper comes apart. Well it would because it isnt glued.
If you need to trim the laminate, make sure that there is a border around the paper.
There isnt anything to laminateing. you just put the paper or card in the plastic sleeve and then place in the laminator and it just glides through and comes out the other side. Walla!!! all done.
I LOVE MY LAMINATOR