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We are working on our third week of school here and the routine is finally starting to iron out a bit. I’m working on getting into a routine with the school schedule, my younger kids, my blogging, stuff going on at church right now, Mr Napping’s chaotic work schedule right now and my new goal to workout more often. My favorite thing to do this time of year is to bust out the organizing supplies – and with Back to School supplies all over, I just can’t resist. I also love to design pretty organizers. One thing I want in my organizers is that I can re-use them. I don’t want to waste that much paper and re-using the organizers lets me develop a system that works for me. Luckily, there is a way to make your own DIY Dry Erase Organizer and it is super easy!
DIY DRY ERASE ORGANIZER WITH SCOTCH™ LAMINATING PRODUCTS
– Download and print out the Printable Organizer Pack. Click the link, download and save the file to your computer and then print out the pages. You can use them all or just pick and choose which pages you think will work best for you because I want these to be helpful for you. The pages are formatted to 8.5×11″ and the file is in PDF format.
– Turn on the Scotch™ Thermal Laminator and let it warm up completely. The little ready light will turn blue when you’re ready to go. Make sure the laminator is ready before you try to use it; you’ll get the best results that way.
– While the laminator warms up, put each organizer page into a Scotch™ Thermal Pouch. Pull the two layers of the pouch apart – one side of the pouch is sealed. Lay the page on one side of the pouch and fold the pouch back over.
– When the laminator is ready and your page is positioned in the pouch, line up the pouch on the paper tray of the laminator. In complete honesty: I loved everything about this laminator, except the paper tray. It has a fabulous fold up design, but because of that it is not very sturdy. I never had the tray collapse or anything, but it was pretty flimsy. But the cord wrapped away into the bottom of the machine and that almost made up for the unimpressive paper tray. And it had zero effect on the outcome of the pages.
– Gently slide the page into the machine until it starts to pull it through. Let go and the machine will pull it through.
– When the page completely comes out the other side, lay it down on a flat surface until it cools to prevent any curling or weird wrinkles.
– Use the dry or wet erase markers to fill out the organizer. I prefer the wet erase markers because they don’t wipe off as easily and my kids think it’s hilarious to wipe off my planners. The wet erase markers give me a slightly better chance of keeping all my info intact.
– Use your DIY Dry Erase Organizer. I don’t actually keep all the organizers on my fridge, but I wanted to show them to you all at once. The menu planner and shopping list are my absolute favorite; the calendar and weekly planner pages are close seconds.
TIPS FOR USING YOUR ORGANIZER PAGES
There are some pages that you may want to keep the information on and not have them be reusable. The important dates or important people pages, for example. I keep the important dates page next to our calendar to help keep me inline and not forget anything.
Use the important people pages as it fits your needs best. I have one page that has a list of important phone numbers on it. We keep it in a special drawer. I filled it out and then laminated it. It is not reusable because the info on here doesn’t change. My boys know where it is and know, if they have an emergency and there is not an adult that can help, that page will give them phone numbers to call. I also keep one that IS reusable as a baby-sitter reference, because I haven’t designed a baby-sitter reference page since my family is usually our sitter.
I picked up my laminator and the laminating sheets at Walmart, in the stationary department, right between the craft department and office supplies – I was there already anyway. There are also self-laminating pouches and different sizes. I’ve used the photo sizes to create little books for my boys. They are awesome, pre-cut and a total snap to use. All of the laminating products are easy to use and the results are fantastic. Check out more awesome projects you can do with Scotch™ Laminating Products and well as other Scotch™ products!