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How to Apply Gold Foil with a Laminator

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This is the Part 1 of 2 posts on making a DIY traveler's notebook with a gold foiled cover.

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Part 2 - DIY Traveler's Notebook Tutorial can be found here.

One of my favorite uses for my laminator (aside from making flashcards for my daughter) is gold foiling. Last year, I wanted badly to have a gold foil machine but when I learned this process, I realized there is really no need to buy a separate machine anymore.

Here are the tools you need for this simple technique:

  • scissors
  • washi tape
  • foil (I love the We R Memory Keepers Heatwave Foil - 4 x 6 in Gold!)
  • cardstock/paper (For this tutorial, I used Core'dinations Premium Cardstock in Krafty.)
  • white sheet of paper
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Procedure:

  1. Print your design using a laser printer. For this exercise, I printed my designs for my traveler's notebook covers on a kraft cardstock. Shown below is the back part of the cover that features the ListLab logo.
  2. Cut a foil strip that is enough to cover your printed image.
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3. Use washi tape to cover & adhere the foil to the printed image. Below you can see that I covered the title of the notebook (left side of paper) and logo at the back (right side).

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4. Fold the white paper to make a flap. I used the bigger part of the paper to cover my gold foil and I tucked the back flap at the back of the cardstock.

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5. Laminate! Make sure that your laminator is very hot.

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6. This is how it'll look like after laminating. Run it to the laminator a second time if you still see bumps/bubbles on the gold foil.

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7. Now, my favorite part. Peel the washi & foil!

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Here's how the finished project looks like. Sorry, gold foil is very hard to capture on camera but I guarantee you that the actual output looks fab!

Watch out for my next post on how to use this foiled kraft paper as cover for a DIY traveler's notebook.

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