How to Apply Gold Foil with a Laminator

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


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



  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.


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).


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.


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


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.


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


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.