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Nov 13, 2014

A Good Lesson

I learned a good lesson today. Never laminate anything colored in crayon.

So this is what happened. Bossy stayed up late last night making me a super cute poster to laminate and use for Scout's Minnie Mouse birthday party on Friday. We wanted the kids to play the "Pin the Bow on Minnie" game.

She dropped the poster off this afternoon and I took it to a local copy store for the lamination. As the lady was feeding it into the laminator, she said, "Did you use crayon on this?" That seemed that a silly question to me. I didn't even make the poster! "She rubbed a hand over the surface. "I don't know," I replied. "My daughter made it."

"It might smear a little..." Then she fed it the rest of the way through the machine. "It smeared." She announced.

"A lot."

That shadow across the face is all melted black crayon.

I was devastated. The poster was totally destroyed and to make matters worse, I still had to pay for the lamination!


8 comments:

Dog-Walker said...

I bet that I've learned a good lesson from that too. One time, I even had a box of crayons in the car one summer day and the hot sun just melted all the crayons together! It's like a group of five people transforming into a monstrous creature.

LeAnn said...

Sorry on that one; but now I know not to use crayon if I want to laminate something.
I think I wouldn't worry about it though; you can still play the game.
Blessings!

Gamer said...

Here's a novel idea! Instead of it being Pin the Bow on Minnie. Make it Pin the Hat on Minnie. so that little ones can even help with the shaded area and know which direction the hat woul sit.

Marci said...

oh no! It was such a cute poster! I wish I could've shared that lesson with you before you went, I too learned that the hard way a while back. Laminating is expensive too! I just laminated a project for Emma for Christmas, but was able to take it somewhere that lets you laminate it yourself and you just pay per linear foot, so it isn't as bad as going to a FedEx office or something like that. Do you guys have a Lakeshore Learning Store?

Anonymous said...

I don't laminate anything anymore, I volunteered at my daughters grade school and the secretary had me do lots of stuff, laminating was one thing she cautioned me about..We used something else and it worked out great for all crayon colored projects, the laminating was only for important printed documents and I did it once, it was a big pain in the neck, I managed to do it correctly, it was costly and she only did it for certificates for the teachers and honor roll certificates and certificates that were sanctioned by the entire school district in other words very important documents..sorry you were forced to pay for the whole sheband, the lady should have STOPPED when she found out it was in Crayola, really I would have paid and then talked to the owner of the place and pitched a fit or not paid at all it was ruined..she made a big mistake your piece was ruined and you could not even use it at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grrrrr.......

Anonymous said...

KINKOS here asks what you want to print in any medium and if they figure it won't go thru correctly they don't do anything..I had to get a document done for our daughter for her college class 300 miles from our home, they would not print it because of the paper telling me it would destroy it instead they took some kind of picture and I got it notarized at the school district she attended, it was accepted at the university where she went and graduated and KINKO'S only charged me a teeny tiny amount, you got ripped off tell the owner & bring the destroyed Minnie mouse to prove it they should refund your money!

Bossy said...

For the record, I didn't stay up late. I got p early....

Anonymous said...

For the record, crayon can be laminated, the person laminating just has to make sure they don't have the temperature at the highest setting and that the sheet feeds through fast enough. It brings out the colors amazingly. I volunteer at a school media center and the woman that does it there laminates all sorts of things.

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