Wednesday 27th October 2021

The Last Thing I Bought. 39/52. #LifeThisWeek. 2018.96

The Last Thing I Bought. 39/52. #LifeThisWeek. 2018.96.

I was not sure what the “last thing” I bought would be when I sat to write this post.

I thought it might have been ‘the groceries’ because that is on-going….and then I thought, maybe it would be some new art materials. I admit, I have been busy updating my collection.

But no, it is none of those.

It is this:

A(new)nother Big W A3 Laminator.

Isn’t that exciting?

Actually no, it is more like embarrassing.

This is the THIRD one I have (not yet) bought.

Update: thought I would have it in my possession now…except, my Big W is out of stock. 


I have made over 200 bookmarks for The Big Hug Box and I can get 5 into one A4 laminating sheet.

You see, I am a pioneer…of sorts …so I have tested my laminators out (for sure) and even though it has not been my intention when I have added dried flowers and some materials that do not have endings which line up….I have:

broken 2 of these laminators as the items got stuck.


For years and years I had a really solid and BIG A3 laminator that I used at home and at school and it only gave up the ghost 2 years ago. It had cost over $150 so I was delighted to find that Big W sold these A3 ones for $30. The A4 one is $20. My mandalas are made on A3 paper which is why I needed and wanted to bigger sized one.

Two have now been dumped. Because they cannot be fixed once the material gets caught on the roller. I was a very sheepish telling my husband about the 2nd one being ruined and he even tried taking it apart but it was not worth it.

I would hope I have learned my lesson.

I do not, repeat, do NOT want to buy a 4th Big W laminator.

So, what have you bought?

Are you a fan of the laminator?


P.S. Here’s the update of the update. NO Big W Laminators could be found….so, still needing said A3 laminator, I went on-line to O’works. Yes. Their model is 3x the price of the BigW and says “it is jam-free”…(my husband scoffed at this based on my track record)…and I can use the convenience of in-store pick up at Northmead when I return to Westmead tomorrow to see the prosthodontist. Too easy? We shall see.

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  1. As someone who has enjoyed your creations with the help of your laminator, I’m glad you got one! Those bookmarks are so much better than the tissues I used to use before. 🙂

  2. Seems like a great purchase! My laminator is on its last legs I think. I don’t use it much, but it does come out a couple of times a year for various projects and events. I often use it to laminate A4 photos printed for significant birthday photo walls.

    • It’s like that with a laminator. When I was teaching (my return to schools from 2004 on) I used it a lot but I was always careful about where I used it because they stay so hot even when switched off.

      Now I have re-discovered them for re-purposing my art and making bookmarks it stays out in my art area ready to go.

      I “must be more careful with the feed though”….too expensive to keep replacing!

      Denyse x

  3. Most people don’t think they need a laminator, Denyse but when they purchase one they wonder why it took them so long. I also think there is still the ‘school teacher’ in your blood and you love projects. The last thing I bought were two canvas prints that I have made for my two grandsons’ baptisms this Sunday. It has a poem and will be a keepsake for them – I just hope they arrive in time. Have a great week! xx

    • Oh how lovely that gift sounds for your grandsons. Yes, waiting for arrival on time can be tricky. We are finding Australia post is so slow and now living in a regional area, it is even worse.

      You are right about me, “you can take the teacher out of the school…..” sure does apply,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Denyse x

  4. I’ve always wondered what people do with laminators and who buys them. Now I know it’s you, multiple times! 😉

    • Yep, laminators galore I am.

      I know some parents buy them for pre-school aged kids’ activities at home judging by my IG feed.

      Welcome back…what a dreary day it is.

      Denyse x

  5. I think the last thing I bought was cheese. Not fancy cheese, just a $6 block in Aldi last night. Not hugely fascinating.

    I do have a laminator. I think. I couldn’t tell you where it is right now…

    • Cheese, yum. I am really enjoying getting back to having tasty cheese on a water cracker now I can bite. Yum.

      Laminator will be ‘safely in a box’ somewhere.

      Denyse x

  6. The last thing I bought – other than groceries – was a cookbook that I absolutely don’t need. Sarah Glover’s Wild.

  7. We have a laminator too and I love it.
    I bought a Tepanyaki grill at Aldi and use it constantly. You can cook at the dining table. Our kids think it’s great too and are enjoying eating the meat and veg strips we fry up on it.

    • I reckon the novelty value would be helpful in having the kids eat these foods. Good thinking! And I too love my laminator but need to be more careful!!

      Denyse x

  8. Interesting how you’ve been using laminators. The last thing I bought was a birthday card for my niece. Have great week!

    • Thanks so much Natalie. Yes, teacher-me enjoys laminating and it was one way for me to preserve some of my mandalas and designs as they are now placemats. Happy Birthday to your niece.

      Denyse x

  9. I always borrow my mum’s laminator if I need to laminate. I think she did get hers from Officeworks and we’ve had it for 10 years or more? Nothing has gotten jammed in it in all that time. I hope you can find a budget friendly one that will last longer than your BIG W finds Denyse.

    • Hi Bec! Lovely to see you here again.

      Yes, this time I am getting a more heavy duty one. I will pick it up when I drive to Sydney tomorrow for an appointment with the man who made my new upper teeth!

      The old one we had I used when I went back teaching in 2004 until around 2015 and I think it did well.

      I worry about laminators around little kids because of the heat so now there are no grandkids here for care as we had in Sydney, this time it can sit on a shelf waiting for use.

      Denyse x

  10. I would love a laminator. At present, if I want to preserve something I use clear contact, which isn’t as good of course and then I have to add in my special talent of mucking it up most of the time! I think the last thing I bought which wasn’t groceries was some stamps for some art journaling. My favourite kind of purchase!
    I hope you get your hands on a laminator which can handle your experimentation 🙂

    • Well, if there is a BigW nearby they may have one!! I got the A3 size but the A4 was only $20. Mind you, yesterday when I checked for availability very few stores had them.

      I cannot do contact to save my life so when it was, ahem, apparent to my very careful and shall I say, slightly pedantic daughter was old enough, she began covering hers AND her brother’s school books.

      She is in her element now as a teacher-librarian and runs training sessions for parents who volunteer for book covering. She knows I would not pass, so I just donate books and other memorabilia the K-6 library can use instead.

      I think I will be respectful of the new laminator in terms of what I expect it to do.

      Denyse x

  11. Oh this is me too! I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve destroyed a few work laminators beyond repair through over-hopeful belief that the glitter, patty pans, goggle eyes, leaves etc can go through. Because often they can! Until they can’t lol.

    • Oh phew…not just me. Yes it was flowers that, ahem, buggered the 2nd one I had. And this time it was sheets that did not align!! Great to see you here. Thanks for coming on over!

      Denyse x

  12. I love my laminator. Got a more expensive one at Officeworks two years ago and it is still going strong! Never had it jam on me.

    SSG xxx

  13. I’ve never owned a laminator. I think my husband has one though. I just don’t do anything that needs to be laminated so It would gather dust and be clutter (which I hate) I hope your new jam-free one lives up to its promises x

    • Good on you for the reasons you state about not having a laminator!!

      I picked it up today and am yet to unpack it! Not rushing either.

      Denyse x

  14. Oh no, I hope this one lasts a long time! I laminated my husbands boat licence once and it came out like a piano accordion. He laminates his own stuff now lol.

    • That is a funny (sorry) story about the licence. I have done some wrecking of some things but all because I was trying to get the laminator to do more than it was ever made.

      I have the new one but am going to take time to learn more about it first.

      Denyse x

  15. I don’t own a laminator Denyse, and don’t think I ever have owned one. However, if I ever had use for one I’d buy one in a heartbeat. I hope your 3rd will last the test of time and there won’t be a need for a 4th! Fingers crossed! 🙂

    • Ah Min, it is a good thing for someone like me to have and I have made placemats for my grandkids and more with it.

      I have the new one here now and will open it later in the week and read the instructions very very carefully.

      Denyse x

  16. We have gone through a few laminators in this house as well! I’m sometimes putting stuff though that shouldn’t go! As a side note… I grew up in Northmead so to hear you mention it was a bit exciting!

    • Ah Kerrie, haven’t seen you for a while!! Thanks for coming by. Northmead is a lovely area and I had a friend living there when we were still in Sydney. We lived in North West Sydney: Kellyville, Bella Vista and Glenwood from 1978-2015. Laminators: I got it and it’s much more expensive so I will be very, very careful as my husband said “no more” if I break this one…LOL.

      Denyse x

  17. I don’t have a laminator but my daughter has one and enjoys using it. I’m thinking of buying one but at present don’t have a use for it. I hope yours has arrived.

    • Thanks Suzy, I am glad to say I picked the new and more expensive model up yesterday when I was in Sydney. Am yet to use it but I will be very careful with this one.

      Denyse x