49 Responses to Laminated Labels with your Silhouette

    • I know, my poor label maker has been sitting in a drawer collecting dust for a while now…it’s so much more fun to use a Silhouette!

    • Haha I know, I think my husband gave me a funny look when I told him I wanted one for Christmas…they just don’t understand our need for fun toys like this ;-)

  1. These are AMAZING! I love knowing that this is something that can be done because my friend actually commissioned me to make her some labels recently and I wasn’t sure how I was going to make them last! Great job on these!

    • Isn’t that always the case?? This is only my second project with my laminator, I’ve got a bunch more projects on my list too!

  2. I got a laminator on amazon too!! What thickness pouches did you use – 3mm? (I also bought 5 mm and 7 mm for some projects). Thanks!

  3. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. It worked perfectly. I needed to cut out 54 arrows, laminate them and then cut them out of the laminating paper. This tutorial has saved me hours! Thank you!!

  4. Despite desperately trying everything possible, my cameo WOULD NOT and I mean WOULD NOT cut my laminated stuff ( I have the same exact laminator as you do) :( I had to give up before I threw the thing from seeing the constant “registration mark error”. I swear this thing works when it wants to!

    • You know, that happens to me sometimes too. I wish I could say I had a fix-it-all solution, but you’re right, those machines sometimes have a mind of their own! Sometimes shining a flashlight on the paper while it’s reading the registration marks works, or sometimes just unloading the page, shifting it slightly one way or the other, then reloading it works. But every once and a while I just have to turn it off and walk away…usually when I come back to it the next day it works fine!

      • This is happening to me right now. It wasn’t working last night, or just now. Then it worked for one sheet, and started giving the error yet again after it. So I’m guessing my machine just doesn’t want to cut laminate right now. -_-

        • Print and cut can be so finicky sometimes! Sometimes restarting the computer and Silhouette and then just walking away for a while has helped me.

  5. I know this is an older post but somehow I just recently stumbled onto the world that is planner clips and I knew I could do this with my Silhouette Cameo, I just couldn’t figure out the recut the laminate part.

    I don’t have a PixScan mat so I’m super happy to see this alternative.

    • So glad this was helpful for you, Susan! I actually do have a PixScan mat but I still find this method easier and more reliable. I’ve used this method many times, I love the perfect little laminated cards I end up with…the Type A side of me loves it, haha.

  6. Has anyone had success with 10mil (250 micron) laminate. I got it to cut 5mil (125microns). I was playing with settings but I haven’t been able to get more than half way through. I do have a deep cut blade but haven’t used it for fear of breaking it. I looked at settings and couldn’t work out how to get it in the software to go higher than 10.

  7. THANK YOU SO MUCH for this awesome tutorial! I have a PixScan mat but never seem to be successful with it. So this worked BEAUTIFULLY to make name tags for my murder mystery party!

  8. Hi Meredith, love your tutorial! Thank you for sharing it! I have a question! After the laminate step and putting it back on your cutting mat to run through the Silhouette again to do the final cut, do you have any problems with the cuts being off a bit even though its reading the registration marks again? When I’ve removed a page with registration marks off my mat and then put back to reread and cut something, it never lines up again for me. Just wondering if this might happen again or if I’m missing something! Thanks so much!!!

  9. Hey Meredith!

    Dumb question here from a Silhouette newb. I have a laminator and want to make laminated labels – but how do you make the backside of the label sticky if its been laminated inside a pouch? I dont know of anyway to laminate only the front side of a label sheet. Please help!

    • Not a dumb question! I used double sided tape to stick my laminated label onto the bins. You could also hole-punch then and tie them on, or something like that. But this method will just give you sturdy laminated cards. (I like using this method for things like flash cards too.) If you’re looking to label something by sticking it on – especially if it’s a plastic bin or other kind of smooth surface – you could also cut a vinyl label instead!

  10. Thank you so much for this tutorial. You have literally saved my Grandsons birthday favors. He loves reading and wanted to have bookmarks….I have the Pix Scan Mat and could not get it to configure…..threw away tons of laminated bookmarks and had to start over….this is so much easier. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • Oh I’m so glad to hear that!! I’ve never had much luck with the Pix Scan mat either, I find this method much more reliable, even though it adds an extra step or two.

  11. This is genius!!! Now is there a clever way to fill a page with letters (like for bulletin boards) to save material. I just did a Dr. Seuss font for teacher appreciation and was really wishing for such a thing…

  12. Hi, this all sounds great except no one bother to let us know what thickness of laminating pouch you use. Is it 3, 5, 7, or 10 mil. Those setting only seem to work on the 3 mil. This is very flimsy laminating sheet

    • Actually, if you go back and reread the blog post more carefully you’ll see that I included a link to the exact laminating pouches I used. They are 3 mil. They have been very sturdy for my needs – in fact I wrote this post 5 years ago and these labels (along with several other laminate-and-cut projects I did at the same time) are still in great shape. If you want something even thicker then you will likely need to use a deep cut blade with the Cameo 4.

  13. I made cute little letters to label each cut of my fabric for sewing/quilting. You can buy them, but I don’t want to wait on the postal service. I’m new to cutting machines so I am so happy I found this post!

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