Jump to content

How to cover school books without getting bubbles


  • Please log in to reply
48 replies to this topic

#1 MsDemeanor

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:38 PM

Argghh is contact getting crappier these days or what?

DD has 15 books to cover and DS has 8. God help me. I am such a perfectionist and can't stand the bubbles and lines. Any tried and true methods?

#2 ~dam'sgirl~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:39 PM

You just have to go slow and push out all the bubbles. original.gif

#3 MsDemeanor

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:43 PM

There must be a secret! I do go slow, I use a ruler, DD holds the book and I go slowly, but half the time the contact stuff is just dodgy and gets lines in it.

Please tell me there is a secret.

#4 Jeneral

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:53 PM

Yes, there is a secret... it is called a plastic book slip!

Doesn't help with bigger books..


When I was a kid Mum used to let us buy wrapping paper and brown paper to wrap our books in.  Only the text books got contact.

#5 *BluePinkie*

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:53 PM

If you do get bubbles use a pin and sort of pop the air out and then flatten it.

Hope that makes sense.

Leeanne xxx

#6 ☆kermit☆

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:56 PM

Ok I worked in a library and used to cover millions of books.  First cut the contact just a bit bigger than the size of the laid out open book leaving about 3/4 inch all the way around.  Fold contact in half then peel back one half of the contact and place spine of book along this folded line in the middle. Turn book over and get a credit card or similar card and push the airbubbles towards each side, then trim the corners and fold over.  Peel off otherside of the contact and do the same.  If you still have a slight bubble get a pin and prick it lets out the air.  Good luck.

#7 RubyInNewYork

Posted 08 February 2008 - 02:10 PM

We would use a ruler and slowly slide the plastic down pressing firmly with the ruler, to help it go down smooth and press out any bubbles.

#8 mmk

Posted 08 February 2008 - 02:22 PM

Cut the contact 2cm or so bigger than the book.  Peel back 1/2 of the contact & put the middle of the spine in the middle of the contact.  Put the book with the side you're going to stick first facing up but holding the contact up in the air so it's not touching the book.  Smooth it out along the spine, starting from the middle of the book to the top/bottom.  When that's done, have the book how you would if you were reading it.  Hold the contact in the air with your right hand, & slowly start from the spine & work your way up & down the book until you get to the edge pushing the contact down.  You shouldn't get any bubbles.  Turn over & do the same thing to the back of the book.  Open the book up & diagonally cut the corners of the contact & also near the spine & along the spine.  Fold the edges starting from the middle out.  All done!  It's not that hard if you do it bit by bit & start from the middle out & then from the middle to the other out.  Maybe get someone to hold the contact in the air for you while you're pushing it down if it's too hard to do with 2 hands.  Good luck!

#9 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 08 February 2008 - 02:38 PM

I use the ruler method!  I usually start inside one cover and fold the backing paper back as I edge along with a ruler, but the librarian method of starting at the spine sounds good.  I think I will try that next time!

#10 cattivo lupo

Posted 08 February 2008 - 03:17 PM

I think contact is getting crappier, I have endless trouble contacting books, and I hate this time of year when there are so many of them to do.  I always used to do the fold in half work fromt he spine method, but no more, I jhust don't have the coordination.  This year, I fold in half, put hte spine in the middle, then peel a little way back on one side, lay a little bit of the book cover on it and stick down (enough to not get bubbles), flip it over and use a ruler to smooth it down as I pull the backing off, all very slow.  When you get to the middle, turn the book over and keep going.  

Don't know if that makes sense, but basically, I do it all in one direction.  

As an aside, Monday this week at 8am, DS2 knocks on the bathroom door, "Mum, can you cover my books?"  NO blink.gif .  Honestly, he'd had them since Friday night.

#11 *LucyE*

Posted 08 February 2008 - 03:23 PM

Go to a proper stationery store and buy 'library grade' contact.  It's that little bit thicker than ordinary supermarket contact and is so easy to use.

Also make sure that when smoothing over with the ruler, that you are not pulling the contact too tightly (to remove backing paper) that it stretches and then won't stick smoothly.

#12 ~**SYMONE**~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:01 PM

I feel your pain...I hate covering books. But I have found some brands of contact are worse than others.

#13 Quack Quack

Posted 08 February 2008 - 05:44 PM

no no no ...biggrin.gif you have it all wrong!!!


you need a kitchen bench & a water spray bottle.
spray the cupboard with a mist of water where you plan to work, then cut your contact to size, then spray the shiny side of contact with water.

pull off the back paper with the wet shiney side & the wet laminex together.

you will find the wetness stops all the static and it is as easy as covering books with a sheet of paper.

my 4 kids had 8 books each.... i got them all covered in about 2 hours, no swearing and throwing of books, and more importantly.... NO WRINKLES OR BUBBLES!!!

it is seriously amazing biggrin.gif:D:D:D:D

#14 tweekle

Posted 08 February 2008 - 05:49 PM

After many many hissy fits, screwed up balls of contact and a little (lot) of swearing I now cover with paper (coloured or brown paper then add stickers) and then cover again witn a clear plastic, looks really spiffy!

#15 jckalilvi

Posted 08 February 2008 - 06:09 PM

ok well i used to be the "queen"  tongue.gif of covering books when i was at school ... many moons ago!!  

there were two different types of clear contact back then, a cheap and nasty version and a slightly more expensive one, the dearer one is thicker and goes on like a treat!!

1. cut the contact about 1.5cm wider than the book is, before you peel the backing off, fold the contact in half to create a crease that goes down the spine of the book.

2. peel back contact on one side until you reach the crease mark, stand books spine along the crease and roll it down on to the sticky contact, if you are using the dearer contact you should have no bubbles, if you are using cheap and nasty version you may get bubbles.

3. cut corners off contact, snip the contact at the spine on both sides, fold edges of contact onto book.

4. stand book on its spine and pull the backing of the contact on the reverse side and same as before roll front of book onto contact. cut corners off and fold contact edges onto book.

#16 writestuff

Posted 08 February 2008 - 06:42 PM

Excuse my ignorance, but what's with covering books in contact? This was not something my mother ever did! Won't they survive if you don't?

#17 ~flaxen~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 06:45 PM

QUOTE
After many many hissy fits, screwed up balls of contact and a little (lot) of swearing I now cover with paper (coloured or brown paper then add stickers) and then cover again witn a clear plastic, looks really spiffy!


My mum did this for all our books in primary school. She used patterned wrapping paper and then the clear plastic over the top. We had the best looking books in the district, and when the other kid's contact was cracking around the edges at the end of the term ours still looked as good as the day she did it. In fact she's kept some of our old workbooks and they still look great today. She later went back to uni and studied to become a librarian...so all that book-covering practice came in handy original.gif

Edited by mummy~mel, 08 February 2008 - 06:45 PM.


#18 mumto3princesses

Posted 08 February 2008 - 07:19 PM

Yep, I do it like stayathomemum and never have a problem at all. Rarely even get one bubble.

#19 ~♥~Mia~♥~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 07:49 PM

5*little*ducks may I kiss you????

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  

For the first time ever, I have contacted books without bubbles and without me swearing. It was easy as pie and done in half the time. I did not even use a ruler.

#20 ~A2~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 07:57 PM

I just covered 25 books  ohmy.gif  wacko.gif  with the method used by just about everyone here although I use a tissue (soft cloth) to smooth.

Might try the wet kitchen bench next time.

Ali

#21 cattivo lupo

Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:03 PM

Remind me of the water thing next year won't you? I've finished all the book covering for this year.

#22 Blish

Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:14 PM

QUOTE
Go to a proper stationery store and buy 'library grade' contact. It's that little bit thicker than ordinary supermarket contact and is so easy to use.


I agree with this.

My local newsagent sells contact-type stuff, but it's quite thick and it's much nicer than contact. Sorry I can't be more helpful with a name or brand, but you can ask your newsagent if they sell this stuff.

#23 summermum

Posted 09 February 2008 - 01:46 AM

Yeah, go out and buy the expensive stuff.  Definitely worth the money.  I had terrible luck with the cheap stuff but the 'thick' contact covered flawlessly every time.

#24 Quack Quack

Posted 09 February 2008 - 12:29 PM

blush.gif yes ~♥~Mia~♥~ you may kiss me LMAO happy to be of service

#25 Sally ®

Posted 09 February 2008 - 01:07 PM

Wow, thanks for posting this topic.  We have a few books to cover this weekend.  DP always cracks it with the contact!  rolleyes.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.