Stephanie S said:I found that lap boards were becoming too heavy to carry around. How do you manage bringing them, on top of everything else to your show?
Pampered Laura said:Totally! I love the decorated lapboards you did, those are so cute. And you're right, what a great way to segue in to your other business! I have a question about them - does the paper ever rip when customers handle them too rough?
I think anything of a hard-ish surface that you give the customer to write on makes customers happy! They're all great ideas. I think we're all pretty durn smart if I do sayso myself.
Pampered Laura said:Hi guys
When I had my business before (took time off around '01) I was spending too much money/time on random stuff like lapboards from "vendors", etc...
This time, I'm WAY simplifying the way I do things, and wanted to share my own version of lapboards.
Go to Staples.
They sell WHITE 3-ring binders w/clearview pockets on the outsides, in packs of 2 binders for $3.89.
****This is important - make sure they are the ones with the "rings" on the SPINE, and not attached to the back "board" of the binder.****
I bought 6 packs (12 binders).
Take them home, and with some very sharp scissors, slice the front and back boards off the spine. Be careful not to slice too close to the edge where the plastic is glued, or the plastic will come off in places and look yucky. Slice right in the middle of the ""grooved" part between the spine/boards.
Okay, when you're done slicing, you'll have 2 boards, and a spine with the rings on it.
Toss the spine with the rings on it - OR trim it, and stick page protectors on it, to make a "flip chart" with some flyers/catalog pages/etc.
Now...take each board, and trim the corners where you sliced, so there are no sharp edges.
Now you have 2 lapboards from every 1 binder you bought.
Make a flyer of your choice, stick it in the clear pocket on the outside.
Make a logo sticker (or whatever) on white shipping labels and stick it on the white pocket on the "front" of your lapboard.
For 24 lapboards, I paid less than $24. And they're *so easy* to make!
Hope this helps someone!