I wanted to let you know about a little trick I learned that has made me happy, happy, happy!
YOU CAN PRINT ON CONTACT PAPER!!!!
Yep! It's true. You can actually print on contact paper. It takes a little bit of preparation, but it's well worth it....especially if you have colored or patterned contact paper.
This is the contact paper I've used the last couple of years.
I love primary colors so I was super excited to find these colors at my local teacher store.
In order to print on it, you'll want to cut it into the size of a regular piece of paper (8.5" X 11") leaving the back on. Do not remove the backing until you are ready to stick it on.
Because it's a little flimsy, I taped my contact paper sheet to a sheet of card stock in order to make it more sturdy. Warning: if the contact paper is not taped flat it may get stuck in your printer and this would not be good.
Then you simply run it through your printer like a normal sheet of paper. I did notice that the ink took longer than normal to dry on the contact paper, but that could have just been my printer.
Here is my teacher toolbox that I labeled using colored contact paper that I printed on. I think it turned out pretty cute and it's held up over the past year really, really well!