Some parents love it. Others, not so much. Yes, it’s that time of year when the kids bring home exercise books to be covered in contact and your Facebook news feed is filled with amusing ‘contact’ stories and advice from other parents on how to make the best of a potentially bad situation (if you haven't quite mastered the art of 'contacting').
We’ve all been there – bubbles, dog hairs, not enough contact to fold over the edge, trying to peel it off when it has accidentally made contact with the cover. So we’ve asked the experts for a little help. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide from Officeworks on how to contact your schoolbooks with minimum fuss.
How to contact (without bubbles)
Step 1: Choose your contact
Choosing a unique contact for your children can be a fun and creative way to personalise their school books. Officeworks has a wide variety of different colours and prints to choose from.
Step 2: Pick your surface
It is important to ensure you choose a flat surface with plenty of room to cover your books on. A good example would be the dining room table or kitchen bench.
Step 3: Cut to size
Lay your book over the contact and open the front cover. You should leave about a 2cm contact edge around the book. Use the gridlines to help with the measuring and to ensure the book is straight, then cut the contact to size.
Step 4: Peel the backing
Take and peel about 5cm of the contact backing paper then return to your flat surface, sticky side up. Place the cover of the book onto the exposed adhesive paper. Don’t forget to leave the 2cm overhang at the edge. Slowly remove the remaining backing paper. It may seem easier to remove this all in one go however this technique is the secret to bubble-free contacting. as it keeps the book tight on the contact.
Step 5: Remove any bubbles
Once the book is completely covered, simply use a ruler to smooth out the contact. This should remove any air trapped in between the contact and the book that causes bubbles.
Step 6: Cutting the overhang
Cut off the excess contact from the corners and the spine. The key is to cut the corners of the overhanging contact paper diagonally and as close to the book as possible without snipping the edge of the book. Then cut a wedge in the contact paper at the spine of the book. If the book is staple bound, you can make a simple cut in the contact paper in line with the spine. Now all you have to do is fold the edges of the contact paper to the inside on the book smoothly.
Step 7: Decorate!
To add some personality to the book, you can get the kids to decorate their books with stickers or name labels. Not only does this add some excitement to their school books, it is always a great way to entertain the kids
TIP: If your child's school isn't too specific about the type of book coverings you can use, these A4 clear book covers are a good option. May the force be with you!