29 January 2012

goodbye Forever, Duraseal


When Dash started school four years ago, one of my first tasks as the mother of a soon-to-be school child was to cover a mountain of exercise books with Duraseal {that sticky plastic film teachers like you to cover your kids' books with so they can withstand rough handling, spilt water and sticky fingers}.

I was all "Lets make sure there's no bubbles" and "When his teacher sees how well his books are covered she'll know I'm a mother who really cares..."
*snort*

By year two I was over it already.
And by the time I had two kids with mountains of books needing sticky stuff put on, I wanted to personally strangle the person who invented Duraseal. Or preferably the bright spark who recommended books be covered.
One year I even took out my book-covering frustration in a Poem, here on my blog.


But not this year. No more Duraseal for me.
No more wasted hours spent bent over my kitchen table trying not swear at my wrinkled and bubbly Durasealing efforts.

This year I discovered EZcover {pronounced Easy-Cover, cos its EASY}.

Actually, I didn't really discover it. The nice inventor of the stuff emailed me and asked me would I like a sample of his bookcovers, which remove the need for Duraseal.
I replied, Oh Yes Please! How did you know I hate covering schoolbooks? You must have read my Poem from Last Year...

Bryce went ahead and sent me some samples.
I thought, Yep, that looks pretty easy alright. Plastic covers that just slip onto the books. No measuring. No cutting. No air bubbles. No wrinkles.


Bryce said, Get your kids to pick which designs they like and what sizes you need and I'll send them to you.
Gee I love being a blogger sometimes.

So I got the kids to pick their designs {There are twelve pretty funky designs to choose from, all designed in New Zealand.} and I sent Bryce my list. It was pretty easy figuring out which sizes I needed because the codes are all there on the website when you go to order.


When the package arrived the kids couldn't wait to cover their books.
"Can we do our own, mum?" they pleaded.
Oh wow. This just gets better and better.


I handed them their book piles and covers.
Got out my camera. And took photos while the kids covered their own schoolbooks.


I love you EZcover. You just saved me about six hours of frustrating toil.
I will sing your praises to the blogosphere!


And best of all... the covers are re-usable. Next year I just have to slip them off this year's books and recycle them onto next year's. Brilliant. Easy. Gorgeous. And Eco-friendly!

With school beginning in a few days, forget the Durasealing. Get on over to Bryce's EZcover website and order some of his cool book covers. Your back will thank you, I promise.


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DISCLAIMER: This is not a product review blog and I usually turn down requests to review products, but this one was perfect for me, as I have moaned and groaned every year about covering schoolbooks. So it fits for me, and will hopefully be useful to you too - all you mummies of school-agers who agree with me that covering schoolbooks with Duraseal is PAINFUL. If I didn't love this product I wouldn't be raving about it ♥


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11 comments:

Claudia said...

Question: How does it cope with the different sized books?

Jen said...

thanks Daniels school had a ad about it in one of their last newsletters last year and I did wonder what it was like thanks :)

Simoney said...

Claudia, there are basically three standard sizes for ALL schoolbooks in New Zealand, and on the website you find all the book codes which fit each cover size listed on the size guide.

There are only two books which don't fit into these categories - one is the scrapbook by Clever Kiwi Company (Bryce is working on trying to get them to bring their books in lines with other standard NZ sizes) and also the small LWB book.
For this book I simply cut a cover down to size, height-wise.

Get out the stationery list the school provides (1F5, 2E8, 1B4 etc) and go onto the website and you will find that they are all listed there, with the corresponding EZ cover sizes you'll need for each size book.
:)

Cat said...

OK you have me converted - off I go to do some shopping!

Gail said...

How much is it? I have to wonder if it will last aanother round of books - they get pretty thrashed about!
Sounds great though, but im a cheapie!

Gail said...

How much is it? I have to wonder if it will last aanother round of books - they get pretty thrashed about!
Sounds great though, but im a cheapie!

Gail said...

How much is it? I have to wonder if it will last aanother round of books - they get pretty thrashed about!
Sounds great though, but im a cheapie!

Simoney said...

Gail Gail Gail... $1.30 per cover and .50c for the notebook cover.
pretty good value
x

Ms Downie said...

Hello, have come across your blog while setting up my class blog. Your blog is beautiful to look at as well as super interesting to read.
Thanks ;-)

Ms Downie said...

Hello, have come across your blog while setting up my class blog. Your blog is beautiful to look at as well as super interesting to read.
Thanks ;-)

Lupe Fukofuka said...

Oooo this is soooo cool! wish i had these when i was in school =D Definitely am gonna share!

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