How can you tell the good from the sub-par when it comes to supplies for printables?  I’ve got you covered.  Several readers have asked for recommendations on printers, ink, and laminating, so I’ve got all those details for you!

These are our favorite supplies for using the printables.

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Hands down – switching to HP Instant Ink was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I went from spending $180 on ink cartridges a year to $70 and I print even more full color pages now. The ink shows up on my door step so there are no more frantic last minute trips to the office supply store.

You can read all about the HP Instant Ink details and get a free month here.


To use HP Instant Ink, you need an HP wireless printer.

HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer

  • An all-in-one printer, scanner, copier, and fax.  
  • It can print a 4’X6″ photo and print without a border. 
  • It includes a $5 gift card for Instant Ink so that’s like getting one month free.
  • if you set up through my HP Instant Ink link, you’ll get another free month!

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 All-in-One Wireless Printer

  • An all-in-one printer, scanner, copier, and fax.
  • has an automatic document feeder
  • prints 20 pages minute.
  • Eligible for HP Instant Ink


Different types of paper are great for different types of printatbles.

Neenah Cardstock, 8.5″ x 11″, 90 lb/163 gsm, White, 94 Brightness, 300 Sheets

Best for routine charts, routine cards, or other daily use printables.

HP Printer Paper BrightWhite 24lb, 8.5x 11, 1 Ream, 500 Sheets

  • Best for printables that you’ll use in a binder or want to print double sided.
  • Thicker than standard copy paper – ink doesn’t bleed through


For routine for your children or other printables you’ll want to use repeatedly, it’s best to laminate them.

hand washing chart for children with scotch laminator

Scotch Brand Pro Thermal Laminator

This is the laminator I use! It’s compact and easy to use and store.

Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 100-Pack, 8.9 x 11.4 inches

You’ll need pouches to use with your laminator.

Avery Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets, 50-count

  • If you’re not ready for the commitment to a laminator.
  • Great reviews (Since I have a laminator, I haven’t used these)
  • 9 x 12 Inch
  • Permanent Adhesive

Dry Erase

For some printables, using dry erase is useful.


Dry Erase Pockets 12 Pack

Crayola Washable Dry Erase
If you don’t like removing stains for laundry, I highly recommend washable and not EXPO.



We use these plastic clipboards because the are colorful, durable, and easy to hang on the wall.

Pocket Charts

Using a pocket chart can give you more flexibility than a one page routine.