Let’s Get Personal: Laptop Edition

Photo from Colleen Dunn

If you’re looking for unique ways to personalize your laptop case, VALLEY has got you covered. Sure, you can leave your laptop sleek and free of any decoration. You could also order some stickers from RedBubble that reference your favorite TV series or sports team. But if you want to take it one step further, you can design your own laptop case!

Buying a Case

The first step to making your own case is, well, buying a case. For this project, a clear case is the best choice to protect your collage. There are cheap options for clear laptop cases on sites like Amazon or in electronic stores like BestBuy.

Photo from Amazon.com
Finding Photos

Next, you should find magazines or newspapers that you think match your style. Skim through the pages and see if any pictures or headlines stand out to you. The key is to look for different patterns, textures and colors.

If you’re looking for that more trendy, vintage style, you can consider buying vintage magazines from your favorite decade. Etsy is a great place to look for old fashion magazines or newspapers that feature some vintage fashion or old iconic celebrities. A quick tip — you might want to avoid using any expensive magazines, because they will get destroyed.

Photo posted by @HighwayHitchinPost on Etsy.com
Photo posted by @HistoricMagazineTeam on Etsy.com

To make the collage even more personal, use some pictures of you and your friends in the collage. Polaroid pictures work especially well for this project.

It’s time to grab the scissors. Cut out your favorite clippings in different shapes and sizes. This will create variation in the collage.

Final Steps

Next, measure and cut a piece of paper that matches the size of the inside of the laptop case. Glue all the clippings onto the paper in the arrangement you find works best.

The fun part about collages is that there doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason for the layout. Overlap the pictures, mix the colors, scatter the patterns. The more unorganized, the better.

Once you have your collage complete, place it inside of your clear laptop case. Pop it onto your laptop and you’re done!

As a final result, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind case that stands out among the rest. There’s no better satisfaction than telling someone who’s asking where you bought your case: “I made it!”

This project can work for other items as well, like phone cases and wall decorations. There’s no limit to the ways that personal touches like this one can spice up your everyday items.

If you decided to personalize your laptop case, snap a picture of it and tag us, @VALLEYmag, on Instagram!


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