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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make a DIY Laptop Skin!! {tutorial}

15 Jul

Hello Tatertots and Jello readers!!!  I am beside myself excited to be here today.  Jen has been a big supporter of MaryJanes and Galoshes from the beginning and I can not thank her enough!  My name is Taylor, I will spare you the boring details and get on  with the fun stuff!

I’m one of the ten True Value Blog squad members this year so right now on MJ&G you can find me creating a fun outdoor living space!   Today I’m breaking away from my project to share something quick, easy, and (I think) so fun!

I’ll be the first to admit I get bored easily.  If you already read MJ&G you probably now I’m a ball of randomness and am always switching things up (including my blog banner, because I get tired of looking at it).  So I’ve been oohing over all the fun laptop skins online FOREVER but I know I would tire of it to quickly to justify the cost…… so I came up with my own solution that is 1. CHEAP! and 2. completely changeable!  Here is my finished project….

What you need

  • White contact paper (shelf liner, found in the housewares department, or I got mine at True Value!)
  • Laptop template (I modified mine from a free one at Sticker Mule or you can create your own)
  • Permanent markera
    Image to trace (unless your a free hand drawer/doodler!) 
  • Scissors 
  • Window or lightbox 

My last laptop was silver and I never seemed to have any issues with it looking dirty or beat up, but this (practically brand new) black laptop looks AWFUL! 

To top it off my daughter got into some nail polish and began to paint it pink!  Which may have been lovely…. but not done by a two year old 🙂  But not even my remover could get it all off…..

So I was a bit embarrassed to take my laptop in public…. It’s all good now!  To start….. print out your template or make one by laying paper down and your laptop upside down on top and trace.  If there are any special molding indents you need to go around go ahead and work that out on paper.  I had to go around a small ditch at the bottom.

Contact paper comes in all kinds of colors, I chose white because I wanted to draw on mine.  Wood grain is very easy to find and would really fun if your in to that kind of thing.  You may like to draw on top of a patterned option also… it’s completely up to you and very easy to change when you want something new.

1. Lay your template onto the back side of the contact paper, tape down and trim around.

2. You can test to see how it fits after you cut it out.  It wont’ stick until you remove the paper backing.  I decided I wanted to put one of my (many) previous banners on mine, so I printed it out and used the window to trace the design onto the contact paper.

3. Using permanent markets… I have a great set of colored sharpies.  The fine tips weren’t great for coloring the large areas, but it did work so use your judgement on what you can live with.

4. Remove the protective backing from your contact paper and stick to your laptop!  Don’t stress to much about this step…. contact paper is VERY forgiving and will allow you to reposition multiple times.  Smooth out any airbuses you may get.  You can prick stubborn ones with a pin if needed. 

I can think of so many fun possibilities for this!  How about a calendar, or an advertisement for your business while your in public….  Your log when your at a craft or art fair!  You can also use acrylic paint if you prefer to paint.  Just don’t bother trying to use your printer….. I tried it….. smudge city. 

Thanks so much for having me here today!  I hope you are able to come and visit me sometime!  Lots of fun to be had at MaryJanes and Galoshes!  ♥ Taylor

 Oh my goodness Taylor — that is such a FUN idea.
I love it!!! 
If you don’t know MaryJanes & Galoshes – you are in for a treat!! 
Taylor has super awesome ideas like: 
I love this post on No Heat Curls {isn’t she cute btw?}
Have you always wondered how to make an Easy Zippered Pillow?
And how adorable is this creative Lego Birthday Invitation??
I may have a crush on Taylor’s Tissue Paper Wreath — gorgeous!
check out how to make a Rolled Flower Necklace too!
Head over to MaryJanes & Galoshes and see for yourself all of the fabulous ideas!! 
xoxo

PS — For all of my Utah friends — Downeast Basics & Modbe is having a HUGE warehouse sale in Layton tomorrow. Nothing will be over $10. You can find out more on the Downeast Facebook Page. I’m going to try to make it to that — sounds awesome!!

PPSIt’s FRIDAY — my favorite day of the week. Why?? Because that’s when I can see and feature YOUR ideas. Come link them up to The Weekend Wrap Up Party. The party starts tonight at 6 pm MST.

Why I love Windows 7 and Staples Giveaway!!

17 Mar
Update: The winner of the $50 Staples Gift Card is: #21 Cheryl @ Boondock Mama
 Send me an email and I will get that gift card in the mail to you!! jennifer@tatertotsandjello.com

 
I am still loving my new Toshiba Windows 7 laptop from Staples. It’s super fast and easy to use. I also really love Windows 7. It has a lot of features that are new and make my blogging life easier.
If you are thinking about switching over to Windows 7, 
I have made a little Windows 7 Top Five list: 

1. The snipping tool. Such a cool and handy tool. If there
is a picture, or banner that I need for a post, all I do is get the
snipping tool out and I can grab the image in no time flat.

2. The new windows key shortcuts.
I can just press the windows key on my keyboard, type “snip” and hit
(Enter), and it loads the snipping tool quickly. I can do the same thing
with other programs I use a lot like TweetDeck. If you have Windows 7,
try it now: push the windows key, type a few letters of the program you
want, and if it’s the first item on the list that appears you can just
hit enter after you type those letters in the future.

3. The power management is wonderful
it seems to go to sleep and handle itself better than it used to as
well. Seems to come “alive” faster and wake up so I can get to work in a
hurry!! I hate waiting around 🙂

4. And that Windows key
trick works for anything.
For example, if I am looking for a project or
a picture that I took and saved with the name “burlap,” I can just
press the windows key and type burlap — and the top files for that word
will appear. If I want to see more, I just click “see more results.”

5. While I’m talking about the Windows key, there’s a neat new way to
switch between applications, too.
Longtime Windows users might remember
that Alt-Tab switches between programs you’re running. but now in
Windows 7, when you press Windows key-Tab, you can switch between little
pictures of the windows you have open — it looks neat and makes
switching around really fast. (Just keep holding the Windows key while
you repeatedly press Tab to rotate through the Windows). (Vista used to
do this, but it didn’t do it very well and was slow!)

6. I have to confess that I think the “eye candy” is fun, too. The
downloadable background wallpaper (themes) are cool, and some rotate
automatically. The windows look neat, too, and I can choose a bunch of
different color combinations.

7.When I need someone to help me with my PC but they’re not where I am, the Remote Assistance
feature is pretty cool — I can authorize someone else using Windows 7
to control my computer remotely with a special invitation only I can
give them. It’s much easier than any other app I’ve used to do this kind
of thing, and it makes it easy for me to get help from my husband or
anyone else.

 Ok, that’s seven things, not five. 
I couldn’t narrow it down. 
I guess that means that I am enjoying Windows 7.

Thanks again to the
Glam Network, Staples and Microsoft for the opportunity to participate
in this fun campaign. I love my new laptop!!
 
And guess what??  
They have given me a $50 Staples gift card to give to one of you!!! 
 That’s fun! 
Just think of the great things you could buy. 
New office supplies, paper supplies, or put it toward a new camera or even a new laptop {wink}. 

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • What would YOU buy with the $50 Staples gift card? Let me know. one entry. 
  • Become a Fan of Staples on Facebook – find out about their campaigns and contests. one entry.
  •  Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your blog. one entry each.
**Note — this is a quick giveaway!! Winner will be announced TOMORROW!! 
xoxo

Why I love Windows 7 and Staples Giveaway!!

17 Mar
Update: The winner of the $50 Staples Gift Card is: #21 Cheryl @ Boondock Mama
 Send me an email and I will get that gift card in the mail to you!! jennifer@tatertotsandjello.com

 
I am still loving my new Toshiba Windows 7 laptop from Staples. It’s super fast and easy to use. I also really love Windows 7. It has a lot of features that are new and make my blogging life easier.
If you are thinking about switching over to Windows 7, 
I have made a little Windows 7 Top Five list: 

1. The snipping tool. Such a cool and handy tool. If there
is a picture, or banner that I need for a post, all I do is get the
snipping tool out and I can grab the image in no time flat.

2. The new windows key shortcuts.
I can just press the windows key on my keyboard, type “snip” and hit
(Enter), and it loads the snipping tool quickly. I can do the same thing
with other programs I use a lot like TweetDeck. If you have Windows 7,
try it now: push the windows key, type a few letters of the program you
want, and if it’s the first item on the list that appears you can just
hit enter after you type those letters in the future.

3. The power management is wonderful
it seems to go to sleep and handle itself better than it used to as
well. Seems to come “alive” faster and wake up so I can get to work in a
hurry!! I hate waiting around 🙂

4. And that Windows key
trick works for anything.
For example, if I am looking for a project or
a picture that I took and saved with the name “burlap,” I can just
press the windows key and type burlap — and the top files for that word
will appear. If I want to see more, I just click “see more results.”

5. While I’m talking about the Windows key, there’s a neat new way to
switch between applications, too.
Longtime Windows users might remember
that Alt-Tab switches between programs you’re running. but now in
Windows 7, when you press Windows key-Tab, you can switch between little
pictures of the windows you have open — it looks neat and makes
switching around really fast. (Just keep holding the Windows key while
you repeatedly press Tab to rotate through the Windows). (Vista used to
do this, but it didn’t do it very well and was slow!)

6. I have to confess that I think the “eye candy” is fun, too. The
downloadable background wallpaper (themes) are cool, and some rotate
automatically. The windows look neat, too, and I can choose a bunch of
different color combinations.

7.When I need someone to help me with my PC but they’re not where I am, the Remote Assistance
feature is pretty cool — I can authorize someone else using Windows 7
to control my computer remotely with a special invitation only I can
give them. It’s much easier than any other app I’ve used to do this kind
of thing, and it makes it easy for me to get help from my husband or
anyone else.

 Ok, that’s seven things, not five. 
I couldn’t narrow it down. 
I guess that means that I am enjoying Windows 7.

Thanks again to the
Glam Network, Staples and Microsoft for the opportunity to participate
in this fun campaign. I love my new laptop!!
 
And guess what??  
They have given me a $50 Staples gift card to give to one of you!!! 
 That’s fun! 
Just think of the great things you could buy. 
New office supplies, paper supplies, or put it toward a new camera or even a new laptop {wink}. 

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • What would YOU buy with the $50 Staples gift card? Let me know. one entry. 
  • Become a Fan of Staples on Facebook – find out about their campaigns and contests. one entry.
  •  Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your blog. one entry each.
**Note — this is a quick giveaway!! Winner will be announced TOMORROW!! 
xoxo