Monday, August 9, 2010

Craft Experiment: Laptop Vinyls

I call this photo "Shameless Promotion"

I had some leftover vinyl from a project I did in the kid's room and decided to see what else I could make with it. I've always loved those cute laptop skins but never purchased one because, well you know, I figured I could make it myself. In case you're just tuning in to this blog I should warn you that I suffer from a serious disease called icanmakethat but don't worry it's not contagious, I think? But I digress, as you can guess I decided to make my own computer decals. Below is brief explanation of my process.
I started off with a basic vinyl that can be purchased at most craft stores.

I used my Cricut to cut out the letters. If you don't have a die-cutting machine you can always use the old school technique. Trace an image on the back of the vinyl (make sure it's in reverse) and cut out with scissors and an exacto knife.

Then I just placed the vinyls on my computer. Pretty easy, right?

The logo/letters came out a little wonky since I was in such in a hurry to test it out. You can also purchase transfer tape for vinyl which allows you to line up your letters perfectly before transferring them.

14 comments:

randomcreativity said...

I love using vinyl with my cricut. You can use masking tape or contact paper to transfer vinyl instead of buying the cricut transfer tape. Icanmakethat is extremely contagious when you blog about it, because everyone sees how it turned out and wants to try to do it too :-)

CountessLaurie said...

i have that disease too. except i never actually make what i say i am going to make. love your vinyl though. gives me hope and inspiration :-)

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

I am coming down with the disease after seeing this post- BAD BLOGGER for spreading it-LOL

Question- how did you get your logo to print with the cricut, ie what program did you use>

THANKS

kawaii crafter said...

Nicole,

Sorry, I should have been more clear about that part. I used the Cricut for the letters. The actual logo I just cut out with scissors and a hole punch.

ILikePaperCutting said...

it is nice to have 'a laptop' just for the blogging purposes.

*~kAy~* said...

Looks really professional!
ah I think I'll have to cut mine manually ><

fantaisiste said...

Oooh! Quite lovely! But does the vinyl stick to the laptop just like that? Certainly one needs something to keep it in place?

Rachel said...

This is great! The result looks really good! I totally have that disease too XP

down comforter said...

Oh how fun! When I first saw it I thought you had your laptop costomized

Alexandra Alcantara said...

I suffer from the same Icanmakethat desease... an afternoon in my craft room usually cures the symptoms! Love your project !

Anna M. said...

I wanted to let you know that I awarded you the "I heart your blog award".
Congratulations.

Ayie said...

you have a great site, you'll even help people if you further promote it!

Deanna said...

Looks great! I totally have that same disease....I'm a disaster at craft shows. ;)

BellsInSpires said...

that is a phenomenal idea! i love it, it turned out so cute! and, i totally have the icanmakethat disease...big time.

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