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Monday, August 30, 2010

Laptop Bling

Does anyone else think that laptops, while incredibly convenient and useful, can be quite boring? I definitely thought so, so I dressed mine up with some bling. :-)  I saw these vinyl decals at my local Michaels, and liked them immediately.

While in the store, I couldn't think of any way to use them, so I left without purchasing them. But, happily, a few days later I came up with the idea of putting them on my laptop cover. I hadn't wanted to purchase a skin for my laptop, but was put off by the price and the overwhelming amount of options. That's why these little flowers were perfect. They're easily removable, so they don't damage the computer at all, and they add a little pop of color to the otherwise boring case. The only catch was, when I went back to Michaels they were no where to be found. I had half expected that, as they were clearanced out on my last trip, but I tooled around the store, looking at other fun stuff and hoping I might find them in some forgotten corner. I may or may not have spent copious amounts of time in the art aisles, admiring all of the oil paints, canvases and brushes. Brushes are my weakness. :-) Anyways, I took one last trip around the store, and voila! There they were, hiding in a dark corner of the scrapbooking section.

Putting them on the computer was easy peasy. I simply cut out around the shapes, and positioned them on the back of the screen.

The decals included a little plastic piece the size of a credit card that worked very well to smooth out any stray bubbles.  Now my 'puter has a little bit of sizzle to it. Isn't it pretty?

Etsy has tons of vinyl decal options, and most of the sellers are willing to customize something for you. Think of the possibilities! :-)

Centsational Girl is having a "Where I Blog" party. Because we travel so much, I don't really have a stable spot that I blog from, which is why I love my super portable laptop with its long battery power. So now the "where I blog" is a little prettier! Go see all of the fabulous spaces that these girls have!

Also linked to the Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming:-), the DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff and Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch


rachel August 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

I recently got my own 'puter, and it plain and black, like yours. I found some silver sparkles that I added to the cover. They're probably supposed to be for cell phones or something, but now my laptop is glitzy. ;-) Since my computer is a gateway, it would totally make me smile to be able to put cow spots on my computer. Maybe someday I"ll do that.

BillieMonster August 30, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

Thanks so much for stopping by Billie Monster!

I love the vinyl decal idea! I'm gonna head over to Etsy right after this comment and see what I can find! hehe.

Lindsay @ Aisle to Aloha August 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM  

So cute! What a great idea to make your laptop personalized! Stopping over from the linky party and thought I'd say hi. (I also have a weakness for that particular art store aisle!)

JulieMom August 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

Great idea! I love those flowers too. Sure does dress it up! (I didn't know you blogged, but now I'm going to go read your archives.) Have a great day!

Christine August 30, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

Very cute embellishment and what a neat idea!...Christine

Katie August 31, 2010 at 7:03 AM  

Jenny, what a great idea! Love how the pink looks against the black lid. And a bonus is you can change the design with your mood since they are easily removable. Decorating for the different holidays would be fun. I enjoyed looking around your website and particularly was impressed with the outstanding job you did with your Castle. When you're out visiting sites please stop by and say hello.


Jenna August 31, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

Hey Jenny! Someone told me it was Blog Day, so I linked to your blog in one of my posts . . . I went ahead an used one of your pictures to encourage people to click on over here, and I hope that's OK with you (if not let me know and I'll take it off =). Keep up the good blogging work! =)

Jamie August 31, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

I love this idea. I'm having fun scoping out everyone's blogging spaces. I need to pimp mine! It's sad! LOL

Rene August 31, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

Love the decal and what better occasion to share it than with this little partae.


Jennifer September 1, 2010 at 4:46 AM  

Rachel - love your idea for bling! :-) And the cow spots would be totally awesome. :-)

Jen September 1, 2010 at 4:59 AM  

Thanks for stopping by! Love the bling!!! Mines still the old boring black!
And I love your deck makeover..I'm a new follower!

Centsational Girl September 2, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

Yeehaw girl, I'm with you ! Bring on the decor for the boring laptop. I'm quite sure when you're traveling, everyone else is eyeballing your 'designer' laptop with envy!
Thanks so much for linking up to the party, so delighted with everyone's spaces, even the mobile ones like yours.

MariS September 3, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

So, cannot wait to do this! You just made me say... "why didn't I think of that?"

kimbowest September 5, 2010 at 7:36 PM  

love this! turned out fantastic

Taja September 7, 2010 at 6:24 AM  

What a great idea! So cute!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions September 7, 2010 at 8:38 AM  

Great idea! I love the idea of dressing up the outside without spending a lot of money. Plus I would probably want to change it out often!

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