I have always loved photographs because of the memories they hold for me. Many people no longer print out their photos or put them into albums and that’s a shame, but there are still many ways to display them! One of my favourite is to turn them into beautiful products that I use everyday! Laptop skins and phone cases by CaseApp are one of my favourites (Mac products are also available).
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CaseApp kindly provided us with both a laptop skin and phone case, and it’s been very fun to take a trip down memory lane and relive some key moments as I was going through my digital files.
Three years ago the children and I designed a laptop skin for Phil as an early Christmas gift, and it’s still in great shape! That’s with daily use by both Phil and Tristan, and being put into and out of a laptop bag each day, too. I’ve been a wee bit jealous of Phil’s great skin, so I was very pleased to be able to design one for myself this year!
The CaseApp website is very easy to use; simply make yourself a profile so that any work you do can be saved, then choose your product. There are oodles of smart phone cases to fit your phone, or one of the buckets of skins to match your gadget (MacBooks, iPads, iPods, Lapbook, or many smart phone products, too).
Then choose the style of collage you would like, upload your photos, arrange them and size them to fit.
If you can’t decide upon your own photos or you are making a purchase for someone else and your photos wouldn’t be appropriate, you can choose from the many designs available from CaseApp.
There are also ‘stickers’ and text options available to add to your design, if you would like.
The design process is so easy, in fact, that Tristan (10) designed a phone case, too! He chose a picture of us all at the Dark Hedges last fall on the way home from the Portrush Air Show. He wanted a picture with all of us, and this day was filled with family memories, that he said was perfect.
Then simply head over to the checkout, type in your details, and your bespoke case or skin will be produced and shipped to you. There are 3 shipping options available, depending on your budget and time scale. In my case, there is a 7 day difference from the first possible arrival date to the last estimated date, but generally speaking, the arrival date should be within a 5-day window. Mine arrived 3 days from the day I placed my order.
My order was placed, shipped the following day, and arrived two days later. We couldn’t wait to open it up!
Inside was the laptop skin looking lovely, and the phone case was carefully enclosed within a beautiful little bag.
I put the case onto the children’s phone that they use to listen to mp3s. Their old case was plain, black, and cracked. Now it had some personality and Tristan loves it! He loves family and now he can think back to a great day out to the Portrush airshow and our unexpected stop at the Dark Hedges on the way home at dusk.
I was very much looking forward to applying the skin to my laptop…but encountered a little problem. Although my screen is 15.6″, my case is actually smaller than Phil’s, and the hinges are in a different place. The skin was a good centimetre too wide and overlapped the hinges. Hmm. Time for a careful think and some creative work.
It wasn’t too difficult to resize. I trimmed down one side of the skin, rounded the corners again, and used a craft knife to carefully cut notches out so the skin would fit around them. I rounded the outside corners of that as well so that they won’t be as likely to catch on anything.
Then Phil gave me a little hand placing the skin onto the cover of my laptop so that there weren’t any wrinkles or air bubbles. It went on surprisingly smoothly.
Doesn’t it look beautiful? The theme is “Places of Mystery”…our wedding on the top of Sulphur Mountain in the Canadian Rockies, another image of the Dark Hedges, that goes well with the phone case, the Giant’s Ring in Belfast when we took the children there last summer, and the kids dressed up as Star Wars characters looking out over the Atlantic in Co. Donegal towards Canada.
I can’t wait to take my laptop into Belfast and around town to show it off. My laptop now has personality and it’s like taking a picture in a frame with me everywhere I go! I love it!