Thursday, January 21, 2010

Template Tips

I have come to learn that I am a very visual and tactile person.  I need to see a material or object in order to completely understand its size  and proportions.

This became a problem for me last year when I started receiving orders for custom cases.  I  knew technically how big to make my cases so that an item would fit but I really couldn't be sure that it was going to be perfect.  I of course couldn't afford to purchase every gadget out there, although in a moment of desperation I seriously pondered it.  I even went as far as purchasing a broken iPod nano just so I could be sure it would fit my cases!  Once I came to my senses, I came up with a great idea that incorporated a way for me to recycle my magazine stash and  have perfect reproductions of the latest and greatest gadget!

I cut the magazines into the dimensions of each device and then completely cover them with packing tape.  This allows me to insert the templates into the cases and iron them so that the cases are perfectly formed in the shape of their intended device.

One year later, my collection has grown!  Now I know that my custom orders will be perfect!  These templates have saved me so much time and trouble!
They reside on the shelf next to my ironing board in a pretty box.

Ack!  I see from the picture that the water level for my iron is low and needs to be re-filled!  Also, as you can see, I am not good at hanging anything straight. :)

All of the pictures on the wall are ones I have purchased from various talented Etsy sellers.  I love looking at them and being inspired by them while I am working!

I hope that my crazy magazine templates idea will be useful to someone else sometime! :)

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