Step 1: Materials List and Pre-project Timesaver
Small Paintbrush (like in a watercolor kit)
1" foam brush
Magazines and mail order catalogs
Masking tape (not pictured but necessary!)
Nice but not necessary- Rotary cutter and mat.
Before you start the project it's a timesaver to have the images you want already clipped. A good, mindless project for in front of the tv. This part doesn't have to be neat and tidy, you can do any trimming when you start gluing later on.
Step 2: Measure and Cut First Layer
I used a rotary cutter to cut the laminate. This is not necessary, but it was handy. If you don't have a rotary cutter, mark the lines with permanent marker on sheet and cut carefully with scissors.
Set on top to double check that you have approx 1/4" space to edge.
This layer will allow you to take off your design at a later time- therefore it is intended to be non permanent. I do not know what will happen if modpodge is applied directly to a laptop, nor did I want to find out. I bear no responsibility to any damage incurred to your machine should you choose to go this route.
Step 3: Secure Cling Vinyl or Laminate to Notebook/laptop
If you are using vinyl cling do the same thing, omitting the separating the non-adhesive layer off.
When the clear layer is on put masking tape along the edges of the exposed cover.
Step 4: Pick Out Your Background Images and Start Securing
Once I had the strips cut I put a thin coating of mod-podge with the foam brush on and put the images down, again pressing gently but firmly to squeeze out airbubbles.
Step 5: Place Larger Images First!
Step 6: Glue on Smaller, Oddly Shaped Images
Step 7: Seal Your Creation
Step 8: Remove Masking Tape and Show Off Your Creation to the World
When you take the tape off work slowly, holding down the edge of the sealed collage.
I do wish I had used the vinyl cling rather than the laminate adhesive. If I do this project again, I will go that route.