I find that I always work better when I’m surrounded by things that make me smile. My mousepad has been a little worse for wear lately, and it’s just plain black, so I decided it was time to add something else to make my workday brighter.
Using Mod Podge Photo Transfer, you can add anything you like to your custom mousepad from pictures to phrases. Since I’m already surrounded by pictures of my dog, I decided to add a fun phrase that was originally a desktop background I found on DesignLoveFest.
What You Need:
- A printable from your favorite blog, a photo, or a drawing printed in size 8 x 10 with room for cropping printed on regular computer paper.
- Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
- 12 x 12 Cork Tile or old mousepad
- Flat Foam Brush
- Craft Knife
How to Make It:
Print out your image reversed onto a piece of plain computer paper and get your cork tile or old mousepad (If using an old mousepad, you might want to prime it with a coat of white paint before you start to help the image stand out) Keep them close by.
Add some Photo Transfer Mod Podge to the image. Don’t be shy, you’ll need a lot.
Completely cover your image with the photo transfer medium. If you’re using an old mousepad, you won’t need to cover the whole thing, just make sure everything that touches the mousepad is covered.
Carefully lay your image out across the cork or mousepad. Smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles. Let it dry overnight.
If you’re using a tile instead of a mousepad, center an old one over your image and trace around it with a pencil. Use your craft knife to carefully cut around the pencil mark. You can use a straight edge if you need, but I found the best way to do it was a slow sawing motion.
Now that it’s cut, dampen your sponge and press it against your photo. You’ll see the image much more clearly right away.
Rub away the wet paper with your finger to reveal the image underneath. Keep dampening and rubbing until the whole image is revealed.
If you’re using cork, it might help to smooth the edges of your mousepad with some sandpaper. After I sanded, I also took a detail brush and painted around the edges with a light purple color. I highly recommend giving your mousepad a nice spray with a matte sealer to preserve the image.
My new mousepad definitely speaks to me. I think I’m going to grab a mug of coffee right now!