We have recently launched our Swingline Stratus, Acrylic Desk Accessories Line. The line is sleek, modern, and simply beautiful. The variety of products ranging from business card holders to paper trays suit everyone’s needs while also acting as great conversation pieces.
Recently, we were inspired and wanted to see what we were capable of creating with this new line. We wound up making a tutorial for a customizable tray! Follow the step by step picture instructions below, and you too can quickly create the perfect tray for your work environment!
1. Choose Your Patterns: We looked on Shutterstock and selected a few different patterns that really spoke to us! We downloaded the ‘large’ size, to assure it would print off in clear quality. If your creative design skills are stronger than ours, feel free to create your own pattern rather than finding one online. We adjusted our printer to fit the pattern perfectly and printed it on a large 11″ x 17″ sheet of paper. Knowing that our paper tray was larger than the standard 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper, we knew we would need a larger sized piece of paper to successfully complete our project.
2. Prep Your Laminator: We used our Swingline Fusion 3000L laminator with the compatible GBC HeatSeal UltraClear Menu Size Lamination pouches. We then turned on the laminator to heat up as we moved forward with our next steps.
3. Trim Down the Pattern: Our printed patterns were quite larger than our tray, so we decided to trace the outline of the tray directly onto our pattern. After tracing around all of the edges, we cut out our pattern as neatly as possible.
4. Add Pattern to Pouch: With our pattern now down to size, we placed it into the pouch making sure there weren’t any bumps or creases in it.
5. Laminate: When the laminator was fully heated, we closed the pouch and used the easy line up tabs on the laminator to guide the pouch straight through.
6. Trim the Edges: After laminating the pattern, there was still excess pouch that needed to be trimmed off. Following the lines of the pattern, we cut it down, making sure it fit perfectly under the tray.
7. Place Pattern Beneath Tray: With everything complete, we simply placed our newly laminated pattern beneath our tray for a quick desk upgrade! With the pattern laminated we are preventing any corners from creasing or the sheet from dirtying. Placing the pattern on the underside of the tray makes it easy to interchange the pattern you’re displaying. The image below shows our tray featuring a different pattern that we also made!
You can use your tray to hold your loose papers, as a display for your shiny Chrome Swingline Stapler or for anything else you see fit. What type of pattern would you use? Try out this quick and easy tutorial and show us what you wound up making. We would love to see your great ideas!
By: Emily K, Swingline Intern