A few days ago, before flying East for a quick trip, I realized I didn’t have a travel case for my new Kindle, a gift from Karen. When I checked the internet, I judged most cases way too expensive and over-engineered. Honestly, I do not need a case made from leather, waterproof ballistic nylon, or NASA plastic that can survive a hundred foot drop.
Instead, with stuff scavenged from my office, I improvised a simple but functional travel case that has an unpretentious arts and crafts feel.
Step #2: I decorated both sides of the mailer, treating the surface like a scrapbook. The envelope does not announce that it holds an electronic device; instead, it’s got a funky, low-tech profile, totally unglam.
Step #3: I glued stiffening paper in the opening flap, top and bottom, then pasted double-sided velcro to secure the closing. Yup, that’s yours truly and the great Chinese actress Gong Li. This way every time I open the flap I get a cheap thrill.
Step #4: Insert Kindle, ready to bounce. In the airports and on the planes, I was approached by several people who were curious about the Kindle. I got some scornful looks from iPad owners, but I was definitely the cool kid on the block. And my home-made case was an even bigger hit, eliciting lots of warm smiles. Everyone zeroed in on the photo of Ma’ayan Ariel. To my chagrin, no one recognized Gong Li, the finest actress of our time.
Total cost for the project was in the pennies. Give it a try. No need to thank me, I’m a giver.