How to Give Your iPhone a Custom Makeover

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The iPhone 6 Plus is one of the most powerful, feature-rich and popular smartphones on the market. But just because everyone wants the same phone doesn’t mean that every phone has to look alike. In fact, one of the joys of getting a new iPhone is finding ways to make it reflect your personality. Whether you add a custom ringtone or a personalized home screen background, there are all kinds of ways to achieve that goal.

Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to make your phone stand out is by creating a custom case. Think of the iPhone 6 Plus as a blank canvas. This way you can easily express your creativity and separate yourself from the crowd. Here are some tips for making your one-in-a-million iPhone one of a kind:

Do It Yourself
Crafting a protective case from scratch is a tricky endeavor, especially with the iPhone 6 Plus. You have to account for the 8-megapixel iSight Camera, the curved edge and a variety of buttons and jacks. But it’s not impossible, especially if you have some experience using a 3-D printer and Google’s free CAD software, Sketchup. Lots of enterprising DIYer’s have already created basic templates that account for every iPhone model’s specific dimensions and features, which means you can focus on your own creative vision.

Start by creating a 2-D blueprint of your design from the top, bottom and every side. Sketchup has the ability to merge these blueprints with pre-made templates. As long as you are precise with your dimensions, the process is easy — even for abstract designs. And once you’ve locked down your 3-D rendering, Shapeways provides a full-features 3-D printing service. You just upload your file to its website and it quotes you a price. If you’re thinking of selling your designs, the site even offers special pricing for bulk orders.

Case-Mate DIY
Maybe the total DIY approach is a little too involved for you. No problem. Case-mate offers a custom case creation service right on its website. Start by choosing from a variety of case designs and colors. Then, upload up to six images and orient them any way you want. Add family photos, famous works of art or your own image with Adobe Photoshop. You can also add text. When you’re done creating the perfect case, Case-mate lets you show off your designs on Facebook. For just $50, it’s hard to argue with a rugged, protective case that also expresses your personality.

CaseApp Skins
If you’re the kind of person who likes to change up your style on a regular basis, you might not want to commit to one iPhone case. Who knows when inspiration is going to strike again, right? Luckily, CaseApp offers inexpensive, customizable skins that you can switch out every day if you want. The skins don’t have quite the same level of protection that a Case-mate case offers, but they are scratch- and spill-resistant. Plus, you can choose from granite, leopard skin or even pizza backgrounds, so your phone is sure to turn heads when you take your next call.

3M Screen Protectors {Review}

3M ProtectorsMy iPhone goes with me everywhere. I use it to check emails, play games, surf the web, and even a phone call here or there. If I don’t have the iPhone on or near me, odds are good that one of the kids has it in their possession and is doing something with it.It gets tossed in the diaper bag, stuck in my back pocket, dropped on the floor, and I’ve even had it dropped in a toilet.

Because my iPhone gets used so much, I need a screen protector that can withstand all the abuse it goes through with my family.

I’ve used screen protectors in the past. When I first got the iPhone, I had a screen protector that cost almost as much as the iPhone itself. It was nice, but it didn’t last near long enough. The edges around the protector built up with dirt and just got gross. Then, it started bubbling, and it was a real nightmare. Because it was so pricey to begin with, I couldn’t afford to keep buying new ones. So, I found a cheap protector and tried that. After cutting it to the right size, (what a nightmare that was!), it was next to impossible to apply. Then, once it was finally applied, it wasn’t 2 days before it started bubbling. Sigh. What a pain!

Luckily, Mom Central introduced me to the 3M Screen Protectors. Around $15 for 2, 3M Screen Protectors are actually affordable. But, even better than that, they are SO easy to apply! Just peel and stick. There’s no spraying, no fighting, and no mess. I really loved how easy it was to apply the 3M Screen Protector to my iPhone. I also noticed that the Natural View Screen Protectors from 3M allow the images on my iPhone to remain crisp and clear. And it cuts down the glare quite a bit when I’m trying to access my phone outside on a sunny day. And there are NO fingerprints! With my hands and the kids’ hands constantly using the phone, I was certain I’d be dealing with constantly wiping off fingerprints. But, nope! The only time I have to deal with fingerprints is when Lucy finds my phone after eating her peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 🙂

The Natural View Screen Protectors also have stay-clean edges to keep dirt and dust from building up around them. I’ve only been using the protector about a week, so it really hasn’t been enough time to see if this is true or not, but I can tell you that to this point, there has been no bubbling of the protector, and no dirt or dust has gathered up around the edges.

Another great feature is that you get 2 Screen Protectors per pack. This is especially wonderful when your 2 and a half year old decides to pull the first protector off and show you how proud he is of himself for doing so. (Also note: The protectors don’t leave any kind of residue on your phone when you remove them. I know this from experience.) I quickly applied the second protector, and had to explain to Parker that it needs to stay on. We’ll see how long that lasts. But, because they’re only around $15, you can actually afford to buy more if something happens.

I’m quite impressed with the 3M Screen Protectors for my iPhone and will continue to use them from now on. I would also recommend them to anyone with a smart phone.

To learn more about the 3M Screen Protectors, check out this video:

And, you can see here just how easy it is to apply the screen protector to your phone:

Also be sure to check out the 3M website to learn even more and see if they make a screen protector for your phone!

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of 3M and received a Natural View Screen Protector to facilitate my review and a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.