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25 August 2010 @ 09:22 am
Cubicle Crafts: How to Suck Up to IT  
Sucking up to the I.T. department is pretty much the smartest move you can make, particularly if you're an admin trying to keep a field office running. Fortunately for me, not enough people have figured out this golden rule of technology equipment supply & demand, so the bar is set pretty low!

I had hoped to send a big ol' gift basket, but the best I could squeeze out of my office-mates was some Starbucks cards. I added a tiny pot of Marionberry jam for Oregon flair, and assembled a gift box! Shala from Don't Eat the Paste has a great, great selection of free, pretty gift boxes to print and assemble... since I'm still getting mileage out of being "that admin with the lolcats," I modified one of her templates to use pictures of cats and computers.

This craft is easy, fast, and best of all, is actually a productive use of work time -- it's an investment toward the next time the blue screen of death shows up.

Office Supplies:
Color printer
Cardstock
Glue (I used Elmer's, but a gluestick should work too)
Template
Gifts (optional)
Shredder (optional)
Publisher or other design program (if you want to design your own box)

How-to:
Print, cut, fold along all lines, paste! After pasting it all together, I stuck something heavy inside the box to weight down the base until it dried, but that's probably not necessary. Optionally, add your gifts and shredded paper from the shredder to give it a gift-baskety feel. If you have colored paper to shred, you can make it look pretty -- I went with regular office shreddings because recycling is in these days.

If you want to modify the box image, copy the pdf into your design program and "trace" over the box lines by adding straight lines overtop (it's a good idea to use a bright color for these lines you're adding so you know what you've already done). Then delete the original image, and add your own pretty sides!



If anyone wants to make exactly this box, here's my template for the IT kitty box: (I'm trying a new filesharing site, so let me know if this doesn't work!) Kitteh Box in pdf. It makes a box 3" x 4".
 
 
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ziparumpazoo: RubyGeekSlippersziparumpazoo on August 25th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Pretty! Why do I not work for your IT department?
*Note: you will never go wrong with send your friendly local IT cookies. Never wrong. :)
Little Red: sg - hatching plots - lindir_jaxmylittleredgirl on August 25th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yes! My IT isn't local, sadly, so I'm not sure how well the baked goods would hold up. I might have to try it, though!
redbeardredbeard on August 25th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
FYI on the filesharing from - you may also want to look at dropbox. Install it on multiple computers, and it's like having a directory that follows you everywhere from computer to computer. It has 2 gigs of storage, and I'm even contemplating purchasing more so that I never have to worry about dataloss/co-ordination again.
Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on August 25th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Oooooh! Yeah, I was just poking online for something that I could upload a file to publically and it wouldn't expire. :) I got your invite and will check it out!!
Katekatejaneway on August 25th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
You’re amazing! I am so doing this for IT when we move to the Mohawk headquarters! \o/
Little Red: sg - hatching plots - lindir_jaxmylittleredgirl on August 25th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Sweet!! :) The admins in my company compete to be IT's "favorite"... my office makes it hard for me by always breaking their stuff (or leaving it in unlocked cars... durrrr) so I have to work extra hard. ;)
I'm not weird, I'm limited edition: silly liz2anuna_81 on August 25th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is so completely awesome! *thumbs up*
Little Red: sga - sw happiness - jeepnymylittleredgirl on August 25th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! :)
dark_cygnetdark_cygnet on August 25th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
dude, that is awesome! And you are awesome too! ::swansmooches::
Andy: wowankareeda on August 25th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
*giggles* That's so cool! *huggles*