Have you ever made a copy of a CD or DVD and then forgotten what it was later or worse, just set it aside without a case and let it get scratched up? Maybe not too often, but it happens and who wants to take the time to go hunt down the album or movie artwork, copy the track listing, etc.?
Dan Wilson at Liquid Mongoose emailed me today to tell me about a free solution he came up with. It’s called, simply enough, Paper Case, and it’s just a script that re-arranges the album page from music.aol.com or the DVD listing from NetFlix into a format fit for printing. It looked pretty cool, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
Find your Music / DVD info page
The first step is to find the information page for your album or DVD. I get a lot of promo CDs via digital download, so I decided to look up Ayria‘s album, Debris. (Really, check out Ayria when you get a chance.)
Prepare the page and print it
This was simple enough. I just clicked the little Paper Case bookmark and got a pop-up informing me that my paper case was ready to print. Then I told FireFox to print it.
Learn Oragami… I mean fold the paper case
The folding part seems a bit involved, but I didn’t let that deter me. It can’t be all that hard, can it? It’s actually not that hard, but you’ll want to pause the video a couple times. Also, be sure to center that CD or DVD on the paper before the first folds or it will come out uneven, as I found out.
Here’s what I ended up with:
I’ll be honest. When I watched the above video the first time, the amount of required folding looks like it provided a lot of room for error, but it’s a lot easier than it looks. Thanks go out to Dan for the free DIY sleeve kit.