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Father’s Day gift ideas for first time dads

August 12, 2016
So, it’s his first Father’s Day and you’re looking for an extra special gift to show him how much he means to you & baby. Well, look no further –  we’ve come up with some of our top picks that are sure to make Dad go all teary eyed this September. Photo Blocks Capture three generations in one gift using our Photo Blocks. All you’ll need is 3 photos – one of bub looking adorable, another photo with Dad, and finally one with Grandad & baby. Simply upload & add each photo to a Photo Block, choosing the best size to fit the photo, and you’re ready to go. These nifty little blocks can be displayed just about anywhere. Order an extra set & that’s Grandad’s present sorted as well! Personalised mug Whether they’re a tiny newborn, or almost a year old – we’re sure there’s been some disrupted sleep in your household. Dad is going to need somewhere to put all that much-needed caffeine, so why not add a photo of your little one smiling away, to remind him that those 5am starts are all worth it. Retro Prints Although your baby may not be able to talk yet, but don’t let that stop you writing a little message on some Retro Prints on their behalf. Choose photos of their first smile, the day they were born, or a photo from each month of their 1st year. The best part? You can update these each year as your baby grows – guaranteed to be a gift that Dad keeps a hold of for years to come.

Father’s Day Collage Canvas

August 9, 2016
With Father’s Day coming up, we wanted to show you how to create a really easy gift that will make Dad smile, and look great hanging on the wall. Read on to find out our tips on how to make your very own collage canvas.  What you’ll need A selection of photos, old (printed) & new (digital) A DSLR or digital camera – a smartphone with a high quality camera will also work Access to a computer or laptop Step 1 Pick out a mix of 3-5 of your favourite old photos and newer digital ones. You could choose a theme for the canvas before you start creating – we had lots of photos of trips to the beach, and used 2 older photos & one Instagram shot to show this off. Step 2 Lay out your old photos individually on a plain background – a wooden table or (clean!) floor works well – and use your camera to take a photo…of a photo, ensuring you crop as near as possible to the original photo.  Select the size of collage canvas that works best for you’ve – we’ve gone with a 16” x 16” square classic canvas, as we thought it suited the photos we had the best. Step 3 Using the PhotoBox studio, you have the option to choose from lots of different layouts for your canvas. You can click on one of the pre-designed options, or even use the ‘aperture’ button to create a design that works best for the shape and size of the images you’ve chosen. If you do decide to create your own layout, use our red guidelines (example below) to make sure the images are spaced evenly on the canvas. Top tip: Use our illustrations & text feature to add a little message to your Dad – a present & a card all in one! Make sure you check the quality of each photo before you save and order your canvas. Good quality photos will have a green smiley face next to them, average quality will have an orange face, and low quality (red, unhappy face) will not print well. Once you’re happy with your layout and quality, you’re ready to order! Sit back, relax and get ready to be crowned the best son / daughter / grandchild around – no need to thank us!

Top Tips for making a ‘Mum’ Photo Book

April 5, 2016
If our teenage years are anything to go by, it’s more than likely that your Mum has, at some point in your life, whipped out your baby photos to show your boyfriend / girlfriend / friends / the postman. This Mother’s Day, why not give her a gift that gives her a chance to look through all of those treasured photos again – a photo book. We can almost certainly guarantee there’ll be tears of joy when she unwraps it! We like to think of ourselves as pretty knowledgeable on the old photo book creation front, so we’ve pulled together our top 3 tips for making the perfect ‘Mum’ book …you can thank us later. Tell a story  One thing that will make the creation process easier is being organised (we didn’t promise it would be a fun tip..!). Create a folder on your desktop and add all of the images you’d like to include in the book into there. Use numbers to sort your images into the order you’d roughly like them in the book. When you upload to PhotoBox, the images will remain in this order, and all you need to choose is the number of photos you’d like on each page. Boring but useful! Little notes You will have taken hundreds of photos with Mum over the years, so give her a little reminder of where each photo was taken using the text feature when creating your photo book. With lots of different fonts and colours available, you can leave a little message on each page to let her know just how much she means to you. Spell it out They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but we have to say – our favourite thing about this photo book is the adorable cut out front cover. Remember to save your 3 favourite, or most colourful photos to use on the front page; they’ll look great peaking out from the ‘MUM’ cut out. And don’t forget, you’ll need to have your book finished and ready to order by the end of April (standard delivery) to make sure you don’t turn up empty handed! To see all last order dates, click here. For more Mother’s Day inspiration, why not take a look at our gift guide page… 

DIY: How to make a ‘Mum’ Banner

April 5, 2016
If your Mum loves a bit of glitz and sparkle in her life, then we’ve got a great little photo project for you, and it’s perfect if you really want to shout about how special she is this Mother’s Day. This Retro Print banner can be made in a matter of minutes, and is guaranteed to impress. If you’re planning a special breakfast or lunch for your Mum, why not hang up in pride of place above the table for everyone to admire? What you’ll need: Retro Prints – pack of 12 Mini wooden pegs String Tape or pins DIY Letter kit – we got ours here Tassel kit – from here Find a suitable blank wall, or window where you can start planning out your banner. Measure out the length you want your banner to be – this will be dependent on the amount of tassels and retro prints you want to hang on the banner.  Create your tassels, by folding the tissue paper length ways and twisting in the middle. Thread these onto the string and space out evenly – you can now secure your banner to the wall using tape, pins or tack. Pick your favourite snaps from your pack of Retro Prints and decide on the order you’d like to feature them on your banner. Next up, take a mini peg and clip each photo in-between the tassels.  Top tip: If you’re creating this banner last minute and don’t have any mini pegs to hand, you can always make a hole using a hole punch and thread the print onto the banner.  Using your letter kit, decide what message you want to spell out underneath the banner – we’ve gone with a simple ‘Mum’, but there are endless options. If you don’t want to buy the kit, you can always stencil & cut out the letters yourself.  Lastly, it’s time to step back and admire your handy work. Mum is going to love it!

Mother’s Day gift ideas – photo cushions

April 5, 2016
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so we asked beauty, parenting & lifestyle blogger, Liza Prideaux to come up with some top tips on creating some gorgeous, personalised Mother’s Day gifts. Over to you, Liza… ”With Mothers Day coming up it’s time to start thinking of the perfect gift, I have always been a huge fan of photo memories and almost every year I buy my mum something with a photo included, some years it’s been a photo book or simply a photo in a frame, but a lot of the time the album has ended up in the cupboard & often gets forgotten about. So, this year we are focusing on something even more luxurious and perfect for the home – photo cushions! I actually bought my Mother-in-law one of these PhotoBox Photo Cushions for Christmas last year and it was the perfect gift, she even asked me to purchase another one for her so she could gift it to her Mum this Mother’s Day! These gorgeous pillows come in three different sizes and there are a huge range of different themes and designs to choose from. They are also great because you can not only arrange the photos to your taste but you can also personalise with wording and special quotes or messages making it the perfect Mothers Day gift. There are lots of different ways you can personalise your cushions – for example, you could choose photos from a particular family day out and have a different image from that day on each cushion. I’ve used the PhotoBox themes to add a grey chevron border to each cushion – it really brings each pillow together and presents the memories beautifully. I have chosen images from when we found out we were having another baby boy; these were just such precious memories for us and having them printed onto the cushion means I can be reminded of the amazing moment forever. I’ve also chosen a picture with my little boy Vinny, he is such a character and I think the photo is gorgeous. It’s quite rare that we get a picture together so I wanted to make sure I got it printed! Lastly, I had to get a gorgeous picture of my little man on his own. He is such a happy little boy and I can’t wait to complete our cushion collection when baby number two arrives and get a picture of the two boys together. Have you ever thought about buying a Photo Cushion as a gift? Let us know in the comments below!
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