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Turn your Dad into a masterpiece with Red Ted Art

May 20, 2015
With Father’s Day coming up, we asked the Maggy from the fantastic ‘Red Ted Art’ blog, to come up with a unique craft project this Father’s Day. Over to you, Maggy… ”We love our dads! And there is nothing better than making dad something special for Father’s Day. This year it is all about turning Dad into a Masterpiece – we show you a great technique that allows ANYONE to “cartoonify” their Dad into a Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol inspired piece of art! Then once you have finished your artwork, print it on a mug, canvas or iPad case and make your Father’s day special! You will need:   An A4 picture of dad – print this on normal paper A piece of plastic – such as an “old subject divider” or “overhead projector sheet” – anything plastic and clear that you can fid A marker pen A printer Pens or water colours of choice How to Create your Father’s Day Art: Begin by choosing a nice photo of Dad – preferably one, where you can see his whole face well – or JUST his profile. Choosing a photo was actually what took us the longest! Print it out in A4 size. We chose pictures of “us and dad” together. Lay you plastic sheet on top and now carefully begin tracing around your father’s features.   Top tips The nose and mouth can make a picture look “funny”, keep these simple and don’t add too many lines – the nostrils often are quite enough. Also draw what you SEE. My kids were tempted to draw “hair lines” in different directions as they IMAGINED the lines to go there, we stopped and traced only what we could see. Keep it simple.. don’t try and too much detail… go round the face, the eyes, the hairline… Finally, you don’t have to draw the whole of dad – it is enough to indicate the neck and outline of his shirt or t-shirt.   Now you have created your outline, print 4-5 copies onto white paper and start colouring. If your printer has a ‘copy’ feature, then you can copy the plastic sheet and print out. Alternatively, you could take a picture using your camera and upload to your computer, edit and then print out that way if necessary. We decided to use watercolours, but you can use crayons, pens or paints. Have fun and be wacky! Remember Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein used wacky colours too.. And if you don’t like your colour scheme… print off some more and have another go! Now you can either just use “the one” image to print onto your canvas or create a collage…… Photograph your pictures . You can now edit them in places like “Picmonkey” if you want to create a collage or upload them directly to Photobox. Choose how you want your photos displayed – do you want just one image? Or a collage of four? Do you want four the same? Or alternate the

Messy crafts – tips on creating a colourful collage canvas

May 18, 2015
Every so often, a customer will share a PhotoBox creation with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages that really catches our eye – most recently, it was a creation from long-standing customer, Nicola. Just look at those colours! We were intrigued, and asked Nicola to tell us a little bit more about her fantastic collage canvas…. ”My children love messy art and village decided to create some artwork by the families within the community so we had a wonderful opportunity to join involved and get messy with Paint and most importantly have loads of fun as a family. The photos I took showed my children being creative with the paint dripping it off spoons, details of the paint fun and the after effects of the mess (my daughters totally purple face, above) using hand prints and footprints to create the art. I decided to use these images for my Collage Canvas as I loved the bold bright colours and wanted to display more than one image to create a special memory of a specific event, 3 photos showed my children getting involved with the community project and the other 3 photos I chose because I loved the detail of paint running down little hands, dripping of a spoon, and the colours so vibrant i felt the really needed to be included in my collage canvas.” All images courtesy & copyright of Nicola Jermaine-Jones We love this idea from Nicola, and with Father’s Day coming up it makes a great gift. Get into the garden with the kids and try this fun, messy photo shoot for yourself!   

Mother’s Day Blogger Challenge – #MyMumAndMe

March 15, 2015
After our Valentine’s Day Blogger challenge proved popular, we decided that Mother’s Day would be another perfect opportunity to challenge a set of bloggers to get creative with a PhotoBox product. This time around, we’ve split the challenge into two different parts – Mum Advice & #MyMumAndMe. To get the bloggers in the competitive spirit, we also offered a special prize for the bloggers to share with their Mum – who says treating your Mum can only be one day a year?? All of the bloggers have done a fantastic job – we love seeing our products used in different ways! Mum Advice First up, we teamed up with some lifestyle bloggers, and challenged them to tell us the best advice their Mum had given them, using a PhotoBox product. This could be anything from ‘make sure you wear a coat!’ to ‘dull women have immaculate homes’ –  let’s see what they came up with… Alice-Megan Alice chose a collage canvas to tell us the best advice her Mum ever gave her – ‘Time spent with family is worth every second’. We couldn’t agree more! Alice also shared some of her other favourite advice from her mum in her blog post, including ‘put money aside for a rainy day’, ‘laugh often’ and ‘if I were doing it…’ – particularly when Alice is cooking! A Much Prettier Puzzle Charlotte from ‘A Much Prettier Puzzle’ chose one of our ‘Mum’ photo books, and created an ode to her lovely Mum! From perfect lipstick application to turning the house into an actual grotto at Christmas time, Charlotte created a fantastic A-Z to say thanks to her Mum for all the tear-wiping and belly laughs. We’re sure Charlotte’s Mum loved this special gift – we even heard her Dad was a little bit jealous! You can see more of Charlotte’s blog here. #MyMumAndMe For our second challenge, we asked a selection of bloggers who have children to show them with their Mum, alongside them with their children, on a PhotoBox product. The bloggers had the choice of everything from photo cushions, to a collage canvas. We had some great creations, with some fantastic photos…let’s take a look! Snaffles Mummy First up, we have the lovely Snaffles Mummy (Denise), who chose 2 collage canvases to show off her #MyMumAndMePhotos. What we really loved about these canvas was the use of the B&W photos of Denise with her Mum – these were a photo of a photo, taken on a smartphone & the quality is still great! Denise said she was ‘in love with the finished products’ and that they are a ‘beautiful idea that [she] wouldn’t have considered until this challenge’. High praise indeed! You can see more of Denise’s blog here. You Baby, Me Mummy Next up, we have Aby from ‘You Baby, Me Mummy’ who chose our acrylic blocks to show off two beautiful photos. We love that both images feature the beach as a theme, and that both she & her daughter

International Women’s Day – Instagrammers

March 7, 2015
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we thought we’d share some of our absolute favourite  UK based women on Instagram. These 5 ladies are quirky, fun and simply fantastic we think you’ll agree! Firstly, meet Charlotte, if you think that you recognise her work, then you’re probably right. We worked with her over Christmas to create some lovely stop motion videos for Instagram. Here’s one that you may have seen: Charlotte has an incredible and very unique style that we really do adore. Here are just a couple of our favourites, you can always find more on her Instagram account @CharlotteLovely   Having a romantic day shooting for @bryonyf with @alexedwards88 happy v day y'all A post shared by Charlotte Love (@charlottelovely) on Feb 14, 2015 at 9:02am PST   whaaaaat?! It's Monday…already! Really? A post shared by Charlotte Love (@charlottelovely) on Feb 2, 2015 at 12:15am PST Next up is Rachael AKA @Londongrll an artist to say the very least. Rachel manages to make the mundane magical with photos that will really leave you wondering how she managed to do it. If you love portraits and city shots, then Rachel is your woman.   #killtheunderground #lom_kong #igerslondon A post shared by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀R A C H E L (@londongrrl) on Jan 15, 2015 at 12:03pm PST   Who can stop the rain? A post shared by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀R A C H E L (@londongrrl) on Jan 3, 2015 at 12:24am PST Jess (@miss_jess) has a beautifully soft and vintage feel to most of her photos. Seeing her in your feed is sure to brighten your day, neat, organised and just plain beautiful. Here are some of our favourites:   I can't wait to wear these on Saturday. I love them @UpperStreetShoe! x A post shared by Jess (@miss_jess) on Feb 17, 2015 at 1:13pm PST   Kitchen tools. Kitchen light. A post shared by Jess (@miss_jess) on Mar 3, 2015 at 4:53am PST Elanor (@gelfinor) is one of those people that will inspire you to get up, get out and go and find those shots for yourself. She’s here, there and everywhere making every scene look spectacular. From foggy mornings to beautiful beaches, Elanor’s shots will give you itchy feet!   Late sun on Porthcurno Beach. A post shared by Elanor (@gelfinor) on Dec 29, 2014 at 7:47am PST   Hello lovely people. Here is my offering… Sorry to have been so quiet. The sunlight Rays hitting the earth never cease to fill me with joy. Amazing this happens in London parks 😊 #iphoneonly A post shared by Elanor (@gelfinor) on Feb 14, 2015 at 12:54pm PST Sandra Ahn Mode (@sandra.mode) is a master of muted colours. Her photos are clean and crisp and Sandra is seemingly able to turn her hand to any style and any situation and still make it look like her speciality.   Hope you don't mind a few latergrams from Iceland. This is Svartifoss or Black Waterfall, and the name comes from the dark lava columns. Taken with a

Thinking outside of the box this Mother’s Day

March 6, 2015
As we reminded you yesterday (and probably the day before, and the day before that), Mother’s Day is creeping up on us. But what do you get the Mum that has it all? Never fear – here at PhotoBox, we’ve come up with another extra-personalised gift idea that doubles up as a Mother’s Day card as well! We guarantee this will pull at your favourite lady’s heart strings this Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day Canvas Message   Featuring some of the PhotoBox team with their lovely Mum’s   What you’ll need: A print of you with your Mum A camera Scrabble tiles / labels / a stamp kit / ink to write a message – you could even try magnetic letters, or cut them from a newspaper or magazine Scarves or material to use as a background Other decorations – we’ve used twine, mini pegs and fairy lights, but you could use flower petals, confetti, sequins – whatever you like Optional: A tripod Start by choosing your background – this could be absolutely anything you want. We’ve chosen fabrics that compliment the colours of the print, so for darker (or black & white prints) we’ve chosen a fairly dark background, and for a bright print we’ve gone for a polka dot patterned pastel blue. Lovely!   Next, you’ll want to position your print on the material. Play around with the composition until you’re happy. It is worth positioning the camera now, so you know how much space you have in the frame to fit your special message. You will also need to allow for around 1 inch of extra material in the photo, to account for the wrap around the edge of the canvas Decide what you want to say in your message – do you want to tell her she’s amazing, or let her know how much you love her? Remember to keep it short & sweet 🙂 When your message is in place, you can begin to add in any decorations you’d like. We’re big fans of the mini pegs & string, which make the photo look like it’s hanging on the canvas. This is a great chance for you to get really creative! Once you’re happy with the layout, it’s time to get snapping. We found the easiest way to take these shots was to position a tripod (on it’s shortest setting) on the table, looking down on our set-up. Finally, it’s time to start creating your canvas. Our pictures were perfect for our square 16’’ x 16’’ Classic Canvas. Simply upload the photo, position to your liking & remember to check that you have a green ‘good quality’ smiley face above your creation. It’s as simple as that, and can easily be recreated with bits and bobs that you already have in your house. Now all you have to do is sit back, wait for your order and watch the smile on your Mum’s face when she opens it on Mother’s Day! No need to thank us… Now that