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A Clear Case of Christmas Cheer

December 16, 2014
If you haven’t met yet, then let us introduce you to our fantastic new clear cases for iPhone 5/5s – the ideal Christmas gift for the loved one in your life who is constantly chopping and changing their mind or style. You can design a range of different stickers to use with the case, and chop and change them as you please. The clear case gives you the opportunity to change your case with the seasons, the weather, or even your mood. We’ve chosen a few festive photos and picked our favourite ways to make this case even more unique, by getting crafty and adding a little bit of sparkle…imagination required! Idea #1 – Make it sparkle You won’t find anything that says ‘festive’ like gold glitter does – we’ve added rather more than a sprinkling along the edge of one of our stickers. The best part? The clear case will protect you from getting glitter everywhere whenever you take a call! One of our PhotoBox team members also came up with the great idea of adding sparkle using star & number stickers..easy peasy, and perhaps not quite so messy. Idea #2 – A little Washi tape can go a long way   Never heard of washi tape? Well it’s about time you did. Available in tons of different patterns – from stripes to polka dots, and even floral print – this tiny roll of tape packs a crafty punch. We’ve picked a few of our favourite summer pics so far to match with the pale blue background. Add in some blue chevron tape to match and you’ve got a case that will see you through till Valentines day (when it’s time to change again!) Idea #3 – Diamantes, darling We’ve had customised cases with diamantes before, and have always found they fall off within seconds of us using our phone. Not anymore – add a sprinkling of diamantes underneath, above or on your favourite snap & the clear case will protect them from falling off. Brilliant! Idea #4 – Pom Poms Take what you think about pom poms & forget it – they aren’t just for clowns and wooly hats your Grandma has knitted you. Believe us when we say, they work rather well on a phone case. Don’t believe us…take a look for yourself.   Would you think about doing some crafty DIY on your clear case? Let us know what you’d add in the comments below…    

Make your own Instagram Advent Calendar

December 12, 2014
  Hands up if you’re an Instagram-a-holic? Us too. We’ve lost count of the amount of pictures we’ve snapped and filtered this year. It’s now the beginning of December, so we have decided to combine our favourite photos with one of our favourite Christmas traditions – the advent calendar. In true crafty-style, this can be created at home and doesn’t require too much work – we recommend a Sunday afternoon with some mulled wine and a festive film on in the background. What you’ll need: 1 x Empty A2 Frame 1 x ball of string or twine 25 x small envelopes (coloured or plain, your choice) 25 x small wooden pegs 25 x your favourite Instagram shots to use on our 5 x 5 prints Pins Box of your favourite chocolates / sweets…you’ll need to save at least 25! Number stencils Paint – any colour Glitter – any colour Step 1: Using the stencils and envelopes, paint numbers 1 – 25 on your envelopes. Leave to one side to dry. Step 2: Using the string or twine, measure from one side of the frame to the other, cut and secure tightly with pins. Step 3: Fill each envelope with a treat of your choice (make sure you’ve got something extra special for the 25th!). Pair each envelope up with a print – we’ve chosen prints from throughout the year, but you could go with a particular theme, like all Christmas photos, or photos of your child’s favourite toys. Step 4: Decide whether you want your advent calendar to go in a random or numerical order. We’ve gone for a mixed up look but it’s completely up to you. Clip each envelope, with a print behind it, onto the string using the small wooden pegs. Ta-da! You’re all done As you countdown the days, turn the prints around and clip in front of the envelopes. You’ll be able to remind yourself of all the fun you had in 2014 every time you turn a print around and countdown the days till Christmas. Finally… Display your Instagram Advent Calendar where the whole family can admire it and get involved. We’ve added a string of fairy lights around the outside of ours – you could try tinsel, or even holly branches. Order your prints here, and get started on your very own photo advent calendar.

How To: Add pompoms to your Photo Cushions

December 3, 2014
You may have seen that we launched our lovely new range of photo cushions last month. We’ve had help from interior design blogger, Love Chic Living, on the best way to style our sofa using the cushions, so we decided to come up with a DIY idea of our own – adding pom poms! The idea is so simple, and you can even get your kids involved making the pom poms. All you’ll need for this project is… Photo Cushions – as many as you like Wool – in any colour A needle & thread Scissors Cardboard Step 1: Start by cutting circles out of the cardboard – the larger the circle, the larger the pom pom. Simply wrap the wool around the cardboard in a circular motion, when you can’t fit anymore wool through the centre of the cardboard, tie a knot and then cut around the outside edge of the pom pom. Top tip: Wrap a piece of wool around the middle of the pom pom to keep it secure. You can fluff it up using a (clean!) fork. Feel free to follow this super simple tutorial video here. Step 2: Repeat step 1 four times until you have 4 pom poms. Now, it’s time to start sewing! Sew each pom pom into the corner of the cushion – ta da, you’re done!     Is this something you’d try? What colour scheme would you go for? Let us know in the comments below…

Introducing…Ask Kerry

November 10, 2014
One of the most important things we pride ourselves on here at PhotoBox is our customer service. There’s no question too big or too small…providing it’s PhotoBox related of course. We can’t help you out with train times or what takeaway to order tonight, sorry! We thought it was about time we introduced you to one of the longest serving members of the PhotoBox team. So, say a big hello to our social media customer service extraordinaire, Kerry. With 10 years of PhotoBox knowledge under her belt, Kerry will be helping us with a series of blog posts, which we’ve catchily named ‘Ask Kerry’. From Christmas card queries, to photo calendar questions – Kerry will be here to help you out. To help you get to know Kerry a little better, we’ve asked her a few burning questions… Hi Kerry, Tell us a bit about your PhotoBox background… I moved to London from South Africa in 2000, and have been working at PhotoBox for most of my time living here. I studied photography at college, so when I first moved over here I began working at Joe’s Basement, a print lab in Soho. I think I started at PhotoBox in 2004, where I was hired to run the second printer – we now have a whole lot more than that in our London printing lab! You’ve been at PhotoBox for an impressive 10 years now. How has your role changed since you started? I moved into customer services after a year of working in production and from there my role changed quite a lot. As times have changed our contact platforms have expanded. At first we only received contacts through email and phone, but then in 2007 we introduced a live chat function. We still offer live chat on the site, and it is very useful to be able to assist customer in real time. It also gives us the option of sharing their screens so that we can better understand where their user journey may be going wrong and offer the best support for them. As social media has taken off over the past years, we’ve found that customers are now more comfortable using Facebook and Twitter to contact us so I am now working to build on and improve the support we offer there. Last year, we won the ‘Best Social Media’ category in the ‘Top 50 Companies for Customer Service’, which I was really happy about. What’s the best part of your role? And the worst? The best part of my role is hearing all the positive feedback from our customers, its amazing that people are so happy with their products they get in touch just to say thank you. The worst part is the rare times when we let people down. We do always try our very best to make up for any mistakes or delays but unfortunately they can happen. You mentioned that you studied photography at college – tell us a bit more… I

How to style your sofa with photo cushions by Jen from Love Chic Living

November 7, 2014
Cushions are one of life’s little home décor pleasures; you can never have too many, right? These brand new photo cushions are just perfect for adding that personal touch to your home, and allow you to create a space that reflects you and your personality. ‘Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a reflection of what you love’ – Nate Berkhaus Telling your own personal story through home décor and accessories has never been easier, with items like these on-trend cushions allowing you to do just that. If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration on how to use them to style up a sofa, then look no further. I’ve put together some top tips on the best ways to make the most of the cushions and of your sofa. Simple Symmetry If you like simple displays, then go for co-ordinating patterns like these contemporary chevron cushions that look stunning coupled with black and white photographs. I’ve chosen a pastel theme for many of my cushions which helps bring the look together, and with lots of colour choice on offer, you are bound to find something to suit your décor. Once you’ve started to dress the sofa, you may like to build on the look by adding a complementary style in a smaller size. This smaller cushion, using an edited photograph from my own home décor, helps to pull the chevron colours together and add an extra dimension to the display. Enhanced Symmetry Instead of just one extra cushion, why not add one to each corner to increase the overall effect. Here, a smaller cushion, showcasing a colourful holiday photograph, combines beautifully with the chevrons and brings further interest to this end of the sofa. Repeat the effect at the other end of the sofa to complete the display. As you can see I’ve used similar colours with each pairing to give the look a coordinated feel. Corner Display Remember that not all of your cushions need to show images of loved ones. For a more eclectic display, consider using photos that you’ve taken whilst on holiday, at a wedding or a family outing. Scenery and landscapes can work just as well, and the photo effects and editing facilities on the website allow you to create some really special finishes. Here, I’ve built up a small corner display using cushions of different sizes and colours, but with one bonding theme: The Coast. A colourful seaside restaurant, a view over the ocean and a family reflection in the harbour water all made interesting images, each one telling their own story. Together they brighten the sofa adding an element of fun and frivolity. Made for Comfort Sometimes less is more, of course, so combine your photo cushions with other styles, shapes and designs. As I’ve used the more contemporary styles on my sofa, pairing them with the graphic black and white print below works well, and adds depth to the pastel colours. Bringing photo cushions together with other