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International Children’s Book Day

March 24, 2016
International Children’s Book Day is celebrated around the world on the 2nd April. The date represents the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish author remembered for his famous fairy tales. The occasion itself is used to inspire and celebrate a love of reading and to commemorate the importance of child literature and learning to read. Here at PhotoBox we’re big lovers of photos (of course) and we thought it would be a lovely idea to celebrate International Children’s Book Day by combining photos and books! Our Photo Books are a great way to treasure your favourite photos but also to turn them into their very own story. So, we thought we’d put our ideas to the test… After collating the several hundred photos I had stored of my godson (he’s just too cute I can’t delete them!) I uploaded them in chronological order and thus the concept for ‘The Adventures of Alex‘ was born! I went with our A4 Personalised Portrait Photo Book with the gorgeous nautical theme but there are lots to choose between. This particular photo book comes with the option of a matte cover for a great finishing touch and is also a nice size for a children’s book – big enough to show off their best pictures but also affordable and incredibly easy to create. The beautiful photo book meant I could lay out all of Alex’s best moments since he was born and narrate each of them with little bits of text – his very own story! It also acted as a great way for him to interact with reading and learning whilst enjoying pictures of himself and all his buddies. The novelty of seeing pictures of himself in a book was worth any time spent creating it as he absolutely loved it. Why not try creating your own adventures for the mini ones? We’d love to see what you come up with. Share your creation snaps with us using #MyPhotoBox on Facebook or Instagram for your chance to win PhotoBox goodies! Happy creating, PhotoBox-ers!

Easy PhotoBox Easter Treat Bags by Red Ted Art

March 10, 2016
The long Easter weekend is fast approaching, which means one thing – Easter egg hunting. We worked alongside Maggy from Red Ted Art, who has taken the Easter Egg hunt one step further & changed the egg for a carrot filled with PhotoBox treats, what’s not to love! Over to you, Maggy… ”We love Easter – a wonderful time for the family to get together and enjoy some valuable time together. Of course, Easter also has to include an Easter hunt for all involved and if you are looking for some chocolate alternatives or a quirky way to give a small gift this Easter, take a peak at these super duper easy to make Carrot treat bags. Aren’t they fun? Make them in minutes and hide these in the bushes instead of all that chocolate! Materials – Orange paper or light card Glue stick and/ or tape Scissors Green tissue paper PhotoBox Jigsaw PhotoBox Keyring  Start with you’re A4 sheet of paper and roll it into a cone. Tape (or glue) it into place, so it doesn’t come undone. Now cut across the top of your cone to even it out and have a nice round opening. Put plenty of glue stick all around the inside of your cone. Carefully insert your tissue paper in this and stick it around your carrot – yes there will be a gap, but you will need that in order to be able to insert your gifts more easily. Fill with your gifts – we filled it with a photo jigsaw from last Easter, we also included a photo of the original picture so the children will know what to make! As well as key ring of the whole family. You can of course add a few small chocolate eggs too! Once full, bunch up your tissue paper. Tie it, and if you need to, you can cut it down a little. We also cut the strips into it to make it look more carrot top-y. And done! The kids **adored** these surprises when we had an early Easter hunt.” ____________________________________________________________________ Thanks Maggy – what a great Easter surprise! You can see more of Maggy’s work on her blog, Red Ted Art. 

Mother’s Day mugs

February 17, 2016
We can probably guess that your mum likes nothing more than a proper cuppa and some quality time with her family. If we’re right, these easy to make mug gift packs would suit her down to a ‘tea’ this Mother’s Day. Here’s how you can make your own… Using our shiny new Mother’s Day mug themes, you can get started on designing a Mother’s Day mug using her favourite family snaps. For a Bubbly Mum Once your mug has been speedily delivered, all that’s left to do is fill it with something she’ll love and wrap it up. In this case, we’ve used colour-coordinated pink tissue paper inside the mug, and filled it with deliciously smelling lotions and potions, also in a matching pink colour. To add the final touch, we have used transparent film – available at most card and crafts stores, to give it that professional feel. Then & Now Mugs Another way to pull on mum’s heartstrings is to use one of our Mother’s Day templates that include two photo windows. That way, you can contrast an old family snap from when you were both younger, with a more up-to-date memory on the other side. You could also include a photo of you and your mum and another of you and your own kids perhaps? Getting Crafty If you’re feeling really crafty, you could also create your photo mug using a kid’s drawing or artwork. All you need to do is take a photo of the picture or scan in the drawing, and hey presto – a great gift for Granny. You can order your photo mug until the 2nd March for guaranteed delivery before Mother’s Day. Why not get cracking now?

Mother’s Day Retro Canvas

February 16, 2016
Hands up if your Mum still has that wonky vase on her dresser table that you made years ago, or a drawing that you did when you were 5 on the fridge? Us too. The general consensus in the PhotoBox office is that the more meaningful a gift for Mum is, the more likely she is to get a tear in her eye when she opens it. And if it’s got that crafty, handmade touch to it? Even better. We’ve come up with a great way for your little (or not so little) one’s to create a gift that will have Mum or Grandma smiling every time she sees it.  What you’ll need Mum’s favourite photo (to add to the Retro Canvas) A selection of coloured pens, pencils and / or paint As you may have guessed from the photos, this is a pretty simple DIY. Firstly, you’ll need to let the kids decide on the message they’d like to write to Mum or Grandma – whether that’s ‘love you Mummy’, or even a little poem or drawing. Depending on their age, you could have them write out the message on scrap paper first, so they have something to follow. Once they’ve practiced a few times, it’s time to get scribbling on the Retro Canvas. If it doesn’t look perfect, that doesn’t matter – what matters is that they’ve done it themselves, and Mum will appreciate that all the more. And, don’t worry if your little one isn’t quite ready to put pen to paper (or canvas) just yet – our creation studio offers a text feature with lots of different fonts and colours, so you can add a message on their behalf. If you’re in need of some extra inspiration for Mum, (or you’re a Mum yourself & want to leave a hint to your kids!), head on over to our Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Retro Print Banner for Mum

February 16, 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 your Mum 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 blu-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!