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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!   

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Photo Cushions

February 15, 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 a personalised Mother’s Day gift. 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 Mothers 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! You can visit Liza’s blog here, or her Youtube channel here.

Top tips for creating a ‘Mum’ photo book

February 13, 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 25th February (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… 

The Father’s Guide to Mother’s Day

February 10, 2016
Mums are notoriously hard to buy for, and what’s more, they’re usually some of the best gift givers out there. The bar has been set very high! To help, we’ve put together a handy little infographic to make sure that the dads out there don’t fall foul of the usual present pitfalls and instead get something that’s sure to impress her.

A PhotoBox Proposal ❤️?

February 1, 2016
Here at PhotoBox we’re always on the lookout for some extra creation inspiration. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we went on a hunt for some hidden romantics amongst our fellow PhotoBox staff. And well, we think outdone ourselves with this one. Prepare yourself for some serious ‘Aww-inducing’ romance… Our Trading Manager, Michael, has worked with us for around 6 months now, but little did we know he was an avid PhotoBox-er long before this. Michael had been with his girlfriend Emily for 8 years, he actually met her age 11 on his very first day of high school, and the time had come for the The Proposal. Emily and Michael had a bit of a tradition going on. Every year they would take a holiday snap with a Polaroid camera to cherish that moment. So when Michael spotted PhotoBox’s Retro prints, he knew they’d be perfect for what he had planned. His next endeavour was to collate the photos they had together and pick his favourite from every year of their relationship, one to highlight something memorable from every year. From that holiday and the best parties, to milestones and memorable moments, he picked his best ones and placed his order… Michael swears he’s not really that romantic but we beg to differ! He spent an entire night collating a book of memories to give Emily on their 8th anniversary together. And he had a very special question to ask her at the end… So, on the hill of Alexandra Palace with the city of London as his backdrop, on a warm summer’s evening, Michael gave Emily her anniversary gift and got down on one knee with the beautiful engagement ring he’d bought for her months before. And, of course, she said yes! (Are you crying yet? We were at this point.) And it’s all down to PhotoBox (okay not all but we’re taking some credit here). For a look at our lovely little packs of Retro Prints or some extra inspiration on Valentine’s Day Gifting – from saying I do to simply saying I love you – check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide here. A big thanks (and congratulations!) to Michael and Emily for sharing their story.