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Welcome to Wedding Season!

April 21, 2016
It’s here PhotBox-ers! It’s time to don your best frocks, finest suits and have that confetti at the ready to watch friends and family say ‘I do!’ So you have the outfit, the bag and the multiple shoe options for the day (depending on the appearance of sunshine.) But what about the gift. Wedding gifts are hard work. We get it. What type of spoons do people like, shall I just give them money? How many forks are too many forks… etc. This is where we come in. A personalised gift can mean so much more to a couple on their wedding because well, it’s personal. Gifts like these can help show family and friends how much they mean to you and are a great way to highlight the best moments from their relationship. After all, wedding days are all about celebrating the love (cue the aww). We’ve compiled a lovely little list to show you some great ways to give the best in personalised wedding gifts. So, when you give your gifts this year, you can sit back and bask in the knowledge that you’ve gotten it all delightfully right. Canvases Our Retro Canvases are the latest addition to the PhotoBox Canvas family and we’re big fans. It’s a lovely way to capture a snapshot and you can even add a bit of your own text (choose the font too) at the bottom. They’re pretty cost effective too (if we do say so ourselves) meaning it’s easy to order 3 and create that perfect little story. Here’s some inspiration to help you on your way! We nabbed some snapshots from our friends’ favourite and most memorable moments as a couple and created this lovely little story to commemorate the day they met, the day he proposed and their best holiday. Wrap them up in some brown paper with a ribbon, a heartfelt note and there you have it – wedding gift perfection! Cushions Our cosy cushions come in 3 varying sizes and are a great way to add a personal touch to a living room or bedroom. There’s a whole range of layouts and themes to choose from so it’s pretty easy to pick the right design for the perfect wedding gift. Again the storytelling option is a great idea. Capture 3 of the couple’s favourite moments and print them on 3 different size cushions – perfect for personalising their lounge. Or, if you don’t think they’ll fancy having their faces on them you can even go for landscape shots of their favourite holidays or locations. We used some lovely landscape shots and a bit of artwork too and created this lovely trio of cosy cushions. They can then all be displayed around the house as perfectly personalised reminders of their romance (aww). Photo Books This is one of our favourites. There’s not many better ways to truly capture a story then by putting it on paper and our Photo Books are no exception to the rule. There’s so

Celebrating National Pet Month 🐶🐱

April 8, 2016
We’re major pet lovers over here at PhotoBox so, when we discovered it was National Pet MONTH, we simply had to jump on board. Plus, it’s a great excuse to spend some time ogling over our gorgeous pet pics! Now in its 27th year, National Pet Month aims to celebrate the wonderful impact all our pets can have on our lives but also remind us of how important is it to make sure we do our bit. This year the focus falls on Top Tips to being a responsible pet owner. This includes advice on pet care, nutrition and grooming and is a great checklist to run through when thinking of adding a little pet (or two) to your family. So, in honour of National Pet Month, we took a look through our gorgeous ‘Inspire Me Gallery’ which is filled with a range of our customers’ creations and picked out some of the very best in personalised pet delights! We love this little pup posing next to his Canvas Print looking very pleased with himself! Wouldn’t you look this pleased if you had a photo cushion with your face on? Such a lovely snap for one of our Phone Cases! Thanks for sharing @audahdotcom It’s all about the pet snaps for Katherine Trodd who created this lovely wall of Canvas Prints Not one, but two adorable pet photos on this cosy cushion, shared by Rachel Larkman Guinea pigs can get in on the photo printing fun too, as shown here by @Apshaw Calendars and Diaries full of pups! Organisation made super cute by Nik Milford So from Cushions to Cases and Canvas Prints to Photo Books, give your pet’s pride of place in your home and get those adorable snaps printed today. Take a look at what else our customers’ are creating for yourself by heading over to our Inspire Me Gallery for some added creation inspiration. Once you’ve made your own creation don’t forget to share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or via our ‘Inspire Me’ gallery using #MyPhotobox. Happy National Pet Month PhotoBox-ers!

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?