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DIY: Decorate a travel photo journal

August 24, 2015
Our photo journals are the perfect partner to keep all your travel memories together – smaller than an average photo book, they are ideal for those Instagram shots that may have not quite made it into your holiday photo books. In this blog post, we’re going to show you how to create a photo journal that’s completely unique to your trip, by customising the front cover in this super easy DIY post. What you’ll need… 1 x photo journal Scissors Glue Washi tape A map of the country / countries you travelled to Stickers (optional)  One of the PhotoBox team has recently come back from Turkey and decided to create a photo journal from their trip. For the map, we simply used Google Maps and searched for Turkey, specifically Istanbul, took a screenshot and then printed this out to cover the photo journal. Place the first half of the map under the front cover of the photo journal (as shown), and cut small triangles in each corner – this will help you bend the edges around the cover. Once you’ve done this, fix each edge with the washi tape to ensure it remains in place. Repeat on the back of the photo journal if you like.       You’ll then need to use some more washi tape down the spine of the photo journal – we chose pink & white tape, to match the colours on the map. If you want to decorate it even further, you could use stickers – like these travel ones that we found, which will also look great inside of your photo journal!

Balls of Fury: PhotoBox Ping Pong Tournament

August 24, 2015
Here at PhotoBox, we not only like to delight our customers, but we like to have fun while we’re doing it… Recently two great brands, PhotoBox and Moonpig (one of our sister brands), finally came together under one roof. Throw in a ping pong table and you’ve got yourself the making of one of the most epic inter-company tournaments the world has ever seen. You can read all about the tournament over here, or watch the video montage worthy of a Rocky Balboa training scene, below. Balls of Fury Ping Pong Tournament from Bhavik Patel on Vimeo.    

A Moment in Time in England & Wales

August 20, 2015
It has never been so easy to take images of momentous occasions in our lives as it is today. Thanks to digital cameras and smartphones, we can now see every picture we take before we print/share them. Long gone are the days where we would take a camera film into a shop to be processed and then wait expectantly for our pictures to be developed, only to find many of them are no good because they are blurry or the subject’s head has been chopped off. At Photobox we see a vast array of images capturing important moments in the lives of our customers. This infographic reveals the number of life defining events which have taken place in the UK in recent years and highlights the different ways we share pictures with others.  

Inspiration: Your summer photos on cushions

August 17, 2015
We may be biased, but one of the best things about using your own photos to create a gift or product, is that it gives us a chance to dive back into photos we may have taken weeks, months or years ago. There’s nothing we like more than taking the time to scroll through our (sometimes…) carefully organised digital photo albums, and discover hidden gems that we’d completely forgotten about. Most recently, we scrolled all the way back to our time in Nevada, Utah, the Grand Canyon…and then on to Amsterdam, Portugal, Scotland and finally, New York, to find our perfect shots for this ‘traveller photo cushion’ project. These photo cushions are a great way to add a splash of colour and interest to an otherwise plain, boring sofa. They are also a great way to show off your travel photos to any visitors you have! Top tip: Use text boxes (or circles) to add where you visited and the date. We chose varying sizes of photo cushions, from small to large, and chose bright and dark colours that worked well together. The best thing about the photo cushions is that you can change them with the seasons – we’re already thinking of which photos we want to use next!  Where have you travelled to that you’d like to include on a photo cushion? Let us know in the comments below…  

Weddings: Looking beautiful on your big day

August 14, 2015
Wedding season is well and truly in full swing, and we asked one of our favourite wedding photographers, Elysia, to share some of her insider knowledge with us. So if you’re a bride (or groom!) getting married soon, or just a guest who wants to make sure they look good in all of the photos, read on to find out how… ”Every wedding I’ve been to has been vastly different – from extravagant themed weddings to intimate civil ceremonies; and every bride has been totally unique too. But one thing every bride that ever was has in common is wanting to look beautiful on their wedding day… I’ve come up with my top tips that I tell the brides I work with – have a read, and I assure you will look beautiful on your wedding day (and everyday)! Let Your Guard Down Most of us might think we do a pretty good job of hiding our emotions. We put on a front most of the time, we’re conscious of how we appear to others and what we want to portray – It’s normal. But no matter how good at faking it we are, our faces and bodies can’t help but show how we truly feel, even if just for a split second. Fortunately, my camera is capable of capturing those split second moments! When our guard is down, we show our real emotion. Real joy, fear, laughter, TRUE love, happiness. Capturing that, seeing those moments in front of my eyes, evokes emotion in me – even though I don’t really have a relationship with the people I’m photographing. Because it’s beautiful. It’s real and it’s raw and it’s honest and there is nothing more beautiful than that. If you let your guard down and don’t worry about how you look in front of the camera, and embrace the moment you are in right there and then, then you will look beautiful. Be You (And Happy With You) We’ve already established that real moments are beautiful, and the same rules apply that real is beautiful. I’m not trying to put hair and makeup artists out of business, I think it’s nice to take pride in your appearance and I’d certainly want to make an extra effort to feel beautiful on my wedding day. But don’t try to be something you’re not, be comfortable in your own skin and accept what you look like when you’re not posing for a selfie. We can all make ourselves look however we desire with decent make up and hairdressing skills (I’ve seen Youtube videos of a man who made himself look exactly like Beyonce, seriously you’d never know the difference!) good lighting, good angles, styling, and of course Photoshop.   We can change ourselves into whatever we want to be. We live in a day and age where we have more choice than ever, and we can spend lots of money modifying our appearance, striving to reach the unattainable perfection that we believe is