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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!   

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…