Pantone photo books: Show off your summer

July 26, 2016
Last year we got together with the lovely folks over at Pantone to create a brand new range of photo books; working alongside their team, we’ve created 8 photo books that perfectly match up to their Pantone counterparts. We’ve even got 3 limited editions to add a splash of colour to your summer!   If you’re a perfectionist when it comes to showing off your photos – especially holiday or travel photos, then the Pantone photo books are perfect for you. Whether you’ve been visiting the spice markets in Morocco, pounding the streets of New York or relaxing by the pool in Spain, we’ve got a colour of photo book to match your photos.   One lucky PhotoBox-er recently spent a glorious week in Santorini, and we thought that our Directoire Blue Pantone photo book would be the perfect accompaniment to show off the white and blue hues of their photos from the beautiful town.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford another trip to Santorini to photograph the book, so we went to the next best place… Brighton! With 7 other Pantone photo book colours to choose from, the chance to show off your your holiday photos are never-ending – how about a trip to Seville featured in our Jaffa Orange photo book? Or your snaps from the streets of New York in our bright Sulphur Yellow? Let us know what colour you’d choose to show off your snaps for a chance to win a Pantone photo book of your own

Holiday photo gallery |The Travel Hack

August 26, 2015
Create a photo gallery with your holiday snaps Is anyone else suffering from the post-holiday blues? You’ve had an amazing summer holiday and you’ve returned home with a bump. Probably a soggy bump thanks to all this rain in the UK! You’re back to work and it’s almost as though your holiday never happened. Those memories of sipping cocktails at sunset and swimming in the clear sea are starting to fade already. Don’t let the post-holiday blues get to you and make sure you keep those memories fresh by printing out your holiday snaps and displaying them around your home. Thanks to affordable cameras and mobile devices we all take hundreds of photos while we’re on holiday. We plaster them across social media and send them to our mates to make them jealous, but how many of us print them out and cherish them? It’s time to get those photos printed and enjoy your summer holiday all year round! One of the best ways to display your holiday photos is with a gallery wall. This current trend is a modern and fun way to decorate your home and it will bring back happy memories every time you enter the room. What you’ll need… A large, blank wall It’s time for a bit of DIY and clutter removal! Most of us don’t have large, blank walls in our homes because we’ve crammed the space with shelves and tables and other bits and bobs. Have a serious de-clutter and rearrange your furniture so you have a blank wall without too much distracting clutter. I think a white, painted wall with black frames works best but anything relatively plain will work well. Your favourite photos This is the hardest part about creating a gallery wall – selecting which photos you’d like to use. Try to stick to one theme or one particular holiday so all the photos are tied together and don’t appear too random. A huge variety of wall decor You now need to get those photos printed in a variety of ways. Opt for a mixture of canvas prints, poster prints, framed prints and mounted prints. My favourites are the Timeless Framed Prints for a really affordable but professional looking finish. Make a plan Before ordering your wall décor, take a piece of paper and make a plan of how it will look on your wall. This is to ensure you’re ordering the correct size and it all fits perfectly. Get creative here. Some people will prefer to display their pictures in a completely random way while others will prefer a more uniform collection. Precision Even if you’re going for the ‘random look’ when hanging your pictures, make sure they’re all straight and securely hung. You’ll need a tape measure, a level, a pencil, a drill or screwdriver and a few pairs of hands to help! High quality vs. low quality photos Most people will have a mixture of photos taken with their phone or taken with a camera. The camera

Just for fun – Retro print rainbow

August 26, 2015
Every so often, a new product appears in the PhotoBox office that we know we’re going to have a lot of fun with. Our retro prints launched earlier this year, and since then, we’ve been coming up with different ways to display them Our latest decoration idea – a retro print rainbow! This is the perfect way to decorate a uni room, or rented flat that you can’t otherwise add your own permanent splash of colour to. To create the retro rainbow, you’ll need… Retro prints – we used 48 prints, but it’s worth deciding how big a space you want to fill first Blu tack A tape measure / spirit level – optional, but will ensure you end up with a straight design (unlike us!)  Step 1 We began by figuring out roughly what size we wanted our print – with quite a lot of wall available for us to fill, we decided to go with an 8 print x 6 print rectangular design. To figure out how many prints you’ll need in each colour, simply draw your design roughly on paper, and separate with diagonal lines to represent red, orange, yellow, green. etc Based on our design, we knew that we’d need around 3 ‘red’ prints, 7 ‘orange’ prints, 12 ‘yellow’ prints and so on. As long as you’ve decided the size of your design, this will be easier than it sounds! Step 2 Once you’ve sussed out how many prints you’re going to need in each colour, it’s time to start finding the photos! We used a variety of different sources for this – first off, we went through our own albums to check what we already had, as well as asking a few friends to share their favourite colourful shots with us. After that, it was time to hit the streets and create our own colourful photos – it’s surprising how many colours we managed to tick off in an afternoon! Top tip: If you’re stuck for certain colours, you could try searching on Flickr – just make sure you use the ‘copyright free’ filter! Step 3 Once you’ve ticked off all the different colours, you simply need to create an album on your PhotoBox account and upload the images there. You can then select ‘retro prints’ and use our studio to easily create your prints – you can even add text if you like.     Step 4 The easiest part! Once your prints have arrived through your letterbox, you can get sticking… Top tip: Check, check and check again as you add each print to your design. There’s nothing worse than a wonky rainbow…trust us!   This idea isn’t just limited to a rainbow theme – you could try and mix of colours! Let us know what theme or combination you’d try in the comments below for a chance to win your own 24 pack of prints…

How to: Create your own Retro print frame

August 25, 2015
We teamed up with Youtube star ‘By Isnata’ , who has created this DIY video to show you how to display your best holiday memories. All you’ll need is an empty frame, retro prints and some bits and pieces you’re sure to have in the house already. What do you think? Would you try creating this yourself?

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!

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

Around The World in 80 Photos – D.I.Y Photo World Map

August 10, 2015
With Summer practically over, we’ve been reminiscing on the fantastic photos that we took on our travels in 2014. We wanted a way to display our photos that was a little out of the ordinary – something special that reminded us of the fantastic times that we had and the wonderful places we visited. We wanted to go BIG with displaying our photos and make it a real centre piece for everyone to admire (and admire they did!). For our World map photo project, you’ll need: A world map Travel photos – whether these are your own or images from your ‘bucket list’ of places to travel to. These can be printed in a variety of sizes – it’s completely up to you! Coloured pins String or twine Blu-tac All in all, this project should take around 2-3 hours – but the beauty is you can keep adding and adding the more you travel. Let’s begin! Step 1: Pin or blu-tac your map to a wall – depending on the size of the map & amount of pictures you have, you’ll want to leave around 30cm of space (if possible) around each edge. Step 2: Arrange your photos at random on a table, a select one to begin with. We found that a ‘close your eyes and point’ method worked best for us. Now comes the tricky part…finding the country on the map! Just kidding – we’re sure you’re smart enough & didn’t have to use Google Maps like us. Position your photo around the edge of the map and secure with blu-tac. Where you place it is completely up to you, we’ve gone for quite a random variation, with some photos near the country they were taken in, and some on the opposite side of the map. Step 3: Using twine or string, measure the distance between your chosen photo and the country it was taken in, cut to length. Using a coloured pin, secure one end of the string to the map, placing it in the correct country. Secure the other end of the string with blu-tac behind the photo – this works best if the string is taut against the map. Repeat for all photos until you have an even spread around the edge of the map. Top tip: If you have currency left over from your trip, secure small amounts behind the relevant photos or on the map for extra impact. This could also be done with ticket stubs or any mementos you have leftover from your trip. Step 4: Stand back and admire! There are so many different variations that can be creating using this idea – we mostly used our standard 6’x4’ prints, with some cropped to fit, but when we add to the map we’ll be trying some different sizes and styles, like our retro prints. We also had the opportunity to use an A1 sized map, but this project could be done on a smaller scale using an A3 map as well.
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