Taking photos has never been easier than it is today. Between phones and more affordable digital cameras, we are capturing more special moments of our families. The thing is though, most of those moments stay trapped in our devices–saved only in a photo stream, a buried folder or floating on Facebook or Instagram. There are simple solutions to bringing these moments more to life–inexpensive products that allow you to easily transform your favorite family moments into something you can see and touch and something your children can enjoy.
Photo Memory Game
One of my children’s favorite games, Memory has been a constant request in our home. Over the years, we’ve gone through various store bought versions, but after finding Pinhole Press’ personalized photo game, Memory has taken on new meaning. We play it often and have slowly acquired new games as we’ve made new memories. My children love recalling favorite times together as we play, and I’m far more apt to sit through the nineteenth round of this game when it’s special family moments I get to look at as opposed to Strawberry Shortcake.
Whether you slip them into a scrapbook, tape them to your wall or adhere them to your refrigerator, small retro-fabulous prints are a great way to display favorite moments and preserve special memories. There are several great companies that allow you to order prints and/or magnets right from your phone, and it doesn’t take you any longer than a few minutes. Favorites include Printstagram, Sticky 9 and Origrami.
Coffee table books make great gifts, store a large number of photos in one place and invite you to revisit memories when they are displayed in the open. Companies now make it easy for customers to build pages with ready made templates and beautiful design samples already in place. Artifact Uprising creates beautiful soft cover and hard cover books as well as Instragram-friendly books in various sizes with an phone app that does all the work for you.
If we’re using our phones to take all our pictures, we might as well decorate them with some favorite memories. Casetagram allows you to pull your photos straight from Instagram or Facebook to create beautiful custom phone cases as well as iPad covers.
Back in the day, a photo mug or t-shirt made a pretty big “wow” statement for photos. Now, there are hundreds of everyday products that combine personal photos with beautiful design to create photo gifts that aren’t cheesy. Pinhole Press offers calendars, weekly planners, message boards and recipe cards that look straight out of a magazine.
Have a favorite photo you want to enlarge and display, but aren’t sure if you want to spring for a canvas? Styrene prints are thick and durable and are inexpensive enough that you can change out photo displays more frequently. White House Custom Color offers styrene prints as well as metal photos and image blocks to give your prints some added depth.