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Ready, set, scrapbook! Simple Scrapbooking Advice.

Scrapbooking is such a wonderful way to creatively capture a moment, tell a story or preserve part of your personal history. Not-to-mention it’s a lovely way of sharing your most favourite printed photographs all in one spot. Having said that, it can be difficult to know exactly where and how to start your scrapbook project if you’re a bit of a newbie in the scrapbooking space so we’ve put together a few ideas to get you started.

 

1. Select your story

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Telling the story of Christmas. Image via: scrapbook.com

 

If you’re scrapbooking part of your life it can be difficult to limit what you want to share and say within your scrapbook. However taking a moment to select which story you plan to scrapbook will help you focus and maintain a theme throughout your book. And try not to let yourself get overwhelmed by the nee to scrapbook absolutely everything. Just pick one story to start with, be it a holiday, special moment, a friendship or whatever takes your fancy and run with it. You can start the scrapbook of next story as soon as you’ve finished this one :-).

2. Select your photos

Whilst it might seem like the easiest part of scrapbooking, selecting your photos can often be the most difficult. Actually ‘deselecting’ photos should be more to the point. Because it’s so easy to take hundreds *ahem* or if you’re like me, thousands of photos on your smartphone or camera, it can be difficult to whittle down to the very few that you need. Just remind yourself that sometimes less is more. Sometimes one photo is better than 6 photos on a page to give a focal point.

3. Cull and cull and cull some more

Once you’ve selected the photos you’re planning to use in your scrapbook, it’s then time to cull them. And by culling I mean, reduce the numbers from 1536 photos (because probably a little difficult to squeeze all of them into a 12 page scrapbook) down to about 20 photos. Good luck with that step!!

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This is a nice effect with the spotted paper framing the ledger paper. Image via: Octoberafternoon

4. Select your theme

The paper you use within your scrapbook becomes part of the theme of your story. You can choose textured or patterned paper or you might choose a more subtle single neutral-coloured paper. Each page doesn’t have to have the same paper as long as the theme is followed through in some way shape or form. If you choose a patterned cardstock for one page, you might select a plain coloured card for the rest of the pages with strips of the patterned cardstock glued to each page. The ideas are limitless. Whatever theme you use, make sure it doesn’t clash with the colours in your photos or detract from the stories your photos tell.

5. Mix up your fonts

Whilst this point is debatable, mixing up your fonts creates another level of interest and creativity in your scrapbooking project. Select one font for your page title and another one or two fonts for other accents in your page.

6. Select your accessories and page accents

Page accents add that touch of flare and extra bling to scrapbooking projects. Things such as ribbons, buttons, bottle tops and shapes cut out of cardstock all help to enhance your story and make your scrapbook really standout. Think layers, textures and dimensions.

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Use the Pringo app to apply text and borders to your photos before you print them.

7. Your photos don’t have to be square and centred

When placing photos in your project, it’s time to think beyond square and centred. Slightly tilted photos can bring energy to a page and photos just off centre cam funnily enough add balance to your page. Mix it up and don’t be afraid to try different ways of placing your pics.

8. Don’t just write on the pages

When it comes to the written word in scrapbooking projects, it pays to think outside the square a little. Sure you can write words, sentences or paragraphs straight on the page, but it might also be nice to use journaling cards or tags and tuck them behind your photos to add a different dimension to your page. Also, if you’re printing photos from your Pringo portable printer, add text to photos using the Pringo App before printing for another nice effect.

9. Tell your story

This is your project and your story, so don’t forget to tell it. Before you start sticking photos and accents to pages, it’s worth taking the time to set out your scrapbook story so you’re clear on what you want to express and where in your project you want it. That moment of planning will ensure you don’t forget anything important in your story.

 

 

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8 tips for taking selfies on your iPhone

Nowadays most of us have grown accustomed to the idea of taking selfies with our smartphones. It’s common and regular practice and quite frankly it’s a great way of checking your make-up *ahem*. Selfies are so much ingrained into our lifestyle that word has even made it to the oxford dictionary . Oxford even made selfie the “word of the year” in 2013! Crazy right! As simple as it may seem, taking a half decent selfie is a bit of an artform. So to help you capture a crackin’ selfie on your iPhone we’ve thrown together 8 tips (and most will apply to other smartphones too). Feel free to add your tips for taking awesome selfies in the comments.

 

  1. Use Your Ear buds 

 

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There’s this genius feature that only a few of the growing iPhone community are aware of. You can use your iPhone’s ear buds to click photos. Focus and press the volume+ button to capture the image. No more outstretched arms trying to work out how to get everyone in frame.

  1. Use Selfie Apps

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There are plenty of apps specifically designed for people who love taking selfies. You can try free apps like Close-up, daily selfies, Selfie Cam App and Picr.

  1. Make Use of the Front Camera

You may be in love with the picture quality of your phone’s primary camera but when it comes to taking selfies it’s front camera all the way.  You can see exactly what you’re shooting, plus, it is less likely to catch your arms in the photo if you use the front camera.

 

  1. A Close Selfie

 

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Taking selfies from a closer distance gives you a different point of focus (as long as you don’t hate your own nose close up).  Not only does a closer focus bring more of you into the shot but it also removes any chance of your extended arm being in the shot. Tres important!!

 

  1. Play with Your Expressions

 

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Image via: clickypix

Nobody wants to see boring selfies so don’t be afraid to experiment with your expressions. The pout, the scowl, the cheeky grin. You never know what might look cute on you until you try, try, try again and again.

 

  1. Don’t forget lighting

 

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Image via:pathwrangler

 

We’ve talked about the importance of lighting when taking photos with your smartphone and taking selfies is no exception. iPhone is known for its excellent picture quality but if you don’t use lighting to your advantage, your photo quality will decline.  Avoid using your iPhone’s flash especially if you’re outdoors. Beware of using light that’s too harsh or too dark. Use natural light wherever possible and if indoors, check the room’s lighting and pose facing the light rather than the other way around.

  1. Download a Self Timer App

 

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Image via: ios-hacks

 

Try taking a selfie the old fashioned way by using self-timer technique. You can download external self-timer apps to take great selfies. Popular self-timer apps include TimerCam, GorillaCam and Camera Timer!. Place your phone on a table supported by a book or anything solid. Go to the focused spot and pose while the app does its job.

 

  1. Print and share

When it’s all said and done and you’ve captured that perfect selfie moment, don’t forget to print and share it with your friends. Pringo mini wifi portable photo printer lets you print straight from your iphone or Android device. You can even add stamps, borders, texts or adjust your pics before you hit print. Snap, print and share. You’re welcome!

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Do you have any other tips for taking cracking selfies on your iPhone?

 

 

 

 

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Fabulous DIY Christmas Card Ideas

Christmas is around the corner and it seems that the ‘to do’ lists just keep getting longer. Usually included on that list is getting out Christmas cards before the big fella in the red suit pays us a visit. Whilst there’s plenty of gorgeous commercial Christmas cards out there,  there’s nothing quite as rewarding making your own DIY Christmas cards. So if you feel the need for a little inspiration for your next DIY Christmas card project, then read on…

 

1. This personalised Christmas card only takes you a few minutes to prepare and the result is lovely. Print a gorgeous Christmassy photo on your Pringo then  paste it on coloured card. Write or print your message in serif fonts and tie a bow to add a final festive touch.

DIY Christmas card, reindeer fingerprint card

Image via: psbydila

2. This is a super-cute idea if you have children. Not only will they have a blast making the cards, but the end product is so, so sweet. All you need is thumbs (or any other preferred digit ;-) ), non-toxic paint, coloured card stock and some felt pens.

 

3. This Christmas card takes DIY to a whole new level and really is a gift all on it’s own. Head to darlenedesign to see the full tutorial.

DIY Christmas card

Image via: Handspire

4. This is an intricate but beautiful handmade Christmas card from Handspire.  Some candy cane and a couple of other embellishments, two contrasting colored card stock and a button will make this beautifully designed card any scrapbooker would be proud to present. Slip a printed family photograph in the centre to really personalise it.

 

 

Christmas photocard

Image via: Photographercafe

5. An old school card design that never gets boring. Print four photos and place them in a collage form on a card. Add a Christmas message and voila!

 

6. This Christmas card idea is such a simple one but what an awesome outcome. You’ll need a ladder or something high to be able to take this photo from this perspective. Add Christmas wishes to your photo via the Pringo app and print your photo Christmas card on your Pringo mini photo printer.

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Image via: Sarah Driscoll

7. A nice idea to share a snapshot of where your family is at that point in time. Either paste individual printed photos on coloured cardstock or print collage photos on your Pringo iPhone printer.

 

Snowman christmas card

Image via: Indulgy

8. Such a gorgeous handmade card without too much effort. This DIY snowman card only needs a couple of different sized white buttons, red ribbon, black card for the top hat, snowflake embellishments and natural coloured/recycled card stock and felt pen. So simple!! Love it.

Whilst Christmas is a time of giving, those gifts don’t necessarily have to be physical, bulky presents. Nothing says Merry Christmas more clearly than a beautifully handmade Christmas card.

Do you make handmade Christmas cards?

 


 

pink pringo printerThere’s still time to grab your Pringo smartphone photo printer before Christmas.

DIY Business Cards and DIY Greeting Cards with Pringo

The Pringo mini wifi photo printer is such a versatile smartphone printer! It doesn’t just print regular ol’ photos, it can turn your photos into beautiful business cards, personalised Christmas cards or other greeting cards.

Imagine being able to print up a different business card for every different occasion or for every mood. photo business card personalised business card printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about being able to print a greeting card for every different occasion instantly using photos from your iphone. Creating personalised greeting cards is an extra special touch when you’re trying to impress someone extra special in your life.

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All you need is your Pringo photo printer, the free pringo app (download from iTunes or Google Play), some photos on your iPhone, iOS or Android smartphone and a little creativity and you’re well on your way to creating beautiful business cards and greeting cards. Just in time for Christmas.

Because there’s a few steps involved, our techie Angus has put together an easy-to-follow guide for creating your own photo business cards or greeting cards. Thanks Angus, you’re a genius! Click on the photo below to read the guide.

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Click on the photo to see the full guide

 

Have you ever made your own greeting cards or business cards?

 

 

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10 DIY gift ideas for teachers

As the end of the school year draws nearer, parents and children alike are starting to think about what to give their teachers (you know, the people that have put up with little munchkins day in, day out all year!) to say thank-you. And whilst there’s plenty of gifts out there you can buy, there’s nothing quite like a hand-made DIY gift. It speaks of love, adoration and not-to-mention adds a little more personal value to a gift that also whispers humble thank-yous and sorrys to the teacher who’s put up with the bad days as well as the good.

So as the kids prepare to farewell their beloved teachers, here’s 10 incredible DIY gift ideas for teachers they can bestow upon them before they part ways for the school holidays.

 

Pencils/Crayons Vase

This vase made up of unsharpened pencils is a lovely, simple and doable idea from It All Started With Paint.

How to make it: Apply an adequate layer of super glue on the outer section of a tin can and start sticking color pencils one by one, making sure that they are stuck close to each other. Once you have covered the entire can with pencils wrap a ribbon around it until the pencils are strongly stuck to the can. The vase would be dry and ready by the next morning. This can also be used as a fancy pen holder or you can even fill the can with some candies and give it to the teacher.

Tip: You can use pencils, crayons or color pencils to create this vase.

 

Chalkboard Pot

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Image via: Ali Lily Blog

Found over at Ali Lily Blog this personalised flower pot will allow your child to leave whatever note his heart desires on his teacher’s gift.

How to make it: Spray paint a plain plant pot with chalkboard paint and for added effect paint the top part in yellow paint to create a ruler design. Ask your child to write their message in chalk for their teacher. The same gift can be created using an empty pot which can be filled with small gifts, chocolates or lollies…..or wine…..teachers tend to love wine……

 

DIY Pencil Frame

This pencil frame found at A Creative Princess will literally take about 10 minutes to create – handy if you’re a last-minute gift-giver.

 

How to make it: Pick an old frame or buy a plain one from a dollar store. Cover all four corners with a coat of super glue and start placing standard pencils or color pencils until the actual frame is absolutely covered with pencils. Once the frame is entirely covered, place a photo of a printed or a handwritten message or a picture of the teacher with your kid and the gift is ready. Once it’s finished print a pic from your Pringo mini smartphone printer of the class, a moment from the year, the school logo of whatever takes your fancy to attach to the frame before you hand it over.

 

Crayon Wreath

crayon wreath, teacher gift

Image via: Tip Jumkie

 

This adorable crayon wreath from Tip Junkie can be made with cute messages and the teacher’s name affixed to it and is sure to leave the teacher speechless (for all the right reasons).

How to make it: Buy a wreath template or you can create one yourself using a thick cardboard. Using adhesive, start pasting crayons along the wreath and go on until the entire form is covered. Place cute messages written on craft paper and the teachers name over the crayons.

 

Vintage Photo Board

vintage photo board

Image via: Shelterness

Found over at Shelterness, this gift is a cross between a photo frame and photo board. Once you’ve done up your photoboard, print photos from your iphone or Android device with your Pringo mini printer and affix them with old-style timber clothes pegs.

How to make it: You would require an old frame which can be as big or as small as you want. Remove the back cover of the frame so what you get is a see-through frame. Attach metal strings or ribbons horizontally leaving at least 10-15cm gap between each string. Now using clothespin, hang photos of kids from the classroom, sports days and other significant school events.

 

 Creative Monogram Frame

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Image via: That’s Right

This creative monogram craft also requires an old frame and is sure to bring a smile to the teacher’s face.

How to make it: Use a presentable photo frame to create this gift. Use a white or any color of craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame. Using a pencil, roughly write the teacher’s initial on the paper and once you are happy with the design start placing crayons over the letter. The crayon can be placed as simply as you wish or add other creative design such as shown in the picture where just about 5cm of crayons are used with the tip of the crayon being the focal attraction. More on this one here.

 

DIY Tote Bag

 

Transform a plain white tote bag into this creative personalised tote (found over at Yesterday On Tuesday) which can be designed by your kids too.

How to make it: Buy a plain white tote bag and using half an apple and red paint stamp apple shapes onto the bag. Paint a small, sturdy leaf green and stamp it above each of the apple stamps. Let the bag dry over night and gift it to the teacher with some confectioneries/wine inside.

 

Nail Paint with a Personalized Message

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Image via: Saving by design

 

This is a perfect last minute gift idea we found at Saving by Design and of course apt for a female teacher.

How to make it: This DIY gift requires a pretty nail paint and it only works if you attach this cute teacher quote to the nail paint. So cut craft paper in the shape you desire (heart, round, square etc) and using color pens or sharpie write the quote “Teachers like you paint bright futures.”  Attach it to the nail paint using a satin ribbon and you are done.

 

‘Thank You’ Photo Art

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Image via Pinterest

 

There’s no better way to say ‘Thank You’ to a teacher than this photo art found on Pinterest. This one was specifically for a football coach but the same idea can be done for school teachers.

How to make it: This DIY gift is pretty simple to be created. Though it would require two or more kids to create this artsy photo but in case you run out of kids then use substitute items such as baseball bat, basket ball, tennis racquet etc to complete the photo. Photos need to be clicked for one letter at a time. Once the photos are clicked, print them, align them on a craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame and paste the photos on the craft paper. Insert the complete photo art in the photo frame and you are done.

Photo Pot

 

Another easy and simple gift idea using a pot with tiny gifts, books or flowers inside it found at A Diamond in the Stuff.

How to make it: Spray paint a plastic pot with black paint and using mod podge or super glue place photos printed from your Pringo smartphone printer around the pot. Apply one layer of mod podge over the photos for a finished look and add cute ribbons and bow to it.

 

If you’re not an overly creative person (or just don’t have the time/energy/inkling) to DIY a gift for your child’s teacher, there’s always wine, flowers, chocolates, wine (did I mention wine) or a Pringo mini wifi photo printer that they can use to instantly print photos from their smartphone in the classroom next year.

 

Are you planning on getting/making a gift for your child’s teacher this year?

 

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Ideas for creating a cool travel journal

Creating a travel journal is an exciting and reminiscent way of capturing gorgeous memories created while on holidays. Not only is a great way of displaying photographs but it’s a way of creatively storing small significant items collected in your travels.
Bearing in mind that a travel journal is really as unique as the person putting it together. You can be a crazy, eccentric or simple as you like. As long as your journal or smash diary represents you and your precious holiday.

Get some supplies

Before you begin your travel journal, you’ll need a few supplies. A diary or notebook of some description is a helpful starter, some coloured markers,  glue, coloured tape, pieces of card, printed photos of your adventures and any other trinkets that you collected along the way.

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Ideas for supplies. Image via: therealisticmama.com 

 

Start with a photo

You don’t have to be particularly artistic or creative, you just need the sense of adventure that accompanied you on your travels. If you’re not sure where to start. Glue a photograph on a page and then write around it. It doesn’t have to be neat, in fact scribbly writing and little doodly pictures all add character.

 

It’s more than just words and pictures

Your travel journal can be more than words and photographs printed from your smartphone. Think flora, fauna, dirt, sand, leaves and anything else that captures moments and memories while you’re traveling (that won’t get you into trouble if you have to go through quarantine :-) ).

Think before you throw it out

Small things that you’d ordinarily throw out while travelling may have a lot of significance when you return home so think before you throw it out. Bus, ferry and train tickets usually have times and dates and even destinations on them which in years to come will be priceless memories in your smash book. Serviettes, postage stamps, newspaper clippings, a scrap of material from the leg of your favourite jeans……as I mentioned, how creative you want this is completely up to you.

 

Sometimes the messier the better

Whilst some of your scrapbook pages might be neat and pretty, they don’t all have to be. Don’t be afraid to use a couple of pages to smash together overlapping and lopsided photos, business cards, cut-outs and other things that bring together a day or place in your travels.

You don’t need to start with a journal

Okay, okay so we mentioned at the start that a journal or notebook of some description is helpful – it’s actually not overly necessary. A couple of ring binders from a decent stationary shop is another great way of pulling together photos, postcards, and other cool trinkets stuck to pieces of coloured card. This one from Saturday Morning Vintage is a simple and chic way of putting together a travel journal.

Putting together a travel journal doesn’t have to be difficult but it certainly does take a little planning and lots of reminiscing. These are such a great way of capturing and storing lasting memories of your holidays.

 

If you’re searching for a small photo printer that you can take traveling with you, the Pringo wifi photo printer is small enough to fit in your handbag or luggage and allows you to print photos from your iphone, iOS or Android device. You can even add stamps, words and borders to your photos before you print via the free Pringo app to add that extra level of coolness to your travel journal pics.

 

Got any other ideas for creating a cool travel journal?

8 Ideas for Creating Fabulous Family Photographs

Family photos are a great way of capturing moments in time. Of growing families. Of kids growing up. Historically family photos were a time of everyone having to be well groomed, wearing the same outfit, sitting a certain way whilst holding a frozen smile for endless moments while a photographer captured a stark and sterile photo.

Thankfully we’ve evolved from the days of boring, posed photos in studios and nowadays family photos range have become more creative and in a lot of cases a lot more relaxed. Whilst we’d never diminish the fabulousness of professionally taken photographs with advancements in smartphones and the quality of smartphone cameras, capturing a family photograph can be done almost anywhere, anytime, providing you’re all together. Thinking outside the square, putting people in different positions, locations, backgrounds and changing points of focus can all make a simple family photograph into something wonderful and one to be cherished for years to come.

Here’s a few creative ideas for capturing fabulous family photographs:

Use water:

Good shoes, similar coloured pants or jeans and shirts and a bridge over water creates a really nice effect for a family photo.

Say it in words:

Literally capture the ‘love’ in your family photos with this simple, fun and creative idea. Just make sure you have a consistent background and nothing distracting in the foreground so your message isn’t lost.

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Four generations in one:

We think this four generation photo is particularly creative – it takes an interesting background, a photo frame,  four beautiful generations of family and a little snappy photo editing. Moose Photography has put together a tutorial for you to create this effect.

Father and son:

This is a cute way of capturing a father son duo. All you need is a super-cute outfit for little man, a Dad in a pair of jeans and a textured background. Very cool.

 

Mother and daughter:

Again such a simple but relaxed photo, this time taken from a height to capture a different angle. Note mum and daughter are wearing denim and white but the colour is broken just slightly with mum’s checked scarf.

mother and daughter photo

image via: CS Studio Blog

 

Chalkboard sign:

This is a classic and all you need is a small chalkboard and a grassy paddock (oh and the kids and a sunny day helps too). Focus on the wording in the chalkboard and the kids blurred in the background is a lovely effect. You can story board these photos by changing your focus to the kids in the background in the next shot then perhaps get the parents to bend their heads into the third photo for a bit of fun. Mix it up a bit.

Just get the legs:

These family photos from Kristen Duke Photography are very cool. These are taken from a low angle with the focus on the legs. Something a little quirky for a family photo shoot.

 

 

Or silhouette it:

Use sunset to create a very cool silhouette effect for a family photo with a difference..

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via Kristen Duke Photography

 

Family photos don’t have to be stagnant and boring. Grab a camera (or your smart phone) head outside, pick an interesting spot and snap away from different angles. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

What’s your favourite way of capturing family photos?

 

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My Printer door does not close properly

 My printer door is not closing properly.

If you find your printer door is not closing properly this may be the problem:

  • Open up the door and on top of the door are some small holds  that hold the door to the printer head.
  • You may find that one of the holders has unclipped.
  • This may be due to the door being opened too wide and causing the door to unclip itself from the printer head.

All you need to do is pull the door slowly back untill you have enough room for the printer head to slot back into place again.

(see pictures below)

 

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7 Simple Scrapbooking Ideas For Beginners

 

Scrapbooking is one of those timeless craft forms that so many do but many of us less-crafty-types tend to steer clear of. It’s messy. It’s time-consuming and you have to cut out teensy pieces of paper right? Wrong. Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be overly difficult and time-consuming, nor do you have to be super-creative to make something that’s appealing and book-shelf worthy. The thing is, there’s no real hard and fast rules for scrapbooking (don’t shoot me down scrap-booking pros), however there are a couple of simple tips that will make your newest scrapbooking adventure visually appealing without too much effort. So if you’re new to this whole scrapbooking deal, grab a cuppa and a pen  and paper and read on as we give you a seven simple scrapbooking ideas  that will make your creation really pop!!

 

1. Overlay Photos

Remember the old photo albums when all the photos were lined up neatly, in their little squares? Never to be moved. Well forget that now you’re a scrapbooker. In fact overlaying and uneven photos in your scrapbook is an acceptable, no expected effect – so overlap away. 

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2. Focal-Point Photo

Choose about 6 photos that you would like to be placed on your scrapbook page. Now out of those 6, choose a primary/main photo and print it in a large size (8×8 square). The remaining 5 photos should all be printed in a smaller size (4×4 square). Now use the big picture as your focal-point photo and the remaining should be place in a vertical or horizontal line at the corner of the page. This is a great way of emphasising a moment or a relationship or removing emphasis from the other photos of Aunty Iris that you feel obliged to include.  

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3. Grid Line Photos

Clutter isn’t cool in a scrapbook. Keep your pages clear, uncluttered and use the space between them effectively. For a grid line photo effect print 12 photos (or more or less depending on the size of your scrapbook) of the same size and layout. Divide your page roughly into three equal parts horizontally then place the photos roughly along a horizontal  line slightly overlaying from the corners. Do that across the three sections of your page. Maintain a fairly even gap between the 3 horizontal lines (if your page is too small, only use two lines of photos). There’s no need to be perfectly straight when you overlay the photos – in fact it’s a much nicer effect if the photographs alternate between a little higher and a little lower of the gridline. Again – get away from the ancient photo album mind-set. 

scrapbooking

Image source: scrapbookingbyani.com

4. Prep the Background

If you’ve got a bit of gift wrap lying around – great – use it or any patterned paper as background on special pages and then place photos over the top. The bright colors and pattern will brighten up the page giving it a noteworthy look. You can also outline the photos with lace or ribbons to make it stand out. Use patterns or textures that reflect the mood of the moment captured in the photograph. 

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5. Mix and Match

Draw a horizontal or vertical grid making 6 or more boxes. Fill 3 of those boxes with photos and in the remaining 3 boxed, add notes using colored markers or paste patterned paper. This is great for people who don’t like flooding a single page with a lot of photos. This will balance the page, is easy on the eye and tells your story. Naaw, doesn’t that make you feel all warm and gushy?

 

scrapbooking

image source: paperclipping.com

 

6. Strip your photos

This is a simple effect where you take one photo and cut it into equal sized strips. You can past them to the page separately and parralel or you can overlay them depending on the effect you want. Yeah, another simple trick.

scrapbooking strip photos

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7. Use your colours 

An extension of stripping your photos, print your selected photo in both black and white and colour. Cut both photos into equal sized strips. Lay the black and white parts of your photo evenly on the page then place one strip of coloured photo offset on the page (see below). Such a nice effect to highlight the parts you want. Plus this effect makes you look extra creative.

colour and black and white scrapbooking

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So you see, you don’t have to cut teensy, tiny pieces of paper to create a cool scrapbooking project. Quite often it’s about thinking outside the conventional photo-albumy type ideas and adding a few twists here and there.

Do you scrapbook? What project are you working on at the moment?

If you’re looking for a printer to print the PERFECT sized photos for your next scrapbooking project, I’m thinking you might want to check out the Pringo wifi photo printer. It’s small. It’s cute. It prints straight from your smartphone. And it’s awesome!!

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5 DIY photo gift ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and you’re hoping to get the Dad in your life something other than undies and socks this year. Great, why not get him (or rather make him) something that comes from the heart. Something that really captures a moment and sings of adoration. Nothing quite does that better than a photo gift. A photo gift can be as simple or complex as you like but most importantly, a photo gift is unique and personal. Here’s a couple of photo gift ideas for Dad for Father’s day.  

1. Wooden Block Photo Gift

This is a simple, inexpensive and creative idea your Dad will love.

 

You’ll need:

-       Timber blocks the same size (or a tiny bit smaller) than the photos you’ll be printing (you’ll be able to get them cut from any hardware store. If you’re using the Pringo mini photo printer you’ll need the front face of your blocks to be 54mm x 86mm or smaller

-       Black acrylic paint

-       Selected photographs of you and your Dad or memories your Dad is fond of (Fine sandpaper (if required)

 

How to make them:

 

-       Sand the edges of each of your wooden blocks slightly to ensure there are no rough bits

-       Print selected photos

Note if you use your Pringo mini photo printer to print your photos, pop a black border around the photo with the Pringo App before printing so the edges of the photo blend into the block and make it more seamless.

-       If your photo is a little larger than the block, cut the photo to match the face of the block and round off the corners of your photo (this will help it blend)

-       Using adhesive stick the photo to the block and allow it to dry

-       Paint the block all the way around including over the edges of the photo to ensure lines aren’t visible. Allow to dry

-       Apply a coat of mod podge, let it dry and you are done.

 

2. Photo Card

This could be one the simplest of gifts but handmade cards and photo cards are absolute classics

 

What you’ll need:

-       Thick textured card stock (from any craft store or news agency)

-       Craft glue

-       One many photos for the card.

 

Here’s How You Can Make It:

-       Cut your card stock to the shape and size required (larger than the photo you’re using)

-       Using craft glue, paste the photo over the card and let it dry for a couple of hours. Add notes inside the card and don’t forget to add patterns and designs using colored markers.

 

Note: If you’re printing using the Pringo photo printer, don’t forget to add your message to the photo with the Pringo App before you hit print.

 

 

3. I Love You Photo

 

Nothing says ‘I love You Dad’ better than a photo of his kids telling him they love him!

 

You’ll need

-       Vertical or horizontal photo frame with 3 equal sized frames (more photo frames if there’s more kids)

-       Printed photos of you (or the kids) holding a message for Dad.

 

 

How You Can Make It:

Print your photos, add them to the photo frame in order and voila – love in a photo frame for Dad!

 

 

4. Photos in a Box

This idea will give you a chance to gift your father all the photos that are dear to you and him. Think of special moments with your dad. Perhaps a photos of you with your dad on your first birthday, or your first day of school with him, his birthday etc.

You’ll need:

-       12 or more photos the same size

-       A small decorated box just larger than your photos

-       Small photo stand

 

How You Can Make It:

 

-       Print photos with a personal message on each of them for Dad

-       Pop the photos in the box, pop the photo stand on top with one photo already in it .

With the photo stand your Dad can keep changing the photos every week or as often as he likes. Simple but charming.

 

 

5. Letter Photo Gift

A person’s name to him or her is the most precious thing and when we see remotely anything related to our name or even the initial letter we get excited. Fathers feel this way too. So by gifting him a humongous initial of his name with memorable photos on it will definitely get him sparked up. You can either do the first letter of your Dad’s name, the word ‘Dad’ or any other letter that’s significant.

 

photo letter

Source: listotic.com

You’ll need

-       The letter you’re planning to use – you can purchase these in timber or cardboard from craft and some hardware stores.

-       12 or more photos of cherished Dad-type memories (the number of photos will depend on how big your letter is)

-       Sharp craft knife

-       Black or white acrylic paint

-       Modge podge

 

How To Make It:

-       Paint the letter with the acrylic paint and allow to dry

-       Print your photos (black and white will look really nice and uniform)

-       Cover the entire face of letter with craft glue and affix photos where you want them. Some parts will overhang, that’s okay as long as the part of the photo you want displayed is attached to the letter.

-       Once you’re happy with the design, allow to dry.

-       Once dry lay the letter face down and using the craft knife, carefully cut off overhanging parts of the photos.

-       Apply one light coat of mod podge and let it dry overnight.

 

As a general rule Dad’s are pretty easy-to-please when it comes to Father’s day. A new pair of undies, a new tie, ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ mug – any of which he’ll be happy with right?  But why not surprise him a little this year with something different. Something that really tells him how much you love him.

 

What do you have organised for Father’s day?

 

If you haven’t already, Dad might also have a Pringo mini photo printer on his Father’s Day wish list this year so he can print high quality photos direct from his iPhone or Android device.