5 School Holiday Photo Crafts

Depending on which state of Australia you’re in, the school holidays are either looming on the horizon, or in full swing right now. Winter holidays can be a mixed bag of beautiful clear days, or weeks spent hibernating under blankets near the heater while the rain pours outside. Having a few inside activities up your sleeve to keep the kids from getting bored just makes good sense, and lucky for you, we’ve got some great photo craft ideas to keep you all occupied for the winter break.

Bottle top fridge magnets

If you’re a fan of putting photos on your fridge (and who isn’t?), this quick and easy craft idea is a great one that the kids can help you with. Simply cut out your desired photos to the size of a bottle top, glue them in and attach magnet strips to the back. (Tip- you can use old magnets for your strips. The old calendar ones that real estate companies send out are great for this.) It won’t take long, and even younger school age kids can get involved.

Bottle top photo magnets

Image via: I’m Gonna DIY

DIY iPad cover

With more and more kids needing devices for school these days, this is a great way to set your child’s apart from the rest, and have some school holiday fun. You will need to purchase a transfer ready case, and some transfer paper, but apart from that, all you need are some great pics and an iron. More instructions at lil blue boo.

DIY iPad cover

image via:Lil blue boo

Make a scrapbook

Kids love being able to make things that they can look back on, and mini scrapbooks are great for that kind of thing. Even if you haven’t had an actual ‘holiday’ you can use these photo books to remember a fun day, or even to tell a made up story. Consider working together to tell the story of a favourite toy with photos, print them on your Pringo mini wi-fi printer, and then back them on some nice paper, and you’re all set. An illustrated masterpiece that you will enjoy looking back on. More instructions over at A Beautiful Mess.

mini scrap books

Image via: a beautiful mess

Make a Canvas Collage

Older kids love taking photos, and their devices can be overflowing with selfies and random, but important-to-them, moments. Kids of this age (girls in particular), also often enjoying decorating their room in their own style, so why not combine the two loves and create one masterpiece? It’s as easy as buying a blank canvas, painting and decorating it as you like, and attaching photos with glue or washi tape. The end result is something they can look back on for years to come. This one from Crafts Unleashed is perfect and simple.

 

Photo Blocks

Blocks are one thing that just about every small child enjoys playing with at some point, and perhaps even older ones as well. If you’ve got little kids at home, try making these gorgeous photo blocks. They are simply put together with wooden blocks, Modge Podge and photos (add a layer of paint if you like), and can be played with as soon as they are dry. Tiny hands can help ‘paint’ the Modge Podge on, and what child doesn’t love going to town with glue? (Older kids could manage this craft activity on their own, with adequate supervision.)

Even if you don’t have any block-age children, photo blocks make a great ornament, and you can constantly rotate them to show different images. The gorgeous creations below are thanks to the Pinning Mama

DIY photo blocks

Image via: The Pinning Mama

 

Bonus: Toothpick painting.

OK so this one has nothing to do with photos, but it is a great school holiday activity to try. Toothpick painting using craft glue and funky neon paints on wooden shapes is a easy way to create some effective art. The kids will love it, and even little people can do it with ease.
(Double bonus: you could use this idea to make photo frames for gifts or display. So it technically is photo craft )

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So there you have it; 6 activities to make your school holidays a fun, yet productive event, and give you all the more reason to give your Pringo mini wi-fi printer a work out. (As if you needed one ).

What’s your favourite? Or do you have your own photo craft ideas? We’d love to hear them.

baby newborn scrapbook

Ideas for Scrapbooking Your Memories

We’ve talked a little bit before about scrapbooking here on the Pringo blog, and given you some basic scrapbooking tips to get you started. Now it’s time to share ideas for the types of memories and events you might like to scrapbook.

Chances are that if you’re a scrapbook addict with a craft group and an addiction to pretty paper, you will scrap anything and everything. But if, perhaps, you’re more of a novice scrapper, you might be a less inclined to showcase last week’s visit to the park, in favour of a more memorable lifetime event.

 

We’ve put together some ideas of memories you might find fill the pages of your scrapbook nicely, and in doing so, tell the story of you.

 

Welcome to the world

If you’ve got a little one, you’re going to want to have a first scrap book page to welcome them. This could be one page with important details, or several with before (belly shots) during, and after birth moments. It all depends on what you feel needs remembering, or, perhaps, forgetting ;).

baby newborn scrapbook 

First… (insert important first event here)

Scrapbooking is all about telling stories – your story – so your first ‘important event’might be different to someone else’s, but also could be similar.

Firsts to include could be:

  • first steps
  • first doll
  • first pair of shoes
  • first time at the park
  • first time at ballet/footy/gymnastics/other sporting event
  • first time fishing
  • first time camping
  • first day of school

…and you get the idea. There’s no rule here. If it was important to you, memorialise it.

 

child scrapbook

Image via: Essentially Jess

The story of us

This could be epic, but it also could be very simple. Your wedding day, engagement party, or just a memory of the moment you knew you didn’t want to be with anyone else. Better still, scrapbook your grandparents’ wedding day like this one below. Note the gorgeous embellishments and mementos from their special day.

wedding scrapbook

Image via: Here

 

Wish you were here

Those that have gone before leave their indelible marks on us, and creating a beautiful page for the family album, is just one way to acknowledge that memory. You could scrap a funeral, a happy last memory, or a beautiful tribute to who they were.

child scrapbook

We’re all going on a summer holiday

Or a winter one, or a camping trip or…the possibilities are endless. Holidays and travel are great for scrapbooking. Choose to remember the crazy big things you did, as well as the time you fed bread to a flock of ducks you found in a park. Whatever took your fancy at the time, is a memory you will want to remember.

 

paris holiday scrapbook

Image via: Flickr

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Christmas photos are fun for a lot of reasons. Expectant little faces huddled around a tree, beautiful lights everywhere, and maybe granddad fell asleep on the couch after lunch. Scrapbooking these memories keeps them alive for years to come, and don’t forget to include a list of gifts that everyone received. It’s fun to remember the little details.

 

Achievement Unlocked

What have you done that you are really proud of? Or what major change have you made that opened up a whole new lifestyle for you? Maybe it was a graduation, starting a business, or making a move to a new place. Milestones are worth celebrating, and definitely earn a page in the scrapbook.

 

It’s all in the details

Ok so I said at the start that you may have no desire to scrapbook last weeks park visit, but maybe you do. Life is made up of big moments, and a thousand little ones, and they all deserve remembering. If you’re the sort of person who wants to record small moments, by all means go for it. You might find they are the most precious of all.

holiday scrapbook

Image via: Essentially Jess

And to make your scrapbooking experience even more simple you can use your Pringo portable mini wifi printer to instantly print from your iPhone, smartphone or tablet.

 

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DIY photo frame

10 DIY gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is just around the corner, and it’s this time of year that we stop to really think about mums – who they are to us, what they mean…and how on earth to put all those thoughts into the perfect present.

Now every mum is going to differ in what they would prefer you do/not do, buy/not buy, make/not make, on this most special of all mothering days. However you don’t have to look too far past the mother proudly wearing a macaroni necklace in the shopping centre, to know that home made gifts are always well-received.

We’ve put together 10 fun and fabulous ideas for home made crafts and other DIY gifts for Mother’s Day sure to help make this year the best Mothers Day yet.

 

Cupcake Case Flower Arrangement

cupcake flower arrangement

Instructions at: Be A Fun Mum

How cute are these flowers? Mum will not only love the thought, but the fact that the vase is included with the bouquet. Not to mention most homes will have almost all the materials on hand, making this a quick and effective gift idea.

Scoubidou knotted key chains

Instructions at:

Instructions at: Instructables.com

When a bunch of Mums received one of these each for Mother’s Day last year they all chuckled because they were all over-sized and really long. However almost a year later there are still plenty  mums walking around the school-yard with their Scoubidou knotted key chains, (happy that they can still find their keys in their handbags) and a whole bunch of eight year olds proud as punch that their gifts are still in use.

Personalised Photo Flowers

photo face flower gifts

Instructions at: Ottawa Mommy Club

Mums are usually suckers for Photo gifts made from the heart. The best bit about these flowers, (apart from the super cute faces in the middle), is the fact that will be around for a lot longer than Mothers Day, and longevity in a gift is always welcome. The photos can be printed on your Pringo photo printer and cut to size.

Add them to a decorated pot, (these ones were done with a funky array of washi tape), and you’re sure to have a gift to please.

 

washi tape pots

Instructions at: Alex Toys

 

Colourful Hand Dotted Tumblers

hand dotted tumblers

Instructions at: Pop Sugar

For the mum who likes practical things she can use, rather than just look at, why not try these hand dotted tumblers? Easy for little kids, cost effective and they look good to boot. You could even try the same idea on wine glasses or coffee mugs, depending on what the mum in your life prefers to drink.

Mothers Are Angels on Earth Footprint.

mothers are angels footprint

Instructions at: Crafty Morning

This is a super cute way to immortalise tiny baby feet as well as send a beautiful message. It would be a wonderful way to mark a first Mothers Day.

A  Fun Photo Montage

chalk photos

Image via: The Burgh Baby

Photo montages are great not just for mums, but for grandmothers too; particularly those that don’t like nearby. They can be as simple to organise as choosing your favourite photos, a family photo, or having fun taking some new ones. The kids would love being involved in a project like this, and you can tailor the drawings and message to fit your family.

 Personalised Photo Frames 

DIY photo frame

Instructions via: Nine Red

Of course then what better way to present the photos than with personalised photo frames? These repurposed frames would be a perfect way to display your Pringo printed photos, and the best thing is you can keep changing the display depending on your mood and what photos you’ve recently printed.

 

Lovely Lavender Sachet

DIY lavender sachet

Instructions at: What no mints. 

This is a lovely idea, especially heading into the cooler months when rooms and cars can easily get stuffy. Older children should be able to do this with not to much trouble, and it’s sure to make any mum smile.

 

Painted Rock Garden Markers

rock gifts

Instructions at: Crafts By Amanda

Painted rock garden markers are a great gift idea for the mum who loves spending time in her garden. Fun and practical, they are bound to a be a winner.

So there you have it- 10 easy DIY gifts for Mother’s Day that won’t break the budget and will bring a smile to the face of that special mum in your life.

 

 

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yarn egg surprises easter craft

7 Creative Easter Craft ideas

With Easter just around the corner and our shopping centre aisles having been full of easter eggs and fluffy bunnies for months, it’s time to start looking at all the crafty stuff that associated with this time of year. From Easter garlands, grass heads and kids’ Easter craft, it’s a nice way to focus on the fun and family side of Easter rather than just the chocolate (although the chocolate is sooo good).

Here’s 7 creative Easter crafts that we’ve found that you’re going to love doing with the children.

 

Easy Easter Bunny Mask

This oh-so-simple Easter bunny mask is a lovely idea to create with the kids. It’s simple enough for even the littlies to help, it doesn’t require a lot of materials and can be completed fairly quickly. Bingo! Instructions for putting this together over at MPM School Supplies.

 Photo Grass Heads

Every now and then our kids bring home a crazy looking Mr Grass Head to sit on the kitchen window sill. They’re a great novelty and fun for the kids. This is a creative take on Grass Head craft with the inclusion of a photo of each child. You can print your photo straight from your smartphone on your Pringo mini Printer, affix to the cup with craft glue or sticky tape.  Add soil and grass seeds to your cup then water and wait for your child’s grass hair to grow. Such a novel idea and a lovely personalised crafty gift for grandparents. More instructions for this at Rainbows within Reach.

Personalised Photo Easter Eggs

Every Easter many families paint or dye eggs to celebrate and symbolise Easter. This is a very unique take on the whole egg-dying gig. It’s a bit of a process to do it, but the end result is worth it. These eggs would make for a great present for family and friends to replace or accompany the usual chocolatey feast. Instructions for creating these can be found at  A Subtle Revelry.

 

Baby Easter Bunny Photo Craft

 

Now it’s not really Easter without gluing lots of cotton wool around something that looks like a bunny. This cute crafty creation is fun to make with the kids and they’ll love the end product. Cut the shape of a bunny out of cardboard, print a photo of your ‘bunny baby’ on your Pringo printer and stick into the centre of the bunny’s face. Paint the middle of the ears pink. Line the outside of the ears and the body of the bunny with cotton wool or cotton balls stuck with craft glue. Add cut outs of your little ones pink foot prints for feet. So, so cute. More instructions found at Parent Dish.

 

Easter bunny craft photo

Image via: parent dish 

 

Yarn Eggs

Now these are super creative and the end result is just amazing. You can use these yarn eggs as a table decoration or you can  give them as homemade Easter gifts. The beauty of these is you can put a little surprise in each one of them depending on the recipient. Love! You can find the instructions for these at Simply Modern Mom.

Rainbow Easter Garland

If you love to decorate your house throughout the Easter period, this is a nice simple yet beautiful way of doing it. This Easter garland is made using colour pallets (or paint chips) you can get from your local Bunnings or hardware store. Make an Easter egg shape template then cut each of the cards in the shape of an Easter Egg, string together using twine and hang above a doorway, mantle or anywhere else you’d like to ‘Easter up’. Instructions for this found at Modern Parent Messy Kids.

Hide and seek Easter Egg Peg Craft

We couldn’t find the original instructions for this Hide and Seek Peg craft but it doesn’t look too difficult to do and the kids will love them. All you need is timber pegs, craft glue, heavy duty cardboard cut in the shape of eggs and then cut in half with the zig-zag broken egg look and a cardboard image of what you’d like inside of the egg. You could even print a photo of each of your children’s faces on your Pringo, cut it down to size then glue to the back of the peg so the child’s face can be seen when the peg is opened. Such a novel idea.

 

 

easter craft

Image found here (if you know the original source, please contact us so they can be credited)

Easter is such a beautiful time of the year and whilst it’s nice to feast on chocolate for a short time, it’s also lovely to include Easter craft as part of your celebration.

 

Do you have Easter traditions or do you do Easter craft? We’d love to hear your ideas. 

20 ideas for using your Pringo smartphone printer

We know you love your Pringo mini smartphone printer as much as we do but apart from just printing and sharing photos from your mobile have you stopped to consider all the other brilliant things you can do with your Pringo? We’ve started to collate a list (yes this is only just the start) to give you some inspiration for the wonderful things you can do with your Pringo photos.

1. Baby announcements and Christening/Baby Naming invitations

Grab a gorgeous photo of your bub, add text, stickers and borders with the Pringo App then send out for personalised baby announcements or as invitations to Christenings or Naming ceremonies.

baby announcements

2. Personalised Birthday Cards

Turn a selfie into a birthday card to add to your next birthday present. Great for kids or adult presents alike. Just take a photo of the gift giver(s), add a birthday message with the photo app and instant birthday card. Cheaper than a store bought one and sooo much nicer!

birthday cards

3. Personalised photo business cards

If you have a small business, chances are you’ll already have a business card to hand out at your next networking event. Problem is, if you’ve printed them in bulk they can get stale or boring by the time you get to the last of them. With your Pringo wifi photo printer you can print yourself a different business card every day for every occasion. Personalise it to the day, event or to suit your mood – however you roll.

business cards

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4. Personalised decorative ornaments

Perfect for Christmas or other special occasions, create your very own personalised ornaments for hanging on the Christmas tree, on the wall or in a bedroom. Beautiful.

 

christmas ornaments

crafty stuff5. Personalised Coasters

Perfect as a photo gift for a friend, print photos of family members, sports teams, pets or anything you like, then glue to coasters to personalise them.
coasters

6. Photo framed photo frame (try and say that 10 times!)

Turn a photo frame into a photo framed photo frame by affixing Pringo printed photos with some craft glue. You’ll notice this one uses black and white photos (which you can do with the Pringo App) so it doesn’t detract from the photo that will eventually be placed inside the frame.
craft frame

7. Loot bags and gift bags

Next time you’re having a kid’s birthday party, why not personalise the loot bags with a photo of the birthday child. Better still, take photos of the birthday child with each of the attendees and print one for the guest and one for the birthday child to go into the scrapbook. Nice.

 

 

loot bags

 

 

gift bags

 

 8. Gifts for the Grandfolk

We all know how much grandparents love photos of their grandbabies (actually that could read parents and their kids too) so why not create (or buy) a display board with cute little pegs that updated photos of Pringo printed babes can be attached to. You’ll definitely be the favourite child if you get this going!

 

 

 

grandkids displat

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9. Turn your holiday memory into a beautiful display

This is a nice way of turning your moments into sharable memories by bringing a piece of your holiday home with you (as long as you’re not breaching any quarantine laws….just sayin’).

holiday photo art

Image via: Kodak

 

 

 

 

10. Organise yourself with Pringo

The next time you’re doing a clean out and tidy up, organise yourself by printing photos of things stored in boxes before you put them away in storage. Helps to jog your memory of the contents (rather than just writing on the box) plus it makes you look super-organised (even more so that what you already are!).
labeling your boxes11. Label parcels

Turn a plain parcel into something gorgeous with a Pringo photo attached. Just punch a hole through it, tie it on and away you go.

12. Love letters to Mum or Dad from the kids

Make Mothers’ day or Fathers’ day or any day extra special with a personalised note from the kids. Let them pick stickers and borders from the Pringo App, add some text, print and share. Beautiful.

photos of love

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13. Celebrate your favourite team’s win

Print photos of your favourite sporting team to celebrate their latest win and to wave under the noses of opposing team fans’ noses :-).
Print and share pics of your fave tean

 

 

 

14. Quotes and memes

Take a photo, add your favourite inspirational quote or meme and stick it by your desk or in your purse.
print memes and quotes

 

15. School projects and show and tell

The kids are always needing photos and images printed for school projects and show and tell days. Having to save photos from your phone to your desktop computer to be printed is always a bit of a pain. Print fingerprint proof, fade proof and water proof photos for your child’s next show and tell day. The App is simple enough for little fingers to be able to personalise their own photos with stickers, borders and text before they print wirelessly from their iPod, iPad, other iOS or Android device.

show and tell

 

16. Personalised vouchers

When you don’t have time to rush out to buy a present for someone, print a personalised voucher on your Pringo. It’s a win-win for everyone. special notes

17. Scrapbook to your heart’s content

The Pringo printer and scrapbooking are literally a match made in heaven. Printing credit card sized photos means that you no longer have to cut photos to size because they’re printed the perfect size and shape for scrapbooking projects.

scrapbooking layout

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

18. Personalised thank-you cards

Thank-you cards are always a nice gesture especially if someone has gone out of their way to help you. Print a personalised thank-you card on your Pringo to make it even more special.

thank you cards

19. Turn your photos into wall art

Turn your Pringo printed photos into beautiful hanging wall art or photo mobiles. The beauty is, you can change the photos to suit the mood,  occasion or season.

DIY photo hanging mobile

Image via: Photo Jojo

20. Print on the run

Whether for fun or for business, take your Pringo with you so you can print on the run (no strings attached…. literally).
print on the run

There’s literally hundreds of useful things you can do with your Pringo mini smartphone printer.

 

Now over to you, what do you (or would you) use your Pringo mini smartphone printer for?

 

 

DIY photo hanging mobile

5 unique DIY hanging mobile ideas

With the amount of photographs we take on our mobile phones, it’s time to start thinking about printing a few of them. Sure you could stick them in a photo album, scrapbook them  or even do some cool photo collages . But have you ever thought about turning the gorgeous photos printed on your Pringo into a hanging photo mobile. And no, hanging mobiles aren’t just for babies, as you’ll soon see, these gorgeous handing mobiles are fabulous enough to hang as a feature in your loungeroom!

Here’s 5 beautiful ideas for creating a DIY hanging mobile with your Pringo photos:

1. Embroidery Hoop Hanging Photo Mobile

A simple and elegant way of displaying your Pringo photos, all you need is a little picture wire, 3 different sized embroidery hoops, some tiny timber pegs, a hot glue gun and your printed photos. The beauty of this one is you can change the photos as much as you wish. Head to natalme for the full tutorial.

DIY handing mobile

Image via: natalme.com

2. Driftwood photo display

You don’t need to include tonnes of photos to make this DIY photo display look stunning. In fact just two or three will  do the trick. All you’ll need is a couple of pieces of driftwood, a few timber pegs (the white ones really set it off), some white craft twine and your printed photos. Like this one, depending on the effect you’re hoping for you can print and display a favourite quote as one of your photos. Full tutorial for this at Morning Creativity.

3. Rustic DIY hanging photo mobile

Your DIY hanging photo mobile doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. This one found at mechant design is put together with a timber pot hanger, some cooking twine and natural timber pegs. This would be a great piece of hanging art for the kitchen giving you a great opportunity to clear the photos on your fridge and hang them from your photo mobile instead.

 

4. DIY Photo Chandelier

If you have high ceilings or a stairwell in your house, this DIY photo chandelier would make a perfectly artistic showpiece. Print off as many photos on your Pringo photo printer as you can manage and string from your hanging mobile. Just gorgeous. This awesome idea was created by Studio B and La-Maf. 

5. Natural DIY hanging mobile

It’s clear from this one that you don’t need to spend oodles of money to create a perfect piece of photo art. This one can be created simply with a small branch, string,  tape, scissors and your Pringo photos. So simple yet so pretty!! Full tutorial over at photojojo.

DIY photo hanging mobile

Image via: photojojo

So you see,  hanging mobiles (especially photo mobiles) aren’t just for kids’ rooms, these little guys make great home decor and even better presents. Plus they’re interchangeable depending on the season, the occasion or your mood.

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This blog post is not condoning or recommending hanging a mobile above a child’s cot or bassinet due to the dangers and risk of choking/strangulation.  

 

 

scrapbooking layout

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

christmas scrapbook layout

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!!

scrapbooking layout

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.

Pringo app photo

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.

 

 

pringo mini wifi photo printer

The Pringo Printer comes in pink or pearl white

Print on your Pringo portable smartphone printer.

A Pringo mini portable smartphone photo printer is perfect for all your scrapbooking projects. The device prints direct from your iphone, iOS or Android device. The printed photos are high quality and better still, they’re fingerprint proof and waterproof! We deliver express post Australia wide so get your order in now before Christmas.

 

Buy one now.

 

 

chalk christmas card

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.

family photo christmas card

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.

Thank-you photo card

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.

Click on the photo to see the full guide

Click on the photo to see the full guide

 

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

 

 

Get your Pringo mini printer just in time for Christmas:

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photo journal ideas

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.

scrapbooking supplies creating a travel journal

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?