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February 26, 2011 / arthill

Do something more with your pictures


You take all those pictures, transfer them to your computer, maybe manipulate them a little – and then what? Perhaps you email a few of them to friends and family.  Maybe you upload them to a photosharing site such as www.smugmug.com or www.flickr.com . Many of you may put them up on Facebook despite it’s miserable photo handling and viewing capabilities. Some of you may make a few prints to stick on the refrigerator, keep in your purse or stick in an album. If you’re shooting pictures of kids or grandkids chances are you’ve printed a few enlargements and put them in frames.  These are all pretty common.  But… in today’s post I’m going to give you a few more ideas for having fun with your pictures.

Make a calendar.  These are just great.  For Christmas each year I give each of the “other” set of grandparents a calendar with pictures of the grandkids.  Both couples claim this is their favorite Christmas gift.  We always have our own calendar too.  I make them so that each month the picture is of something from 1 year earlier.  Most of the online photo places offer calendars.  I’ve had good luck with shutterfly.com zazzle.com and snapfish.com.  They all get very aggressive with discounted pricing starting in about October.

Create greeting cards.  You may have taken a favorite photo and ordered a whole box of Christmas cards.  What I’m talking about is just the one at a time birthday, anniversary or other card.  I usually use shutterfly.com.  They will stamp and mail the card for you for 99 cents.

Make some coasters

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Order a light switch cover

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Have your own personal set of playing cards

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Get or give luggage tags.

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Make a t-shirt or sweatshirt.

Send a postcard.  I use www.amazingmail.com If you’ve brought your laptop on vacation you can send postcards with your pictures instead of the store variety.

Make a book.  For our big vacations I always make a coffee table book.  I usually use www.mypublisher.com but have had good luck or heard people say that they like www.shutterfly.com or www.snapfish.com or www.blurb.com.  For those special milestone birthday or anniversary celebrations it’s nice to make a book detailing the event.  The softcover versions are pretty inexpensive too.  You can add all your own captions and choose from a wide variety of page layouts.  They just seem so much nicer than the tradtional photoalbum.  Most of the publishers have very attractive pricing on the 2nd and 2rd copy so these can make nice gifts.

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Order a mug

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There are lots and lots of things.  Check out the “stores” at your favorite online photo places for more and more ideas.  They don’t have to be just pictures anymore.

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  1. Curtis Budden / Mar 7 2011 2:22 pm

    Thanks a lot for all the links, Art. I’m definitely going to take a closer look at some of them, especially amazingmail.com. I think that’s something I could get a lot of use out of.

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