As a guest of CEWE at Photokina and the SISTERMag event in Cologne, I was completely spoiled. When I walked through the VIP area [I don’t remember being a VIP ever before] I wasn’t prepared for quite how excited I’d be seeing all of the products – everything that could be done with photographs – photo crafts for photographs I capture every day and store on my hard drive.
Colour, expression creativity – I was completely in my element and could have spent all day – two days even, writing down all of the products which I immediately needed to create for different purposes in my home. There was so much to love – and so much more to do with the beauty that we capture than just store them out of sight. To stop you doing as I do, I’ve come up with a list of twelve things that you could create for Christmas [or at any other time, obviously] to give to those you love or celebrate your family in your own home.
My top twelve favourite ways to use photographs as inspired by CEWE are:
A – Cookie Jars
I can’t think of a better present for Grannies and Grandads [especially if it’s shortbread for my dad] than a jar full of tasty, buttery biscuits with a precious memory intertwined with them. Also brilliant for postmen and other people who you speak to regularly – although with a little Christmas graphic printed instead of a photograph of yourself on these ones, maybe…
B – Christmas Cards
I love, love, love photo Christmas cards!
C – Party Paper Goods
Our North Pole breakfast will look so amazing this year with these little labels!
D – Favour Tags
I have a thing about photo strips, I just love these.
E – Table Settings
No more buying expensive place cards that aren’t my taste – I never thought of printing them myself!
F – Family Organiser
Three boys and three little social lives to keep a track of. This is wipe clean!
G – Christmas Ornaments
We do this – but never in cookie cutter shapes! Such a cute and inexpensive craft too.
H – Cushions
I would love a Christmas sofa full of memories of the boys growing up. This is a tradition we’re going to start this year.
I – iPad Cover
My boys will be getting one of these for their iPad this year.
Photo Advent Calendar
I’m pretty sure that I’ve complained to every person I know about the lack of the old fashioned picture based advent calendars – and now you can create one with your own family memories in it! I’m completely in love with this idea.
K – Photo Boxes of Holidays
L – Photo books
The software, once downloaded, doesn’t need an internet connection. No working for hours as I did SO many times in 2008 and 2009 when I was all excited and trying to make my wedding albums. I failed because I lost my work over and over on one particular photo book site that had the layouts I wanted [double page] and I just surrendered and gave in.
The papers are just amazing. So many choices, so many looks – and so many pages can be added.