Last year I created a photo book of all my Project 365 photos from 2015, and I cannot tell you how much I LOVE it! After looking through it at the end of last year, it really renewed my motivation to continue with the project for another year. So, for 2016, I'm doing pretty much the same thing again, but I thought I'd share again in case any one else would like to do something similar with their 365 photos.
Ever year, I like to give gifts that are a little more personal, and I have found that using some of the many photos I take each year is a great way of doing it. The recipients (especially Grandparents!) love the gifts as they are so thoughtful, and I like the idea of my images not just sitting on my computer but out where they can be enjoyed.
Here are 10 photo gift ideas, including a few that I am in processing of making for this year, and some that I have made previously (I like to mix it up each year!) Most of these photo gift ideas will take under a couple of hours to make, and I tend to use the same gift for different family members, so I do the work once, but buy or make two or three copies and I’m done :)
There are also different price points here - some you can make yourself, and some that are higher end, and some that are more fun gifts, so there should be something for everyone. Here goes!
Although one photo can speak a thousand words, sometimes a few more can tell it better! A photo storyboard or collage is a fantastic way to display multiple images of similar photos, or even tell a story through your images. Here are some tips for making yours look as good as possible, along with links to some free collage and storyboard templates, and even how to make your own if you are feeling inspired!
I don't take credit for this idea - there are loads of variations on this theme around Pinterest, each with a slightly different take on it, and this is mine.. It's so simple to do - you just take any glass bottles, or jars, and pop in your images for an instant photo frame that's a little bit different.
I have this big wall in my office. I knew it needed something on it but it need to be just the right thing. And then I figured it out. A huge display of every-day photos. The little things that remind me why I get up every day and why my people matter to me so much. I spent time going through all my photos picking out just the right ones and printed them all off as 4x6 horizontal photos. As I was putting them up on the wall, one of my daughters said "I can't believe you put so many pictures of just me all by myself. I must be special."
Last week I finished photographing around three years worth of artwork and the resulting images are all now stored nice and neat on my hard drive. Whilst this is great as it means it is all backed up - and out of the way! - I don't really like having things just stored digitally. For me the whole point of keeping these is so that they can be enjoyed in years to come, but also in the here and now - people don't generally flip through a hard drive in quite the same way!
So, I had two goals in mind when photographing the artwork - Firstly to have it out on display, and secondly to have it saved for long term, but in an accessible way. Here's what I've done so far...
Every week my son will come home from school with at least two or three new works of art - and possibly a certificate or two - which up until now I've simply been tossing into a large storage basket. Even though not every single one makes it into the basket, the pile is still getting pretty big, so to stop it from becoming overwhelming, I've decided to take action on the artwork!