Monday 13 July 2020

Capture those memories with (review)

Older readers of my blog, and those who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, will know that I absolutely love photos and the happy memories which they bring. I've got thousands of photos, probably hundreds of thousands actually, stored on my hard drive (and extra copies in the cloud and on back-up drives!). 

I've also got a couple of hundred photos printed off and in photo albums, but they are mostly from my younger days when storing them electronically wasn't a 'thing'. At some point, like most people I suspect, I stopped having photos printed or doing anything special with them. That's a bit crazy though, when they bring me so much happiness!

So I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to review, a website which will take your photos and turn them into fabulous products. 
The first items I decided to order were some canvas prints. My biggest issue was trying to decide which photo, and I ended up with nine canvases in their 20x20cm size. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Now all I have to do is figure out how to hang them perfectly horizontally with perfect spacing...  I probably should have gone for the MIXPIX range, because they are lightweight and come with adhesive pads!
There are plenty of canvas sizes to choose from - this was the smallest size but you can go as large as 120x80cm, and there's a choice of square, landscape or portrait or even panoramic. I loved the quality of the canvases I received - the blue sky is vibrant in some and the sunset multi-coloured (as it should be) in others. I'm never quite whether you can see photo quality so well through a computer of mobile phone screen, but take my word for it these are great, not pixelated at all.

I would say that my advice is to take time choosing your photos carefully, but actually if you've got as many photos as I have, sometimes it's better to take the plunge and go for it quickly! Edit your photos in terms of colour and exposure as best you can before uploading to the website. There is a zoom option available once you've uploaded, which helps place the photo where you'd like it on the canvas or within the frame.

As well as the canvas option there are also alternatives such as wood, acrylic, photo board and aluminum - so much choice!
I also wanted to treat my parents to a happy memory so I decided to try out one of those different products. This framed photo will make them smile I'm sure. There are five different finishes to choose from for the frame; two kinds of wood, silver, black or white. This is the oak vintage flair frame which I love, and I was impressed that the great packaging for delivery meant no damage.

One of the more unusual items which you can have your own photo printed onto is a custom face mask - I love the idea that you could maybe use a photo of your own smiling mouth to cheer others up. Other products on offer include photo books, blankets, towels, cushions and even rugs, then the usual mugs, mouse mats and puzzles. I'll be going back to order some of their cute little MixBlox which are 5x5cm acrylic blocks.
I'd definitely recommend signing up for the emails while you're there as I've had lots of great offers in my inbox since ordering. 

For my readers there's an extra special offer: Use the code STEPHSTWOGIRLS10  to get an additional 10 % off any products on the website.

**We were gifted this product for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are our own**

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  1. Those canvas prints are gorgeous. I can imagine how hard it was trying to choose just 9 photos. The custom face masks sound like a lot of fun and a great idea.
    My fella has banned me from getting anymore pictures for the walls we already have more than enough. hehehe

    1. I will definitely be getting some more, but you're right, making the decision about what is the hardest bit! I'm going to ignore my fella on this ;)


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