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Ideas for DIY Wedding Photography

The moment you start planning your wedding, you’ll feel your wallet start to lighten because we all know how expensive weddings can be. And if you’re trying to work out where to spend your money and where to save it, I’d say, if you can, don’t skimp on getting a decent photographer.  You’re going to be looking at those photos for a lifetime (hopefully) so you’ll want to have some good ones – not just photos of Aunty Mary’s left thumb in every shot.

Wedding photographers have a critical job to do on the big day and that’s to capture the special moments surrounding the happy couple, their families and any other people they’ve been instructed to capture. The thing is, they can’t be everywhere at once. That means while they’re busy capturing  traditional pics of the groom, his mother, his estranged father 2 sisters, his little brother and his 2 year old nephew, no one is capturing everything else behind the scenes. And sometimes, they’re the most fun photos. So don’t forget the DIY wedding photos taken by your wedding guests. Whilst some couples aren’t overly enthused with having their guests take photos on the day, if you don’t mind so much, you’ve got a great chance of getting some fantastic character shots if you make your wedding guest earn their keep by playing photographer for you. And there’s lots of ways you can get them to help you

Here’s some ideas you can use to let your guest contribute your DIY wedding photography:

Disposable cameras

Whilst it’s a little old school, leaving a disposable camera on each guest table has some great positives – it’s cost effective, you’ll get lots and lots of extra photos and the photos at the end are a complete surprise (in more ways than one in a lot of cases). Also because you know exactly how many you’ve distributed, you can factor in your photo processing costs into your wedding budget.

Set up a drop folder

Before the big day, set up a wedding drop folder (there’s plenty of secure drop folders including DropBox, One Drive, iCloud etc.) and ask everyone to take lots of photos and then upload photos taken on their iPhones and DLSRs of the big day as soon as they can after the event. You’ll be guaranteed to have some great photos in there, some you’d never expected.

 

Wedding hashtag

If you’re happy for people to share your wedding day memories across social media, make sure you set up a hashtag before the day so you can save photos from Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and perhaps even print up a photobook or collage out of them. Make the hashtag unique to make sure those posts don’t get mixed up with other posts.

Setup a DIY Photobooth

DIY outdoor photo Booths are a super-cool and fun way of capturing photos of each of your wedding guests on the day. If you’ve got your Pringo photo printer there, photos taken on Smartphones can be printed on the day and taken away as personalised wedding favours.

Print photos on the day

Set up a couple of Pringo mini wifi photo printers with instructions on how to hook your guests’ smartphones to the device so they can print photos there and then either hang them on display throughout the night or take them home to keep. Guests could get selfies with each of the Bride and Groom.

photo wedding display

Image via: Paperblog

So whilst your fabulous wedding photographer is happy snapping away traditional photos of the newly married couple and their families, don’t forget to take the opportunity to use your wedding guests and their many iPhones to capture all those moments that your photographer has missed.

5 simple tips for photographing your kids

Until you have children, you don’t actually realise the infinite number of photographs possible. And there’s no such thing as having too many photos of your kids growing up (unless of course there’s a lot of ‘number one’ child and not so many of child number three – oops). But whilst clicking photos of your little cherubs to your hearts content is great, here’s some ideas for getting those to-die-for photographs of your kids – especially if they’re going to be the photos you print and frame.

 

1.Let them relax and just be kids

Clicking photos might be enjoyable for us but if kids know you’re taking photos of them chances are they’re either going to act ‘cray cray’ or run for the hills.  If your kids are a little on the crazy side, then just let them be them. You’re more likely to capture their real personality if you let them go (as long as they’re not killing each other). On the other hand, if your child is a little camera-shy (or smartphone shy) then just let them hang-out and play as they would normally. Again, you’re better off capturing them with their head in a book or drawing if that’s part of their character.

2. Have fun with them

Us grown ups tend to take ourselves way too seriously, especially when we’ve set ourselves on a task (like getting a great photo of the kids). But don’t forget to enjoy yourself with them when you’re doing it. This can all come from the set-up. Whether you set up a game or a special location that they love (like the park, a beach or even the backyard), make sure it’s fun – because whilst grumpy kid photos are funny from time to time, you don’t want all your photos with them cracking a temper tantrum do you?? Think tactile stuff too – water, sand, mud, leaves and having kids play in and with other earthy stuff (and animals too) always helps grab a nice pic.

Young Child and Dog Playing in Muddy River

This photo has all the elements – mud, water, a dog and a dirty, content child. Just perfect!

3. Get down to their level

 As with all photography, it’s important to think in perspective. And kids have a very different perspective to grown ups so be sure to capture that. Get down to their level, actually see what they see and capture those moments.

Cute little girl walking in the woods

Getting down to their level – this has captured so much more by looking through the eyes of a child.

4. Ask Them Questions

 If you’re photographing a shy child or even a friend’s child then take a moment to ask them questions to engage them and grab different expressions. Ask them about things they don’t like, things they love, what they want to be when they grow up. Answering each of these questions will elicit different emotions and facial expressions from the child which are key to great character photos.

5. Whisper Their Name

Little children can sometimes be difficult to photograph especially when they know you’ve got a camera. It can really throw them off their game. To capture a really lovely photo, leave your little one play a while then once they’re engrossed in their game, gently whisper their name, loud enough to head but quiet enough so as not to startle them. When they raise or turn their head be ready to photograph them. If you catch it just right, the photo will be priceless.

Photographing your kids is super-simple because let’s face it, if you’re a parent, we do it every day so we’re pretty well-practiced. However these simple tips will help you grab better quality and more natural photographs of the kids that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Have fun!

 

 

 

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5 tips for organising and managing digital photos

Since there are countless options to click photos nowadays, quite often we end up with a bunch of disorganised photographs in random folders on our computer. If this is the case, chances are your computer will be flooded with a gazillion folders most of which you can’t quite recall what’s in them and when the photos were even taken. Most likely you have photos in folders that don’t even make sense (although they probably made sense at the time you filed them there!).

Seeing it’s the beginning of a New Year and that normally means organisation, it’s time to sort your digital photos and organise them into some order that makes sense (to more people than just you).

Here’s 5 handy tips that will have you organising and managing digital photos like an expert.

  1. Get your folders sorted

Digital photo folders

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A really easy way of setting up photo folders on your computer is by year and date. Everything is in chronological order and is easy to find.

How To organise OLD photos

If you have old photos in your computer then you will need to check each of their dates to transfer them to specified folders. You can easily check the dates by going on each photo’s property and check the date the photo was created on then it’s just a matter of drag and drop.

How To organise NEW photos

First thing you are going to want to do is, set your camera’s date and time correctly so your future photos will have the date and time on them. This is too easy if most of your photos are taken on an iPhone or other smartphone. Accordingly put them in the designated folder.

How To Create Folders

  • Create a master folder and name it “Photos/Pictures (it’s possible you already have one on your computer or laptop).
  • Create sub-folders and rename them to years.
  • Inside each YEAR create ‘categories’ or ‘months’ folder. This is only necessary if you have a lot of photos, else you can put the photos directly in the ‘year’ folder.

 

  1. Software

photo bucket

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Instead of doing everything manually, why not get help from photo management software. This type of software allows you to import photos in bulk, lets you tag them and makes it super easy for you to find photos in the future.

For example, you can use tags like ‘picnic’, ‘kids’ or ‘birthdays’ and anytime you would like to search for images of kids or picnic, just type the word in and the software will extract all the tagged images for you. Lots of photo software programs also have face recognition meaning that it will automatically recognise people in photos and once you’ve initially set up who is who, the program will be able to grab every photo of one specific person. It’s not foolproof but it takes a lot of work out of having to categorise people.  There are plenty of software programs available online like Picasa, SmugMug, Lightroom and Photobucket many of which are free and super easy to navigate.

  1. Storage

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If you have a tonne of digital photos, it’s not a bad idea store them in an external hard drive instead of directly on your computer. This way it is easier to manage photos and they won’t take up storage on your computer and slow things down. Although whatever you do, be sure to make at least one set of backups of your photos just in case (preferably two).

  1. Backup

We can’t stress enough that making a backup of all of your photos is really important. Super important. All those memories captured over the years stored in only one place is a recipe for disaster. Whilst we don’t necessarily expect bad things to happen it is wise to be prepared. Create a backup of all your photos by storing them in at least two safe locations. You can save photos on an external hard drive or store them on an online portal such as SmugMug, Shutterfly, Flickr, Microsoft OneDrive etc. These are all reputed and reliable online photo storage sites. But here’s a piece of advice, no matter what site you choose, be sure to do your part of research to make sure your data is safe on the website.

  1. Print an Annual Photo Book, Scrapbook, Smashbook or Photo Album
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Image via:Wit and Whistle

 

Whilst it’s great being able to snap endless photos on your iPhone, there’s nothing quite like having a printed version of your photos so you can touch and turn them and pop them on display.  Once a year pick your most favourite photos and print them on your Pringo mini wifi photo printer and turn them into a scrapbook, smashbook,  a wall decoration or simply pop into an album ready to be shared with friends and family.

 

Organising your digital photos takes a little bit of time in the first instance, but once you have your folders and systems set up, keeping them organised will be a cinch. Happy snapping.

 

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5 Tips for capturing special moments on a smartphone

Whilst we live in a digital world with the power of a high quality camera at our fingertips, it’s often that we forget to capture everyday moments because we’re so caught up in them. Here’s 6 tips for effectively (and effortlessly) capturing those special moments on your smartphone so we you can enjoy them again and again for years to come.

1. Keep your smartphone on you

The best type of camera is the one you’re carrying with you. It’s not always convenient to carry your bulky DSLR camera with you all the time but chances are, your iphone or other smartphone is with you when you’re out and about. And nowadays most smartphones have better cameras in them than most digital cameras.  However it’s one thing having your smartphone with you, it’s another knowing how to quickly activate your smartphone camera when you need it. Many smartphones including the iPhone will allow you to use the camera app without having to unlock the phone first which makes it even quicker to capture the moment on your phone as it happens.

2. Live in the moment

Often we allow life to ‘live us’ instead of the other way around. We’re too busy getting somewhere to enjoy the journey getting there. Don’t forget to take a moment to live in the moment. To be mindful of what’s happening around you. To actually see what’s happening in the right here and now instead of thinking about what’s next.

 

Don’t wait for the perfect pose

While you’re waiting for that perfect pose, the perfect family photo, that perfect smile, you’ve possibly missed the most perfect moments of craziness, silliness, fun or even tantrums. Capturing the moment is exactly that – capturing that exact moment, no posing required.

 

No stagnant sitting and smiling shots here, just real life.

No stagnant sitting and smiling shots here, just real life.

3. Think beyond the big picture

When we’re capturing our moments quite often we try to capture everything. From the background to the foreground and everything in between. But often it’s the tiniest things that tell you the most about that point in time. Find a focus point and run with it. Take a little girl splashing in puddles for example. Sure a whole-of-scene photo is on the cards but then think close ups, of facial expressions, of boots, of reflections in the puddles, oh the list goes on. It pays to think outside the square and beyond the big picture to really tell the story.

This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it's all there.

This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it’s all there.

4. The set up

If you’re in anticipation of capturing great moments, take a moment for yourself to think about the background and where you’re likely to get the best shot from without disturbing the action. Sometimes just moving yourself to a different position (think high and low positions as well) is enough to take a photographic moment from ‘meh’ to ‘boom’! Take the photo below. The photo is taken from a low position so no background buildings or distractions affect the focal point of the shot and there is a strategic line of wheat captured in foreground to frame the shot. If this photographer stood up to take the same photo it’s possible the moment would be lost in a busy background.

Woman in wheat field

5. Print your memories and share them

It’s one thing to take the perfect photo but it’s another thing to actually print and share your pics. Pick your favourites, edit them using the Pringo App (or any other photo app you like) then print instantly from your mobile with your Pringo smartphone printer. Presto, moment captured, moment saved, moment shared. Yeah!

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

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8 tips for taking selfies on your iPhone

Nowadays most of us have grown accustomed to the idea of taking selfies with our smartphones. It’s common and regular practice and quite frankly it’s a great way of checking your make-up *ahem*. Selfies are so much ingrained into our lifestyle that word has even made it to the oxford dictionary . Oxford even made selfie the “word of the year” in 2013! Crazy right! As simple as it may seem, taking a half decent selfie is a bit of an artform. So to help you capture a crackin’ selfie on your iPhone we’ve thrown together 8 tips (and most will apply to other smartphones too). Feel free to add your tips for taking awesome selfies in the comments.

 

  1. Use Your Ear buds 

 

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There’s this genius feature that only a few of the growing iPhone community are aware of. You can use your iPhone’s ear buds to click photos. Focus and press the volume+ button to capture the image. No more outstretched arms trying to work out how to get everyone in frame.

  1. Use Selfie Apps

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There are plenty of apps specifically designed for people who love taking selfies. You can try free apps like Close-up, daily selfies, Selfie Cam App and Picr.

  1. Make Use of the Front Camera

You may be in love with the picture quality of your phone’s primary camera but when it comes to taking selfies it’s front camera all the way.  You can see exactly what you’re shooting, plus, it is less likely to catch your arms in the photo if you use the front camera.

 

  1. A Close Selfie

 

close selfie

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Taking selfies from a closer distance gives you a different point of focus (as long as you don’t hate your own nose close up).  Not only does a closer focus bring more of you into the shot but it also removes any chance of your extended arm being in the shot. Tres important!!

 

  1. Play with Your Expressions

 

selfie expressions

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Nobody wants to see boring selfies so don’t be afraid to experiment with your expressions. The pout, the scowl, the cheeky grin. You never know what might look cute on you until you try, try, try again and again.

 

  1. Don’t forget lighting

 

selfie lighting

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We’ve talked about the importance of lighting when taking photos with your smartphone and taking selfies is no exception. iPhone is known for its excellent picture quality but if you don’t use lighting to your advantage, your photo quality will decline.  Avoid using your iPhone’s flash especially if you’re outdoors. Beware of using light that’s too harsh or too dark. Use natural light wherever possible and if indoors, check the room’s lighting and pose facing the light rather than the other way around.

  1. Download a Self Timer App

 

selfie self timer app

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Try taking a selfie the old fashioned way by using self-timer technique. You can download external self-timer apps to take great selfies. Popular self-timer apps include TimerCam, GorillaCam and Camera Timer!. Place your phone on a table supported by a book or anything solid. Go to the focused spot and pose while the app does its job.

 

  1. Print and share

When it’s all said and done and you’ve captured that perfect selfie moment, don’t forget to print and share it with your friends. Pringo mini wifi portable photo printer lets you print straight from your iphone or Android device. You can even add stamps, borders, texts or adjust your pics before you hit print. Snap, print and share. You’re welcome!

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Do you have any other tips for taking cracking selfies on your iPhone?

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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10 DIY gift ideas for teachers

As the end of the school year draws nearer, parents and children alike are starting to think about what to give their teachers (you know, the people that have put up with little munchkins day in, day out all year!) to say thank-you. And whilst there’s plenty of gifts out there you can buy, there’s nothing quite like a hand-made DIY gift. It speaks of love, adoration and not-to-mention adds a little more personal value to a gift that also whispers humble thank-yous and sorrys to the teacher who’s put up with the bad days as well as the good.

So as the kids prepare to farewell their beloved teachers, here’s 10 incredible DIY gift ideas for teachers they can bestow upon them before they part ways for the school holidays.

 

Pencils/Crayons Vase

This vase made up of unsharpened pencils is a lovely, simple and doable idea from It All Started With Paint.

How to make it: Apply an adequate layer of super glue on the outer section of a tin can and start sticking color pencils one by one, making sure that they are stuck close to each other. Once you have covered the entire can with pencils wrap a ribbon around it until the pencils are strongly stuck to the can. The vase would be dry and ready by the next morning. This can also be used as a fancy pen holder or you can even fill the can with some candies and give it to the teacher.

Tip: You can use pencils, crayons or color pencils to create this vase.

 

Chalkboard Pot

chalk pot teacher gift

Image via: Ali Lily Blog

Found over at Ali Lily Blog this personalised flower pot will allow your child to leave whatever note his heart desires on his teacher’s gift.

How to make it: Spray paint a plain plant pot with chalkboard paint and for added effect paint the top part in yellow paint to create a ruler design. Ask your child to write their message in chalk for their teacher. The same gift can be created using an empty pot which can be filled with small gifts, chocolates or lollies…..or wine…..teachers tend to love wine……

 

DIY Pencil Frame

This pencil frame found at A Creative Princess will literally take about 10 minutes to create – handy if you’re a last-minute gift-giver.

 

How to make it: Pick an old frame or buy a plain one from a dollar store. Cover all four corners with a coat of super glue and start placing standard pencils or color pencils until the actual frame is absolutely covered with pencils. Once the frame is entirely covered, place a photo of a printed or a handwritten message or a picture of the teacher with your kid and the gift is ready. Once it’s finished print a pic from your Pringo mini smartphone printer of the class, a moment from the year, the school logo of whatever takes your fancy to attach to the frame before you hand it over.

 

Crayon Wreath

crayon wreath, teacher gift

Image via: Tip Jumkie

 

This adorable crayon wreath from Tip Junkie can be made with cute messages and the teacher’s name affixed to it and is sure to leave the teacher speechless (for all the right reasons).

How to make it: Buy a wreath template or you can create one yourself using a thick cardboard. Using adhesive, start pasting crayons along the wreath and go on until the entire form is covered. Place cute messages written on craft paper and the teachers name over the crayons.

 

Vintage Photo Board

vintage photo board

Image via: Shelterness

Found over at Shelterness, this gift is a cross between a photo frame and photo board. Once you’ve done up your photoboard, print photos from your iphone or Android device with your Pringo mini printer and affix them with old-style timber clothes pegs.

How to make it: You would require an old frame which can be as big or as small as you want. Remove the back cover of the frame so what you get is a see-through frame. Attach metal strings or ribbons horizontally leaving at least 10-15cm gap between each string. Now using clothespin, hang photos of kids from the classroom, sports days and other significant school events.

 

 Creative Monogram Frame

monogram frame

Image via: That’s Right

This creative monogram craft also requires an old frame and is sure to bring a smile to the teacher’s face.

How to make it: Use a presentable photo frame to create this gift. Use a white or any color of craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame. Using a pencil, roughly write the teacher’s initial on the paper and once you are happy with the design start placing crayons over the letter. The crayon can be placed as simply as you wish or add other creative design such as shown in the picture where just about 5cm of crayons are used with the tip of the crayon being the focal attraction. More on this one here.

 

DIY Tote Bag

 

Transform a plain white tote bag into this creative personalised tote (found over at Yesterday On Tuesday) which can be designed by your kids too.

How to make it: Buy a plain white tote bag and using half an apple and red paint stamp apple shapes onto the bag. Paint a small, sturdy leaf green and stamp it above each of the apple stamps. Let the bag dry over night and gift it to the teacher with some confectioneries/wine inside.

 

Nail Paint with a Personalized Message

nail paint

Image via: Saving by design

 

This is a perfect last minute gift idea we found at Saving by Design and of course apt for a female teacher.

How to make it: This DIY gift requires a pretty nail paint and it only works if you attach this cute teacher quote to the nail paint. So cut craft paper in the shape you desire (heart, round, square etc) and using color pens or sharpie write the quote “Teachers like you paint bright futures.”  Attach it to the nail paint using a satin ribbon and you are done.

 

‘Thank You’ Photo Art

thank-you photo

Image via Pinterest

 

There’s no better way to say ‘Thank You’ to a teacher than this photo art found on Pinterest. This one was specifically for a football coach but the same idea can be done for school teachers.

How to make it: This DIY gift is pretty simple to be created. Though it would require two or more kids to create this artsy photo but in case you run out of kids then use substitute items such as baseball bat, basket ball, tennis racquet etc to complete the photo. Photos need to be clicked for one letter at a time. Once the photos are clicked, print them, align them on a craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame and paste the photos on the craft paper. Insert the complete photo art in the photo frame and you are done.

Photo Pot

 

Another easy and simple gift idea using a pot with tiny gifts, books or flowers inside it found at A Diamond in the Stuff.

How to make it: Spray paint a plastic pot with black paint and using mod podge or super glue place photos printed from your Pringo smartphone printer around the pot. Apply one layer of mod podge over the photos for a finished look and add cute ribbons and bow to it.

 

If you’re not an overly creative person (or just don’t have the time/energy/inkling) to DIY a gift for your child’s teacher, there’s always wine, flowers, chocolates, wine (did I mention wine) or a Pringo mini wifi photo printer that they can use to instantly print photos from their smartphone in the classroom next year.

 

Are you planning on getting/making a gift for your child’s teacher this year?