If you read my blog and follow me on instagram, it will come as no surprise to you that I take a lot of photos. Like a lot, a lot! I feel like photos are a wonderful way of capturing moments in time and have so many memories that are jogged by seeing a photo. We have so many photos and have them on screensavers on the computer and have tried digital photo frames but I think it’s the 80s child in me who much prefers to have a physical copy. We love looking through them together and the children ask us questions about where we were, what we were doing. This is why I like having a lot of photos printed and we have a lot of canvases and photo frames scattered around the whole house.
When the Summer weather comes, we basically move out into the garden though (especially with the heatwave we’ve had in the UK this week!), my husband recently built this amazing gazebo for us to sit in, and has developed what can only be described as an obsession with his fancy new bbq and so we eat most of our meals in there now. I have put little lights and some decorations around but it wasn’t quite homely enough and looked a bit sparse, mainly because there were no photos! As it is sheltered and protected from the elements, I decided I would try and put some out there, moving them in when the weather changes.
So when Snapfish got in touch and asked me to choose some products from their new gift range, I knew exactly what would be perfect in our outdoor eating area, the acrylic photo print would look so stylish and feels more suitable to life outdoors with it’s thick plastic front. The other lovely product we created was a set of photo placemats, we won’t leave them outside permanently, but can bring them out for meals to make the table extra special. The thought of sitting outside and having so many lovely memories to discuss as we eat together really appeals to me. There are many different options when creating your products on Snapfish, you can choose the layout, have one photo or many, select a background colour, add text and generally make them totally personalised. They would make a really lovely gift as you can add a message for a birthday, wedding or Christmas present.
The website is really simple to use, you create a free account, choose your product and upload photos. You can do that from your computer, facebook, instagram, google or flickr. Something to note is that the larger products don’t work with photos directly from instagram as the quality isn’t good enough but a banner will pop up and let you know this in the creation process, it also tells you if any of the photo will be outside of the print area so you can adjust it so no-one is cropped out or cut in half. When you are sure you are happy with your product, you can review and buy it using PayPal or card. They also give you an hour to change anything with your order.
Your photos are stored and you also have a project area where all your previous orders and works in progress are kept, meaning you can use your photos in other projects and reorder things you have already ordered. Another brilliant thing is that you get 20 free 4×6 prints just for registering and then 50 free prints each month if you download and use the mobile app. You just need to pay delivery which starts at £1.49 and never exceeds £5.99. I did just this and bought a large plastic frame and put my free prints in it to hang above the acrylic print. I think it looks pretty fantastic and the children absolutely love looking at them whilst waiting for the bbq to be ready.
We are so happy with the products that we had made and know that they will be a lovely part of our garden for many years to come. When the Summer season is over, I will move the print into the kitchen, where we also don’t have many photos, as I know it will be safe from errant splashes of sauce because I can just wipe over it. The other gorgeous product I have my eye on is a photo cookbook where you can add all of your own recipes and photos, I wish it had been around years ago, as some of my beloved Granny’s wonderful recipes sadly died with her, and I would have loved to have had them to make for my children, along with photos of her in the kitchen cooking.
If you want to see the full range of Snapfish products, visit the website by clicking here, and if you use the code FOODIE40, you get a whopping 40% off across the site! (Not valid with an other offer codes.)
**Disclaimer: I was given a code to create my products for free and I was also compensated for my time writing this review. All thoughts and genius decorating ideas are totally my own though!**