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Making outdoor mealtime memories with Snapfish.

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.

A picture of our bare wooden gazebo before the makeover, there is a rattan sofa and table set with three stools in a chocolate and beige theme, a glad topped matching rattan table and lots of bare wood with a few strands of fairy lights and some bright plastic rainbow bunting draped around.

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.

A close up of the photos I got from Snapfish displayed in a white multi picture frame with an acrylic print of a blue skied day with trees below. A cascade of pink fake roses hangs down the post next to it.

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.

A screenshot of the Snapfish order page showing the different options you can choose to customise your product down the sidebar and the photo I chose in the main area.

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.

A photo on my son and daughter looking at the Snapfish photos, on their knees on the rattan sofa and pointing to their favourites. My son wears neon green and grey Star Wars pyjamas and my daughter a blue and white stripy dress.

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.

A close up of the photo placemats I made using Snapfish laid up with cutlery, bright coloured plates and plastic tumblers scattered with illustrations of watermelon and lemon slices.

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.

Two cheeky little children sitting under the photo display I made out of the Snapfish products I used waiting for their bbq dinner to be ready. Smiling away with big cheesy grins.

 

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!**

 

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12 Comments

  1. July 9, 2018 / 7:58 am

    This looks so cool! I have a ton of photos I would love to have in different formats. #bigpinklink

  2. July 9, 2018 / 9:16 am

    Such a good idea and addition to a really lovely outdoor space

  3. July 9, 2018 / 9:49 am

    That looks such a great idea. We’ve loads of lovely photos and we don’t really do that much with them. I share some of them on the blog and Insta but that’s about it

  4. July 9, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    I love the placemats! I think they’re a great idea! #bigpinklink

  5. July 9, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    Love seeing folks going back to displaying hard copies of images of memories. And just when I thought I was falling for a French man along pops that image of a gazebo and I may need to marry your husband lol. What an asset having a fella who can do something so clever #BigPinkLink

  6. July 10, 2018 / 1:31 am

    I love the collages you made with your photos. I haven’t used snapfish before but have heard of it. I’ve made some phot mugs for the grandparents of my children and they LOVED them. Photo gifts are super awesome. #BigPinkLink

  7. July 10, 2018 / 10:21 am

    I love the photo frame and having loads of different memories held in it X #bigpinklink

  8. July 10, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    I love the idea of photos outside the house! I wish I had room on my tiny patio for them.

    #bigpinklink

  9. July 10, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    I really love what you have done in here. Those photos are beautiful. Instagram really ruins the quality of photos doesn’t it. I’ve learnt that the hard way before. I can’t wait to see what else you add in the future x

  10. July 11, 2018 / 12:36 am

    I love photos too as well as items with my photos on them. I generally use Shutterfly which is basically the same thing. Never heard of Snapfish. Must check them out. #bigpinklink

  11. July 16, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    Snapfish is like a bloggers dream come true! How cool! And how cool is your gazebo too! Whata fab review. Thanks, I will check them out! #bigpinklink xo

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