I have literally hundreds of photos stored on my phone and I’m sure many other people do. It’s so easy to take a photo these days as we tend to have our mobile phones on us anyway. Also, the quality of mobile phone cameras has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years so not only are we taking more pictures but we are getting better quality pictures too. But what should we do with all these pictures? I might share some of the better ones on social media but after that they just stay on my phone. This seems like such a waste as many of them are pictures of things I love, such as family and friends or favorite views. So what should we do with all our photos?
Make Them In To Greetings Cards
If you’ve got pictures of you, your children or family you could have them made up into cards.
For a professional finish have them printed through a company. For individual cards such as personalized birthday or valentines cards try moonpig.com. For batches of cards such as thank you cards or invitations, Moonpig have a great new website paper-shaker.com.
For a more creative finish, if you’ve got more time to spare, have a go at making your own. You can really let your imagination run wild here and make them as simple or as ornate as you like depending on your style and time available. Take a look at these ideas.
Make Gift Tags
On a similar theme to greetings cards, you can make homemade gift tags. Just print out your chosen photo and stick it to a piece of card. Then just punch a hole at one end and thread it with ribbon. If you’re really cordinated you can match the color of the card and ribbon that you use to the color of the gift wrap.
Have Them Printed as Wall Art
If you have great photos of family and friends or stunning views on your phone then don’t let them go to waste. Use them to decorate your home. Anything from putting them into frames on a shelf or mantelpiece to having them printed into posters or canvases and hanging them on the wall. Have a look at these handy tips for hanging art on your walls. rentaldecorating.com/0505walls/arrangingpictures.htm If you want something a bit different and your phone or camera has a panoramic print function, then try hanging a panoramic print in your home. These look great above beds, sofas or mantelpieces. You can get panoramic canvases or just a large canvas print printed at printpanoramics.co.uk
Make a Memory Book
If you have lots of different photos of the same thing such as a holiday or children or family then a memory book is a fun way to collect them together and can even make a lovely gift. You just need an empty photo album or notebook then you can print out your photos and stick them in. You can add notes to your pictures or add other things in too like tickets or other souvenirs.
Put Your Best Pictures in a Locket or on Personalized Photo Jewellery
Lockets might be a bit old fashioned but it’s still a lovely idea. Choosing one or two of your favorite family pictures and inserting them into a locket on a pendant means you can keep your special pictures close. There are so many different lockets to choose from including non-traditional designs if you want something a bit more up to date. Another idea similar, to lockets is personalized photo jewellery. There are many website that offer this service in a range of styles from photos set in resin to photos engraved onto metal.
Shelly is a content artist for a local company dealing in web design and creative expression. In her spare time she enjoys photography and creating mini works of art out of her images and any scrap materials she can find.