If you ever wondered how the first holiday card started, according to the website Emily Post, ” Britain holds the honors for the first commercially printed card, commissioned in 1843 from artist John Calcott Horsley by Sir Henry Cole, who was looking for a tasteful card to send to friends. Wishing ‘A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You,’ a thousand cards were printed. The idea caught on and by the 1860s printed cards were big business, featuring both seasonal and religious themes.”
Although it’s changed quite a bit from the 1860′s to the digital age, one thing is true, it’s the time of year when we reach out to friends and family and wish them the best. If you are still scrambling for photo ideas, we have a few quick and easy suggestions to get you on your way.
1. Got Snow?
Nothing says the holidays like the cold, white fluffy stuff. You can set the stage outside all bundled up by simply placing a few “gifts” outside in the snow for a pop of color against the white backdrop. I say “gifts” because you should use boxes wrapped up, don’t actually take your holiday gifts outside in the snow as they may get damaged.
2. Go Against the Grain
You can still show the warmth and the joy of the season without ever showing your faces. Although, you’ll probably catch some flack from loved ones who want to see your faces, you can use a play on words with the image by writing in the cards, “Would love to see your faces in the New Year.” This is bound to get some wonderful reactions from friends and family.
Look at some of your favorite holiday movies for inspiration. This set up took me about 10 minutes and I got the idea after we watched our favorite holiday movie, ‘A Christmas Story.’ On the inside of the card I wrote, “We Triple Dog Dare you to Have a Wonderful Holiday.”
4. Picture Perfect
This idea is perfect for those with a polaroid camera. Take a few close up snaps of your child, your pet or yourselves and hang them from a string with clothes pins in front of your holiday mantel. It’s an easy set up and creative at the same time.
5. Bokeh Lights
When you are scrambling for a background, look no further than your own Holiday Tree. Stand the subject a fair distance in front of the tree and make sure your aperture is wide open to catch that beautiful bokeh.
Adoramapix currently offers two types of Holiday Cards. First our photo cards. Your print will be mounted onto a beautiful 5×5 or 5×7 linen card that opens up to a warm personalize message.
Our second choice is our new doublesided, folded and trifold greeting cards, currently in beta testing. With original shapes and unique designs, our greeting cards are the perfect choice for your creativity.
Whatever you end up with for your holiday cards, make sure to make it special by creating customized photo cards that capture your personality and style.
-Written by Libby for Adoramapix
-Images by Shutterstock and Libby
Each week through the holidays we focus on gallery walls and ideas for the home. This week we focus on the dining room and a great inspiration for the wine aficionado in the home. We placed one 16×16 print directly in between two 16×24 landscape prints. The look is modern and sleek. This can work for any room really and for any subject matter.
Back in the day, you’d be happy just receiving your free calendar from the local grocery store. My how times have changed. Now, you can be just as crafty and passionate about the design, color and images as a photo book.
We have a few ideas to help you think outside the hum drum.
1. Children Through the Seasons
Now that the year is wrapping up – capturing your children in each month as a portrait can not only be rewarding but will keep you on track to do it every year. There are some things as parents that we do, take the kids on vacation, take the kids to the pumpkin patch etc. Why not take 5 minutes out of each these adventures to set up a quick portrait? It doesn’t have to be perfect but it should be representative of the month. Once you make a practice of it, you’ll find it easy to make a calendar each year.
2. Dress Them Up
Ok so the jury is still out on whether your pets like to be dressed up or not, but this would be a fun activity to try with your pet for an afternoon. Have your family help out. Do a little pre planning and get props for the different months. You can choose a simple back drop like a white wall, and simply put the props around Fido or Fluffy and before you know it, you’ll have 12 months worth of great imagery.
3. Make it Your Destiny
They say if you write down your goals, you’ll achieve them. Why not take this one step further and “pin” the places you’d like to visit? It can even be in your own state. Grab a map, some push pins and take 12 pictures of places you’d like to go. Your macro lens is best suited for this type of photography. This will keep you on track and will be a daily reminder to explore your world and create wunderlust. Life’s too short to stay still.
4. Challenge your Culinary Skills
We often get in a rut when it comes to cooking. Why not find 12 recipes you’d like to try, get a picture of it and include the recipe? You can even hi-light the day you plan to make the meal. If you can’t find pictures of what you would like to make, then take a picture of a few ingredients and challenge yourself to find a recipe with the items that were hi-lighted for that month.
5. The Collector
Most of us have them in some sort of capacity. This would be easy to showcase your 12 favorite items from your personal collection. Whether you are lego fanatic, vinyl collector or an antique camera lover, one thing is for sure, you’ll be able to showcase your prizes year around.
These are just a few ideas to get you inspired to make a great calendar. We offer a number of different ways to make calendars.
1. Collages – You can have one print for the whole year. We have many templates to choose from and sizes ranging from 8×10 to 20×24.
2. Desk Top - Compact and colorful, these calendars have a sturdy built in easel so they stand on their own. They are available in two sizes – regular (8.27 x 3.74) and large (12×5.43)
3. Centerfold Calendar- These are ring bound in the middle and you can just flip open to hang! Flip the lower page up to reveal the next month. They come in three sizes – small (6×6), regular (8×8) and large (10×10)
4. Top Hanging Calendar - These calendars offer beautiful, unbroken photo spreads. These are ring bound at the top and come in one large size 12×18
-Written by Libby for AdoramaPix
Images via Shutterstock for editorial purposes
The Holidays are just around the corner and it’s during this time of year we often become nostalgic. As we begin to make new memories, it’s important to keep the old memories alive with print. You shouldn’t need a fully charged phone or electricity to view memories of yesteryear. With this in mind, we have a few suggestions for holiday photo books for you to make for yourself, your loved ones and your friends.
• Winter Fun
Take photos of the family having fun in the snow – ice skating or sledding. We have a great selection of winter assets that can be used as backdrops and hundreds of winter themed stickers to add to your design.
(Template: Happy Holidays)
• Holiday Recipes
Remember Grandma’s pumpkin pie? No? Well start to collect recipes from the family and friends and publish in a holiday recipe book. This is definitely something you will want to gift to others. We have a food template that is easily customizable. I switched the colors to red and added snowflakes for a more holiday feel.
(Template: Recipe Book with colors altered to match food and snowflakes added from stickers library)
• Holiday Traditions
Take photos of the holiday traditions that are unique to your family and commemorate them in your own book. From decorating the holiday tree to making gingerbread houses, all of these little things are what make memories. Pass those memories and traditions on to the next generation by taking pictures of them and printing them in a photo book.
(Template: Holiday Magic)
• Holiday Toys
One year they want toy cars, the next year it’s all lego. As the years pass, your children will grow away from toys. However, why not give their toys their own special photo book? Your kids will love it when they get older and see what they played with on the holidays. Get creative and take close ups of the toys as well as your child playing with the toys. You can also incorporate their Christmas wish list. It will be fun to view their handwriting through the years and the toys that sparked their imaginations.
(Template: Custom Built with Snow Flake Background)
• Holiday Thank You Book
If you’ve received gifts from out of town family, make a photo book with holiday photos, including some in which their gifts are being enjoyed as a personalized thank you.
We hope that a few of these suggestions will give you some ideas on the many different holiday photo books you can make. When it comes down to it, preserving your past for the next generation is easy when you print your pictures in an AdoramaPix photo book.
-Written by Libby for AdoramaPix
Each week through the holiday season, we will share with you some great ideas on sizes and gallery wall ideas. Sometimes, it’s difficult to see how they may fit into a space.
For this week’s installment we wanted to show you a trio. A simple 24×36 with (2) 11x14s, all are landscape.
If you have any ideas, let us know! We’d love to know how you put your gallery walls together. Email firstname.lastname@example.org