Do you have a few favorite photos you’d like to share? Perhaps you need a special holiday gift for the kids’ grandparents? Or maybe your family room is in need of new decorative adornments? And, do you take photos with your mobile phone or a camera?
Then you have what it takes right at your fingertips to create your very own awesome, fun, and custom masterpieces. Here are five projects you can create today to showcase your digital photo prowess with a masterpiece that’s uniquely yours.
Blow It Up Into One of a Kind Wall Art
Need some artwork to brighten up dull wall space? Want to add a little pizzazz to that fireplace mantle? Look no further than your digital photos! You probably have several photos just waiting to be discovered, worthy of being transformed into one-of-a-kind wall art. Think back to a favorite vacation, the kids’ soccer tournaments and baseball games, that last family reunion, a trip to the local zoo.
Then snag your favorite photos, upload them to a digital print center, and bam! You’ve got the makings of your very own custom wall art. Whether it’s an 8×10 photo collage artfully displayed in beautiful frames, or a 20×30 poster gracing your hallway, those stellar digital photos are the perfect custom accouterments to your home decorating needs. Websites offering a wide range of wall art options include Shutterfly, Snapfish, Target Photo, Walgreens Photo, and Walmart Photo.
Show It Off In A Digital Slide Show
Create a sentimental slide show of that special moment, a treasured family vacation, your child’s first year. It’s easy! Upload favorite photos, add narration, perhaps some custom effects, and just like that, you’ve got your very own special slide show. Here’s an example of one created in a matter of moments with a free slide show website anyone can use.
The odds are you have what it takes right now on your computer to create a custom slide show. Programs like Windows Movie Maker and Apple’s iMovie are simple to navigate. Free websites like Google’s Picasa, Smilebox, and SlideShare are also available, providing you with even more flexibility to create and share those treasured moments.
Another option? Load your favorite photos or that iMovie or Movie Maker slideshow creation onto a flash drive, then pop it into a digital picture frame. You now have a conversation piece for your coffee table or office desk. It’s also a great gift idea!
Break It Up In A Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles are a long-standing family favorite weekend activity. So the next time you gather around the table for some puzzle-building fun, why not use a customized jigsaw puzzle that is uniquely you? It’ll be so much more fun than an off-the-shelf puzzle! A customized jigsaw puzzle also makes a great holiday gift.
Just upload that coveted family photo or that precious moment from your last vacation, pick your puzzle style, and in short order, that one-of-a-kind puzzle will be ready to put back together. These websites are great options for creating custom puzzles from your photo masterpieces: MyPersonalPuzzle, Portrait Puzzles, and Walmart Puzzles.
Wrap It Up With Custom Gifts
Those special moments captured on camera or phone just beg to be transformed into great statement pieces perfect for holiday gifts, or any time gifts! Even gifts to yourself. Create custom mouse pads, coffee mugs, coasters, collages, refrigerator magnets and so much more with those special moments frozen in time. Even pillows!
There are lots of websites available to create your one-of-a-kind photo masterpiece. A personal favorite is Shutterfly. With a plethora of photo projects to choose from, you are bound to find the perfect fit for that custom gift. Other websites to consider include Shutterfly, Snapfish, Target Photo, Walgreens Photo, and Walmart Photo
Scrapbook It For Cherished Memories
A fan favorite, indeed! What better way to showcase that fabulous family vacation than with a photo book displaying all that fun you had? Once that scrapbook is completed, don’t forget to share it, whether digitally or by printing it. Printed scrapbooks make great coffee table conversation starters and gifts for grandparents too.
Whether it’s with a customized photo scrapbooking software like Photoshop or Panstoria, Apple’s iPhoto, or via photo websites like Shutterfly, Snapfish, Target Photo, Walgreens Photo, and Walmart Photo, there are photo album options available for every skill level. So why not create a one-of-a-kind photo album to cherish for years to come?
Do You Create Custom Photo Projects?
These are my five favorite digital photo custom projects. What about you? Do you have a favorite project to do with your photos? Do share with us your favorite creation in the Comments section below.
Slideshow and Wall Decor images by C.Biederman. Photo frame via Amazon. Jigsaw puzzle image via MyPersonalPuzzle. Gifts and Scrapbook images from Shutterfly.