Top five holiday crafts for you and the family

With the holiday season approaching, we have rounded up some of our favourite crafts to help keep you and your little ones busy.

Paper Snowflake

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We have probably all made those paper snowflakes in elementary school where you fold up paper and cut out creative patterns. Here’s a paper snowflake that make a bigger impact. Follow the simple instructions pictured and you’ll have some decorations to hang in the window in no time!

Holiday Garland

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If you want a garland on the creative side, gather up some old fabric and ribbon to make your own version of the classic decoration. This way you can easily customize it to match your other decorations and colour scheme!

Homemade Snow Globe

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Create your own version of the classic snow globe. Using a small glass vessel that has a lid, such as a mason jar or a salt shaker (you can find both at the dollar store!) Glue any small decorations that you want inside to the lid, you’ll use this as the base when you’re finished. Create a winter scene with toy trees and fake snow and use some glitter or whatever else you can find at the dollar store that can act as snow without dissolving in the water.

Pine Cone Christmas Trees

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This is a great craft to include the kids on and it looks super cute to boot! See the full instructions on how to create these over here. They’ll make a great centerpiece for your holiday gatherings or simply as some extra decorations for your living room.

Vintage Flowers

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These vintage flowers can act as ornaments, part of your centerpiece, or use them to embellish your wrapped gifts. For the steps on how to create these, check out this great blog post!

What are some of your favourite holiday crafts? And don’t forget to take photos this holiday season to go in your holiday photo book.

How to get the perfect photos before summer is over

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Save the squinting

By having your subject face away from the sun, you can help avoid having those squinty eyes in photographs. To make sure that there are no shadows from this, use fill flash to keep your photo bright.

Change your perspective

Experiment and take photos from different angles. Try something lower to the ground to get a new point of view or if you’re photographing a child, shoot from their vantage point – it makes a difference in the final photo!

Play around with the light

Experimenting with the light in the summer is a lot of fun when it comes to photography. Incorporate a natural sunburst strategically into your photo for something a little different.

Go for the action shots

If you’re at a soccer game or if your kids are just playing in the yard, make sure to get some action shots. A lot of cameras have a setting for these and it’s great to have photos of them in the moment – whether it’s on a swing, or on the field.

Keep your camera protected

Your camera isn’t a fan of sand or water (unless you have a fancy waterproof camera, then go for it!) so remember to keep it protected from the elements. Camera cases are your friend! Sand, sadly, is not.

What’s your best summer shot so far? Share it in the comments, we’d love to see it!

When your summer photo collection is complete, don’t forget to make your own photo book to hold on to your memories!

How to Make Your Best Memories of 2012 Live on Forever

2012 is now behind us, but the precious moments you experienced last year don’t have to disappear forever! Vacations, birthdays and special events provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and each one creates memories to last a lifetime. Starting a new year is a little less painful when you view the pictures you took last year. Now you can preserve your adventures from this past year and good times three different ways with Elephoto…

Customized Photo Books

Yesteryear’s old-fashioned photo albums have given way to the latest in technology – photo books made with graphics and word-processing software. Gone are the days of placing photographs on the page by hand. Today’s books offer benefits older photo albums never had.

  • Text and photos can be placed or moved anywhere on the page.
  • Photos can be easily enlarged or reduced.
  • As many as 25 images can be placed on each page.
  • You can select the background to fit the theme of the book.
  • Captions can be added to enhance the photos.

Photo books are perfect to save your 2012 travels, birthdays and family reunions!

Personalized Canvas Prints

When you’re looking for framed artwork for your walls, large canvas prints are a step up from ordinary prints or paintings. Enlarging your photos for canvas creates a special focal point in the room, and adds value to an already meaningful photo. That memorable shot of a beautiful lake from last year’s camping trip, an unforgettable sunset or an anniversary photo all make fantastic prints!

Hanging a unique canvas print can raise the energy level of any room, and just the right print can have a psychologically uplifting effect. Choosing just the right photo from your 2012 adventures can keep your memories fresh. Sizes can range from as small as eight by eight feet to as large as 30 by 40 feet. Framed or unframed, canvas prints dress up a room and give it a personality.

Cared for properly, canvas prints can last for decades. They are durable, and easily cleaned with a soft cloth. You can even make a photo collage or antique sepia print. Imagine being able to relive your favorite moments each time you enter the room and see your print.

Memorable Photo Calendars

Celebrate your previous escapades with an image for each month. A 2013 photo calendar is a great way to showcase your best pictures, and is much more personal than a traditional store-bought calendar. With today’s technology, creating a photo calendar has never been easier.

The beauty of this is that you don’t have to choose just one photo. Whether it’s a kid’s birthday party, a special picture from your child’s soccer game or a one-of-a-kind family photo, the choice is yours. Use your creativity – no two calendars are alike.

The advantage of photo books, canvas prints and annual photo calendars is that you don’t have to be an expert to make one. All you need is a vision of what you’d like to create, and one look at your favorite photos makes it easy to come up with ideas. Designing your product and ordering online is simple and convenient, so get started today.

What’s your favourite thing to do with your old photographs?

3 Ways to Immortalize & Preserve Your Holiday Memories

Like most Canadians, you probably took tons of photos during this past holiday season. Whether you took them with your smart phone or a professional camera, some of these pictures are true gems that deserve to be immortalized and preserved for future generations. Maybe you have some shots of the family gathered around a table groaning under the weight of a holiday meal, or perhaps you have a funny photo of dad simply devouring that meal. Christmas photos can be the basis of a a great holiday photo book, a personalized 2013 calendar or a stunning canvas print that you can hang in your home or office. Don’t let those precious photos die in your computer or camera’s hard drive!

Holiday Photo Books

Photo books are definitely one of the best ways to immortalize your favourite holiday photos. With a photo book, your imagination can soar free as you can organize your book exactly the way you want. To make your holiday photo book even more meaningful, don’t focus only on photos. Include some notes or art from the children and interested adults. Include a cherished recipe in the pages to not only have a photo of a spectacular meal but instructions on how it was done. Different templates are available for photo books, and they can be an inspiration for your ideas. Learn more about photo books here.

2013 Photo Calendars

Personalized calendars are another way to commemorate that special event or Christmas holiday. They’re a great way to organize birthdays, anniversaries, and other important family events. Any dad who has forgotten an anniversary will be especially appreciative of a reminder! Include photos of family events both to remember them and build anticipation for the next one. Learn more about calendars here.

Canvas Prints

Elegant canvas prints are a thoughtful way to display a special photo of a smiling child with joyful eyes, a quiet moment with your spouse, or the whole family gathered for a Christmas celebration. Canvas prints are a welcome addition to both home and office décor with their artful look and stunning quality. They’re available in different sizes and are limited only by your imagination. Learn more about canvas prints here.

Families have holiday traditions, many of them handed down from parents to children. Photo books, calendars and canvas prints are an excellent way to preserve those traditions and memories, keeping them alive for your children and grandchildren.

5 Unique Photo Book Ideas

Creating a photo book in today’s digital era isn’t that difficult, but finding the perfect way to group your pictures does require some inspiration! Grouping and organizing the photos in the right way can entirely change your photo book, and it can help give life and energy to your project. If you are looking for unique photo book ideas, then try one of the five ideas below.

Cookbook

Does your family love to cook? Is your kitchen used more than your living room? If so, then you can use this unique idea to have the perfect photo book. You can arrange the pictures based on different meals. For example, the beginning of the book can show the family cooking breakfast. You can also add recipes next to the photos to make the photo book look even more interesting.

Personality and Emotions

This is a great idea if you have young children and grandchildren. Children experience a wide range of emotions. They laugh, cry, giggle and get frustrated. If you love taking photos of your children or grandchildren, then chances are that you have photos of every emotion. You can arrange the photo book according to the emotion in the photo. For example, you can start the photo book with pictures of your children looking frustrated. This is a great way to organize the photos, and it makes it much easier to find a specific photo.

Seasons

Another unique photo book idea is organizing the photos according to season. There are fun memories in every season, and you can make those moments shine with this photo book idea. This type of photo book is also very simple to decorate because you can easily find graphics that reflect the imagery of each season. You can make this easier by titling photos by month, or by writing the month on the back of your printed photos.

Storybook

You can make your very own storybook by writing a story, or using a premade one, and adding photos where the illustrations would go. There are many basic stories that exemplify the milestones that all people go through, and you can easily find photos to personalize this photo book idea. This is great for children, and you can even read it to your children before they go to sleep.

Hobbies

Everyone has a hobby. It can be something common like collecting stamps, or something obscure like appearing in the background of news broadcasts. You can create an entire photo book of the person’s hobby as a Christmas or birthday gift. You can also segment the photo book by showing the person’s advancement in the hobby. For example, begin with the first model plane the person built, and end the photo book by showing the entire collection.

There are many ways to organize a photo book, and it can very difficult to find the perfect arrangement. If you are having a hard time finding that perfect idea, then try one of the arrangements above. You are sure to have a unique photo book by the time you are finished!