January 6th, 2015

Photo Publishing: An Easy Resolution to Keep!

Maybe you’ve taken plenty of awesome photos and can’t choose a favourite to print. Or you’d prefer to capture the memory of the whole holiday rather than one single day or event. The Photolab has your solution, with a wide selection of engaging Photobooks, or even a calendar. You can create any kind of Photobook you like; you may want something light, fun and portable, or perhaps you’d prefer a leather-bound coffee table book with a bit more gravitas. Check out this post to learn more about Photobooks.

In addition to the cover, you can also select from a variety of design templates for the actual pages—or you can opt for a clean, white page.

In addition to the cover, you can also select from a variety of design templates for the actual pages—or you can opt for a clean, white page.

Similarly, you have a wide range of calendars to choose from, as I’ve described in this post.

The best thing about Photobooks and calendars is how completely customizable they are. You can download the Photolab Home Edition software for free and use it to create exactly the kind of layout and page effects you want. You can build it, make changes and send it to the Photolab for printing without ever having to exit the software. For a full how-to or more information check out this post. (Oh… and before I forget, you can also use the software to create original greeting cards, which are a great way to send out personalized post-holiday thank you’s).

 



January 6th, 2015

Should Old Photos Be Forgotten?

Because that’s what will happen in 2015 to all those great photos you’ve taken during the holidays if you leave them on your hard drive or sock them away in the cloud. Sure, you’ll share them on your InstaTwitFace account, where they will accumulate Likes and warm & fuzzy comments, but within a few days your followers’ collective short-lived attention span will flitter elsewhere and your wonderful holiday photos will fade away into obscurity.

Don’t relegate your holiday photos to the cloud. Print them out using one of our many options and display them throughout the year.

Don’t relegate your holiday photos to the cloud. Print them out using one of our many options and display them throughout the year.

OR…

You could actually, you know, do something with them. Like turn them into actual physical keepsakes. The kind that people are able to see in perpetuity. And every time they cast their eyes on it they will remember that specific moment or event. After all, isn’t that why we photograph these moments in the first place? Not so that they can remain a bunch of digital information packets that we archive indefinitely in cyberspace.

The specific kind of physical product you should create is entirely up to you. You can go for something traditional and classic, or choose a piece with a funkier, more modern edge, or maybe warm & fuzzy is more your thing. And yes, you can even opt for something purposefully tacky if the photo calls for it.

If you’re not familiar with the Photolab’s photo printing products, I’ve reviewed a few of the more popular ones below.

Enlargements and Awesome Prints

The holidays are the time of the year when typically the whole family gets together. The whole gang of friends, too. At the workplace, the annual holiday party is the one of the few times where everyone is gathered in one place—and the marketing department actually gets dressed up! All of which are reasons why this tends to be the best time of year for taking photos, and why holiday photos often make the best ones to put on display. The Photolab offers a great selection of enlargements and art prints to suit any photo, occasion, or décor.

Enlargements— To begin with, there’s always the simple, tried and true photo enlargements. The Photolab can print sizes from 7 x 7” all the way up to 44 x 66” — the latter being the ideal size if a co-worker is photographed in a Christmas sweater so hideous it simply begs to be on display in the lunchroom all year.

A simple enlargement is a great option for a desk photo, or if you’ve already got a frame you really like. Hey, some people are frame fans. I get it.

Gallery wrap— If you managed to capture some amazing shots of the kids, or your winter vacation to the ski resort yielded some breathtaking scenic panoramas, a gallery wrap can provide a stunning reproduction of either.

Using specially pigmented inks, the image is stretched on a fine art canvas, which requires no frame (although you can still add one for aesthetic purposes if you wish.) The canvas wrap adds tremendous depth and dimension to the image, giving it the presence of a gallery piece. This post provides more detail about gallery wraps.

Metal Prints— If you really want to make a bold statement, a metal print is a state-of-the-art way to display a photo. This method infuses dyes onto specially coated aluminum sheets, providing vibrant colour reproduction and incredibly crisp detail. These shimmering, glass-like prints are an eye-catching way to bring life to an accent wall. I’ve written more extensively about metal prints in a previous post.

The Photolab offers quite a variety of art prints, which I encourage you to explore. You’re bound to find the ideal option to suit both your photo and your home or office.

 



January 6th, 2015

Why not put a photo on it?

Photo mugs have come a long way. This mug shows how beautifully images can now be reproduced.

Photo mugs have come a long way. This mug shows how beautifully images can now be reproduced.

Suppose you want to do something a bit out of the box with your photos. After all, certain photos are just crying out to be made into crystals, mouse pads or a smartphone/tablet case.

The Photolab has a wide array of products that you can grace with your favourite photos. Have a look—some of the options may surprise you. Of course, one of the most popular options would have to be the photo mug. I wrote about them here in a recent post, but suffice to say if you’re a pet person, or you have grandkids, nephews or nieces, it’s almost mandatory that you own at least one mug bearing their photo—and nothing spreads good cheer throughout the year like an adorable holiday photo.  There are also magic colour changing mugs that are heat activated, as illustrated in this short video here:

Certain products—magnets, for example—can be put together using the Photolab Home Edition software. Others can be created and ordered online just like photo prints. In either case, the process is simple and affordable. And the end result is a keepsake that will bring a smile to your face all year long.

 



December 15th, 2014

Photo gifts are the new black

Guest post from Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Vancouver Vogue

The best way to give a Christmas gift that’s truly unique is to personalize it! I was recently looking for a fun way to personalize gifts for a few of my fellow beauty vloggers, and thought custom photo ornaments would be perfect. They also make great stocking stuffers too, but I planned to use them as decorative name tags for their gifts.

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December 10th, 2014

Meaningful Photo Gifts

Well, the days of December are upon us, which means it’s time for another proactive holiday email. As always, I bring you good news, especially if you missed the nascent insanity that is “Black Friday”: there is still a vast selection of great gift options available from the Photolab. And you don’t need to elbow your way through a crushing mass of humanity to get them.

Personally, I would love to receive these beautiful, personalized photo gifts. And I don’t even know these people.

Personally, I would love to receive these beautiful, personalized photo gifts. And I don’t even know these people.

Photo gifts are fully customizable, highly personalized gifts that demonstrate that you truly know the recipients and enjoy sharing part of your life with them. Gifts that provide lasting value at a reasonable price. Best of all, gifts that are extremely easy to create using the Photolab software—and you don’t need to be a designer or tech expert to customize them to your taste.

Moments Photobooks: A wide variety of styles are available, from beautiful leather-bound hardcover to versatile, easily shareable softcover options. (See this post for a more in-depth review.)

Personalized calendars: Grandparents would rather receive a calendar filled with pics of the grandkids than pretty much any other gift on Earth. For the rest of us, a calendar containing images from recent vacations, or the year’s most memorable events, is a sure bet to lift spirits every day of 2015. And as I wrote in this post, building them is a snap—a great option if you’re pressed for time this season.

Personalized greeting cards: Now you can abolish those typical, generic greeting card packs to the Island of Unwanted Toys once and for all. No matter what you write in a personalized greeting card, the message they send is that you truly know and care about the recipient. Just as easy to create as a calendar using the Photolab software. Here’s a post that takes you through the process.

Now that we appear to be saddled with our dismal seasonal weather, it’s the perfect time to make yourself a hot chocolate and start browsing through your digital photo library for the perfect images to include. Because the more thought you put into your selection, the more the recipient will appreciate the gift.

Photolab-Holiday-Cutoff-Date-2014Reminder: Submit your personalized Photobook, calendar or cards for printing before Dec 17th to ensure they’ll be ready in time for Christmas.

 



December 10th, 2014

It’s not a mug. It’s a personalized mug.

Allow me to illustrate the difference:

Give someone a mug as a gift and no matter what your relationship is, that person will very likely consider you to be the lamest human being in the entire universe.

If you’ve ever given or received a personalized photo mug like the one pictured here, you’ll know it instills a much more warm and fuzzy feeling.

If you’ve ever given or received a personalized photo mug like the one pictured here, you’ll know it instills a much more warm and fuzzy feeling.

However:

Give someone a mug that you have personalized for them by printing an image of something or someone meaningful on it, and they will be very grateful and consider you to be a very thoughtful person.

Of course, the image you choose for the mug has a lot to do with the reaction you’ll get, but assuming it’s something special to the recipient, a personalized mug can be one of the most enduring gifts you can give. I gave my Dad a personalized mug with a picture of his newborn grandson, and seven years later he still reaches for it every morning. Not many other gifts are blessed with that kind of longevity—especially for the price.

You can create and order a photo mug online, exactly like ordering prints. Start by selecting a size, style and colour of mug. Select a photo from your hard drive, online LD photo album or social media site du jour, crop it, add text or effects if desired and complete the ordering process. A thoughtful gift, unique to the recipient, and you’re all done in minutes.

Speaking of quick turnaround, here’s some more good news: every single London Drugs Photolab location now offers same-day photo mug printing. Prices start at just $14.99.

In fact, I think I’ll take my own advice and get another one for my Dad, now that he also has a granddaughter.



November 17th, 2014

The End of Re-Gifting: Customized Gift Ideas You’ll Be Proud to Give this Holiday Season

Photolab holiday order cut off timesGift giving can be stressful. There is nothing worse than seeing the look of disappointment on a loved one’s face if you’ve selected the wrong item. Personalized photo gifts are a great option because they show that you put genuine care and planning into the gift and that makes them more meaningful to the recipient.

London Drugs’ PhotoLab offers a great selection of items that anyone can customize for that personal touch. There’s something for everyone – even the impossible-to-buy-for person – at every price point. No matter how hard they are to please, there’ll be no re-gifting these gifts!

Photo Mugs: Choose from a selection of coloured mugs and add a photo, name and your own customized message. For a co-worker gift, try adding a photo and text indicating how they take their coffee. Everyone in the office will know whose mug it is and how to make their coffee just the way they like it.

The process is simple. You can upload a photo online – direct from your smartphone or computer – or bring it in to any London Drugs Photolab location. Next, you customize the text and send it straight to print.  The mug will be ready for pickup the same day or you can have it shipped. From $14.99 for an 11oz mug.

DIY Ornaments: This is the perfect festive DIY gift. Include unique details such as a photo, names, special dates and holiday greetings on a variety of ornament shapes. The customized design can be created at a London Drugs PhotoLab or online at www.londondrugs.com/PhotoLab. From $6.99.

Customized Phone & Tablet Cases: Customize a Samsung Galaxy, iPhone or tablet with a rich, vibrant Metal Print and custom case featuring a favourite photo memory. This is a simple and thoughtful way to bring comfort and joy for gadget lovers this holiday season without having to spend the big bucks.

Choose your favourite style of case, upload a photo and London Drugs’ Photolab will create a customized Metal Print that fits securely on the new case. From $7.99.

Meaningful Wall & Home Décor: Many people shy away from giving art as a gift because it is personal and subjective. But so are the best gifts! Pick your recipients’ photo memory and have it printed on a Canvas Gallery Wrap (from $69.99) to create beautiful, stylish wall art they can enjoy for years. Or print a personalized image on a Photo Tile or Photo Plaque (from $9.99) for customized home décor. Create a special wall hanging with a mosaic of images or pick a single photo.

Priceless Photo Treasures: Memories are one of the greatest gifts we can give anyone. By adding special photos to a variety of products like jewellery boxes, aprons, t-shirts, Crystals, and more, you’re giving more than a gift; you’re giving someone the opportunity to reflect on priceless memories.

Photos and text can be included on each item. View the complete catalogue online. From $6.99.

Moments Photographic Albums: As the end of 2014 approaches, it’s the perfect time to collect all the photo memories of the passing year and turn them into a Photobook gift for a loved one.

The London Drugs Home Edition software allows you to individually select images straight from your computer, smartphone or social media accounts and then create customized themed backgrounds, intriguing page layouts and add special touches with personalized text. You can also further simplify the book creation process by selecting the Fast Track option, which lays out an entire photo book within minutes. Make it a holiday tradition!

London Drugs Moments Photobooks are available in coffee table books or photographic albums.  Albums start at $44.99. Coffee table books start at $9.99 for softcover – $34.99 for hardcover.  



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