July 19th, 2017

Guide to Wedding Season Photos

Wedding season is upon us. If you’re looking at your calendar and realizing that your weekends are packed with bridal showers and weddings, you’re not the only one. Or, maybe it’s your own wedding that’s just around the corner. From unique gifts to customized cards, here are some creative ways to celebrate and preserve those wedding memories.

Wedding Cards

Especially if you’re gifting the couple something off their registry or giving cash, the wedding card is your chance to get personal. Rather than choosing a generic one from the card aisle, you can customize a blank or wedding templated card with photos and a heartfelt message to the soon-to-be bride and groom. Better yet, if you happen to have some photos of the couple from back when they first met, add those photos to the front of the card. They’re sure to appreciate the flashback!

Save The Dates

Save the Dates have become more elaborate in recent years, with couples staging fun and creative photoshoots to capture the excitement of their wedding announcement. If you have photos from an engagement or Save the Date photoshoot, you can turn those photos into personalized Save the Dates that can be printed on thick postcards using your choice of 6 specialty papers. Make sure to include important information on the card, including who’s invited, your wedding website URL (if you have one), and “Invitation to Follow” if you’ll be sending a wedding invitation at a later date.

For a clever twist on Save the Dates, put it on a magnet! They’re unique, versatile and most importantly they’re hard to lose once they’re on the fridge, so you can be sure your guests won’t forget the special date.

Unique Wedding Favours

Being able to celebrate your wedding with all of your friends and family members present is something truly special. All the more reason to share a token of this special day with them. A crystal or ornament can be customized with a photo and the wedding date for each guest to take home. They also make a great centrepiece on the tables during the wedding reception. Personalized playing cards are a handy wedding favour your guests will likely use again and again; take a wedding logo you’ve designed, or a photo of the two of you, to have printed on the cards.

Wedding Gifts

Rather than the traditional stand mixer or crystal ware, consider surprising the newlyweds with something unique and personalized. The best gifts say something about the happy life you wish the couple will lead.

A fine art print will set your wedding gift apart from all the others. Feature a photo of the happy couple or a photo of their favourite place to travel, on a Canvas Gallery Wrap. Not only is it sentimental, but will help to brighten up the walls of their home together.

Any couple is also sure to appreciate a gift they can use together. A set of customized Mr. and Mrs. aprons plus personalized placemats would be a sweet gesture if they share a love for cooking. Or help the couple start off their new lives together with some of your all-time favourite recipes, curated into a soft cover book.

Photo books are also a thoughtful way to show the couple you wish them the best. Collect photos of the two from their dating years through to their wedding day, and create a beautiful Coffeetable Photo Book for them to look back on years from now.

Thank You Cards

There is a lot to thank your guests for. It could be the incredible shiny new gift they gave you both, or the fact that they flew across the country to be there on your wedding day – whatever the reason, a good thank you card will help to convey your appreciation. Just like Save the Dates, Thank You cards can be printed on 6 different specialty papers. Double-sided or folded cards both make a good choice, and come with envelopes included.

Wedding Photo Book

Once the wedding is over, and the thank-you cards are sent, it’s finally time to sort through your wedding photos. Compile your favourites into your choice of photo book to display the memories of your special day. Especially if you invested in having a professional photographer at your wedding, it’s worth it to have those photos printed in a high quality format Photographic AlbumExpress books are also a great option; they’re quick and easy to make, and perfect for handing out to family and friends.


If you need some help getting started, our Photolab Experts can answer any questions you may have, and walk you through the ordering process. Just visit us at any London Drugs location, in the Photolab department.

November 29th, 2016

Giving Gifts They’ll Actually Love

Hint: It’s not the thought, it’s the personalization that counts!

We all know that one person who seems to always give the perfect, thoughtful and most unique Christmas gifts. How do they do it? Our Photolab Experts have the secret, and it’s easier than you think. It’s all about personalization. Adding a personal touch, like a photo or custom text, will give your gifts a unique quality that your loved ones will cherish. Our Photolab has virtually endless possibilities to customize your gifts for friends, family, colleagues and anyone else on your holiday shopping list.


Greeting Cards – Whether it’s your family’s annual Christmas card, or individual cards to give out to family, friends and colleagues, spreading the holiday cheer starts here.  Rather than picking out a set of generic cards to send, why not create unique holiday cards with personal photos? Our Photolab can now customize Greeting Cards using a wide variety of themed templates on 6 new premium card stocks: linen, natural white, matte soft white, shimmer silver and shimmer soft gold. We are the only local Photolab to use these premium card stocks, so your greeting cards are guaranteed to be entirely unique.



Photographic Albums – Give a truly thoughtful and personal gift by curating a collection of special photos and creating a personalized photographic album for loved ones. The book’s photos are printed on thick photographic paper that will brilliantly display cherished memories in a high quality format. Share photos of a recent trip together, a collection of photos taken over the past year, or even old childhood and family photos.



Personalized Large Fleece Blankets – Brand new to the London Drugs Photolab, this is the ultimate cozy Christmas gift. Got a hockey player in the family? Customize a fleece blanket with a photo of their team, and parents can use it to show support and to keep warm at their next game. Grandparents would love a personalized blanket with a photo of their grandchildren, and a dog lover would be over the moon to see their prized pup immortalized on a super-soft fleece.



Photo Crystals – Choose a meaningful photo to share with your loved ones and gift it to them in the form of a crystal. Our new expanded selection of shapes includes heart, teardrop, moon, wave and rectangle-shaped crystal blocks, which can transform your photo into a unique, eye-catching Christmas gift. This would make a great personalized hostess gift for any of your upcoming holiday parties.



Express Books – Need to whip together a quick and easy Christmas gift, and need it right away? The 8×8 photographic Express Books can be made within 24 hours at any London Drugs location. Just choose your photos, and we’ll create a sleek photographic book complete with black leatherette cover. So if you forgot one last person on your list, or if you received an unexpected gift from your neighbour or colleague, don’t fret: we can take care of that.



Instagram Books – This small personalized Instagram Book makes the perfect stocking stuffer gift! Simply select your favourite square Instagram photos from your feed, and our Photolab will turn them into a beautiful square photo book you can easily pop into someone’s stocking. This is a great gift for hard to buy for tweens and teens and for hobby photographers who showcase their work on Instagram.



Photo Calendars – Have a few people on your shopping list that you’re just not sure what to get them? Our photo calendars are easily customized, which make them the perfect gift for almost anyone this Christmas. For family, feature images of your kids growing up, or for co-workers, perhaps feature some of your favourite landscape photos. It is useful all year round.



Personalized Mugs – Whether they’re a coffee person or a tea person, you can’t go wrong with gifting a personalized photo mug. Pick a colour, design, and then choose your photo: it’s as simple as that. You can even choose our Magic Mug that reveals your hidden photo when hot liquid is added. These personalized mugs make great stocking stuffer gifts, as well as gifts for colleagues or your kids’ teachers.


Order any of these gifts at our new Photolab website or by visiting any London Drugs location.


Holiday Order Deadlines

A great selection of products are available for same day or next day pickup, up to Saturday, December 24 including Enlargements, Canvas Gallery Wraps, Express Books, Photographic Calendars and Mugs. See a photolab expert for details.

Be sure to place your orders for the below products before the listed dates to ensure Christmas delivery:

Photobooks, Calendars and Traditional Greeting Cards: Wednesday, December 14

Creative Products: Wednesday, December 14

Crystals: Tuesday, December 13

Crystallize-it 3D Photo Crystals: Tuesday, December 13

Bobbleheads: Monday, November 14

Yes Video: Friday, November 25

Click here for information about order deadlines.


February 3rd, 2014

Cards for your Valentines

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I can proudly say that I {heart} making cards. Every time I see this topic on my assignment list, I do little happy claps. Card making! For Valentine’s Day! In the photo blog business, it doesn’t get better than this.

Valentine’s Day might be the most enjoyable card making season: Christmas is so rushed and the milder weather is too tempting at Easter. So find some photos, download Home Edition, and grab some wine and chocolate to get yourself in a Valentine-y mood for card making!

December 19th, 2011

Stocking Stuffer Photo Gifts

What is thoughtful, unique, and fits comfortably in a Christmas stocking? Our express photo gifts! Mini calendars, expressbooks, and greeting cards are perfect last minute stocking stuffers, and they are ready the same day, often in about an hour.

Creating your express photo gift is very quick and simple. Here’s a step-by-step to great stocking stuffers.

  1. Choose your product
    Mini calendars: At the convenient size of 4” x 8.5”, a mini-calendar is perfect for a stocking or small gift. Mini calendars are printed on photo paper and coil bound.
    expressbooks: These simple photobooks are printed on photo paper, one image per page, and bound with a classic black cover. Small expressbooks contain 20 images; large expressbooks contain 40 images.
    Greeting cards: Available in two sizes—4” x 8” or 5” x 7”—customize your greeting card with borders, clip art, and a personal message.
  2. Pick your pictures
    Our customers often choose from their photo highlights of the year, and we also see creative, unique ideas. Avid wildlife photographers make their own nature calendars and travellers make books with their best vacation shots. Sports teams create expressbooks of their season’s highlights and parents make art calendars with scanned pictures painted by their kids. Perhaps the most beautiful calendar we have seen was created by a gardener—she chose month-by-month beauty shots to showcase her botanical year.
    For a mini calendar, you will need 13 images.
    For an expressbook, you will need 20 or 40 photos, depending on the size.
    For a greeting card, choose one great shot that sums up your holiday message.
    Save your photos on a thumb drive or memory card as they allow the fastest transfer. We can accept the images on CD or DVD but these media types will take longer to transfer your images.
  3. Come and talk to us
    Come to your nearest London Drugs photolab and talk to one of our experts. Express photo gifts are built in our store—it takes only a few minutes, and we will walk you through the process.
    For a calendar, it helps if you choose an image for each month beforehand.
    For an expressbook, jot down the order of your photos. This will make the ordering process even faster.

When you are happy with your file, we will give you a specific pick up time. Express photo gifts are often ready in an hour, and occasionally they will be finished later that day.

Questions about last minute photo gifts? We would be happy to help! Come into the photolab and talk to one of our experts.

Written by Angela Ford, amateur photographer

November 10th, 2011

Express yourself in a Flash

Introducing expressbook, the newest member of the London Drugs photo family. Quick, simple, and beautiful, expressbook is a hassle-free way to print your memories into a gorgeous keepsake. Here’s our step-by-step guide to creating your first expressbook.

  1. Choose 20 or 40 photographs. Perhaps these pictures tell the story of your vacation, your big party, your loveliest landscapes, or your baby’s first year.
  2. Save your pictures in a separate folder. Put them in the proper order (try renaming the files with a number at the beginning, for example):
    1. rehearsaldinner.jpg
    2. decorating.jpg
    3. gettingready.jpg
    4. bridalbefore.jpg
  3. Copy the folder and photos to a CD, SD card, or thumb drive
  4.  Take your file into London Drugs Photolab. Load your device at our photo kiosk and order 20 or 40 4”x6” prints.
  5. At the desk, tell the Photo Specialist you would like to order an expressbook.

Simple! Requiring no software, your photos will be duplex printed, one on each side of a page, and bound into a lovely square book. Ready in about an hour, expressbooks are as fast and simple as ordering prints.

For more information about expressbooks, come into our London Drugs Photolab. We would be delighted to answer all your questions.

Written by Angela Ford, Amateur Photographer

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