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5 wall art layouts to suit your style

With a few favourite photos and an empty wall, you can easily transform any room into a stylish and personalised space. The trick – once you’ve created unique wall art – is in how you hang it!

A good wall art layout gives character to a space and can help add your personality to a room. There are literally endless ways to arrange wall art but to get you started, we’ve pulled together five basic layouts that can fit any style.

Take a look below and find the layout that suits you!

1) If you love variety… try an ECLECTIC layout

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Get the look: Choose a mix of images, frames and wall art types (aluminium, canvas, acrylic and mounted prints) and position the middle of your total arrangement at eye level.

2) If you want to keep it simple… use a MINIMALIST layout

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Get the look: Choose a high quality photo to create a large print and hang it above a sofa, table or other piece of furniture. Easy!

3) If you’re the neat and tidy type… create an ORGANISED layout

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Get the look: Stick with one size and type of wall art (like these framed canvas prints) and use a ruler to make your rows nice and straight, just the way you like them!

4) If you like things relaxed and laid back… go for a CAUSUAL layout

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Get the look: Create a mix of wall art with different images, sizes and styles. Then place them on a shelf and lean them against the wall like you didn’t even think about it. ;)

5) If you’re all about the art… create a GALLERY layout

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Get the look: Choose photos with similar colours or a theme to create a few quality pieces and evenly space them in your hallway or above a long piece of furniture. (Try acrylic prints for the complete gallery look and feel.)

Found your perfect layout? Create your wall art now!

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15 photo challenges to help you capture spring

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer… Here at Albelli that means it’s time to go outside and take some pics!

To get your creativity flowing and your shutters clicking, we’ve put together fifteen photo challenges for (what we hope is) the start of spring. For every word, you photograph something that represents that word. There’s no right or wrong – for example “fresh” could be rain, flowers or even your favourite laundry detergent. It’s up to you!

All that matters is that you have a bit of fun and shoot some fresh photos. So if you’re up for the challenge, take a look below and start snapping!

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P.S. We’d love to see how you get on with these challenges, so tag your Instagram photos with #albelli or share your pics with us on Facebook. We’ll be sure to share a few of our photos on Facebook too!

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5 great gift ideas for the mums you love

Mother’s Day is a time when we celebrate all the wonderful mothers in world. Your mother, your mother’s mother, your sister that’s about to become a mother and even your friend who’s a mother to her little dog!

Mums come many forms and every mother is different, so this Mother’s Day, why not show them how special they are with something personal just for them?

What would the mums in your life love to receive this Mother’s Day? Take a look at our ideas below for a bit of inspiration!

1 – For the mum who loves gardening
Take a photo of her flowers and print it on aluminium. Aluminium prints are durable and long-lasting, so she can even hang your gift outside in the garden!

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2 – For the mum who loves to travel
Fill a photo book with all her adventures. Get a hold of her photos from her latest getaway and create a book she’ll cherish for years to come!

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3 – For the mum who loves her pet
Make her mornings a bit more fun! Snap a photo of her furry friend and turn it into a personalised photo mug!

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4 – For the mum who loves art
Turn one of her creations into a gallery-worthy masterpiece. Or if she’s not an artist herself, simply create an acrylic print with an artistic photo!

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5 – For the mum who loves being at home with family
Create a canvas print with a much loved family photo. She’ll love being at home even more with your thoughtful gift hanging on the wall!

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Do you have any other creative photo gift ideas for the mums out there?! Inspire others by sharing your ideas in the comments field below.

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3 easy DIY romantic photo filters

In honour of Valentine’s Day, we’ve pulled together a few do-it-yourself romantic photo filters just for you! These simple filters can transform even the least sentimental subjects into beautiful and romantic photos, with just the click of your shutter. So, whether you’re snapping selfies with your sweetie or shooting a wistful landscape – check out our ideas below for some sweet shots!
Top tip: Turn your most romantic photos into wall art, phone cases or mugs and give them as a personalised Valentine’s Day gift.

1 – Create light hearts
A bokeh filter creates magical little light shapes in your photos. All you need to create one is a sheet of paper, some scissors and a bit of tape!
To make your heart bokeh, start by cutting a piece of dark paper to cover your camera lens. Then cut a small heart shape (about 1.3 to 1.9 cm) in the middle of your paper. Attach your bokeh to your lens and you’re ready to start shooting!
Tip: Combine a close subject with distant lights to create faraway heart shaped fairy lights!

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2 – Pull on a pair of stockings
One of the simplest filter options out there… You can easily create a beautiful, soft filter with a pair of sheer stockings! Simply slip a bit of the stocking over your lens and tightly secure it with a rubber band.
Get a romantic, nostalgic effect by shooting in the shade or on an overcast day.
Tip: For a less strong effect, tear a run in your stockings to let a little more light in.

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3 – Shoot with cellophane
Use a cellophane filter to simulate light leaks or to add colour (think pink or red) to your photos. Simply attach a small bit of cellophane to your lens with a rubber band and you’re ready to go!
Where can you get cellophane? Easy – go to your cupboard, take out that package of biscuits you’ve had your eye on, eat the biscuits and voila – you’re left with an empty cellophane packaging that’s perfect for your filter! Or… you can always pick some up at your local craft store (a good option for crumb free and coloured cellophane).
Tip: Play around with the amount, positioning and thickness of the cellophane to get different looks.

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Bonus: best romantic digital filters
If you don’t have time to DIY or just prefer a less hands on approach – here’s our top three Instagram filters for giving your phone pics a romantic look!
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Effect: High exposure, low contrast, warm temperature
Look: Lovely pastel tint, similar to the stocking filter
Sierra
Effect: High exposure, low contrast, slightly dodged centre
Look: Hazy quality, like a daydream
Rise
Effect: Slight exposure, warm temperature, yellow tint
Look: Golden glow; soft, forgiving light

Have more romantic filter ideas? Share them in the comments below!

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2014… Albelli Style!

Remember what made 2014 special? We do! And to make sure we never forget it, we decided to put all our favourite moments in a photo book. (We used our ‘Modern Timeline’ pre-designed book to get a beautiful yearbook in no time!)

A few parties, some new products, a load more colleagues and a whole lot of fun – that was 2014! It was a truly fantastic year for all of us in the Albelli team and we’re happy we can share it with you.

Check out our yearbook below and see for yourself what made our year so special! And maybe get some ideas for your own yearbook.

Want to create your yearbook? Pick a photo book and get started!

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5 gift wrapping ideas to make your gift even more special

You’ve done it! You’ve found the perfect gift. Now add the finishing touch with some stunning gift wrap!

Try out a few of the ideas below and present your loved ones with a gift so beautiful, they won’t even want to open it! (Don’t worry though – their curiosity will win out in the end.)

1- Simple yet stylish

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What you’ll need: wrapping paper, ribbons, string

Simply weave the ribbons around your gift, overlapping them on front side. Then fix the ribbons with scotch tape on the back. Viola! A sophisticated yet masculine gift that’s perfect for a stylish man!

2 – Print inspired

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What you’ll need: letter stamps & ink, matte wrapping paper, extra paper for cut-outs, ribbons

Use little stamps to write a personal message on your present or the name of the person the gift is meant for. Stamps works best on non-glossy wrapping paper – like the tan paper shown above. Finish with ribbons and little trees or other figures cut out from (leftover) wrapping paper!

3 – A work of art

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What you’ll need: coloured wrapping paper and fun washi tape

Go wild with coloured washi tape! Start in one corner, straight across to the other corner and continue on the other side, back to front. Use red, blue and yellow tape to make your own little Mondrian. It’s perfect for wrapping art presents!

4 – A gift that rocks

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What you’ll need: black paper, white ribbon, sheet music

Are you giving a musical gift this year? Use black paper and white ribbon to create a piano inspired gift! Add a page from a favorite (Christmas) song as the finishing touch.

5 – Send a message

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What you’ll need: wrapping paper, Christmas cards

You’re probably not sending your leftover cards again this year (you’re creating new Christmas cards with us instead ;-), so reused last year’s cards to create festive letters on your gifts! Add letters to a few different gifts to create a full name or personal message.

 

Still need a gift? Check out our Christmas shop for ideas for different personalities!

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Calendar ideas for groups

Birthdays, holidays, family get-togethers… Has this year been packed full of social events? Why not make a photo calendar of all those moments?

Ask your friends or family to send you their favourite photos of you all together and create a photo calendar with your shared memories! You can then order multiple copies of your calendar for everyone who contributed photos. It’s the perfect Christmas gift!

1 – Share your calendar with family

Ask your loved ones to share their photos with you and make a photo calendar that will be cherished by the entire family. By having everyone send in their favourite photo, you make sure everyone feels equally special and the calendar becomes personal for everyone. Collect photos from every family dinner, birthday party and other celebration and put them in a photo calendar to represents all of these good memories!

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Add photos from family outings!

2 – Share your calendar with friends

Are you part of a group of friends who do everything together? Celebrate your friendship with a photo calendar! Ask your friends to share with you their favourite photos of the gang or from your last vacation together. The calendar will become a cherished reminder the past year you spent together. And of course, everyone will want one!

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Use a photo from a trip you took together!

 

Ready to get started? Pick your calendar and start creating!

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3 ideas for your next photo calendar

It’s easy to create a unique and professional looking calendar using your very own theme! From nature inspired to family focused, there are countless ideas to play around with. To come up with your theme, start by taking a look at the photos you’d like to use in your calendar and then build your theme around them. Or pick a theme and then simply take photos to match it!

Below we’ve come up with a few themes to get you started. Check them out and begin creating your own calendar right away!

1 – Classic black-and-white

Lots of photos look good in black-and-white and would be beautiful in a calendar. Photos from trip to a big city like New York for example, would look great in black-and-white. Or why not use photos representing each month of the year and turn them all black-and-white?

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Black-and-white photos create a sleek calendar that look’s good in any home!

Top tip: If you don’t already have black-and-white photos you can easily edit your photos while making your calendar.

2 – Nature’s beauty

The natural changes throughout the seasons are incredibly beautiful and make great photos. For example, capture how the trees change throughout the year – fiery red, yellow and orange during autumn, frost bitten, bluish and grey during winter, light green and pink with buds in spring and full of vibrant green leaves in summer.

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Use photos of nature and allow the months to speak for themselves!

3 – Family events

Perhaps you’ve been on a family vacation or little Johnny got his first bike? Add these photos to your calendar! Creating a calendar with all your family’s events will make it meaningful for everyone in the family. Plus, a theme like this would make the perfect gift for all your family members.

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Fill your calendar with birthdays, weddings, graduations and simple, everyday moments.

Top tip: Order multiple copies of the same calendar and give it to everyone at Christmas!

 

Feeling inspired? Start creating your calendar!

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5 photo ideas for your Christmas cards

This year surprise your loved ones with something special in their post. Take creative photos and send them a beautiful and unique photo Christmas card!

Check out the five fun ideas below and take your own amazing photos for your cards. Once you have the perfect pic, simply add it to one of our new pre-designed cards, pop a stamp on the included envelop and sent it on its way!

1 – Create your own scene with props

Don’t like to be photographed? Use props (like toys or figurines) in your photos to represent you or your family instead!

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Mum, dad and baby represented by wooden reindeer!

2 – Draw on your creativity

Draw your own Christmas scene to use in your photos! Even those of us that are a bit ‘artistically challenged’ can handle a few trees, snowflakes and gifts – right? ;)

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Easy to draw pine trees set the scene!

3 – Go artsy

Take an artistic photo that will leave your friends and family a bit reflective this season. Use a photo editing app like Instagram, to make an average photo a bit more ‘magical’.

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Photo effects add interest to this artist snow shot.

4 – Give Fluffy the spotlight

Take adorable photos of your pets and give everyone a warm and fuzzy feeling this Christmas! Need some pet photo ideas? Check out our photo tips for pet Christmas photos.

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Dress up your pets in Christmas outfits (if you can!)

5 – Get silly

Make your loved ones laugh – use our Printable photo props PDF to take fun Christmas pics! Download and print the props to get started.

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Just have fun and don’t worry if you can’t manage to hold the props perfectly (it’s harder than you’d think!)

Got your photos ready? Choose your cards and start creating!

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4 creative ways to stay connected after summer

The kids are back in school, friends are back to their busy lives and couples are back to work – now that the summer holidays are over, it’s hard to see as much of each other.

Luckily, you took a ton of photos together this summer! Use these photos to stay connected.

Take a look at the ideas below for some creative ways to create mementos that fit perfectly together, just like you and your loved ones.

#1 – Bring them together at home

It might have been impossible to get them to hang out together on the beach, but with a couple pieces of creatively displayed wall decor, you can bring them together at home!

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Play around with your photos and make your wall art ‘talk to each other’, like the profile shots in the example above.

#2 -Follow your feet back

After your holiday, you and your 4 friends have all gone back to your sperate lives. But you still have the photos you took to remind that no matter where you are, you can always follow your feet back to each other.

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Make different but matching phone cases that remind you of your holiday together.

#3 -Hold onto each other

Your holiday with your sweetie has come to end… Create two mugs that can stay together at home while you two are at work!

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Split a photo of the two of you holding hands, dancing, etc. and upload your photos to two mugs.

#4 -Spread the memories

Want a guarunteed way to stay connected? Create matching products – keep one for yourself and give others away to family and friends!

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Create wall art for your home and give a matching photo book to someone else.

Top tip: You can also make create matching products to spruce up your home. Make a photo book for the coffee table and a canvas on the wall!

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