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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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Albelli Summer Spotify Playlist

A few weeks ago, on a particularly sunny afternoon, we decided to put on some music to get us through the work day. But of course, we couldn’t agree on what to listen to. We all wanted to play our favourite songs but at the same time, we were all a bit bored of listening to our same old tunes.

Then, in a stroke of genius, we decided to send out a companywide email requesting everyone to send us their favourite summer songs. With perhaps the fastest ever response time to a company email, we were flooded songs from every department. Some new hits, a few random tunes and a handful of oldies – the Albelli summer playlist was born!

Listen to our playlist by clicking on the songs below!

We love the eclectic and (to be honest) quite random mix, so we thought we’d share it with you! After all, who doesn’t love a good summer tune?

So if you need a few tunes to get you through your day, just click the playlist to enjoy some of our favourite summer songs.

Happy listening! ☺

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Albelli ice tea recipe

A splash of orange, a hint of mint – we can’t get enough of this refreshing iced tea! There’s been more than a few hot days in the office that would’ve been a lot less productive (not to mention pleasant) without this sweet, energizing beverage. Lucky for us, it’s easy to make and a piece of cake to throw together at work.

Since it’s been such a delicious lifesaver for us this summer, we thought we’d pass along the recipe for you to enjoy. Have it at work, at home, at the beach or anywhere else you’d like a cool drink!

What you’ll need:

  • 7 cups of boiling water
  • 8 tea bags (we like orange pekoe tea)
  • 8 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 8 cups of cold water
  • 1 cup of orange/orange-mango juice
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 orange, sliced into disks
  • Ice cubes
  • Cocktail umbrellas (optional, but lots of fun)

 

How to make it:

Combine 7 cups of boiling water and 2 cups of sugar in a pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the tea bags and mint sprigs and let it stand for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tea bags and mint sprigs.

Add the cold water, orange juice and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (if you can’t wait that long, do what we do and just pop it in the freezer for a bit). Serve the tea with ice, oranges and a few fresh mint sprigs.

Throw in a cocktail umbrella and enjoy!

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Cheers!

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3 fun summer games to play!

You’re never too old to play games – at least that’s how we feel in the Albelli office! That’s why we’ve decided to share three of our favourite fun (and somewhat silly) outdoor games.

These games are a great way get out in the sun and have some fun this summer! So round up your family, your friends or some strangers on the street and try out one of the games below. Just be sure to snap a few photos to remember all the fun!

1. Hula hoop hop

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What can you do with a bunch of people and two hula hoops? Play Hula Hoop Hop! The rules are easy but it’s surprisingly challenging and loads of fun.

An equal number of people form two lines and hold hands. The person at the front of each line has a hula hoop. Each team needs to get their hula hoop to the end of the line… without letting go of each other’s hands!

To play, you’ll need to duck, wiggle and hop to pass the hula hoop along. The team that gets their hoop through first wins!

2. Dragon tag

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Have you ever seen a dog trying to catch his own tail? Well that’s pretty much dragon tag!

Have your group line up single file with each person’s hands on the shoulders of the person in front of him. The first player is the dragon head and the last is the tail.

The object of the game is simple – the head tries to catch the tail while dragging everyone along behind him. When he does, he becomes the new tail, moving someone new into the head position.

You keep going until you’re either a) exhausted or b) everyone has had a chance to be the head of the dragon. It might sound simple, but we guarantee it will make you laugh!

3. Water balloon throw

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Get ready to get wet! Depending on your age, you’re bound to get splashed at least once while playing this game. Here’s how to play – going from youngest to oldest, everyone takes a turn throwing a balloon as far as they can toward the same distant object.

But how do you get wet? Well… Once you’ve had your turn, you have stand where your balloon landed. So you’re in the direct line of fire of the next person’s and each subsequent person’s throw.

Whoever gets closest to the target – or perhaps ends up the driest – wins!

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5 tips for taking great selfies

Selfies have taken the world by storm and love it or hate it – they seem to be here to stay. So if you’re not already a selfie pro, it’s time to get out your smartphone (or camera if you want to go old school) and master your self-portrait. Take a look at our five simple tips below to learn the subtle art of the selfie.

Good luck and happy selfie-ing!

1. Do a background check

Make sure there’s not a dirty bathroom behind your smiling face! Check out your background before you snap your selfie for an overall perfect pic.

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2. Don’t take yourself too seriously

The best selfies show off your fun side. So make some crazy faces, laugh and get a bit silly. We guarantee your pic will get some serious ‘likes’!

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3. Edit it

Unless you want in on the #nofilter trend, feel free to use some photo effects! Easily add filters to your pics with apps like Instagram or Pixlr-o-matic.

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4. Get together

Turn your selfie into a groupfie and show off your social side! Recruit a few friends to be in your photo to make a fun and memorable group pic.

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5. Snap, snap and snap some more

Don’t expect to get a flawless selfie on the first try (unless you’re just photogenic). To get the perfect selfie, try out different faces, poses and angles to see what works best for you.

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Mastered your selfie? Create one of our new portrait M photo books with all your awesome pics and turn your snapshots into a memento you can hold onto!

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Portrait M photo books: A new way to show off your snapshots

Don’t get us wrong, we love Facebook and Instagram as much as anyone, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to share your everyday snapshots that’s a bit more… real?

We’ve created the new Portrait M photo book just for that. Now you can easily showcase your pics in a good (not so) old fashioned photo book!

The portrait M book is the perfect size to make your daily shots look great in print. It takes just 24 photos, so it’s super fast to create. Plus, you won’t need Wi-Fi to enjoy it!

If you like the way your photos look on screen, you’ll love seeing them in the Portrait M book. And guess what? You can still share your pics online with our free photo book widget! Take a look at the example photo book below for a first look at the new portrait M book.

Visit the website for more info on the portrait M photo book or to start creating your book.

P.S. For your more sophisticated shots, check out the new portrait XL photo book!

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4 fun Father’s Day photo ideas

Want to do something extra special for Dad this Father’s Day? Take some fun Father’s Day photos with the kids!

Staging a photo shoot is a great way to help the kids create something for Dad this Father’s Day that he’s guaranteed to love. And, we bet you’ll have some fun while doing it!

Once you have all your pics, you can surprise Dad on Father’s Day with a photo book, photo phone case or wall art made with your favourite photos from the shoot.

Take a look at the photography ideas below to get started!

Use fun Father’s Day props

Get crafty and create cute and unique photo props! If you’re not one for crafts, just buy a few Dad inspired props from your local shop to use in your pics. What could be cuter?

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Dress them up just like Dad

Do your kids look a lot like Dad? Take the resemblance to the next level by dressing them up in Dad’s clothes. It’s guaranteed to get a laugh!

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Capture the kids acting just like Dad

They don’t have to look like Dad to be just like Dad. Encourage the kids to act like Dad in different scenarios and snap a few adorable pics!

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Showcase the kiddos’ artwork

At the end of the day, a child’s creativity tops all other ideas. Turn your kid’s art into a photo that Dad can cherish forever!

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Tip: The Albelli creator tool is so easy to use that you can even get the kids involved in creating Dad’s photo book, phone case or wall art!

Do you have any other ideas? Share them below!

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1-2-3 Fun Tips for Kids Books

Photo books are perfect for documenting your kids’ lives and someday your kids will love looking back through those books, but what about creating a photo book that your kids can enjoy right now?

We’ve put together a few fun book ideas that are a piece of cake to make and your kids will absolutely love. Take a look below and create a photo book that’s guaranteed make your kids smile!

Become the author of your own story

Get some inspiration from your kids’ toys and their make-believe worlds to create your own storybook! Snap photos of your ‘characters’ around the house to use as pictures in your book or if you’re feeling really artistic, try your hand at your own illustrations. Have some fun and in no time you’ll have an original story that your kids won’t want to put down!

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Make learning fun!

There are lots of educational books out there for kids, but why buy one of those when you can make one yourself? You can help your kiddos learn to read with an alphabet book or teach them to count with a book of numbers. Find everyday objects to represent letters or numbers and snap a photo of them for your book. Then bring it all together using the fun designs and fonts available in the photo book creator tool.

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Nurture childhood creativity

Get inspired by your children’s imagination and make a photo book of your kids’ creations! You can even get them involved in the process and help develop their creativity further. Scan your children’s school work, drawings, poems and anything else they’ve made. Your book will preserve all their precious childhood creations and most importantly, you’ll have fun making it!

Tip: Need help getting your kids’ work in a digital format? Check out our scanning guide.

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A look at some incredibly creative baby photos

Recently we came across some baby photography that’s so creative, we couldn’t help but share it with you!

Photographers Anna Eftimie, Emil Nyström, and duo Leon and Lilly Mackie have been attracting quite a bit of attention on social media lately and there’s no mystery why.

Each of these photographers have their own unique way of creating awe-inspiring baby photos. From Anna’s whimsical blackboard drawings, to Leon and Lilly’s amazing cardboard movie sets, and Emil’s hilarious photoshopped images – these photographers add a dash imagination to their photos and the results are incredible!

Take a look at some of their images below. We hope they’ll inspire you to tell your own unique story with your photos!

Leon and Lilly’s Cardboard Box Office

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Want more? Check out the Cardboard Box Office website: http://cardboardboxoffice.com

Anna Eftimie’s Blackboard Adventures

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See all of Anna’s Blackboard Adventure series and her other photography on her website: http://www.cutemomentsphotography.com

Emil Nyström’s Photo-shopped Portraits of His Daughter

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Take a look at Emil’s website (http://www.emilmedia.se) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/emilmedia) for more amazing photos.

Feeling inspired? Get creative with your own baby photos and tell your story with a photo book!

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