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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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’!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
We know how hard it is to find Valentine’s Day gifts that truly show how much you care. This year, express your love with a gift that fits together as perfectly as you and your valentine!
Split a photo of the two of you holding hands, dancing, sitting in the park or even a photo of a romantic word or shape; then upload your photos to two matching products (like canvas prints or phone cases) and create a perfect pair of gifts!
Take a look below for some inspiration and help creating your gifts.