We know limited time and a tight Christmas budget can make finding thoughtful and unique gifts a challenge. So we asked our gift giving specialists (aka: members of our team) to let us in on their top three budget friendly favourites. Read their picks below for personalised gifts that won’t break the bank and are finished in no time!
1.) Photo Phone Cases
Our new photo phone cases are a great pick for siblings and tech savvy parents. Creating one of these premium phone cases takes less than 10 minutes and they’re only £12.95, so you can get one for every smartphone enthusiast you know! Available for iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S and Samsung Galaxy S3/S4
“Photo phone cases are great gifts for young people. I made one for myself and one for my friend!” -Miguel from Albelli
2.) Photo Calendars
Photo calendars tick every box: they’re easy to create, perfect for anyone and with several formats to choose from, they’re a gift that fits every budget! Simply gather together 12 favourite photos and give a gift that will be enjoyed every day for the next year. Choose from portrait, landscape, premium or birthday calendars.
“Everyone’s happy to get a calendar at Christmas. I’m giving multiple copies of this one to everyone in my family!” -Kate from Albelli
3.) Pocket Photo Books
If you’re looking for a small gift for your grandma, sister, aunt or friend, this is it! At just £6.95, pocket photo books are Albelli’s most affordable gifts and they couldn’t be easier to create. Fill one with 22 snapshots and give someone a pocket-sized photo book they can carry with them always!
“Pocket photo books are perfect for photos that people like to have on hand (think kids or pets). This year my sister is getting one filled with pictures of my nieces and nephews.” –Kelly from Albelli
Be sure to order these gifts before 16th December for delivery before Christmas!
When I first heard that we would start offering Aluminium Prints at Albelli, I was intrigued. I couldn’t imagine a photo being printed on metal and even though our product department told us all about Aluminium Prints, I wanted to know more.
After a few well spent hours Googling aluminium prints, I discovered loads of glowing reviews for this hip product. Everything I read claimed that aluminium prints are the most stunning, unique and practical prints out there. But everyone also agreed – you can’t really understand what makes aluminium prints so special, until you’ve seen them firsthand. So I decided to order one for myself and find out just how amazing aluminium prints really are.
My first (and certainly not last) Aluminium Print:
The first thing I did was look for the perfect photo. After combing through some of my recent holiday pics, I decided on a photo taken during my trip to Rome last year – a modern looking architectural shot which I thought would look great on aluminium.
Next, I accessed the Albelli online editor and started creating. I selected the size and format I wanted (50×70 Landscape) and uploaded my photo. Once it was uploaded, I chose the option to have my photo printed in black and white (a favourite for aluminium prints) and sent my order to be printed.
Within a few days a package arrived at my desk at work. In no time the packaging was removed and my creation was revealed.
I was so excited – I couldn’t wait to see it on the wall. Lucky for me, it came ready to hang!
The verdict? Albelli Aluminium Prints are a new, ultra-modern and sophisticated way to display your images. They’re like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
I could go on and on about how incredible our new Aluminium Prints are, but like me, you’ll have to order one yourself and see!
A favourite picture of yourself with friends or family is always nice to hang on the wall, but if you’re looking for some new ideas for your home, we’ve got some tips for you!
Take a look at the six ideas below and create a wow-effect with your wall decor!
Take an alternative family portrait
Dad, mum and little kiddo in a creative family portrait
Step outside the box with your next family photo. A picture like the one above is timeless and shows off your family’s creative side. And the best part? No one has to worry about a bad hair day! Try this on a canvas to add a rich, warm look to your walls.
Add colour to your home with pictures of flowers, colourful Moroccan spices, bright umbrellas and anything else that catches your eye. For an abstract look, shoot close-ups and try out different angles. Print your photo on acrylic to really make the colours pop!
Create real vintage art
Make a close-up of a piece of heritage before it moves to the trash and create vintage art!
Do you have an old heirloom, like a rug or sofa, that you never want to give up? Make a beautiful photo of it and hang it on your wall as vintage art! For the complete vintage look and feel, print your photo on canvas – the rough material will bring out the original texture of your treasured antique.
Relax with minimalism and symmetry
A simple image can have a big impact.
At first glance this photo may not seem very interesting (after all, it’s just two chairs in a corner!) but an image like this can have a very soothing effect. To bring tranquility into your interior, capture the symmetry in your life on a canvas, acrylic or aluminium print.
Hang a clock on the wall again
Photograph a clock and make time stand still.
Now days everyone has the time on their phone and no one needs a clock on the wall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still use clocks to decorate your home! For a creative take on time, photograph your favourite clock in black and white and print it on aluminium. You’ll have a nostalgic piece of art in no time!
Make a mouth-watering masterpiece
A new twist on a classic still life.
Take photos of fresh foods and create your very own modern-day Rembrandt! Print your photos on four small acrylics and spice up your kitchen with a photo composite.
Want more food photography inspiration? Check out our example cook book.
That’s right, it’s not just ‘Layflat’ but ‘Layflat Premium’. We’re really pleased to be able to introduce our new and improved layflat photo books! They’re so beautiful that we’re proud to call them the ‘creme de la creme’ of our photo book range.
Layflat: what is that again?
Layflat photo books are bound in a unique way, allowing the pages to open completely flat.
The difference between a Layflat Premium photo book and a normal photo book
The left and right hand pages flow seamlessly together. Whenever you place a photograph that runs through the centre of your book, this will be printed without interruption. Ideal for photos of a gorgeous sunset, a landscape or a group photo where people are also in the centre of the book.
A Layflat Premium photo book (top example) has no break down the centre of the page.
Why do you call it ‘Premium’?
We call it Layflat ‘Premium’ because of the special paper we use. It has all the qualities of real photo paper. Slightly thicker pages showcase your photos beautifully and add an extra-luxurious feel. Additionally, the premium paper is stain, moisture and fingerprint resistant! This gives your book and outstanding, professional finish.
I want this for my next photo book! How do I order Layflat Premium?
The steps for adding layflat to your photo book have changed slightly. You can opt for Layflat Premium now directly within the offline or online Creator Tools (not in the shopping basket). The option is available to you when you first start creating, or can be turned on or off during the process by visiting the ‘Extra Options’ tab in the Creator Tool. Layflat Premium is available on all L-size landscape, portrait and square photo books and also Square XL.
Make your next photo book ‘Layflat Premium’! Believe us, you’ll never want it any other way. Check out this beautiful panorama photography photo book by our colleague Martin, it might give you a little inspiration.
Firstly, I must confess: I’ve been hit by the vintage virus. That’s why I decided to redecorate my living room with my own two hands. After searching the internet, I managed to find some authentic 60-year-old wallpaper: discoloured on all sides and ripped in a few places. However, as you can see, the results speak for themselves! I really love my new vintage wall, but the biggest surprise came afterwards… (more…)
Once the school year starts, it’s as though someone has hit the fast forward button. You’re so busy policing homework, calming tantrums and rolling out the go-to-beds that it’s summer break before you know it and you’ll be scratching your head, wondering where all the time went.
The good news is that it’s possible to stop time from speeding by so quickly and you won’t need a time machine to do it. All you need is a camera and some great school year photos ideas. Below you’ll find 4 ways of using everyday moments to capture your child’s school year in a meaningful way.
Idea 1: Photograph a day in your little one’s school life
Take photos of things as commonplace as their school lunch box!
Once your little one becomes an adult, these everyday items will turn into symbols of happy, carefree days. Capture them on camera and give your child a way to remember their childhood. For ideas of what to photograph, head to our ‘A day in the school life of’ pinboard.
Idea 2: Take photos that capture their childhood dreams
Remind your kids how enthusiastic and eager they were as children.
A child aspires to be a Fireman one day then a Vet the next. Use creative ways to take photos that will remind your little one of what they aspired to be. Who knows? It may become a source of inspiration in the future. For ideas, head to our ‘When I grow up I want to be’ pinboard.
Idea 3: Photograph the friends they had before Facebook
Caption: No two friends are the same. Take photos that capture what made each friend unique.
Sadly, as the years go by, we tend to fall out of touch with the friends we made during our childhood. Give your child a way to hold on to them through pictures. When you spot a good moment, just grab the camera and take photos of all of them: from the friends they made at summer camp to the elderly neighbour who told scary stories. To inspire you, we’ve pinned some lovely examples on our ‘Friends I had before Facebook’ pinboard.
Idea 4: Take photos of your child’s favourite toys and games
This will arguably be the photo that will make them smile the most.
Just think of Pac Man, Lego or any old toy or game you loved as a child and you’ll be smiling in no time. Give your kids a reason to look back and smile as well. Take photos of the toys and games they love in fun ways. Be inspired by the photos on our ‘Games and toys’ pinboard.
Here’s a tip! Once you have a great collection of photos, use them to create a fun photo book dedicated to capturing their childhood and school year. You can add the photos to one of a pre-design photo book, we recommend one of the books under the Children theme, or start from scratch.
Which ever way you chose to go, it’ll surely be a book they’ll love to have as a keepsake.
In the middle of a busy week at Albelli, with everyone buzzing about and glued to their screens, Joline (one of our talented designers) sits quietly at her desk, paint brush in hand, calmly dipping it into different watercolour paints to create summery flip flops, star fish and straw umbrellas.
Joline’s lovely watercolour paintings
Turning paintings into clip art
Sure, it seems a little curious to see watercolour paintings in an office so dominated by all things computer-related. But take a closer look and you’ll see the beginnings of what eventually became the Beach holiday pre-designed photo book.
In order to get started, Joline carefully compiled an inspiration board to get her creative juices flowing.
After creating several beautifully detailed paintings, she then selected her favourites to digitally convert into the clip art design elements that frame your photos. The result is breath taking!
“So much work goes into creating each pre-designed photo book, more than you’d expect,’ explains Joline, “Each one requires us [designers] to take a more artistic approach rather than a deliberate one.”
That’s why you’re coming away with actual works of art when you opt for one of our pre-designed photo books!
You may have noticed that we have been adding lots of new pre-designed themes to our website recently. We set one of our colleagues, Kelly, a challenge to see how quickly she could put a pre-designed photo book together. Kelly decided to use the ‘Modern magazine’ theme (one of our classics) and it took her no time at all! She simply had to upload her photographs, add them across 24 pages and place her order.
So take a trip down memory lane with Kelly, and check out what she got up to when she was in the America earlier this year!
We are thrilled to be able to share with you a 5 chapter series of how-to videos, so you can really see how simple it is to create and order your photo book with Albelli. If you’ve never made a photo book before, then this is a great place to get started!
The sun is shining, the kids are off school and the beer gardens are in full swing! There are still a few weeks left before the end of the summer holidays, so here are some top tips for capturing great photos during your time off. Tip: use these photos to create your holiday photo book!
Things to think about before you go on holiday
1. Give your camera a quick test. If you’ve just treated yourself to a new camera, it may be handy to take it for a test drive before you set off on your holidays. Scope out the most important features and make sure you know the basics of how it works.
2. Have a think about which format you want to save your photos in. If you’re looking to use your photos for a photo book, select a higher-resolution to get that extra-sharp finish when printed. Check your camera’s manual; you might be surprised to find some useful tips and tricks.
3. Make sure you have enough memory cards and batteries when you’re out and about. There’s nothing worse than the ‘memory full’ or ‘battery low’ signs flashing on your screen and having no back up with you.
Albelli Top Tip: Stuck abroad with no battery left on your camera and you’ve forgotten your charger? Some camera stores will charge your camera for you if you find yourself in this situation.
How do you take the best photos for your holiday photo book?