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!
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.
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.
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! Nashville
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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? 😉
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’.
Photo effects add interest to this artist snow shot.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!