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Need a birthday present for a girlfriend? Do something great using the photos of the two of you.

Have a girlfriend whose birthday is coming up? And still don’t have a birthday gift? (no, not bubble bath or a trip to the sauna again). Here’s our solution: you’ve known each other so long that you must have a lot of photos of the two of you. Right? Then do something nice with them! Make a personal birthday gift for your friend with photos of fun times and meals you shared together. You’ll enjoy giving it as much as she enjoys receiving it. And you’ll have a great time making it too! That’s where the fun begins.

Birthday gift for a girlfriend… what should I make?
A great birthday gift would be a photo book of your last holiday together. Add humorous text (‘and then she said…’), use your own photos as backgrounds and add great effects. Or use the best photos to make a year planner as a birthday gift for your girlfriend. While you make it you can even add all the dates you will get together in the coming year.

And if you really want to give your girlfriend a chic birthday gift? Put her favourite photo on canvas. Success guaranteed! Another great idea: friendship photo book with all your craziest moments together.

You’ve known each other a long time. Haven’t you?
If you’ve known each other so long, it really isn’t difficult to make a birthday present for your girlfriend yourself. Where have the two of you been together? Go through all the photos on your telephone or computer again and surprise your girlfriend with a personal birthday gift!

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Farewell gift for a colleague

A colleague is leaving. How sad! You’ve sat across from each other for ages, muddled through meetings together and shared countless lunches. Give that great colleague a personal farewell gift before they depart! Make that last workday together one to remember. Read all the great tips for your farewell gift below!

At the coffee machine
The same ritual every morning: getting coffee from the coffee machine. And always the same question: how was your weekend / evening / day off, do anything fun? Even though you may not ever see each other outside the office, you’ve probably come to know a lot about your colleague. So a personal farewell gift should be a piece of cake.

Good farewell gift – also great for the boss
The fact that one’s colleagues have put a lot of time into making a farewell gift certainly won’t go unnoticed. So make the effort! And what’s certainly also true: giving the boss a personal farewell gift is also more meaningful. A farewell speech accompanied by a gift is certainly more meaningful than just a bouquet or gift certificate.

TIP! as a farewell gift for a colleague:
make a photo book, here are some ideas:

• Collect snapshots made during company socials or outings.
• Make screen captures of funny mails he or she has sent.
• Make close-up photos of his or her workplace: those 27 Post-its on the computer monitor, that everlasting (and slightly dirty) coffee mug, that classic poster on the wall. What makes your colleague so special?
• Use photos of the conferences and trade shows your colleague attended.
• Or find a light-hearted way to include images that serve as reminders for the targets that had to be met…

Ready to get started?
Making a farewell gift for your colleague doesn’t take much time and is a lot of fun to do! Many years spent working together is certainly not something to be forgotten and is worthy of a nice farewell gift.

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Make a cheery birthday calendar

Hip hip hurray! A birthday! Make an Albelli birthday calendar for yourself or someone else. Gather your favourite photos and use them to make a cheerful birthday calendar! That way you’ll always have your favourite photos on the wall and you’ll never forget another birthday.

6 attractive photo arrangements
When you make your birthday calendar online, you have a choice of six photo arrangements. So you decide how your birthday calendar will look! Choose three photos arranged vertically, for example. Albelli gives you a range of great options.

Fill in the names
Another great feature is that you can fill in the names before your calendar is printed. You decide the colour and the size of the letters yourself. After all, you may want the name of a special person printed an extra large letters on your calendar. Special touches like these make creating a birthday calendar even more fun to do!

10 original designs
Albelli has already created 10 original designs for you. These serve as the background for your birthday calendar. Choose one of the 10 great themes. Or use one of your own photos as a background. It’s all up to you. With Albelli’s online calendar creator you have lots of choices, yet making a birthday calendar is always quick and easy.

This is one of the 10 designs. Want to see all 10? Click here.

Tips for making a birthday calendar
Of course you can simply make a birthday calendar that includes all your friends and family. But you could also do something different, like making a birthday calendar with the names and photos of your favourite celebrities. Or how about making a birthday calendar with the birthdays of all your colleagues?

With Albelli, making a cheery birthday calendar is fun and easy. And the result is guaranteed to be so attractive you’ll probably want to hang it somewhere special… so don’t put it off, get started now!

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Use Hipstamatic in your photo book

Familiar with that great app for your iPhone yet? Hipstamatic? It lets you take photos that look like they were made with a vintage film camera. Photos like those that rolled out of the Kodak Instamatic cameras in the 60s and 70s.

The Hipstamatic in your photo book
These photos can naturally be put in your photo book too! Martin, our aviation-enthusiast/photographer here at Albelli (his reputation is growing) has used this effect in his latest photo book. With fantastic results!

Sometimes the resolution may not be high enough (in other words, the quality may not be good enough if you place them in a photo book XL), but Martin solved this problem by simply making a collage of the photos.

He created that great effect around the photos using a ‘film template’ from the Albelli photo book program.

Want to see the whole book? You’ll have to wait just a little longer. Soon we will place Martin’s entire photo book online, so keep checking the blog!

The Hipstamatic app is available for download from the iTunes Store for €1.59.

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Use Hipstamatic in your photo book

Familiar with that great app for your iPhone yet? Hipstamatic? It lets you take photos that look like they were made with a vintage film camera. Photos like those that rolled out of the Kodak Instamatic cameras in the 60s and 70s.

The Hipstamatic in your photo book
These photos can naturally be put in your photo book too! Martin, our aviation-enthusiast/photographer here at Albelli (his reputation is growing) has used this effect in his latest photo book. With fantastic results!

Sometimes the resolution may not be high enough (in other words, the quality may not be good enough if you place them in a photo book XL), but Martin solved this problem by simply making a collage of the photos.

He created that great effect around the photos using a ‘film template’ from the Albelli photo book program.

Want to see the whole book? You’ll have to wait just a little longer. Soon we will place Martin’s entire photo book online, so keep checking the blog!

The Hipstamatic app is available for download from the iTunes Store for €1.59.

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Make your Father’s Day gift unforgettable

Once a year, Father’s Day is celebrated globally but especially in the US, Canada, China, India and the UK. The actual date varies from country to country but in the UK, Father’s Day is generally the third Sunday in June which, this year, is the 19th and in 2012, the 17th.

Mothering Sunday goes back to the days of the Romans and is a tradition that was developed by the Christian church in the 16th Century. In contrast, Father’s Day is a tradition that is barely a hundred years old; cynically, it is said that a famous greetings card company created Father’s Day simply to sell more cards, but that is not the case; the special day was established to recognise that fathers also play an important role in the life of a child above simply being the breadwinner. Today, of course, it’s often the case that mothers and fathers both earn money for the family and both take personal care of the children.

Giving a special, unique gift on Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for children to show how much their father means to them; that their father is loved for providing more than financial stability and, although a nice home and holidays are always appreciated, it is being a parent, a father, a dad who is there when needed, that really matters most.

It is not the cost of the Father’s Day gift that matters to many Dad’s, but the personal effort involved in creating the gift. A hundred years on from when the first Father’s Day was honoured, there is now a spectrum of amazing Father’s Day gifts available in stores and, of course, online. Invariably, Fathers do not wish for their children to spend a small fortune on gifts but even the most undemanding father would appreciate a personalised greetings card with a digital snapshot of their son or daughter or grandchildren. Further up the price range is a printed canvas that will create a Father’s Day to be remembered and cherished every day. Another personalised gift is the photo book which contains beautifully presented personal photos printed as if in a real book. Personalised photo books are wonderful gifts for Fathers and Grandfathers alike.

It is said that it’s “he thought that counts” and there is no doubt that a personalised greetings card, a photo printed on canvas, or a photo book full of cherished memories, are thoughtful gifts that will mean a great deal to all fathers and grandfathers on Father’s Day. It should also be remembered that choosing a gift for your father can be a fair bit trickier when compared to picking out a gift for your mother.

Many fathers would be embarrassed to receive a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates on Father’s Day, and would no doubt pass the gift swiftly on to their other half. Therefore, a personalised photo card, printed photo canvas or photo book shows love from a child in a way that fathers can accept without impacting on their “natural manly role”.

Giving fathers a personalised greeting card with a unique image, complemented by a printed canvas for hanging on the wall or a beautifully presented photo album, will ensure that this year’s Father’s Day is one that truly demonstrates the level of love most children feel but do not always show for their Fathers.

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A photo book for yourself, and one for…

…grandma and grandpa? Your travel companions? Your daughter? Your colleagues? We can think of plenty of reasons to order a second copy of your photo book. The first is: to share memories! Because it would really be a shame if no one were to see your beautiful photo book. Right?

A photo book for…
Grandma and grandpa are certainly the classic example. Nothing would make them happier than a photo book of their grandchild. They will be able to enjoy the photos whenever they’re not babysitting. Or make an account of your travels with your travelling companion and order two! You will both look back with pleasure after returning home.

With the photo book program you can make a child’s photo book exactly like this one. Yes, including all those wonderful backgrounds and frames!

Great moments deserving of more than one photo book
Family tree book: Make a photo book of your family history. One for every member of the family. A good way to ensure your history is never lost.
Wedding photo book: Give the best man and maid of honour a photo book of your beautiful wedding too. They will enjoy looking back just as much as you do!
Memory photo book: Make a photo book for grandma’s 80th birthday with photos from throughout her life. An unforgettable gift for her. A nice remembrance for you.
Friendship photo book: What could be more obvious? One for your friend, one for you!
Portfolio: For your potential customers…

You can also share your book online, as you see above. So if you would rather do that, read more about sharing your photo book online.

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Attending a wedding? Give an unusual wedding gift!

A wedding is always a fun and thrilling event. Even for you, as a guest! What do you wear, what will the party be like, what should you give as a gift?! Should you go with the standard envelope or take things into your own hands? Stop wavering: make your own wedding gift for the bride and groom. Yours will be sure to stand out in that huge stack of gifts. What’s more, you’ll have a great time thinking about the special day.

How can I make sure my wedding gift stands out?
When you think about a wedding, the things that come to mind are love, the party and amazing clothes… and that stack of beautifully wrapped gifts. Usually the gifts aren’t unwrapped until after the party, and sometimes the couple no longer even remembers which gift they received from you. Want to make sure they won’t forget your wedding gift? A metre-high Chinese vase would do the trick. But a photo book you have made yourself will probably have the same effect.

Ideas for your wedding gift
• Ask the parents for childhood photos and make a photo book that will rekindle old memories.
• Collect great stories and photos from their friends. Make a photo book with the title: “What you need to know about him, and what you need to know about her”.
• Does the couple like to have art on the wall? Put their favourite image or photo on canvas!
• Make a fantastic photo album of their first years together (you can find a way to get those photos).
• Give a facebook or friendship photo book with pictures of all their friends from their student years.

No time for a wedding gift?
Really can’t spare the time to make a wedding gift yourself? Then give the couple an Albelli gift certificate. They can use it later to make a beautiful photo book of their honeymoon. Or to put their most beautiful wedding picture on canvas.

Be as creative as you like
Make your wedding gift as beautiful, silly or creative as you like! You can, with the user-friendly program from Albelli. Use the original backgrounds and the unique borders or add effects to your photo. You can choose any style: modern, retro, classic, stylish, wedding theme… it’s all up to you!  This way you’ll be sure to have a wedding gift that’s perfect for the wedding couple to be.

100% quality guarantee
As is appropriate for a wedding, the quality of your gift will be nothing short of perfect. There’s no reason to feel uncomfortable when you attend a wedding bearing this gift! And our customer service staff is available to help you Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 21.00.

With Albelli you can easily make your own very special wedding gift. What’s stopping you? Get started now!

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Photo shoot #2: Albelli customer service

Perhaps you noticed already, but we recently put a new photo on our customer service page. It’s the result of an afternoon photo session with our colleagues! We thought it was time to focus on the Albelli support team in this blog – literally!

Here are a few photos from that afternoon. The idea behind it? We wanted a few nice photos for the website. We want to introduce you to the people you speak with on the telephone. Soon you will also see their photos at the bottom of service mails.

As you can see, we had a lot of fun.  Music, party hats, streamers and noisemakers. We also took advantage of the opportunity to take a number of theme photos for all those special occasions yet to come. (Like the Queen’s birthday!)

Naturally the people you see here are just a few members of the much larger team. We will soon introduce the entire customer service team to you. Accompanied by their craziest stories and funniest telephone conversations. So keep checking back!

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Making invitations yourself: warm up your guests beforehand!

Planning to organise a get-together and looking for a great way to invite everyone? Why not make your own invitations? Boring? No way! Because with a card you’ve made yourself you set the tone for the evening! What do you have in mind? Retro, classic, hip or artsy? At Albelli it’s your party.

Truth be told, invitations are not just for big events. After all, for something as simple as a dinner get-together, a personal invitation has the biggest effect. Or as they say: an impressive entrance determines the success of the evening… For every party or occasion, you set the tone when you make your own invitations!

A few occasions that call for invitations:
• Housewarming party: With a photo of your new home. Or maybe your old one. Or how about the couch you couldn’t bear to move again…
• Baby shower – use the first echo – that’s so special!
• Wedding invitation: Choose the silliest or most beautiful photo of the two of you together.
• Dinner party – Have you been on holiday? Invite your friends for a get-together! “Come enjoy a Mexican meal at my place” (or Indian, Thai, tapas, or another special favourite…)
• Birthday party – Make a great invitation with an old photo of yourself when you were little.
• Anniversary party – married 50 years? 25 years at the company? Your company’s 10th anniversary? Invite people to celebrate with invitations you make yourself. Choose a photo of the first workday, the first time on holiday, the opening of the new building.
• Masked ball – or any other kind of theme party! Invite your guests and get them in the mood beforehand.

Make invitations, that’s nicer than an e-mail
And let’s be honest, a card in the mail is still more special than a message via Hyves or Facebook. Right? So make your invitations yourself and warm up your special guests in your own style!

Making invitations yourself?
Choose your favourite, silliest or most beautiful photo and decorate it with frames, masks and clipart. Add your own text and you’re finished! Get started making your invitations now. Use the free program from Albelli to make your invitation and start now.

We hope your occasion will be all you hoped it would be!

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