We came across this canvas print by artist Niki Pilkington when she shared it with us on Twitter. Although we often see beautiful photos printed on our canvas prints, it’s not often we see something as unusual and interesting as this! Just as easily as selecting your favourite photo to put on a canvas to decorate your walls, you can also upload any other image – your child’s drawing or a piece of artwork can look truly professional when printed on canvas. See more canvas print inspiration.
Because we were utterly intrigued by Niki’s work, we decided to ask her a few questions about how this lovely canvas print came to be…
What is the inspiration behind your illustration?
“The illustration is part of my newest series called ‘Glorious Truths’ a combination of girls, animals and words. The inspiration behind most of my work is fashion and the girls that wear it, but this time round it’s got a little bit a nature thrown in.”
What was this illustration used for?
“This illustration along with the rest of the series was created for ‘Pick Me Up’ an annual art fair held at Somerset House, London. I was one of 20 selected artists to exhibit at the event, and it (alongside the other 5 in the series) was sold as an original 3D piece in a box frame.”
What materials do you use to create your work?
“I create using a combination of Derwent pencils, pens, fine liners, high lighters, felt tips, markers, coloured pencils and collage -Basically all the stuff you’d find in a kids pencil case. The brighter the better if you ask me – if you have colour, I believe you should use it!” See more of Niki’s work.
Where will you hang the canvas?
“The canvas will be hung in my studio for now (that’s if it’s not been stolen by then…it’s had quite a few admirers!!)” – We can see why!
As weddings often go, it’s a flurry of activity and laughter before it’s all over. But later, another kind of celebration comes – one that celebrates the love and support surrounding newlyweds.
To celebrate theirs, David Cinanni and wife, Malou, created this lovely wedding photo book to thank their parents in a special way. Their parents were so happy that they proudly showed their photo books to everyone they came across, and rightly so – it’s difficult not to smile while flicking through these pages.
It took them about 8 hours to bring together and 123 photos to include all 170 guests. By sequencing their photos to the day’s event, they wanted viewers to experience that special day just as it was. Another tip? David suggests you opt for a gloss finish – this makes the most of your colours. Also, when creating your wedding book – make sure you do it together.
If ever there was a good reason to create new design assets for our downloadable photo book editor, this is one! In celebration The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, we have launched a series of Royal themed backgrounds and clipart. The photo’s from your local street party can now be captured in style in a Royal themed photo book.
New ‘Royal Celebrations’ Clip Art:
New ‘Royal Celebrations’ Backgrounds:
How to access the ‘Royal Celebrations’ design assets:
To access the clip art and backgounds in the download editor, simply click on “Insert” then “Clip art” or “Backgrounds” then select the “Download more” button in the pop-up to download the new clip art (and any you haven’t previously downloaded), then select from the range (see below).
We can’t wait to see all those fun Royal Celebrations photo books – please share!
Every now and then we come across a customer photo book that really knocks our socks off! Wim de Vos shared his photo book about Greek Orthodox Monks who live on Mount Athos in North East Greece on our Facebook page… and we were entralled!
Wim took the photos whilst travelling to Mount Athos to film a documentary, in his role as a lighting cameraman for CBS 60 minutes. It was only later when looking at the still photos he’d taken that he decided to create a photo book. The photo book took him a month to put together and he said one of his biggest tips for other photo book makers is to be very critical about the photos that go in the book – think about the colour matching, size and layout.
Have a flick through and be impressed at this truly professional and utterly breath-taking photo book – we think it’s one of the best we’ve seen.
Spring is such a beautiful, exciting time of the year – spring bulbs, longer nights, Easter celebrations and of course, the promise of summer ahead.
To celebrate all that Spring entails, we decided to put together a Spring photo book using some of our favourite Spring images and combining them with our easy photo book editor options. See below a couple of our favourite spreads and instructions on how you can create this look in our photo book editor.
How to make our ‘Flower Power’ page: Select ‘Insert’ tab, then ‘Backgrounds‘ then ‘Children – unisex baby’. To place the daffodils on the page, select ‘Insert’, then ‘Clipart‘ then ‘Flowers’ and insert the flowers of your choice.
How to make our ‘Easter Countdown’ page: The effect on the eggs is created by a Mask: Select the photo you wish to use, then select the ‘Insert’ tab, then ‘Masks’ then ‘Torn paper’, this will give the panel effect. To add the numbers to the page, select ‘Insert’ tab, then ‘Clipart’ then ‘Alphabet’ and select the numbers you wish to insert.
How to create a ‘Garden Wall’ page: Select ‘Insert’ tab, then ‘Backgrounds’ then ‘Wood’ then insert the wooden background you would like to use. To add the polaroid effect to the photos, select ‘Insert’ then ‘Frame‘ then ‘Holiday – Summer’ and choose the polaroid look frame. To place the flowers on the page, select ‘Insert’, then ‘Clipart’ then ‘Flowers’ and insert the flowers of your choice.
The final product in our office – doesn’t it make a lovely unique Easter gift for friends and family?
Great news for our Mac users, we have just launched a new version of our photo book editor for Mac (version 1.4)! This new version comes fit with 4 major developments… details here:
1. Color Frames
In addition to our custom designer frame, we now offer color frames for your photos. Choose one of the standard colors or a color from any point of your screen.
2. Photo Effects
You are now able to create photo effects within our photo book editor. Options include sepia, black and white, blur and tint adjustments. Easy to select and add, these effects help create a truly professional photo book.
3. Horizontal and vertical alignment
There are now 6 new icons at the top of your screen. These tools allow you to align your photos on a page or spread with a simple click.
4. Quickly see which photos you have already used
There is now a ‘counter’ which indicates how often you have used a photo in your photo book to ensure you are not doubling up unintentionally.You might recognize the symbol from your iPhone.
Throughout the Mac editor other small adjustments have been made to ensure your photo book creation is a easy and enjoyable as possible.
Coming soon: Clipart!
The next version the Albelli Mac editor will also feature a selection of clipart. Until then you are able to use the internet search function to add images to your photo book. Tip: if you search “.png” you have the best chance of finding a picture with a transparent background.
Do you have any suggestions for our next Mac version? We’d love to hear them!
How to get the updated software: If you already have our Mac software installed, the latest version will automatically install when you are connected to the internet. If you haven’t tried our Mac editor yet, you can download it here.
Are you a blogger? We hope so! Because along with our friends at Love All Blogs, we are calling all bloggers for an image of something they love! The competition is simple, if you are a blogger you just need to share an image of something you love on your blog; the kind of photo that brings a smile to your eyes!
Some of my all-time favourite photos are party moments; whether they are silly dress ups, formal gatherings or casual picnics (and I’m sure you’re the same!). Just being at a party tends to make people relaxed and happy – all the better for snapping that great shot. Because of this, photos from parties are often ones I want to include in my photo books.
To really make your party photos shine, we have added some new “party” themed backgrounds and clipart to the Albelli photo book editor. See a selection below… they’re sure to add some excitement to your next photo book!
Do you find it hard to say ‘I Love You’? You won’t be the only person!
A colleague in our Dutch team has created this photo book for his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. “Hou ik van jou” directly translates as “I love you”. Such a simple but beautiful way to show your love on Valentine’s. We know his girlfriend will be feeling very special on Valentine’s and will treasure this gift for years to come.
Still looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration? Find it here in our great gift ideas.
We might like to think we are a nation of romantics but we decided this Valentine’s that it would be interesting to look at exactly how we do spend at Valentine’s so we commissioned a survey to find out more!
We’ve taken our favourite results and put them into an infographic (a small taste of this is below). Click through to see the full infographic and also take the embed code to host on your own website or blog if you wish!