2016 Calendars with Snapfish

As Christmas is drawing so much nearer, I've started to think about perfect Christmas gifts for people and I will say one thing about having a wedding - it makes giving gifts for Christmas super easy as everyone wants to see photos and re experience our amazing day. 

I'd already put together some photo books for ourselves and our parents through Truprint - so when I saw this opportunity with Snapfish to create calendars I was more than happy to be involved as I was so thrilled with the quality of our books and I knew that the products from Snapfish came from the same supplier as Truprint.  In total I made three calendars - two with wedding photos and a desktop calendar of my own photos for myself (treat yo self) and I'm so pleased to say that they all met my very high expectations.

First up I made a calendar for Thomas (don't worry he's seen it and loves it, I'm not ruining his Christmas haha) and I was so thrilled to see a chalkboard background within the calendar pre-sets as one of our themes was chalkboard stationary. I was just as excited to see a wide range of fonts to match the layouts as well. I spent a lot of time working on our invitations, order of service, presentation boards and other stationary things weddings need - so to have something that echoed that look was really important.

I really enjoyed the Snapfish website for putting together the calendar pages - the images were easy to load and to drag into layouts that you could either create or use pre-sets for. The text options also allowed for me to add one of our readings from the church across the pages too (The Awesome Book of Love by Dallas Clayton - it makes me cry every time and it was read so beautifully by our friend Kay on the day, happy happy). In fact I don't think I could have created a better or more perfect calendar to represent our day and I know Thomas agrees too.

I won't share any more photos of the smaller wedding calender - as that is a surprise gift for someone (hehe) but I will say that the interface was just as easy to use and put together with the different size calendar. The options were a bit more limited creatively due to the space requirements for the photos however I didn't think that was a negative thing as the result was again just what I wanted.

Last up is a treat for myself - a collection of my favourite 12 film photos from the year as well as some inspirational photography quotes. Again I had an idea of what I wanted and it was very easy to create with the Snapfish interface and options provided.  The printing quality of the photos is also really great, I rarely print my photos any more so to see them off the screen was a real treat.

I can't wait to have this on my desk properly next year (it is currently sat safely and patiently in my desk drawer ha).

If you're looking to create some 2016 Calendars yourself Snapfish provide a really great range of options and having tried out a selection of their calendars, I can definitely say that they are a company I would recommend using.   Will you be making any photography related presents this year? 

~ I've been dabbling with the idea of working with companies on my blog lately and every so often an opportunity pops up that I find really exciting... and this is one of them. The products were sent to me to review - but all thoughts are my own. ~

Blossoming Gifts Review

It's not very often that I get asked to review products I actually like or that I get emails with requests that I take seriously (last week I got asked if I wanted to sell my blog?! Um, no.) so I was pleasantly surprised to get an email from Blossoming Gifts - a flower delivery company - asking me to review some flowers from their Autumn Flowers range. I love flowers and our house was unusually flower free at the time as we were just back from our mini moon so I was delighted to say yes.

The flowers arrived boxed up in a easy to carry size package - which was very helpful as I had to take it home on the train after getting them delivered to work - and they were cleverly and neatly wrapped to keep them looking great and also hydrated. I was pleased to see that there were enough to put in two vases and I took photos straight away as the roses looked lovely - I do love yellow. It took a few days for the lilies to bloom - but once they bloomed the colours were stunning.

I also had a lot of fun setting up a little photo shoot against our house, I think the colours of the roses and berries worked well against the wall and our neighbours cat also came to have a nose at what I was doing too - though I made sure he didn't get too close to the lilies.

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The flowers have been in our house for a week now and sadly the roses are starting to look a little sorry, however the lilies with the berries and yellow filler ( I have no idea what it is, sorry!) still look great and they make me smile every time I walk into the kitchen, the autumn colours are just perfect.

(I got a little carried away taking photos of the yellow roses, I just love yellow!)

(I got a little carried away taking photos of the yellow roses, I just love yellow!)

I never really know where to buy flowers online so I'm glad to have Blossoming Gifts as an option and as well as their seasonal range, they also have cheap flowers under £20 and a range which covers any situation. This particular bunch of flowers also came with free chocolates which is great if you love praline - so Thomas was pleased as I don't and he got to eat them all.

Blossoming Gifts are also kindly offering a dedicated 33% discount on bouquets with the code: BGIFTS33 (this excludes the Flowers by Post range but there are lots of others to choose from) which I think makes them very affordable for the quality and colours. I'm tempted to even get another bunch for myself soon to keep brightening up the house as the dreary weather draws in.

Camera: Canon EOS 750
Film: Agfa Vista 200


This post is in collaboration with Blossoming Gifts who sent me the flowers to review but all words and images are my own.

Crafty Android apps for Crochet

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Part two of my favourite apps for my new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet is craft apps for crochet.

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One hobby that I don't share as much here is my love of crochet. If you look at my Pinterest boards or you follow me on there, I'm sure you'll have noticed that 90% of my pins are crochet patterns. So of course the first craft app I had to share here is Pinterest. The Pinterest app is easy to navigate and with the clarity this screen gives, its easy to browse and read patterns on my tablet - my tablet is now my go to device for reading online patterns over my phone and laptop!

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This next app might seem like an odd choice to include in a crafty apps list - but without this app I wouldn't be able to crochet, so I feel it is essential to this list... did you guess? It's Youtube. What would I do without Youtube?! The variety of beginner crochet videos, pattern videos and stitch videos on Youtube makes crochet seem much less daunting to me and watching others is a great way to learn. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 surprised me with a great set of speakers and this combined with my little stand case (I had to get one) makes watching videos and practicing new skills so easy.

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This last app is new to me - but boy am I glad I found it. Stash2go is an app that allows you to access Ravelry with easy navigation (as you can see above) to projects, favourites and the huge library of patterns available of Ravelry. Its a shame that Ravelry don't have their own app but as someone who spends a lot of time on Ravelry, I'm happy that there is a app that provides easy and quick access.

Camera: Olympus OM-10
Film: Fuji Superior 400