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How To Make Your Own Collage Photo Blanket

Collage Photo BlanketI’m amazed at the creativity of some of our customers. We receive collage images created by our customers that show an obvious talent with graphics and photo editing. But it’s often not as hard as it seems. It really takes more time than skill but also decent graphic program. Using a regular program like Work or PowerPoint will not produce a high enough quality image for the best results. Photoshop is the best but also very expensive. There are a number of lower cost alternatives too.

A photo collage is simply a collection of individual photos combined into a new, single image. When saved, this new image can be used for your order. There are two big advantages to this. First, you can create your collage exactly was you want it. You can get fancy with the image placement by rotating and overlapping your photos. Second, you avoid the additional cost of us creating the collage. Since you are submitting a single image, you do not have to pay the collage fee.

The most popular item for a collage is our Photo Blankets. Most photo blankets are large enough to add several images and still reproduce enough detail in each of the photos.  The number of recommended photos as well as recommended image size can be found under the ‘Image Requirements’ tab on the product pages. If you need help or have questions about creating a collage, please contact us and we will help you out. Other popular collage items are our Photo Puzzles and Photo Cutting Board.

Our printing process is what’s called ‘full bleed’ which means some of the image gets printed off the edge of the actual product. This is how we ensure it gets completed printed top to bottom and edge to edge. This also means you need to be cautious when creating your collage in not putting anything important, like faces or text, too close to the edge. The size of this safe area varies by product.

A Collage Photo Blanket can include photos from the most memorable events in the gift recipients life. Putting them all together in a collage will be a very emotional gift and sure to be treasured for years. Tears of joy are a common response we hear of when seeing it for the first time. They are well worth the extra time and money. Ask anyone who’s received one.

Wedding Anniversary Photo Blanket

Wedding Anniversary Photo BlanketThere are few occasions more significant than your wedding anniversary. Whether it’s your fifth or fiftieth anniversary, it is an occasion that deserves a special, memorable gift. As the years pass, it’s a gift that will be appreciated more and more. Your wedding or engagement photo will make a great place to start, especially for a first anniversary. They are symbolic of the couples life together just as the gift itself is symbolic, they work in harmony together.

Our woven photo blanket is the best type of photo blanket for an anniversary present. The woven blankets are a more traditional type and more heirloom-like in their style. They are woven from 100% cotton and have fringe on four sides. They are very high quality but at an affordable price.

For a twentieth or fiftieth anniversary, you have more options for your photos. All those years together create so many memorable moments. A wedding photo is still a popular choice for the photo blanket but you may also choose to use a more recent photo from a reunion or vacation together. We often see collages made using several photos of the couple and their family. These can be powerful gifts because they draw on the emotions tied to each image. Depending on the number of photos you want to include in your collage photo blanket, you may want to go with a fleece blanket. The level of detail is just amazing and we now have several types of fleece photo blankets to choose from.

A photo blanket makes a great gift for your wedding anniversary present. This is one of those gifts that will be loved and appreciated for all your years to come.

Unique Wedding Gift

A wedding gift has the potential to be a once in a lifetime kind of gift.  To do that, it needs to be unique and personalized but what else?

It should be something emotional for the couple.  This is one occasion where it really is the thought that counts and not the amount spent.  Few things bring back more memories and emotions than a photo.  A photograph from the wedding of the new couple or a really great photograph of them while there were still dating are great choices.

Now that you have a photo, what do you do with it?  A Photo Blanket makes a great unique wedding gift for three reasons.  First, being made from their photo it’s truly a one-of-a-kind.  Something they’ve never seen before and won’t have anything like it.  Second, it’s a gift you know they will actually use.  It won’t be put in a cabinet only to be brought out for special occasions like fine china.  Third, every time they look at it they will think of each other and the love they share.

Of all the photo blankets we offer, there are two that are most popular as wedding gifts.  Our Woven Photo Blanket has been around the longest and is the most popular.  It is woven from 100% Cotton and has the fringe on the sides.  The woven blanket is a more traditional, heirloom type of blanket with the detail being like an artist rendering or painting.  It’s a classic!

The second most popular photo blanket is also a newer type.  Our Double Layer Fleece Photo Blanket is a stunning blanket.  The image detail on the fleece blanket is absolutely beautiful.  The dye sublimation process creates an image with photographic detail.  Our regular fleece blanket has been a top seller for years.  With the double layer, we sew a second blanket onto the back.  The edges are rolled and sewn for a classy, finished edge.  The result is a photo blanket with detail better than any other and thicker than any other.  This makes it a great blanket to both look at and snuggle under on the couch.

For those looking to give a truly memorable and unique wedding gift, either a woven or fleece photo blanket will be a gift they happy couple will remember cherish for a lifetime.  And they’ll have you to thank for it.

Personalized Birthday Gifts

Birthday gifts are a tough present for a lot of people, me included.  Every year you have to come up with a great gift idea for each person on your list.  Novelty gifts are fun, but wouldn’t you rather give something they will actually use?  I know I’d rather receive a birthday present I can use instead of something I stick on the top shelf in a closet.  For those with a kitchen, that narrows it down, I’ve got a few cool ideas.

A Photo Cookie Jar is something most anyone has a use for.  It starts out as a white ceramic cookie jar and has an air tight lid to keep your cookies fresh.  Assuming they last very long, in the first place.  We’ll print just about any photo on it making it a very memorable piece of the kitchen.  For Mom, it could be a photo of her kids when they were young.  For Grandma and Grandpa, almost any photo of their grand kids will be a hit.  For a nature lover, a beautiful picture of a favorite mountain or lake would be a great piece to have in the kitchen.

One of our more popular kitchen utensils is our Photo Cutting Board.  Being made from tempered glass, they are beautiful to display.  The image is printed on the bottom side, so it will not be scratched or damaged during use.  Your cutting board includes four rubber feet and it dishwasher safe making it easy to care for.  This is truly one of those great looking BUT also usable birthday gifts.   It can be on display most of the time for friends, family and everyone to enjoy.  When it’s time to prepare dinner, the birthday boy or girl, will have a little more joy in preparing dinner with their photo cutting board.

Both items are inexpensive and will fit any budget.  This year, buy Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa or your best friend a gift they will appreciate.  A gift they can actually use.  A gift they will remember for years to come.