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Ever since the Three Amigos brought gifts of gold, frankenstein and maple syrup to the baby Jesus the first Christmas so long ago, mankind has delighted in the swapping of neat stuff with loved ones come this time of year.
Frankenstein and maple syrup might not be on our list this year, but we still put the same careful thought into what gifts we give to our family and friends. Without further ado, here’s our gift-giving guide to what to buy, and why, for the coming holidays….
Our friend Judy runs a one-woman shop making the most beautiful handmade journals we’ve ever seen.
Naturally, when we saw the photographs she used for her covers, we ran straight to her apartment, video camera in hand.
So today we’ve got two special treats for you:
1) A how-to video of Judy showing you how you can make your own perfect-bound journal using two 4×6 photos for the cover, some paper, glue, and a few other tools.
2) Two special edition journals made with pages of sugarcane fiber and reclaimed paper by Judy herself. Created for writers, illustrators, artist and designers, her notebooks have unique features like an inner pocket for looseleaf notes and a spine that opens flat for writing or drawing across the pages. Exclusive designs on the Photojojo Store for a limited time. Buy now
p.s. Help us out, Digg this tutorial!
Here’s what we know about our dads: They love fishing, golf, mowing the lawn, and taking naps. Alas, the amphibious golf cart equipped with fish-finder, lawn-mowing blade, and squishy pillow has yet to be perfected. (Get to it, inventors!).
Sorry, Pops. Maybe next year. In the meantime, here are some photorific Father’s Day alternatives from your friends at Photojojo.
p.p.s. Get Photojojo ideas on your Facebook profile, add the new Photojojo Facebook App!
Photo credit: Denise Perri
With Mother’s Day fast approaching (just 12 days left!), we’ve found two mom-worthy photo goodies we’re really proud of.. and just in the nick of time!
Ever since we introduced our original Mailable Photo Frames, you’ve been asking us for new ways to send photos through the mail. We don’t blame you — there’s just something about the tactile joy of sending (and receiving) real, printed, photos in the mail.
Boy, have we got a treat for you!
Our new Super Premium Mailable Photo Frames are the perfect way to send an extra special photo. These beautiful, inexpensive frames look perfectly at home in your living room, kitchen, or office, yet fold up flat to send through the mail!
Each holds a 4″x6″, features a built-in beveled mat to give your photo a professional look, and has a color-matched fabric ribbon to form a tabletop stand. Every frame also includes an envelope and resealable plastic bag.
With five colorful styles to pick from, we’re fairly taken with these buggers.
Whether you use ‘em around your home, or send a special photo to a friend, we hope you’ll love these classy mailable photo frames as much as we do.
$6 for 1, $30 for 6 at the Photojojo Store
ACME has a reputation for making the highest quality laptop sleeves and bags money can buy, so we were pretty pumped when we found these micro camera cases in their line.
As you’d expect, they cut no corners — Italian leather, a plush and protective interior, even top-of-the-line zippers (YKK Excellaâ„¢, polished and plated metal.)
What really sets ACME apart, however, is the attention to details within details. An example? Those top-of-the-line zippers are paired with a carefully-placed fabric strip that prevents the zipper from touching (read: scratching) your gear, ever.
These guys care about your camera as much as you do.
The Traveler case is built to baby your svelte mini camera (4.15″ x 2.25″ x 1.15″ or smaller) and everything that goes with it: USB cable, spare battery, spare memory card, and manual.
Made with pink pebble-grain leather or black Italian perforated leather, this trim and slick case is a perfect gift for a new camera owner. One of our new favorites.
$55-65 at the Photojojo Store
FYI: Today’s the last day to order Custom Photo Bags for Mother’s Day.
And wouldn’t you know it, we’ve got some great ideas to make your mama feel extra, extra special this Mother’s Day. First up, our Custom Photo Bags made from your photos!
We offer these stylish and elegant bags in 16 different styles, from beach tote to handbag, to messenger bag, laptop sleeve, or clutch.
Simply choose a bag and upload a photo of a pet, a favorite vacation moment, or a childhood memory. Your photo will be permanently printed and baked into high-quality microfiber, which is then turned into a bag (or tote, or laptop sleeve) carefully designed to make all your mom’s friends jealous.
Care to fancy it up? Upgrade to a custom interior color or leather trim.
But hurry, because they’re made-to-order, Wednesday, April 25th (tomorrow!) is the last day to order in time for Mother’s day with standard shipping in the U.S. Choose express shipping and you have until May 1st.
$30-$120, custom-made from your photos
For those of us, however, who can only manage a really nice set of stairs, we have a solution.
Our Etch A Sketch Picture Frame tutorial will show you how to turn an ordinary Etch A Sketch into a kitschy picture frame in no time flat. We’ll even show you how to transform your photos so they’ll look like you spent hours twiddling those white knobs to scratch ‘em out.
Read on to learn how!
p.s. A reminder: We’re looking for awesome photo submissions for an upcoming photo notebook tutorial. Submit your photos to our Flickr group!
|Gravity-defying tripods on sale! It’s our birthday this month, so we’ve lowered the price on our stick-to-anything Monsterpod tripods.
(Bonus: Add any other photo goodies and pay no xtra shipping for US orders!)
When the space invaders come, we hope they’re more Bumbi than Aliens.
Bumbi, the Swiss-made ‘never-miss-me-again’ bear may be a little strange-looking (in an adorable sort of way) but he’s smarter than the average bear.
Cut your favorite photo to fit, slide it into Bumbi’s faceplate, record a message (up to 10 seconds of audio), and Bumbi will be transformed into your smaller, fuzzier doppelganger, ready to tell your sweetie that you only have eyes for her at the press of his elongated blue arm. (We told you he was a little weird).
But this bear can do more than simply reminding your lady you wuv her. Rig your Bumbi up to…
- Send Grandma some authentic Junior-issued goo-goos and gaa-gaas.
- Lull Junior to sleep with a Grandma-made lullaby.
- Break up with your crazy girlfriend from a safe distance.
- Remind the roommates to take out the trash/wash the dishes.
Or do what we did. Embellish Bumbi with a picture of Clive Owen and record a little Barry White. That ought to take the chill out of this cold snap.
|Upload your photos! We need a striking photo for an upcoming photo notebook project. Add your submission to our Photojojo Flickr group. If we like it, we’ll email you and give you all the details.|
|Work with us! We’re looking for an awesome writer/editor and a crafty NYC-based photo projects dreamer/helper. Apply by Monday!|
You’re always the center of attention, the star player. In fact, around the ole water-cooler people have been saying you’ve become something of an icon.
Time to prove ‘em right.
Send Iconize Me! a photo of yourself (or a friend, family member, or coworker), zap ‘em $50, and a graphic designer will get to work, creating a dazzling digital likeness.
Each conversion is made by hand, and can take a week or two. The results are worth it. You’ll get a full-page JPEG, a PDF, Mac OS X icons, and Windows icons (request ‘em, they’re free).
Perfect for your blog, MySpace, or Facebook, your IM or Flickr icon, heck, even the company newsletter.
$50 at www.iconizeme.com
Got a photo you just adore and want a unique way to show it off?
Behold! Photo Pop-Outs!
Gather up a bit of foam core, a bit of tape, a knife, and 20 minutes and we’ll show you how to give your photos an eye-popping 3D effect — no special glasses required!
But wait, there’s more! We’ll even show you how to make a nifty tabletop stand when you’re done.
Pop on over to our tutorial to find out how…
It should as come as no surprise, then, that cubes constructed from your photos also rock.
Sit down with this Photo Cube Tutorial, six photos, a blade, and some double-sided tape and you’ll have a creative frame or a gift box in no time. Rockin’!
p.p.s. The latest Hey, Hot Shot! photo contest accepts entries up till next Monday.