Most of us have hundreds, if not thousands, of videos and photos that we have taken throughout our lives. They are a fantastic way to conjure up memories of great times and remember our loved ones. However, inevitably most of them only get looked at once or twice of forgotten completely. That is a real shame because you can use these images to really brighten up your life and potentially that of others too.
The obvious thing to do with them is to put them on your walls. Websites like hellocanvas.co.uk allow you to take your favourite photo and have it printed up into a beautiful canvas print. It is a lovely way to create striking and unique artwork for your home. The emergence of new printing techniques means that you can have your favourite beach or sunset snap turned into a huge print to hang over your fireplace.
Another alternative is to have lots of little ones created and hang them as a collage or up the stairs. The ways you can use these prints is only really limited by your imagination.
You can potentially take that same image and have it used on other items around your home. For some projects like mugs or crockery, you will need to use a professional to do the job for you. However, covering your office desk with a collage of your favourite holiday snaps is something you can easily do yourself. All you need is your photos, scissors, glue and a sheet of Perspex to put on top of the collage to protect it. If money is tight, clear sticky back plastic or a clear varnish can be used to protect the collage.
A digital photo frame
In a living room, a digital photo frame can be a good idea. These days you can buy really big ones, so you could potentially use one as an alternative to a piece of artwork. The cost of buying a large digital photo frame and powering it means that this option is not for everyone. You can use this energy calculator to get an idea of how much one would cost you to run.
It is also possible to take your images and have them printed onto fabric. You can potentially buy a pack of printable transfers and use your favourite photos to create unique soft furnishings and clothes. If you enjoy embroidery, or other types of craft, using one of your favourite photos as a template is an interesting way to come up with unique designs.
As you can imagine, many of the above items would make great gifts. They are highly personalised which is always nice because it shows that you have made a special effort to buy something unique. Just be careful not to go over the top with this option. Your mum is likely to love having a canvas print of all of you on the beach to put on her wall. But, her enthusiasm may wane a bit if her home becomes filled with cushions, ornaments, photo collages and other items featuring you and the kids that she feels obliged to display.