Christmas Gift Idea: A Photo Gift Idea From Lifecake

Lifecake is a fantastic App that gives you a way to preserve your photographs and videos that accumulate over time. It is a visual storytelling platform that can store all the photographs you take of your children and can organise them into albums, sorted by special occasions, birthdays and memorable dates. In addition, you can also share the details with your loved ones, who may not live close, so that they too can keep up to date with all the memorable milestones our children experience every single day.

Currently you can download the Lifecake app from Google Play and the Apple Store and receive 10GB of free space for storing photos and videos. In addition to this, Lifecake has a shop where you can choose personalised items that include your photographs, items that include personalised cards, tote bags, photo books and mugs. Photographs can be uploaded from your mobile uploads and from your camera, so you can access all your photographs in one place.

I have recently downloaded Lifecake and I love how easy it is to use. Photographs can be uploaded quickly and easily, and your albums can be added to at any time. Your photographs are organised on a timeline, and you have the option to invite family and friends to view them, a great feature if maybe nan and grandad don’t live that close to you. I have uploaded a range of photographs from using both the app and the website and uploading is a quick process,

I have also used Lifecake to turn a couple of special photographs into special Christmas items. My brother got married in the summer and my son and niece were paigeboy and bridesmaid. There was a particularly lovely photograph that my mother loved and so I have had it turned into a tote bag. This was very easy to do, just a case of clicking on the photograph, pressing the shopping basket tab, and then choosing the item I wanted to buy.

I also created a Christmas card featuring Joe in a Christmas jumper, taken recently at the press night for ‘Nativity the Musical’.

Delivery is ridiculously quick and I was over the moon with my items, I just know my mom is going to love the bag, and I was really pleased with the quality of the tote and how well the image had come out.

Lifecake helps you to create wonderful memories, and can also create beautiful and affordable gifts for your loved ones.

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Sharing Those Winter Wonderful Memories With Truprint

Everyone has a favourite season, and for many people this has to be Winter. Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and with the added attraction that we might just get a Winter Wonderland, Winter is definitely a great season for making memories that will last forever.

Truprint have many fabulous ways for you to preserve those memories for posterity, including canvas prints, photo book, personalised calendars and prints of all sizes that can then be framed. These make wonderful gifts for loved ones – can you think of a better Christmas gift than a shared memory, but also make a lovely treat for yourself too.

I have been thinking about some of my own favourite Winter memories, the days that linger in the mind and bring a smile to my face, and I’m going to share a few of them here. I would love to hear about your fave ‘Winter Wonderful’ memories too.

Snowdays

We don’t get that many snow days in the Midlands, but, when we do, it is the perfect excuse to get wrapped up and get into the garden. Making snowmen, throwing snowballs and playing on a sledge, so many perfect photograph moments as you make happy memories.

Joe’s Birthday

Joe is a Christmas baby, so that makes our December doubly special. We always have a special birthday celebration to get it separate from Christmas. This has included a Santa sleepover at Legoland, and last year we took 30 adults and children to The Hawthorns to watch West Brom V Manchester Utd. A really special day for all concerned.

Christmas

Christmas is the time for making special memories, and as a complete Christmas lover, it is a time that is a carousel of panto’s, Christmas Markets and visits to Santa. My camera is constantly out at Christmas, as I snap away at those memories, ready to relive them at a later date.

How do you preserve your photographic Winter Wonderful memories?

The Value of a Photograph?

Family photographs were once something to be put into family albums, to be shared with friends and relatives, and to be pulled out at embarrassing times once your children are grown up and dating. (You know exactly what I’m talking about – the naked ones on the change mat!!!). But these days were are less likely to print out our photographs, and are growing more and more wary of sharing them online. Do we now value our family photographs less than we did in the past?

We can share our photographs so much easier these days, Instagram is hugely popular, as is Snapchat, and Facebook still has the capacity for us to create album after album. Yet, In order to take a closer look at how we now value photographs and to find out how much we worry about their reach in the online world, www.cartridgesave.co.uk asked 1040 people aged over 18: “Are you happy sharing photos of your children online?”

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I share some family photographs on my Instagram feed.

The results were surprising. Despite living in times when oversharing seems to be the norm, and life doesn’t seem to be happening unless it has an online footprint, the results found that 83% of parents who responded to the survey were wary of sharing photos of their children online, while just 17% were fine with it.  There are worries about photographs being stolen and used for insavoury purposes. Even photo storing and secure accounts have been hacked, with high profile stars like Jennifer Lawrence falling victim. It’s no wonder that although we seem to want to share, we are wary and uneasy about possible consequences. (You can read more about the survey here.)

Speaking about the study, Ian Cowley, Managing Director of Cartridge Save said:

“Our lives are now lived online; it’s a culture to take tens, if not hundreds of photos a day and share them with friends, family and strangers – what we’re doing, what we’re eating, where we are. It seems that photographs, now that they are no longer limited by cost, are rarely printed and kept safe so have lost their value and become worthless to us – they can always be deleted and replaced with another, better, selfie or snap of your meal.”

He continued with a warning:

“Despite assurances of online safety, once photographs are shared online, their reach is no longer in your hands. Even if they are deleted from a social site shortly after being uploaded, or even if you upload them to an account that it set to be private, the photos will already be backed up in servers around the world that may be vulnerable to hacking.”

 

Despite all this, I still can’t see us going back to a time of photo albums. I love flicking through old photographs, but have you actually tried to buy a nice album recently? They are getting harder and harder to find, and more and more expensive. The answer may be that we have albums on our laptops, smart phones and ipads that we keep all to ourselves, only sharing impersonal snaps on our online outlets.

What do you think?