Get creative with photos

Caroline Cassidy

Now that we're firmly ensconced in the digital age, the range of possibilities when it comes to photography is growing by the day. Where many of us once flicked nostalgically through photo albums, these days we're more likely to take a wander through our Facebook pages.

get creative with photographs
get creative with photographs

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But digital photography has also given us the ability to transfer our favourite images to a huge variety of everyday items, from keepsakes to cushions. Here's our pick of the options when it comes to getting creative with your photographs.

Soft furnishings
Whether it's the perfect baby picture, a much-loved pet or a montage of family photos, soft furnishings featuring your own snaps have been growing in popularity for some years now.

From reasonably-priced shopping bags to luxury leather handbags where your image is printed on satin, there's a large range of options.

Cushions are another firm favourite and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face each time you snuggle into the sofa - or you could go all out and get a blanket or even duvet and pillow set printed with one or a montage of your favourite images.

Everyday items
Having a photo printed on an item that gets regular use makes for a great gift for loved ones. Key rings, either leather or plastic, calendars, notebooks coasters and fridge magnets mean there's always a little reminder of your children, pets or happy times around the house or at work.

Photo books
Of course, you may miss the fun of showing off family photos in the traditional album, and thanks to photo books it is still possible to have all your favourites in one place.

A host of online companies can produce these, usually with next-day turnaround - many offer excellent prices and some can even produce books up to A3 size.

Alternatively, if you prefer to stick to the old-fashioned photo album, why not opt for a personalised version with your favourite image printed onto the cover. Perfect for wedding, anniversary or new baby memories.

Canvas and acrylic
We all have images that we like to gaze at on a daily basis and printing onto canvas means you can do just that. There's an abundance of online companies offering photo printing onto canvas, whether you are after a series of 12-inch snaps or a giant metre-wide print.

Some, such as can even provide you with a personalised piece of pop art - and Andy Warhol-style version of your chosen image.

But for the ultimate long-lasting image, why not have your photo printed into an acrylic block and keep that perfect memory safe forever?