Just like a strong wind, Christmas has come and gone. Our hope is that you savored every moment you had with your family or loved ones. For parents with small kids your Christmas was probably a blur. You may have stayed up until the wee hours in the morning putting toys together, wrapping them and getting everything just perfect for your little ones. You probably got to bed at...oh...let's say 2 or 3 am. You got a good solid 3 or 4 hours of sleep before the kids wake up at 6 am (or 7 am if you were lucky). You jump out of bed and grab your camera to make sure you capture all of the wonder and amazement (and wrapping paper carnage). Each gift is photographed and the huge smiles on their face are priceless...although the socks and underwear weren't the biggest hits (no worries, they will make for great laughs years down the road).
Now what. If you are anything like me you end up with a ton of great memories captured and then they just end up sitting on my computer. So let's put our heads together and come up with a few ideas on some ways to put those photos to good use.
One idea would be to create a small album of Christmas 2011. This is a great way to relive the memories of the day, and as the years go by you can look at this album and see how much your kids have grown (and get a chuckle at their expressions when they opened up their socks and underwear).
Another idea is to create a Christmas collage where you could put several photos on canvas. You could design this yourself if you have a program like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or even Power Point. Choose a size you are comfortable with (ex 20"x30") then choose your favorite photos you want displayed on the canvas print. Lay them out in a way that matches your design tastes. Then just upload that finished file to us (www.canvaspress.com) and we will take care of the rest. This could be an ongoing tradition that could be part of your holiday decorating for years to come. If you don't have the means to do this yourself we can always help you out. Just contact Canvas Press and we would be more than happy to help create your Christmas collage.
The last idea that I can think of (and I am sure there are many many more) would be to create a DIY (Do It Yourself) album. If you are into scrapbooking or DIY projects then you can print out the photos you want in your album and add your own creative designs to it. Canvas Press does offer several different photo papers if you want to try them out. My favorite is our Fine Art Paper. It is a 100% cotton rag paper that is fully archival. You could print out several photos on one 8x10 or 11x14 sheet then cut them out yourself. Visit Pinterest for a ton of different DIY photo ideas.
We would love to hear some other brilliant ideas that you may have come up with. Feel free to share them with us here under comments or on Facebook.