Tucked away in our home office is a very inconspicuous looking box. I don't open it very often, but when I do, its contents, in contrast to its rather plain exterior, make me howl with laughter. In it are around two hundred photographs ... of school days, university nights, family holidays, holidays with friends, and many, many birthday celebrations. And there's something about holding them in my hand rather than clicking through them on a screen that makes those memories a lot more vivd, as if touching the photographs makes them come that little bit more alive. Yet, I rarely print my pictures any more. And that's a real shame. I share a few online ... on my blog or on my Instagram account ... but the remainder are merely relegated to a file on my laptop.
A couple of weeks ago, Bonusprint, the photo printing specialist, asked if I would to have some of my favourite summer snaps, snaps which I'd be #proudtoprint, printed in exchange for sharing some different ways of showcasing them around my home.
It would be my pleasure!
Now, I love polaroid-style prints. I think they're cool, quirky and fit really well with my preference for modern (but with a retro twist) and colourful interiors. So here are my favourite five ways to display polaroid prints around my home and to keep those summer memories alive.
1. In the style of a dream catcher
My eldest son has a bit of an obsession with dream catchers. He finds them really magical. Using a relatively inexpensive curtain hoop, I decided to make a photo version for him.
We chose three of his favourite images from our summer holiday in Italy, punched a hole in the them (top, centre), and tied them to the hoop (a simple knot worked fine but you do have to tie them on tightly to keep them in place).
I painted the ends of the feathers three different shades of blue to match nicely with the sea and the sky in the polaroids and then tied them to the hoop, too.
A personalised dream catcher.
2. Using an origami photo holder
As soon as I spotted a photo holder in the new book from Origami Est, I wanted a reason to make one. Be warned, they're not a quick make but gently folding the sonobe modules and then slowly assembling them to form a complete structure is rather therapeutic.
I used wrapping paper from Paperchase to make the cubes/stars and, again, chose complementary colours. I think the holders are quite quirky and very, very cute.
3. A classic frame
If the dream catcher and photo holder are a little too unusual for you, there's a lot to be said for a sweet and simple frame. I picked up this classic black one from John Lewis and the square mount works really well with polaroid-style prints.
4. Clip art
I think that this might be my favourite way to display photographs ... using mini bulldog clips. I love how simple it is and yet how it adds so much colour and interest to the wall. I used our family pegboard to clip the polaroids to but it would work equally well on any wall with tiny, clear command hooks (I'm a bit obsessed with command hooks ... they're amazing!).
With this type of display, it's also incredibly easy to swap and change the prints whenever you feel like it. You could update them seasonally, or by occasion ... how fun would it be to hang old childhood photos on a birthday?
5. Gift tags
As Bonusprint offer the option of adding text to the bottom of polaroid prints, you can create really cute gift tags using your favourite images. I took a lot of photographs on a recent trip to Bodnant Garden, and, teamed with floral wrapping paper, they make the perfect, personalised labels. Christmas versions would be lovely, too!
If you fancy recreating any of these displays or ideas, I have an £80 gift code to spend on Bonusprint products up for grabs. Simply follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below and I'll select one lucky winner at random.
Bonusprint have also put together a brilliant guide for taking the perfect holiday snaps on your mobile phone ... snaps which you'd be more that #proudtoprint Have a read and let me know what you think.
This post was written in collaboration with Bonusprint.