Collecting art can be an expensive habit, but these days there are plenty of places to get amazing original art for a great price. Whether you like graphic, abstract illustrations or contemporary photography, we've got a source for you.
Filling your home with art is one of the best ways to infuse personality into a space — especially when the artwork is one of a kind. Still, affordable art isn't always easy to come by, which is why I was so excited to discover Shutterfly's new Home Decor platform for creating unique canvas art! Whether it's a silly photo of your pooch or a favorite scenic shot, Shutterfly can easily transform it for your walls. They offer tons of background and layout options, five sizes, and pricing that ranges from $80-$150.
After testing the waters with my own custom canvas art, we decided to challenge Shutterfly customers and CasaSugar readers to submit their favorite snapshots for a chance to win their own canvases. Keep reading to see the winning photos and the results of my own photographic adventure!
We had so much fun turning our favorite photos into our own gallery, courtesy of Shutterfly Home Décor. Now we'd love to help you make your life in pictures even more dramatic with a showstopping collage of personalized artwork for your home. CasaSugar is hosting a photo contest, giving you the chance to impress us with your creativity. It's as simple as uploading your most favorite high-resolution photograph that you've taken, one that truly represents you and what you find beautiful. Write a caption below it expressing how you felt the moment you took the shot.
Our editors will then select five photographs that exhibit true artistry and give us insight into the story they tell. Each chosen photo will be made into a stylish canvas print, courtesy of Shutterfly Home Décor, ready for hanging in that special nook in your home.
See the instructions below on how to enter:
1. Click on CasaSugar's contest page on Facebook. Like us on Facebook if you are not already a fan of CasaSugar!
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Upload your favorite high-resolution photo to our Facebook contest page. Limit one photo per person, please. See high-resolution guidelines here.
4. Be sure to enter by Sept. 30, midnight PDT. CasaSugar will pick the winners on Oct. 3. Check back to see our favorite photos and the stories they reveal.
Check out the official rules.
The rabbit doesn't always win the race! Sure your mantel may be filled with beautiful cards picturing smiling children wishing you a happy holiday, but just because you didn't get around to ordering your family's cards before Christmas, doesn't mean you've lost the race! A new tradition — sending New Year's cards — is gaining momentum and procrastinating mamas are loving it!
I spoke with Meg Bohnert, Shutterfly’s card stylist, and learned that the sending of New Year's cards is growing in popularity. She said, "New Year's is a time to start fresh and wish family and friends well — it's an optimistic time for many, and they want to express that in their holiday card and greeting." As far as when to send them out so recipients don't think Mom was just late in stamping her holiday cards, Meg said, "If you want to send out a New Year's card and make it look intentional, you should have the greeting 'Happy New Year' in your message to friends and family and send it after Christmas."
Take a look at some of the New Year's cards catching my eye right now, and don't worry; I won't think you're late if you start sending them out now!
Your little one’s birthday party is a very exciting day; something she’ll look forward to for weeks! But a party isn’t a
party unless all your loved ones are there to celebrate.
Shutterfly wants to know how you typically spread the word about a soiree. To automatically be entered to win a Sony digital camera, log in now and answer the question below.
For an array of endearing birthday invites, be sure to check out Shutterfly’s assortment
When it comes to planning a kid’s birthday party, the more colorful and festive the invitation, the better. Shutterfly understands how important it is to make birthdays the most special day of the year, which is why it created customizable invitations that are perfect for whatever your little one fancies . . . this year!
Shutterfly wants to learn more about how you plan parties. Answer the poll question below, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a Sony Cyber Shot digital camera to capture all the kiddy fun!
Log in, and tell us how you plan your children’s birthday parties. Whatever type of planner you are, be sure to check out Shutterfly’s adorable assortment of invites here!
I have a big collection of photo booth photo strips in a shoebox from when I was younger. There's just something about the photo booth experience that really captures a moment! If you want to get that same retro flavor but don't have access to a photo booth, then check out Shutterfly's new little sister, Wink. Wink lets you print photo booth style strips in a few simple steps, and all it costs is $2.50 per strip (including shipping and tax). Just upload four photos to Wink (or use their iPhone App) from Flickr, Facebook, or your hard drive, put in your shipping and payment info, and get a sweet and glossy photo strip in just a few days.
Additionally, if you wanted to send a few to your friends as a gift, but don't have their address, you can input their email instead and Wink will send them a preview of the photo strip while getting a confirmation of their address. No spamming, they promise.
Not only does Shutterfly make it easy to create fun photo books and transform your photos into canvas art pieces, but they have just announced a new lineup of puzzles entitled: Star Wars and Me, Darth Vader and Me and The Clone wars and Me. All you have to do is upload a photo of your child, boyfriend, friend, mom, husband, etc., and Shutterfly will superimpose the photo onto the Star Wars puzzle of your choice! These 125-piece puzzles are the ultimate gift for any Star Wars fan, and they only cost $35 each. May the force be with you and your puzzle creation!
If you are an avid Shutterfly user, have I got some good news for you! First, unlike other photo-sharing sites like Kodak and Snapfish (which have just announced that they will start charging users for storing their photos through them), Shutterfly's CEO has assured customers that you still get free, secure storage through Shutterfly — so no need to stress about that.
Secondly, Shutterfly has just announced a new iPhone app, which allows you to access all of your photos on your iPhone, easily add iPhone pictures to your Shutterfly account and post pictures to a free Shutterfly Share website.
So you can change your photos to look like mini models, or fool people into thinking you took your pics on a plastic Lomo camera, but what if you love the turnout so much, you want to make it into a work of art? "No problemo," says Shutterfly!
Shutterfly offers some pretty easy ways for your photos to get the attention they deserve. One of the ways is turning your digital pics into canvas art. Just upload your chosen photo to Shutterfly, chose your size, and in a few days, your stretched canvas artwork will arrive at your doorstep. It's not the cheapest service they offer — with prices ranging from $90-150 — but this would make an awesome gift for someone special, or to just give yourself a reward for all that hard work in Photoshop!