I love to take pictures and since getting a digital camera, the number of photos I take has exploded. But having so many images presented me with a problem: what to do with them all. There’s a limit to how many pictures I can frame and display, so I looked around for new ways to use my pictures, both for myself and others. Because they’re one-of-a-kind and personal, they make great gifts. Here are some of the ways I use my photos:
I make my bookmarks 6 X 2, so I look for pictures that are horizontal or vertical, but any picture will work, because there aren’t really any rules. Simply crop your picture to the size you want your bookmark to be, add a quote or saying if you want, and print it out. Once I’ve printed mine, I laminate them for durability, make a hole using a regular hole punch, and add a tassel.
I use a publishing program called Pro Publisher to make my cards, but it isn’t necessary. If you have the ability to size and position your prints, you can do it. If you’re printing with a regular printer, print the picture on either the right hand side of the paper for a side-fold card, or the bottom for a top-fold card. My favorite size is 4 X 5, and I print two per piece of card stock. Envelopes are readily available in this size.
You can make cards for any occasion, and are really unique if teamed with original copy. I used a picture of my new house on thank you cards for friends who helped me move, and a picture of me and my dad for his father’s day card.
Thin magnetic sheets are available for use in some printers, allowing you to make instant magnets.
There are several companies that will take your photographs and turn them into jigsaw puzzles of various piece-counts.
You can create a screensaver for your computer using screensaver creation software, or by using what’s already on your computer. Here’s how to do it that way: save the pictures you want to use in the “my pictures” folder on your computer, right click on the desktop and select “properties,” select the screensaver tab, and in the drop down box there should be an option that says something like “my pictures slideshow.” It’s as easy as that!
You can also use one of your pictures as your wallpaper, too. Right click on the picture you want, and then select the option that says “save as wallpaper,” or something similar.
The US Post Office allows you to create postage stamps with personal pictures. It costs a little more, obviously, than regular postage, but is a great way to share your pictures. You can get more information about this here.
You can find picture frame mouse pads at most office supply stores or online.
Glass or plastic coasters which are also picture frames are available online and in stores.
New printing materials have opened all kinds of doors for using your photos. Spend some time in the paper section of an office supply store and you’ll see just what’s possible. With a little creativity, the possibilities are endless.