ZoomIn favorites for Mother’s Day Photo books!

April 16, 2013 at 11:19 pm

We love photo books, especially gifting them to mothers! However it is possible to get stuck while thinking of what story your photo book will tell. So we asked our staff and here are our top favorites:

Walk down memory lane  

Tell your mother’s life story and create a biography for her! Gather pictures of her childhood, teen years, working years, getting married and, of course, being a mother. (You can scan the older pictures and use the digital images) A fantastic tribute to moms! An added bonus, while gathering old photos you may learn some  new things about your mother!

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 Little Moments

Life is all about the special moments and a photo book is a great way to bring those to life. Create a book that will remind mom of the special memories both of you have shared. Starting from the time you were born to the present – those photos along with your personal text will touch her deeply.

ALBUM1An Ode To Mom 

In photos of course! A collection of Mom’s photos covering all the roles she plays -lifesaver, friend, scrabble partner, baby sitter, tuition teacher and so many more! Our new theme, A Mother’s Love, makes it really easy since we’ve pre-published some beautiful poems in it already. All you need to do is upload your photos!

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Is your mother the resident Tarla Dalal? She loves to cook and spends her time in the kitchen coming up with delicious things for everyone to enjoy? Make her a recipe book with her favorite dishes, your favorite dishes or even both. You can add fun stories and memories that your family associates with those dishes. Celebrate her culinary skills with this one!

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 Amazing Mom

Fathers at ZoomIn came up with the idea of a photo book that highlights, not only their wives’  achievements, but also recognizes the small things she does everyday. Gather up pictures of her proud moments and click some pictures as she goes about her daily tasks. You’ll have a great gift for the busy mother who does so much for her family.

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These are just some ideas to get you started! We’d love to hear different ideas that you have – please send them in at community@zoomin.com

Mother’s Day is May 12, 2013!

April 15, 2013 at 4:52 am

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 12th, 2013. Mother’s day is a day celebrated to honor the mothers in our lives. We should celebrate moms every day, however a particular day ensures that we reflect on all that our moms have done for us. Ask any mother and she’ll tell you that she loves being a mother – she cherishes her moments with her kids and would gladly give up everything for them. That is why Mothers’ Day is so important. It may slip by us to appreciate our mothers on a daily basis, but on this day, we can all unite to celebrate the one person who defines the meaning of the word ‘love’ – our very own mother. It is certainly a favorite occasion at ZoomIn!  image

Most countries celebrate Mother’s Day on second Sunday in the Month of May. While there is no direct connection to ancient traditions, it’s believed that in ancient Greece, the people paid tribute to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, each spring. However its Miss Jarvis from the USA that got the day its actual date.  Miss Jarvis was very close to her mother , who passed away in May 1905.  Anna missed her mother very much and felt that children should appreciate their mother’s more while they’re still alive. Anna hoped Mother’s Day would increase respect and love and strengthen family bonds. Her efforts finally led to US President Woodrow Wilson designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. This tradition of celebrating Mothers Day and paying tribute to mothers spread across several countries over the years.

This is the first in a series of posts that we will run for Mother’s Day. In the coming weeks, we will have several posts coming up.

 

A Canvas Print Creation

April 12, 2013 at 12:31 am

We’re back with part 2 of our Canvas Print feature !  Today we wanted to share with you a user creation.  We were walking through production the other day when we came across Jabeen’s Canvas Print of her two adorable little girls.  We couldn’t resist the cuteness of these siblings and had to find out more.

Canvas Print Example

Can you tell us more about your canvas print and what inspired you to create it? 

My canvas print is a picture of my two daughters.  It was a photo that my husband and I loved because it captured a moment we wanted to remember always.  Kids grow up so quickly!  I was also looking for artwork to place in my living room and thought that the canvas would do nicely – something more unique than a regular 8″x10″ print in a photo frame.

What type of canvas did you create? 

I decided to create a 12″x12″ gallery wrapped canvas because I liked how the image wraps around the frame. I thought it would make it look more professional and I’m happy to say that it does!

What did you think when the canvas prints arrived?

My older daughter asked me who had painted the picture!  That’s how beautifully it turned out.  I think printing the photograph on canvas made the photo even more special.

Thanks so much for sharing, Jabeen!  If you’re interested in creating a canvas print like Jabeen’s here are the steps: 

1)    Click here and locate Gallery Wrap. Select 12″x12″ in the size dropdown menu and click Create.

2)    Once inside the online builder, locate the photo you would like to use and drag it into the canvas.

3)    To add clipart, text or a background, click on the tabs located near the bottom of the screen to browse our library.

4)    Once you’re done creating, Preview your creation and Add to Cart!

We hope you’ve been inspired by Jabeen’s Canvas Print like we have!  If you have any questions about our Canvas Prints, check out our Canvas Print FAQs.  It covers all sorts of great info like how to make a Canvas Print and helpful tips.  Enjoy!

Best Price Everyday

April 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

You may have noticed a Best Price Everyday badge on many products and emails recently. Wondering what this means? Read on …

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The badge you keep seeing!

At ZoomIn we are committed to offering our customers the best value while setting the highest quality benchmarks in the industry.  We also realized that, as a customer, we would like to purchase a particular product without having to wait for a sale.  So the challenge we put forth to our production team was – could we offer the very best prices – each and every day – while retaining the same high quality?

Over the last few months, this team has been working hard to optimize our internal efficiency and we are now able to unveil our Best Price Everyday pricing on a series of your favorite products.   Starting today you will see these new prices on all canvas products and collage posters.

Best Price Everyday means that you have our assurance that we will never offer these products at a lower price in the future.  So now you don’t have to wait for a promotion/offer or e-mail from us to get started on that beautiful canvas or poster you’ve been thinking about!

We will be introducing this pricing to more products in the coming months – just keep an eye out for the Best Price Everyday badge.  In the mean time, start shopping today with Collage Posters and Canvas Prints.

 

What is a Canvas Print?

April 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm

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An interior designer once told me that every room in your home should have one wow factor.  It can be anything from an amazing rug picked up from your Kashmir trip to an antique piece of furniture that once belonged to your grandparents.  For me personally, I love having art on my walls.  But because the market for affordable art is filled with generic, mass produced posters/photographs/paintings, it’s a challenge to find that one piece that speaks to me.  Fortunately, that’s where the ZoomIn Canvas Print comes into play.

If you’re not sure what a Canvas Print is or how to maximize its impact, sit tight because our next set of posts will focus on just that.  Today we’ll talk about what a Canvas Print is.  In our following posts we’ll share how to maximize the wow factor of a Canvas Print and also share some real life examples. So let’s get started!

What is a Canvas Print?

A ZoomIn Canvas Print is art created by you.  Using our online product builder, you add your image and personal touches.  We print your art on canvas and deliver it right to you.  Then all you need to do is hang it on your wall.  Instant personalised art!

What type of canvas is used?

ZoomIn prints on a heavy 375 GSM, brilliant white archival canvas.  The print has a matte finish and a protective coating is also applied to protect it from aging.

What type of photographs would make great Canvas Prints?

Just about any image that has meaning to you would look fantastic.  Some of our favorites are family portraits, closeup pictures of your children, beautiful shots from a holiday or even your child’s hand drawn illustration.  If it’s for personal use you can also purchase images from a stock image site so the possibilities are endless!

What style options do I have?

We have three different canvas styles you can choose from:

Gallery wrapped: The outer edge of the image wraps around the side of the frame. Prints are stretched onto a wooden frame so they arrive ready to frame.

Mounted: A wrap with the image extending to the edge of the frame. Sides of canvas are kept white.  Mounted prints also come stretched on a frame so they are ready to hang.

Rolled canvas: Select the rolled canvas if you would like to frame or mount your canvas print on your own.

Hope that sheds some light on what a Canvas Print is.  Check out our Canvas Print page to get started and stay tuned for our next post where we share user creations!

Questions? Check out our Canvas FAQs or contact our Helpdesk for assistance.

Have you created a unique ZoomIn Canvas Print that you’d like to share with our readers?  Please send an email to community@zoomin.com with a picture of the canvas and the story behind it.

Introducing the Photodiarist!

April 5, 2013 at 12:11 am

Are you the type who thinks that a picture is actually worth a thousand words? One who believes that their camera is as good as their third eye? Do you wish to keep your camera with you at all times and never miss a moment? Well then, you, most definitely, should consider becoming a Photodiarist!

What is a ‘Photodiarist’ you ask? Well, it’s quite self explanatory really. It’s a person who likes to create a diary out of simple everyday photos that they’ve clicked. More often than not, they let their own photos do the talking. Anywhere, anytime, anything – they believe in capturing ordinary every day (and much overlooked) moments and providing their own vision and thoughts on it. They believe in capturing anything and everything from the little pleasures to the stark realities of life. They don’t need an occasion or a reason to go out capturing photos. All they need is their camera and their vision…

Here are a few pages from my photodiary – places and moments that caught my attention this week…

The Silent Street

The Silent Street – Taken at the wee hours of a weeknight, I was walking a friend of mine back home & noticed how empty the otherwise ‘no-space-to-breathe’ stretch of Lamington road was. It was screaming to be captured.

 

The Storm before the Calm

The Storm before the Calm – Best friends sit sea side and ponder about what seems to be a grave discussion.