We have numerous pads of E’s drawings lying around the house. It’s safe to say he is following in his daddy’s footsteps with his love of drawing. We have a whole wall in our dining room dedicated to his pictures but we are fast running out of space and every now and then I have to have a cleanout of said paper as it just seriously overtakes the house! I have started taking photos of E’s drawings instead so at least I can document them digitally but I thought it’d be a great idea to use some of these drawings and incorporate them into some lovely Father’s Day gifts for hubby.
No Father’s Day is complete without a card. There is a huge range of designs to choose from. We went with the option of uploading our own photo. E will no doubt want to add his own personal touch on the inside of the card too.
Prices for the personalised photo card start from £1.99
Acrylic photo print
Next up, I decided that an acrylic photo print would be great for hubby’s desk at work. I wanted to incorporate a specially drawn picture for this, as well as a photo of hubby and the boys. Luckily being a designer I am pretty proficient at creating a design in photoshop so once I was happy, I uploaded it directly to my account to create the print. The acrylic prints are available in 5 sizes. I went for the 6×4″ size which comes with a handy desk stand.
Prices for the acrylic photo print start from £9.99
I always have the best intentions of creating one of these of the boys but never got round to it – this seemed like the perfect opportunity for it. What makes it even more special are the drawings and scribbles from the boys I have included so that we get to keep them for years to come.
The Snapfish photo books are available in a wide range of sizes and you can also choose different types of covers, be it hard or softback. I opted for an 8×8 customer cover hardback book with 20 pages which was £24.99 + £5 for the premium theme I chose (see below).
I had so much fun creating this book. The process was relatively easy. Firstly I selected all the photos and drawings that I would use and uploaded them onto my account. Then I chose a theme. I went for a premium theme called “Doodles” which was perfect as I was combining my photos and the boy’s drawings. You could choose what type of layout you wanted for each page based on the number of images you wanted and being a fussy designer like me I was also able to easily move the pages around until I was happy! You could also write and include fathers day poems for that added extra touch.
Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of all the items I ordered. I ordered my items on a Sunday evening and they arrived on Wednesday/Thursday (the card and acrylic photo print arrived first) so took around 3-4 working days. I find the Snapfish site easy to use and there is a great variety of choice for themes/layouts and designs.
My only very slight negative would be the choice of wording on the Father’s Day cards. My boys being young, still call Mr H “daddy” and there seems to be a limited number of designs with this wording. What would be great is if there were an option to choose your design and then amend the wording to suit. ie: changing “dad” to “daddy” for instance or even for families who don’t have a dad but have a father figure in their lives that they want to send a personalised card to – I think if this was an option it would offer up much more flexibility.
My favourite item from these gifts though is the photo book because it is such a personal item and holds lots of treasured memories – I know hubby will love it. This also solves the problem of having endless amounts of drawing pads in our house – if I continue to document the boy’s drawings digitally I can then create these beautiful photo books to store them in, and hopefully one day they will be able to show their own families.