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Father’s Day Personalized Photo Gift Ideas

Create a lasting memory this Father’s Day with one of these Dad-approved photo gift ideas.

Photo gifts are not just for women! The key when selecting a personalized photo gift for Dad is to keep his personal interests in mind when selecting which photograph to use. While photo gifts with pictures of friends and family are always popular, think outside of the box and use a photo of his car, truck, boat or motorcycle!

Take a photo of Dad’s car or truck and make a personalized beach towel!

Since Father’s Day is in summer, a photo beach towel is a practical and timely gift. At the pool or beach, a photo towel will surely strike up conversation and is a great way to show off his car. Even if Dad is not a beachgoer, a towel is a useful item to keep in the car or truck to protect his seats or to use for an afternoon on the boat, camping trip or hike.

Use your favorite photo of your Father for a unique photo tile.

Photo tiles are an alternative to traditional picture frames. The photo is printed directly on a ceramic tile and coated with a gloss finish to protect it for years to come. The tiles come with their own wooden stand to display on a table or desk. You can make a tile with any photo!

Harley Davidson Photo Blanket
A woven blanket with a photo of Dad’s bike makes a cherished & useful gift.

Does Dad have a “man cave”? Blankets are useful all year long. Even in the hot dog days of summer, a nice photo blanket is a great accessory simply draped over a couch in his den. We’ve even seen these photo blankets hung on the wall as a tapestry! A custom blanket with a photo of his motorcycle is a unique work of art that will be appreciated by any biker.

If your Dad is not into cars or motorcycles, think about other hobbies that he enjoys and use photos of that instead. Every Father is unique and a personalized photo gift is the perfect way to celebrate that. Father’s Day is the 3rd Sunday of June, so don’t wait until it is too late to start thinking about gifts!

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Create a Candy Buffet in 5 Easy Steps

Creating a DIY self-serve candy station at your wedding reception party is an easy and creative alternative to traditional candy wedding favors.

Jordan almonds wrapped in organza or tulle and tied with ribbon have long been the traditional wedding favor choice for many brides and grooms. TheKnot.com explains the cultural significance for these sugarcoated candies. While this tradition will always be popular, wedding candy buffet bars are becoming the colorful, interactive, and completely customizable candy favor choice for many brides.

Creating your own candy table at your wedding is easy and affordable, and requires only a few supplies. From the candy buffet jars to the favor bags to the tasty candy itself, we outline the 5 steps it takes to create your own colorful and personalized candy bar dream.

Step 1 – Choose Your Candy & Colors

This is the most fun part! First think about what colors you want to have. Usually a bride chooses colors that match the rest of her wedding. Jelly beans and M&M’s both come in a rainbow of colors. Don’t forget licorice, gum drops, chocolates, gummy bears, and taffy which come in many flavors. Online retailers organize their candy by color making it easy to find choices that will work with your wedding colors.

Step 2 – Buy Glass Jars & Candy Scoops

Big glass jars work best to show off your colorful candy. Similar to the jars used at old-fashioned bulk candy stores, these often have removable lids to keep the candy fresh, although you may want to remove and store the lids right before the guests start to fill their bags up! Glass flower vases and trifle bowls also work nicely. Don’t forget the scoops (or tongs, depending on what kind of candy it is)—they discourage guests from dipping their hands directly into the jars. Use one scoop per candy jar.

Step 3 – Hand Write Labels

Handwritten labels are elegant and help identify what is inside the jars. Choose plain labels or ones with a pretty border that ties in with your wedding theme. If you have messy handwriting, go ahead and print labels on your home inkjet printer or ask a friend to write them for you.

Step 4 – Buy Favor Bags

Just like clear glass jars work best for displaying the candy, clear cello bags work best for filling. Don’t forget twist ties or pre-cut ribbon so guests can tie their goodie bags shut!

Step 5 – Set Up Your Candy Bar Buffet

Now that you have your candy fill, labeled jars, scoops and bags, you are ready to set everything up! Cover your candy table with a table cloth and add bunting to the front of the table, if desired. A vase of flowers also looks nice amongst the jars of delicious sweets.

On your big day, your guests will love filling their bags with their favorite candy, and you’ll love knowing how easy it was to create!

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Graduation Announcement Wording

Find the graduation announcement wording that is right for you. Here are some ideas on what to write in your graduation announcements and invitations.

Example of wording for graduation announcements
Dual-purpose, cards can serve as both announcement and invitation.

Graduating from high school or college is a special event! All that hard work at school is quite an achievement, and one to be proud of. Paper graduation announcements are an elegant way to announce and share this achievement with friends and family. Not sure what to write? When creating your grad announcement cards, while the wording is entirely up to you, there are a few essential pieces of information you should include.

Basic Announcements

Announcements don’t have to be fancy or overly complicated. If your belief is “less is more” and you would prefer a simple look, just three pieces of information are needed.

  • Graduate’s Name
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year

An example wording for your basic announcement text:

Kate Monahan
East High School
Class of 2016

Formal Announcements

Reading more like a wedding invitation, a formal announcement has a sophisticated look and is a good choice for proud parents wishing to send out the announcements to their relatives and friends.

  • Names of Parents or Guardians
  • Graduate’s Full Name
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year
  • Graduate’s Major (optional)
  • Honors & Awards (optional)

A sample of a formal graduation announcement text:

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Monahan
Announce the graduation of their daughter
Katherine Anne Monahan
from East High School
On Saturday June 11th, 2016

Story Announcements

Sometimes graduates want to share more than just their name, school, and class year. Feel free to add additional information that you would like to share with everyone. Include a short paragraph on future plans after college, favorite school memory, or even an inspirational quote. Sharing these details creates a more personal card and lets family and friends know what you are up to after graduation.

  • Names of Parents or Guardians (optional)
  • Graduate’s Name (full name optional)
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year
  • Graduate’s Major (optional)
  • Honors & Awards (optional)
  • Future Plans
  • Quote

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Monahan
Are proud to announce the graduation of
Katherine Anne Monahan
from East High School
Class of 2012

Kate is attending Columbia College in Chicago this fall where she will study journalism.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Invitation Announcements

Popular with high school graduations, announcements can also double as party invitations. Use this opportunity to invite people to an open house or celebration in honor of the grad.

  • Graduate’s Name (full name optional)
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year
  • Graduation Date
  • Party Address
  • RSVP Details (optional)

Suggestion for grad party invitation wording:

Class of 2016
Celebrate Kate Monahan’s Graduation
from East High School
May 12th @ 4pm at the
Monahan’s Home
1200 West Palm Court
Sarosta, FL 60615

Sending grad announcements is appropriate for ALL graduations including kindergarten, montessori, junior high/middle school, high school, community college, state university, and nursing school. All the hard work and time pursuing your education is a reason to share your accomplishment with others by sending an announcement.

Have you written a unique graduation announcement that you’d like to share? Tell us your idea in the comments below.

Additional Resources: Photo Graduation Announcements & Graduation Quote Ideas.

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New Products at WPPI 2011 Las Vegas

The WPPI trade show floor holds a wealth of knowledge and opportunity—not just for wedding and portrait photographers—but for all photographers.

2011 WPPI Las Vegas

We’re wrapping things up here at our last day of WPPI 2011 in Las Vegas, the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Show at the MGM Grand. This marks our third year of attending this great show and it is always a pleasure to meet with photographers new and old to learn about their photography needs and see how the business is growing. One of the best things is to hear stories of how photographers have used our products for their customers’ photos, and to get feedback. We also love to meet with brand new photogs and event planners and hear about their upcoming projects & events.

One of our signature products, imprinted portrait folders, were a popular choice with photographers looking to have a polished portrait folder imprinted with their studio name on the front. In addition to imprinted folders, we showed cardboard photo frames, full-color printed photo event folders, certificate frames, presentation folders, and our photo cards—including our newest addition—the Wave Card.

Wedding Save The Date Wave Cards
New Product from StudioStyle.com – Wedding Save The Date & Thank You 3-D Wave Photo Cards

These cards can be customized with engagement or wedding pictures, personalized dates & text. They fold flat like a tri-fold card for mailing, and with a few cleverly placed tabs they are transformed into three-dimensional sculpture cards. (Learn more about Wave Cards on Facebook.)

It’s been a great week at the WPPI trade show, with lots of vendors showing some really great products. We’re proud to be part of the photography community.

Were you at WPPI this year? If so, what were the highlights for you? Tell us in the comments below.

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Paper Photo Frames For Valentine’s Day Events

Send guests home with a photo memento of their special Valentine’s Day at your restaurant, cruise ship, gala, party or event.

With Valentine’s Day just a month away, it’s time to make final plans for your event. Whether you are planning a romantic valentines dinner at your restuarant, a special hotel weekend package or taking your event to the ocean, river or lake for a valentine dinner cruise, the right planning will make your valentine’s event one that couples will want to return to year after year.
Valentine Photo Folders
Full-color printed photo folders for handing out pictures at your Valentine’s Day event. These picture jackets can be printed with your logo, photos or artwork to create a specially designed frame that reflects YOUR business or event. It’s a specially branded photo memento for your guests!

Event photography is often a part of special events and are a terrific way for your guests to leave with something tangible to remember their experience. All you need are a photographer, on-site printer or instant film camera and photo event folders.

Sell or give away the photos at the end of the event. It can be a money-making opportunity, or a complimentary gift to say thanks.

Here are a few different types of Valentine’s Day events happening across the country next month.

On The Water
From romantic night cruises to family brunches, turning “love boats” are a great way to celebrate. Here are some options across the country.
On The Dance Floor
Everyone loves a party, and dancing always livens up the atmosphere. Below are a few examples of Valentine’s dance events.
Charitable Events With Heart
Some organizations & charities hold fundraising events Valentine’s Day. Here are a few that focus on a cause.

Whatever type of event you are planning this Valentine’s Day, event photography is an added extra that will sweeten your celebration.

Products featured in this post Custom Event Folders for 4″ x 6″ or 5″ x 7″ photos & Happy Valentine’s Day Red Heart Foil Imprinted Photo Folders for 4″ x 6″ pictures.

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How to Make Thanksgiving Day Your Family Photo Day

With the family together, Thanksgiving is the perfect day to cross “take family holiday photo” off your holiday to-do list!

Thanksgiving makes a great time to get the family together for a group picture. Include all family members or choose to just do a photograph of the kids or family pet. Either way, the harvest scenery makes a great seasonal photo!

Once we turn the calendar to December, much of our free time is spent Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, decorating, and baking cookies for those countless cookie swaps. Don’t forget all of the holiday party obligations and white elephant gift exchanges! With the flurry of activity in the month of December, it is no surprise that many families make Thanksgiving their annual family photo day.

How to Make Thanksgiving your Annual Family Photo Day

Do your own photo shoot (indoors or out) with an inexpensive tripod if you wish to also be in the picture. If you’d rather leave this task to a professional, book an appointment with a photographer for sometime at the end of November. Many photographers will come to your home or an outdoor setting (like a park) making your photos a personal reflection of your family’s style. If you like the polished look of studio style photography, go to a portrait studio where they have manyoptions for backdrops & seasonal props.

Here are 5 Quick Tips for the Perfect Christmas Card Photo

1. Be you. Sound simple? It can be, but when the camera is ready, some people will freeze up. To get around this, ask a friend or extended family member to quietly snap some candid photos while you and your family are playing in the leaves, telling stories, or even baking cookies.

2. Don’t match outfits too closely. Don’t put everyone in a solid navy blue shirt with khakis. Instead, give a color palette as inspiration. That way, a solid navy blue top will go nicely with a wine-colored plaid top and a mustard sweater.

3. Include the family dog or cat. Sometimes having an animal in the photo will make everyone more at ease. It can also make for some really cute images!

4. Don’t photograph yourself. Not feeling photogenic? Photograph something that your family holds near and dear to their hearts. Maybe it’s the family farm, a picture of some of your kid’s artwork, or maybe just the cat, dog, or even goldfish. Remember, with family Christmas cards, it really is the thought behind it.

5. Make it generational. Your extended family will love seeing the family lineage, from the oldest member to the youngest. It is sure to evoke fond memories, and it’s a great gift to give the youngest members of your family.

Family Photo Day - Photo Insert Card
Use your Thanksgiving picture as your Christmas card this year.

Turn That Family Photo into a Christmas Photo Card

Once you have the perfect picture, why not use it as your Christmas card? Personalized photo greeting cards are becoming increasingly popular because they are affordable and easy to create. Simply make prints at a photo processing center and slide those photos into paper frame cards. Or choose printed Christmas photo cards if you don’t feel like printing the photos. Whichever method you choose, Christmas greeting cards made from your fun Thanksgiving family photo day are a creative and personal choice this holiday season.

So go on, go out and take that perfect (or imperfect!) family photo this Thanksgiving. You’ll have fun taking it, and the memories you make are sure to last a long time.

Product featured in this post: Natural Flax Photo Insert Card

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Santa Visit Photo Holders: Three Easy Ways to Present Event Pictures

3 Santa Visit Photo Holder Ideas from StudioStyle.comMake the most of your Santa photo events with custom paper picture frames.

The Christmas season seems to start earlier each year. Christmas is a big part of our culture and a holiday that many people look forward to. Every November Santa cheerfully shows up at malls, stores, town squares, tree lighting ceremonies, and holiday parties. He even shows up at restaurants for special “Breakfast with Santa” events, which attract the whole family for a morning of fun, food, and festivities.

All of these Santa events share one thing in common: photos.

It is no surprise that many people make it a family tradition to visit Mr. Claus and his elves for their holiday picture. His image is iconic, and having that special photo of the kids on Santa’s lap is priceless.

These events draw hundreds, even thousands of people to businesses nationwide, making this an excellent opportunity to connect with customers, neighbors, and friends during the holiday season.

Some businesses offer the holiday photos as a complimentary service to their customers. Other venues may charge for a printed photo, often times donating the proceeds to a local food pantry or charity in the spirit of the season. In fact, photos with Santa have become a popular fundraiser activity for many organizations.

Protect Your Photos with Santa Visit Photo Holders

Presenting photos with Santa in an inexpensive paper or cardboard photo frame protects the photos from fingerprints and accidental rips. It’s also a great way to market your business or event because you can personalize them with your event info or company logo, making these Santa picture souvenirs not just practical for holding event photos, but also effective marketing tools.

There are three main styles of card stock Santa visit photo holders:

Holiday Photo Insert Cards

These make an instant frame for your 4×6 prints! Great for family photos, engagement and wedding photos, baby photos, pet photos, and beyond—just slide your print in the pocket opening, and you have an instant personalized holiday card. Archival and acid-free, your photographs are protected and can be used in scrapbooks and photo albums, or even inserted into a traditional 5″ x 7″ frame. The paper border acts as an instant mat for your photo.

Photo Insert Christmas Card
This candy cane photo insert card is perfect for handing out your pictures with Santa. Holds one 4″ x 6″ photo.

Event Photo Folders

This style holds the picture on the inside. These are especially nice when the customer is going to be carrying the photo home, as this better protects the picture. These folders also stand up on the desk for easy display. Optional personalization can go on the cover, window border, or the back cover of most designs. Choose from dozens of holiday designs in our foil stamped photo folders or printed holiday photo folders.

Santa Visit Photo Holders
Photo folders shown here: Winter Forest, Jolly Santa, Peppermint Candy, Standard Event, and Green Holly

 Paper Photo Frames

These look much like your traditional picture frame, often with an easel back, making it a cinch to prop up on a flat surface. Available blank, or add your Santa visit event details or logo in beautiful metallic foil. Crafted out of smooth card stock, linen weave paper, mat board, or sturdy cardboard, our paper photo frames make an affordable yet upscale giveaway option for the holiday season. We even have Instax, Instax Mini, and Polaroid frames for your Christmas event.

Santa Visit Photo Frames
Our Grandeur photo frames are envelope-style frames that would work perfectly for your Santa event photos.

 Do I Need Santa Visit Photo Holders?

If you’re hiring an event photographer or printing pictures with Santa onsite, your guests will thank you! Sliding an event photo into a paper frame or folder creates an instant photo souvenir. With your logo or event name on it, this photo holder also becomes a reminder of your business or event. What a great promotional product giveaway for the holiday season!

We make custom printed and imprinted Santa visit photo holders for malls, stores, community festivals, restaurants, fundraisers, schools, company parties… any holiday event you can imagine! Contact Studio Style today to learn how you can create a customized frame for your Christmas event.

Have a fantastic visit with Santa event this year!

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Turn Your Wedding Photo Into A Holiday Card

Share the happiness & joy of your wedding day with holiday photo cards.

The holiday season is a time for sharing memories with friends and family. While many people choose to share the highlights of their year with a traditional holiday letter, a picture is worth a thousand words! Chances are that your wedding day was one of the major highlights of your year, and likely a day where you both looked your best. Why not use one of your favorite wedding photos as a holiday card this year?

Printed Christmas Photo Cards from Studio Style
Hey newlyweds! Use your wedding photo on custom printed holiday photo cards, and fall in love with the holiday season all over again. You can also put your engagement photos on a Christmas card.

Photo cards also double as a great way to get a photo out to everyone that asked for one. And for those greeting card recipients who didn’t attend your wedding, its a way for them to feel like they were there.

But we got married last March! Is it still okay to use our wedding picture for our holiday card? Absolutely! As long as you were married within the last year, it is perfectly acceptable to share your wedding photo during the holiday season. After all it was a big event for the year, and Christmas is a time to reflect on those joys.

Remember to check with your photographer to make sure you have the rights to reproduce their photo onto cards. Some photographers offer custom printed photo cards as a service, so be sure to ask. If not, you can always take 4″ x 6″ prints that you purchased from your photographer and slide them into photo frame style cards. It’s an easy DIY way to create instant photo cards!

A pocket style photo insert card makes it easy to remove the picture and frame it long after the holiday season is over.
A pocket style photo insert card makes it easy to remove the picture and frame it long after the holiday season is over.

Sending a custom wedding photo Christmas card is a unique and personal way to keep in touch this holiday season. With many designs to choose from, you’ll be sure to find one that fits your style. Happy Holidays!

Products featured in this post: Watercolor Snowflakes, Holiday Plaid, Holiday Damask, Snow White Photo Insert Card, Green Holly Photo Insert Card, and Candy Cane Photo Insert Card.

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Halloween Photo Cards

Take a picture of your little pumpkin for spooktacular Halloween photo cards or party invitations that will put the TREAT into trick or treat!

Parents know that autumn is a great time for picture taking. The annual trip to the pumpkin patch (and subsequent carving party), a weekend of raking leaves, and of course dressing up in costume for Halloween all make for memorable photo opportunities. Halloween photo cards are the perfect way to share those precious photos with family and friends.
Halloween Photo Cards from Studio Style
Our Natural Flax, Black, and Snow White Photo Insert Cards are perfect for Halloween photo greeting cards.
While most photo card enthusiasts traditionally send their personalized greeting cards out at Christmas or to announce the birth of their child, Halloween is an unexpected—and fun—time of year to send out special fall-themed greeting cards to friends and family. Create Halloween invites for your party, or make one just to show off your child’s (or dog’s!) costume.

Here are some fun fall photo ideas for your personalized Halloween photo cards:

  • Halloween Party
  • Costume Contest
  • Apple Orchard
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Halloween Wedding
  • Halloween Parade
  • Haunted House
  • Hay Ride
  • Raking Leaves
  • Halloween Birth Announcement
  • Oktoberfest Celebration
Tips For Creating A Halloween Photo Card:
  • Use a plain black photo holder card to make your Halloween picture really stand out. Just slide your 4″ x 6″ photo in—no glue or tape needed!
  • Gelly Pens (especially metallic) work great on darker colored cardstock. Use a pumpkin orange pen to stay with the Halloween theme.
  • Rubber stamps are an easy way to accent your card with spooky imagery. Choose a lighter color cardstock for most stamp inks, or use a highly pigmented metallic ink to stamp on darker papers.

Do you have a Halloween photo idea? If so, share it with us in the comments.

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