I was invited to join ten other bloggers at a Shutterfly Gift Wrapping Party party held at the popular MakeShop by Brit+Co in San Francisco last Tuesday. Prior to the event we were given shopping credit on Shutterfly to order some pretty cool product. I’ve only ever ordered custom Christmas cards from Shutterfly so I was excited to see the quality of their other offerings. Rather than just ordering custom gifts with family photos, I uploaded several high-resolution images from my scanned collection of vintage ephemera and was able to create some pieces that came out beautifully. I ordered an 8″ x 10″ Wood Wall Art with an image I composited in Photoshop and I love the effect of it printed to wood. The bloggers who ordered family photos on wood were just as pleased. The skin colors turned out surprisingly perfect. Even whites were pretty true-white. I don’t know how they do that but they were so impressive. As you can see on my wood wall art the colors are very vibrant, though you can still see the nice wood grain through them. I also ordered a set of glass magnets. WOW! I was so impressed with these. Fat, chunky, and dramatic. Some of the bloggers pulled shots from their instagram feed for their magnets, so perfect. I used a recent photo taken of Jeff and me on my iPhone to order a 2014 Christmas tree ornament, and one more ornament for the studio to hang shown displayed here on my sweet little handmade feather tree, a gift from my friend, artist Dennis Haynes of Runamuck Studios.I also ordered this 5″ x 5″ acrylic photo block with our picture, we have lots of shots of the kids but none of us around the house except our wedding photo from 24 years ago. I sure love this non-framed dimensional piece.I designed my own Inspired Barn custom gift wrap using their Shutterfly Collage Gallery format. Their website is not only easy to navigate, but uploading photos and arranging them into the many templates available is super easy and quick. Look how fantastic it turned out. I think I was the only one at the party that didn’t actually wrap a gift. I plan to use mine more as decorative craft paper. I’m not sure what I’ll make first with it but I’m pretty excited to have it and look forward to using it soon.When ordering the wood wall art, I had intentions to craft with the final piece in some sort of collage/mixed media/assemblage fashion. I was recently sent a nice selection of wood pallet canvases by 48 by 40 to try out and decided to pair a 14″ x 14″ canvas with my new Shutterfly piece. I started by stenciling the pallet canvas with one of my custom stencils. I added some gold foil Dresden trim along the top of the wood wall art after painting with white acrylic paint then rubbing it off for a patina effect.At the bottom I added a vintage brass tag, drilling pilot holes first then attaching with brass screws.I attached the Shutterfly piece to the wood pallet with Beacon’s 527 adhesive and further embellished the whole piece with goodies in my studio. Here is the finished piece:I enlarged and photocopied a stamp and glued it to the canvas with matte medium, distressed with fine grit sandpaper, and cancelled it with my custom Petaluma postmark rubber stamp.Here is a close-up of the stenciling. I love the effect on the wood with nails and all.I attached a brass ID plate covered with a strip of paper copied from a vintage farmer’s almanac, and an old brass double coat hook. I used a toothpick to paint brown and black acrylic paint into the grooves of all of the very shiny new brass screws I used that needed grunging, smudging a bit more across the surfaces. This strip of paper is from a vintage roll of transit tickets, distressed with sandpaper and finished with a numbering stamp. I gave my art an award made from vintage prize ribbon rosette components, a milk bottle cap piece and one of my Shutterfly glass photo magnets.The finished piece now hangs from the side of a cupboard at the entrance of my barn studio to serve as a coat rack and displays old lumber bib aprons. Shutterfly’s products and photo imaging process is such high quality, and I think any of their many products would make the very best gifts for the holidays or any occasion. But I hope you’ll consider Shutterfly as well for creating your own custom art pieces!
You can find some behind the scenes of the gift wrap event and lots of other nice custom pieces on Instagram using the hashtag #ShutterflyHoliday. For even more inspiration, be sure to follow Shutterfly on Facebook. And for more wood pallet canvas ideas, be sure to check out 48 by 40!