The artsy, backlit photo of your dog looking wistful. A macro of your banana bread that makes mouths water. That black and white snapshot of the kids doing cartwheels.
They’re all gorgeous … and they’re all trapped inside your phone.
Sure, they could be forwarded, posted or even cast to your TV screen, but these days it’s tough for them to escape the digital realm. Or it’s just not worth it. I’ve looked at every mug, rug and photo book you can make with a digital photo, and many of them leave a little to be desired when it comes to aesthetics. But if your photos are destined to live out their lives in a stream or feed, you’re missing some fantastic opportunities to unleash their true artistic potential. Here are some Carley-approved, beautifully designed ways to turn your smartphone pictures into art — a personalized complement for any room style.
Knock on Wood
This pretty creation from Artifact Uprising can turn digital snaps into gallery-style prints via thick, eggshell paper and a wooden “cleat” made from reclaimed Colorado pine. The look is unassuming and clean—a nice alternative to a simple frame (though it won’t protect your print from dust).
Stuck on You
I love keeping a wall of favorite family photos in view of my workspace. Paper Culture lets me take my best pics to a new level by turning them into removable wall stickers. The company uses PVC-free, phthalate-free, vinyl-free materials to make “sticky” but repositionable wall stickers with Polaroid-like borders that you can personalize with a caption (for instance, “Dog days of summer with Fido”).
Have a Heart
If you love scrapbooks but don’t have the time to create one, this heart-shaped, foil-enhanced collage from Minted could be a nice option. It gives you space to include 30 shots and automatically arranges them to look their best. You will have overlap, so this probably isn’t the right choice for a detailed portrait, but it might be lovely for a series of snaps featuring the same subject, such as a baby or puppy.
On the Grid
Sometimes, I feel like my phone is so full of great pictures that I can’t choose favorites. Social Print Studio can build a poster that includes up to 200 of my images, laid out in a contact sheet-style grid. It’s straightforward, but gets a lot of images on the wall with little fuss.
I’ve always liked the idea of setting off a single wall in a room by painting it a bright color or using bold wallpaper. PicMe takes that idea to the next level by transforming any photo (or a pile of them) into an enormous mural. Think: Car wrap for your room.
That sure puts things into focus.
Do you have a favorite way to turn your photos into art? Share them in the comments below!