In our November issue, we did a great story on Digital Gifts- things that you can make with all the hundreds of digital photos you have on your computer. We came up with a bunch of fun ideas I think, but since, a couple more websites have come to my attention that offer really great products, custom made, on-line, and available before christmas.
The first is my mom's amazing website. I know, I know, she's my mom, but I swear I'm being totally professional and impartial in recommending this.
www.heritagecookbook.com: a famliy and friends cookbook making program
The basic concept is that you buy a very inexpensive membership to the website that allows you and anyone with a computer that you want to include, to upload recipes and images and format them into a cookbook. The program has attractive templates that you can use, or you can create your own. About ten days after all the recipes, photos and stories are input, the books are printed and sent to you. You can chose the type of binding you want, and if you want black and white or colour, or a combination. It's inexpensive, easy, fast and an amazing idea for christmas, family reunions, fundraisers etc... She started the company about four years ago and it's been a huge success for her and her clients. You should see the beautiful thank you notes she gets from happy customers.
Here's an example of a fundraising cookbook that was made:
Here's another cool website:
www.spoonflower.com: a custom fabric printing company
This e-mail was sent to me this morning and I haven't stopped dreaming. You upload your design/pattern (made with photos, scans, photoshop, whatever) and they print it for you and send you back your own, custom fabric. There is no minimum yardage, and they ship to Canada. There are some really amazing and inspirational examples to look at on the website. I haven't stopped thinking about the custom fabric I could design for my baby's bedroom! We've been working on a story for our March issue on what to do with leftover paint, and some of the projects include painted fabric- now I'm thinking we could take some of the beautiful projects the stylist came up with and get them made into yards of cotton. Love it!
here are some of the inspirational designs I saw: