Make This Mother’s Day One to Remember

Halloween is for irony. New Year’s is for cynics. Groundhog’s Day is inherently hilarious. But Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day is all about the sincere, the sweet, and the sentimental. She’s your mom — say thank you (and also, for the last time, could you please wipe your feet before coming inside?).

And if anyone knows how to turn family photos into family heirlooms, it’s the folks at Collage — helping people savor old memories and make new ones is their job. (Literally — that is our job.)

But what do the pros do when it comes to showing their own moms a little love, we wondered? So we asked our team to show us the best gifts they’d ever given their moms. What was their process? And — even more importantly — what did their moms think of the finished results?

Did we maybe shed a few tears at the stories we got back? Maybe. It is definitely possible that happened.

So if you’re looking for some last-minute M-day inspiration, look no further. Mother’s Day is not a competition, but if it were, this is how you’d win.

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I found a bunch of old pictures stashed away and spent hours scanning and cropping the images with hopes it would turn out semi decent. I wasn’t expecting much but I was blown away at the quality of the very large (60×80 fleece) blanket, especially since all the images used were scanned! My mom cried when she got the blanket and displays it proudly on her bed for all guest to come see. I think this blanket is extra special to her because a lot of the family members in the pictures have passed away. This will be one of those items that gets passed on for generations. 

— Kim, Human Resources

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My grandfather passed away 4.5 years ago and for mother‘s day I decided to create a pillow for my grandmother. It is huggable, loveable, and full of the memories from the 55+ years they were together. I know she’s going to love opening it on Mother‘s Day and will love it for years to come. Whenever she misses him, she can squeeze the pillow and remember all of the awesome memories they created together. 

— Melissa, Customer Satisfaction Manager

DIY Project Profile: More Adorable Blankets for More Literate Babies

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Here is a thing about babies: they need blankets.

Here is another thing about babies: eventually, they will need to know the alphabet.

Use these two universal truths to your advantage and make a scene-stealing gift for the baby in your life — no quilting, sewing, knitting, or other fiber arts required. New parents will love it. If that baby was verbal, they’d thank you for it, too.

1. DOWNLOAD YOUR PICTURES FROM THE WEB

If there was ever a time to take advantage of our “web photo search” feature, it is now, because you’re going to need a representative photo for each letter of the alphabet, and not everyone has a good radish picture on hand. (Alternate R suggestions: Rabbit, Rainbow, Rorschach test.)

This will involve singing the alphabet song under your breath a lot. Be warned.

2. ADD YOUR TEXT

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Once you’ve gathered your images (A through Z), you’re going to need to edit each one individually. This is a slightly labor-intensive process, but then, do you love this baby or not? Also, it can be done while watching TV. (This particular blanket was made with love during House Hunters International.)

For each image, we added two text boxes: a big one for the letter itself (A), and a smaller one for the rest of the sentence (is for Apple). This is also an exceptionally good time to experiment with different fonts.

3. JUST KIDDING, THERE IS NO THREE

If you want to rearrange your images, it’s easy — just drag them and drop them until you get a layout worthy of future generations. If it already looks good, you’re done. When that baby learns to read,  it will all be because of you. In the meantime, their nursery will look pretty great.

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Tell Your Collage Story With Our Brand New App

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A single picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes, you want to tell a longer story. That’s what Collage Story is for — to help you share not just images, but experiences. Just married? Tell the story of your wedding day, from makeup to aisle to reception (and cake).  MVP? Tell the story of the big game, warm up through victory. Back from vacation? Share the highlights and let the rest of us live vicariously through your tropical getaway. Think of it as a digital photo book (a “scroll collage,” if you will) that just happens to be extremely easy to make. And share. For free.

Okay, but how does it really work? Let’s break it down.

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Every Day Is a Holiday When You Customize Your Calendar

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You’ve always been able to customize your calendar images, but now you can personalize your calendar dates, too. That means you’ll never forget a birthday, anniversary, festival, or holiday of personal import again — and if you order a few of ‘em, neither will any of your friends. You will be a regular compendium of personalized date-related knowledge!

Not sure what exactly to do with this newfound personalizing power? Not a problem. From the practical (Jan 15: quarterly estimated taxes due) to the whimsical (March 26: National Spinach Day!), we’ve got some ideas.

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5 Ways of Looking at a photo book

THE TRAVEL ALBUM

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Turn your vacation photos into a travelogue for the ages with the click of a button: that time you ate a baguette in the Jardin du Luxembourg. The plate of escargot. The picture of you standing in front of the Louvre in a silly hat. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, consider experimenting with mixed media — why not incorporate scans of tickets, or passport photos, or the wrapper from the best chocolate bar ever to be crafted in the history of time?

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Make Over Your Morning Routine With A Custom Coffee Mug

Mornings can be joyless. You’re late. The kids, if there are kids,  are also late. There is a stain on your pants, you’ve just realized, and you can’t find your files. (No, seriously, who moved your files, David????)

What you need is a treat. What you need is a custom photo coffee mug. Sipping coffee is a momentary escape from the world. Sipping coffee from a custom photo mug? That’s the stuff of luxury.

So what’s the mug that’s gonna start your day off on the right foot? We’ve got some ideas.

THE MEMORY MUG

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6 Reasons Photo Pillows Are Better Than Boyfriends

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Boyfriends are great for lots of things, such as emotional support and companionship and also snuggling. But there is one major problem with boyfriends: they aren’t Collage.com photo pillows. Here’s why pillow-love beats the real thing.

Listening

Pillows: Pillows listen. In fact, pillows can do nothing but listen. Pillows will never, ever disagree with you or inadvertently hurt your feelings, because pillows are inanimate objects and do not have mouths. Pillows are always on your side.

Boyfriends: Boyfriends also listen, but sometimes are distracted by things like cellular telephones and videos on the internet. Also, don’t you think it’s possible you’re overreacting to that thing Sarah said and can we just go to bed now?

Winner: Pillows.

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Say “I Love You” With A Valentine’s Day Pillowgram

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Cards are sweet. Roses are pretty. Candy hearts — candy hearts are classic, we can’t argue with that. But you can’t cuddle with Hallmark, and that’s why this Valentine’s Day, we humbly suggest you go in a… softer direction. Let 2015 be the year of the Valentine’s Pillowgram.

What Is A Pillowgram?

A Pillowgram is a message of love expressed in the form of a Collage.com photo pillow. It can be deeply heartfelt. It can be funny. It can be a gag gift. It can be a marriage proposal. It can be a gag gift that is also a marriage proposal.  It can tell the story of your relationship. It can be a picture of a bunny rabbit. Whatever you want to say this Valentine’s Day, you can say it on a photo pillow.

Who Is A Pillowgram For?

We’re so glad you asked! A pillowgram is perfect for:

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Relive the highlights of 2014 with a year-in-review photobook

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As New Year’s approaches, we reflect. We remember. We resolve to really, actually, for-real-this-year get into yoga. (Like, so into yoga.) And then, we make a 2014 year-in-review photo book, because a ton of cool stuff happened this year, and your Facebook year-in-review video can only cover so much.

If you want to document 2014 for the ages, and you want people to actually look at it (sorry, Facebook), you’ve got to go analog. Here’s how to turn your entire year into a coffee table masterpiece in seconds.

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