Collage.com named to 2016 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”

LANSING, Mich. – Yesterday, custom photo products company Collage.com was honored as one of 2016’s  “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” in recognition of the company’s explosive growth and exciting potential. Hundreds of companies are nominated for this prestigious list each year, which honors companies that are innovative, fast growing, and expected to have a breakout year in 2016.

“Collage.com grew from $900,000 in 2012 revenue to $22 million in 2015 without taking any outside investment – and we’re just getting started,” said Joe Golden, co-founder and co-CEO. “We’re humbled to be named to such a prestigious list and look forward to continued future growth.”

Collage.com makes custom photo products – like photo books, canvases, and fleece photo blankets – easy for anyone to create with powerful online tools and great customer service. The company’s innovative products have been featured multiple times on “Good Morning America,” the “TODAY Show,” and “The View.”

“We’ve come a long way since our beginnings as a University of Michigan project,” said Kevin Borders, co-founder and co-CEO. “We’re honored to be named as one of Michigan’s 50 most exciting companies, and can’t wait to continue our growth in 2016 and beyond.”

The company’s rapid growth has enabled Collage.com to give back to communities across Michigan. This year, Collage.com launched a matching donation campaign to raise funds for the Flint Child Health & Development Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, donating $5,015 in total. In 2015, Collage.com made a $11,500 donation to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and donated another $10,885 in products to 96 different nonprofit and school groups around the country.

The “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list is named each year by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, a cooperative project by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Business Network, America’s SBDC, U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Association of Michigan, and MiQuest.

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About Collage.com

Collage.com makes custom products easy for anyone to create. Co-founders and University of Michigan graduates Joe Golden and Kevin Borders lead the company’s fast-growing team of more than 35 full-time employees and 20 seasonal employees, who developed the company’s easy-to-use software tools. Collage.com’s products – like photo books, fleece photo blankets and gallery wrap canvases – have been featured numerous times on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The View,” and NBC’s “TODAY Show.” Last year, Collage.com generated $22 million in revenue – up from $900,000 in 2012, and without taking any outside funding or investment.

Make the most out of your Mother’s Day photos

We see (and take) a lot of photos at Collage.com, because we know how important it is to preserve memories for years to come.

That’s why we want to help you take the best Mother’s Day shots possible: not only will they look great in a Collage.com photo book or on a photo blanket, but they’ll also be so meaningful decades from now when you look back on them.

Here are some of our favorite tips for taking the best photos on Mother’s Day, or anytime:

  • Get close! It’s always better to “zoom with your feet” instead of using a zoom lens or digital zoom on your phone. Try to capture as much of your subject in the photo as possible instead of the wall behind them.
  • Lighting: very important. Okay, maybe this goes without saying, but good photos feature great lighting. You don’t need to set up fancy lights or anything. Just make sure your shots aren’t backlit (unless you really want a silhouette only). We’re big fans of photos taken outdoors in natural light.
  • Don’t center everything. It’s tempting to just center the subject of each photo, but in general, avoid doing this. Learn about the “rule of thirds” for taking more interesting photos.
  • Turn up the brightness on your phone’s screen! Keeping your phone screen’s brightness down is a great way to save battery life, but it can make it hard to compose and take great photos. We recommend turning up your screen brightness when taking photos.
  • Know your camera. Whatever you use to take photos – whether it’s an iPhone, Android phone, or an actual (gasp!) camera – brush up on how best to use it. Five minutes of research can really pay off. Google for your specific camera (e.g. search for iPhone photography tips) learn ins and outs for your particular model. For example, did you know you can take photos with your iPhone’s volume buttons, or your Apple headphones?
  • Use our editing tools to improve your photos. Collage.com offers a full suite of photo editing tools that are easy to use and don’t require any software installation. You can do everything with our tools from adjusting contrast/brightness/saturation to removing red eye to adding cool visual effects. Here’s a guide with more info on how to edit your photos with Collage.com.

We hope you have a great, photo-filled Mother’s Day!

Perfect last-minute (but still thoughtful!) Mother’s Day gifts

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Are you ready?

A custom-made, personalized gift from Collage.com is so much better than something lame off the shelf.

Even though our Mother’s Day shipping deadlines have already passed, we’re still here to help.

Design a perfect Mother’s Day gift today, and then print off one of our Mother’s Day coupons below so you have something to wrap, and so your mom or grandma knows what to look forward to in the mail!

Even though your order won’t arrive by Mother’s Day, print off the coupons below so you have something to wrap – and so your mom knows what to look forward to. Don’t forget to place your order with the great deals below! 

Click here to order a fleece photo blanket for your mom for just $45, including free shipping – and then click the coupon below to print it off at full size.

A blanket for mom

Click here to order a gallery wrap canvas for your mom (save up to 76% off regular prices!) – and then click the coupon below to print it off at full size.

A photo canvas for mom

Click here to order a photo mug for your mom (save up to 50% off ) – and then click the coupon below to print it off at full size.

A mug for mom

Want to order a different product, or make your own coupon to wrap for your mom? Click the coupon below to print it off full size. (We have other great gift ideas for Mother’s Day in our gift guide!)

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Celebrate American history with Collage.com

Our team at Collage.com is full of history geeks. That’s why we love using our historical photo archive to create cool custom products you can’t find in a store.

Harriet Tubman pillow

Are you excited over Harriet Tubman appearing on the front of the $20 bill next year? (We are!) You can easily use our historical photo archive to make a Harriet Tubman pillow, as featured above.

Fans of Old Hickory who also love hickory-accented summer barbecues might love an Andrew Jackson-themed custom apron, too:

Andrew Jackson apron

We can’t wait to see what you create with our historical photo archive!

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day gift?

Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8) is just around the corner.

Our Mother’s Day Gift Guide features so many perfect gifts for Mother’s Day. We know your mom or grandmother would love a custom, heartfelt creation from Collage.com.

While you can’t go wrong with anything from our guide, we want to know what you think the best Mother’s Day gift is.

Take our quick poll below – and then stay tuned to Collage.com emails and social media for special Mother’s Day offers! (Don’t forget: our concierge team is happy to help you create the perfect gift, too.)

What's your favorite Collage.com Mother's Day gift?

  • Fleece photo blanket
  • Custom photo pillow
  • Hardcover photo book
  • Metal photo print
  • Photo puzzles
  • Custom photo mug
  • Gallery wrap canvas

 

Need help designing? Our concierge team is at your service

Collage.com’s tools make it so easy to design products with your favorite photos, patterns, and text.

Sometimes, you might want some extra help, or might not have the time to finish your project. We’re happy to assist!

The Collage.com concierge team will help you create the perfect product. Our experienced, Michigan-based Customer Satisfaction team is standing by seven days a week to help however they can.

From cropping photos and removing redeye to arranging photos in a project, our team will do anything we can to help. Best of all, your order will be protected by our Just Right Satisfaction Guarantee, too.

Right now, we’re piloting the Collage.com concierge program as a free service, so you have nothing to lose, too! Just contact us at concierge@collage.com and we’ll get back to you as fast as we can.

Mother’s Day gift ideas for your grandma

Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8) isn’t just about celebrating your mom. Don’t forget about the grandmothers in your life, too!

Collage.com has perfect gifts your grandmother will love for Mother’s Day in our gift guide. 

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Hint: your grandma would love a gallery wrap canvas with her grandchildren on it!

Here are some other ideas for Mother’s Day gifts for grandmothers:

We’ll keep sharing great Mother’s Day gift ideas on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest – just watch for our #30GiftsforMom hashtag.

Tag us in any great gifts you design for your mom and grandma, too – we can’t wait to see what you create!

 

Collage.com donates $5,015 to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint

FLINT, Mich. – Collage.com, a Michigan-based custom photo products company, today announced its donation of $5,015 to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The donation was made after Collage.com offered to match all of its customer donations to the Fund made between February 28 and March 12.

“Flint children exposed to lead in the city’s water supply need our support – both now, and for years to come,” said Joe Golden, co-founder and co-CEO of Collage.com. “I hope you’ll join Collage.com and our customers in support of this critically important cause.”

Gifts to the Fund are used to support positive outcomes for Flint children, including child health and development, educational and student support services, continuous access to pediatric medical homes, access to infant and child behavioral health services, nutrition education, healthy food access, safe and healthy home environments, integrated social services, and research.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Collage.com and their customers for this contribution to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund,” said Kathi Horton, President, Community Foundation of Greater Flint. “The Fund serves the long term health and development needs of Flint children exposed to lead. We continue to be inspired by the outpouring of support from Michigan companies like Collage.com who are truly making a difference in the lives of our children.”

The Fund is still accepting contributions at FlintKids.org. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and go directly to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Collage.com believes in giving back to the community through donations and employer-sponsored volunteerism. In 2015, Collage.com made a $11,500 donation to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and donated another $10,885 in products to 96 different nonprofit and school groups around the country.

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About Collage.com
Collage.com makes custom products easy for anyone to create. Co-founders and University of Michigan graduates Joe Golden and Kevin Borders lead the company’s fast-growing team of more than 35 full-time employees and 20 seasonal employees, who developed the company’s easy-to-use software tools. Collage.com’s products – like photo books, fleece photo blankets and gallery wrap canvases – have been featured numerous times on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The View,” and NBC’s “TODAY Show.” Last year, Collage.com generated $22 million in revenue – up from $900,000 in 2012, and without taking any outside funding or investment. Collage.com was recently named as one of the 2016 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.”

Perfect photo gifts for Mother’s Day

Your mom deserves more than flowers this Mother’s Day.

Flowers wilt, but a personal photo gift lasts forever. Mother’s Day is May 8: make this one the best yet with Collage.com.

Collage.com’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide features perfect Mother’s Day gifts for your mom, wife, or grandmother – or any other mom you want to recognize on this special day. Featuring photos on products your mom will see and use everyday is so much more meaningful than emailing a photo or sharing it on Facebook.

Here’s how two of our employees used Collage.com to design perfect Mother’s Day gifts. Don’t miss other great Mother’s Day gift ideas in our Gift Guide, too – but order soon, since Mother’s Day will be here before you know it! 

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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 5 1/2 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

Celebrate 2016 graduations with Collage.com

Get ready for “Pomp and Circumstance.”

In just over a month, students across America will celebrate their graduations. Whether you’re celebrating a college graduation, high school graduation – or your dog graduating from obedience school – Collage.com has perfect gifts to make that special day even better.

Your graduate can only receive so many copies of “Oh, The Places They’ll Go” (that they won’t read) anyway. Instead, make thoughtful, heartfelt personal gifts from Collage.com they’ll remember forever.

Graduation photo book

Photo books are our favorite graduation gifts. Tangible, hand-selected photos have real meaning in a world where we keep thousands of shots on our phones. A thoughtful graduation photo book shows off where your graduate has been – and celebrates where they’re going. Unlike all of the old yearbooks your graduate saved, your photo book won’t have any embarrassing inscriptions, either. (Aside from the ones you leave, of course!)

Graduation fleece photo blanket

Our bestselling photo blankets are also perfect graduation gifts, since they’re lightweight and easy to pack for a dorm room or post-college apartment. You call it a patchwork of favorite memories printed on ultra-soft fleece; we call it a long-distance hug. Either way, it’s a gift your graduate will cherish and love.

We have many other perfect graduation gifts in Collage.com’s Ultimate Graduation Guide. There’s no better time to shop for all of the graduations you’ll celebrate in just a few weeks.