Today I snapped a picture of my kids enjoying a few minutes outdoors as we were cleaning up leaves.
The image was perfect, the faces were all smiles and it is so nice to see this happiness, that is often fleeting in tweens and teens.
After I snapped the picture I stopped, stared and looked down at my smartphone and I saw the message no one wants to see: “You have no storage available.” I wanted to scream.
Without time to update storage, and not in the mood to recover a password, I just wanted a different way to preserve an image and then delete it off my phone.
I mean, what if that shot, those moments never repeat themselves?
And I know they won’t.
Instead, of worrying about storage, passwords and updating storage size, I just made a Fleece photo blanket.
Use these 7 Tips for making your own fleece photo blanket.
It will keep you warm every time you glance at it!
7 Tip For Making A Fleece Photo Blanket
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Just looking at a photo of my family envelopes me in warmth, and when a day has gone wrong, or a smile has failed to make an appearance.
Sometimes, I just need a photo to remind me, that there are lots of good days, to smooth over those not-so-good days.
We are all guilty of photo-snapping pleasure, over-indulging, snapping way more than we used to.
After all, we can delete all we want or store all we want.
But what good are stored photos if we don’t get to see them?
When your phone’s storage gets to its tipping point, and other storage is getting too expensive, it’s time to up your game.
Today’s smartphone technology has created the need for other ways to display the multitude of images we store.
Display them instead of storing them.
7 Tips for Making a Photo Fleece Blanket – Why To Seek them Out?
With this in mind I sought out where to make a fleece photo blanket and I can assure you, that before making a decision you have to read the fine print.
Not all sites are the same. Actually, I was pretty overwhelmed initially because there were so many choices.
I chose 2 totally different blanket-types to celebrate 2 totally different kinds of photos.
For one, I chose Plush Fleece and Standard Fleece and each is 50″ x 60″ perfect for throwing on when sitting on the couch, bed, or in a chair working!
Alternatively, I chose one for a family throw that was simply standard. The imagery comes out far crisper. (FYI).
7 Tip For Making A Fleece Photo Blanket – Clarity
Pretty much a standard Plush-lovin’ girl, I love soft, snugly and cuddly, but choosing this option meant that I would be given up a touch of clarity.
That’s fine though because my intent with blanket number one was quite selfish.
I wanted a souvenir of my own branded blanket, with my logo.
You can see the sheen, so you know how plush this is, but look at the clear resolution even on the Plush Fleece, the quality is unbelievable.
The back is standard white(I chose it this way) but I had fun with my background on this particular Plush Fleece Photo Blanket.
For the background, I used an animal print background to support my logo!
Comfort – Tips for Making a Photo Fleece Blanket
You can see the difference in sheen between the 2 blankets here, but don’t let that fool you into thinking comfort is compromised.
It’s a bit more firm, but the print is as well.
I also have a lot of imagery stacked on here and wanted to enjoy it.
Therefore, using a standard fleece makes the best sense.
But again, all personal preference.
Remember you can use both sides of the blanket if you choose to for setting up images or messages.
Now let’s take a look at the front of the Standard Fleece Photo Blanket.
Here I needed to come up with a theme and I did “A Life In Passing”
Truly I can’t believe how the kids are growing up, and how much they change without me noticing.
Sometimes a picture makes you step back and breathe again, taking life on slower might be better sometimes!
Get Organized – Tips for Making A Photo Fleece Blanket (1)
First things first, look at your smartphone and decide what the Theme of the blanket is going to be, that was the hardest part of my preparation.
There were so many photos and I had to decide what I wanted my blankets to be.
My decision to create what I called, “A Life In Passing” was a way to capture my children, cat and my husband and self.
Sharing a progression in life.
Theming is what works best.
Celebrating family was my option.
I did not want a montage of photos just to toss them on.
Tips for Making a Photo Fleece Blanket Like Remembering Everyone (2)
Please trust me on this. My kids, as will any others out there, counted the number of times they each appeared as the ‘star’ of the blanket.
As a parent, I planned it out ahead and found equal numbers of each person.
Adventure With The Shuffle Button Make sure Photo Fleece Editing Lets You Shuffle Imagery (3)
You know how you kind of get locked into the mode, “Oh this looks great!” Don’t!
Let that shuffle button, re-size, move things around and change things up.
If the shop you are using does not allow this, find another.
It’s a headache saver and a time-saver. friend.
Tips for Making a Photo Fleece Blanket – There are 2 sides to use! (4)
You have 2 sides of a blanket, use them both, we sure did.
I put our last name on the back, chose a background fleece color, a font.
Some online fleece blankets offer imagery too.
I was imaged out so I went with words.
Keeping things simple was better for me.
Make Sure To Edit The Photos Another Tip for Making Photo Fleece Blankets (5)
For every photo I put in there, I made sure I edited, cropped, and got the image in that I wanted, and it took seconds.
It took me longer to decided on a photo than it did to edit.
Chances are some of your photos will be too dark or too small.
Use the editor on the creation pages.
If you have trouble there, use DesignCap.Com to resize the image and clean up the lighting.
If that does not help, resize the image in Paint. There are endless solutions.
Plush versus Standard Fleece – Tips for Making a Photo Fleece Blankets (6)
This is the toughest decision you will make because if you want PLUSH you sacrifice the images a bit.
Really, if you want Standard, you sacrifice the total plush comfort, however, either blanket is a home-run.
Here I used A Logo for the Plush Fleece because letters had enough depth to them and I knew the Logo would work perfectly.
The Standard Fleece is a bit thinner but just as comfortable and the images are clear as clear can be based on the images provided!
You’ve seen the difference above.
Tip #7 ~ Ask For Help
So, for everything I try, I make sure whatever site I find something on, that it offers a good Customer Service Department.
I need to be able to ask whatever questions crop up, like, help to navigate, save and keep the product as I want it.
IF there is no one available, find a different site.
Also, order ahead of the holiday rushes or birthdays. Sometimes these can take time.
Rocking the Tips for Making A Photo Fleece Blanket
It’s time to make the perfect holiday gift.
Do you have tons of photos of Grandma and Grandpa? Do you have lots of pictures of your ‘significant other’?
Too many photos of the kids, vacations, dinners?
What rocks your world will rock the blanket, just get creative and upload.
Have fun with it, because creating is the spice of life.
This is just like scrapbooking, but you are doing it online and the results are instantaneous.
I have been given the opportunity to work with DesignCap, an online editor. While I may have been provided the service, my opinion is based on using the editing software, not chance.