Create personalised gifts with Officeworks

Officeworks personalised photo gifts | Image by CATHERINEGRACE | www.catherinegrace.com.au

This post is sponsored by Officeworks

I really do love a little personalisation – from initialed leather {more on that in a later post}, addresses on stationery and books filled with memories – there really is nothing more special that receiving something that has been made especially for you. Officeworks makes it affordable to create personalised gifts for your loved ones this festive season.

You can either create your project online or, do as I did, and drop into your local Officeworks store, sit down at a Kodak Picture Kiosk and start creating. I wanted to create something special for someone very special, my grandmother.01- Officeworks personalised gift- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2014While being quite tech-savvy, my grandmother prefers to view photos in physical form and to be able to bring them with her to share with friends. Knowing it is a little difficult for her to read my website, I decided to create a photo book with images from one of my recent personal style posts. The only option available on the in-store Kodak Picture Kiosk at my local Officeworks was an A4 Value Photobook {$24.98 in-store; from $26.95 online}, however there are many more size options available online.02- Officeworks personalised gift- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 201403- Officeworks personalised gift- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2014I also created a 2015 single page photo calendar using a gorgeous photo of Little Miss, taken recently by Hannah Blackmore {the 6×8 inch version is just $1.49, in-store only; other sizes available online} and choosing a glossy finish produced a lovely print quality. I love the calendar – for those fellow minimalists, it is worth scrolling through the many themed and overly adorned options to find the simple templates like the one I used. 04- Officeworks personalised gift- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2014I couldn’t resist doubling up and using the same photo to create a greeting card for my husband {$2.99, in-store only; no online option for greeting cards}. Despite using the same photo, the glossy finish on the calendar printed a lot cleaner than the satin finish {which I chose for the greeting card}. I would recommend using the glossy finish option and the highest quality version of the image you have available when printing with Officeworks. I used a 300 dpi image, and even then the satin finish option produced quite a grainy result on the 6 x 8 inch greeting card.05- Officeworks personalised gift- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 201406- Officeworks personalised gift- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2014I found the in-store Kiosk a little difficult to manipulate; you may need to set aside a bit of time to put your products together. I also recommend asking a staff member which Kodak Picture Kiosks produce Photobooks, as some of the Kiosks at my local Officeworks are only equipped to produce single prints.

My photo calendar and photo greeting card were available pretty much immediately and I was able to pick up my photo book the next day – great for those last-minute shoppers!

To access your photos, the Kodak Picture Kiosks accepts camera memory cards, CDs, USBs {this was, for me, by far the easiest method} or directly via Wi-Fi from your Instagram, Facebook or phone camera roll using the Kodak Connect App. For inspiration on creative and personalised gift-giving, check out Officeworks ‘How To’ videos or join in the conversation on social media via #creativechristmas

With so much of our lives online these days I think it is extra special to take some of your online content and present it in a way that can be enjoyed by everyone – and I know these “real” photos will make my grandmother very happy!

xx Catherine JPEG

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