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Photo Book Layout: Magazine Style

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It’s no secret that a clean aesthetic is one of the reasons why magazines like Cereal and Kinfolk are so popular. Lately, we’ve been striving to create irresistible photo books that take on a vibe similar to these magazines.  We’ve had loads of practice putting together photo book layouts around here, and as a result, we’ve been able to uncover a few good guidelines.  Today, we’d like to share our knowledge with you so you too can create clean photo books that adopt the same principles as editorial spreads in magazines that you will be proud to show off. Read More


Making Photos with Dad & Instagrammer Michael Pinet

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Even though we live in the same city, we only know Instagrammer Michael Pinet via pleasant email conversations and his architecturally inclined Instagram account.  The desaturated and texture rich aesthetic of his feed always has us staring at every detail a little longer than usual.

With Father’s Day around the corner, we thought it was only appropriate to delve a little deeper into Michael’s home life as a Dad, and his tips on capturing textures.  Below, Michael explains what it means to make photos…

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DIY Dad Gift: the most personal nightstand

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, our Pinterest feed is loaded with DIY dad gifts.  Instead of resorting to the usual socks and latest barbecuing accessory, we decided to spend an afternoon sifting through in hopes of finding that perfect unique gift for Dad.

Let’s face it, dads aren’t usually the most design-savvy folks (nor do they care to be).  Inspired by a tutorial we saw for a leather valet tray, we thought we’d grab the kids and give Dad’s nightstand a little personalized makeover.  It’s the first thing he sees when he wakes up and the last before falling asleep, so why not make those moments extra special?

Read on for the 3 elements that make up this sharp and budget friendly DIY Dad gift…

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6 Weekend Activities to Inspire Great Photos (part 2)

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Last week, we shared with you part one of our top 6 ideas for weekend escapades that are amusing and photo-worthy.

With the weekend fast-approaching, we’re excited to share with you more weekend activities that’ll get you soaking in that vitamin D, spending quality time with your favorite people and taking great shots to look back on.  

Read on for part two

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6 Weekend Activities to Inspire Great Photos

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These days, finding and planning that perfect weekend activity gets us going all week, especially if that excursion also happens to be photo-worthy.

During our own quest for fun and unique weekend adventures, we’ve laid out our top 6 ideas for experiences that are amusing and will surely inspire you to take a few snaps… Weekend activities fit for anyone who’s wanting to make the most of the outdoors and the days ahead.  Get ready to take your weekending to the next level, with the first part of our series.

Part two can be found here.

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Kids Décor + Being a Mom-trepreneur

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Between styling kids décor, Instagram-ing, photographing children and being a Mom-trepreneur, Anna Ciolina is one busy lady.

We first discovered Anna through her minimalistic and modern Instagram gallery, and were instant admirers.  Despite the ocean and timezones separating us (Rotterdam is where Anna calls home), we were grateful to connect and collaborate on the newest DIY Deco Kit. 

For this month’s edition of the Impressed DIY Deco Kit, Mom-trepreneur (to the sweetest little girl, Stella) and talented photographer Anna chose to create a binding kit for your prints.

Below, Anna gives us the lowdown on how she juggles memory-making with the little one, work and play.  Read on!

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9 Tips for Capturing Photos of Children in Interesting and Beautiful Settings

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Meet Danielle Chassin, the woman behind the @hippieindisguise Instagram account: self-taught hobby iPhone photographer, adventure-seeker and mama to the beautiful Ro and Sen.  We were recently acquainted with her through her Instagram feed and were instantly attracted to the gorgeous candid photographs she posts of her children in unique settings (99% of them taken within walking distance from her downtown Ottawa home!). 

This week, we were lucky enough to have Danielle share some tips on capturing great photos of children…

Capturing great photos is about actively looking around you, learning to spot beauty in the everyday.  I don’t travel great distances to perfect locations, I make the most of what’s around me.  Capturing great photos of children is about ensuring children are happy and comfortable around the camera; this will let you take candid or natural-looking photos, with a range of facial expressions. Here are some of my tips for capturing great photos of children.

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3 Steps to Celebrating With Your Kids on Valentine’s Day - Photo Books and Fondue Anyone?

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vdayNo more waiting for someone else to make your Valentine’s Day special - make it special for someone else, your kids! So how do you show them how much you love them? We find it sometimes difficult to spontaneously conjure up a list of all of the things that make each of our children special (does that make us bad parents?!). We’re just too close to see the obvious sometimes. Here’s an easy way to get perspective - go through your camera roll on your phone or your collection of photos from the past year and it’s all right there. Taking photos is one of the ways we capture that love so it makes it easy to use them for inspiration.

We also know it’s a parents’ job to preserve these photo memories so we’re suggesting that you make it a tradition to dedicate a photo book to each of your kids on Valentine’s Day. Their expectation each year will be that extra incentive for you to get those photo books ordered. The rush of Christmas is gone, it’s a new year, you have a new headspace. Capitalize on that little window of opportunity in January, collect photos of each child, and then pop them into a photo book. We’re making it easy for you with our new ‘Be Mine’ Photo Book brought to you just in time for Valentine’s Day in the Impressed App.

Kids really love traditions and we think they will look forward to this one for a very long time. Here are the 3 steps to a family Valentine’s Day to remember.

STEP 1 (January) Go through your photos and choose approximately 30 photos of each of your children. Put them in an album on your phone, ipad or computer. Of course many photos you take are a mix of the entire family so it’s okay to repeat! Remember, these books are just the beginning of an amazing collection they will cherish when they have their own kids.

Use the Impressed app to make a ‘Be Mine’ photo book in just a few minutes. Use these tips to get your photos onto your iPad if they aren’t there already.

STEP 2 (January) Make sure your fondue pot is in good working order and you have the right accessories because you are now planning a family Vday dinner the kids will anticipate all year…cheese and chocolate fondue. If you don’t have a fondue pot you can buy one as an investment in Valentine dinners to come or borrow one from your parents! Some of our picks:

STEP 3 (A Week Before Feb 14th) Source your table decor and dinner ingredients. For our table we used a heart punch to make gold hearts and scattered them on the table. We accented with red napkins and pulled out our most ‘romantic’ looking table accessories like our grandmother’s scalloped edged platter and French country glassware. Here are some ideas to inspire your table:

With fondue you just have to accept that this will not be your healthiest meal of the week. It’s just one night so pick things that the kids really love. Here are some ideas…

For cheese:

  • Cubes of french, or sourdough bread - lightly toasted
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, fennel spears, carrots - lightly steamed
  • Steamed baby potatoes - halved
  • Cubes of ham or turkey, mini meatballs
  • Apple, pear, grapes

For chocolate:

  • strawberries, pear, orange, pineapple, banana
  • digestive cookies, graham cracker, cubes of rice crispie treats, cubes of angel food cake
  • Pretzels, marshmallows, gummy bears, strips of bacon, rippled potato chips

Now enjoy a delicious meal while re-living moments from the past year. The delight on your kids’ faces is one of the best Valentine’s Day gift you could wish for :)