An Instagram theme can pull together your account and increase the visual aesthetics of your feed. Many Instagram based brands maintain a theme in order to attract a particular audience with a clean, balanced looking feed, relative to their brand.

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With smartphones and small digital cameras, it’s easy to have a camera everywhere you can go to capture every moment of your life. We all have so many photos on our phones and computers – but there’s nothing like the feel of prints in your hand or flipping through a photo album with your family.

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There have been so many great entries to our #snapfishloveschristmas competition over on Instagram, so we thought we should share a couple of our favourites! You still have until Sunday December 11th to enter, so if you haven’t entered yet pop over to Instagram and post your best Christmas photo. Full details on this post!

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This moment captured by @sharna86 is just too cute!

 

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We love this photo of Willow the Christmas dog by @riickydaisyandwillow.

 

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@my3ratbagz3614‘s photo is so lovely, we absolutely adore it!

 

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How incredible are these Snappy cookies by @lilone_and_me?!

 

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This Christmas baking snap by @bindeebel is so sweet!

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We’re dreaming of a handcrafted holiday! With a bit of prep and a lot of pep, our band of bloggers created beautiful photo decorations that we want to start making ASAP. Pin your favorites and save for when you’re in the decorating spirit.

1. Festive Holiday Wrapping Station
Organize your wrapping paper, tapes, and ribbons in a one-stop shop holiday command center. Hop over to East Coast Creative to see how Monica transformed a changing table into a convenient cart to wrangle all her wrapping supplies, complete with a framed canvas of her favorite holiday song.

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40×50 Framed Canvas

2. Favorite Places Photo Calendar
Snapfish calendars are the perfect gift for friends and family. We love how Polkadot Chair showcased her favorite travel spots in one calendar, highlighting the year’s adventures. She even added photos to the calendar grid to keep track of important dates! (See how.)

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20×28 Calendar

3. Happy Holiday Memories Mantel
Decorating the house for Christmas should always include a photo refresh. Incorporate photos that have colorful holiday tones – reds, whites, and greens really pop. Hello Splendid’s Jillian paired print with sweet sentiments that she made on Snapfish.

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20×25 Prints

4. Snowflake-Inspired Photo Wall
Crafty lady Julia from Cuckoo4Design wanted to create a cool backdrop for her canvases and prints. Using her Silhouette, she created a pattern that can easily be applied to the wall!

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Standard Prints and Canvas Prints

5. Personalized Holiday Cards
Lifestyle blogger The Daily Tay is a pro at holiday cards. She made her holiday card photo black and white – such a great contrast to the golden script on the bottom. Flip the card over, and you’ve got a paw-sitively adorable family huddle. Can’t wait to see what you create for 2016, Tay!

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12.5×17.5 Christmas Card

Snapfish Shopping Guide:
1. Framed Canvas 2. Calendars 3. Standard Prints 4. Canvas and Standard Prints 5. Christmas Cards

Originally published by Elysa Hill on Snapfish US

Photo books are a great way to collect your family’s 2016 memories in one place, and make amazing gifts for grandparents and other relatives. To really make your photo book stand out, we’ve got some tips for getting the most out of Snapfish’s design studio.

1. Draw attention with grid pages

Grids are great for making a big impact

Alternating colour and black and white images really makes a grid page of photos stand out! Another great idea is to arrange photos so your subjects are looking towards the middle of the page, to draw your reader’s eye into the centre.

2. Add embellishments to make your book unique

Match your embellishments to your photosLayer embellishments for an extra special design

Snapfish has some amazing default designs which highlight your family photos, but picking your own embellishments really makes your book one-of-a-kind. Think of embellishments like stickers in a scrapbook – they make your page designs fun and unique.

3. Themed spreads 

An themed spread is a great place to put seasonal photos!A beach day spread is great for summer photos

Doing themed spreads is a great way to show off your photos from special days and events. You can also do seasonal or monthly spreads, like these spreads collecting autumn and summer photos! Adding embellishments that fit your theme helps bring the images together and makes your book more exciting.

4. Feature the furry members of your family

Celebrate your pet with a special spread for them

If you have a dog, cat, or other pet, chances are you have a lot of photos of them! Pets are special members of the family and deserve a spot in your book. Snapfish has a lot of pet-themed embellishments that can make a spread of pet photos extra fun.

5. Find different angles to tell a story

Experiment with interesting composition!

Creating a spread with photos that have similar composition can be really visually interesting. Here, we’ve used photos from behind to show a different perspective. Instead of looking at the camera, these kids are looking out into the world and giving us a glimpse of what they’re seeing! 

Feature details for a more interesting grid

The right page of this spread features more traditional family photos as well as photos highlighting the kids splashing around in puddles and cosying up with a blanket. By using closely cropped shots of details like shoes and clothes, this grid becomes much more interesting than just nine headshots!