How to Transform your Travel Photos into Keepsakes

One thing that we are never without on our travels is our camera. We invested in a ‘big camera’ when the children were born, to help us capture memories of them growing up. It wasn’t cheap but it was worth every penny. 

In case you are wondering what camera we have it’s a Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera. As well as this camera we also use our *waterproof action sports camera which is basically a cheaper version of a GoPro.

We’ve had our camera for over 8 years now so you can only imagine how many photos we have taken over that time. We share a lot of our pictures on this blog, on our Facebook page and also on our Instagram feed.

Travel Photos into Keepsakes

Personally, we love to create custom keepsakes with our travel photos. So far we’ve created a photo book of last year’s sailing season, we’ve had our pictures put onto canvases and we even created personalised Christmas cards this year to give to friends and family.

Personalised sailing photobook


We create our travel *photo wall art and keepsakes by using a company called Snapfish. They are an online site and it’s really easy to use. We have been so impressed with the quality of their products that we thought we’d share our experience on our blog.

Deals on the Snapfish Website

It’s worth keeping your eye out for the regular deals that Snapfish have on like for example, *100 Free Photos Prints when you buy 50.

What Can you Create?

As well as getting your photos printed onto canvas, you can also create the following…

  • Photo books
  • Photo calendars
  • Personalised cushions
  • Personalised cards
  • Personalised photo mugs
  • Personalised phone cases
  • Magnets
  • Keyrings
  • Coasters and more!

One Christmas we used Snapfish to create keyrings for our extended family which had a picture of the kiddies in it. We gave it as a little extra with their main presents. My Mother still has hers on her car keys to this day.

How to Do It

As we said earlier the website is really easy to use, simply visit Snapfish and then click on the product you would like to create. Then follow the steps. You will need to have your images ready for uploading to the website.

Edit your Photo’s First

We’d recommend editing your photo’s BEFORE you upload them. Personally, we use a free online picture editing website called *PicMonkey. They have a tonne of free features or you can upgrade to a premium account to gain access to even more features.

Once you have your beautifully edited photos you can then start to create your keepsakes.

Tip: Make sure you are using high-resolution images. The higher the better in this case. If they are low resolution they will not print very well.

With each product, there are different options to choose from so say for example you wanted to make some wall art for your home. Once you click on the wall art tab you’ll be taken to the page where you can choose exactly what you want. There are choices such as slim canvases & classic canvases and you can choose what size you’d like your canvas to be.

Create a Free Account

When you begin to create your product you’ll be prompted to ‘sign in’ or ‘create a new account’ we would recommend doing this as it’s free and it gives you the option to save what you have created so far so you don’t risk losing it. There’s nothing worse than spending time creating something only for your computer to crash and lose it all.

Creating you Masterpiece 

The website works on a ‘drag and drop’ system and you simply click on the icons on the left to edit or make changes.

The photo below is an example of what the screen would look like if you were creating a photo canvas.

How to use Snapfish

Once you are happy with your creation you need to click the ‘Review & Buy’ button located on the top right-hand corner. This will then take you through to a page which shows you a preview of your finished product.

TIP: This is the time to check for any errors such as spelling mistakes if you have added in any text, as once you have confirmed you order it’s too late to make changes. 

Once your order has been confirmed Snapfish will set to creating your products and will post them to you within a few days.

and that’s it! It really is very simple.

How to Transform your Travel Photos into Keepsakes

Water Gypsy

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