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“I like this one!” My 5-year-old daughter told me as we shopped for picture frames for my dad’s Father’s Day gift. She was in charge of helping choose everything this year, and assembling the presents. A big responsibility my little one was excited to tackle.

He always requests photo gifts for the holidays but I’m never on the ball when it comes to ordering them. I’m a procrastinator and I just can’t get it together.

Nothing changed this year. Here we were shopping for picture frames the day before Father’s Day, and we were planning to give him his gift in a few hours since he was coming to town. I hadn’t ordered the photos to go in it. I didn’t even know which ones I’d be choosing. But I had a secret weapon this year.

A photo printer.

As someone who’s obsessed with preserving memories through photographs and video, I’m surprised how long I went without one of these in my life.

I selected a few photos I took earlier this year of my dad and my kids together, and Lil’ J put them in the frames.

“Aww,” she sighed looking at her picture.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“I don’t really like this picture,” she told me.

She looked cute to me, but I wanted her to like the picture she gave to her Grandpa Poppy.

“Well if you want I can take another when he comes over today,” I told her.

She immediately perked up and changed into a pretty dress for the occasion.

My dad visited us for a couple hours that afternoon before driving back to Dallas. Before he left Lil’ J reminded me she wanted a new picture for the frame and as promised I snapped one real quick on my DSLR.

Biracial girl and creole grandpa

Two minutes later I was handing my daughter a vibrant 4×6 photo to replace in the frame.

She loved the photo, and I loved the convenience. No more 1-hour photo lab. No more late gifts (I hope).

Lil’ J worked hard to undo the frame latches, put in the picture and replace the backing. Then she beamed with pride as she handed the newly framed image to her grandpa.

What a sweet moment across three generations, and a touching milestone for her.

I’ve gone a little crazy since then printing out my favorite photos from the last few years and putting them in my kids’ memory boxes.

How to photo coasters

Then I started making photo crafts I’ve been pinning on Pinterest for ages but never had the discipline for all of the follow-through.

I had my husband pick up some bathroom tiles from Home Depot and BOOM… Less than an hour later we made some new photo coasters with some Modge Podge, pictures and felt on the bottom.

I even went a little funky and made some photo magnets for my husband’s garage gym storage cabinet using sports drink lids. Who knows what I’ll do next!

Gatorade lid photo magnets

Seeing my dad’s and daughter’s face light up at a simple photo exchange was enough to make me realize how important it is that we don’t keep our photos hidden away on our computers, but print and cherish them in our hands as well.

I’m using the Canon PIXMA MG 7720 printer which is Wi-Fi enabled, a breeze to use and produces gorgeous photographs up to 8×10 in size.

Now please excuse me while I go fill the rest of my home with photos of my family.

Do you hang a lot of your family photos? Have any creative ideas for me?

*Making and cherishing memories and milestones with my family is so important to me, which is why I’ve partnered with Canon on this post. All opinions are my own.


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I have a ton of family photos on my computer’s hard drive. I have no creative ideas for them. I NEED to do something with them.

Hey we just bought this printer a few months ago!

Tamara says:

Those are gorgeous!
I am a photographer but I have no creative ideas. We just blow things up on canvas which is way fun. I need to branch out more.

Ashley Sparks Mullins says:

I love family photos! Your family is so cute! I love gallery walls with all different shapes and sizes!

I’ve always wanted a photo printer since mine went to printer heaven. I’ll have to check this out because I take tons of photos of the grand kids.

I have to admit, I would love a photo printer myself! It would get lots of use I am sure!

Lory says:

You are so right about printing out photos! I feel like we are raising a whole generation that won’t have any actual photos to touch and hold and reminisce with in the future. Looks like you made a great memory!

lisa says:

I am so terrible about printing pictures. I really need a photo printer. I used to be good about printing them out at Walgreens but I’ve been slacking lately.

I am always snapping pics and printing them out with my awesome printer. I love the coaster idea!

Kristin says:

Thanks for these amazing ideas! I’m storing them away for grandparent gifts for the holidays!

Thank you or giving me a great idea. We have been looking for ideas for giveaways for my grandson’s baptism. We always wanted something personalized and photo coasters would be a nice one.

Photos are always such great gifts to give people since they are such great mementos. Since my dad has passed away, I really go out of my way to take as many photos I can with the people that I cherish.

Nicole Escat says:

What a brilliant idea! I’m really glad to know these. Photos are our memories, that’s why it’s really important to keep it.

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Megan says:

My photos are all on my phone and computer so this would make printing them out so much easier. I love how crisp the quality is on these photos!

This is so sweet! I think any Grandparent would love this gift!

Anne says:

When we moved into our new place, I had dozens of our travel photos developed and created collages in the living room. I just love looking at them occasionally. It’s a constant reminder of our life together as a family.

Awww, that’s awesome! It’s so important to print out those memories and enjoy them.

Thank you for giving us a unique idea. We have been looking ideas for giveaways to my
friends wedding. We always look something personalized and photo coasters would be a nice one. So once again thank you very much.

The frame you choose is supposed to protect your art. We have had a number of treasured and valuable items come into our shop because they were improperly framed and damaged as they fell to the ground. It is important to ensure that your art is properly framed by a trusted professional who is experienced.

McKenzie says:

Having the convenience of quickly printing is awesome. Love the crafts you have done too! Thank you for sharing this!

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