Smilebox offers a fun way to archive photos
Over the last 10 months I have taken thousands (and this is no exaggeration) of photographs of my baby girl. Facebook currently hosts a monstrous photographic journal of my daughter’s daily-doings. This may seem completely indulgent (and you would be correct) but Facebook is a great way of keeping Amelia’s overseas family in the loop.
Digital photography has certainly revolutionised the art of photo-taking: I am no photo fundi but having a digital camera lying around means that I am able to take tons of baby happy snaps and easily delete the ones that are rubbish. The task of deleting pics of my pretty princess is almost always troublesome. I always seem to revert to sentimental mum mode when clicking through the day’s takings, which means that I have accumulated a mountain of photographs.
It is a shame to merely hoard all of the beautiful pics of my baby girl – I would love to do something creative with them. And that’s where Smilebox comes in. Smilebox is a global photo services company, which has recently announced the launch of its localised UK service. The company aims to give UK families an easy and more personal way to turn their photos and videos into digital creations that they can share with others or save for themselves.
Smilebox users can add their personal media to over 900 designs for every occasion and format, including greetings, slideshows, scrapbooks and collages. Users can email their creation, post it to Facebook or a blog, print it, or save it to a DVD or digital photo frame. The localised Smilebox UK service boasts a custom design catalogue tailored to British consumers. Installing the Smilebox is free – more than 13 million users have installed the application and more than 130 million Smileboxes have been played worldwide since the company launched in 2006. Smilebox is available for free download from the website: www.smilebox.co.uk and runs on both PC and Mac operating systems.
Smilebox gives proud mummies and daddies the chance to indulge, capture and record. Children grow so fast, as I am discovering, and it is so lovely to have an archive of all of the special moments that permeate family life. Gone are the days when old photos were kept in a shoebox under the bed.
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