Friday, April 17, 2015

Creating a fun Instagram canvas & prints {CanvasPop giveaway + promo!}

Please tell me I'm not the only one out there with almost 2,000 pictures hogging up all the darn memory on my phone. Did I mention they were just from the last year? Yeah, I know. I'm totally that annoying mom who posts way too many pictures of my kids on Facebook and Instagram. It's just so easy, especially with Instagram's lovely filters (a selfie's best friend). Sometimes I'll take the cutest picture though and think it should go in a frame or up on my gallery wall, rather than just stuck online in my online albums. Really, how often do you actually do something with the pictures you take? For me, not often enough, so when I was contacted by CanvasPop to do a product review I jumped at the chance.


I knew right away that I wanted to do some kind of collage or mosaic because like I said, I have a lot of pictures and choosing just one proved much too difficult. Uploading my pictures on CanvasPop was easy because I was able to like my Instagram (or Facebook) account in just a click (since I was already logged in on my computer).


I started off with a few of my favorite fun shots of the kids. A few turned into over 50 and I finally had to cut myself off and whittle it down to 36. I knew my canvas was going to be 20x20 inches and the pictures wouldn't be too small  on a canvas that size. I ended up doing a mosaic so the order of the pictures was completely random. That was probably the best choice for me because I probably would have spent way too much time second guessing how I had them all placed. This way was totally easy and from start to finish my canvas project took only mere minutes to create. I'm all about quick and easy projects these days! I can't be taking up an entire nap time just to complete one task, so this was perfect for me.

My CanvasPop mosaic arrived so quickly- I was surprised! I had a big box sitting on my porch within a week of placing my order. Very impressive for a custom order. My canvas was packed up safely and it was beautiful!


I have to admit- I was super impressed with the quality of CanvasPop's canvas print. I had a canvas done a while back from a big chain retailer (who shall remain nameless) and I was a little disappointed. I had even used a very large, exceptional quality, professional photo for that canvas (I'm talking over 5,000 pixels) and it still looked blurry to me. A lot of the details were lost when viewed up close, and it seemed cheap looking to me.

My family oohed and ahhed over the CanvasPop canvas for while right after I unboxed it. There are so many fun memories on it! That's what I love- these are not staged, dressed up pictures I captured. They are fun, spontaneous, day-to-day pictures I snapped quickly on my phone or iPod, so they really capture the real moments from our lives. There's the first picture I ever snapped of Harper in the hospital, Lily playing in the snow, Ayden outside walking around being Batman, all four cousins together on Christmas, Lily feeding Harper her first bottle, a very pregnant me & the kids at a birthday party, daddy with all the kids at the park while on a road trip, etc. Even our big fat cat Muffin is in a few of the pictures, which made the kids giggle like crazy. She's a part of our crazy family too.

As for the quality of this one- it's really nice, very sturdy, and looks stunning. You can really tell that this was handmade (see the sticker?) CanvasPop thought of everything, and even provided all of the hardware to hang it- including a nail. Seriously awesome!


I found the perfect spot for our new CanvasPop mosaic on the fireplace mantle.


I love CanvasPop! It was so easy to create my custom mosaic canvas, and I can't wait to get some prints made to add to my gallery wall I'm working on. CanvasPop has the best quality canvas printing and framed prints, unbeatable customer service, free digital proofs, and their 100% "love it" guarantee for life. Need some inspiration before you create your canvas? They have a great Idea & Inspiration Gallery you can check out on their website. It's full of real photos from real customers and some of these rooms are just gorgeous. I'm definitely going to browse around in there before I make my next CanvasPop creation!

OK, I know you all are dying to get your hands on a gorgeous canvas of your very own, and I have some great news! From now until June 30th you can use the promo code LULUSWEETPEA35 to get 35% off your CanvasPop order! (US & Canada only). Use it, share it, and pass it around to your friends and family because that is a killer deal.

Here's some more good news. One lucky person is going to win a FREE 16x20 canvas print with a .75 inch frame, courtesy of the lovely people at CanvasPop! You can enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter widget below. Only the first entry is mandatory, and then more bonus entries will become available upon completing the first one. 

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Giveaway is open until April 27, 2015.
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I was given a free canvas print in return for my honest review. All opinions are, as always, my own. Thank you to CanvasPop for sponsoring this giveaway!

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