Please note the original contest listed in this post has close, and a winner has been announced
A couple years ago (wow time flies) I wrote a post about souvenirs, and how pointless I think they can be. I used to stress about getting souvenirs for friends and family, but eventually I decided not to waste my time searching for a shot glass or t-shirt that no one really wanted anyway. Unless I wandered across something local and outside the tacky souvenir that someone I know will personally love my souvenirs have become mostly non-existent (aside from photos, and journal entries).
Taking photos is great, but this is what I notice happens to my photos after a trip. I share some photos on Facebook, and maybe put a few here on Traveler Ahoy. After that they stay on my computer (and on a backup drive, just in case) and figuratively collect dust. It’s great to have these photos, but sometimes I wish I had something to do with them.
Another Kind of Souvenir
Enter Printcopia a website that offers canvas photo prints, in addition to other photo printing services. Printcopia contacted me and offered me an 8×10 inch Canvas Print. The photo I chose was one I took in New Orleans back in June. I like having a souvenir from a place I’ve been to with a photo I took. I can look at the photo and remember where I was, what I was doing/feeling/thinking when I was there, instead of just seeing some generic travel photo that, while is pretty, has no meaning to me.
Printcopia was easy to use. I found the photo I wanted for my Canvas print, and did a little editing in Picasa (although Printcopia offers professional retouching/editing for photos at an extra charge). I uploaded the photo onto Printcopia, chose the options I wanted, and entered my shipping/billing information. The whole process was easy, and quick. To make things even simpler you can also opt to upload a photo directly from your Facebook or Instragram, which I think is smart. Spending a couple minutes online getting an authentic souvenir certainly beats wandering around looking for souvenirs while traveling. I know I do a lot of solo travel, but for couples, friends, family, or any type of group travel this would be a nice souvenir to get, or a nice gift to give as well.
The print came within a few weeks, and looked nice. 8×10 isn’t a very big size, but I found a nice spot for this print in my bedroom. I would suggest picking a photo you love, and will be proud to display after all this is a souvenir you should be happy to show others when they visit. I did like the easiness, and convenience of the whole process. Printing a canvas photo is going to cost more than buying an “I ♥…” keychain, but this is a souvenir that is meant to last.
Win Your Own Custom Canvas Print from Printcopia
Seeing how I’ve won a few contests over the last few years I thought it was time to help someone else win a prize. Printcopia is offering an 8×10 custom canvas print to a reader of Traveler Ahoy. Entering can be done through the rafflecopter widget below.
We Have A Winner
Congratulations to entry #106 Stacey G.
Disclosure: I received an 8×10 custom canvas print from Printcopia to review, but all opinions stated are my own.