Using a photo board to support a cause

Some lucky kids will be getting smartphones and tablets for Christmas. It’s essential to teach young people to be safe online, so they can enjoy their childhoods and also to help them build an online identity that does not come back to bite them when they are older. We are proud to be supporting a cause that promotes internet safety for young people.

Internetmatters,org is a not-for-profit organisation backed by leading internet providers BT, Virgin Media, Sky and TalkTalk that provides advice on e-safety issues.

They are running a Christmas campaign to help children stay safe when they are sharing Christmas messages on social media. As part of the campaign they commissioned two photo cutout boards from us bearing the campaign hashtag #ChristmasSharing.

Internet safety campaign cause
One of the boards in use at a campaign event at TalkTalk

The Santa & Elf and Snowman & Gingerbread boards were a hit because few people can resist the urge to put their faces in the holes and have their friends take and share photos.

A good cause: Christmas internet safety campaign
When a photo gets shared, the hashtag gets shared too.

The boards prominently display the hashtag and the web address of the organisation, which raises awareness of the campaign. For example, you have seen it now, so you are aware of the campaign. That’s how internet sharing works!

These boards have really created a buzz, and now more parents know where to go for advice on how to keep their children safe online.

Kids can be hurt by seeing inappropriate content, posting embarrassing selfies on photo sharing sites, cyberbullying, grooming, gaming with strangers and sharing too much personal information online. The digital world is a jungle, and nobody should let their kids enter it without the best possible advice on staying safe. We are proud to have contributed to internetmatters.org’s campaign.

Photo cutout boards are proven to be effective for promoting a cause or charity campaign. To order one or more for your campaign, call 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com.

See more at our custom photo cutout boards page at http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/create-custom-photo-cut-out-boards.htm

Our elves are hard at work

As our production ramps up to capacity for the Christmas run of photo cutout boards, we have recruited some extra Christmas elves to keep the boards going out on time. They’re best at doing jobs like cleaning the boards and cutting out the face holes.

Here’s Buddy the Elf in an elfie selfie with the jigsaw as he carefully cuts the face holes to the right size. He’s trying hard not to use his magical powers to speed things up because we pay him by the hour. And don’t worry, he’s had full Elf & Safety training before we let him loose with the jigsaw.

Elves make Christmas photo cutout board
Buddy the Elf is doing overtime

We’ve managed to secretly get photos of some of the boards Buddy and his colleagues have been making.

Here’s one for the National Trust in use at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. It’s got their hashtag on it for use on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If people use the hashtag when they post their photos of the board, it will make them easier to find and help the National Trust’s cause.

Face in hole board Christmas elves

This next one was used at the recent zip line event across the Thames to raise funds for Evelina Children’s Hospital. The event was a great success and saw celebrities and London firefighters flying across the Thames from the roof of St Thomas’s Hospital to the gardens of the Palace of Westminster. It was the first time this has ever been done.

eveline zipwire, zip wire, King's College Hospital

Here’s a board for Rotosound Strings featuring Jimi Hendrix. Not especially festive, but we get orders for custom boards all year round so sometimes the elves have to swallow their yuletide pride and get on with it. This one was used at a marketing event in Germany.

Jimi Hendrix photo cutout board

When the elves have packed up their tools and gone back to Lapland, it’ll be time to start thinking about the next big event in the calendar: Valentine’s Day. Why not ask us to create a board for the one you love? Have a look at our wedding boards for inspiration. We’ll be happy to make you a photo board with two face holes for your special one, and we’ll include any special message you want to say.

Wishing you an elfy and happy Christmas, and see you in the New Year!

Our creations on Instagram and Pinterest

We sometimes post photos of new boards we’ve made on this blog. But maybe you don’t know about the ones we share elsewhere online. photocutouts.co.uk has Instagram and Pinterest accounts where we post the new boards we make.

You can see our Instagram photos by clicking HERE.

If you have an Instagram account, you can follow photocutouts.co.uk to see all the photos we post.

You can see our Pinterest photos HERE.

If you have a Pinterest account, again you can follow photocutouts.co.uk or an individual board to see updates as we post them. You can also share photos from this blog by using the Pinterest button at the bottom of each blog post. Facebook and Twitter buttons are there too for social media sharing of our lovely boards.

Now, here’s Jim cutting the face holes out of a Doris and Dick seaside photo cutout board. You could say this is the moment a face in hole board is born.

Jim is a complete superstar. As our lead designer and board maker, he oversees the process of making a board from your initial enquiry through the design stage to creating a sturdy, weatherproof, durable photo cutout board for your event, wedding, party, fundraising drive or cause.

Here’s Jim posing between two big boards we made for the German Embassy in London as part of their German Unity Day celebrations. The boards feature the German World Cup winning team and the Women’s Olympic Games gold winning team.

German football team face in hole boards
Our designer Jim is the man!

Here’s a link to a recent photo on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNeQNGTBkz4/?taken-by=photocutouts

It’s a Christmas board for the National Trust for use at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

And here’s a link to a board of ours on Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/photocutouts/pop-up-art-gallery/

That board has some photos of our new and unique face in hole art gallery, the National Self Portrait Gallery.

So if you like what we do, remember to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest and share photos you find there. That way more people hear about us!

Thank you and have a very merry festive season!