Photo Cutouts have been busy working away in our workshop on some new themed photo boards for Christmas. We are pleased to reveal that our new face-in-the-hole board designs are now ready to book for hire or to buy.
New Christmas Designs
Santa’s Workshop – a large 1.5m wide, 3 face hole photo board, perfect for families or groups of friends to create a fun photo opportunity.
Selfie with Elfie – a 1m wide, 1 face hole photo board with an eye-catching design. Great for engaging with people and making events memorable.
All of our Photo Cutouts Boards are made from an industrial PVC with a high-quality vinyl print so they withstand a lot of use. The quality is miles apart from cardboard versions, they are even waterproof. As the boards are mounted onto a sturdy steel frame they are suitable for use at outdoor events such as Christmas Markets, skating rinks, to entertain families queuing for Santa’s Grotto or in a retail environment to attract the Christmas shoppers.
As with all our photo board designs, we have the option to customise with your logo and encourage adding social media handles for photos (and your branding!) to be shared across social media. Customising is an option whether looking to hire or buy just get in touch with our design team to discuss your requirements.
Photo Boards lend themselves perfectly to Christmas competitions. Several companies we have worked with previously have used branded photo cutout boards as a competition mechanism. Encourage people to share photo’s in your face-in-the-hole board across social media to win a prize and select your favourite photo. To tempt customers to share their photos on social media, Klondyke & Strikes ran a ‘Show us your best festive face’ competition last year, with a prize for the best snow globe photo. Check out the hashtag #KlondykeSnowglobe on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
For inspiration on how you could use Photo Cutout boards as part of your Christmas marketing campaign or seasonal event, take a look at some previous blog posts featuring boards from….
Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre has been having a roarsome time this Summer with their dinosaur-themed activities. The shopping centre management team came to Photo Cutouts with the challenge of making several dino-themed photo opportunities for their retail entertainment during the school holidays.
Our fabulous designers came up with 2 dinosaur-themed photo cutout boards and, a Photo Cutouts first, a double-sided photo wall.
#HVDinos Face-in-the-hole board
The face-in-the-hole boards had 2 head holes at a suitable height for children to have their photographs taken. Children really seem to engage with the photo cutout boards and completely get the concept of posing to be part of the scene.
Double-sided photo wall
For the photo wall, our innovative team put together 2 designs. These were printed and mounted back to back on 2 panels of sturdy PVC foamex. The double-sized photo wall provided a mammoth 3m x 2m backdrop for shoppers to pose for a photo opportunity.
Photo Cutouts have made photo walls in the past however a double-sided version is certainly a first. The team adapted our usual design for a 2-panel board of this size so that fixings were concealed within the board. This gave a blank canvas on both sides for 2 great designs and 2 great photo opportunities.
Hashtags for social sharing
The peep boards and the photo wall both included the shopping centre logo, social media handles and the hashtag #HVDinos to encourage visitors to share their photos. Photos were shared across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the dinos have proved to be a roaring success in increasing footfall to the shopping centre.
“We’ve turned the clock back by more than 400 million years with this new dinosaur trail and are bringing something that’s fun, exciting and educational to Hempstead Valley. In the first few days of the arrival of our dinosaurs, we have seen a huge influx of families spending time together and enjoying this new event.”
Hempstead Valley Dinos are at the shopping centre until 18th August – be quick to catch them before extinction (last pun I promise!)
Photo Cutouts have worked with a number of retail spaces in the past as shopping centres, local councils and BIDs, look to combine retail and entertainment. We are experts in creating custom made, branded photo boards. If you are interested in adding our products to your next shoppertainment project, then please get in touch.
BBC Countryfile Live returned this year to showcase the best of the British countryside. The event runs across 2 weekends in August, the first at Blenheim Palace and the second at Castle Howard. Visitors are treated to presentations from the shows’ presentations, theatre productions and food demonstrations, all surrounded by stands and food outlets from a range of exhibitors.
Photo Cutouts have proudly supplied bespoke face-in-the-hole boards to some of the exhibitors at this year’s Countryfile Live event, including Rohan Clothing and London School of Tropical Medicine for their Bug Off campaign.
A great engagement tool…
The exhibitors were looking for a great visual engagement tool to attract people to visit their exhibition stand.
Photo Cutout boards are perfect for trade stands. An interactive marketing prop with an eye-catching design which includes the company logo, creates a great photo opportunity and makes the stand memorable for visitors.
Encourage social sharing with a competition
Rohan chose to use their board as part of a competition mechanism. The design called for people to snap and share their photos on social media using the hashtag #RohanBestinShow. This is a great way to encourage visitors to share their branded photographs across the web and become advocates for the company, brand or cause. The theme of ‘Best in Show’ was in line with the agricultural nature of the Countryfile Live event and generated some humorous photos of dogs in the face holes (which we always love to see!)
You can view posts from the Rohan Best in Show photo competition on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, searching for the hashtag #RohanBestinShow
Photo Cutouts offer marketing props for exhibitions stands
Visit our Exhibitions page to see how Photo Cutouts can help increase footfall to your exhibition or trade stand.
If you are exhibiting at a similar show and are looking for a great portable engagement tool to attract people to your stand, then please get in touch and we would be happy to work with you on a great design.
It is now early July, and that mad garden centre dash and rush appears to be over. Perhaps you are like my family and have bought nearly every new, fun, exciting plant possible, and you have also finally found a spot for everything somewhere in the garden. (As the great Carol Klein recently said on BBC Gardener’s World Live, “Don’t worry, you’ll always find space.”) Now it is time for a well-deserved rest on your laurels, under the laurel tree, and a break from garden centre visits. Except-t that this is not quite how it should be.
Dear readers, you know by now that I am one to poke and prod, and I enjoy telling you how best to live your life based on my extensive life experiences. I recently spoke with a friend (and an avid gardener) who lives in Calgary in the province of Alberta in Canada. After our conversation, I realised how lucky we are with our garden centres. You are possibly puzzled by this statement –allow me to explain.
First, I was informed that Calgary (a rather large city) and the surrounding area do not have the number of garden centres as we do in the UK, nor do they have such a variety. Second, garden centres are selling off their plants and not receiving much new stock (except for maybe some autumn plants for containers). Apparently, going to one of the few garden centres in Calgary is currently a dismal event for some gardeners. How sad is that? I will answer that it is sad indeed.
After our conversation, I sat by my laurel hedge to ponder things over. I thought of how, in cold, dismal January, I can go to a garden centre and I can see (and buy!) pansies, hellebores, and primroses. There is inevitably a café or restaurant where one can enjoy a light lunch (oftentimes made with seasonal produce) or an afternoon tea. If one does do not have time for lunch, many garden centres carry an assortment of delightful edible treats such as lovely biscuits, jams and jellies, crackers, chutneys, cheeses…the list could go on. Should one not feel food inclined, then there are gifts and cards to peruse. (I recently bought a set of two small cups and a little melamine tray with a William Morris design, which made a wonderful gift for a friend to enjoy coffee for two. My Canadian friend loves all the cards with pictures by local artists; she buys so many when she visits that her husband had to give her a rather stern talking to.) If none of these strike your fancy, then how about taking the children/grandchildren to pick out a bug or insect house? And, finally, amidst all these choices, remember that garden centres still do sell plants, and the choice is spectacular.
Now, while a gin and tonic and a bit of a rest is certainly in order, do still find a bit of time to visit some garden centres…it is not too late to perhaps plant one more pot.
If I may be so bold as to offer one more recommendation, here is one for some summer reading: The Gardener’s Year by Karel Čapek. I am a long-time fan of this Czech author, who wrote plays, novels, short stories, and essays. The Gardener’s Year is an amusing 12-month chronicle of gardeners and their garden follies and glories; it is also a thoughtful account of human nature. One of
my favourite parts is at the end of the chapter “Preparations”, and you shall have to read the book since I will not divulge more here. Josef Čapek, the author’s brother, provided the charming illustrations.
As for all you garden centres, whom I have praised so highly (and well-deservedly so), here at Photo Cutouts we think one of our custom-made photo cutout boards could be a great marketing prop, adding even more interactive fun to your business. Check out these 5 Ways Garden Centres Use Photo Cutouts for inspiration.
Disclaimer: Aside from the rather appalling choice of garden centres and what is available, Calgary is a lovely city and a wonderful place to visit. And, to be fair, the growing season is rather different and much shorter than ours.
I know, I know, we just did a blog on May events, and now here is a blog about some events in June. The thing is, I am such a super sleuth and I ferret out fabulously fun activities, which I feel would be a frightful shame if I did not share them with you, my loyal fans. So, mark your calendars and start planning for some late spring entertaining events.
I think the name is fairly self-explanatory, though the debate rages on regarding some of the origins of this quintessentially British grub. Apparently, Western Sephardic Jews (who had settled in England), coated fish in a batter and fried them; the chips came via either France or Belgium; and both London and Lancashire claim they had the first chippy (for you non-British English, a chippy is a fish and chips shop).
Instead of focusing on disagreements (since there are more than enough to go around!), we should actually be reminded that we really have fishermen to thank for this dish. To quote from The Fishermen’s Mission* website, “Fishing continues to be the most dangerous peacetime occupation with a one in fourteen chance of being killed at work, the funds generated through the National Fish and Chip Day allow the Fishermen’s Mission to continue to provide Welfare and Emergency services to our Fishermen and their families….”
(* Full name is The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen)
So, my fellow fish and chip enthusiasts, please do go out and support your local fish and chips stand, or shop, or fancy restaurant, and in turn the monies from National Fish and Chip Day will help support Fishermen’s Mission. And whilst you are munching and crunching, think about your plans for the following weekend in order to…
I am certain some diehard fans will have this event highlighted in their calendars, but others (though they are keen drinkers) might possibly not be aware of this glorious tradition, as it is actually a fairly recent event day, started in 2015, by one Ms. Jane Peyton.
I have to admit, I was somewhat surprised (and shocked!) that us Brits did not actually have a day dedicated to honouring our beloved beverage; however, this oversight has been now been righted. 800 years after the Magna Carta was sealed (15th of June 1215, of course), Jane Peyton established peace in our pubs by starting Beer Day Britain, which, according to the website “celebrates all beer including traditional ales, mainstream lagers, and limited edition craft beer and everything in between no matter where it is brewed or who owns the brewing company.” And by celebrating British beer, you are actually helping our British economy – whether it be at your local pub or going on a beer tour. One does what one can for one’s country.
Btw, Beer Day Britain coincides very well with Father’s Day on June 16. Perhaps, combine the two events into one spectacular Beer and Fathers Weekend!
Lastly, there is no late month haiku, but, poet that I am, I have composed an ode…
An ode to fish and chips
Too many annoyances stressing you out? Well, I have news to make you smile, not pout! Listen, listen to what I have to say, I know it will chase the doldrums away: It’s a celebration of fish and chips – Yes, indeed, ’tis Fryday!
Mark the date as the 7th of June, which is coming up oh so soon! Now close your eyes and think of a dish as delish as chips and fish; and if you please – add some mushy peas.
Then, as you savour that crispy crunch, do not forget to say: Fishermen and cooks thanks a bunch!
Oh dear, oh my. After my last blog way back in April, about recalling summer vacations of yesteryear, it May have appeared I took off on an early summer seaside vacation. But, ’tis not the case. I cannot divulge what I was doing (top, top secret you know; one must always be at the disposal of Her Majesty of course, though I have said too much already!). Probably best if we May just move along, as there Maybe some May events which we should be discussing.
First and foremost, allow me to remind you that May is National Walking month. People are walking, they are looking…and lo and behold what do they see? A captivating photo cutout board of your business, which gives rise to people’s curiosity! In other words: A photo cutout board is a nifty way to advertise, since it is a marketing prop that truly does draw people into it.
Second, and just as important, below are some May events that are so fantastic that they have a whole week to celebrate their awesomeness!
Third, and also of significance, is that a few of these events are celebrating products that are very British, so we can support and buy local.
So without further ado, May I present:
• May 20 to June 2: British Tomato Fortnight http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/british-tomato-fortnight/
Last year it was British Tomato Week, but this year the event goes for two weeks! And who can blame the British Tomato Growers’ Association? I myself love tomatoes – to discover, to learn about, to grow, to eat, to cook with….
Now, to clarify, there are many tomato varieties from different countries, and British Tomato Fortnight celebrates all tomatoes, but with an emphasis on local British growers. Summer does not seem to be complete without tomatoes in some form, so do check out the website and the events to get you in the mood for growing these tasty treats. Maybe even a bit of a family outing to an event?
• May 25 to June 2: National Children’s Gardening Week
Why should grown-ups enjoy all the good times? This is a wonderful idea, and fun and educational for the whole family, and it ties really well in with British Tomato Fortnight. If children are to learn, they like the learning to be interactive, and this is what gardening is all about. Mayhap pick up a tomato seedling or two from a garden centre?
• May 25 to June 2: English Wine Week
I am ashamed to say that I have been neglecting my British wine, but no more! I will state that though perhaps the bambinos will not enjoy this event, the rest of us most certainly will. According to the Wines of Great Britain website, “Two thirds of the UK’s annual production is now sparkling.” This fact certainly put the sparkle in my day!
So, after some fun with family in a garden, it May make sense to support local and try out a British wine!
• May 27 to June 2: National BBQ Week
Planning to visit various events and garden centres, then doing a bit of gardening, May also make you work up an appetite. Fire up the BBQ and start that summer grilling (even though technically it is not summer, yet). Maybe pair your food with a British wine….
I could go on and give advice (and I usually do) about all the above events, but I’ll let you, my captive audience, contemplate how best to plan and spend the next few weeks. Before I sign off, I will divulge a secret: Your garden centres have quite a few of the tools needed to help you celebrate the above May events in style, so do go visit them.
I will also let managers of garden centres in on a secret: While we love our garden centres, perhaps they could use that little something extra…like, say, a snazzy photo cutout board outside (or inside…or both). Contact us (deets below) and we will create something spectacular to help you promote whatever you wish.
And, finally, British Tomato Growers’ Association and UK Wine Producers, we totally support you, and are definitely going to check out your events and products, because we believe in supporting British business. Just so you know, we too are British, and we’d love it if you supported us and called (or emailed) to enquire about one of our custom photo cutout boards specifically designed for your business. Share the fun!
First a disclaimer: When we promised a mega reveal, I know that some of our fans were possibly hoping we had somehow stumbled onto a megalodon. Alas, since we are rather inland and right now quite busy thinking up fun things for Photo Cutouts and for Putterfingers (our portable mini golf business), we have had to put the hunt for the megalodon on the back burner for a bit.
Nonetheless, we promised mega and we delivered MEGA CARDS! Our Mega Cards are giant cards (we offer three sizes; click on the link below to see the options), made of lightweight (but firm) PVC, which ensures they are free-standing and won’t dampen in a drizzle or a downpour. Since we are the ever-amazing Photo Cutouts, we can certainly create a personalised giant card printed with an image (or images) you have sent to us, along with your own message printed inside. If you are short on time and creativity, fear not! We also, of course, have some ready-made Mega Cards to choose from. https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/giant-cards.htm
Continuing with the bigger-better-giant theme, Photo Cut-outs also offers GIANT JIGSAWS!
Send us an image and we will turn it into a giant jigsaw puzzle with pieces ranging from 8 to 64. And since we like to think outside the box, we didn’t feel the need to be boxed in with a rectangular shape! Our team of technical wizards can create some unusual shapes like a heart or a panda or a plane, or maybe even a megalodon (but better check with us about the possible size!). Again, send us the image(s) you want for your giant jigsaw, and we’ll print it on our durable and weather-proof PVC board. You can also opt to have a different design printed on each side of your giant jigsaw – fun times two! Aside from being a good-time gift, we think this could provide some fabulous fun for youngsters at school (see below for a tip on how to celebrate St. George’s Day). https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/giant-jigsaws.htm
Now that you have taken a peak at our new product reveals, who knows, maybe you (and others like you with a fantastic feel for fun) will be mega adventurous and order both a Mega Card and a Giant Jigsaw for your next party. Most certainly it will be a mega good time!
And (a) Longer Length (Blog) is Lovely
What with focusing on all the other fun things Photo Cut-outs offers, and the MEGA reveal of more options for entertainment, we have nearly not had time for April Event Delights for you to plan. To paraphrase Mr. Monty Don from Gardeners’ World: Here are some events you can be celebrating in April.
Of course there is Earth Day, Passover, and Easter (and we have Easter-themed photo boards to buy or hire), but just like our not-necessarily boxy giant jigsaws, I have thought and went outside the box, and hereupon are some other events to honour.
Now it’s true that Britain’s National Beer Day isn’t until June 15 (mark your calendars!), and International Beer Day isn’t until (Friday!) August 2 this year, BUT for all you American expats here in the UK, your US of A National Beer Day is April 7. True, it is a Sunday, but how better to celebrate the end of the week, the weekend, AND beer?! I also think that us Brits will be more than happy to make merry with you Yankees for your national beer day.
So, calling pub hosts and hostesses, why not order a Mega Card (maybe photos of your business printed on the front), with the words You’re Invited …. Then write the details on the dry-wipe inside of the card, pop the card outside the pub door a few days prior, and ensure your beer cellar is well stocked!
April 23: St. George’s Day
As I am confident all of us English know all there is to know about our patron saint, I will not misuse my time by providing a history lesson. Instead, I offer a wise suggestion on how to celebrate this (non-bank) holiday: how about a giant jigsaw puzzle of St. George slaying the dragon? This presents as an opportunity for a fun and some educational history for children in school.
April 29: International Dance Day
International Dance Day had its inception in 1982, and is celebrated on the birthday (April 29) of the creator of modern ballet, Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810). According to the website, “The intention of the International Dance Day Message is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – dance.” https://www.international-dance-day.org/index.html
This time I’m calling out to you dance companies: whether you wish to promote International Dance Day, or simply promote your business, why not order a bespoke photo board, or a Mega Card you can use as an invitation (see above under National Beer Day). Either choice would be a marvellous marketing tool that will have you dancing with the delight of being able to teach and share this art form with so many more people.
We have been writing about all kinds of delightful photo cutout events to plan for in this month of March, but perhaps now is also the time to remind our readers of some of the other fun options we offer for events. So find a bit of time, pour yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee or a gin and tonic (no matter what time of day, I don’t judge), read our blog and then peruse our website – a picture is worth a thousand words!
The beauty of our reusable Speech Bubbles is twofold: First you get to use them for your event, then you can reuse them at home! Our set of six speech bubbles are very popular at weddings* (particularly if you have a photo booth), though feel free to be creative with how and when you want to use them. Then, bring our speech bubbles home and use them as a message and reminder board at home – much better than having a chalkboard and dusty chalk everywhere! And you can always be super generous and present a few to extended family as the gift that keeps on giving … messaging … reminding …
* Though we do have a set of Wedding-Themed Speech Bubbles in case you are concerned about what your guests might write!
When you are celebrating big money being handed to your charity, what will truly stand out in the press photos? Why, Big Cheques! (OK, technically they are Giant Cheques.) We have three different sizes available and can make either a printed version or a re-useable dry wipe cheque. Whatever your preference, our giant cheques are a wonderful way to announce that big sum!
If reality sometimes needs some pizzazz, why not zing it up with our Virtual Reality Boards? Here you get to combine a photo cutout board with a downloaded app that then gives life to your photo board. While, in my ever-so-humble opinion, my writing is quite lively, it may be best to check out the link below which shows a photo board coming to life:
Now, here at Photo Cutouts we not only have a talented team who design and create photo boards and the other amazing and fun things I wrote about, we also have a team of innovative – nay! strike that, I am being faint with my praise – genius, yes, I said, genius thinkers of fun. (Well, to really tell the truth: they are actually grown men who are wishing and acting like they could still be young boys.)
Our Fun Think Tank Team (FTTT) have come up with some new products for more fun times. I don’t want to give away anything quite yet, but I have been authorized to tell all our readers that it will be MEGA …
Tune in next time for some April event planning and fun times with photo cutouts!
And keep on tuning in for the MEGA new products reveal coming soon.
Yes, the January sales are done, and though the stores have new arrivals (with an appalling colour choice of mustard yellow this year, but I digress), one isn’t quite in the mood for buying a new spring wardrobe yet. February is supposed to be a short month, but it seems (to me) to somehow drag on.
So what to do, what to do? How does one deal with splattering rain, blustery winds, and inadequate sunshine?
Well, how about plan? Yes, plan for the delights that March will bring! Now, it is important to note that with delights there is always an opportunity to host a party, soiree, rendezvous, shindig, bash, get-together, revelry, festive social gathering, and/or merrymaking event (as I exhaust my computer’s thesaurus skills). And our charming team at Photo Cutouts are on hand to start turning your vision into a reality so you will have photo (cutout) memories to last a lifetime!
And so, here are March Delights, Part 1: The First Half of March
You don’t have to be Welsh to celebrate with daffodils and leeks, sing a Welsh song, eat some Welsh rarebit, Welsh cakes, Glamorgan sausages…and also just celebrate all your friends named David (but make them buy the booze!).
Apparently dating back to pagan times celebrating spring and fertility rites, it is now also called Carnival or Carnaval and it’s the decadent party before Lent. So channel your pagan god/goddess; or dress up like they do in New Orleans in masks, feathers, and a colourful costume of green, purple, and gold; or even celebrate for a week like the Brazilians! And I invite you to click on the link above, and read what the Danish do….
Celebrating, appreciating, recognizing women. Need we say more?
March 17: Patrick’s Day
Celebrate this sainted lad by putting a shamrock (or a bunch of them) in your buttonhole; wear your fanciest green outfit but make sure you have a stretchy waistband to accommodate for eating some corned beef and cabbage (and the possible festive flatulence that comes with this dish); and finally toast all things Irish with one (or more of these Irish beers):
So, my planners, I have given you some ideas for celebrating delightful things in the first part of March. All you need to do now is contact us at tel: 08450 570 321 or email: email@example.com or fill in an on-line form at https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm
Until next time, and don’t forget we love, love, love when you send us photos of you and your photo cutouts!
Face in hole boards are always a hit at children’s events!
Photo cutout boards are always an attraction at events involving children. For these events, we make the board an appropriate size and height and cut out the face holes so that small people can reach them to put their faces through. There are also Selfie Boards that have no feet but are held at eye level, which eliminates any height issues.
Kids ‘get’ face in hole boards straight away (so do grown-ups – maybe that’s why they are so popular.) The idea is just so simple and effective, ad the results are usually pretty funny. That’s what makes Photo Cutouts such a great photo opportunity!
Here are some examples of photo cutout boards we’ve produced for children’s events recently.
Dusty’s Puddle Jumping Championships
We are rabid fans of Aardman Animations, so when we got a call to make a board involving a character designed by them, we jumped at it. Into a puddle! Dusty’s Puddle Jumping Championships was organised by London Wetland Centre and supported by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Before jumping in muddy puddles to see who was the best at it, children were photographed in this board as a reminder of how much fun they had that day.
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Sailing superstar Ellen MacArthur’s charity helps children and young people regain their confidence after cancer. This fun interactive board is used at their live events to promote the charity’s message with its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram handles.
A classic Punch and Judy board for children’s entertainer Professor Shambles. This is one of our stock seaside boards with the customer’s name, tagline and phone number added.
Now Press Play is an immersive audio resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement. This hand-held photo cutout board helps to promote their technology.
So those are a few examples of photo cutout boards for children’s events we have created recently. To order one for your kids’ event, call Photo Cutouts on 08450 570 321 or email us.