Teaser: fun new things on the way!

More Fun Things from Photo Cutouts

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!

Fun Hand held speech bubbles

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 …

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/speech-bubbles.htm

* Though we do have a set of Wedding-Themed Speech Bubbles in case you are concerned about what your guests might write!

Fun Giant cheques printed

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!

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/charity-cheques.htm

AR photo boardsFun AR seaside photo boardsAR Christmas photo boards

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:

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/virtual-reality-photo-boards.htm

So, does anything strike your fancy? Something surely must! Then contact us by phone or email or via an online form:

Tel: 08450 570 321

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Online contact form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

Here’s a Little Teaser

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.

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Some early March events to celebrate

A late February Haiku

Oh February.

January sales are done;

We look to March on!

March hare

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):

TOP 12: Beers that everyone should try in Ireland…

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: office@connectedshopping.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!

Engage children with photo cutout boards!

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.

Children face in hole boardEllen 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.

face in hole boards for childrenProfessor Shambles

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.

Photo cutouts for childrenDavid Walliams T’riffic Takeover Days

This series of school events in Wales was organised by Magic Light Productions using characters from David Walliams’ books for children. It was a scream! Here’s the full blog post about it.

 

Now Press Play

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.

face in hole boards for children

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.

 

Big cheques made to your specifications

We’re always going on about our face in the hole boards, but don’t forget we also make big cheques for a range of events. They are bigger than competitors’ cheques and can be single-use printed or dry-wipe for multiple use! They are made out of the same material as our face-in-the-hole boards and stand-up props: waterproof, lightweight, weather-resistant PVC foamex board. No floppy, soggy cardboard cheques here!

Big cheques uk
Now THAT’s a giant cheque!

 

Photo Cutouts big cheques come in three sizes: Small (100cm x 50cm), Medium (150cm x 75 cm) and Large (200cm x 100cm). We could make a custom cheque for you that’s bigger or smaller, but these are our standard sizes and are the quickest to order. Call us for the current turnaround time. It’s always only a few days, but the number of days can vary at different times of year depending on demand. Whatever happens, we’ll get your giant cheque out to you as quickly as we possibly can, and agree on a delivery date before you place your order.

We print them up with any logos, names, web addresses and hashtags the customer requests and ship them out quickly in time for your presentation event. We aim to provide the best quality and value giant cheques available in the UK.

Big cheques sizesOur big cheques really make a splash as a photo opportunity at a variety of events. Charity donations from companies, fundraising presentations, sports league prize presentations (snooker, darts, racing, etc.), big bingo wins, birthday cheques, wedding gift presentations, corporate awards, and any event where the focus is on money being given or received. They are light enough to hand around  from one person to the next for photos is it’s a team event – in fact the biggest one is big enough for several people to hold at once, so a small team can get behind it for photos.

If you need a large presentation cheque, call us on 08450 570321 for prices, turnaround time and design options. Alternatively email office@connectedshopping.com. Find out more on our site.

 

 

New Photo Cutouts game: Beat The Goalie!

Meet our new penalty shootout game

With the World Cup coming up soon, this new board from Photo Cutouts might be just the thing for football-themed garden parties and outdoor match screenings this Summer. We expect the nation’s gardens and pubs to ring with cries of ‘Hold my beer and watch this!’ as everyone tests their football skills against the Photo Cutouts goalie. He will ‘save’ your shot unless you can place it perfectly. Curl it into the corner or go through his legs, it’s your call. But give it your best shot!

Football goalie board
He’s a pretty good goalie – are you accurate enough?

Beat The Goalie is a 2.4m x 2m board made of weatherproof PVC mounted on sturdy metal legs. It comes with a foam football that’s got enough weight to make controlled shots but won’t damage the board, things behind it, or fellow guests. It can be delivered along with an astro grass area to simulate a pitch and make it look more like a football match. The board takes about 10 minutes to put together upon delivery. It comes in 4 sections that we ship to you flat-packed and comes with the small number of bolts necessary to put it together.

If requested we can brand Beat The Goalie with messages, hashtags, logos and other insignia to personalise it or to promote a brand, product or cause. It adds some fun action to events, parties, weddings, and corporate functions. This is not a custom board so there’s no design work to go through with you – as an off-the-peg product, we can get one out to you quicker. Ideally we’d need a couple of weeks’ notice before your event, especially if you wish to add some branding or personalisation.

So add some football fun to your Summer event with Beat The Goalie! Here’s a bit more about him.

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office@connectedshopping.com

2017: a look back at the year

photo cutout boards 2017

2017 was a great year for face in hole boards!

In 2017 our photo cutout board sales have more than tripled as businesses, charities, wedding planners and corporate event planners have embraced the fun factor and engagement value that’s built into every one of our boards. We’ve made some important quality and safety improvements, added new boards to our standard and seasonal ranges, and improved our logistics to get the boards out to customers’ venues ever more quickly and efficiently.

We can honestly say that we’re here to stay, as we have carved out our niche in the event planning space and watched our boards grow in popularity more than we’d ever thought possible. So a huge thank you to all our customers – it’s been an outstanding 2017!

Some of the best boards of 2017

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Mrs Brown's Boys board for the BBC

Feckin’ brilliant! Agnes Brown from the hit BBC TV show featured on this board we made for the BBC’s EdFest. At their request, we contoured the top to fit into the location it was used. This is something we can do for you if you prefer, rather than a standard rectangular shape.

Cussons Carex

2017 photo cutouts face in hole boards

This was a great example of a brand running a promotion using a photo cutouts board. With special competition packaging for their hand soap, combined with social media hashtags promoted on our boards and a promotional partnership with Alton Towers, Cussons did it right.

Seabroook Crisps

Photo cutout board marketing

Another competition board, this time from Seabrook Crisps. They are very active on social media and their #seabrookselfie hashtag has generated a lot of posts and shares as people try to win boxes of tasty crisps!

Nuts Over The Atlantic

Nuts over the Atlantic

These brave lads are rowing across the Atlantic right now for the Movember Foundation to raise funds to help with testicular and prostate cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. We seriously hope they don’t encounter too many sharks and make it across safely!

The National Trust

2017 face in hole board for national trust

The NT have used us on several occasions for their properties around the country. This board was for Wordsworth House and Garden. We gave it a period flavour that worked perfectly for their event.

Peter James

Peter James 2017 photo cutout board

Bestselling novelist Peter James’ Roy Grace novel Need You Dead was launched in Brighton in May. His publicist commissioned this board from us for fans to photograph themselves in as they waited for his autograph.

Oinkfest

Mead Farm Oinkfest

Mead Farm came to us in 2017 wanting a face in hole board for their pig-based event, Oinkfest. This one led to some very funny photos!

Want to see more? Visit our site and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram!

Thanks to everyone for a fantastic 2017! Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

PhotoCutouts rock the Royal Albert Hall!

Standee royal albert hall
We have made a face in hole version of the famous mural inside the Royal Albert Hall.

Photocutouts is proud to have made a large board for the Royal Albert Hall. Here’s the story behind it!

Visitors to the Royal Albert Hall in London will have seen a large mural in the cafe bar made up of the faces of over 400 stars who have performed there over the last 143 years. It was designed in 2013 by ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’ Sir Peter Blake, who famously co-designed the cover of the classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Sgt Pepper's face in hole board

The mural is a mashup of faces in a similar vein to the iconic album cover. With so many faces, it represents a great opportunity for some face-in-hole action!

We took a section of the mural that features famous faces such as the Spice Girls, Andre Previn, Stevie Wonder, Kylie, Meatloaf and Seal. Then we cut two face holes out and put it on metal feet. The idea is for visitors to the venue to interact with the board and take photos.

Royal Albert Hall face in hole board
Here is the board we made being used by the RAH’s team on social media. Can you see which two faces are real people?

It’s quite a large board at 3m by 2m and is taken from a section of the mural. Can you find the section we used to make the board?

Royal Albert Hall, mural
How many of these Royal Albert Hall performers can you name? Try the interactive version by clicking the image.

Fancy some fun trying to recognise all the famous faces in the original mural? Check out this interactive image of the mural which reveals the name when you click on a face. Or for a challenge, here’s a quiz where you have to name the faces. Try it, it’s fun! (Warning: you can spend hours doing this. We did).

How many famous people can you name?

 

 

Smile, you’re on Photo Cutouts!

If you’re appy and you know it …

The BBC ran an article recently about FaceApp, a smartphone app that changes faces in photos. A Twitter user called Olly Gibbs visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and thought the faces in the portraits looked too solemn and grumpy. So he brightened them up with FaceApp!

FaceApp smile generator
Photo: OLLY GIBBS

You can see the rest of the results in the BBC article.

FaceApp can make the person in the photo smile, increase or decrease their age, and even change their gender! The results are usually very good, but can be frankly disturbing if you change gender or make an old person young. So its best and most reliable use is to add smiles to photos.

It might be useful if your face in hole board photos don’t quite work or were captured at the wrong moment. Since our photo cutout boards are all about faces, we thought we’d try out the app!

The original photo is on the left and the processed version is on the right.

Smile photo cutouts

The subject here might not have smiled because the man in the painting (American Gothic) isn’t smiling and he’s acting as his stand-in. But a smile usually win over a grumpy face! (Thought: what would happen if you used the app on Grumpy Cat?)

photo cutouts smiles

Oh dear. The girl on the right looks like she needs cheering up. Let’s give her a grin!

 

Smile grin beam

That’s better!

Of course most people are smiling anyway in our photo boards because they are so much fun. But you never know when this app will come in handy to make it smiles all round.

 

Now here’s an image of three more grumpy people we cheered up with the app.

face in the hole boards make you smile

No, wait, that’s the original image! They were just really enjoying themselves.

See our range of photo cutout boards at www.photocutouts.co.uk

Call us on 08450 570321

Email office@connectedshopping.com

Face in hole king Tomoyuki Shioya, we salute you!

Not all heroes are muscular, brash and tough. Sometimes a hero just quietly gets on with his business, and achieves legendary status through sheer persistence and force of will. Tomoyuki Shioya is one such hero, and he’s our favourite person in the world.

Tomoyuki Shioya, face in the hole boards, photo cutout boards
What a legend.

We blogged about him last May because he has stuck his face in some 3,000 face in hole boards in Japan and elsewhere. He also features in our keystone post Face in Hole Boards: A Bit of History. Everywhere he goes, he takes his camera and tripod with him in case he comes across a face in hole board to add to his photo collection. After finishing his office job at 5pm he wanders the streets in search of something to put his face through. He is on record as stating that he wishes to be buried in a face-in-hole coffin.

Now he has made a video about his strange life and his obsession with face in hole boards, which he considers a high form of art. In Japan, many boards are advertising hoardings that present a photo opportunity to passersby that helps to generate interest in brands. Tomoyuki Shioya has taken the photo opportunity and run with it, and Forrest Gump-like, hasn’t stopped running with it. Maybe one day he’ll hang up his camera and declare enough to be enough, but we guess that as long as there are face in hole boards we will continue to see his face in them.

Watch our hero talk about his passion in his own words.

‘I think they are an extremely effective form of communication,’ says Shioya. ‘The people who make them want to make people happy, and people enjoy taking pictures with them. I think what makes them so great is that everyone involved with them is happy.’

We certainly agree with that. Our photo cutout boards are designed to be fun for all involved, and at the same time they can communicate business messages and promote charities. They add an element of fun and interaction that makes people warm to a brand, or just warm the world with their smiles.

For a photo cutout board for your event, business or charity, or just for fun, call us on 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com today.

Black Friday offer till Monday 28th!

Popup art gallery, face in hole boards, classic paintings

Black Friday photo cutouts face in hole boards offer

It’s here: the photocutouts.co.uk Black Friday offer, with 15% of all orders until the 28th of November!

The offer includes everything in the store and is as easy as entering the code ‘blackfriday15’ in the shopping cart at photocutouts.co.uk. That means all the following photo cutout boards are discounted, so now’s the time to grab a board for your next event! Click the links to go directly to that section of the site.

Seaside photo cutouts

Wedding photo cutouts

Christmas photo cutouts

Seasonal photo cutouts

Adult photo cutouts

We’re feeling generous, so if you need a custom-made board or are interested in hiring the National Self Portrait Gallery, give us a call on 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.co.uk and we’ll be extra nice to you and see what we can do on the cost.

Now is the time to order a board for your next event!

Wishing you a happy festive season,

The photocutouts.co.uk team