David Walliams board brings fun to Welsh children

Our friends over at Magic Light Productions are running a David Walliams-themed tour of schools in Denbighshire, North-East Wales that is driving kids wild with excitement. Their T’riffic Takeover days are a brilliant idea: fill the school with actors dressed as characters from Walliams’ fictional world for a day. For example, here’s Mrs Trafe, the dinner lady from Billionaire Boy who cooks the most revolting food ever, like deep fried Blu-Tack, badger and onion pie and jacket potatoes with sock cheese.

Walliams Mrs Trafe

 

A Photo Cutouts board is the centrepiece for photo opportunities during the T’riffic Takeovers. We did a mashup of characters from David Walliams books and added hashtags and the Magic Light Productions insignia. Here’s some nice feedback about the board from Twitter.

Walliams book board

 

The board was also appreciated by Denbighshire County Council’s Schools Enrichment programme, who are involved in the Walliams takeovers.

Walliams school takeovers Wales

 

It was nice of Magic Light Productions and Denbighshire County Council to give a nod to Photo Cutouts for the board. We’re human and we like being appreciated! But the main thing is that the T’riffic Takeovers are a roaring success, so here are some more photos that speak for themselves.

Walliams T'riffic Takeovers
The board provided a focus for staff and pupils to get into character

 

Walliams book board
The board was also involved in a daily ‘I Wonder Where?’ teaser that gave a clue as to where the T’riffic Takeovers roadshow would be the next day

Photo Cutouts boards are seeing increasing use in theatrical productions like Magic Light Productions’ Walliams schools roadshow. They can also be used in marketing promotions, awards ceremonies, as a photo opportunity at events, wedding photography props, at seasonal festivities like Halloween, Christmas and Easter, for product launches, book signings, TV shows, and more.

Find out how to order your own custom face in hole board at photocutouts.co.uk

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Prost! Oktoberfest board available now

Oktoberfest face in the hole board
Beer, beer, beer! Oktoberfest is here!

What’s the wurst that could happen this Oktober? Well the best that could happen is that you throw an Oktoberfest party and include one of our specially-designed Oktoberfest face in the hole boards, the latest addition to our seasonal range!

THE main events is held in Munich every year is the world’s biggest beer festival, with 6 million people attending from all round the world every year? It runs for 18 days and over 7 million litres of beer are served, almost all of them pale lager.

Oktoberfest events follow the main Munich event all around the world, through to late October. So there’s still time to have an Oktoberfest party here in the UK, and the quickest way to create the right atmosphere is with our special Oktoberfest board for guests to poke their faces through whilst quaffing industrial amounts of cold beer. The photo opportunities are off the scale!

For an Oktoberfest party, you will need the following:

An awful lot of beer

A keg of beer to perform the ‘tapping’ ritual of opening the first keg of Oktoberfest beer

Some German sausages (You can find them in Aldi or Lidl)

Some huge glass beer mugs

Masses of pretzels, preferably giant ones called Riesenbrezen.

Some kind of tent or marquee

If they are willing, some busty wenches to wear the traditional Bavarian ‘dirndl’ dress and run around clutching an unfeasible number of glasses of beer

Food ideas include grilled chicken, Bavarian sausage of course, and grilled mackerel on a stick. You know, hearty fare to wash down with gallons of beer.

Breze oktoberfest pretzel
See if Aldi and Lidl have these too.

There’s still time to order your Oktoberfest face in the hole board from Photo Cutouts, just give us a bell on 08450 570321 or buy or hire directly from our website!

Enjoy Oktoberfest …
Oktoberfest
… but don’t overdo it!

 

 

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

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Face-in-hole technique: getting it right

As you know, we make boards with holes cut out so people can put their faces through them. This creates an illusion in which they magically become a character in a funny scene. What we have found over our many years in this business is that the photo results can vary depending on how you put your face in the hole. But, you may ask, why should this be? Is there a special technique? Putting your face in a hole isn’t hard, is it?

Well, no. But there are various factors to consider in trying to get the best overall effect. To illustrate these, let’s look at a few face-in-hole photos that didn’t quite work out, and think about why this might be.

  1. face in hole board techniqueOkay, the clue is in the name. Face-in-hole board. You put your face in the hole. In this case somebody has gone AWOL. Nul points.
    face in hole board face technique not quite right
  2. This is progress. The face in the right is in the hole, but it isn’t in the hole. You can see a lot of daylight around it and the angle is wrong. A kneeling position would have worked better here. Sometimes what goes on behind the board can be as funny as what goes on at the front!

face in hole board hole too big

3. This is not his fault. He’s doing it right, with his chin resting in the bottom of the hole. But the hole is much, much too big (we didn’t make that one). What kind of face would you need to have to fit in that? I mean he’s got his hands in there as well! Does that look like he’s a pirate? No, it looks like a child’s little head in a massive hole where an unfeasibly massive pirate’s face should be.

We try to cut our face holes just right, with smaller face holes if appropriate, and at a suitable height for children.

4. This one isn’t bad at all, but look at the fellow top left. That’s one of the challenges of putting your face in a hole: knowing which way to face. A quick look at the front of the board would have helped here!

Now let’s look at a few good ones to see how it goes when it’s done well.

awesome technique for face in the hole1. Okay, the beard helps and the hair colour happens to be the same, but he has managed to a)  face the right way and b) get his face well into the hole to stop any daylight getting through.  This is face-in-hole technique perfection. Well done that man!

Vintage face in the hole board

2. Here’s a vintage one. Is the hair theirs, or have they just positioned their faces perfectly? Answers on a postcard.

photo board technique

3. Which of these has the better face in hole technique? The lady on the left, of course! She has her chin in there and her face is poking right through. That will look a lot better from the front than the chappie’s effort, which is sort of a half-hearted crouch. Bend your knees and get your chin in there, man!

head in hole board technique

4. These two are doing their best with what they’ve got. On the left, it’s a perfect face -in-hole with no light leakage, the whole face is in there and the illusion works. On the right, the hole is a bit small for him, but he’s at least got as much of his face in there as he can.

Gross out face in hole board

5. Technique here is mostly good, but people come in different shapes and sizes so the perfect face in hole photo is an elusive thing. And we’re sorry about the board. We hope you get over it quickly.

For all your face in hole board needs, email office@connectedshopping.com or call 08450 570321.

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Schools love photo cutout boards!

Remember your school open days? Were they fun? Did they bring the school together? More importantly, did both pupils and teachers – and even the head! – get properly involved and have some fun? What can schools do to make sure their open days are memorable?

A brilliant way of creating a sense of unity at school events is to have a face in hole board with a fun, relevant theme and the school logo, social media addresses and hashtags on it. Here’s an example we’ve just done for a new independent school in Surrey, which they have told us was a ‘huge success.’

Schools face in the hole boards
The children must have loved seeing their teachers-to-be showing their fun side. As they say in their comment here, ‘even the senior management team got involved.’

Here are some of the prospective pupils enjoying the board on Banstead Prep‘s Open Day. Schools love photo cutout boards!

Images reproduced with kind permission from Banstead Prep School.

Head in the hole boards for school open days

The board has turned out to be a great marketing tool for the new school, helping to promote it on social media and create a sense of belonging and togetherness.

wet sponge throwing, schools open days
Wet sponge throwing at people with their faces through the board is guaranteed fun . It needs to be well organised though.

One popular idea – among pupils at least – for established schools is to have a wet sponge session. Because our boards are made of waterproof foamex PVC and printed on acrylic, wet sponges will not cause them any damage. Sometimes even teachers will allow themselves to be wet sponged with their face in the hole!

Everybody has smartphones these days, which means photos of the board will get shared on social media and photo sharing sites like Instagram. The school can post them to their own social media profiles as well, as Banstead Prep have done. What better advert for a school than to share pictures of teachers and pupils having fun?

With Summer fast approaching, it’s time to consider a photo cutout board for your school. It’s a great promotional tool that will create lasting photo memories – and can be used year upon year.

To find out more about our custom photo cutout boards, please visit http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/create-custom-photo-cut-out-boards.htm, email office@connectedshopping.com or call us on 08450 570321.

 

Businesses go photo cutout crazy!

This Spring we have had more orders for photo cutout boards than ever before! Businesses, charities, sports teams and organisations are adding our face in hole boards to their marketing and fundraising activities because of the fun they bring, the photo opportunities, the social media sharing … in short, the buzz. Here are a few examples of the work we’ve done in the last several weeks as the nation’s businesses go photo board crazy!

Autoglass

After a successful board last year, Autoglass asked us to make them another one for the Fleet News Awards at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. With a racing theme timed to coincide with the Grand National, this is the design we settled on with them.

photo cutout board for businesses

Royal Veterinary College

The RVC commissioned a board from us for their 2017 Open Day. It encouraged prospective students to ‘step into’ the role of vet, helping them to imagine themselves in the job.

head in the hole board for marketing businesses

And here is the board in action on the RVC’s Twitter feed.

Photo cutout board for open days

Seabrook Crisps

A good example of a hashtag promotion. Seabrook Crisps run a #seabrookselfie campaign and chose us to supply face in hole boards to promote it.

Selfie head in the hole board for marketing

And here it is in use on their social media.

photo cutout promotion, social media

British Psychological Society

The BPS went for a seaside theme for their annual conference in Brighton. Here we’ve taken one of our stock boards (Doris and Dick) and added some branding. That’s a simple way to create a custom branded board.

Doris and Dick traditional seaside face in hole board

 

Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training

Step into the shoes of dancers with a board used to promote this performing arts school at the Brighton Fringe.

face in the hole board for businesses

Here it is in use at the festival.

marketing, photo cutout boards

So that’s just a handful of the boards we’ve made this month for businesses and organisations. There are plenty more under wraps until after the event has happened.

To promote your business or organisation with photo cutout boards, find out more today by calling 08450 570321 or emailing office@connectedshopping.com 

 

Face in hole boards: get your pets involved!

We’ve always made face in hole boards mostly for human beings to put their faces through. The humans have always responded by being amused and enjoying the experience. But who’s to say that furry people can’t also get into the whole face in hole thing as well?

We were inspired to speculate on this by a recent video of cats in wigs. Wigs stuck to face in hole boards, to be precise. The ‘boards’ are somewhat more tubular than our photo cutout boards generally are, but this seems to be necessary to tempt the felines in. Maybe treats were used as well. Or it could just be the legendary liking cats have for cardboard boxes. Anyway, here’s the video.

😂😂😂😂YT : mugumogu

Posted by Spiral Out on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This got us to thinking, why not make face in hole boards for pets? We’ve already come close to it with our face in hole board for River Dart Country Park, in which a dog got the right idea. All right, maybe the people were holding the dog but still, the face in hole for pets idea has potential.

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That’s it, boy! Pirate dog, arrrrrrr!

As well as pets pretending to be people, there’s scope for people to pretend to be pets with our boards. Our board for the Dogs Trust got plenty of human action when in use.

Pets, face in hole board, fun, animals, cats, dogs
Sometimes a face just fits. Maybe it’s the beard

… as did our series of boards for World Animal Protection.

Pets, face in hole, dogs, cats, furry people
Somebody liberating his inner dog in one of our World Animal Protection boards

Let’s face it, a dog will poke its nose through any hole to see what’s on the other side. If it’s at the right height, a doggy face in hole board could result in some memorable photos. Watch this space while we work out the backgrounds that will give maximum comedy effect!

For all your face in hole needs, including custom photo cutout boards for events, promotions, weddings, charity fundraising, product launches and awards ceremonies, call Photo Cutouts on 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com today.

Plan Bee create a buzz with a photo cutout board

Bees need all the help they can get at the moment. And if we help them we are helping ourselves. As essential pollinators, their decline in numbers is a threat to whole ecosystems. And that’s not to even mention the delicious honey they make.

Plan Bee Ltd. are a company who offer beehive adoption, management and educational services. They are an ethical, sustainable eco-innovation business who help organisations to enhance their green credentials. Their customers include Highland Spring and construction giant Balfour Beatty.

Plan Bee offers companies a way of growing their Corporate Sustainability profile by establishing and managing honeybee hives at their chosen location. Hives can also be situated at golf courses, grouse-shooting estates, hotels, farms and in urban environments. They also run community projects and offer hive adoption for individuals.

They asked us to make a promotional photo cutout board featuring their logo and hashtag. It was used at a ‘Go Wild in the Spring’ event an the National Museum of Rural Life Scotland, where Plan Bee’s byproducts were tasted, including lots of that lovely honey.

photo cutout board marketing, bee
This is the Plan Bee board before the face holes were cut out

The artwork was supplied by Shirley Lochhead of Tea And Type. Here’s her page about the artwork. We love it because it projects Plan Bee’s ethos of constructing and building to bolster bee populations in the countryside.

Promotional face in hole boards are a tried and tested way to attract attention at public events. That’s because people love to interact with them by sticking their faces through the holes and having their photos taken. The photos tend to get shared on social media, too, and if the organisation’s web address, phone number or hashtag is prominently displayed on the board, then photo sharing offers more free publicity!

Our bespoke promotional face in hole boards create a focus for people to interact with staff and have a bit of fun. Why not order one for your organisation?

Find out more about Plan Bee Ltd. at www.planbeeltd.com/

To ask us about a photo cutout board for your organisation, call Shelley on 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

Dress up as your ancestors – or someone else’s ancestors

ancestors portrait reconstruction

In a fascinating news story recently, it was revealed that an artist from Peru likes to dress up as his ancestors (both male and female) in painstaking photographic reproductions of his old family portraits. It seems he is obsessed with his noble lineage and so proud of it that he goes to great lengths to recreate historic oil portraits of his forebears, with himself playing the central role.

He probably hasn’t heard of face in hole boards. He could have had the portraits printed onto board, cut out the faces, applied some careful makeup and put his face in the hole to mimic his ancestors. But he’s clearly such a perfectionist that he feels it necessary to recreate the whole painting. Fair enough. It takes all sorts.

The National Self Portrait Gallery is based on a similar idea. We haven’t managed to actually track down the descendants of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and the model who sat for the Mona Lisa and get them to pose in reproductions of the famous paintings, but the face in hole format gives anyone the chance to step into historic portraits!

Let’s play spot the difference. Here is Peruvian artist Christian Fuchs posing as his great-great-great-great grandfather next to the original painting:

face in hole portrait

And here’s an event attendee posing as The Laughing Cavalier in one of the panels of the National Self Portrait Gallery, our pop-up face in hole art gallery:

dress up as your ancestors

Can you see the join where his head goes through the hole? No, neither can we! Perfect isn’t it?

The National Self Portrait Gallery consists of several panels of four or five portraits with the faces cut out and a space behind for guests to stand and put their faces through the holes. Hey presto – they become historical figures! Friends and other guests can snap away with their cameras or smartphones and get the results on Instagram, Pinterest or wherever they like.

To find out more about the National Self Portrait Gallery, visit http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/pop-up-art-gallery.htm

To hire the NSPG, call 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

Easter face in hole boards – everybunny loves them!

We are very egg-cited about the Easter season this year because of all the Easter parties people will be having. Our Easter face in hole board is great for creating memorable photos. Your guests can be the fluffy Easter Bunny or a hot cross bun, surrounded by a colourful seasonal scene with chicks, a church and eggs on a tree for the egg hunt. Don’t have egg on your face when your Easter party turns out to be a bore! Hire or buy this board to really bring your party to life!

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Bunny and Bun make Easter fun!

It is also available as a roll-up banner with a stand that can be set to different heights. So if most guests are young and not very tall, they can get in on the action without having to stand on anything.

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Another way to use our Easter board is as a roll-out banner

We of course also make custom face in hole boards by demand. Call us with an idea or send us a photo or design sketch and our professional designers will mock up a bespoke board for you. We’ll work with you until it is to your liking, then print it in high resolution onto waterproof foamex board or a roll-up banner. Any image that is meaningful to you can be made into a high quality, durable photo cutout board that you can keep and bring out every Easter!

Here’s a little video about the process of making a bespoke photo cutout board, from initial customer enquiry to a finished and shipped board.

So go for it. Easter is an important seasonal festival and we should be celebrating it in style. Make your Easter party guests happy bunnies with a face in hole board – they’re 24 carrot gold!

Call 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com