People are statistically at their most generous at the beginning of December, as thoughts of Christmas gift-giving enter their heads and wallets tend to open wider. That’s why UK Charity Week is held during the first week of December every year.
After a very successful year providing the UK’s charities with the bespoke fundraising face in the hole boards we’re so good at, we thought we’d give something back. So Photo Cutouts are an official Corporate Sponsor of UK Charity Week! Here we are on their Corporate Friends page.
We have added two new products in our range designed for supporting charity fundraising efforts. They are so good at that, we’ve put them on their own page on our website, which we’re calling Charity Toolkit.
The big cheques help fundraisers make a memorable splash when they present their funds to their chosen charity. We offer a full in-house design service and can achieve a turnaround time of under a week. A wipe-clean big cheque can be used again and again, just changing the amount raised with a whiteboard marker.
Our hand-held speech bubbles are good for photos at charity presentations and can be used in so many different ways. They can be dry-wipe like the cheques if required, for an infinity of possible messages. They come in a set of 6 in different shapes and are great for adding extra messages to charity presentation photos and encouraging others to give as well.
So we’re looking forward to #UKCharityWeek, and we’re going to donate £5 to Mencap for every big cheque, set of speech bubbles and photo cutout boards we sell.
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.
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 email@example.com today.
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.
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.
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.
… as did our series of boards for World Animal Protection.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org today.
This week’s Board of the Week is one we made for the Geffrye Museum of the Home.
If you’ve never visited the Geffrye Museum of the Home in London’s Shoreditch, you really should. It explores home and home life in England from 1600 to the present day. Just the building is wonderful enough. It’s a Grade I-listed 18th -century almshouses that was built in 1714 from a bequest from Sir Robert Geffrye, a former Lord Mayor of London and master of the Ironmongers’ Company. It’s beautiful. Just look at those proportions.
Inside, displays of middle-class London living rooms and gardens show how tastes, styles, society and behaviour have changed over the centuries. One of the museum’s most popular regular fixtures is the Christmas Past exhibition, with eleven different period rooms decorated authentically for the season. How times change!
The almshouses have been restored to their original condition and give a glimpse into the lives of the poor and the elderly in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
The Geffrye Museum is currently raising funds for its £18m ‘Unlocking the Geffrye’ project, which will open up the Geffrye for all visitors and the local community by developing existing buildings, creating new spaces and preserving the museum for future generations. It aims to provide improved access, new galleries and more collections on display at any one time.
Here’s a face in hole board we’ve made for the Geffrye Museum which they have been using in their fundraising efforts. It is a cartoon depicting a Dandy and a lady with some pretty spectacular headgear.
And here it is in use by the museum on their Twitter account.
We’re pleased to have helped yet another fine institution with a photo board for attracting attention!
How would you use a photo cutout board to promote your business or raise funds? What would it look like? What messages would be on it? To discuss your ideas with us, call 08450 570321 or email email@example.com today!
With Crufts coming up this weekend, the nation’s thoughts are with man’s best friend. The world’s biggest dog show will be on our screens showcasing the finest and best-groomed dogs in the country.
It’s the perfect time to also spare a thought for the dogs who are not in the limelight and who are down on their luck. Charity organisations like the Dogs Trust take homeless dogs in, take care of them and find them new homes.
PhotoCutouts are proud to have worked with the Dogs Trust for the last two years to create promotional materials for the charity. Our photo cutout boards have helped in their fundraising efforts around the country. Here’s a glimpse into how we worked with the lovely folks at the Dogs Trust to create their photo cutout boards.
First our artists did a concept sketch based on ideas from the charity’s marketing manager. From the start we included the organisation’s logo and gave their hashtags a prominent position on the board.
This went through a couple more stages with amendments to minor details. Then our designer added colour and made a few more tweaks to produce the final board which the charity approved and accepted.
We printed the design in high resolution onto weatherproof, durable foamex PVC boards, cut out the face holes and added wide, stable feet to stop the boards getting blown over in the wind. These features are standard on all our boards.
We also made some roll-up banners with the same design. These are great for carrying around and unrolling wherever they are needed. They come with lightweight telescopic stands that are easily transportable and can be set up in moments. Here’s a roll-up banner in action.
Photo cutout boards are a proven way to attract people to charity fundraising stands, trade show stands, and other types of promotional or fundraising event. The public like to interact with them and share their photos on social media. If you are a charity fundraiser, get in touch with us now to discuss a photo cutout board for your next campaign.
Here is a great example of how a face-in-hole board can be used to promote a charity event. Meet one of our latest face in hole boards and see it in use at Sandown racecourse!
Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing, commissioned a board from us depicting a racehorse and a dressage horse to be placed at the entrance to Sandown racecourse so that visitors could have their photo taken ‘in the saddle’. The event on the 13th of July was ‘Rock with RoR’ and featured chart-topping singer Jess Glynne. Her performance was a massive success, reviewed here, and she kindly donated a significant chunk of her performance fee to RoR.
The board was placed at the entrance and had RoR’s branding on it so that shared photos would spread the charity’s message. This tactic has also worked well for other charities we have made boards for, including the Dogs Trust, Sense and World Animal Protection.
A photo board creates a buzz as people interact with it, have a laugh and take lots of photos. See our blog post about how we design and make face in hole boards for our customers by talking to them until they are completely happy with the design and with their logos and branding on the finished board.
RoR is a charity that:
raises funds from within the Racing Industry for the retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
provides a safety net for ‘vulnerable’ former racehorses
promotes the adaptability and versatility of racehorses to other equestrian activities
runs and funds a well established programme of competitions and educational events across the country
provides information for owners and trainers in both the Racing and Equine Industries to assist with the rehoming and retraining of their former racehorses.
Photocutouts.co.uk were delighted to be part of the Rock with RoR event, and glad that yet another charity has chosen our photo boards to promote their cause.