Our Geffrye Museum face in hole board is a bit special

This week’s Board of the Week is one we made for the Geffrye Museum of the Home.

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An 1830s drawing room

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.

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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!

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A 1695 parlour

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.

Dandy, Geffrye

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 office@connectedshopping.com today!

Crufts season: helping marketing for dogs charity

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Charity fundraising board marketing dogs

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.

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

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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:

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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:

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Black Friday offer till Monday 28th!

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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

NEW popup art gallery!

Popup art gallery

At Photocutouts.co.uk we have created a brand new and totally unique face-in-hole experience: It is a mobile art gallery available for hire to add a special twist to corporate events, fundraising drives, product launches, PR and marketing events. It consists of a collection of classic paintings from the 16th century to the present day, arranged into a series of photo walls that assemble into an art gallery-like experience. The fun part is that visitors and guests put their faces through the holes to have their photos taken, just as with our very successful face in hole boards.

Welcome to the National Self Portrait Gallery!

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Treat your guests to an unforgettable journey through art history – where they become part of the art!

Our unique National Self Portrait Gallery brings the face-in-hole format bang up to date in a tasteful and amusing way. Book the Gallery for your next event – we’ll deliver and set it up quickly and efficiently, leaving you to entertain your guests with wine, nibbles and a timeless masterpiece or two!

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The portraits are arranged into six boards which can be arranged to fit your venue. Guests walk behind them and try to do their best Laughing Cavalier or Henry VIII. This creates unforgettable photo memories of your event!

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Six of these boards combine to give the effect of a real portrait gallery.

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Find out more at our website: www.photocutouts.co.uk/pop-up-art-gallery.htm

The NSPG is so special we’ve given it its own website too, which you can find at www.nationalselfportraitgallery.co.uk .

Hire the Gallery for your next event and make an impression – there’s nothing else like this out there!

Standard Fireworks choose Photocutouts for Bonfire Night campaign

In preparation for the 5th of November, Standard Fireworks have commissioned two face in hole boards from photocutouts.co.uk for their Factory Shop in Huddersfield.

Visitors to the factory can put their faces through the holes to be snapped as the Standard Fireworks #BeTheGuy or a passenger on the Standard Fireworks rocket, and get the chance to win some free fireworks! In this blog post we’ll see the boards in use during Bonfire Night preparations and see how they have created a social media campaign around them.

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A good example of a social media campaign with a photo cutout board

Standard Fireworks are using the hashtag #BeTheGuy for their social media competition. Visitors post photos of themselves or their friends and family with their faces through the boards on Twitter using the hashtag, and they will be picking some lucky winners from those posts at random. Those winners will be invited to the Factory Shop to receive free fireworks to the value of their receipt during their last visit. So if you’re going there, keep your receipts!

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Standard Fireworks face in hole board at Huddersfield Town FC

The boards were used at a Huddersfield Town FC fixture against Derby County at the John Smith’s Stadium (1-0 to Huddersfield), giving the brand increased exposure.

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Standard Fireworks face in hole board at their Factory Outlet shop in Huddersfield

The board have the company insignia prominently displayed: name, postcode, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram handles, and of course the hashtag #BETHEGUY which is instrumental in their social media campaign.

Photocutouts.co.uk are specialists in creating boards like these for use in brand awareness building and promotional activities. Contact us today on 08450 570 321 or office@connectedshopping.com to discuss a design for your company promotion or event.

A little video about photocutouts.co.uk

We’ve made a little video to show you how we design and create a photo cutout board for your event, party, wedding or fundraiser. We design and make the perfect face in hole board for your occasion. Call us to discuss your idea, or if you don’t have an idea, we’ll think of one for you! (08450 570 321)

Our custom boards are one of a kind. We make them perfectly sum up your business, charity, event or wedding. We’ll happily add any logos, branding, hashtags, web addresses, phone numbers etc. you desire, so that when people share their photos of the face in hole action, your message is shared as well on social media.

It really is as simple as the video suggests! Give us a call or email, and tell us your idea for the perfect photo cutout board for your event. We can design it from scratch for you and work with you until you are happy with it, or you can send us a sketch or your own design and we’ll create and build the board for you!

Each board is made of washable, waterproof Foamex PVC mounted on a sturdy aluminium frame with stable legs that keep it steady, even in moderate winds.

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There are completed boards: sturdy, durable and stable.

Does this blog post spark an idea in your mind for a photo cutout board that could boost your charity fundraising, business presence, wedding fun or party atmosphere? Call us on 08450 870 321 or email Shelley at office@connectedshopping.com.

Browse the range of ready-made photo cutout boards and see the custom options at www.photocutouts.co,uk.