Masks with Photos?

Masks are now a part of daily life in much of the world. While the coronavirus pandemic continues, masks are recommended wear whenever we’re in public, especially if it’s difficult to stay 6′ apart. While this may not be our favorite fashion statement, I was pleased to find I could feed my photocrafting passion and create something timely and useful. BagsOfLove offers a set of four custom masks (with four different designs). What could be better? Four different designs gave me an opportunity to play with different kinds of photos, photocrafting at its best!


Anniversaries and Photos

My niece, Shell, has an anniversary coming up so she was ready to do some photocrafting for a special gift. She really likes to support small businesses and artists, and Etsy is a great place to get unique personalized gifts for your significant other. Of course, that includes personalized photo gifts just perfect for photocrafting. Shell found an Etsy shop called CreateGiftLove that offers personalized wood and leather gifts and decided on a photo keychain.


Five Favorites: Involving Kids with Photocrafting

Everyone’s home now and that Includes kids of all ages. Seems like a good time to think about how the younger ones especially might get involved in photocrafting? Maybe make something for them; maybe help them create something to give to someone else (it’s hard not to see friends and family in person!); maybe use their artwork as the photo! We’ll list five of our favorite ideas, some new and some based on photo projects we’ve already shown you. Hope you’ll add some ideas of your own in our Comments or on our Facebook page Photocrafting Fun.

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Photo Socks

Photo Socks
An example of a pair of socks with a baby's picture on them.
A pair of socks with
my nephew’s photo.

You’re scratching your head, trying to think of something unusual for that special friend? How about photocrafting socks? One of my friends surprised me a year ago with socks of a baby nephew. Be imaginative — how about socks with your friend’s pet or you and your bestie both?

DivvyUp Socks allows up to three faces on each pair of socks. (Of course, you can just use one photo as shown in these socks.) DivvyUp says “The best photos have good lighting and the face fully visible.” Be sure the face isn’t in shadows and not too distant in the image.

You can choose from ten different colors for the socks, select the size (youth, small, large), and whether or not you want a gift box. The socks are 96% Polyester, 2% Nylon, and 2% Spandex. They’re washable in cold water.

I have a friend with three special dogs. The last time I saw her, I snapped photos whenever I could. These active dogs are pretty hard to catch but I was pleased with what I got:

After you have the photos, the rest is easy. I chose 3 photos because I wanted a photo of each dog. I clicked on the “upload” box and selected my three photos from my computer. I chose green for the color and Large for the size.

A screenshot showing the first few steps of choosing options for creating your photo socks.
Selecting options for my socks. Drag your photos to the box or click to upload.
A photo of the socks with my friend's three dogs.
The 3-dog socks!

DivvyUp does not show you a preview of the socks with your images. They have a team of designers that hand crop each image, leaving only the face for printing on the sock. Thus there’s no immediate preview available. (The fact that you don’t have to crop the image yourself is a wonderful aspect of the site.) If your pet is wearing an accessory or outfit, please let them know if you would like it included (or excluded) in the order notes at checkout. Charley, the middle dog, is a bouvier and the ears are small and upright. I forgot to include that information in the notes at checkout but wahoo, the folks at DivvyUp got the ears included anyway!

The socks are a nice weight and comfortable to wear. As an added benefit, DivvyUp donates a pair of socks for each pair your order, even for custom orders, so it’s a gift times two!