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Your digital photographs can bring out the hidden artist in you! With easy-to-use software and the convenience of the Internet, turn your photographs into imaginative and fun projects – and watch the compliments roll in!

Personalise Postcards:

Several websites allow you to create personalized postcards and e-greeting cards for free. Once you upload your picture, you can add effects, write a personal message, and play with colours, fonts and designs. You could then email it to your recipients or print it out and snail-mail it to them.

Make a DVD:

Indulge the filmmaker within you with Apple’s iDVD software. You can record your own songs, combine it with your homemade videos and burn them onto a DVD with iDVD. Apple lets you choose from about 150 ‘themes’ from its DVD menu for quick and easy DVD creation.

Create a Slideshow:

With photo sharing software available on the Internet (often for free), you can upload your pictures (or import from Facebook or MySpace), embed them within preset or customizable designs and add effects, themes, and skins to produce a dazzling slideshow.

Make Photo Books:

With Apple’s iPhoto software, you can create and print your personalised photo books. Once you import your digital pictures, you can choose from dozens of themes, covers, sizes, and even binding types – all at attractive rates. Check out Google’s Picasa photo-sharing application with easy-to-use editing tools and special effects. Picnik is another option that offers similar services and has the added advantage of your being able to work directly on your browser without downloading a thing!

Make a Wall Calendar:

Bored of the same old calendar themes and pictures year after year? Change that by creating your customized calendars with a little help from websites that let you use your Facebook photos with their preset themes to create your own print calendar, complete with birthday and event reminders. 

Make a Perpetual Photo Wall Calendar:

Take pictures of numbers between 1 and 31 and letters denoting each day of the week and then print and laminate them. Use ‘fotoclips’ (easy to use plastic connectors that help join and mount pictures) to join your pictures together. Rearrange the pictures at the beginning of each month and use the calendar forever. It’s a little time-consuming, so keep it for that long weekend at home. The end product and the compliments are worth it!

Have Fun with Quick DIY Photo Projects:

You can also make wall collages with your pictures and fotoclips. Check out sites that show you how to create personalised calendars with your uploaded photos.  A cool idea is to use old CD jewel cases to create refillable photo cases and calendars These are great green alternatives to your regular desk calendars and frames; you also save a tidy sum!

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