We all know how much I love to take a photograph! I have tens of thousands of them on my computer, and several thousand more that has been shared on my social media. One thing I’m guilty of, is not printing them off very often. It’s something I always mean to do, but never quite get around to doing it. I do make a photobook for my Project 365 each year, but that’s pretty much it.
Then in steps Cheerz, who emailed to let me how much they loved my Instagram feed, and blog photos (always awesome to hear!) and asked if I’d like to review a couple of their products. After checking out the types of products on their website and loving what I saw – photo magnets, photo boxes, photo strips (that retro photobooth style), posters, and more – I emailed back to say that I would love to!
Cheerz enables you to use your photos from the following sources*, enabling you to to make some really lovely photography products and bring your memories to life:
- Your computer or your phone
- Google +
- Photos of your friends on these social networks
*The sources depend on which device you are using.
I made my Cheerz products using my desktop computer, and I’m going to share the process with you. It was so easy to do, and I was really excited to receive my products.
But first… I made a video reviewing the Photo Magnets, and the Big Fat Box that I created, which you can watch below, or over on my YouTube channel. Make sure you watch till the end for the discount code details! You’ll get £4 off your order of £8 or more from Cheerz! (Discount code now invalid)
I hope you enjoyed the video – don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!!
I’m now going to describe how to use the desktop version of Cheerz, which is the method I used. I work better with a large screen!
First off, sign up to Cheerz – You can sign up with your email address or with your Facebook account. Once you have an account, you can save your projects, allowing you to pick up again where you left off. You can also check your order history, and track any outstanding orders. All very helpful.
To start a project – Simply click on Our Products and choose which one you’d like to make. You then reach a screen where you can either upload your photos from your computer (and its saves them there too, which is really handy for when you want to use them again), or import them from your Instagram, Facebook, or Google+ accounts. You have to allow Cheerz to access your accounts, so make sure that you have popups enabled (I had them disabled on my browser), and once you’ve granted the access, you will see all of your photos like magic!
To add photos from your computer files, you can easily drag and drop which I loved being able to do. Like I said I’ve got tens of thousands of photos on my computer, so once I find them in a buried file somewhere it’s much easier to drag and upload them that way.
To select images for your project – Just click on each one that you would like to use. If you change your mind during the process, simply click the minus button and it will be deselected. This doesn’t delete the photo from your accounts though, so don’t panic!
I made Photo Magnets (9 for £9.50 – and if you want to make another set, it’s just £5.50). I also created a Big Fat Box of photos (75 images for £25, with each additional photo costing 25p each). 200 is the maximum amount of images you can use for the Big Fat Box. It wasn’t too hard to pick 200 of my favourite photos from the thousands on my Instagram!
Each product has a different amount of images that you are allowed to use – it tells you clearly a the top of the screen, so you can see when you’ve hit your limit. If you are able to add extra images, then it will let you know the extra cost.
Editing your images – Once you’ve got all of your images selected, you go through to another screen where you can edit them if you want to. I did add a couple of photos from my computer so had to use the crop tool to make those ones square, and I also used some of the inbuilt filters. For some of the products you can add text – much like scribbling on the bottom of an old Polaroid photo! You can have white borders or coloured borders on prints. I always say it’s best to experiment to find out how it all works, and what suits you the most.
Finishing your project and purchasing – One thing I did find was that if I changed my mind on a photo, and went back to select a different one, it would forget the adjustments I had made. I don’t know if that is my browser, or the website, but just a heads up! I know that I double checked mine before confirming my order and sending them off to print. The website does remind you to check as well, when you click add to cart. Once at the cart page, you can check the price of your order, then continue to pay with a credit or debit card, or by PayPal.
Here are photos of my two finished products – they are LUSH! I LOVE them, and can’t wait to make another Big Fat Box of photos with more of my favourites (it’s not like I’m going to run out of image to use any time soon!)