My husband likes to joke that when he first met me on a press trip to the Delray Beach Marriott in Florida, I had brought a big ol’ steam trunk for the four-day journey. Hardy har har. But I will admit that I had an oversized suitcase and way too many shoes. I quickly learned how to streamline my packing and before I knew it, I was a carry-on ONLY kind of traveler and an even better packer than Johnny Jet, if you ask me!
Traveling with carry-on only means there’s usually little to no room in your suitcase for shopping, which is sometimes a bummer and sometimes a blessing. The truth is, the best souvenir I can bring home from a trip are my photographs. Trouble is, those photographs often sit on my camera or phone for weeks (months? years?!) after returning home, captives in their digital prisons. Then the next trip comes along and those photos are all but forgotten.
Not anymore since I discovered FrameBridge and became a huge fan. There are tons of photo printing services out there these days, but FrameBridge has really gorgeous frames, a much larger selection than just your standard black and white gallery frames. Here’s how it works: You can preview your art with any of the different frame options or work with a designer (which is complimentary), upload your photo file (or mail in a physical photo) and within three days, they’ll custom build your frame and ship it to you for free. The best part is that framing starts at $39 … a steal for custom framing.
The frames are available in any number of sizes, from miniatures to large-scale. I love that you can easily frame your Instagram photos, simply by connecting to the app and selecting the photo from your account. I printed and framed 10 of my Instagram photos this way to create a gallery wall at home with photos from some of our favourite destinations around the world. My favourite frame is ‘Newport’, an antiqued silver frame which actually has an almost soft gold look to it in person. Now, our home is full of photos of memorable moments from around the world and there’s no better souvenir!
Check out the frames for yourself here.