A few years ago, I started the tradition of collecting a mask from the different places that I visit. I have a hallway in my home where all of the masks I've collected thus far are on display. They are a pretty cool reminder of my travels and serve as unique artwork as well. I hope to one day get masks from the places I've visited before I started this tradition... maybe I'll just have to go back! Unfortunately, I realize, I'm going to run out of wall space at some point, and I won't be able to get masks everywhere I go, so I'm going to need to mix it up a bit.
I don't think its much of a secret that I love taking pictures. Both in front of and behind the camera, although my skills behind the camera are severely lacking. LOL. When I come back home from traveling, I always have plenty of stories to tell and photos to share. Often times, however, these pictures end up sitting on my phone or stored somewhere between my computer and cloud-based storage. I used to print pictures out and put them in a photo album, then I realized that I hardly ever pull out those photo albums, and now they are just collecting dust on my bookshelf. There has to be some middle ground, right?!
That brought me to the Photage app! Photage turns your favorite photographs into peel & stick canvases. Being that person who has purchased multiple "print to canvas" deals on Groupon & LivingSocial, I can tell you that 1) canvases are typically bulky and 2) when you decide you no longer want that picture on display in your home, deciding what to do with the canvas gets tricky. Learning these lessons made peel and stick canvases sound beyond appealing. Especially since I have some photographs I would like to display in my place.
The Photage app is super easy to use, and you can select from a variety of print sizes, and photo layouts. I decided to get a couple of medium sized prints (6x6), one image from the countryside in Cuba, and another from the Wynwood Walls in Miami. Both pictures were taken earlier this year by Derrel Todd and capture some of my favorite highlights from the trip. A medium print is $10, with an additional $2 for shipping. Definitely reasonable if you decide to keep the print up forever, or even for a matter of months. When my prints arrived, not only was I happy with the photo quality, I found the four smaller stickers of my pictures super adorable! I have to decide where those will go. Maybe I should create some type of travel journal or something and decorate it with stickers and pictures I collect while on the go. To be determined later!
My Letter of Rec: Preserve the memories. I'm all about collecting experiences rather than things. However, I also like having something that reminds me of that experience. May it be a small trinket or the perfect photo. Something that I can look at later and recall that moment and those memories. That is why I'm happy to use Photage canvases to share some of my travel memories. Check out the Photage app here!