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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

9 photo gift projects for father's day

With Father's Day just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to thank that special man in your life!

Breakfast in bed is a given, but I always seem to agonise over the perfect gift for my Dad and husband, so it was interesting to read the findings from a Father's Day survey by Officeworks of 1000 Australian parents...

+ 1 in 5 women (18%) admitted to spending $100-$249 on Father’s Day gifts, with 4% even splashing out between $250-$500 each year
+ Socks and jocks remained the most common, but least preferred gift given, received by 51% of dads.
+ Meanwhile, the majority of men (92%) actually place the highest value on personal gifts, with a further 93% placing preference on gifts their children contributed to
+ To that point, 76% of dads named photo gifts as their top choice for Father’s day.
+ It’s particularly hard to choose gifts for the dad who has everything – but the research shows that regardless of income, Dad’s still prefer a personalised gift.

So, with that in mind, here's nine of our favourite photo gift projects from the blogosphere that we think would make perfect gifts for Father's Day!
1. sweet block puzzle project found at ehow
2. I love these hand-coloured photos by A Beautiful Mess
3. get those snaps out of your phone and onto your wall with this fab instagram wall art project by The Crafted Life
4. this is the sweetest embroidered photo project by lovely indeed
5. triangle blocks by historia de casa - this tutorial is in Portugese but too lovely not to include! Just click the google translate button!
6. adorable instagram box of photos by damask love
7. learn how to transfer photos on to wood to create this stylish artwork with ehow
8. these photo coasters - with step-by-step photoshop instructions - would look super cute with photos of the kids! by blue i style
9. shadow photo tutorial by discount queens - adorable!

Or, if you don't have time to create a personalised gift yourself...
... pop into Officeworks to create photo gifts using their in store Kodak Picture Kiosks. Here's some of our favourites...
There are lots of  personalised gifts to choose from, including calendars(1), keyrings(2), coasters(3), playing cards(4), fridge photos(5) and hardwood photoblocks(6) to help capture special moments with dad.

Orders take ten days from start to finish, so pop to your local Officeworks today to get your gift in time for Father’s Day!

What are you doing for your dad this Father's Day?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

august desktop wallpaper

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams" - Willy Wonka
Cute new wallpaper to update your desktop for August! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

create | felt tablet cover

project and photography by Chrystal from Joe Joe and the Teddy Bear
1. you will need:
+ 2 front panels in wool felt - 21 x 26cm
+ 2 back panels in wool felt - 21x35cm
+ coordinating wool felt for patterns
+ 34cm fold over elastic
+ scissors
+ ruler
+ sewing machine
+ thread
+ pins

NOTE: measurements given are to fit an iPad®, for other sizes, please download the pattern sheet

2. Cut the front and back panels and pattern pieces to decorate the front of your cover.

Download the pattern sheet here

3. Pin and stitch your design to a single layer of the front panel.

4. Pin and stitch together the top edge of the two front panels.

5. Make a loop with your fold over elastic and pin it in place through both layers of the back panel 13cm from the top edge.

6. Pin all 4 layers together, paying particular attention to matching them up neatly. Stitch around the entire rectangle with a 1/4 inch (6.35mm) seam allowance.

7. Trim any little bits that need straightening up.
8. VOILA! you’re finished your felt tablet cover
This project first featured in issue 13 of tickle the imagination magazine and was created by Chrystal from Joe Joe and the Teddy Bear

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Cute collection of cowboy inspired creations!
1. 'Rhinos Good Day' by Gretel Girl
2. custom bunting by F is for Frankie
3. hobby horse by Little Moo Designs
4. crochet cactus cushion by three beans in a pod
5. cowboy costume by dressups kids
6. TNT box printable by sassaby

Monday, May 18, 2015

create... rainbow gift wrap

 tutorial and photography by Helen Louise Wilkinson | Blossom & Cat

you will need...

+ butchers paper
+ sponge brushes
+ watercolour paint
+ water


1. Lay out a sheet of butchers paper on a clean flat surface. Using a wide sponge brush gently wet the paper with clean water. The paper should be wet but not saturated. The wetter the paper the more your colours will run into each other.
2. Use a narrow sponge or large soft paint brush to paint stripes or patterns onto the paper. The colours are so lovely as they blend into each other.
3. Allow to dry.

Use the handmade Rainbow Paper to wrap up your gift, finish with some coloured raffia and fancy tape.

This tutorial first appeared in issue 15 of tickle the imagination magazine.

Issue 15 is filled with lovely ideas and inspiration for handcrafted celebrations! Print and digital copies available to purchase at www.tickletheimagination.com.au/issues/issue15.php

Copyright 2014 all rights reserved.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

corn & celery fritters

I'm always looking for creative ways to get vegies into my kids diet, so for lunch today I made these yummy corn and celery fritters - my three gobbled them all up and asked for more!

(makes 12 fritters)

+ 3 corn cobs
+ 3 celery sticks
+ 2 eggs
+ 1/2 cup milk
+ 1 teaspoon ground paprika
+ 1 teaspoon all purpose seasoning
+ 1 cup self raising flour
+ canola or olive oil
+ coriander leaves
+ sweet chilli sauce (to serve)

1. remove husks and cut corn kernels from the cob and chop celery into small pieces (cubes approx. 1cm) and place into a bowl
2. sprinkle corn mixture with paprika and all purpose seasoning
3. break eggs into corn mixture and combine well
4. add milk to corn mixture and mix well
5. sift flour into another bowl and create a well in the centre. Add the corn mixture to the flour and combine well.
6. cover the base of a frypan with oil and heat on high. Spoon dessert spoons full of mixture into the pan and fry each side until golden.
7. finish with coriander leaves and a sprinkle of ground paprika and serve with sweet chilli sauce


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Art of Writing Engaging Product Descriptions

...and why it matters.

words by By Jingo

One of the things that small, boutique business owners frequently tell us is that they struggle with writing compelling product descriptions. They know that a good description has the ability to convert a potential customer into a buying (and even loyal) one, but they’re not quite sure what to do or how to do it.

We thought we could explore this further and hopefully offer some useful suggestions on how to write some bad-ass product descriptions for your business.

We’ve noticed that the most common approach is to describe the facts (or the ‘features’, as advertising folks refer to it). For example, say you sell kitchenware and you’re wanting to describe a tablecloth from your range of kitchen accessories. Usually people will say something like this:

“Table cloth with pink and red retro-floral print, authentic vintage material, easy to clean, measuring 120cm x 120cm. Suitable for small table. $39.95”

While this tells the customer the obvious features of the product, it does very little to convey the benefits. It doesn’t say anything that would leave a lasting impression.

The features of a product are like the brass tacks – what the product can do, its dimensions, its specifics. You know, the necessary (but not terribly exciting) stuff. The benefits, on the other hand, are where you can let your creativity do the heavy lifting. Here you can communicate just what the product can accomplish for your customer on a personal and emotional level. What does it give them? How does it add to their lives?

Take this example where we’ve combined the features from the original description with some sweet benefits.

“Woo your guests with this pink and red retro floral tablecloth, made from genuine vintage fabric and designed to enhance any table setting. Whether it’s for a vintage themed party, or for a casual afternoon tea with friends, this tablecloth makes sure your cupcakes are sitting pretty. Only $39.95 for 120cm x 120cm of seriously swoon-worthy table covering.”

The main thing is not the ‘what’ but the ‘why’. Not the ‘how’ but the ‘how come.’ How does this product value-add to the customer’s life? After all, the customer doesn’t care about the tablecloth as much as s/he cares about the memories it will make and how incredible it will look on Instagram.

To further make our point, when people buy an Apple product they’re not just buying a high-tech, sleek looking device. They’re buying into a world of creativity and possibility. They’re saying, “This product connects me to a brood of other creatives and innovators – with whom I share similar values and lifestyles.” 

With every product description, try and tap into, and reinforce, your broader brand message. If you don’t know what a brand personality is and why you need one – read our blog,What’s a brand personality and why the heck do you need one.” 

We recently did a range of new product descriptions for a local menswear brand ‘Leo and Spargo’.

If you don’t know about them, the menfolk in your life are missing out big-time! Do check ‘em out later.

Here is an example of a product and how we chose to describe it.


“Mark Twain famously said, ‘Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference’. It’s in this spirit that we bring you our Save Your Breath tee. It’s a reminder to remain calm, keep your sanity, and a warning for would-be windbags. Save your breath for breathin’ — and for cooling your porridge.”

You’ll notice that we said very little about the actual facts of the tee. Sure, “available in white or navy and features a vintage inspired, hand-drawn type logo. Lightweight, 100% cotton t-shirt.” etc. will be included in the final description, but we didn’t front-end load it with these features. Instead, we decided to focus on the meaning that the audience will emotionally connect with — using a bit of humour throughout. What’s more, all the descriptions tie back to the overarching brand story of Leo & Spargo. For more examples of product descriptions visit www.leoandspargo.com

The other thing to notice is the succinct nature of the description.

Back to the tablecloth example. Why don’t you try writing your own description – using the said tablecloth as your guide? Remember to strike a balance between features & benefits, the larger brand message, and of course the lifestyle of your consumer.

The key is to not overegg the pudding. Keep your descriptions short, punchy and to the point.

If you’d like to discuss how By Jingo can help you with product descriptions, or anything that involves words — let us know, we’re happy to chat.

Contact Details...
By Jingo
0417 121 282
Email: hello@byjingocopywriting.com.au
Website: http://byjingocopywriting.com.au/
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