Photo keepsake

You may have clicked through just to find out what a lithophane is. A Lithophane is an artwork that has been molded or etched into a thin material (originally this was done on translucent porcelain) and can only be seen when the artwork is backlit. Think of it kind of like a 3D version of… Read More

We've told you about a variety of products that you personalize with your own photos - books, stretched canvas, 3-d figures - but I've never seen this product before.  GiftSkins lets you make custom gift wrapping paper using your own images.  You can even add a personalized message, so your paper will be absolutely perfect… Read More

"If a picture speaks a thousand words... Aluminyze leaves you speechless!" announced the Aluminyze website.  It is precisely what you think:  your photos are printed on a sheet of aluminum.  Huh?  Why?  Aluminyze says that their aluminum prints are durable, beautiful, and make great gifts.  I had a corner of my office that needed some… Read More

A lot of families like to give photos of their children to the grandparents as holiday gifts, and Aluminyze  has a unique photo product that is the perfect gift.  Instead of paper, Aluminyze infuses your images on a thin, solid sheet of aluminum.  Vibrant colors make your photo come alive, and the aluminum means your… Read More

A Mixbook collects your photos and lets you share them with others.

Mixtapes (or mixCDs, if you're of the younger generation that didn't have to use tape), those custom-designed soundtracks of your life from high school and before, were ubiquitous. If you liked someone, or wanted to celebrate a special memory or event, you'd make a mixtape to play in the background. We still do similar things… Read More

RocketLife online printing service allows you to create photobooks, mugs, calendars, mousepads, cards, and a variety of other prints and keepsake photo gifts.  I was happy to give their service a try when they offered The Gadgeteer the opportunity to customize one of their photo mugs.  Read on to learn how my mug turned out and… Read More

Shapeways is a company that allows you to "print" a 3-d design you have created using their design applications or your own design software or a design others have created and made available for purchase.  You can choose a variety of materials - metals, sandstone, or plastics - to render your creation.  Recently Shapeways has… Read More