Mar 22

Calling all Bay Area Devs! Register for Aviary and Facebook’s Photo Hack Day 4!

Photo Hack Day is back, and it’s better than ever!

Developers and designers, register for free now.

Photo Hack Day 4

Join Aviary, Sincerely and Facebook on April 6-7 for Photo Hack Day, hosted at FB HQ in Menlo Park, CA!

Photo Hack Day is an exciting, weekend-long coding marathon, brings together talented developers and designers to build amazing applications using web and mobile photo API’s.

We’ll be there featuring our Ship API, and providing hands on support. We’ll also be offering awesome prizes for the best uses of the API.

This year is going to be huge, some highlights include:

  • Design firms will be on hand to help attendees add a sharp visual flair to their amazing apps. Many thanks to Monkey Republic Design, Method and Yeti!
  • Way awesome catered meals, courtesy of Cater2.me
  • Over $15K in cash and prizes including iPads, some kick-ass cameras, iPhone lenses, a killer Lego set, and more
  • The chance to have an Aviary filter named after you (rewarded to the best use of the Aviary API)
  • Amazing sponsors – Facebook, Walgreens, AMD, Shutterstock, Filepicker.io, Dropbox, Getty Images, Cater2.me, Fujifilm, Chute, Sincerely, Tumblr, Foursquare, and OF COURSE, Aviary.

Chute is hosting the Official Pre-Party for Photo Hack Day sponsors and attendees, register here for an amazing night of food, music and drinks courtesy of Chute!

New to Photo Hack Day? Read more about it here.

Jan 25

New Cards: Chinese New Year

New Card Friday: Our Chinese New Year cards are as cute as dumplings (but not quite as tasty). Get excited for the year of the snake and celebrations galore come February 10th.

Jan 18

Let’s Get Physical Stop Motion Video: Behind the Scenes

It was only fitting to make a stop motion tutorial for our Let’s Get Physical Valentine’s Day campaign. While we did flirt with the idea of doing an Olivia Newton-John remake (I mean c’mon, how cool would that be?), we decided it would be just as cool to introduce our new stand up cards to the world with a stop motion video, made by our very own designers, Ben and Colleen.

Here’s a look at what went into the project:

  1. Planning the vision. Ben made a little wireframe of the storyline, and turned crazy ideas into do-able ones.
  2. Setting up. It was simple and easy: a white background, a camera facing downwards, and lights. The light layout was diffuse and was inspired by this video.
  3. Shooting stills. Colleen was the hand model, and Ben the photographer.
  4. Adjusting the office scene. There was a tight deadline so we gave our office a homey feel to be a background for the cards.
  5. Editing. Colleen made the titles in Illustrator and Ben edited the images in Lightroom.
  6. Putting it all together. Colleen created the video in iMovie, cleaned up some of the order, and added music and voila…Done!
Dec 19

DIY Holiday Gifts

Today we are so excited to have a guest blog post from Kimberly from A Night Owl Blog!

It’s that time of year – time to finish up your holiday shopping and get those presents under the tree. Still have gifts to buy? On a budget? DIY and handmade gifts can save the bank and add a personal touch to complement your gift giving this year, and here are a few ideas we’ve put together for you to consider!

  1. Have bakers or little chef’s in your life? This Baker’s Gift Basket would be a sweet gift.
  2. Or how about those little ones? What kid wouldn’t want a Personalized Coloring Book and a new set of crayons?
  3. Pin up your kids favorite coloring pages we these awesome Dino Magnets!
  4. Or treat your loved ones to some pampering with these Holiday Spice Bath Salts.
  5. Put together some Upcycled Book Journals for those writers in your life. The beginning of the year is a great time to start fresh with a new journal!
  6. Purchase a bottle of wine and wrap it in these quick and easy Holiday Wine Bags for a festive gift.
  7. iPads and Kindles and Nooks, oh my! Make your own Technology Pouch for a great gadget gift!
  8. Or what about a special DIY Christmas Ornament that your gift recipient can enjoy every year at Christmas?
  9. These beautiful Hand Stamped Ornaments would also make a fantastic gift.
  10. How cute are these Baker’s Twine Wreath Ornaments? Who wouldn’t want one for their tree?
  11. These DIY Map Coasters would be great gifts for world travelers!
  12. More kids to buy for? These Handmade Sock Monkeys are sure to be a hit!
  13. Or make these Glass Tile Pendants extra personal by adding a special picture.
  14. Don’t forget the babies! These Mustache Binkies are just too fun.
  15. Or gift the gift of bling! This Styled by Tori Spelling Necklace is handmade but easy and beautiful!

So get those creative juices flowing and make something special for your loved ones this holiday season!

- Kimberly
A Night Owl Blog

Dec 13

Mission: Keeping Santa Alive and Well

Christmas is just around the corner, which means Santa is coming to town! And we want to make sure he gets to your house alive and well, and that your kids never give up on the old man:

Take a picture with Santa. Yup, this one never gets old, even if the Santas do. Oh and this sleeping Santa should be nominated as the Best Santa Ever.

Send a card from Santa to your kids. Personalize the message – tell them how they barely avoided the “naughty list,” or how excited Santa is to see their clean room.

Mokouniverse blog.

Set out some reindeer food. Reindeers pretty much eat everything (we think), but put out a bowl of reindeer food (we recommend birdseed or granola) on Christmas Eve and clean it out before the morning comes. Add in some galloping noises (slight stomping in the attic) for extra effect.

Christine Chang Photography

Milk and cookies. Santa’s got to be real hungry on his epic journey to visit over 6 billion households so bake him some cookies. And have him “eat some” during the night and Santa’s clumsy, so don’t forget to leave a cookie trail.

Dec 11

Top iPhone Apps for the Holiday Season!

The iPhone gives us directions. Tells us where to eat the best food. Lets us connect with our friends and acts as our personal assistant (Tell Siri “I love you, Siri” and see what it says). And this holiday season, it might just save your life. Here are our top iPhone apps for the holidays:

For traveling:

  • OnTheFly. An app with rave reviews that will no doubt find you the best deal for flights, anywhere and anytime.
  • Kayak. A travel app with all your info – flights, hotels, car rentals – in one place. You can even plan itineraries.
  • Gas Buddy. Going on a long road trip? Or need to find the cheapest gas? This app helps you get around, literally.
  • Starbucks. Gotta get refueled for the holidays, and this app tells you where the nearest Starbucks is and lets you pay with your phone.

For fun:

  • Clear. Fun way to organize your not-fun things so you can have more fun. Duh. This organization app will help you keep your life together with to-do lists, shopping lists, gift lists, and more.
  • Toca Hair Salon (Christmas edition). We are actually fans of all the Toca game apps – Helicopter Taxi, Toca Doctor, just to name a few – but these are bound to keep your children entertained on a road trip or during a long holiday party. Plus haven’t you always wanted to cut Santa’s hair?
  • Reading Rainbow. I couldn’t resist this one. Reading Rainbow was my favorite show growing up, and I just had to include this app – who knew learning to read could be so fun?
  • Letterpress. (For adults) Be careful, this addicting word game will have you attached to your phone at all times. It’s like hardcore scrabble, great for when you’re at the airport or standing in line at the store.

For gifts:

  • Ink Cards. Snap a photo in real time and send a real card. Great for thank you’s for Christmas presents or impressing the in-laws.
  • Fab.com app. Great app that lets you explore the latest designs and fashions for reasonable prices. Take it on the go with you and never miss a sale!
  • Sesame. Beautifully curated gift sets for your friends and family. And it takes all of three clicks to order and send a gift on its way.
Dec 8

New Ink Designs: Cards From Men

We are excited to bring you new manly and must-see Ink holiday designs from our friends at Cards From Men! Their mission is to make it easy for men to send greeting cards – by eliminating the need for a card aisle and providing cards that men will be proud to give. No more roaming the drug store aisles or playing “card-roulette”- sending holiday cards has never been easier!

Dec 7

2012 Ultimate Photo Contest

Enter our 2012 Ultimate Photo Contest for a chance to win an iPhone 5, an iPad Mini, $300 in Gilt Groupe credit, and more! All you have to do is submit a photo into any of these categories (or as many as you want), which are listed below with their prizes and their submission deadlines. We will announce the winner each day at 6pm PST on our Facebook page, be sure to follow us to see if you’re the lucky winner. Good luck!

Deadline Photo Category                      Prize
12/8 1pm PST Best Costume

$100 Fandango Gift Card

12/9 1pm PST Most Hilarious

Jawbone Jambox ($200)

12/10 1pm PST Best Pet Photo

1 year subscription to Birchbox ($120)

12/11 1pm PST Best Action Photo

$150  CanvasPop gift card

12/12 1pm PST Sweetest Moment

iPad Mini ($330)

12/13 1pm PST Best Food Photo

10 hours of Exec personal assistance ($250)

12/14 1pm PST Best Destination

$300 shopping spree to Gilt Groupe

12/15 1pm PST Winning Moment

iPad Mini

12/16 1pm PST Best Candid

$600 Southwest Airlines gift card

12/17 1pm PST Best Family Photo

iPhone 5

Dec 3

Holiday Cookie Time!

Gingerbread. Sugar cookies. Chocolate chip deliciousness. Here are a couple of new twists on some old faves for you to try out:

(clockwise) Chocomint blossoms, gingersnap logs, rolo snickerdoodles

(clockwise) Reindeer noses, white chocolate cherry shortbread, oreo balls

Nov 30

Tips for Multiple Photos

When it comes time to pick a photo for holiday cards, we agree that it’s tough. Some family members look better than others in certain photos, and then the dogs only sat still for all of one photo each. So why not just pick a couple photos and put them into collage form?

That’s exactly what we we’re thinking. Apps such as Pic Stitch (free), Diptic ($.99), and Frametastic (free), do exactly that. It’s easy:

Square collages using Pic Stitch:

1. Select a frame and choose your favorite photos.
3. Export the photo to your camera photo album.
4. Open the Ink Cards app and select your collage from your photo album for your card.

Rectangular collages using Pic Stitch:

1. Select a frame and click on “Aspect” to select the 7×5 format.
3. Choose your photos and export the collage to your camera photo album.
4. Open the Ink Cards app and select your collage from your photo album for your card.