Deck the Walls with a Photo Canvas

by Guest Contributor

I’m not a great interior decorator. Creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in my home is one of my biggest challenges. So when I find easy ways to add personality to my sometimes bare walls, I get excited! Using photos of the kids is a great way to breathe life and color into a room, but it’s not always easy to work with small pictures. addresses that issue with canvas prints that can turn your pics into works of art.

The website is easy to navigate and full of ideas that will inspire creative minds. The “Effects” page offers different ways to manipulate your photos to make your canvas a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. The “Process” tab explains – well, the process – as well as providing important information about framing issues and how to they handle prints when you don’t have a digital photo to upload.

Once you upload the photo of your choice, you will go through a step-by-step process that allows you to choose the size, the color and effects you would like. After that it’s a quick trip through check out and your order is finished!

Worried about how your canvas might look after adding a special effect? eliminates those concerns by sending an email proof for your approval when you choose certain effects, such as Black/White with Spot Color or the Kids Streetsyle background. That way you’ll know what your canvas will look like before it’s ever printed and framed. They will also take care of little edits like red eye and date removal at no charge.

As far as pricing goes, is pretty reasonable. Their prices include sales tax and they always ship for free.

I left the site with all kinds of gift giving and decorating ideas, which is thrilling for those of us who rely on others to help us with home beautification. These canvases would make great housewarming or wedding gifts! I can only imagine how much fun a talented photographer or a gifted Martha Stewart type would have at

Enter to Win! wants to give one lucky 5M4M reader two 8 x 10 photo canvases to showcase their best pics! To enter, simply let us know which special effect you might use to add more dimension or creativity to your canvases.

This giveaway will end on December 16, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and announced on Sunday in the weekly Around The Blogosphere. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing reviewer, Geri. You can find me picking up Legos and army guys or blogging at I Am Boymom.

Disclosure: This is part of a promotional campaign with Hello Canvas. All opinions are always our own.


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{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie December 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

I would so use the black and white color highlight effect! Love that!! Thanks for the giveaway!


2 Barbie December 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

I love how pictures look in Sepia, and I love the antique picture frame effect.


3 Jen D. December 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

I might make my photo black and white!


4 shelly December 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

Black and white with a color highlight looks fun!


5 Jessica Frye December 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

I would like to use the black and white with color accent.


6 Christine Jensen December 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

I really like Sepia Tone photos, so I would probably go with Sepia


7 Damon December 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I can agree with a lot of folks above. I can be pretty old school — black and white all the way!


8 Krista December 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

To be honest I like my pictures without effects! ;) But with the right picture I do like the black and white with spot color!


9 Lonna December 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I like the antique frame effect


10 Chanale December 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I would definitely brighten up the color a bit. I love a color saturated picture!


11 Drina M. December 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I’d love to do one with my daughters photo in black and white!


12 Amy Brewer
December 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I would choose black and white. I don’t have a black and white photo anywhere in my home and would love to hang one up in my living room.


13 Sharon Schoepe December 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I’d go with the Vintage Polaroid.


14 Selena December 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm

The vintage polaroid effect is interesting.


15 Christyn December 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm

A beautiful black and white pic of my three little rugrats!!


16 June December 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I have heard of these before, I think the black & white would be the way to go for me.


17 Terra Heck December 3, 2011 at 4:45 am

I’d love the lime flower effect. Thanks.


18 Kathy Stevenson December 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

I like the Black & White with a color highlight effect .


19 Angela E. December 3, 2011 at 11:59 am

Very nice effect, would love to win this.


20 Chuck December 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Would look nice in our living room.


21 Jennifer M December 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I like the date remove feature cause it sometimes shows up where you don’t want.


22 Idaho Jill December 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I like the Black & White with a color highlight effect for a recent family photo!


23 Melissa S December 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

maybwe the sepia


24 Van December 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Have never seen this before, look’s neat.


25 Staci A December 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I’d love to use the Sepia!


26 Shannon Smith December 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Toss up between black & white or Sepia


27 MayMay December 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I like my pictures natural but, if i had to choose it would be black and whitee:)


28 Naomi December 4, 2011 at 12:22 am

I would like the Sepia effect.


29 dollimama December 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

I would use Black and White. I love it!


30 tennille December 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

i like the black and white with colour highlight


31 karen M December 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I would use the Black and white with color highlight effect !


32 Rochel S December 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I would like the Black & White with a color highlight effect!


33 Brooklyn D December 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I would use the black and white for a wonderful picture of my children!

Thank you so much!


34 Angela Maa s December 5, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’d most likely use sepia or a black and white with color highlight.


35 Annette D December 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm

My favorite is the Black and White with Color highlights! I would do photos of my sons!


36 Katie December 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm

My daughter would really like the kid’s streetstyle.


37 Don December 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Very Neat!


38 Michelle December 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I adore the black and white with color spot effect. It’s gorgeous!


39 nan December 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

i’d like black and white with color highlight
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40 Garrett December 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Very cool looking. Like the black & white effect.


41 Anna December 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I would love black and white and a color effect!


42 LT December 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

I would love the Kids Streetstyle effect!


43 Beth Marhefka December 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I would use the black & white photo effect.


44 erine December 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

i like the black and white effect…so pretty


45 Natalie Lyn December 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

black and white! makes everything look more precious!


46 Suzanne (Crunchy Green Mom) December 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I Love the vintage polariod look!! Very cute


47 pamela james December 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I would use the black/white with color highlight effect.

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48 Shannon Wieneke December 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I would use the red eye removal

shannonw at peacelovepoop dot com


49 Erika December 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I definitely love the black and white effect. Beautiful!


50 Christine Roeske December 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Cannot mess with a classic black and white effect! LOVE that!


51 D Schmidt December 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I think the effect I would pick is Sepia


52 Jennifer C. December 14, 2011 at 12:30 am

I would get the Kids Street Style…heavensent1@yahoo dotcom


53 tamara childers December 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

I think I’d probably go with Sepia


54 rachel December 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

i would probably use sepia! its always so antique looking!


55 ANGEL JACKLYN December 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm


Black & White with a color highlight effect



56 Southern Gal December 15, 2011 at 6:31 am

I’d choose the black and white with color highlight effect. Thanks.


57 Kathleen December 15, 2011 at 7:24 am

What an awesome giveaway! We just had a friend take some nice family photos so I’d love to enlarge some on canvas.

I love the black and white with a color highlight effect. Beats having to use photoshop.


58 RobynL December 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

have always liked the idea of Sepia so probably would pick that.
The canvases are awesome.



59 lace December 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

I might use the black and white or the black with a color accent.


60 Sharon December 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

I’d probably pick the Black & White with a color highlight effect – that looks so cool!


61 hippie4ever December 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

The color highlight might be fun


62 Alison S. December 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I really like the black and white with touches of color.


63 Serendipity is Sweet
December 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I like the vintage poloroid effect. Cool!


64 Alida Rodriguez December 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I’d use the vintage photo.


65 jennifer December 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

The effect I would choose is color highlights…my baby boy has lovely blue eyes and they would look great highlighted with everything else B&W.


66 punkinmama December 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I might go with the Black & White with a color highlight effect!


67 cw December 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The vintage poloroid effect


68 janell wagner December 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm

vintage poloroid is cool


69 Ron Allen December 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm

black and white with vintage poloroid


70 tiffany milburn December 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm

flowers effect


71 tarah rogers December 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm

i like the black and white with touches of color


72 Trish December 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I would love to do them in black and white. This would go so nice with my pictures!


73 Nancy S. December 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I love them all, but I think I’d like to try the black and white with pop of bright color! So fun!


74 Rebecca T. December 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I would use the black and white effect! This would make a great gift for the new grandparents in my husband and I’s lives! They would love a canvas print of their new grand baby I’m sure!


75 Stephanie H December 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I like my pictures in color, but I would like to have the dates removed. Especially on those pictures of scenery.


76 Joey Prior December 16, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I love the black and white with the color effect!


77 catherine c December 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

i love the black and white with the color highlight


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