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Helen Tapping

You already know that Sworl is great for gifts, but did you know that it’s also an easy and affordable way for you to create beautiful framed art for your own home?

And when you select the larger size wall frames* (image size 10 x 10 and above or 11 x 14 and above) and use promo code GOBIG! you will get 25% off through May.**

There’s no better time to get creative!

Wall Frames

 

This Big Discount ends May 31st – So Go Big and Save Big Now!

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* 25% discount applies to these wall frame sizes:

  • 11 x 14 Image Matted and Framed in a Contemporary 17 x 21 V/H Wall Frame
  • 16 x 20 Image Matted and Framed in a Contemporary 21 x 25  V/H Wall Frame
  • 10 x 10 Image Matted and Framed in a Contemporary 17 x 17 Square Wall Frame
  • 15 x 15 Image Matted and Framed in a Contemporary 21 x 21 Square Wall Frame
**To redeem Promo Code, Download the free Sworl Photo Framing App available in the App Store.
  • On the ‘Finish Order‘ screen, click the orange ‘Promo Code‘ button and put in the code: GOBIG!
Helen Tapping

This year, create a unique Mother’s Day gift for mom and give her flowers that will last forever!

Make mom’s day by using these 2 easy and fun apps to create a special gift – All on your phone:

Mother's Day Gift

 

Download these 2 Free Apps from The App store:

layrs App First, Choose a couple of your favorite photos on your phone, then use the layrs app to easily create your own masterpiece with a variety of filters, blends and effects to create a true multi-layered work of art.

Sworl App iconNext, save the photo to your phone and use the Sworl App to choose a frame size and color and write a gift message to mom! That’s it – We take care of the wrapping and delivery.

So surprise your mom this year with a gift that’s #BetterThanFlowers!

#AppStacking #Mother’sDayGift

Photo edited by @crw98 using @layrsapp

Helen Tapping

Looking for a unique and Creative Valentine’s Day Gift Idea this year?

Bored with giving the same old gifts of flowers and chocolate?

Look no further than combining these 2 easy and fun apps to create a special gift – All on your phone!

layrs App Image  Valentine's Day Gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download these 2 Free Apps from The App store:

layrs App First, Choose a couple of your favorite photos on your phone, then use the layrs app to easily create your own masterpiece with a variety of filters, blends and effects to create a true multi-layered work of art.

Sworl App iconNext, save the photo to your phone and use the Sworl App to choose a frame size and color and write a gift message to the one you love! That’s it – We take care of the wrapping and delivery.

So surprise your Valentine this year with a gift that’s #BetterThanFlowers!

 

#AppStacking #ValentinesGift

Photo edited by @rossvii using @layrsapp

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Jaymelina Esmele, Seattle, WA for her office.

 “I liked the colors and the message… Using Sworl was great—just a few swipes on my phone to get this beautifully framed photo.”

 

power of love

“I took this photo while visiting friends in New York this fall. Early one morning we were walking uptown to a TV show taping. First we saw Robert Indiana’s recently installed HOPE sculpture, a sibling of his LOVE that I’d seen in Philadelphia.

“Three blocks later, at Sixth Avenue and West 55th Street, there was New York’s own LOVE. I liked the colors and the message—a reminder of how I should treat others. There are now about 40 LOVE sculptures around the world, and the HOPE I saw is the first of several planned.

“I took the picture around 7 a.m., giving me the chance to get the shot without a lot of people in what is usually a very busy intersection. I like that it’s a reminder of how oddly peaceful New York can be at times.

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“Using Sworl was great—just a few swipes on my phone to get this beautifully framed photo.”

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Use Sworl to turn iPhone shots of old photos into easy seasonal artwork!

“These images bring back great memories for my family. Now they’re out of the albums and onto a table, ready to enjoy for many Halloweens to come.”

Halloween photos

 

It’s that time again: leaves are turning, nights are chilly, and pumpkins, spider webs, tombstones and ghosts are popping up all around the neighborhood.

For our family, the years of trick or treating and grade school Halloween carnivals are over. My girls are now in high school and college, and while they still love dressing up, the costumes now skew glamorous rather than spooky.sppoky Halloween photo

We were recently looking at old Halloween photos in albums from the early 2000s when we still routinely had prints made. I shot some of our favorites with my iPhone and decided to Sworl them up for a little Halloween display.

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Here’s Julia as Pippi Longstocking, a witch and Snow White, and Laura as a devil and ghost, along with a strange candlestick my wife found at a yard sale, a big plastic spider we’ve had for decades, and a haunted house the kids painted at a party years ago. We chose 4 x 6 and 5 x 7 desk frames in Espresso and ankids Halloween photo 8 x 10 wall frame in Black.

These images bring back great memories for my family. And with Sworl, now they’re out of the albums and onto a table, ready to enjoy for many Halloweens to come.

Will Jackson

A special request (and offer) from noted photographer (and Sworl fan) Wes Paz:

“My mentor Jim Clark just retired from his photography career, and I’d like to acknowledge his contribution to my life by helping raise funds for Youth in Focus, an organization that uses after-school photography programs to help at-risk youth find purpose in their lives. Would you help me?”

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“In 1979, at age 17, I was given a life-changing chance to become a photojournalist. At a time when I didn’t have a plan, the kindness of news photographer Jim Clark helped shape my future. Now, 35 years into an extraordinary journey that’s included six newspapers, dozens of magazines, worldwide assignments and various photo-related businesses, I have an opportunity to return the favor and I hope you can help me!

Youth in Focus is a Seattle-based organization that for 20 years has used after-school photography programs to help at-risk youth find purpose in their lives. It can guide them through uncertainty about their futures and connect them to a community that cares for them. Thousands of young lives have been positively and permanently transformed.

“Since Jim Clark just retired from his photography career—he was most recently on the staff of Oregon’s Gresham Outlook—I would like to acknowledge his contribution to my life in part through a charitable contribution to Youth in Focus.

“I hope I can help raise a substantial portion of the $10,000 needed to run their program for a quarter.

“Please consider helping me ‘pay it forward’ by making a tax-deductible contribution to Youth in Focus in the name of my mentor, Jim Clark. Contributions can be as little as $10 and donating will take just a moment on the Youth in Focus website. Please be sure to mention in the comments section that you’re contributing to the Jim Clark program sponsorship. And if you’re a personal friend of Jim, please don’t share details with him—it’s meant to be a surprise!”

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“For the first ten people to donate $250 or more, I’ll send you a Sworl-framed 9 x 9 print of your choice from my Facebook Album (Image size 5″ x 5″, white mat, quality wood frame in White, Black, Espresso or Silver) And if you donate over $1,000, I’ll send you a Sworl-framed 17 x 17 print! (Image size 11″ x 11″, white mat, quality wood frame in White, Black, Espresso or Silver.)

 “Sworl, by the way, is a fantastic app—it’s fun, easy and only takes a couple minutes to make an order. The quality of prints, mats and frames is great, and I love the way the frames are packaged and how fast they arrive. It’s better than sending flowers and lasts a lot longer!

“Thank you for joining me in supporting a safe, encouraging, skills-building program for at-risk youth—and for helping me to acknowledge the generosity extended to me by Jim Clark at that pivotal moment in my own youth.

“The time for action is NOW! Youth in Focus is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on October 4th—details are on their website if you’d like to attend. Please feel free to forward this post to see how many potential contributors we can reach. I truly appreciate your partnership in this goal!”

Wes Paz, Image Production Director, Nordstrom.com

—As told to Will Jackson

#YouthinFocusTurns20

All photos: Wes Paz

Helen Tapping

You may not be able to pull off wearing white after Labor Day, but your walls certainly can! Sworl’s White Frames are the perfect way to show off all your summer vacation and travel photos. 

Today only! When you choose any white frame in Sworl, whether it’s a desk or wall frame, small or large, you will automatically get 20% off your order*

And as White is one the home decor trends of 2014, what are you waiting for? Get Framing!

Download the Free Sworl App Now!

Sworl wedding white photo frames

Frame your wedding photos in White to highlight ‘The Dress’ for a stunning reminder of a special day.

Sworl vacation white photo frames

Vacation and Beach photos look great in Summery White and adds light to your room as Fall creeps in.

Sworl B&W white photo frames

Black and White photos add an arty touch to any room when you frame them in White.

Sworl Travel white photo frames

A Group of Travel Shots on your Wall or Mantel adds a splash of color – the White Frames add a cohesive, polished look.

*Offer ends at Midnight PST 9/2/14

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Helena Haas, Seattle, WA, for her daughter’s room.

Next I plan to frame up photos of some of my son Adriaan’s big, 3D cardboard box constructions. They look like modern art but they’re too big to keep and he likes to destroy them.

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“My daughter Carlena, five at the time, was working on an art app on her Leap Pad. Ready to move on to her next creation, she was about to delete this one when I said “Hang on, that’s cool!” and took a picture of it with my iPhone. I thought I’d get it printed and it would look really good in her room. Then a friend told me about Sworl and I thought, what a great idea to frame art right away from my phone. It turned out really well. Next I plan to frame up photos of some of my son Adriaan’s big, 3D cardboard box constructions. They look like modern art but they’re too big to keep and he likes to destroy them.

 

kids art projects

kids art projects

—As told to Will Jackson

 

 

 

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Geoff Lomax, Berkeley, CA, for his office wall.

“My ‘Best in Show’ from a photo bug weekend…worked well with Sworl’s frame and mat selection. It’s cool to have the extra option Sworl provides, to be able to tell people when they’re looking at my photos ‘I can get that framed for you right away.’

 

“This photo is of the fence along the path leading to Pigeon Point Lighthouse. It’s about 50 miles south of San Francisco and one of the tallest in the United States.  It was a classic, cloudy coastal day and I thought the light, shadow and contrast were quite good in this image. I took it on my iPhone 5. I was experimenting with the Hueless application that day, which lets you see the image in full-frame black and white as you’re shooting.”

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“I take a lot of photos and have a few thousand posted on Flickr. I was looking for something for my office that was artsy but neutral. This image—my ‘Best in Show’ from a photo bug weekend—was a good fit for the space and worked well with Sworl’s frame and mat selection. It’s cool to have the extra option Sworl provides, to be able to tell people when they’re looking at my photos ‘I can get that framed for you right away.’

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Matt Flor, Seattle, WA, to display in his home.

 “Near the University of Washington there’s an abandoned building that is basically a living campus of graffiti.”

“My career in photography has generally involved documentation and producing images you could call ‘pretty’, but I’ve also had a longstanding interest in urban decay and street art. Near the University of Washington there’s an abandoned building that is basically a living campus of graffiti. Every surface is painted and the layered display is constantly changing. I’ve shot there three or four times. I was attracted to this wall by the bright, vivid colors and started messing around with a short depth of field. As much as I liked the painting, I ended up focusing on the discarded aerosol can and its implied artistic activity.




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frame artwork

“I shot this image with a regular camera, my Nikon D700, uploaded it to my Flickr account, then downloaded it to my iPad. I’d thought about framing this shot for a long time, and when a friend told me about Sworl, I decided to give it a try. I chose an 11” x 14” image framed in black to 16” x 20” and I’m really happy with how it turned out.”

 —As told to Will Jackson