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Will Jackson

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Entering our ‘Back2School’ Photo Contest with a chance to win your own Sworl Framed Photo!

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Back to School Photo Contest

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*Contest runs from 9/9/15 – 9/30/15

*Judges are looking for most Sworlable ‘Real Moment’!

*Winner will be announced on Facebook on Wednesday 10/7/15 and will be contacted by 10/9/15 to claim their Prize – Your own Free Sworl Framed Photo.
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Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Christie Melby, Seattle, WA, for her sister and herself as travel memories.

“I had photos printed and framed by Sworl for my sister and myself. Nikki has hers in her sorority room at the University of Oregon. Like me, she’s a Kappa Kappa Gamma, so we’re double sisters!”

 

travel memories

“My family took a really fun trip to London in early September, which was when my mom took this picture.

“It was my sister’s first time in London, and this was actually taken on our first night there. We’d been to a football match earlier in the day and saw West Ham lose to Southampton. Our dad’s a huge fan of the English Premier League in general so we grew up watching all the games. Then we went to the South Bank for dinner at Wahaca, one of my favorites. I love the whole area because it’s full of character, lively and fun. The riverfront promenade, also called The Queen’s Walk, is lined with white lights. We ended up walking across the Westminster Bridge and back over to Parliament—a very full first day!

“I had photos printed and framed by Sworl for my sister and myself. Nikki has hers in her sorority room at the University of Oregon. Like me, she’s a Kappa Kappa Gamma, so we’re double sisters!”

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Joe Campos, Seattle, WA, for his sons Roman and Trason.

“Recently, Eagleclaw Football Academy entered a partnership with Sworl. Many of the photos Eagleclaw parents take of their kids during our training sessions and games are taken and stored on iPhones.  With Sworl, those captured moments can be easily framed and delivered—a perfect way to share memories with family and friends.

“From each sale made using a special promotional code, Eagleclaw families receive a 10% discount and Sworl contributes 10% of the purchase price to Eagleclaw’s RallyMe Scholarship Campaign for financially disadvantaged kids. Our goal is to raise enough scholarship funds to pay for 10 kids to train for a full year at Eagleclaw.

“It’s working really well for us, and I hope other groups will follow this win-win model.

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“Here’s my son Roman with two former Eagleclaw Football Academy coaches who are professional soccer players—David Estrada of DC United and Andy Rose of the Seattle Sounders.

“I started training Roman and his younger brother Trason to be soccer players when they were first able to walk. I taught them to dribble,  keep the ball close, zig-zag with the ball and attack the goal. As they grew older, I continued to teach my boys more ball control skills and a love for the game. Soon, my sons’ friends were joining us for training and a team had formed. The kids called themselves Eagleclaw, and the name stuck. I really couldn’t properly train more than 14 players on my own, but kids continued to be drawn to the Eagleclaw philosophy of teaching young players technical skill.

“At the time, Seattle did not have a player-centered youth soccer school. There were many youth soccer clubs, but none put individual instruction ahead of developing teams. As interest continued to grow, I decided to expand Eagleclaw into a soccer school for boys and girls ages 5 to 15 offering comprehensive tactical and technical training.

“In fall and spring semesters, we use a Dutch-inspired curriculum based on the Ajax Academy training program and the Coerver Method of technical instruction. Most of our staff are current or former professional players. Our focus is building individual skills from a foundation of ball mastery. We have no tryouts or cuts and welcome all players, whether or not they belong to another youth soccer club. Our primary goal is to create a positive training environment where each player can develop technical and tactical skills to his or her best level.

Scholarship funds

“The second photo shows the Sea Eagles, an Eagleclaw Development team made up of 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds, including my son Trason, who’ve played together since last August.  This Fall, the Sea Eagles were Divisional Champions in the Under-9 division of the Puget Sound Premier League.  The photo was taken after their first victory of the season and perfectly captures the joy on their faces!”

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Jackie Schneider Maher, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a reminder of a special day.

“I found the Sworl photo framing app in the iTunes app store. I like it because I don’t have a lot of spare time.”

brotherly love

 

“It was the first nice day after a long, long winter in Minnesota. I took my sons to the park to eat lunch. The boys were so excited to put on shorts and burn off six months of pent-up energy! It was maybe 65 degrees. I told Jack, 7, and Sam, 4, to run around and do whatever they wanted.

“These boys are best friends and worst enemies—they play and fight and argue and then they play and fight some more.

“The floating dock had been pulled out on the side of the lake. The boys ran out to the end and all of a sudden they were sitting still and, in a brief moment of reprieve, hugging it out. I was like, “Ooh, there’s a picture,” and I managed to snap it in time. A minute later, Jack pushed Samuel off the end of the dock—and they were at it again!

“I found the Sworl photo framing app in the iTunes app store. I like it because I don’t have a lot of spare time. I’ve had six or seven photos framed, changing up the sizes and frame colors so they look like a collection created over time.”

—As told to Will Jacksoneasy photo framing

 

Will Jackson

SisterPrinted and framed by Tiffany Davis, Seattle, WA, to keep on her desk

 “Since we live far apart, I don’t get to see Madi nearly as often as I’d like to, but I love having this Sworl framed photo of us to look at.”

“Here I am with my youngest sister, Madison. She turned one in January —we’re 25 years apart! My dad remarried and now he and my stepmom have Madi and Angela, who’s three. Madi is quite a funny and feisty little girl and loves to compete with Angela.

“The photo was taken last August at my grandma’s surprise 80th birthday party in my hometown, Payette, Idaho. Madi’s half-Filipino and I’m half-Mexican but there’s a definite family resemblance. We both have one dimple, on different sides, along with our grandma’s chin, so we tried to take a picture that showed those features. We took four or five shots—it’s hard to make a baby hold still—but she was laughing and happy the whole time. Since we live far apart, I don’t get to see Madi nearly as often as I’d like to, but I love having this Sworl framed photo of us to look at.”

Tiffany—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

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Sworl is proud to be a Gold Level Sponsor at the third annual Monster Dash. The trail run and kid’s races take place Saturday, October 25th in West Seattle’s beautiful Lincoln Park.

The event benefits West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. It includes a costume (and stroller)-friendly 5k trail run/walk and two Little Monsters’ Dashes (kids’ runs). Fun prizes from local businesses will be awarded for costumes, times, and other categories. The 5k start time is 9:00 am, Little Monsters’ Dashes start at 10:00, and the awards ceremony is at 10:15.

On race day, stop by Sworl’s booth for discount coupons and see examples of Sworl’s frame styles and services. There’s no faster or better way to frame the perfect Halloween photo of race moments and kids’ costumes!

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The Monster Dash was started by Milyssa Daigle, whose daughters Bryn and Gabby went to West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. In 2012, Milyssa got her Road Runners Club of America running coach certification. Knowing that the co-op preschools operate on a shoestring budget, she planned a Halloween race to raise funds for the schools and help model healthy behavior for kids. After approval from preschool leaders, the first Monster Dash was run that fall.

Halloween costume photo

 

Last year’s race, on a perfect fall day, had twice as many runners—about 130 adults and kids for the 5k and 150 children for the Little Monster Dashes. Even more are expected for 2014.

Unlike most co-op fundraisers, which depend on parents to sell goods or donate or buy auction items, the Monster Dash is community supported. About 10% of the runners are preschool parents; the other 90% are West Seattle residents or members of the Seattle running community. With volunteer planning and setup, all proceeds go directly to the preschools.

The 5k trail run is designed for parents, community members and kids who want to run that distance. For the quarter-mile Little Monster Dash (kids mostly 9 and under) and the 100-meter Littlest Monster Dash, the children chase someone dressed as a monster. This adds to the fun—and keeps kids running after the monster instead of all over the park!
Halloween costume photo

For more information, and to register for the event ($35 for the 5k, $25 for 12 and under, free for the Little Monster Dashes), go to http://westseattlemonsterdash.blogspot.com

For information about West Seattle Cooperative Preschools, go to http://www.westseattlepreschool.org

 

Halloween costume photo Halloween race costume photo

All photos: Jenn Beherndt.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

kid Halloween photo

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

Printed and framed by Dawn Merydith, Seattle, for her mom, sister and sister-in-law

“I had several framed copies made. Without Sworl, I would never have sent that gift to everyone—I would have put it off and put it off.  They loved them! Such great reminders of a special time together.”

Frame Vacation Photos

“For the last eight years, my mother, who’s fifth from the left in the photo, has taken my family to Mexico. This year we went to the wonderful Sandos Caracol Eco Resort and Spa on the Mayan Riviera, complete with a recycling and composting program, wild monkeys, and a spay and neuter program for feral cats.

“On each trip, we try to take a group picture. On this very hot day, we were all in the pool together—except for my brother-in-law, who took the photo. You can see how many women are in the family!

“I had several framed copies made- It was a great way to frame vacation photos. Without Sworl, I would never have sent that gift to everyone—I would have put it off and put it off.  They loved them! Such great reminders of a special time together.”

—As told to Will Jackson

Frame Family Vacation Photos

Will Jackson

This birthday photo was printed and framed by Marion Richards, Seattle, WA, to hang in her home.

“I have it hanging on our stairway, and also as the screensaver on my phone. James loves it—and he still often plays with those toys!”

birthday photos

“I took this photo of my son James on his fourth birthday last September. It was in the morning…he’d just opened his presents and these were his two favorites. The Spiderman car his big sister chose for him—Ruby was six—and the bulldozer was from his grandparents in South Africa.  He was lying on the couch playing with them and I snapped the picture. Later, I framed this, my favorite of his birthday photos, with Sworl.”

birthday photos

 

“My husband usually takes the best pictures so I was pretty pleased to catch this one. I took it in our living room where there’s a lot of natural light. Now I have it hanging on our stairway, and also as the screensaver on my phone. James loves it—and he still often plays with those toys!”

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Christina James, Seattle, WA, to add to what she calls the “Wall of Sisters”—as it’s covered with pictures of her two girls.

“Clare decided that instead of getting gifts, she’d rather have people donate to Girl Rising, an organization that supports education for girls worldwide…”

bat mitzvah photo frame

bat mitzvah photo frame

 

 

 

“We took this photo for a blog we made to invite people to our daughter Clare’s Bat Mitzvah. Clare decided that instead of getting gifts, she’d rather have people donate to Girl Rising, an organization that supports education for girls worldwide, especially in places where it’s not typically common or possible.  In the “Girl Rising” movie and on the website, many girls are shown with these words written on their hands.

“Clare recognized a need, and the fact that she has everything she needs. This is who she is and what she does. Most people loved the idea, and it became an instance of a community coming together and giving in a meaningful way.

“For Clare, it was also about rising as an adult in our religion and showing that she’d educated herself to the place where she’s worthy of being considered an adult. Clare attends Seattle Girls’ School, which has definitely helped her develop her intellect and worldview. She’s a strong individual who loves soccer, math and constitutional law and aspires to be president someday.”

—As told to Will Jackson