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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:

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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!

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Photo edited by @crw98 using @layrsapp

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Will Jackson of Seattle as a gift to his Aunt June in Virginia.

   “My mom always said ‘to have a friend, be one’- A few years ago, I took this picture that really shows their love for each other.”

“My mom always said ‘to have a friend, be one.’ She met June at a party in Richmond, Virginia in 1949—June was in tears with morning sickness and Mom, also pregnant, came to her aid—and they stayed best friends until Mom died a year and half ago. Although June soon moved to New Jersey, then Maryland and finally back to coastal Virginia, she and Mom visited often, vacationed together, and stayed close through thick and thin for 64 years.

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 They consoled each other during tough times, loved parties, (the wilder the better – at a mid-‘60s beach bash, they swapped dresses to confuse one of June’s beaus) and were ultimate shopping buddies. Most of all they made each other laugh.

A few years ago, I took this picture that really shows their love for each other.”Sending gifts

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This Valentine’s Day, Surprise your loved one with a personal gift that lasts way longer than flowers – a Sworl Framed Photo delivered to their door!

Every Sworl comes beautifully gift wrapped and with a gift message- which also makes it the easiest way to show your Valentine just how much you care.

Order your Sworl Framed Photo Now!

Order your Sworl Valentines Day Gift by Sunday February 8th to arrive in time! #BetterThanFlowers #ValentinesDayIsComing

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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!

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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 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.

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“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

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Sworl was featured on the ‘Gotta Have it’ Holiday Gift Ideas Segment of New Day today! Thanks to Host Margaret Larson and Producer Suzanne Wiley!

Watch the Segment to get the New Day viewer promo code for a special discount off Sworl in November!

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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

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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

Helen Tapping

Thanks to everyone for your feedback: we’ve now made Sworl even easier: Check out the new features in 3.0!

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1)  Enhanced frame color selection!We adjusted the background colors, so you can now see the white and silver frames in all their glory!

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2) Improved Check-out!

We split apart the shipping and billing screens, so you no longer need to scroll. We also updated the ‘Use Contact’ button so now it’s even easier to add your saved contacts into both screens.

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3) Easier Promo Code Entry!

Got a promo code for discounts on Sworl? Lucky you. We redesigned the promo code entry button to make it easier: Just tap and enter your code and we’ll apply the discount.

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4) Faster Ways to Pay!

We moved the Payment Info screen earlier in the check-out process and improved credit card entry, still with the ability to use your phone’s camera, to speed things up even more. And of course, there’s always the option to use PayPal.

What are you waiting for? Download the new Sworl App Now

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Turn your photos into beautiful framed gifts, quickly and easily, with the Free Sworl iPhone App.

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Monika Brzeski, Seattle, WA, as a gift for her mother, Barb.

“I tend to just keep photos on my phone and rarely print or frame them, so if it weren’t for Sworl’s ‘one-stop shop’ convenience, my mother wouldn’t have it.”

 

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“I first saw my sister-in-law’s photo of their three Shih Tzus on Facebook. The dogs are siblings and live in Toronto with my brother George and his wife Rae. There’s Lola, the boss of everybody, Custard, the big marshmallow, and easy-breezy Cubby. My mother—their  “Grandma Barb”—was coming to visit me and I decided to use Sworl to frame the photo as a gift for her.  She loved it. She already had my dog photos and now she has one of theirs. I tend to just keep photos on my phone and rarely print or frame them, so if it weren’t for Sworl’s ‘one-stop shop’ convenience, my mother wouldn’t have it. Her litter is now complete!”

—As told to Will Jackson