Helen Tapping

Announcing the winners of the Sworl – ‘Because they are only Spiderman Once!’ Halloween Costume Photo Contest!

Congratulations to Kim Gallina Viscio for such a Sworlable photo! You win a free Sworl Framed photo!

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In addition, we are also awarding an honorable mention prize to Sara Skiles for the grumpy pumpkin because this photo is a true Real Moment!

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Thank you to everyone for entering and for making it such a difficult decision for the judges because all the kids are so cute and all the costumes are amazing…..!

Helen Tapping

Sworl is the easiest way to frame your unique Halloween Costume photos – You spent time and effort creating these costumes, don’t let them get forgotten on your phone!

And this Halloween, what’s as easy as using the Free Sworl Photo Framing App?

Entering our Sworl ‘Because they are only Spiderman Once!’ Halloween Photo Contest with a chance to win your own Sworl Framed Photo.

Halloween Photo Contest

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How to Enter:

Go to our Sworl Facebook Page:

*Like our page!

*Under the Contest Announcement Post,  Post your own Halloween costume photos of you, your kids or your pets!

It’s that easy!

Contest runs from 10/31/14- 11/7/14 so you can post photos from all your Halloween Events!

Enter the Sworl Halloween Photo Contest now!

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

*Winner will be announced on Facebook on Friday 11/7/14 and will be contacted by 11/10/14 to claim their Prize – Your own Free Sworl Framed Photo.

*Complete rules

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.

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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!
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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

 

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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.”

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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 memorable sports photo- Printed and framed by Amanda Holt, San Francisco, CA,  for her parents, Ginny and Terry.

“I have a lot of early adopter, app-loving friends and that’s how I found out about Sworl. The day I heard about it, I ordered this photo for my mom for Mother’s Day. It took me about two minutes, Mom got it four days later, and she and Dad both love the picture.”

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“I took this photo of my parents at a Blackhawks Hockey game. As a Christmas ritual for our Chicago-native, Hawks-loving family, our parents take all of us—my three younger siblings and me—to a game at United Center. Each year we make the bitter cold pilgrimage and it’s always a highlight of the season. This photo was taken just after Mom and Dad were on the Kiss Cam. They are definitely in their happy place! As an added plus, the Blackhawks beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2.

“I’ve lived in San Francisco for three and a half years. As far as San Francisco sports are concerned, I can bandwagon it if necessary—especially if there’s a box seat involved—but I’m still a Chicago fan.

“I have a lot of early adopter, app-loving friends and that’s how I found out about Sworl. The day I heard about it, I ordered this photo for my mom for Mother’s Day. It took about two minutes, she got it four days later and she and Dad both love the picture.”

—As told to Will Jackson

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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.”

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“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

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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

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!”

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“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.”

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“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…”

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“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

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Matt Wilkins, Seattle, WA, for himself.

“I have been trying to cross this framing project off my to-do list for a year. It’s finally done! Sworl is really easy to use—I especially love paying with a scan of my credit card so I don’t have to type in the number.”

 

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“I had a picture of my grandparents on the upper right of the wall—William and Virginia Davis—and I wanted to add some photos of other family members. I had digital files that my sister had scanned and so I started with my mom, Theresa Marie Davis and dad, Robert Anthony Wilkins on their wedding day. They’re each on the left of the photos, while the bridesmaid and best man are on the right. That was 1968. I was born the next year. At the upper left is a picture of my grandfather’s parents William and Edna Davis around 1940.”

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“I have been trying to cross this framing project off my to-do list for a year. It’s finally done! Sworl is really easy to use—I especially love paying with a scan of my credit card so I don’t have to type in the number. My sister just found some pics of my grandmother’s parents, so I’ll probably be ordering those in the near future.”

– As told to Will Jackson