Tired of sticking your kid’s mug on a…mug? Okay, we’re not either (and neither are the grandparents), but we’re also excited about the creative, edgy photo mounting and printing options from Parabo. Download their smartphone app and you can quickly turn your personal pictures into four feet by three feet (!) engineer prints, hardcover books bound in linen with lay-flat pages, colorful risograph prints made with soy-based ink, and much more.
Make your own high-contrast accordion book, à la Tana Hoban’s beautiful black and white books for babies, using Parabo’s accordion zine print format and 14 of your favorite bold photos. Mesmerize your baby with a personalized keepsake mobile using their shape prints. And of course you need another photo calendar–especially one that allows you to detach your square print at the end of each month to repurpose for your continued enjoyment. Brilliant.
As soon as we move out of our shoe box apartment, I plan to turn this close up image of Simon (learning the ways of The Beautiful Game) into a fetching black and white engineer print on the largest wall of our palatial suburban chateau, perhaps overlooking an indoor koi pond. I think the lines and contrasting textures would be just right.