Review: Canvas4Life

10/25/2011 08:52:00 AM Ashley 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Canvas4Life asking if I'd be interested in reviewing a canvas print from them. I, of course, jumped on the chance because Nate and I have been wanting to put some of our engagement and wedding photos on to canvas. Then life got ahead of us, as always, so it never happened.

Doing this meant that we had to find the perfect picture to use. That's no simple task when you have 200+ engagement photos and 600+ wedding photos. Lets just say it took awhile to narrow down. Once we figured out our top choices it was beyond simple to upload the photo(s) onto Canvas4Life's site. On their front page they direct you to get started by choosing a photo off of your computer. While it's uploading they also check the quality of the photos. I was using our very large original files and it took less than a minute for it to upload.

Once you get to the next page, the fun starts! It's where you get to decide on the size of canvas that you want. We went with a 16" x 20" canvas, which is a great size. I really like that they have a "mock" living room with a you can get a visual idea of how large the photo will actually be. Us visual people really like that! After you pick your size you then move onto choosing between color, black and white or sepia. Granted if you're doing a black and white photo then this step really doesn't matter. Then it's onto canvas finishes...canvas depth...edge bleeding...and then BAM you're done (minus the whole paying part).

Oh and bonus...shipping is FREE if you choose Supersaver!

So now that we all know that the process is super simple and wonderful let's move on to the photo itself. We ended up choosing a photo from our engagement session. I wanted to do a color photo as a test, because let's face it... sometimes color photos lose their brilliance when printed.

This has always been one of our favorite photos, but it never made it to print. Probably because all of our engagement photos are our favorite! It's adorable... plus I'd say it fits the criteria of bright colors.

My order was processed on October 5 and the next day (Oct 6) I got a shipping notice. Yep that's a matter of one day I went from a placed order to a shipped order. Holy wow! And if that's not great...within a week I had my new canvas print in my hot little hands!

The canvas was shipped in a flat box and protected by bubble wrap, which was far more than I expected! Once we got rid of the packaging there was a beautiful canvas starring back at Nate and I. We are both very impressed with the quality. And the color... oh the color. No issues there at all. Our beautiful, bright photo was perfectly conveyed onto canvas!

My only complaint is that we got our photo uncoated, which is totally OUR fault. The uncoated canvas really does not do well with the oils on your hands...which I learned quickly after I tried to wipe a bit of dust off of it. But, again, it was our choice to get it uncoated and if we had to do it again, we'd get the coating. So by no means is that the fault of the company.

Okay...enough's some photos of our new canvas painting!

Canvas on our wall

The bleeding of the photo around the edges

Back of the canvas

Reinforced corners

Angled to show the matte-ness of the uncoated canvas

Beautiful huh!?

Here's the specs on our canvas:

~16" x 20"
~0.75" depth
~Bleed on edges
~Uncoated (we'd go with the matte coating next time)
~PhotoPerfect (allows them to make sure that the photo is perfectly placed on canvas)

I can easily see us getting more canvases done from Canvas4Life. We have a handful of photos that we want on canvas and with their prices I wouldn't feel awful getting more than one!

And because Canvas4Life is so wonderful they are offering you... my totally awesome readers a 10% discount! read that right! If you're anything like me you have a photo (or twelve) that you want to be made into a canvas. So go go make one and get 10% off. Just type in thingaboutdaisies into the promo code section.'ll be happy you did!

FTC Disclaimer: I was sent this photo canvas by Canvas4Life for review. My review is my personal and honest opinion about the product and I am not being compensated to write it.


Life: Falling for fall

10/11/2011 01:28:00 PM Ashley 0 Comments

Fall is here...100%!

The colors are amazing. I must say that living in the midwest is wonderful, especially for a fall lover like me. Nate and I have been enjoying the weather like crazy. We're making the most of it by going out and exploring, which we did a lot of when our friend was in town.

I'll just let some photos do the talking.

Hay ride through a local corn maze.

Pumpkins straight from the patch.

Our haul.

The beautiful old cobble stone sidewalks in the German district in Columbus, OH.

Piles of pumpkins, gords and squash!

Fall trees.

Fall of my many favorite things about the season!

I hope everyone is enjoying their fall so far. We're getting every last drop out of it here, as it will be our last one before we move. Granted the falls where we are going aren't bad either...just different.

Happy Fall y'all!