Helping you cut through the clutter and chaos, Check It Out is a new regular feature from Shortcake's founder, Coralee (that's me!). I'll share a new favorite app, tool, or product I love and think you will, too. I've personally used each item and receive nothing in return for sharing - I genuinely want you to know about it and hope you'll find it helpful, interesting, or fun. xo
I found Keepsake last Christmas when I was on the hunt for an easy way to give framed photos of the girls as holiday gifts. I had some nice photos I wanted to share with family, but with a newborn and business to run, I did not have time to go browsing through stores, looking for the perfect frames in the correct sizes.
I remembered seeing an ad on Facebook for a company that sold nice-looking framed prints from your phone, and a quick Google search led me to a few options. I settled on Keepsake for the ease-of-use, price, quality, and frame style choices.
WHAT IT IS
Order framed prints of your photos. Details: Every Keepsake frame is individually handmade in the United States. Prints are made using high-end industrial printers, to ensure premium quality at all print sizes. All frames are made from high quality, hand-cut wood. Sizes from 4" x 6" to 18" x 24". Options for both rectangular and square-shaped photos (i.e. they have frames for your Instagram photos, too.)
HOW IT WORKS
Place your order via Keepsake's website or download their app to your smartphone. You can select photos from your computer/phone, choose your frame size and style, and checkout. I used their iPhone app. Pretty simple, and I was pleased with the style options - just enough to find something you like without being overwhelmed by choices.
Starts at $25 for a 4" x 6" standing frame, and goes up to $99 for an 18" x 24" hanging frame. I spent about $30 each for the 3 frames I bought as Christmas gifts. FYI - while browsing their website, I found a discount for 10% off your first frame with code "ABOUT10". (You're welcome!)
PROS & CONS
Pros: Easy to use, reasonably priced, convenient, nice style choices, good quality prints and frames, free shipping, made in USA, and the frames are pre-mounted with brackets for hanging on the wall.
Cons: The stands that come on the frames for table display are not what you're used to. They work, but can also easily detach when you pick the frame up. Also, while the paper backing on the frame adds a professional touch, I don't know how easy it would be to try to change the photos later if you wanted to reuse the frame (but I'm not too worried about that for now).
I liked Keepsake enough to not delete their app from my phone immediately after I used it. That's saying something. They're my go-to for gifts of framed prints of the girls from now on.
Have you used Keepsake or another framed-print company? Tell us about your experience in the comments below, and help others find the businesses you love.
Coralee Dixon is a mom-of-two and the founder of Shortcake - a custom album design service for modern families. Have a suggestion for a future Check It Out post? Send it my way at firstname.lastname@example.org.