Since I started blogging professionally in 2011, I have gotten A LOT of emails. Emails asking me to try out this great new product ... or app ... or book ... or all the things. I rarely open them. I VERY rarely reply.
Lucky for all of us, I just happened to open an email I received from Frank, the founder of Pictli.
I said yes but I was skeptical. Photo printing services are notoriously clunky. Photo framing services are notoriously expensive. However, I was willing to give it a try.
I sat down and less than FIVE MINUTES and TWENTY DOLLARS later a beautifully framed gift was on the way to my friend.
Let's just take a moment and talk about what would have been involved had I tried to send my friend a framed photo the old fashioned way.
1. I forget for weeks to sit down and upload the photo to a printing service. 2. I finally upload photo. 3. I forget for weeks to pick up said photo. 4. I finally pick up photo. 5. I go to a separate place to find a frame. 6. I forget about framed photo for weeks. 7. I either remember to give the photo to my friend next time I see her (never going to happen) OR I take a trip to the post office and maybe wrap the frame (probably not) and then send it.
Let's also remember I have three small children SO for every errand I have to decide whether or not I want to run the errand with children in tow OR use valuable child-free time to run the errand.
Do you see why this service is a game changer? Even if I buy the cheapest frame know to man I'm only saving a MAXIMUM of $5 or so - probably not even that if you add in shipping costs and wrapping.
PLUS, Pictli prints square Instagram photos and has square frames. I take almost all my iPhone pictures in square mode which is a real pain to print when most printing services only give you 4x6 as an option.
It's a game changer is what I'm saying.
In case you needed a little additional push to try it out, Pictli is offering bluegrass redhead readers 20% off through the end of June with the code SSH1506.