Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with BestCanvas.ca. As always, all opinions are my own.
What is your favourite souvenir to collect when you travel?
When I started travelling back in 2011, I would collect a silver charm from everywhere I went. A leprechaun from Ireland, a beer stein from Germany, an elephant from Thailand etc. Except, dozens of countries and three full bracelets later, I realized that wasn’t the best idea. So I changed it up and started buying things I just saw and loved and I thought could add to my home. A leather poof from Morocco, artwork from Myanmar, and a silk lantern from Vietnam are just a few of my finds. But, as much as I love all these things, my absolute favourite thing that I collect when I travel is my photographs. Those are the memories that will last me my lifetime.
Every year I choose my favourite photos and create annual photo albums. Which I love, but the fact remains that they are stuck in a book. So, when BestCanvas.ca reached out to me and asked if I wanted to test out their photo products to turn my favourite travel memories into artwork. Well, I said YES.
At a quick glance, I was impressed with the range of options offered by BestCanvas.ca which ranges from photo mugs to massive prints.
I wanted to create a travel photo wall for my bedroom so decided on a 24×16 canvas print of a photo I had taken while swimming with whales in Tonga to use as the main focus. This was one of my absolute favourite travel memories and easily one of the coolest things I have ever done.
I also loved the idea of the MIXPIX photo tiles which are square tiles (7.78×7.78). They are lightweight and you can stick them up on the wall with a reusable adhesive sticker (included in your order) and pull them off to re hang as needed. Since I’m always changing around the photos and decorations in my room to make space for new finds, this seemed easy like a simple and easy product for my photo wall.
In the end, I decided on a large photo canvas and 8 MIXPIX photo tiles to put around it to create my photo wall above my bed.
Photo products like canvas prints and photo tiles can be pretty pricey depending on where you get them. Especially if you want high quality. So, what are BestCanvas,ca prices like?
Honestly, I was pretty impressed. They aren’t the cheapest on the market. Which, in my opinion is a good thing. In my past experience, cheap photo reprints= low quality. However, they also aren’t the most expensive options out their either.
BestCanvas.ca also advertises ‘Quality without Compromise’. They advertise that they use recycled plastic and sustainable resourced wood to create all of their products. As someone who is trying to be more conscious of the materials used in the products I buy in an effort to be more ‘green’, I loved this. Most people pay more for products that promote sustainability so the fact that BestCanvas.ca is able to offer this at competitive prices is pretty impressive.
Here’s some examples of what you can expect to pay for photo canvases.
As for the MIXPIX, they are only $10 each!
My photo wall cost less than $130 all together- including shipping fees. Not bad at all!
Quality is key when it comes to reproducing your photos. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous when unpackaging my photo products but those concerns quickly turned into excitement when I saw the end results.
The images were sharp, the products were lightweight, and perhaps most surprising of all; the colours were perfect. I’m so used to colours coming out very differently in printed images compared to what I see on my computer screen, but the colours on my canvas and MIXPIX came out just as I had hoped. Having received photo products with muted/changed colours before, I was thrilled at how well these turned out.
As I mentioned above, the products are also very lightweight. I was shocked at how light the MIXPIX are especially. Which means adding the adhesive sticker and placing them on my walls was super easy. I finished my photo wall in about 10 minutes.
I love my photo wall. I love how bright the photos are. I love how easy it was to design both online and then put together when I got the final products and I also love the affordability.
That being said, I do have a couple of tips and hints based on my experience.
When choosing your photos, make sure you choose high quality ones. The photo from me standing on the temple in Bagan (as seen above) isn’t quite as sharp and detailed as the other photos. It’s an older picture (2015) that I took with an iphone and cropped. It doesn’t, by any means, look bad. But you can tell there is a difference in quality if you compare that one to, say, the one of me in Dublin which was a photoshoot with a professional photographer.
That being said, when you upload and see the demo, you’ll be able to tell. I knew before ordering that this particular photo would be of slightly less quality than the others. However, it is one of my favorite pictures and one of my all-time favourite places so I was ok with that.
Just something to keep in mind when choosing your own photos.
Discount Coupon for ESBT Readers
On top of gifting me with products for my own photo wall, BestCanvas.ca has also given me a discount coupon to share with my readers who want to turn their photos in photo canvases.
Use the promo code EATSLEEPTRAVEL15 to save 15% off your photo canvas purchase.