A little flavour of what's in store...

Monday, October 02, 2006

press releases for Fabulous Photo Gifts delivery

Another busy weekend here as the Fabulous Photo Gifts 'machine' gathers momentum with the sending out of a press release to local newspapers, radio and television advising of the Launch of this excting new venture by Purple 13 artist - Mandy Collins.

Copies were emailed to : The Derby Evening Telegraph, The Nottingham Evening Post, The Belper News, The Ripley and Heanor News, The Matlock Mercury, Derbyshire Life magazine, BBC television (midlands) and ITV (central).

In case you miss any of the above publications or news chanels, here's a copy of the press release in its entirety:

Local award winning artist Mandy Collins starts new online business selling personalised photo jigsaws after a request from a customer to her art website prompted interest. Visitors can upload their image and order online. Available in a variety of sizes, they make great fund raising ideas for schools, clubs, charities and tourism, whilst businesses can use them for promotional or new product launch use. Bulk discounts available for larger quantities making them an attractive reseller proposition.

Headline (suggestion): Jigsaw idea grows piece by piece into online business for local artist

When local artist Mandy Collins had a request for one of her artworks to be put onto a jigsaw, little did she realise it was going to culminate in the launch of a whole new business for her.

Discussing it with friends and family, she quickly discovered that there was a lot of interest in a personalised photo jigsaw product, especially if customers could have their own photos reproduced as a jigsaw.

Now with her brand new website having gone live this weekend (Sunday 1st October 2006), visitors can go online, personalise their choice of jigsaw with their own photograph, upload it, order and pay online there and then. The online service extends to schools, groups and businesses with attractive bulk purchase prices for businesses and resellers.

She said “Quite by chance, I was showing a jigsaw I’d had made featuring my own children, as a gift for their grandparents to a local school teacher and she was amazed at the quality and price. She suggested I write to their Parent and Friends Association and suggest the jigsaws as a fund raising idea.

They are always struggling to find innovative ways of raising money for the school and she thought the jigsaws with either a collective photograph or an actual drawing the children had done would look brilliant.”

“I’m able to offer a complete service including the design and proofing of the finished jigsaw. I can even offer scanning of the children’s drawings as part of the service. Having three children of my own, I know how difficult it can be to come up with different fund raising ideas that will work and culminate in a gift that people really want to give and receive”.

Mandy has waited until the launch of her website – www.fabulousphotogifts.co.uk – before she starts sending out information packs to schools. Having ordered some magnetic backed jigsaws promoting her own online art site, she also intends to write to businesses offering her product as a means of name awareness or product advertising. There are online purchase prices for pack quantities from 10 to 10,000 single image jigsaws, including A6 postcard sizes and magnetic backed A5 sizes.

“They really do make a super gift idea. They appeal to people of all ages and are one of those timeless classics. I’ve just given them a twist by introducing someone’s own photo, drawing or promotional message.”

“I’m sure that there will be a lot of interest from sports and supporters groups as well as local charities and tourist spots”.

The range of 10 jigsaws currently available includes a large 308 piece, medium 109 piece and small 40 piece jigsaw. They are also available in a special 24 piece fridge magnet size.

The large and medium jigsaws come boxed with the completed photo on the lid. The smaller jigsaws come flat packed and shrink wrapped.

Visitors to Fabulous Photo Gifts can also choose to have a photograph restored before having it applied to the jigsaw of their choice or select an artwork by Mandy Collins from her studio website Purple13.co.uk to have as a jigsaw. At present, the restoration and Purple 13 options are only available by prior arrangement via email and post.

Fabulous Photo Gifts is hoping to extend its jigsaw range to include larger wooden personalised jigsaws for small hands or the visually impaired.

For more information, please contact Mandy Collins.


Product images available by email or on disc. Please state preferred file format.

Mandy Collins is no stranger to e-commerce. Her award winning art is available to purchase online from her studio website – www.purple13.co.uk – where visitors can view and purchase over 500 completed artworks online.

Previously a Pre-School Supervisor, Mandy became a full time artist 3 years ago. She lives with her partner and 3 children in the Derbyshire village of Denby. As well as awards and exhibitions, her work has sold internationally from South Korea to Italy to the United States and Czech Republic.

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