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Alli Worthington is a digital strategist, business coach, author and speaker. She's a wife, a mom to five sons, and a stepmom to an awesome daughter. Some of her interests: social good, startups, photography, transmedia, tech, photography, gardening, and ice cream. You can learn more about her on her website, Alli Worthington. She is the founder of Blissfully Domestic online magazine, and the co-founder of Blissdom Conference.

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Memory Magnets and Portable Wisdom

By Alli Worthington |






I never had a real camera until I was in my thirties. I have very few pictures of myself before my twenties. I secretly like not having any awkward, frizzy hair Alli pictures out there in the world- don’t tell anyone, OK?

I do wish I had more pictures of my childhood. I must be overcompensating because I take hundreds of pictures every week with my Rebel and my trusty iPhone.

When the big boys were little I would print pictures at the store (Can you believe we used to have to drive to drop off film and wait to pick it up?) and attached them to magnets with adhesive strips.

Pictures of my wedding, daily moments with the boys and favorite quotes were used through the years on our fridge, our dishwasher, even the washer and dryer.

Now I have eleventy-zillion pictures on my hard drives but I never print any pictures anymore. I miss them. I miss having something I can hold in my hand. I miss paper. I love all the wonders of modern technology, but sometimes I want the real thing.

I was inspired by the chance to create something fun with a Canon printer this week. It was just the kick in the pants I needed to take some time for myself and do something creative.

I looked at the old magnets on the side of my fridge and decided to find some new photos and create some new memory magnets.

I also added some favorite sayings and quotes to pictures I have taken or graphics I own and made some cool fun prints to use on magnets.

I made a slideshow of the pictures and graphics that will be attached to magnets soon.  Canon is providing a printer and I have to go pick up some magnet sheets and business card sized cut outs from the office supply store and I’ll get my crafy-time on!

If you really love any of the prints with pictures and quotes just let me know. I’m happy to share.

Enjoy the slideshow.


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Make magnets out of your favorite pictures for your family and for friends

A quote and a beautiful picture makes a perfect gift

I may print a bunch of copies of this and make magnets for gifts this year. My fellow garden loving bookworms will love this.


Thanks so much to Canon for sponsoring this post and for providing a brand new shiny PIXMA printer to play with.

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Alli Worthington is a digital strategist, business coach, speaker and author. Alli Worthington is also a wife, mother to five boys and one stepdaughter, as well as the founder of the online women's magazine Blissfully Domestic and the founder of the BlissDom conference. Read bio and latest posts → Read Alli's latest posts →

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9 thoughts on “Memory Magnets and Portable Wisdom

  1. Vicky N. says:

    Amazing idea! Love the creativity – my littlest loves magnets. We hot-glue flowers on little magnet bits, and give her a cookie sheet – she designs flower gardens for HOURS! :)

  2. Carrie says:

    LOVE THIS! I never print pictures either because its such a hassle. I need to do this! (and I didn’t even know they made magnetic sheets!<<–so behind)

  3. Debbie Williams says:

    What a great idea! What cute children! I love the idea of pictures on magnets. Too many of mine are hidden inside photo albums that are opened once a year or so. I think I’ll go make magnets. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  4. Tammy Munson says:

    I don’t print pics very often for usually it is a royal pain in the butt — but I love this idea!! THanks Alli — I now have another project to add to this ever-growing list! The majority of my pics are on my computer or in my phone… You wouldn’t even know I have TWO children if you look at my (physical) photo albums . We got our first digital camera the Christmas before Beck was born (1999)

  5. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale says:

    Love those, Alli.

    I always give photo gifts and every year our invitations for all celebrations are pictures with magnets attached to the back.

  6. SarahInMI says:

    I’m the WORST at printing pictures (which is really ironic since I’ve been lovin’ up on my 60D and taking TONS OF PICS lately) – but… I love the magnet idea – would love to sass up my filing cabinets at work with lovely images.

  7. domestic extraordinaire says:

    magnets…what an awesome idea!

  8. Karina says:

    If the paper won’t go tuhgroh, it can’t go tuhgroh.Not all printers are designed to handle heavier stock, it appear that you have one of those printers. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do.

  9. Zeriab says:

    Hah, Tammy, I can totally retale to this post! It was really difficult trying to take a picture of myself! Nothing to focus on! I used a kid to push the button as well. lol And I love the whole thumb holding up the chin thing. I will try that for myself in the future as well! These turned out really great! Love the backgrounds as well!

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