I place a tremendous value on photographs. Whilst I don’t want to sound too twee and sentimental about it, they’re treasures to me. But in a digital age instead of enjoying them often, I tend to stash them away. I take care to store them safely under a virtual lock and key, backed up in an external hard drive, cloud storage wilderness. Our cherished moments, milestones and memories.
A little while ago I spotted my friend Claire (Ned In The Clouds) using some Inkifi prints for her sons’ scrapbook. I loved the style and after finding out a little bit more about the company and their ethos I instantly liked them.
Inkifi was set up by friends Jim and Paul who met back in the 90s, in a little surf town in North Wales. After returning from their travels together, they wanted to print their images but couldn’t find anyone that provided great quality as well as being environmentally friendly at a reasonable price and so, Inkifi was born.
‘Printing that leaves an imprint on your soul, not the planet.’
One of the things I really love is that respect for nature is at the heart of Inkifi’s business ethos. They take pride in creating stylish products which are also kind to nature, by sourcing 100% sustainable materials.
My Inkifi Order
I started with some classic square prints as well as some of the mini squares. I intend on framing some of the square prints and now I’ve seen the mini squares I’m planning on getting some more printed and making little gifts tags with them for Christmas.
In the past I’ve used too many print services that have left me disappointed. They can differ widely in terms of the colour quality and holding your prints can leave you feeling they’re a little rushed in terms of the quality control. When my Inkifi prints arrived I was impressed with the quality of the card stock they’re printed on, with a smooth matte finish which is understated but beautiful. They’d clearly taken care when producing and packing them too. Nothing fancy, just cleverly packaged to prevent any damage and all done with sustainable materials.
Playing around with the prints, I’ve found that the matte finish works really well with the journaling I do.
I’ve used several companies for photobooks before, sometimes as gifts and also for us to have as coffee table books at home. Whilst previous ones have passed as acceptable, the quality has never quite lived up to what’s promised. There’s something about the ‘shininess’ and the paper quality that doesn’t quite do it for me and like with prints, they can be a little hit-and-miss with the colour trueness. I can honestly say*, that this is by far the best quality photobook I’ve ever had printed and will definitely being getting more. I went for the Square Hard Cover Book with a full size slip cover printed print front and back with my photos, which also has a really premium, smooth finish to it. Inside, the hardcover itself is covered with Chobi Colorado cloth and the paper is carbon neutral Mowhawk paper, created using 100% virgin fibre from FSC managed sources.
I purchased my order through the Inkifi website but they also have a really handy app available for both both iOS and Android devices, making printing directly from your phone and Instagram easy peasy.
This isn’t a sponsored post nor have I received any free goods in return for a review. But I want to share because I genuinely love mine and I would recommend them to anyone who wants beautiful printing that is also environmentally responsible.
Inkifi have kindly offered Letters To Loved readers 20% off with the code LETTERSTOLOVED20 which will be valid until January 1st 2018.
*Whilst Inkifi have kindly offered 20% discount for Letters To Loved readers, this post was NOT sponsored in any way, all products were paid for in full.