This post is sponsored by Gallery Direct
We are off making new memories this morning, so I have a fun giveaway to share with you inspired by our last trip! Gallery Direct contacted me about showcasing a family portrait printed on one of their canvas gallery wraps the day after we took these sweet photos on the California beach. So many of you said it should be framed, so the timing on this was perfect!
Gallery Direct is an Austin, TX-based company that offers both fine art and custom printed canvases. Unlike some sites that can take 4-6 weeks to process, Gallery Direct aims to ship your print within 48 hours – some of the fastest turnaround in the business. My print came really fast! You have your choice of canvas, paper, birchwood, aluminum, and acrylic for prints in a variety of sizes. Check here to learn more about the process. It’s quite simple – upload, customize and go!
Would you believe that I took this photo on my cell phone? While photos should be high resolution, you don’t need a professional camera to create a print. I made this collage in PicMonkey!
My print is a 12×16, and it fit perfectly into our family room photo gallery wall. I want to make one of Mazen with Matt in the future and put it on the other side to balance out the colors.
Gallery Direct has a treat for one of you – a $200 gift card, which should be enough for two prints of your choice. Leave a comment sharing your favorite vacation memory and enter in the Rafflecopter below.
In the meantime, Gallery Direct is having a huge 75% off sale TODAY on all of their upload canvas prints! So if you’ve been meaning to get a favorite photo made into a piece of art for your home, now is the time to do so.
Thanks to Gallery Direct for the canvas and sponsoring this post.
Michaela Hilton says
Every summer we spend at our camp in upstate NY hold some of my favorite memories and photos. This year is especially memorable because I just had my first daughter ????
Katie D. says
Best vacation memory was feeding a yearling bear at a bear rescue!
My favorite vacation memory is when I got engaged at the Gand Canyon!
Carla R says
Favorite vacation memory is ttavel to San Manuel Antonio beach and National Park in Costa Rica, absolutely stunning place!
i love your idea of using a collage as the print, i’d never thought of that, but its just a good way to get a few pictures on to 1 canvas…my favorite vacation memory is my honeymoon to costa rica last year!
My best vacation memory is from May 2015, when I visited Hawaii to elope on the beach and then honeymoon there!
Love your choice, Kath!
My favorite vacation memory was our trip to Puerto Rico. Our then four-year-old daughter was so surprised to discover that the ocean was salty!
My favorite vacation memory is biking down a volcano in Maui!
I took my husband to Chicago for his birthday a few years ago – a surprise trip in cold January! We arrived right as their first big snowstorm of the year hit the city – but we had the very best time!
my favorite recent memory is studying abroad in Costa Rica!
My whole honeymoon cruise
Vanessa H. says
Best vacation memory is snorkeling in the Philippines!
My favorite memories are from our annual family fishing trip to South Carolina. My whole family, even my pretty strict Mom, used to relax the rules – I can even remember once being allowed a slice of pecan pie FOR BREAKFAST!
Best vacation… Disney World – just my sister and I. Yes, in our 20s, taking a Disney vacation together! It was the best sister time.
My best memory is of growing up and attending camp…. many great memories through those years!
My favorite memory is still driving from Texas to Washington state when I was 9! It was a long trip, but I’m still a huge fan of road trips. Favorite part: snacks. Hands down, the snacks are the best parts of road trips.
[email protected] with Intent says
My best vacation memory would be our family cruise in October 2012. We came home with an AMAZING souvenir, our 2nd daughter…lol!
Favorite adult vacation memory is Hawaii! But I will always cherish my vacations as a child when we went to the Mountains for a week every summer!
Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves says
This is so cool! My favorite vacation memory is probably climbing up a waterfall in Jamaica when I was younger. It was such a fun experience!
Stephanie S. says
What a great giveaway! Would love to try this service and add a personal touch to our family room wall.
riding home on a moped as the sun was rising in the Greece isles
Kelly E. says
When I was in high school, my parents took us to Cannon Beach in Oregon and it’s been one of the best memories of my growing up years.
Probably my honeymoon. Nice to relax with my husband after hectic days leading up to the wedding.
Your gallery wall is so lovely – such a great idea!
I love images on canvas. We have some lovely nature shots from hikes that we want expanded onto BIG pieces of canvas so I’ll have to look into this 🙂
I love going on hikes too and I’ve taken so many pictures I’ve made them into coasters using this company a friend told me about, Coastermatics!! It’s really nice to relive the hikes with coasters all around the house 🙂
I’ve been on some great vacations! I think my best memories come from my trip to San Diego two summers ago with my best friend. We had a blast!
Hannah @ eat, drink and save money says
This is great! I’ve been wanting to make some prints too. I can’t wait to check out the site. I’d love to get some prints of our staycations around town when we go to the beach.
Great pictures! Cell phone cameras have come such a long way. I feel like I never use my DSLR anymore!
Hmmm, I guess one of my favorite memories was New Orleans on Halloween. THAT was a party!
My husband and I rode over 5000 miles on our motorcycle. We hit San Fran, up hywy 1, Yellowstone and so much more!!
Emily B says
My favorite vacation memory is going to Glen Arbor, MI when I was a young girl with my whole family!
My cruise to Alaska with my husband for our honeymoon. 🙂 I’d love to win this as I am currently finding pieces to hang on out walls. Thanks for the giveaway.
Katherine M. says
My favourite vacation memory is ski trips as a kid… I loved curling up by the fire and playing boardgames with my family after a long day on the mountain!
My favorite memory is getting ice cream at Salty Dog in Hilton Head, South Carolina with my family. We’ve been going every summer since I was born.
Annual vacation in Northern Wisconsin with the family!
Wow, I love these! All the photos look incredible!
Kaitlin G says
My favorite vacation memory is allll the way back in middle school… playing with monkeys on the beach in Barbados! I’ll never forget it.
Favorite vacation memory was spending time at Horseshoe bay in Bermuda with my family. Priceless memories!
My favourite vacation memory occured last Christmas when we visited Disney world. My three year old son told Rapunzel that he likes to dance and then busted out some break dancing moves! The whole room stopped to watch, I didn’t reuse that he knew what break dancing was!
Favorite recent vacation memory was traveling to Greece in 2012 for a dear friend’s wedding.
My boyfriend and I were vacationing in NYC and walking through a street fair. It started raining but it was so much fun walking in the rain eating street gyros and just seeing new sites! After 7 years of dating we just had our first professional pictures taken yesterday so I’d love to get some of them on canvas!
Best vacation memory was my trip to CA with my husband on our one year anniversary.
I think Aruba and the 4-wheeler excursion is my fav memory!
Love the photos. You’ve also inspired me to seek out a wall for a photo gallery!
Ashley N. says
My favorite vacation memory was my mom taking my two brothers and I on a cruise to the Bahamas. At Christmas, we received a copy of the tickets and itinerary–so it was a huge surprise! Our trip was in early spring and I’ll never forget how beautiful the water was.
This would make the perfect fit for my mom’s upcoming birthday! My best vacation memory is horseback riding as a family through the Rocky Mountains, where my sister and I kept track of our horse’s excretions in a competition (were were 6). Nothing like some sibling rivalry on vacation!
My favorite vacation memory is a recent one – a week-long tour of Spain with my choir last month! Such an amazing experience.
Last summer we took our first family vacation and the kids were so well-behaved! I’ll go anywhere with behaved kids!! 🙂
These look so neat!
Emily J says
Eating bacon and blueberry pancakes made over a fire while camping in Acadia national park with my husband. Real make syrup of course.
We recently visited San Diego and had such a blast at the Children’s museum and Aquarium! My boys just loved our trip too!
Anne Weber-Falk says
We were visiting Cape Cod and it had rained every day but the last day of our 11 day trip. It was very early and we stopped at the ocean to say goodbye. The sun was out and the air was clean and clear. The tide was out so we let the kids splash around a bit in the water. My son started to get very excited and when we went to him we found baby starfish, so many baby starfish. It was so beautiful and a wonderful way to end our trip.
My favorite is a trip to Peru with my husband – we spent two nights in the Amazon rainforest and it was like nothing I’d ever seen before.
My favorite vacation memory is visiting the Outer Banks. It is so peaceful there!
I have a 4 month old and this post reminded me that I really need to get some updated baby and family pictures around the house!
My favorite vacation was going to Tennessee last summer with my husband and little boy. Hiking, mountains and cooler weather was amazing
Spending a week in Charleston, SC with my three closest girlfriends – such a memorable trip!
I recently got back from a trip to the Redwoods in California – amazing!
We just took my 13 month old to MV for a week. It was our first vacation as a family! 🙂
It was so much fun experiencing the trip through his eyes. I’ve been going there since I was a kid, but everything was new and fresh this time!
my favorite vacation memory is going to the finger lakes in NY with the husband for my 40th birthday. It was the first time we went away for more than one night without the kids. We really spent some much needed quality time together that trip…we needed it. Now just about 4 years later, we need to do it again.
My favorite trip so far is a family trip we took to Las Vegas when I was 16. Everything went wrong! While it was horrible then, we look back at it now and laugh…a lot. The scariest/funniest part was when my mom and dad were arguing about something causing my dad not to pay much attention to what he was doing. Driving down the Strip our luggage went flying out the back of our van and rolling down the Strip!
Megan B. says
I don’t think I can narrow down THE best vacation memory, but about 2 weeks ago my husband’s family came to visit us in CO (our nephews’ first time!). Watching the boys walk down a hiking trail while holding my almost 2-year-old’s hand was just awesome. She was in absolute heaven having her cousins around to play with, and I loved seeing all of them enjoying the outdoors together.
Cami G says
Definitely going to Isle of Palms, SC every summer growing up. So peaceful and fun!
My favorite vacation memory is actually a really recent one. Last summer, my then-boyfriend now-husband and I climbed Mt. Washington. We saw a summit, and were so happy we finally made it… and as soon as we got there, discovered WE WERE ONLY HALFWAY! Definitely was a trip to remember 😀
My favorite vacation memory was hiking through Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia this past May! It was breath taking!
I can’t pick one! My family spent some fun weeks in the Outer Banks growing up, but we also went on an awesome two-week trip to Yellowstone… I guess, if forced, I’d pick my honeymoon at an adults-only beach resort. Heaven!
Best vacacation: We took a cruise with 5 other families. all the kids had friends to hang out with and the adults always found someone to do something fun with. We had some gorgeous family photos taken on formal night.
Kristina N. says
My husband and I were hiking in CO and got stuck in a random hail storm. It was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.
Kristy Browning says
I am back to work this morning after vacation last week, so the memories are still fresh! This year, I went Stand Up Paddleboarding for the first time and it was SO fun.
Beth R. says
My best vacation memory was strolling around Athens with my husband on our honeymoon and stuffing our faces full of Greek pastries.
So cute. What a great idea.
Best vacation memory is road trip around California. I live in Houston, TX. I love seeing Mountains and hills especially around sunrise or sunset 🙂
Katelyn McLaughlin says
Tokyo Disney with my husband for Christmas a few years ago!
Best vacation memory is eating the best pasta of my life atop a hill in a small town in Tuscany!
Family road trips where my siblings and I were ready to kill each other in the car
Lisa Valinsky says
I have lots of fond memories of road trips and plane trips to Disney World in Florida with my family. We went a bunch of times growing up, and now I’ve been a few times as an adult! Love it there. 🙂
My favorite vacation memory is going to Malta and exploring the entire city on foot!
The timing of this is perfect! We just created a family portrait wall this week! AND we are about to leave on vacation – Point Sebago in Casco, ME. My family has been going for years.
Going to the Ocean Isle Beach each year with my two closest girlfriends throughout my childhood/teen years. Such sweet memories!
Jackie Macharsky says
Getting engaged on the water!
Ashley R says
A trip to Key West last year. Took your recommendation and went to Blue Heaven. Loved it!
summer beach vacation w family!
My best fam vacation memory was as a kid in Florida – my brother and I got to stay up late and watch infomercials and eat snacks. it was AWESOME!
my honeymoon in greece 🙂
Valerie B. says
The Outer Banks with our family last summer.
Best vacation memory is going to Italy with my Mom! We lived on pizza, pasta, and gelato. 🙂
I was able to go to Hawaii last October and it was amazing! Everything was beautiful but night snorkeling with manta rays was my favorite part.
Going to Hilton Head Island with my family every year was the absolute best.
Jordan K says
Picnics on the beach as a family where my Mom grew up.
What beautiful photos! My family will be coming soon to visit for vacation and I cannot wait.
Marco Island Florida was the most amazing vacation. The boat cruise to a deserted island to collect shells was most memorable.
my favorite vacation memory is a collection of summer memories on Beaver Island, Michigan. we summer there yearly, and it’s such a wonderful escape from real life. 🙂
Some of my favorite vacation memories are from the trip my husband and I took to Anguilla for our honeymoon!
Our kids loved every minute of our family beach trip to Amelia Island this summer. So many laughs and smiles… and some great pictures for a gallery wrap!
I love readying about everyone’s favorite vacation memories! I have so many favorite vacation memories, it is hard to pick just one…hiking in Austria, climbing a volcanos in Italy, the sulfur smell and stream pits in Rotorua, New Zealand, the friendliest people ever in Fiji, and the beauty of Hawaii. I love to use photographs from my travels as wall art. It is so pretty and personal!
Best vacation memory was scuba diving in Maui and seeing the beautiful fish!
Visiting my husbands family in Ireland at Christmas time is the best!
Wine tasting in California Adventure Park at Disneyland!
Last summer my husband and I went to New Zealand and Australia for 5 weeks for our honeymoon. We were able to go scuba diving in the great barrier reef, climb the Sydney Harbor bridge, visit numerous wineries, and go on a bunch of hikes. It was such a memorable vacation!
Holly Brown says
Going to Colorado with my family!
My favorite vacation memory is hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy with my husband.
I have fond memories of eating fresh bread and cheese in the park on a car trip.
Driving down to Mexico every summer while I was a kid. Could never do that now, but it was so much fun as a kid.
From our summer trip to the lake, I loved seeing my son have his first campfire and hear people playing music.
Going to DC as our first family vacation when I was a kid!
Most recently I loved feeling a cool breeze and shade while taking in the view from the top of Beech Mountain in Acadia National Park.
we were camping on the beach in Carlsbadd in june…hot dogs, sand everywhere sunsets a plenty
My favorite memory is 4-wheeling all around Santorini! Or going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with my sis!
Hiking in Arizona and Utah with my family a few years ago!
Leah Finn says
I have always wanted photos on canvas – so excited about this! Your photos are beautiful, Kath!
Peru was my favorite trip!
My best memory is body surfing with my family in Myrtle Beach.
I don’t know if I could narrow down to my favorite vacation, but I loved going to Deer Valley Family Camp every Labor day with my family and our family friends. I looked forward to it every single year 🙂
jilliann m says
We went with my husband’s family to a beach house in FL for a week. It was fun!
Best vacation memory- Nevis for my honeymoon 🙂 Second best- taking my 6 month old daughter to Sanibel to the same place her great grandmother used to vacation!
My favorite memory is when my fiancee and I visited Spain and Amsterdam together! So many wonderful memories!
Erin M. says
Going to Chincoteague, Va every 4th of July as a child/teen. It’s such a beautiful place. I’m so happy to be making new memories there each October now as an adult with my young nephews!
Best vacation hands down was just last month, we took our first vacation since our two littlest were born and as a family of 7! We all went to lbi for a week and did nothing but swim and eat…glorious! 🙂
I loved vactationing in Thailand with my parents. It was so very different from anywhere else I have seen! It was during the Thai New Year too, so the celebrations were extra special.
Jill L. says
Best vacation memory was swimming with the dolphins in the Bahamas!
My favorite vacation memory is being with my sweet family in Costa Rica July 2011 before I began my graduate program!
A month long camping trip west from Illinois in the 70s with my family
Casey @ Casey the College Celiac says
My best vacation memory is a summer trip to Colorado Springs with my family. We found an entirely gluten free bistro and bakery (I have celiac disease) and I loved being able to steal little bites of others’ places and receiving a salad with CROUTONS without even worrying! The hiking and mountains were insanely gorgeous too!
Kelsey @ Chatterbox Blog says
This would be perfect for my new apartment – I’m just decorating now!
My favorite vacation memory is our yearly Maine vacation – my mom’s whole side of the family goes (they’ve been going since my grandpa was a kid!)
Leslie Paquette says
The recent Florida vacation my husband and I just took our 2 kids on
[email protected] says
I just love your blog Kathy, such a fan and thanks for this giveaway:) This would make the perfect gift for my mom since I’ve been wanting to give her something for her and my step dad’s anniversary. Our favorite family vacation memory is one that I’ll never forget. Just me and her used to go to the beach when my parents split up when I was a teenager. She and I would rent a small condo and share so many long talks; it helped heal us both.
Thanks for the giveaway and keep up with the great food posts, they’re my favorite!:)
I loved going on a 6 day adventure in the mountains with my family – horse back riding and river rafting! It was a blast
Katie M says
Of recent vacations, my best vacation memory is running the DIsney Princess Half with my Aunt and Sister. Such fun!
Would love this
Bali for our Honeymoon last September. So beautiful and relaxing. We received massages EVERYDAY for 2 weeks. 😀
vacationing with family in philippines and seeing all the places my parents used to visit growing up!
Florence, after finishing law school!
Boating on lake Champlain with my family!
Ashley R says
Paddle boarding on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon during summer rain!
The Mess Hall Momma says
Picking bushels of blue crabs on the OBX!
My favorite vacation memory was actually just earlier this month…being on the beach in San Diego at sunset with my husband, stepson, and baby boy. My boys. 🙂 A picture from that sunset is actually the image I would print up!
Peru!! Best trip ever.
Kara T says
Taking my daughter to the beach for the first time.
Love the picture! I would love one of our family reunion in Maine this summer!
Taking our almost two year old son to Europe this past spring. He LOVED it!
Penny Snyder says
going on a Florida vacation with my kids!!
All of my ‘best’ vacation memories involve being down the Jersey shore with my Nana and Pop.
Gym best vacation memory was watching an opera at the Acropolis in Athens! I don’t get to travel often and I’ve only been to the opera that one time but it was an amazing experience I’ll never forget!
Going to Holiday world with my girls!!
My favorite vacation memory was watching my daughter play in the ocean for the first time last summer. Wish we could have gone back this year.
My Husband and I just returned from a nine month around the world trip and my favorite memory was a morning safari in Tanzania. We came across two male lions sunbathing and enjoying the cool morning breeze. They were so at peace and it was amazing to experience in person. I’ll never forget it.
laura t. says
my favorite vacation memory is spending a month in southeast asia with my now-fiance!
Masai Mara in Kenya! I got to zigzag through the safari and saw all sorts of animals such as lions, zebras, and even a rhino!
We haven’t taken an actual
Vacation this summer but have done a bunch of local day trips. I would print a picture of my husband and son at a winery where we had a picnic!
Molly Elton says
Best vacation memory is simply. Sitting on the porch listening to the waves at night with a glass of red wine in my hand.
Visiting family and attending my uncle’s wedding in Southern Cali.
Best vacation memory is relaxing by the ocean.
beach condo in sanibel island with my best friend!
My best vacation memory is our family vacation to Yellowstone as a kid. I can’t wait to bring my own kids.
I love our family vacations to St Pete’s beach in Florida!
My favorite vacation was my honeymoon, hands down!
My family does an annual beach vacation with all the kiddos, so fun!
Getting engaged on the beach in San Diego with my family and his family present…priceless!
I was lucky enough to have two parents who served in the Air Force, so I got to travel the world as a kid. Now that I’m grown, I use triathlon as an excuse to travel! One of my favorite memories is visiting Anne Frank’s house in Holland.
just hiking mountains in acadia national park with my family a few summers back 🙂
Sarah B says
A trip with a friend to Hungary and Slovenia!
My honeymoon to mexico.
My husband and I didn’t get to take a honeymoon right after our wedding, but we managed to take a spectacular trip to Jamaica for our fourth anniversary and it was worth the wait! We had a great seaside room, helped baby sea turtles hatch, and enjoyed our time together, just the two of us! I wish we could go back every year 🙂
Celebrating my son’s first b day at the beach!!
Anything on the beach
Savannah Thaler says
Best vacation memory…. too hard to choose! I’ll have to go with one pre-marriage and one post-marriage (just got hitched in May, so my family vacays are still too recent to not be on my heart as all time faves!)
-Family ski trip over Christmas 2012. Mom, Dad, brother and sister. Slopes for 4 days, resting in our quiet, pristine small town condo for the others. Walking the snow covered streets, finding good eats, staying warm and getting great runs at 3 different ski resorts. A trip I will never forget!
-Christmas in Europe with my husband’s (then-fiance) family. We spent 2.5 weeks in Sudtirol (a province in northern Italy) where his family lives. Christmas markets, celebrating their family traditions, hiking, sledding, sightseeing and being cooked some of the best darn homemade food I have ever had the privilege of tasting.
Going to California with my husband
Best vacation memory was on my honeymoon in Key West! Pure bliss!
Hanging out with family at our cabin. Doesn’t happen as often since we moved across the country so the times we are together are even better!
10th anniversary trip with my husband to Europe!
Honeymooning in Charleston with my husband and having a raccoon steal the rest of our wedding cake!
My best vacation memory is sleeping on a sailboat in the Whitsundays.