Monday, October 15, 2007

It's The Most Marketed Time of the Year

If you thought that it was too soon to plan for Christmas... well, the folks at Home Depot aren't the only ones who think you're wrong. Already this season's holiday promotions and interactive cards – combined with fresh reminders of past years' best leftovers – are popping up online and in your email box.

We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge one of this year's early arrivals and rapid stand-out favorites: ImageSource's Open Your Eyes wrapping paper generator – a great little way to fight the gift-giving season's barrage of tired and garish paper choices. The stock photo company has provided a collection of iconic photographic images, isolated to work against a variety of background images or against the whole spectrum of background colors. As many as three elements (from a collection of dozens) of any user-defined size can be arranged in five patterns. The results are highly original and personal designs. Our favorites? The shroom/elephant and floral/handgun (see above) combos.

Give Open Your Eyes a whirl. The result may not be festive, but the tool sure is fun to play with. And the results – be they tacky or ... less tacky – are sure to pop under the tree. Let us know what you come up with.

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