Disclosure: I received a free canvas in exchange for this review. I was also able to score one to give away! However, as always, this review contains my honest opinions and not some bunch of crap I’m supposed to say.
Several months ago, I was contacted by a representative from Easy Canvas Prints, offering me a free canvas in exchange for a review. I was all excited, but I also wanted to do a giveaway for you guys because you’re awesome. Unfortunately, at that time, Easy Canvas Prints wasn’t able to do a giveaway, so I got all pissy and said I didn’t want to do a review if I couldn’t give anything away. (I’m a total bitch like that – I want to give you nice things!)
Luckily, Easy Canvas Prints isn’t turned off by pissy people, because they contacted me AGAIN last month and said I could get the free canvas AND one for a giveaway! Because Easy Canvas Prints is also awesome! So all I had to do is pick out a photo, submit it online, and I would have a super cool canvas to hang up in my house. Simple, right?
Well, it’s definitely simple to use the Easy Canvas Prints website. More on that in a second. But it’s NOT so easy to pick a photo! I have thousands saved on my computer, plus thousands more in non-digital form. I took so long to choose, the representative emailed to check on me! I finally picked one of my favorite pictures of Jay and me – he isn’t smiling, but I still love it. It was taken on July 4, 2009 – right after I made the decision to file for divorce. My friends tell me I look more like myself in the picture than in any of the ones during the last few years of my marriage.
So I went to the Easy Canvas Prints website, selected my canvas size, uploaded my picture, and cropped it. That’s it! It probably took five minutes at the most. I filled in my shipping info and I was all set.
Until I got an email that basically said “You fail. Your photo looks like grainy horse manure and your print is going to suck if you don’t send us a higher quality picture.” Okay, so that’s not quite what it said – the Easy Canvas Prints customer service people are way too polite for that. But I did need to send a better photo, so I emailed the full-res image. I got an email back (very quickly, I might add) letting me know that the new pic was suitable.
Two days later I got a shipping notice, and four days after that (including a weekend) my print was on my porch when I got home from work! To be honest, I wasn’t sure what it was at first because I order way too much stuff. I brought it in the house and stared at it for awhile.
More like a minute. Then curiosity got the best of me and I had to open it!
Notice the super advanced packing job. There was no way that canvas was moving inside the box! It was wrapped in plastic, taped to some cardboard supports, and the edges were protected as well. The canvas itself is stretched very tight (lots of canvases are loose and look weird) and there are a half million staples holding it in place. This thing will last forever.
So now it’s on my living room wall – it looks kind of naked. I think I’m going to order some smaller canvases to put around it. (See how I’m already reverting back to my shopaholic state?!?!)
I am absolutely in love with my canvas. I’m now convinced that I need them all over my house! The quality is excellent, it looks cool, no expensive frame required, and everyone walks in and asks me where I got it. I definitely plan to use Easy Canvas Prints in the future (once I’ve saved enough money to order a ton of canvases!) and can honestly recommend them based on responsiveness, fast shipping, and high quality.
Okay, I know that was the longest product review on the planet. On to the excitement!
One lucky reader is going to win an 8×10 canvas of his/her very own, courtesy of Easy Canvas Prints!
I made it super easy to enter. I’m testing out Rafflecopter, a giveaway/contest management system that takes care of everything for me. Just go through the tasks below (commenting on the post is mandatory; the rest of the tasks are optional but will give you EXTRA ENTRIES) and submit when you’re done!
- You must reside in one of the 48 contiguous US states to enter. (Sorry, Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska! I’ll get you next time, I promise!)
- I will verify your entries. If you falsify any of them, you will be disqualified.
- The contest will end on Saturday, September 10th at midnight. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email before I move on to someone else.
That’s it! GOOD LUCK! Thanks to Easy Canvas Prints for hosting the giveaway!
P.S. If you’re as confused by the Rafflecopter widget as I was the first time I saw one, email me and I’ll help you out! It’s really easy but I think it can be a little confusing if you haven’t used it before.