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When photographed just right, the bend of a wrought-iron beam or the curve of a stalk of wheat can look just like a letter of the alphabet. This creative observation captured the attention of photographer Crystal Copeland?a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography?who became inspired to seek out more outdoor features that could double as letters. With the help of her business-savvy husband, Lee, Copeland strung these letters into words and began selling them at an online store?Frame the Alphabet.

The site's interactive letter bank houses a vast collection of Crystal's photos, which can be used to spell out names and words. You may wish to work in visual thematics, crafting names entirely out of sports images for the family athlete or creating an ironic counterpoint to words such as nature with images of city signs, industrial faucets, and spinning cogs. The selected word is then encased within a brown or black 39.5"x15.5" frame made from real pinewood or printed onto a single, wooden gallery block, which comes ready to hang. The signature-board option further customizes the piece with a blank matte board and an 8"x10" space where you can insert a personal picture.

3250 Mount Lehman Road
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

In 2007, Kevin Borders wanted to put together a collage for his girlfriend. Instead of just cutting and pasting their countless pictures into one giant jumble or sewing them into a colorful wedding dress, Kevin and his friend Joe Golden wrote their own software to create a unique design. Their digital images were eventually organized into a larger picture of the couple. After Borders's girlfriend?and future wife?approved of the gift, Collage.com was born.?

Today, the company has developed that software to allow website visitors to craft their own keepsakes with more than 300 shapes and over 50 custom photo products, which range from canvases and mugs to towels and fleece blankets. On Collage.com, customers upload photos from social-media websites or their computer before working with the easy-to-use design tools to arrange them exactly how they want. Afterward, masterpieces can be shared for free online or submitted to Collage.com to be printed and shipped.

3250 Mount Lehman Road
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

ConnectMyDNA helps clients unveil hidden secrets about themselves with a combination of a high-tech DNA analysis and personality test. After users collect a DNA sample with a quick cheek swab, they mail their kit to a sophisticated lab, where technicians convert each piece of genetic code into a simple, easy-to-understand report. Unlike other procedures that uncover information about distant ancestry or test to see if the subject is a robot, ConnectMyDNA cross-references DNA results with patterns found in modern-day populations in countries across the globe. Combined with a quick, yet thorough personality test, ConnectMyDNA clients can zero in on specific traits of their behaviors and values, and then seek out like-minded new pen-pals from all over the world with the Friend Finder tool.

3250 Mount Lehman Road
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

SHOP.CA is an online store featuring products from more than 4,000 brands in 28 different categories, which include clothing and accessories, pet supplies, baby and child needs, house and home products, books, and more. For most items, orders include free shipping and free returns on any day within 365 days. Along with the flexible return window, the company will also pay to ship the item to their warehouse, saving you the step of bribing a truck driver to haul it back. The Social Loyalty reward program rewards members when they purchase items, share products, write reviews and invite friends. Live customer service is available both online and on the phone.

3250 Mount Lehman Road
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

Datevitation designs customizable coupon books that make an endearing gift for any loved one or hungry wildcat that needs winning over. Customers begin designing their customizable books by choosing one from a variety of covers, sorted into themes such as Birthday, Anniversary, and Just Because. Underneath each cover, designers select coupon pages from more than 350 options, each with a fun illustration that displays activities such as getaways, home projects, and games. After selecting their activities, customers can add a personal touch to the books by rewriting the captions on each page and adding photos of themselves to the illustrations.

3250 Mount Lehman Road
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

IRIS Beads & Charms makes it easy to wear your heart on your sleeve?or around your neck. The online shop specializes in personalized bracelets and necklaces, all of which are built by customers using a wide selection of beads and charms. The glass beads bring color and swirling patterns to each piece. The charms, on the other hand, are made from silver or rhodium, and shaped to resemble everything from infinity signs to flowers to owls. IRIS has also organized seasonal collections of its charms and beads, gathering green items that would be perfect for spring, and red ones for when spring turns to volcano season.

3250 Mount Lehman Road
Abbotsford,
BC
CA