I am obsessed with Instagram. I just can't get enough of the iPhone app. It's so much fun to take pictures and add fun little filters and effects. I like how it's also a mini-social network.
Well, I love the app so much that I didn't want my favorite pictures trapped inside my iPhone for the rest of eternity. Don't they deserve to see the light of day too?!?!?
I read in some magazine a while back about how you can turn your Instagram pictures into a miniature book. I thought that was cute, yes. But how realistic and practical is a tiny book? Eh, I'll pass. Over break, though, I was reading all these websites with Instagram tips and tricks and stumbled on some cool resources. (For instance, cat Instagrams!)
And then when I spotted my next project:
I have been obsessed with the charming quality of Photostrips for a long time. I even posted my favorite strips more than a year ago. Now, if it were up to me, I'd have one of the booths in the living room of my house. How. Cool. Would. That. Be.?
Well, you can turn your Instagrams (and, frankly, any pictures you have) into super cute and, more importantly, tangible photostrips.
I first picked out which Instagrams I was going to use. I tried to make each strip have a "theme," but I think that random ones would look cute too. I was planning on making three strips, with four pictures each. I made a folder on my desktop just so that I could get to it easier!
(I know, one is missing from the folder haha... not sure where it disappeared to!)
In Photoshop, I made a "template" for the Photostrip. I made the file 1.5 inches by 6 inches. Because not every Instagram used the same filter (and subsequently frame), I also went ahead and made skinny strips of white for the borders.
Can you see the white borders? I based the size off of one of the original Instagram frames. And just duplicated the shape so it maintained the same width.
Once I had the template for the border, I just placed four of the Instagrams onto the file. I arranged each so it was under the border and in an interesting order.
I repeated that process for the other strips and kept re-saving them. I would just delete the pictures from before, add the new ones, and then click Save As. Once all three strips were created, I made a new file. This time, I made it 4.5 inches by 6. I added all the other files into this one to I could be more efficient in the printing. (You can definitely fit a lot more than three strips per page... I just wasn't sure how the project was going to turn out and thought three was a safe number. Print landscape and add as many as you wish!)
I saved this file as a JPG and took it to Kinkos to be printed. However, I recommend saving as a PDF so that you can print it with crop marks! I chose the glossy cardstock paper and simply printed on an 8.5 by 11 sheet.
Here are the strips on one sheet. Now, I struggled because I wanted to make sure I left a proper sized border around the outsides. It was a little tricky and I was super OCD with the ruler.
But then I realized that if I lined up the edge of the photo with the CLEAR finger protector thing, it would leave the absolute perfect border of white. I don't know if you can see that in the picture, but it's worth zooming in to see! (There is the edge of the plastic and then the edge of the metal. The gap between the two edges creates the border.)
The next step is to just cut right down the middle of the edges to separate the strips. Again, a little tricky, but just takes some patience and proper alignment!
And there you go! Fun photostrips from your Instagrams!
What can you do with the photostrips?
Give away at parties
Use as bookmarks
Hang on the wall
Write love notes on the back
Make for presents
This got quite the buzz going on Pinterest! Let me try to answer some of the questions that have come up:
You can use any picture, not just Instagrams! Crop the photo into a square and play around with filters in Photoshop so it has a vintage-y feel!
If pictures are blurry, you might not have a high enough DPI. Adjust the setting when you create a new file!
Be friendly with the Kinko's people and you might get a discount ;-) Printing b&w is cheaper, and looks pretty cute and more traditional.
My sister, upon seeing the original photostrips, requested that I make her a bunch! Also shown, photostrips of our Snow Bunnies collection. We sent them as "thank yous" to our great aunts who send a few each Christmas.
I took all the Instagrams I had of books and made an official Book Book Mark ;)