A few months ago I picked up the most adorable gray 4 x 4 album from We R Memory Keepers. I had seen a cool project my good friend Ali Edwards had done, and I thought, “I want to make something, too, but for the love of Martha Stewart I have no idea what!”
Then it—right along with my girlish, crafting enthusiasm—sat on my shelf for, well… a few months.
Until this past Monday. First, a little backstory…
I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my Instagram feed of late. Now that doesn’t mean taking dreamy photos of my Pottery Barn lifestyle. It does mean taking quasi-dreamy photos of my Old Navy lifestyle. To that end, I’ve been trying to share pictures that I really like. Not just photos I take out of my butt. Right? Right.
And the results have been good. I have a lot of photos that I really, really like. Especially ones of that girl named Aidan who is soon to be flying the coop for college town. So I decided to get them off of my phone and into a project.
Hello Four by Four Album Project.
The idea is simple. Combine a handful of photos and journal cards. Get the photos from your Instagram feed and watch happy scrap magic ensue. Here’s the album thus far.
The process has been pretty straightforward. I plug my iPhone into my computer and import all my photos, which includes the stuff I post to Instagram, into my iPhoto library. I pick the photos, drop them into the templates, add a handful of journal pages, and print. I put four images per page printing the photos onto photo paper and the journaling onto my favorite white Bazzill card stock. I add an outline to each photo and journal card to simplify the trimming process.
You could also just order 4 x 4 prints from a place like Persnickety Prints, who specialize in printing square Instagram photos.
I am kind of in insta-love with this album so far. I plan to fill it up to capacity—a nice thick little chunk of Instagram goodness with a handful of stories mixed in. A super simple way to have more fun with Instagrams.
If you like the idea and think, “Hey! I want to do one!” by all means do, and please download this free spine PSD file so you can customize the spine of your mini album.
Just clip in your own photo, print onto photo paper and you’re good to go! Download the spine file by clicking this link:
Here’s to more fun with Instagrams. Questions? Comments? Let me know!
NEW TO USING DIGITAL TEMPLATES? Check out this post to learn more. It includes a free digital template download plus a 20-minute video tutorial on how to use it. It gives you a basic overview of how to use digital templates.