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Feb 15, 2013

DIY Instagram Scrapbook

Yesterday was Valentine's Day (duh), but it also marked one year of dating for AJ and I!  I can't believe it's been one year that we've been together.  Definitely the best year of my life.  I'm so blessed to get to call him mine and to have found the love of my life!

As you might know, student teaching doesn't pay.  Which means I'm on a crazy tight budget.  Like, a pay-for-gas-and-food-and-that's-all kind of budget.  And he's in college, and commutes an hour every day, so that means we're both kind of frugal this time of year.  But, we kind of went all-out on our birthday and Christmas gifts to one another, so that set the bar pretty high.  I knew I wanted to give him something for Valentine's/One Year day, but I also knew it needed to be cheap.  So I decided to play the sentimental card, and I made him a little book of all most of our instagram photos from the past year!

Here's how to do it:
What you'll need:  
Pens (I used a felt-tipped black pen and a white gel pen)
Photos (you can get your instagram shots printed with an app like PostalPix or just resize photos in a program like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop and then print them on semi-gloss card stock...either way, a 4x4 size is good)
Scissors
Glue/Scrapbook adhesive tabs (I used a roll like the purple one from Scotch...so much easier than glue)
Chipboard pack (found this for $1 at Michaels!)
Colored Cardstock (AJ loves Black and White, so I went for a pack of 6x6 black card stock...having it already cut into squares made my life soooo much easier)
Not pictured:
Hole Punch
Washi Tape
Mod Podge
I made my cover by cutting a circle out of black card stock and writing "Our First Year According to Instagram" on it, then adhering this to the front chipboard cover with Mod Podge.

Then, I put my photos in order and went through them one by one and labeled on the back what month they were from (this made assembling my book a ton easier). After I was done, I started at the beginning and created a "title" page for the month with a few memories from that month and then put one photo on each page until I had used all of the photos from that month.  I did this for each month for the whole year.  Just be careful that you think through where you're going to be punching holes in each page so that you don't end up punching holes through your photos!  You might even want to hole punch before you put your book together.  I tried to change things up with each page by using different washi tape, choosing a different calligraphy/font style, different little adornments/doodles, and even mixing up where on the page I put the photo and how I aligned it.

Then, I put the whole book together, using the chipboards as my front and back covers and the little binder ring as the binding. I also ended up drilling a hole through the bottom of the left side of the chipboards and punching holes through each page so that my binding had two rings instead of just one and functioned more as a book than a flip book.  This held it together much better.
And there you go!  A scrapbook album made from Instagram Photos.

I love having photos printed out.  In this digital age, it's SO easy to just keep photos stored away on your phone and computer, but it really is nice to be able to hold them in your hands and look through them every one in a while!  And this was such a heartfelt gift.  I had a ton of fun making it, and I think AJ was pleased with it too.

17 comments:

  1. This is absolutely adorable! I love this idea (and may have to steal it some day :D)! You are very talented! I really enjoy your blog.
    God bless!
    hannaH
    http://grannysquareflair.blogspot.com/

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  2. My first visit here, and boy am I glad to have found you -- love, love, love this DIY scrapbook. It may just be the best craft I've seen all week. Thanks for letting me peek into your world! XOXO

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  3. Your book turned out so cute! I love the cover!

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  4. Seriously how cute are you!?!? Love this!!!

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  5. This is a fabulous idea. I LOVE IT!

    I am so excited to follow your blog.

    I hope you follow back so we can stay in touch! xoxo

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  6. Aw! I love this :) Congrats you two!

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  7. This is gorgeous and such a good idea!!!! I always want to do something like this but I have this weird misconception that scrapbooking must be hard + tiring + really fussy but this looks perfect! I love the idea and the product is amazing! Congrats on everything :]]]

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  8. Awe this is adorable. I really need to get some printed photos back into my life!
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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  9. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest GFC follower from the “That Friday” blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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  10. Your scrapbook is adorable!

    I keep telling myself I am going to get my (many, many) photos printed, and I have yet to do it! I better at least print a couple to frame or something!

    https://somesnapshots.wordpress.com/

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  11. This is a great idea, thanks for sharing. I hardly ever print photos out this days, especially not my instagram ones, which is crazy. Even more cray when you consider the instagram ones are always the nicest images thanks to the different lenses on offer. This post has definitely inspired me to do something similar. thanks!

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  12. looks great :)


    http://shinebrightx18.blogspot.co.uk/ - personal blogs.

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  13. I love this idea. Its too late for me to do this for valentine's day, but I definitely want to do this for our upcoming anniversary! Thanks for sharing

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  14. I LOVE this idea!! I've been looking for another creative inspiration for a gift for my boyfriend! Maybe for our next anniversary or his birthday!

    I'm still stunned by how awesome it is! Love it!

    Mikaela

    mikaelarae.blogspot.com

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  15. i love this idea! and it doesn't seem too complicated which is a HUGE bonus.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  16. AH! I love this! I'm totally pinning it!! :)

    P.S. It's been awhile since I've popped out of my reader and to your blog -- I LOVE the redesign! :)
    xo

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  17. I wish I saw this at Valentine's! Great Idea, so adorable!

    <3

    thelittleturquoisehouse.blogspot.com

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