part one: using photoshop to get your instagram photos ready for printing
My iphone and instagram have been playing a big part in my project life layouts lately. It's so convenient to use my iphone camera because it's always with me and the quality is great. I love the selection of instagram filters and I'm including them in my project life pages pretty much every week now.
I print at home with an Epson Artison 837. I use Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper in glossy to print my photos and Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper in matte to print journal cards and other printables. Whether you print online or at home, you can use photoshop to prepare your instagram photos for printing two at a time on a 4x6 photo. I made a video to show you how I do it.
**If you print online, just save the file as a jpeg and include it when you order your other 4x6 photos.
part two: printing with your iphone
If you don't have photoshop, no problem! Did you know there's an app that will print your instagram photos for you? So you don't even have to transfer them to your computer and then upload them to a printing site. It's called postal pix. You can order square prints in 4x4, 5x5 or 8x8. Here are screenshots of the main page and the product info page.
They don't offer a smaller option than 4x4 so you just need to make a collage with four instagram photos using a photo collage app if you want to print them to fit in the journal card slots. It's very easy! There are a lot of collage apps out there, but the one I use is called frametastic and I think it's free right now. I made this collage with four photos and then ordered it as a 4x4, resulting in four 2"x2" photos. Or you could order the 5x5 size if you want them a little bigger.
Here's a peek at the prints I ordered from postal pix. They turned out nice and arrived in a week.
These are a few layouts from the end of 2011 that used instagram photos.
I sized the one in the top right a little bigger at just under 4" since I only had one to share for that day.
This was before I decided I like the photos printed at 2.25" so the two square photos on the above layout were printed at 2.75".
Remember, you don't have to stress about adding extra embellishments or different size photos if you don't want to! The project life layouts look great and they are a treasure for your family no matter how you put them together.
I love the simple pages too... the important thing is to get your memories documented.