Here at write. click. scrapbook. we love Instagram! We even have an account for the collective so you can keep up with us there too. (Quick, click over and follow us!). No doubt you've seen many a photo in our monthly albums, and in individual posts which use photos from Instagram. If you're wondering how you can do the same, this week we'll be looking at how to scrap your Instagram photos!
Hello my name is Francine and I am addicted to Instagram. I really am! I have been using the application for just under a year now, and it has almost replaced my DSLR camera when it comes to taking everyday photos. It is so much simpler for me to grab my phone to take a shot of something happening in the moment, as compared to having to get the big camera on and started up to shoot. Once I realised this, I knew the next step would be to scrapbook those photos!
This week, I'll be sharing tips & tricks for getting those Instagram photos off your phones and onto your pages. Today I'll address how you can get your photos printed, and the rest of the week I'll be sharing page ideas & other techniques.
Of course if you're a digital scrapbooker like Amy, you can just skip the printing part, but I will also address how to get the photos onto your computer, so stick around!
::layout by Christa::
How to access your photos.
I started out using an online application called instaport.me to get my photos from Instagram and onto my hard drive.
You log in with your Instagram account, and then the application grabs all your photos and exports them in a zip file that you can save to your hard drive.
1. Quick and painless
2. Many options for selecting photos e.g. you can choose to only download photos in a specific date range, or those with a specific hash tag, only your last 10 or 60 photos, or even just photos that you liked.
Photos are low resolution, so not the best for printing larger than 2x2
Once I realised the downside of this method, I opted for downloading my photos directly off my phone storage because those were higher resolution (I can print up to 8x8 with those). I simply used the Samsung software for my phone to access the storage and copy the photos to my hard drive. I use an Android phone, but I know that iPhone users can do the same using Apple Photostream (thanks Christine for that tip!).
Printing Your Photos
So far I have only printed my photos at home. I simply open the photos I want to use in Photoshop, and resize them before laying them out on a new document. I originally designed a template for doing this, but found it was easier to just drag and drop my photos onto a blank A4 (letter) document and then print out. I try to print lots of photos at once to save on photo paper.
I also discovered that by using the Printer Wizard on my computer (I use a PC) I can easily print 4x4 Instagrams onto a 4x6 photo sheet.To do this, I select my paper size and 4x6 and make sure that the "resize to fit" box is unchecked.
At a Professional Printer
Persnickety Prints is a very well known printer for scrapbookers, who now also offer Instagram prints. (Psst! They are currently having a sale which ends today!) You can transfer your photos to your hard drive and then upload to their site, but iPhone users (lucky devils!) can download an iPhoto plugin to directly transfer their photos. Persnickety Prints will ship your order within 2-4 business days, and if you are in their area you can even order to pick-up at their store. They can print photos in 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, and 5x5 sizes, and have other options like photobooks and posters. You can read all about it here.
Sue orders her Instagram photos from Persnickety Prints and she loves the quality. Here is one of her layouts
They will also print your photos to look like a Polaroid, which is one of the ways Christine loves to print her photos.
You can also send your photos to be printed by Walgreens and Costco. Christine wrote a great post here about her experiences using both of these services. So check it out for more details.
Two other services I have come across, but have yet to try are
I'll be back on Wednesday to share a whole host of layouts by collective members that use Instagram photos. (Tomorrow is Launch Day, be sure to come back for that too!).
Do you have any tips to share about accessing and printing your Instagram photos? Let us know in the comments!