Instagram in the real world – or – getting the photos off my computer

June 12th, 2013

 

 
meandtheboys

I thought time went by quickly with one child, but with two it’s just zooming past me at breakneck speed. I want to hold onto all these little moments that we have every single day. But they just kind of slip through my fingers. I guess that’s why they say *blink* and they’ll be going off to college.

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In an effort to hold onto memories, I’ve been working on taking lots of pictures with my phone. I know I should pull out the DSLR but the best camera you have, is the one you have on you, right? So my photos may not be the best quality or look professional at all, but they do capture us in our everyday moments – which are the ones I really want to remember.

superdad

This is one of the reasons that I’m loving Instagram right now. It helps me remember to take these daily snapshots and share them, and when I have some free time, go back and see how we spent our time last month. A photo journal of sorts.

But I don’t just want them in my phone and on the internet, I want to enjoy them in the real world! So I set about finding out how to get these little square images printed. My first stop was Persnickety Prints because they do amazing work and the owner, Chari is fabulous! I found out that they do print just the little squares, and I also came across the idea of printing a huge enlargement that contains a grundle of your instagram favorites:

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The Persnickety Prints Instagram page has directions and a link to a free template to create this awesome project. I was all over that and quickly downloaded it and started adding my pics. I uploaded my files, and requested the correct size etc. for printing. The result was this awesome board of sweet memories from the past 6 months:

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I thought this would be an awesome father’s day gift, but was so thrilled with how it turned out that I couldn’t keep it a secret! I brought it home and it turns out that the biggest fan is Ollie.  He LOVES being able to see all these pictures of him, Leo, Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, ipad, and his forever lost best friend – “binky”. He’ll sit down with it and go picture by picture talking about each one. instagram_board2

If that’s not an incredibly compelling reason to get your photos off of your computer, than I don’t know what is.

I still haven’t figured out where I’m going to put this gigantic print, I’d love to do one of these every 6 months and just hang them all up in my *future* craft room so I can always be reminded of these days. I suppose time will tell, but for now, I’m eternally grateful for this great idea from Persnickety Prints, and how they helped me finally get some tangible everyday pictures of my family!