Since I mentioned the Instagram-esque poster prints I made for our anniversary in this vlog (they’re at about 4:18 if you want to skip straight to ’em) a few people have asked me how I made them. So guess what this blog post is about? HOW I MADE THEM.
There are loads of services for printing Instagram pics and I can see why: they’re beautiful pics (cheers, filters!) but they can all too easily stay buried away inside our phones where they’re forgotten. I remember when going to the big Boots on Guildford high street to print all your digital photos was an exciting Saturday afternoon activity, now I just have folders and folders and folders (and folders and folders) of pics on my laptop and external hard drives (and phone and tablets) which I never look at. Printing photos is BRILLIANT and we must do it more. We must.
I’ve used a few different Instagram printing services in my time for one-off things, but I really researched it this time around. I wanted to make four framed poster prints and it could have easily become ludicrously expensive. (Not that I was being tight with your anniversary present, darling husband, *ahem*).
In the end I found Photobox to be the cheapest as they were having a “special sale” (are they ever not having a special sale?!) and each print was only £6ish. Even at full price they’d have only been £9. The best part though was that it wasn’t actually an Instagram based service at all, which was perfect as a lot of the photos I wanted to print weren’t from Instagram. I had wedding pics, personal family pics, holiday pics and all sorts of lovey dovey ones that I wanted in the posters without having to put them on Instagram first. In the past, I’ve created a ‘secret’ Instagram account purely to connect to printing services but it’s a MASSIVE faff to do it that way and I now know that this way is 100 times easier.
I used the Collage Poster Print 16″ x 12″ option with the 35 square layout (it’s in the ‘Modern’ category when you’re browsing layouts) and I changed the orientation to portrait, then it was just a matter of pulling in the pics I wanted to use. It was so much easier than other services I’ve used before and I was able to pull in pics that weren’t squares and then fiddle with them to ensure the square was cropping the right part of the image.
They came super quickly with a higher print quality than I expected (I expected them to look like a dog’s dinner tbh) and then it was just a matter of framing them. I wanted them to vaguely match previous Instagram posters I already had so knew I wanted a nice mount and a white modern frame, so I was THRILLED BEYOND WORDS when I stumbled across the perfect one in Wilko (aka the shop of dreams) for only £7. I bought the two they had in store then ordered two more. PERFECT.
Sure, they’re not the world’s highest quality frames and the prints were ever so slightly too big for the mount which meant a couple of millimetres were lost at the edges, but I’m not complaining at £13 per framed poster. We’re literally talking about two millimetres or so being obscured by the mount.
In the past I have waited til I had the prints and then had custom frames/mounts made so they’re *perfect*, but it’s so much more expensive that way. This is a good compromise and I really don’t think most people would notice.
At £13 per framed poster (or £16 if by some miracle Photobox aren’t having a sale that day) I think they make a great gift, even if I do say so myself.