DIY Photo Card

Recently I wanted to create personalized cards to send to a group of friends. I had a fabulous picture and knew that I wanted that to be on the front. I spent a few hours on a photo gift website and the card that the I made was expensive, there wasn’t any room to write,  and it didn’t seem personalized at all.

So I decided that I would create photo cards on my own.

The first step was to get the pictures printed. I always use Walgreens Photo because its close to me and super inexpensive when you use coupon codes from Retailmenot.com. You can usually find a coupon for at least 40% off and you can pick them up the same day.

Next, I dug through my craft bin and found a box of cards from Michaels. You can always find a coupon for at least 40% off at Michaels straight from their website. A quick google search for “Michaels coupons” and you’re well on your way to saving big. I recently bought a box of cards 100 cards that were $10 and I had a 55% off coupon.

Now that you have cards and photos you’re gonna need a way to adhere the photos to the cards.

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I swear by this Elmer’s Extra Strength Spray Adhesive. It’s actually intended for science fair backboards but I would use it on anything. It is very sticky!! So you need to be careful when spraying it on the back of your photos. I sprayed mine on top of a cardboard box and it was a sticky mess afterward.

As you can see in the picture above, I used a squiggly edge cutter to add a little personality to my cards. You can use normal scissors to make the pictures fit on the front of the card.

In the picture above you will notice that my photo is turned upside down. That is because I didn’t ask the people in the photo if I could share it online.

I would recommend this project to anyone. It was super easy and a lot of fun as well!

Please comment below if you have any questions or tips on how to make this project better!

 

Excited

So I ordered myself the coolest thing since sliced bread on Black Friday. Actually. It’s kind of an old thing. I ordered a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera.

I was flipping through Black Friday ad’s and saw it at Michael’s. Which got me interested in the camera and wondering what the heck it was. I started researching prices online and watching YouTube videos. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it was something I NEEDED.

I’ve been calling it a modern Polaroid. The pictures are actually much smaller than a Polaroid they’re credit card sized.

When I was a kid my grandfather had a Polaroid camera that I always wanted to get my hands on. But once I was finally allowed to have it someone else got it and I never saw it again.

In a world where we rely so much on the internet and our cell phones I thought this is the perfect time to get myself a camera where I not only have to pick and choose what to capture. But I also get a print out of the image instantly. Something my generation loves – instant gratification.

You can get the White Mini 8  from Walmart.com for $58. But, I wanted the “Tiffany” blue one that costs a bit more. The film is a little expensive. On average it costs $1/picture. This isn’t a toy for children because it will cost a fortune to keep them satisfied.

Walmart is selling the twin pack of film which is $22 for 20 pictures. I ordered the same pack for $14.95 on Amazon and received 2 day shipping with my Prime account. However, some people have had issues when ordering from this person. So far I have only opened one cartridge of film and the three pictures I took developed just fine.

That’s another cool thing about this camera. The film develops so quickly and there is no shaking required like the Polaroid cameras you remember. Once a film cartridge is loaded into the camera, it cannot be unloaded as light will expose the film.

I haven’t had a chance to do too much with my camera yet but I am so excited to figure out how it works and share it with you all.