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25 Sep, 2014

Taking Instagram to the next level

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Oh! Things!|Photography|Publishing/writing/career stuff

I will be writing more about our lovely weekend away soon. In the meantime I will say this: if you’re looking for a place to relax and disconnect and isn’t far from Ottawa, THIS IS IT.

One of my favourite features in Capital Parent Newspaper is my Editor’s Faves column. Basically, I pick three things I love and share them with our readers in the print edition of the paper. It’s short and sweet and fun. In the October issue I mentioned Printstagram, an online service that makes cool stuff out of Instagram photos: books, magnets, memory boxes, and posters. I tell ya, it was hard to pick just one thing, but I did. I decided to GO BIG OR GO HOME with a poster. The posters come in two sizes, big or bigger, and I went with the bigger. (What can I say, I like to make an impression.)

Me and my new poster!

It was really easy. I granted the website access to my Instagram account and they copied all of my photos from there. Then I just chose which ones I wanted on the poster and switch them around for perfect placement. The poster was delivered a short time later. I was not disappointed. The overall effect is pretty awesome. After all, there are 200 moments collected in one place. (!)

At the moment it’s covering a large blank wall and is being held up with poster putty. The only not-so-great thing is that finding a frame may not be easy. It’s 20″x38″! I’ve already checked Michael’s and I don’t want to spring for custom framing. Sigh.

I do love my Instagram poster. There are 200 pics here.

Now that I’m thinking about it, the spirit behind this project totally reminds me of this past post about preserving our family stories. From a parenting perspective, there truly is a benefit to keeping those memories alive and talking about them, don’t you think? And the fact that you can make a cool poster is a huge bonus if you ask me.

Watch for a new post over on MediaSmarts.ca about this soon! :)

p.s. if you want to follow me on Instagram you can find me under “quietfish.”

6 Responses to "Taking Instagram to the next level"

1 | Stacey K

September 25th, 2014 at 2:40 pm


Ikea for frames?

2 | andrea tomkins

September 25th, 2014 at 3:18 pm


That’s next on my list!

3 | Lisa from Iroquois

September 25th, 2014 at 9:19 pm


You can create your own frame very simply with moulding of the kind you can pick up at home depot.

4 | Meg

September 26th, 2014 at 9:08 am


I have also used Canvas Pop, and Sticky9 to print my Instagrams :).

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January 23rd, 2015 at 9:04 am


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