Quick Hipstamatic Album

by Wendy Copley on May 17, 2010

Hipstamatic album

This weekend I was struck by the desire to do a fun and totally easy scrapbook project. I’m still obsessing over the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone and over the last couple of weeks I’ve collected a fine assortment of photos that I really like. These photos have very little in common thematically besides the fact that they were taken with the Hipstamatic, but I decided that was a strong enough thread to tie them all together and put them into a small album.

For those of you who are not into scrapbooking as a concept — or who have preconceived notions about what scrapbooking is — you can think of this as a “photography project” if that terminology makes you more comfortable. But you should do this because there couldn’t be an easier way than this to get your photos off your phone and show them off.

Gather Your Materials

Hipstamatic album

Start off by gathering your materials. I had decided to make my little album because that way I’d get exactly what I wanted for an end result. I also am the sort of person who enjoys making little albums and I have lots of scrapbook supplies and tools on hand. If you aren’t that sort of person, you can use a purchased album.

You will need:

  • A pile of Hipstamatic prints  — I just printed mine at home. If you print them with a service, be careful that they don’t try to crop off the cool borders because they’re one of the best parts of the images.
  • A paper cutter or a pair of scissors

If you’re making your album:

  • Several sheets of black 12 x 12 inch cardstock (or the color of your choice)
  • 2 6 x 6 inch pieces of chipboard for the cover (this is optional, but will make your album more sturdy)
  • Some way of binding your album. I used a Bind-it-all system, but you could also use:
    • staples
    • a hole punch and binder rings or ribbon or string
    • a needle and thread to sew it together

If you’re not making your album, you’ll need:

  • a small album

Make Your Album (or not)

Hipstamatic album

To make your album, cut each sheet of paper into 4 6 x 6 inch squares. Then fasten them together using the method of your choice. I really like the 6 inch size because when you trim down the Hipstamatic prints they’ll be 4 x 4 inches and that will leave a 1 inch border of black all around the photos. The one inch border really puts the focus on the photos and it makes them look hella cool.

Make an Intro Page (or not)

Hipstamatic album

I decided that I wanted to make an intro page for my album to give the photos a little context. To do this, I took a photo of a blank wall using my Hipstamatic. I then typed the word “Hipstamatic” with a grungy font and added a paragraph about my Hipstamatic obsession on top of the image using Photoshop Elements. I printed this intro page out along with my other photos. I also took a similar photo of my kitchen table using a different film/lens combo, added a title to that and used that on the front cover of the album.

I liked how these pages turned out so much that I went completely nuts and took a whole bunch of photos of my walls, couch and kitchen table using all sorts of film/lens combos. Then I went even crazier and I added the word Hipstamatic to some of them so they can be used as title or intro pages. Then, I uploaded them all to Flickr so that anyone who wants to make their own version of this album could download them and print them or add stuff to them in a graphics program or what have you:

Hipstamatic Titles Mosaic

Click the mosaic to go to a Flickr set with all of these images in them. You can download them from there. These are all licensed under a CC non-commercial license so follow those rules if you plan to use them, please.

Put It All Together

Hipstamatic album

Alrighty then! Now it’s time to put everything together. Trim all your 4 x 6 prints down to 4 x 4. Then stick them in your album using the adhesive of your choice. I like using a tape runner, but you could also use a glue stick or any other dry adhesive you like. I wouldn’t use a wet glue on this project because it will cause the paper to buckle.

Hipstamatic album

Add captions to the photos. I used a white pen, but you could also use a silver pen or a gel pen to show up on the black paper.

Hipstamatic album

Keep the captions simple because this is a simple project. You don’t need to write a book.

Hipstamatic album

Show off your Hipstamatic album to all your Hipsta-friends!

(Please excuse the extra-rambly nature of these instructions. I have a terrible head cold and my brain is all scrambled up. Let  me know in the comments if something isn’t clear and I’ll try to expand or completely rewrite it so it’s coherent.)

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  • Oh my goodness! LOVE!!

    You are my crafty icon, Wendy. I love how accessible your projects are. They are FANTASTIC and leave me will the idea that I could actually make them too (…not that I ever do *sigh*).

    What is the paper cutter you have? Do you recommend it? Where can I get one? Huh, huh, huh??! I have an old Creative Memories one and it's too short. It gets really annoying trying to cut paper on it.

  • I can post comments again – yay!

    And, more importantly, that photo of Wyatt running along the shore is A-MazE-ing! It's perfect. Just perfect and the hipstamatic is even more perfection with it.

    *off to download this app now! 🙂

  • I use the Tonic guillotine trimmer and I love it! (Link is to amazon, but you might be able to find it somewhere else for less) I went through about 5 trimmers before I settled on this one. It cuts perfectly straight and it's easy to use.

  • Yay! I have no idea why it's working again, but I'm glad. And thanks!

  • Sara

    love, love, love it…do you think I can do this without an IPhone? We live in one of those spots on the infamous map where AT&T has no coverage. Maybe on photoshop?

  • As far as I know, the hipstamatic app is only available on the iPhone, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone out there has created a photoshop filter or some actions to mimic the effect.

  • awesomeness! this looks great!

  • Very cool! The square format works well with the old-fashioned lookin' pages, and I remember my parents' albums with the white pen notations.

    Next step? Photo corner squares. 🙂

  • OMG!! I had totally planned to adhere the photos with photo corners but completely forgot until I read this comment! I wonder if it's too late to go back and add them.

  • shaeirving

    You know I love this.

  • That came out GREAT, Wendy!

  • Victoria

    These are really cool!

  • I just went and bought Hipstamatic for my phone – such fun!

  • This one of the most beautiful and cool uses of my favorite app that I've seen. I love this, Wendy. Thanks for posting it and letting us see your photos! Your tutorial is excellent—as always.

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