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